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Old 11-16-2016, 08:00 AM
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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.
Seems like we have similar likes. Haven't found the Rock Hill one, but Virginia ABC stores don't carry too much in the way other than mainstream stuff.

Here's pic of the bourbons a work buddy had at his tasting last year. Front and center is the 1792 which is one of my favorite reasonably-priced ones. I also like the Four Roses small batch (better than the single barrel).
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:03 AM
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I agree. We love Eagle Rare. Have you tried the 17 year yet?
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
I agree. We love Eagle Rare. Have you tried the 17 year yet?

no, I wish....

My Local store has three bottles, but its a lottery. I am hoping I get lucky.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
no, I wish....

My Local store has three bottles, but its a lottery. I am hoping I get lucky.
I had it out in Vegas last year at SHOT. It is heavenly!!!!
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
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.
haha...not hiding the stagg jr...i just had those four bottles out front to take the pic when i got home from my bourbon run. i was sending the pic to a couple of buddies to invite them over for a pour.

i only have 3 bottles that are truly hidden: (1) jefferson presidential 21-yr...this was the original bottling of this juice...only something like 1800 cases...and i have a "batch 1" bottle. i really love it, but it's not my all-time favorite, just super rare; (2) parker's promise of hope...not necessarily an all-time great, but it was only a one-year bottling; (3) elmer t. lee commemorative bottling...this is the one they did right after mr. lee left us with one less master distiller on the planet...this one is still sealed.


Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
I agree. We love Eagle Rare. Have you tried the 17 year yet?
eagle rare 17 is probably my favorite bourbon of all time. i have never owned a bottle but have paid upwards of $40 for a pour. i absolutely get a pour every time i see it on a bar.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:20 AM
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There is some damn fine dram mentioned in this thread. I have had most of what has been mentioned, but still remain on the hunt. If you are ever in Vegas, I would strongly recommend the "Whiskey Attic". It's a very nice detour from the normal crap there. We went up and did a very nice, several hour long tasting.

http://whiskyattic.com/
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:29 AM
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Blanton's can be tough to get here also, only the bigger stores may carry it, and some of those keep it behind the counter so you have to ask.
Also a gin drinker here from way back.
Never liked scotch until my BIL sprung some Macallan 12 on me last spring and I liked it. Can't stand the cheap Clan Macgregor or Dewar's stuff.
This is al a revitalization for me from my Jack days when I was a kid. A buddy of mine started getting back into bourbon and passes stuff he finds on to me. I in turn have been passing the stuff I like onto the dock beer drinkers in my marina. Near the end of summer anywhere from 4 to 8 or 10 of us would be getting together every other weekend to try new bourbons that I would bring down. It was getting crazy and costing upwards of over $150 a weekend just in bourbon, never mind the beer I would also get. Near the end of summer a couple of the other guys started to bring in a bottle here and there of the stuff we liked. Then I began handing out cigars also by the end of summer and these guys were loving it.
Can't wait for the bourbon education to begin again next summer with these guys.
I'm gonna have to look for a bottle of that Eagle Rare now and bring it up to my buddy for the holidays.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
eagle rare 17 is probably my favorite bourbon of all time. i have never owned a bottle but have paid upwards of $40 for a pour. i absolutely get a pour every time i see it on a bar.
This is the thing people don't understand...It's a bottle that will trade between $5-700 on the secondary market. Buying a shot for $40-$60 of these high end hard to find bourbons is satisfying to me....but still people look at me sideways for buying an expensive shot.

Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
There is some damn fine dram mentioned in this thread. I have had most of what has been mentioned, but still remain on the hunt. If you are ever in Vegas, I would strongly recommend the "Whiskey Attic". It's a very nice detour from the normal crap there. We went up and did a very nice, several hour long tasting.

http://whiskyattic.com/
Been there, that place is awesome.
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Originally Posted by RivaHaven View Post
Seems like we have similar likes. Haven't found the Rock Hill one, but Virginia ABC stores don't carry too much in the way other than mainstream stuff.

Here's pic of the bourbons a work buddy had at his tasting last year. Front and center is the 1792 which is one of my favorite reasonably-priced ones. I also like the Four Roses small batch (better than the single barrel).
That is one hell of a tasting!
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Man, Thank you all for this thread. I love Bourbon. I am so much a creature of habit...Maker's only, but, have been wanting to try some others, but, had no idea where/what to try....Gonna try some of your recommendations.....
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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
Man, Thank you all for this thread. I love Bourbon. I am so much a creature of habit...Maker's only, but, have been wanting to try some others, but, had no idea where/what to try....Gonna try some of your recommendations.....
be very careful....this is an EXTREMELY slippery slope LOL
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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
Man, Thank you all for this thread. I love Bourbon. I am so much a creature of habit...Maker's only, but, have been wanting to try some others, but, had no idea where/what to try....Gonna try some of your recommendations.....
one of my favorite things i have ever found on the interwebs...



if for some reason the image doesn't come through because of it's size, then just google "bourbon family tree"

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Old 11-16-2016, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
one of my favorite things i have ever found on the interwebs...



if for some reason the image doesn't come through because of it's size, then just google "bourbon family tree"

.you're welcome....
Wow, thats cool....Thats going to be some restroom studies for sure!
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
be very careful....this is an EXTREMELY slippery slope LOL
incredibly slippery! and possibly / probably expensive!

some helpful hints if you're just starting out:
1 - stick to the names that you know (use the family tree pic). over the past few years there's been a ridiculous proliferation of "boutique" whiskeys. some are very good...but most are overpriced. if you stick with the classics when starting out, you'll be much less likely to get burned by overpaying.

