what a great thread. I love my bourbon, and enjoy seeing some bourbons listed that I've never tried. for your budget, Blantons would be my #1 pick if you can find it. Barrell Bourbon was gifted to me last month and I've acquired a taste for it. It's on the pricey side too. Buffalo Trace is my goto when I can find it. It's hard to beat at the $25 price point. Eagle Rare is another favorite, but can be hard to find in Texas. IW Harper 15 is another goto, but typically only when it's gifted, as it's a bit pricey as well. My default 'big batch' used to be Basil, but in recent months I've shifted to Woodford..