damn tasty. Similar (near identical) in flavor profile to Woodford Reserve. I love me some Woodford - but buy the OldFo to drink. Great price point & a solid bourbon. Worth a sip.
Also a lot better than stuff 3x its price.
a good cheap alternative to cook with is Weller's. It is about 1/2 the price and, like Maker's, a wheated bourbon. It would go well with the egg nog as well.
I think these are all far superior to Beam, but I am not a Jim Beam fan... For reasonably priced bourbon, I think Bulleit is the best.
knob creek is tasty as well.
the best stuff. Cooking is going to remove really any distinction between brands. Frankly, I'd go with Ezra Brooks or Evan Williams for cooking.
A nicer one might make a difference in eggnog, but I feel it's about as big of a waste as mixing Grey Goose with Red Bull.
No sense in wasting expensive hooch on a mixer.
I've actually never had Elijah Craig or Four Roses.
But Bulleit and Beam have notably different tastes, Bulleit being a lot spicier. I think whichever of those you prefer would be a good cooking bourbon, but I can't rule out the other two recommended by IrishHokie.
It's a good thing Elijah Craig is an inexpensive 12 year old as it tastes like a 4 year old.
Their introductory yellow label line is good, but their small batch is better and still a good value at $30. Their single barrel ($40) is melt in your mouth good. And yes, it's already a liquid so it can't technically melt but it's really that good.