2 - start with "younger" whiskeys..those less than 7-8 years old. older whiskeys will be more intense, likely more oaky and have more bite due to higher alcohol content

3 - pay attention to the age statements - there are laws that govern the use of age statements on whiskey. if you see some marketing type language about whiskey including "handcrafted blends up to 10 years old" then be wary of overpaying.

4 - price does not equate to value or drinkability -- bourbon is a lot like wine in that your pallet will enjoy some bourbons more than others. don't feel bad if you don't like some $80 bottle. the best thing that can happen to you is if something like a $20 bottle of four roses small batch or jim beam black becomes your favorite!

5 - experiment: do you like it neat? just a splash of spring water? one ice cube? 10 ice cubes? each of these styles will produce a different tasty experience from the same bottle of whiskey

6 - rewatch the tv series "justified" and see how many bottles you can identify just by their shape
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
incredibly slippery! and possibly / probably expensive!

some helpful hints if you're just starting out:
1 - stick to the names that you know (use the family tree pic). over the past few years there's been a ridiculous proliferation of "boutique" whiskeys. some are very good...but most are overpriced. if you stick with the classics when starting out, you'll be much less likely to get burned by overpaying.

2 - start with "younger" whiskeys..those less than 7-8 years old. older whiskeys will be more intense, likely more oaky and have more bite due to higher alcohol content

3 - pay attention to the age statements - there are laws that govern the use of age statements on whiskey. if you see some marketing type language about whiskey including "handcrafted blends up to 10 years old" then be wary of overpaying.

4 - price does not equate to value or drinkability -- bourbon is a lot like wine in that your pallet will enjoy some bourbons more than others. don't feel bad if you don't like some $80 bottle. the best thing that can happen to you is if something like a $20 bottle of four roses small batch or jim beam black becomes your favorite!

5 - experiment: do you like it neat? just a splash of spring water? one ice cube? 10 ice cubes? each of these styles will produce a different tasty experience from the same bottle of whiskey

6 - rewatch the tv series "justified" and see how many bottles you can identify just by their shape


VERY solid advice, I will only add a couple things.

7) dont be afraid to let something breathe. Oxygen will totally change most bottles...I have gone back to bottles a week or two later and they were totally different than when I opened it. I hated Four Roses Small Batch the moment I opened it. 2 weeks later its a VERY enjoyable bottle of Bourbon.

8)As Happyjack says...learn not just the age statement lingo but ALL the lingo. Barrel Proof, Single Barrel, Small Batch, use of the word "Straight", Cask Strength, "Distilled and bottled by" vs just "bottled by" or "finished and bottled by" etc. He is absolutely right when he says knowing this lingo could possibly keep you from getting burned.
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Great advice....very experienced in drinking, I'm embarrassed to say....Just not versed at all in the different bourbons/whiskey, the lingo and what it all means....I have been putting it in a glass, some of those big ice cubes, and a small splash of diet ginger ale to "cut" it some...learning to like to sip it....Will follow this thread with great interest....Again, Freedbaby....great job...
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Very good thread...

I agree with all of the above advice. Broadening the palate is a long road, very costly, but worth every penny.



We keep a journal of sorts, when we try a new Whiskey / Whisky... Neat, Branch, Rocks, etc.

Certain dram, we like a certain way. My Wife and I agree on 98% of our pours. We both like the same thing. I am more of a Rye fan than she is, but for the most part, we are spot on.
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You guys with big stashes, obviously, don't drink like me! I'm lucky to have a 750ml bottle last longer than 2 days...
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I forgot to mention the glass you drink it out of.

I had my first Bourbon Whiskey, Rebel Yell, in my early 20's and since then I have always said one of those "special" whiskey glasses is the absolute STUPIDEST thing I had ever heard of. I walked into one of my local places the other day, Nick, the owner greeted me and said, "Jay, you should take a look at these close out glasses I have" So only because they were 99 cents, did I buy these two Glencairn glassed that were etched with Woodford Reserve on them.

I gotta tell you, if you are into drinking Bourbon neat, I HIGHLY reccomend you grab a couple Glencairn glasses. They keep the "heat" from going up your nose, making the tasting experience MUCH more enjoyable. TRUST me on this one.

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Great thread with great advice. I'm also ignorant to the lingo and will have to do more homework.
Back in my early Jack days all's we did is shots. This new revitalization I've been sipping for taste more then effect. I've yet to drink any of the bourbons I've tried other then neat because of not wanting to water it down. Might have to try some of the bourbons with more bite with a cube to see the difference.
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