Despite the tagline of “It tastes expensive... and is,” Landan considers Maker's Mark a budget-friendly alternative. “It’s no longer an expensive whiskey, but it’s still a solid product with a very similar recipe to the famous Pappy Van Winkle. If you like a sweeter whiskey, this would be the one to go for.”
Johnny Drum Private Stock 101
This smoky blended bourbon comes from the smaller Willett Distillery based in Bardstown, Kentucky. “Just like the Wild Turkey, it’s going to have a backbone,” says Landan. “If I saw it on a back bar, I’d absolutely say give me that Johnny Drum 101.”
E.H. Taylor Jr., Small Batch
As the man responsible for initiating the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is deserving of a bottle named in his honor. “E.H. Taylor got the law passed and there’s still a bottled-in-bond in his name produced today by Buffalo Trace,” says Landan. “When we talk about pre-Prohibition style whiskey, this was the gold standard.”
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