oldsmokey asked: Oh I forgot Eagle Rare, that's another relatively solid middle-ground, although a little two much sweetness in some bottles I've had. I'm surprised you don't care for Bulleit, but to each their own and they definitely do make a solid rye. I have tried the single barrel reserve, and I really didn't see enough of a difference to find it worth the price over their standard 9 year small batch (bought on a military base, $40 as opposed to $26).
There is something in the Bulleit finish that just doesn’t sit right with me. Can’t fully explain it.
The roommate has some Eagle Rare, I certainly don’t hate it.
I think you’re not the only one who will argue that the Single Barrel Reserve is a little overpriced. I recently saw it marked down extensively and it made me wonder if that’s why. I do need to go back and see if they still have it….