Old Charter, 40%

Price: $17 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Named after the Charter Oak tree from the 1800s, this brand offers decent value. Sweetness and grain come and go, with hints of baking soda and dandelions. Think cooked grains, in presentations like cornbread and fresh-baked rye bread. Unfortunately, this is too much of a one-trick pony, falling into those pronounced grains that don't offer much more. But there's no doubt about it: it's worth the money. Remember, value.