You sound like the lead man for a bourbon trail... good stuffThat Elijah is one of the few aged bourbons (12 years) at a reasonable price (the 23 year old is shizzle). That and 4R are the best "values" for decent swill and I will generally grab either one on usual trip to the store. Every now and then I will grab a bottle of makers because, like Nolen, I am a sucker for a good red head.
Pappy 20 year will ruin you. Don't try it unless you have the time, money and connections to get it in your stash ( I don't and that makes me sad). Anything by buffalo trace distillery is generally good. Buillet is trendy but it gives me a headache (which is ironic because I think it's bottled at the four roses distillery).
A lot of the distillers have quit aging their mash (to be called "bouboun" there is only a 2-year aging minimum). So, if doesn't say "aged -- years" on the bottle and just says "-- proof" you are getting the s***ty bourbon with minimum aging with a brand label slapped on it.
Some others to consider:
Blantons (bonus points for cool bottle)
The Bourbon Renaissance
10 Essential Bottles of Bourbon
Bourbon drinkers - Drake Magazine Online