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Old 11-15-2016, 07:24 PM
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Old Weller Antique 107: holds up to an ice cube and retains its nuances.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:29 PM
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Good thread. I'm a big fan of Bulliet and Jefferson. Bought 4 Roses single barrel recently, not too impressed. Always looking for something good in that $30 price range.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:39 PM
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First Choice for drinking is EH Taylor Small Batch...

Second Choice is my favorite sippin' Bourbon....
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Been drinkin bullet as well. guess been drankin to much I can't even spell it hehe


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Old 11-15-2016, 07:45 PM
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does shine count?
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by KismetLRC View Post
First Choice for drinking is EH Taylor Small Batch...

Second Choice is my favorite sippin' Bourbon....
This. Yes, it's a Heaven Hill brand that a lot of people dismiss because it's "big industry" bourbon, but it's really good and at a reasonable price. The Elijah Craig single barrel 12 yr is also a great bourbon especially for the price and availability.

I find the Eagle Rare and also the Makers 46 a bit harsh up front with very similar spicy flavors. No major complaints from either other than I value smoothness over complex flavors- personal choice.

For a basic bourbon I like Maker's (sweet) or Buffalo Trace ( balanced). I keep either/or on hand at all times plus usually the Elijah barrel proof or 12yr single barrel.

For more complex I prefer Blanton, Weller, Taylor, and Lee. Or the much older Elijah Craig's. But I'm a fairly cheap bourbon snob, so it's usually one at a time until it's gone

The great thing about bourbon is most people think it's a narrow selection of spirit, but once you start exploring you realize it's a huge range of tastes.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:52 PM
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Moonshine deserves its own thread.

I miss good shine out here.
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Old 11-16-2016, 02:59 AM
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Default Hands down best cheap bourbon

It's called virgin bourbon. Try a blind taste test with some more expensive stuff. We get her here in NC for like 12 bucks. 101 proof. Aged 7 years.
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I really like a good rye whiskey. Agree that Angel's Envy Rye is great. I find that I've almost stopped sipping scotch in favor of rye. I do still enjoy an occasional scotch and club soda though.
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Glad to see Basil made the list from a couple posts. I also would put it at the top of my short list, and short experience. Very smooth that lets the taste come through with a delayed warmth that comes back up vs a harsher hit up front. It's also lower on octane, around 80 proof.


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I don't know what's wrong with me. (At least with respect to bourbon.)

I like Maker's. I like Jefferson's. I like Elijah Craig. I like Bulleit. Basil Hayden seems to drift close to the like/don't like line.

I'm not a fan of Buffalo Trace. I don't like Rye.

Given the above, does that mean I should stick with bourbons that favor wheat over rye or corn*?

*Obviously they all have mash bills with 51% or greater corn, so when I say wheat vs corn, I mean corn & wheat mash bill vs corn and more corn.
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Man, so many comments to respond to!!

Not gonna quote everyone, but the few that come to mind...

1) Weller Antique 107 is a SOLID play. I have tons of Weller 12 and Weller 107 and still prefer 107...but lose the ice and try it in a Glencairn glass. You will get so many more flavors it's unreal.
2) Elijah Craig, if you can still find it with the age statement on the back, grab it...you cannot go wrong with it. The Single Barrel is also amazing
3) Moonshine...Bone Distillery here in Texas is the best I've had. See if you can find it, if not I will find a way to get you some
4) EH Taylor small batch and Eagle Rare 10 year....HELL YESS!!!


jobowkr...what are the flavors you like and what don't you like about Rye? that will help myself and some others make some recommendations.

Last night I had the opportunity to participate in something VERY cool. I was invited to go to a seminar at Goody Goody Liquor here in Houston. It was led by the Grandson of the Master Distiller and Hall of Famer, Jimmy Russel of Wild Turkey/Russel's. He has been with the company over 60 years, his son is now taking over as Master Distiller even though "Grandad" still goes to work every day...and now the grandson is also in the business. I believe the fellow I met yesterday is fourth generation...crazy!

The grand finally of the tasting was the Russel's Single Barrel 10 year Store Pick...AMAZING. I grabbed that (last store pick bottle in existence else I would have bought a case) and the Russell's Reserve Straight Rye.

Man I learned so much about bourbon, distillation, why Bourbon is so largely centered in and around Kentucky, why the consumer believes there is a "shortage" of bourbon etc.

