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Old 12-18-2016, 08:43 AM
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Not a bad one here. If you have chance try a Bowman bourbon. Made in VA. They get their mash from Knob Creek. http://www.asmithbowman.com/home.aspx
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Old 12-18-2016, 12:16 PM
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Boozatieriors. That's a new THT coiner..
hahaha yup it's fancy for "packie" hahahaha
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Old 12-18-2016, 04:37 PM
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Yes it is....and I just scored another bottle. This one is the 136proof.
EC barrel proof is my favorite for the price but it's hard to find. The Taylor barrel proof is my favorite but just as elusive.
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Old 12-18-2016, 06:14 PM
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Barrel proof is generally not available in VA - at least not at the 7-8 ABC stores I've been to. So I got this one instead. 110-proof and a bit of a bite. I'm going to take Jay's suggestion and let it "breathe" for a bit. It had a really good aroma, though.

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Anyone ever had Redemption Rye? It said it was 95% rye, which sounded different, but I wasn't sure if it was worth the $$. They also had a Knob Creek 100-proof rye. The rye selection in VA is hit-or-miss, and I've missed more than I've hit - other than Whistle Pig, which is $80 a bottle ($120 for the reserve)

I've had the High West before, and it's okay, but it's not my favorite. The smoothness of the longer aged one is not quite balanced by the harshness of the new one.

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Old 12-19-2016, 05:22 AM
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i'm a big fan of most of the high west whiskeys, and i'm also a big fan of ryes and bourbons with the high-rye mashbills...but i just cannot handle the taste of that high west double rye. i tried it once, and it took all i could muster to finish it...
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Old 12-19-2016, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by RivaHaven View Post
Barrel proof is generally not available in VA - at least not at the 7-8 ABC stores I've been to. So I got this one instead. 110-proof and a bit of a bite. I'm going to take Jay's suggestion and let it "breathe" for a bit. It had a really good aroma, though.



Anyone ever had Redemption Rye? It said it was 95% rye, which sounded different, but I wasn't sure if it was worth the $$. They also had a Knob Creek 100-proof rye. The rye selection in VA is hit-or-miss, and I've missed more than I've hit - other than Whistle Pig, which is $80 a bottle ($120 for the reserve)

I've had the High West before, and it's okay, but it's not my favorite. The smoothness of the longer aged one is not quite balanced by the harshness of the new one.

I have found that just about everything can benefit from time. When I open something I let it sit with the cork off for about 20 min, then pour a dram into my Glen Cairn glass and let that sit another 10-15 min or so. I am really enjoying what I pour so much more now that I am becoming more patient.

As for the redemption rye, for the money, it's not a bad pour at all. I think its maybe $24 or $26 around here.

I think with a little time you will really enjoy that Russel's....I'm a huge fan.

On another note, I have never been much of a Bulleit fan but a buddy urged me to grab a Bulliet 10 year. Man, now that was a surprising bottle of juice. Highly recommend.
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:01 AM
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so my neighborhood store auctions their inventory of pappy van winkle every year, and donates the proceeds to a local charity....they raised over $30K this year...



unfortunately, i stopped my bidding on the 12-yr old at $300...

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Old 12-19-2016, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by JointAsset View Post
EC barrel proof is my favorite for the price but it's hard to find. The Taylor barrel proof is my favorite but just as elusive.
How was that Screaming Eagle? Worth the price or cult hype?
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
so my neighborhood store auctions their inventory of pappy van winkle every year, and donates the proceeds to a local charity....they raised over $30K this year...



unfortunately, i stopped my bidding on the 12-yr old at $300...
Interestingly enough, I was just in a conversation with a buddy and the topic was if we owned a liquor store, how would you handle the allocated stuff.

This is the best I have seen...at least if you are going to overpay for something, the proceeds are going for a good cause and not lining the pockets of a greedy store owner.

My local liquor store quoted me $900-1000 on a bottle of Saz 18 that he's getting in. When I said to him "Nick, thats like WAAAAY over secondary market pricing..forget about retail" He patted me on the shoulder and said "Boss, nobody gonna sell you for retail"

I will probably not be shopping there anymore...and I have spent thousands there.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Interestingly enough, I was just in a conversation with a buddy and the topic was if we owned a liquor store, how would you handle the allocated stuff.

This is the best I have seen...at least if you are going to overpay for something, the proceeds are going for a good cause and not lining the pockets of a greedy store owner.

