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Old 11-16-2016, 10:24 AM
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I agree on the glass choice. Definitely makes a difference.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by OurSomeday View Post
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.
Speaking of Heaven Hill, here is a bottle I picked up last year in Louisville. Saving for I don't know what.....but saving it

This thread is making me thirsty.....I am doing a 10 day"cleanse" thing my wife got me into and we are on day 10 right now.....that's right. Tonight will be the 10th night straight without a drop of alkee-hall. I'm thinking tomorrow night I will pour three fingers of Angels Envy for my plunge from the wagon
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
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.
You seem to have the same taste in bourbon that I do - high proof and sweet.

I've had, and enjoyed Booker's (my start), Rowan's Creek, Four Roses Small/Single, Colonel Taylor Single.

I don't really like the Rebel Yell 10 year I have - too smoky. I didn't like the Basil Hayden bottle very much - kinda weak I thought.

I've had the Russel Reserve - I think the small batch (same as the one you show, but red instead of black). And I like it pretty well - it's a bit viscous for me (I think that's the non-chill filtered).

I've also had Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace and a couple others before I really started to know what I like...

My local place just got their own barrel of Old Weller Antique that I'm going to try and pick up. They also have their own Blanton's that I'm going to try to grab.

What else would you suggest? Preferably easier to find?
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:45 AM
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Have any of you tried Woodford Reserve Double Oaked? We get it for about $52 a bottle at Total Wine, and sometimes as low as $47 a bottle at the Class Six on post. It is one of my go-to bourbons... nice, big, good neat or with a rock.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
You seem to have the same taste in bourbon that I do - high proof and sweet.

I've had, and enjoyed Booker's (my start), Rowan's Creek, Four Roses Small/Single, Colonel Taylor Single.

I don't really like the Rebel Yell 10 year I have - too smoky. I didn't like the Basil Hayden bottle very much - kinda weak I thought.

I've had the Russel Reserve - I think the small batch (same as the one you show, but red instead of black). And I like it pretty well - it's a bit viscous for me (I think that's the non-chill filtered).

I've also had Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace and a couple others before I really started to know what I like...

My local place just got their own barrel of Old Weller Antique that I'm going to try and pick up. They also have their own Blanton's that I'm going to try to grab.

What else would you suggest? Preferably easier to find?
Yes, it does seem like we share similar tastes. Sucks about Rebel Yell, I have a bottle I havent opened yet.

Didn't see you mention Noah's Mill, Stagg Jr., or EH Taylor. High proof really really tasty Bourbons. Grab those.

Man I would love to have a Weller 107 and Blantons store pick! Thats cool
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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
Have any of you tried Woodford Reserve Double Oaked? We get it for about $52 a bottle at Total Wine, and sometimes as low as $47 a bottle at the Class Six on post. It is one of my go-to bourbons... nice, big, good neat or with a rock.
I don't buy Woodford, I only drink it if I am out and they got nothing else. Maybe I should grab a bottle of this one.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
I don't buy Woodford, I only drink it if I am out and they got nothing else. Maybe I should grab a bottle of this one.
I don't either. I equate it (normal Woodford) with Bar Bourbon... but, the Double Oaked is worth a try.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Yes, it does seem like we share similar tastes. Sucks about Rebel Yell, I have a bottle I havent opened yet.

Didn't see you mention Noah's Mill, Stagg Jr., or EH Taylor. High proof really really tasty Bourbons. Grab those.

Man I would love to have a Weller 107 and Blantons store pick! Thats cool
Noah's Mill is on my list.

I had a bottle of Stagg Jr before I knew what I was doing but want to get some more.

In on a raffle for a bottle of Pappy 12 year.... Finger's crossed.

Now I gotta find some place to store it all....
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Old 11-16-2016, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
Noah's Mill is on my list.

I had a bottle of Stagg Jr before I knew what I was doing but want to get some more.

In on a raffle for a bottle of Pappy 12 year.... Finger's crossed.

Now I gotta find some place to store it all....
buy Pappy because it's collectable....there is much better Bourbon out there though.
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Old 11-16-2016, 11:51 AM
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Is that Heaven Hill plumb colored?
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Is that Heaven Hill plumb colored?
It is a very dark brown, like maple syrup
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:19 PM
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High ball glass if on the rocks. If mixing 32oz Tupperware cup
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:39 PM
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Noah's Mill = very nice, better than Pappy's.

Drinking a bit of Eagle Rare tonight, recovering from the debauchery last night.

Just gave away a bottle of Old Scout single barrel today to a very good friend, really like that stuff too.
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So funny story.... I like bourbon. I go over to a friends house who is a beer guy and I ask for bourbon. He says dig in that there cabinet and look in the back . I pull out a bottle that says Very Very Old Fitzgerald, dust it off, crack the seal and pour a 50/50 with Fitzgerald and Coke and enjoyed the night along with about 85% of the contents of said bottle. Very good stuff I might add. Little did I know.

The next day, the mailman comes and brings me Garden & gun and I read this.

http://gardenandgun.com/article/grea...bon-taste-test

I mixed it with Coke. I gargled with it. I disrespected it....and now we laugh about it.
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Originally Posted by Marlinmate1 View Post
So funny story.... I like bourbon. I go over to a friends house who is a beer guy and I ask for bourbon. He says dig in that there cabinet and look in the back . I pull out a bottle that says Very Very Old Fitzgerald, dust it off, crack the seal and pour a 50/50 with Fitzgerald and Coke and enjoyed the night along with about 85% of the contents of said bottle. Very good stuff I might add. Little did I know.

The next day, the mailman comes and brings me Garden & gun and I read this.

http://gardenandgun.com/article/grea...bon-taste-test

I mixed it with Coke. I gargled with it. I disrespected it....and now we laugh about it.
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That's like putting ketchup on a filet mignon
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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
Have any of you tried Woodford Reserve Double Oaked? We get it for about $52 a bottle at Total Wine, and sometimes as low as $47 a bottle at the Class Six on post. It is one of my go-to bourbons... nice, big, good neat or with a rock.
Personally think it's one of the worst bourbons I've ever had. Oak taste is consuming, way over the top. Regular Woodford isn't my first choice, but I enjoy it.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:16 AM
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I've never had any Woodford that I thought was worth a darn. Way, way over-rated in my book.

Although long gone and not a true KY bourbon, AH Hirsch Special Reserve was another great, great one. As I understand it, another distillery is producing the Hirsch recipe again. Don't know if its any good or not though.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Yes, it does seem like we share similar tastes. Sucks about Rebel Yell, I have a bottle I havent opened yet.

Didn't see you mention Noah's Mill, Stagg Jr., or EH Taylor. High proof really really tasty Bourbons. Grab those.

Man I would love to have a Weller 107 and Blantons store pick! Thats cool
The Weller and Blanton's are both very, very good.

The Weller is HOT right out of the bottle, but a little time on ice opens it up really nicely.

The Blanton's has a new flavor that I can't quite put my finger on... I almost want to say that it tasted a little bit like raisins?!? It was also pretty hot right out of the bottle.

For $24, the Weller is a great, great deal.
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If you want cheep flavored that don't taste bad Bird Dog
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