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The EH Taylor is not easy to find on the open market! It's a treat :)
 
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I can taste the differences between Bushmills and Jameson, I can identify by taste at least seven distinct styles by region of Scotland and I know Canadian whiskey when I taste it. But I must admit my ignorance of American bourbons. In my liquor cab are a few typical selections: Jack Daniels Old No.7, Maker's Mark, a Knob Creek Rye, an old bottle of George Dickle that someone gave me years ago, and a half-empty 1.75l plastic bottle of Early Times I bought for making mint juleps.

What should I go buy so I can understand bourbons more?
 
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What should I go buy so I can understand bourbons more?
What I HATE about bourbon is these "limited releases" that you can never get your hands on unless you are the store owner's cousin or something.
Good thing about them is they are far more affordable than Scotch.

Of those, Stagg Jr. tends to be less unobtanium than some others and quite good.
https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/bourbon/small-batch-bourbon/stagg-jr/p/135217750

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is also quite good if you can find it.
https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/bourbon/small-batch-bourbon/elijah-craig-barrel-proof-bourbon/p/132677750

Luckily, there are others readily available on the shelves that are just as good IMO:

Old Forester 1920
https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/bourbon/small-batch-bourbon/old-forester-1920/p/173809750

Booker's
https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/bourbon/small-batch-bourbon/bookers/p/2716750

Barrell Bourbon
https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/bourbon/small-batch-bourbon/barrell-bourbon-batch-014/p/192352750-1?glia=true&s=1104&pid=cpc:Shopping+US+CALI+ENG+SPART:::google:&gclid=Cj0KCQiA6IHwBRCJARIsALNjViVOXRX5MjyttX8QfwxxxttvfdW3PjCfaTEkmtZKZonS2IgSIcj-hQMaAkygEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
 
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Great start, thank you
 
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I'm mainly a scotch guy, but my bourbon-drinking friends really enjoy Buffalo Trace. Reasonably priced and made by the same folks that own Pappy Van Winkle, I believe.

Cheers!
 
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I'm mainly a scotch guy, but my bourbon-drinking friends really enjoy Buffalo Trace. Reasonably priced and made by the same folks that own Pappy Van Winkle, I believe.

Cheers!
I also enjoy Buffalo Trace very much. They have many different levels, and special releases, but their base bourbon is good.
Other brands that come to mind are Four Roses and Angel's Envy.

A spicy bourbon called Rowan's Creek, made in Bardstown, KY, is on my go-to list.

I prefer Jack Daniel's single barrel over the blended No. 7. Has more caramel and vanilla notes.
The purveyor should give you a taste, prior to purchase ... some barrels are great, others maybe not :)

In general, similar to scotch whisky, the better bourbons are single barrel or "small batch." More unique character.
Hope this helps a bit ...
 
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I couldn't get to Total Wine today, but my local liquor store had this on sale. It's not one of those recommended, but every journey begins with one small steo. :)

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