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Old 11-18-2016, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post


so now you need to master the art of the "subtle exhale". as you let the whiskey roll back on your tongue, open your mouth slightly and gently push the vapors out of your mouth. it's almost like a "sigh" but need to be very subtle so you dont blow the whiskey out of your mouth and end up looking like toolbag.
LOL. At least not at the first couple snifters. The tool part will come later.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:37 AM
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I am a bourbon Manhattan drinker. I understand that the traditional Manhattan is made with Rye, but most Ryes are just too thin and spicy. I prefer a darker liquor. My restaurant go-to is Woodford. But at home I try to keep Blanton's on hand. Really, really liked the Barterhouse from Orphan Barrel. Have not tried any of their other stuff, but would. I usually have to go to Miami or pay very elevated prices for interesting finds. Blanton's the only place I can get it regularly is $78/bottle. Most larger stores (Total Wine) I think it is around $55 when they have it in stock.

Have picked up a couple bottles of Bib and Tucker. Really strange, but makes a great (modified) Manhattan. I've been using Scrappy's bitters and HellaBitters citrus and ginger with Antica vermouth and Luxardo cherries. Different than a traditional steak-house Manhattan, but that's by design.

Yeti 10oz Rambler low-ball will keep a 2x2 ice cube for hours. You get just a little melt, but not enough to water the liquor down too much. And it makes a great neighborhood traveler.

Wife picked me up an Elmer T. Lee today. Have not tried it yet and am very looking forward to giving it a sip.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
I didn't get through the whole thread but it doesn't seem Jim Beam is a favorite of anyone. I drink it only because it is kind of a "standard" I guess. Sometimes "live it up" on Makers.

I don't know much about Bourbon (obviously). Can anyone point me to a web site where one can learn a little?
i missed this comment yesterday....

there's is NOTHING wrong with good ol' jim beam. beam actually got me started on bourbon. i always have a handle of the jim beam "white label" and a handle of jim beam rye in my bar. they make great whiskeys for MIXING. they're generally too young to drink neat or with a couple of cubes. just about all the bourbons and ryes mentioned throughout this thread are aged for 7-8 or more years. when they age longer, they become more complex in flavor and can be enjoyed without a mixer.

jim beam also bottles a "black label" and some other stuff under their craft and master distiller labels.

if you like jim beam, then try knob creek. it goes into the barrel with exactly the same ingredients as jim beam. after a few years, when it's time to bottle the jim beam, the distillers then pick the "honey barrels" and age them for a few years longer...those are eventually bottled in small batches as knob creek.
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
i missed this comment yesterday....

there's is NOTHING wrong with good ol' jim beam. beam actually got me started on bourbon. i always have a handle of the jim beam "white label" and a handle of jim beam rye in my bar. they make great whiskeys for MIXING. they're generally too young to drink neat or with a couple of cubes. just about all the bourbons and ryes mentioned throughout this thread are aged for 7-8 or more years. when they age longer, they become more complex in flavor and can be enjoyed without a mixer.

jim beam also bottles a "black label" and some other stuff under their craft and master distiller labels.

if you like jim beam, then try knob creek. it goes into the barrel with exactly the same ingredients as jim beam. after a few years, when it's time to bottle the jim beam, the distillers then pick the "honey barrels" and age them for a few years longer...those are eventually bottled in small batches as knob creek.
The Jim Beam 8 year, I think sold as Double Black is good....makes a GREAT Old Fashion.
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ECKeys View Post
Wife picked me up an Elmer T. Lee today. Have not tried it yet and am very looking forward to giving it a sip.
very nice score on the ETL!

i haven't seen that on a shelf around here in 2-3 years! it's more scarce than it's older brother, blanton's.
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Haven't tried it yet but I saw where Booker's has come out with a rye. It's on my to do list.
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Good luck finding it....
You hit that nail on the head. Now it's become a quest. But I'll be damned if I'll pay more for a rye than a 25 YO Glenlevit.
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
You hit that nail on the head. Now it's become a quest. But I'll be damned if I'll pay more for a rye than a 25 YO Glenlevit.
Retails for $300 and is trading for $500+ on the secondary market.
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Old 11-18-2016, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
We get them up in the Northeast...

