The Third Dram wrote:Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve strikes an astounding balance between Bourbon richness and more oak-infused, spicy (mint!) notes of maturity. A true classic.
Elijah Craig 12 Year Old is, for me, a simply incredible value, provided you're looking for the gutsy flavour profile of a 'real' Bourbon.
And, as has been mentioned, just about anything sporting the Wild Turkey label (the pathetically insipid 80 proof bottling excepted) will represent a sure bet.
+1 for all the above.
If we are including Pappy 15, I would add Blanton's Single Barrel into the mix. It is ~$45 a bottle, but is worth it in my opinion. One of my first Bourbons, so it always is on-hand, as is the Pappy Van Winkle 15. Elijah Craig 12 Year Old is my everyday Bourbon. I have the 18 Year as well, but is unopened. Can't wait to try it!