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Brandon Bohling

Whiskeys, Whiskies, Ryes and Bourbons

Oddly, I started my journey in this line of liquors with scotch and have since switched. I believe most people graduate into scotch, but maybe I’m wrong or just an oddball. Either way, below is a breakdown of some of my current recommendations. Please let me know what your favorites are so I can continue to update my list.

Overall Best Bang for the Buck

Buffalo Trace: it is hard to beat Buffalo Trace for the money. It is great served neat or in a cocktail and probably one of the least offensive on this page.

Current Favorites

  • Bib & Tucker
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
  • Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

Favorite Ryes

  • Whistle Pig Rye
  • Sazerac Rye

Great Value

  • Buffalo Trace
  • Benchmark
  • Eagle Rare

Most Drinkable

Need something that most people can drink? These are smooth and least opinionated.

  • Basil Hayden’s
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon

Small Distilleries

Obviously this one will likely change the most as I get opportunities to taste more around the globe.

  • Hatch - Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
  • Bainbridge Battle Point - Bainbridge, Washington


If I’m making a Kentucky Mule, Old Fashion, or Sazerac these are typically my go tos:

  • Basil Hayden’s
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Sazerac Rye
  • Bulleit Rye

Honorable Mentions

  • 1792 Small Batch
  • Four Roses Single Barrel
  • Angel’s Envy
  • Elijah Craig Small Batch