As usual, it seems, let me lend a dissent -- I think Woodford Reserve (except for it's pre-pot still batches) -- is terribly inconsistent and, thus, over-rated. Prior to Batch 90 (Lincoln Henderson signature), Woodford contained only bourbon hand-picked from Old Forester barrels already maturing, then transferred to Woodford County for aging. It was, indeed, very good then, but it also essentially was re-labelled Old Forester.
Only in Sept. 2003 (post-Batch 90) did WR begin using pot-stilled bourbon in the mix, and had a heckuva time finding a balance for the very coppery/metallic-flavored bourbon against the Old Forester barrels. For quite a while, simply put, Woodford Reserve wasn't very good. Newer bottlings (Chris Morris signature) are getting better and more consistent as they've 'figured out' how to use the pot-stilled whiskey, but it's not as good as the original versions using solely OF barrels. (The only all-pot-still distillate they've bottled is the execrable Four Grain. Ignore what the whiskey critics say about it -- bourbon drinkers hate the stuff!).
Maker's Mark is pretty good, but would be better at either 3-5 years older, or $5-$7 cheaper. Like Jack Daniel's, it's very expensive young (c. 6 years) whiskey. The finish suffers from its youth.
Knob Creek's a fine bourbon, but it, too, would be more appealing if it were cheaper.
I don't buy any of them with any regularity, though I won't turn down an offered pour if I don't see anything else available.
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