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    I like to have an occassional sip of a nice Kentucky Bourbon. On the good side, the taste of a well made bourbon is hard to beat. On the downside, even a good bottle lasts a long time in my house, so if I buy a mediocre one, I seem to have it forever.

    I would like to get other people's opinion on their favorite (and no so favorite) bourbons and post a few notes about my experiences. Obviously, this is going to be as subjective as "what is the perfect flashlight beam", but that is ok.

    My father usually drank beer, but had some ancient age around. To me, it is a bit harsh.

    I drank wild turkey for a long time, but last year moved to makers mark. The game that makers mark played with threatening to change its formula (which I am sure will just end up in a price increase) sort of ticked me off, so when my bottle went dry, I decided to look around again.

    Tonight I opened a bottle of knob hill, which supposedly has been aged 9 years. I am not sure where it was stored, but it is pretty harsh for 9 years. To me, it is similar to ancient age with a different label.

    What is your experience with Bourbon ?

    Please just post about taste, not your entire experience.

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    Until today, I was not sure what bourbon really was. I looked it up on Wiki and found a few salient points....

    It turns out that it's a whiskey made primarily from corn, aged in "new charred oak" barrels. Unlike many other whiskeys a premium bourbon is aged to maturity, not beyond. A 3 year bourbon may be a better drink than a 10 year old.


    I don't drink whiskey often, but when I do I like one that is smooth enough that I don't taste the alcohol. When I was a kid I snitched some from my dads liquor cabinet and hated the way it made me cough and my eyes burn. It took 20 years to get over that and find that there were decent whiskeys.

    I inherited a bottle of Old Evan Williams bourbon from my wife's ex 25 years ago. It appears to have been a commemorative issue from their 1983 bicentenial. I opened it a few months ago and I really liked it. It's withstood the time well. It's quite smooth and has the tastes I like... honey, vanilla and some other flavors that just seemed to go good together.

    This web site seems to think that some of the Evan Williams is quite good.
    http://whiskey.findthebest.com/compa...s-Bourbon-1783

    On top of all the rest, it appears that the decanter is worth about $20 all by itself.


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    Blanton's single barrel is the best.
    Maker's 46 and Angel's Envy are both quite good as well.

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    I'm fan of Wild Turkey Rare Breed. But Makers Mark is also good. A good Scotch is also a very nice way to enjoy a fine drink after a long day.
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    I got turned on to Makers in the early 70s in Alaska before it was cool. It is still my fav but it's a bit pricey for me anymore.

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    I have been told that Jack Daniels meets the critria for Bourbon although the company does not consider it as bourbon. Either way I have always liked Jack, but recently my taste have had me trying different things and I have acquired a taste for Canadian, it appears to go down smoother for me

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    Thread reborn!


    Heres my collection of bourbon, now have 3 bottles of Blantons.

    Currently sipping in some Aberlour Abunadh
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    Currently got two Bourbon open, Blanton‘s Gold and Elijah Craig 12, the rest is Single Malt and some other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBR View Post
    Currently got two Bourbon open, Blanton‘s Gold and Elijah Craig 12, the rest is Single Malt and some other stuff.

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    Oh man, where did you catch a gold?

    Howse the EC12?

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    Bought the Gold at a local liquor store, for 64,- € if I remember right.

    Just saw this week they had a bottle Straight From The Barrel in their window, same price. Digging a little deeper now I think it’s not a too bad idea to pick one from the shelves as long it’s still available...

    Has been similar with the EC12, grabbed two bottles for normal retail price just at the point EC stopped producing the 12.
    It is quite a very good Bourbon for the old retail price though a bit more on the mellow side compared to most Buffalo Trace stuff I had so far. But that might be also due to the comparably low voltage.

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    For the budget, cant beat Evan Williams Bottled in Bond 100 proof!

    For the special occasions, I enjoy Garrison Bros.

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    That's a damn impressive bar, Trailhunter!

    Being it's Summer here in The Great State of Washington, I've been experimenting with a few Tiki cocktails.

    First up was a Jet Pilot.
    1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
    1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
    1/2 ounce SC Cinnamon Syrup
    1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum
    1 ounce black blended rum
    3/4ounce blended aged rum
    3/4 ounce black blended overproof rum
    1 dash Herbstura


    Add all ingredients to a drink mixer tin. Fill with 12 ounces of crushed ice and 4 to 6 small “agitator” cubes.
    Flash blend and open pour.

