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What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

Wow some of those prices are STEEP! I live in Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world, and I usually pay about $23.00 for 750ml, and about $35 or so for 1L. Of course, it's more expensive if you buy from Liquor stores, rather than discount outlets or drug stores.

Jun 18, 2012
robky in Spirits

Bourbon with high rye content?

Personally, I am not much on rye-heavy bourbons, but if you like them, I would defintately go with Bulleit bourbon. I tried a bottle once, and I can vouch that it is VERY spicy, dry, and rye-heavy. I thought Bulleit had an even heavier rye profile than even Wild Turkey, which is famous for its rye-heaviness. A buddy of mine likes rye heavy bourbons, and he swears by Wild Turkey 101 rye. Cheers.

Jun 18, 2012
robky in Spirits

I've got a 2-liter limit. Which bourbon(s) would YOU bring?

Maker's Mark is my go-to bourbon, it's amazing for sipping neat, and I only like my bourbon neat. Next to that would be Knob Creek, it really is amazing stuff, and very drinkable for 100 proof. The Wild Turkey products seem to be a bit spicy for my taste, but to each their own. Bulleit was extremely dry and spicy when I tried it, but some may like their bourbons spicier and dry neat, which is fine. I do think a bourbon like Bulleit would make an excellent cocktail, balancing it out. I have never tried Woodford Reserve, but I have a hunch I would like it since I like Makers so much. Cheers!

Jun 18, 2012
robky in Spirits

What bourbon are you drinking these days?

I am born and raised in Kentucky and I like my bourbon. I personally like sipping my bourbon neat, rather than in cocktails. So that probably influences my choices.Call me a snob, but I don't like my bourbons lower than 90 proof. I have tried pretty much every bourbon there is, but there are a few which I always keep coming back to. First, my go-to bourbon is Maker's Mark. I find that it is smooth yet still strong. At 90 proof, it is a good staple bourbon. I don't tend to get hangovers with it either. I always have a bottle of Makers handy! I like Knob Creek too, but not as much as Makers. It gets a bad rap in some areas, but Wild Turkey 101 is really a great bourbon too. It is quite complex, and very rye-heavy. I don't even like rye-heavy bourbons, but Wild Turkey 101 is an exception. It tastes of oak, charred wood, burnt sugar, and has a wonderful long burn to it that lingers. It wouldn't be my go-to bourbon, but Wild Turkey 101 is underrated and an excellent product. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell has been making Wild Turkey the same for over 50 years. I love some Wild Turkey in the winter. One bourbon that I can't stand is Bulleit. It's very rye-heavy, but it just tasted like medicine to me. No real complexity that I could pick up. The best bourbon I have tried lately is Bookers, by Jim Beam, at a whopping 120-plus proof, right out of the barrel, no watering down! It is so smooth for such a high proof bourbon. Dangerously good. But not for everyday use! My everyday bourbon will remain Makers Mark, it's just my favorite of all.

Jun 13, 2012
robky in Spirits

What's a good quality yet affordable vodka?

I've been a bourbon drinker for as long as I can remember, and I still like my bourbon, but I started drinking vodka cocktails when I would go out with friends and stuff. I never liked the taste of straight vodka, but I enjoy it in a nice cocktail, like a screwdriver or with clear soda. So what is a good smooth vodka for mixing a nice drink or for even trying straight? I have tried Stoli before, and it tasted bad, and Smirnoff tasted bad too. I have heard that good vodka should have no taste at all. I have heard that good vodka should not have any bad taste or odor at all. Is potato or grain vodka better? I want one that is tasteless, odorless, and good for mixing. But not one that is too expensive. Ketel One? Finnladia? Chopin? Absolut? Is Russian vodka best? Also, is higher proof vodka better than 80 proof? I know these questions are somewhat subjective, but would like some suggestions, thanks!

Jun 13, 2012
robky in Spirits