I'm not sure if this is appropriate for this forum but I'm the president of the LA Bourbon Interest Association and we had a bourbon tasting recently. The offerings ranged from $15 per bottle to $50 per bottle. Here are our results:
Best Overall Bourbon AND Best Buy: Elijah Craig
Runner Up for Best Overall: Booker's
Smoothest (best for novices): Woodford Reserve
My recommendation for a source is the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City. I personally hold Booker's as the finest (sorry Blanton's) but it's a tad strong. Elijah Craig can be had for under $20 per bottle. Get it while you can.