OK, so I'm from Eastern Europe and don't know that much about whisk(e)y & bourbon, but part of my husband's family lives in Kentucky, so that should give me some cred here.
On their last visit they brought us simply the most amazing bottle of bourbon I've ever tasted. It's called Noah's Mill and it's "hand made in small batches in the foothills of Kentucky" and apparently it's pretty hard to come by even down there.
To describe the taste simply I'd have to say it tastes like vanilla with with fire, but the "official" description by the Beverage Testing Institute says "Reminiscent of pralines, mocha, dried apricot and minerals. Bold, rich texture. Very dry and assertive on the palate. Nutty, spicy components dominate soft fruit notes. Amid all the power lies a fascinating element of zesty, bright succulence. Beautifully structured, this is a sensual delight." Yeah, whatever. It's great stuff.
Now they have it at Astor Place Wines & Liquor ($47 a bottle - I know, not cheap), and also at www.internetwines.com, for a lower price ($39 plus shipping) which gets cheaper with quantity.
I rarely get so worked up about booze (tea is my thing), but this stuff is absolutely fantastic and really, it will last a lot longer than one fancy meal which you can't buy for $47 anyway. And the weather is perfect for it now.