nash60975 wrote:pkt has great suggestions, I just want to add Black Maple Hill to the list. It is a great value for the quality.
Black Maple Hill is not a distillery. There is some variation to these and you need to have someone specify the specifics when disgussing it.
As simply a response to a recommendation for a good bourbon, I have found it to be consistently high quality among bottles I have had, especially for the price point. Regardless of variability, it's definitely a great bottle for someone just getting started in American whiskey. When it comes to independent bottlers in the states, KBD is probably one of the most reliable, and also have access to some of the best stocks.