Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 1

Not all bourbons are top shelf collectibles.  Hence, not all bourbon drinkers can or are willing to drop $50, $60, or $100+ on a single bottle of bourbon.  That leaves a large swath of the drinking public often left in the cold when focusing almost entirely on premium top-shelf bourbons. So when Modern Thirst announced

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 2

This post marks the second installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow the rest of the Battle Royale action here.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas.  In Round 1, Very Old Barton Bottled-in-Bond took on Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 3

This post marks the third installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow the rest of the Battle Royale action here.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas.  In Round 1, Very Old Barton Bottled-in-Bond took on Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 4

This post marks the fourth installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow the rest of the Battle Royale action here.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas.  In Round 1, Very Old Barton Bottled-in-Bond took on Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 5

This post marks the fifth installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow this link for other rounds.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas. In Round 1, Very Old Barton Bottled-in-Bond took on Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond and laid down

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale- Round 6

This post marks the sixth installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow this link for previous rounds.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas. Thus far, Old Fitzgerald has fended off several challengers and remains our reigning king of the budget

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 7

This post marks the seventh installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow this link for previous rounds.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas. Thus far, Old Fitzgerald has fended off several challengers and remains our reigning king of the budget

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 8

This post marks the eigth installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  (Follow this link for previous rounds.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas. Thus far, Old Fitzgerald has fended off several challengers and remains our reigning king of the budget

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 9

It’s time for round 9 of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale!  (Follow this link for previous rounds.)  If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas. Thus far, Old Fitzgerald has fended off several challengers and remains our reigning king of the budget ring.  But it’s

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Recap and Thoughts

9 rounds. 10 budget bourbons. And so many to go. When I started the budget bourbon series, my thoughts were twofold: First, I wanted to provide some coverage to those seeking a more value-based approach to bourbon. As I originally wrote, not everyone can or wants to afford a rare limited release pour every time

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Budget Bourbon Battle Royale Round 10

It’s been six long months, but for those who’ve written and asked why we ended the series, take heart!  It’s time for round 10 of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale!  (Follow this link for previous rounds.) If you’re not familiar with this series, we’re reviewing bottles that can be had for $20 or less in most areas. If

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Reader Requested Bourbon Review: Old Forester 86 (Budget Bourbon Battle Royale #11)

ModernThirst tackles Old Forester 86 in the latest installment of the Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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  2. If you’re willing to return to these bourbons, I would like to read your impressions after comparing the top three or four together. Given that I live well outside the distribution area for the Heaven Hill BiB, I’m less interested in reading about that one, but I’m particularly interested in your impressions of the Evan Williams, Very Old Barton BiB, and Old Fitzgerald BiB.

    • Certainly! I actually return to a couple of them pretty often!

      Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-bond is probably the bourbon I drink more than any other at home (now that Elijah Craig lost its age statement), and Evan Williams, from a value perspective, is a very nice sip. I prefer the bonded iteration of that as well, but that’s not as widely available. I’m not a huge fan of VOB bib, as I think the Barton Mashbill is a little one-dimensional when not aged more significantly. it’s all black pepper on the tip of the tongue and little else.

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