I'm with Lurkin in that the Eagle Rare and Four Roses Small Batch are my current favs.
At a higher price point, I'd definitely recommend Blanton's or my latest acquisition, Rabbit Hole's Cavehill. My son-in-law shared a bottle of the Rabbit Hole with me over the holidays and I had to immediately go get my own. Tasty stuff and very smooth.
In a cheaper category, I'm fine with a plain old Buffalo Trace and, although not a bourdon, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey. For a really inexpensive mixer, you can spend more and get much worse than Benchmark Old. No. 8.
For whatever reason, I've never hit it off with Makers or Woodford. And I guess my palate isn't polished enough to appreciate Pappy's. What I've had has been good, but for the price?
If you guys are in the Muncie area, I'd recommend a visit to Oakley Brothers Distillery in downtown Anderson. I think they're struggling some with keeping up with production, but they make a vodka that my wife likes and an Agave that my brother is partial to. When they opened, they sold a reserve bourbon that was pretty good but they haven't had it since. They sell a Flyover whiskey that's OK but nothing special IMO. Still, a nice place to visit and have a drink or three.
A couple of "bourbon people" have told me before, "a good bourbon is one that you like." The way I see it, bourbons and a lot of ryes were homemade in barns, backyard stills and garages. Some were better than others. Nothing on the market today is going to leave you blind, so save the $$ for the real price-caste stuff, like scotch and cognac!