    It's amazingly complex and refreshing. Your tongue doesn't which flavor it likes more.




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    What an incredibly complex cocktail! I'll try it out, just need to find sampler bottles hehe.

    I've been on the coronarita wagon for a while and of course old fashion. We play a lot of board games at the house so friends come over and stay (de)hydrated

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    Great timing. Been looking for an excellent bottle for my nephew, who just got engaged. I have had very few bourbons. The only really good one that I could drink straight was this one...which I tasted at a formal tasting event in Louisville. Out of my price range at the moment.

    Anything anywhere near the equivalent in taste for perhaps 1/10 the cost?


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    What did this run, like 80-100 bucks?

    Eagle Rare or Buffalo Trace are good starter bourbons to try which are very delicious.

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    Anyone here like Woodford Reserve Bourbon?
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    big woodford fan here. Particularly the double oak.

    We always have a bottle of woodford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailhunter View Post
    What did this run, like 80-100 bucks?

    Eagle Rare or Buffalo Trace are good starter bourbons to try which are very delicious.

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    Thank you for the suggestions!

    Above runs about $800 if you can find it (2017). When the 2019 comes out in September I'll try to snag some. Should be around $100 retail.

    So, what is the best $100 bourbon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailhunter View Post
    big woodford fan here. Particularly the double oak.

    We always have a bottle of woodford.
    Ah yes, definitely the Double oak.
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    Woodford produces some fine, less typical Bourbon in my opinion and i too prefer the DO over their standard bottling.
    I really enjoy those very fine Rum-like tones i found.

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    Whistle Pig is amazing. Give that a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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    Success...just picked the very last bottle of Blanton’s „Straigt From The Barrel“ off the local dealer´s shelf, at old retail price...

    Does anyone know whether BT discontinued the Gold and/or SFTB series?

    Availability of these two sorts decreases and prices begin to go through the roof, at least in this part of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBR View Post
    Success...just picked the very last bottle of Blanton’s „Straigt From The Barrel“ off the local dealer´s shelf, at old retail price...

    Does anyone know whether BT discontinued the Gold and/or SFTB series?

    Availability of these two sorts decreases and prices begin to go through the roof, at least in this part of the world.

    Cheers

    RBR
    Nope, these are international variants, blantons is generally regarded as a rare item. At times, it takes me months to find one. I wish I can get my hands on sftb, I'll have to drive up to Canada for that one.

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    Ah, i see.

    If I remember right these Blanton’s have been produced for the Asian (and travel retail) market in the very beginning and have later been easily available in Europe as well.
    I already know three stores in a midsize city I live in that ran the full program, while these have astonishingly always been hard to get in USA.

    Right now these become harder to get here too, even amazon and some other of the larger online shops run/ran out of stock.

    But maybe that’s just another change of marketing focus.

    Cheers

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    Just saw a Corsair Oatrage in a store this week, which might become the next elf on my shelf.

    Anyone any experience with this one?

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    Became a way older Armagnac at similar voltage and at pretty lower price tag instead, featuring a hefty but very nice bourbony heeling, great stuff.

    Cheers

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    Finally got my hands on some Weller 12 year this last weekend. By far the best whiskey I have ever tried. Anyone else had this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumen83 View Post
    Finally got my hands on some Weller 12 year this last weekend. By far the best whiskey I have ever tried. Anyone else had this?
    I have been looking for it, close as I've gotten was 107. Was it on a shelf? What state?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailhunter View Post
    I have been looking for it, close as I've gotten was 107. Was it on a shelf? What state?

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    I couldn't get a bottle for myself. It was at a whiskey bar in Tucson Arizona. 14 dollars for a 2 ounce pour. Not gonna say how many I had, haha. But it was well worth the money. I'd pay 107 for it. I can't find it for under 350 right now. I'm reasearching alternatives / other wheated whiskeys. I'm hearing Makers Mark Cask strenght and 46 are similar. I had the 46 the other day. Very good. Very tasty, and instantly one of my favorites that I can actually get my hands on. But the smoothness of the Weller 12 was like nothing I've ever experienced. No bite. Just seemed like flavors that grew on the palate for a very long time and slowly faded away.

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