My local liquor store quoted me $900-1000 on a bottle of Saz 18 that he's getting in. When I said to him "Nick, thats like WAAAAY over secondary market pricing..forget about retail" He patted me on the shoulder and said "Boss, nobody gonna sell you for retail"

I will probably not be shopping there anymore...and I have spent thousands there.
yeah it's pretty cool of them to auction it. they get other allocated stuff as well, and at least from what i've seen, they never mark it up. i guess i'm lucky in that regard...but the waiting list for most allocated stuff is so long that i'll likely never get the chance to buy any of it.
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Old 12-19-2016, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
yeah it's pretty cool of them to auction it. they get other allocated stuff as well, and at least from what i've seen, they never mark it up. i guess i'm lucky in that regard...but the waiting list for most allocated stuff is so long that i'll likely never get the chance to buy any of it.
This is precisely the reason the store picks are really where the market is turning.

Some of the store picks I have bought, I would put up against an allocated bottle.

The Eagle Rare Single Barrel store pick I got this weekend....OH MY.
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I had the opportunity to try Noah's Mill tonight. Wow. It is so much more complex than my normal favorite Eagle Rare 10. A little goes a long way. Loved it!
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by G8RDave View Post
I had the opportunity to try Noah's Mill tonight. Wow. It is so much more complex than my normal favorite Eagle Rare 10. A little goes a long way. Loved it!
That's exactly what I've found as I've moved "upmarket" with my bourbon.

My sister-in-law poured a glass for my brother-in-law and myself the other day to see if we could pick what it was out of the collection. When we tasted it we were a bit perplexed. It tasted very one dimensional - it was good, just very simple. One flavor and a bit flat.

Turned out it was Evan Williams, not something we typically drink on the rocks. It tasted surprisingly good - but was, for lack of a better word, boring...
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:13 AM
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Noah's Mill is good stuff. I keep a bottle of it around, people that don't KNOW, think they are drinking Pappy, and that is just fine with me, it's a lot cheaper and easier to get!
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I bought the bottle of Larceny and drank it with a great old friend this past weekend. We finished off the bottle so there won't be any coming back in 30 days and re-tasting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am ready to expand my taste. Larceny is far from expensive but was really good. I think I'll try something just a little more expensive next.
This buddy I drank with is always on a mission so there is no "tasting" we sipped Larceny and drank Jim Beam and coke. This thread is opening my eyes. Keep up the great suggestions, especially the "this is a great Bourban for the price!!
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Originally Posted by Drippin Wett View Post
I bought the bottle of Larceny and drank it with a great old friend this past weekend. We finished off the bottle so there won't be any coming back in 30 days and re-tasting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am ready to expand my taste. Larceny is far from expensive but was really good. I think I'll try something just a little more expensive next.
This buddy I drank with is always on a mission so there is no "tasting" we sipped Larceny and drank Jim Beam and coke. This thread is opening my eyes. Keep up the great suggestions, especially the "this is a great Bourbon for the price!!
Keep in mind it doesn't have to be expensive to be good.

Here is a list of not too expensive must haves that should be fairly easy to find. These should all be sub $50.


1) Very Old Barton "Bottled in Bond" $14 ish
2) Old Grandad "Bottled in Bond" $22 ish
3) McKenna 10 year just under $30
4) Eagle Rare 10 year $29-31, buy the single barrel if you can
5) Bulleit 10 year, approx $45
6) Stagg Jr, approx $46
7) Knob Creek Single Barrel, approx $40
8) Elijah Craig small batch, $33 ish
9) Four Roses small batch, $30 ish
10) Buffalo Trace, this can often be found as a store pick, $28 ish.
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:49 AM
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Thanks Freedbaby that's exactly what I needed.
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Thanks Freedbaby that's exactly what I needed.
also add evan williams single barrel to that list. while i havent tried the most recent bottling, i've had 4-5 of their different, annual bottlings over the years, and they have always been a great value for around $35.

also, since you said you liked the larceny, you should also try some other "wheated" bourbons like bernheim and w.l. weller...and of course, maker's mark is also wheated.
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
also add evan williams single barrel to that list. while i havent tried the most recent bottling, i've had 4-5 of their different, annual bottlings over the years, and they have always been a great value for around $35.

also, since you said you liked the larceny, you should also try some other "wheated" bourbons like bernheim and w.l. weller...and of course, maker's mark is also wheated.
I knew there would be a couple that slipped my mind, but my Christmas brain is FRIED...EW SB is a good one to add to that list for sure!
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I just stumbled upon a bottle of Willett Pot Still Reserve. I am looking forward to trying it.
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