Here are a couple pics of Mr. Russel and the two bottles I grabbed. I also threw the pictures of my shelving I am still trying to finish up.

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I really like the Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey when I can find it.

My everyday budget bourbon has been Very Old Barton. It's distributed within a radius of Kentucky, but I'm not sure of the geographic boundaries. I know it can be found in North Alabama, but I haven't found it further south. It's been getting harder to come by lately, I think because it has gained in popularity.

Pike Creek is a Canadian whiskey finished in port barrels. It's very smooth with some fruity notes. Great for sipping neat and even non-whiskey drinkers seem to like it. Pretty cheap too.

I like to do some blind taste testing of my inventory every now and again to see how my tastes have changed and to see if my winning pick is affordable.

If you guys make it to downtown Pensacola, the Old Hickory Whiskey Bar has over 400 on hand and they craft some of the best cocktails you'll ever have. Places like that are great for test driving without having to buy a whole bottle.
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Freedbaby, I'll be glad to help you taste test. When can I come over?
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My HH6 and I are HUGE Whisky / Whiskey fans. One of our favorites these days (very affordable) is the Michter's "American Whiskey". It's big, It's bold, very warm neat, opens up a bit with a rock or two. We are constantly trying new small batch / single barrel stuff.

http://www.michters.com/age
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Originally Posted by Obvious View Post
I really like the Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey when I can find it.

My everyday budget bourbon has been Very Old Barton. It's distributed within a radius of Kentucky, but I'm not sure of the geographic boundaries. I know it can be found in North Alabama, but I haven't found it further south. It's been getting harder to come by lately, I think because it has gained in popularity.
I have two bottles at home that I havent opened yet, but its now trading for over $50 on the secondary market...I think I paid $13.00.

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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
My HH6 and I are HUGE Whisky / Whiskey fans. One of our favorites these days (very affordable) is the Michter's "American Whiskey". It's big, It's bold, very warm neat, opens up a bit with a rock or two. We are constantly trying new small batch / single barrel stuff.

http://www.michters.com/age
I am also finding that I am headed towards mostly single barrel and small batch. If you have them in your area, store picks are awesome too.
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I really like Elmer T Lee when I can find it, but Bookers and Rare Breed for every day. Do not like 4 Roses at all. Was given a bottle of Wiser's 18 Canadian Whiskey and it is really good.

Haven't tried Russell's 10 yet, but will get a bottle the next time that I go to the store.
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here's a few of my favorites from a recent shopping trip. i could drink eagle rare all day long.



would add blanton's and bulleit rye to my list of regular favorites.

blanton's has been almost impossible to find anywhere around me. took a recent trip to the dominican republic and scored 2 bottles of blanton's for $56 duty free!

i drink mostly neat with a very small splash of spring water. bookers, stag, rarebreed...any of the barrel proofs usualy get 2 ice cubes.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
I don't know what's wrong with me. (At least with respect to bourbon.)

I like Maker's. I like Jefferson's. I like Elijah Craig. I like Bulleit. Basil Hayden seems to drift close to the like/don't like line.

I'm not a fan of Buffalo Trace. I don't like Rye.

Given the above, does that mean I should stick with bourbons that favor wheat over rye or corn*?

*Obviously they all have mash bills with 51% or greater corn, so when I say wheat vs corn, I mean corn & wheat mash bill vs corn and more corn.
Nothing wrong with you. I really like rye because to me it's similar to scotch and I've liked and drank scotch for most of my life. Drinking scotch in college was great, because hardly anyone else liked it so no one drank it while you weren't looking. I also prefer gin to vodka. You probably don't really care for scotch or gin. I've been told that there is a floral aspect to scotch and gin that is not present in bourbon and vodka. But, I also like good bourbon and I will drink vodka as part of a refreshing drink when it's hot.
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
here's a few of my favorites from a recent shopping trip. i could drink eagle rare all day long.



would add blanton's and bulleit rye to my list of regular favorites.

blanton's has been almost impossible to find anywhere around me. took a recent trip to the dominican republic and scored 2 bottles of blanton's for $56 duty free!

i drink mostly neat with a very small splash of spring water. bookers, stag, rarebreed...any of the barrel proofs usualy get 2 ice cubes.
I like your collection....in my opinion, Stagg jr. is one of the best values in Bourbon right now. Man, that stuff is fantastic. I see you have it hiding

Blantons is tough to get by me too. My regular place always has it but never on the shelf, you have to know them and they have to know you.
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