My neighbor recently asked me what bourbon I would recommend as a gift for a coworker. The occasion is a 50th birthday (so kind of special) and she was looking at something in about the $50 or so range. I figured that this information may benefit others, so here was my response:
There are a lot of options in that range. You could do Blanton’s ($55), Bakers ($48), or Bookers ($60), Woodford Reserve ($45), or Russell’s Reserve ($51). All of these are considered very high quality and would make a bourbon drinker smile.
Since it’s a gift, I would stick to the favorites. I wouldn’t get too creative with choices like Bulleit or Old Scout – both of which I like, but may not be as exciting to some folks.
If you wanted something a little different you could choose a special release of a favorite like Maker’s Mark #46 ($40) or Woodford Reserved Double Oaked ($54).
Also, I’m assuming you can’t find Rip Van Winkle. If you can, keep it for yourself and get me a bottle too.
Feel free to leave me a comment if you have other thoughts.