I have two liquor stores near me that do it, just north of Boston.

Picked up a Blanton's and a Weller 107. They also had two different Four Roses ones.

They may or may not ship - worth a call to Redstone Liquors in Stoneham.
Redstone is awesome - have you tried Total Wine in Everett yet?
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Redstone is awesome - have you tried Total Wine in Everett yet?
I have not, I live 5 minutes from Redstone and it's hard enough take some time to get there.

My brother in law loves Total Wine though. You can go on their website and see what is available in each of their stores and for what price. Looking at it, they are definitely cheaper than Redstone...
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Old 11-18-2016, 12:55 PM
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I will be in Louisville tomorrow. What should I look for that is hard to find elsewhere? May need to pick up a couple bottles.
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What do you guys think of redbreast?
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by AresDC5 View Post
I will be in Louisville tomorrow. What should I look for that is hard to find elsewhere? May need to pick up a couple bottles.
EH Taylor Barrel Proof, Cured Oak, Seasoned Wood or Single Barrel, Elmer T Lee, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Any of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Rock Hill Farms, 1792 Sweet Wheat, Weller 12, Buffalo Trace Single Barrel store picks, Bookers Rye, High West Mid Winter Nights Dram, Old Scout 10 year, Michters 10 year, Elijah Craig 12 (with age statement), Four Roses Elliot's Select, any of the older Parker Heritage stuff...

just to name a few
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
EH Taylor Barrel Proof, Cured Oak, Seasoned Wood or Single Barrel, Elmer T Lee, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Any of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Rock Hill Farms, 1792 Sweet Wheat, Weller 12, Buffalo Trace Single Barrel store picks, Bookers Rye, High West Mid Winter Nights Dram, Old Scout 10 year, Michters 10 year, Elijah Craig 12 (with age statement), Four Roses Elliot's Select, any of the older Parker Heritage stuff...

just to name a few
Good list. I'll be on the lookout.
I may need to turn that into spreadsheet format.
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
EH Taylor Barrel Proof, Cured Oak, Seasoned Wood or Single Barrel, Elmer T Lee, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Any of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Rock Hill Farms, 1792 Sweet Wheat, Weller 12, Buffalo Trace Single Barrel store picks, Bookers Rye, High West Mid Winter Nights Dram, Old Scout 10 year, Michters 10 year, Elijah Craig 12 (with age statement), Four Roses Elliot's Select, any of the older Parker Heritage stuff...

just to name a few
That right there is the forever all time bourbon shopping list! I hope that's waiting for me when we reach Valhala !
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
That right there is the forever all time bourbon shopping list! I hope that's waiting for me when we reach Valhala !
Nope, just goat tits filled with beer.
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
That right there is the forever all time bourbon shopping list! I hope that's waiting for me when we reach Valhala !
Did I miss any? lol
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I just recently started drinking bourbon......without ginger ale. Have a long way to go but I'm sippin on some Angel's Envy right now. First time I've had it. I'll be following this thread.
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Old 11-18-2016, 06:51 PM
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My three favorites at the moment neat(ish)

1. Blantons
2. OKI Single barrel barrel strength with an ice cube (have to cut that 112 proof)
3. Willett Pot Still

I seem to pickup a new bottle every other week. I need to actually finish one. Most common drink for me is 12 year Glenlivet due to price.

My goal now is to find some more rare bourbons.
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Hey guys. Just catching up. I've been a scotch fan .myself going on 10 years. Aside from Jim beam most of my adult life, been trying to expand on bourbon some over the last 2 years or so. It's funny reading things here that seem to coincide with some of my own, uneducated findings. Picked up a bottle of Woodford on Monday and took it to deer camp. Not bad, i liked it, but wish idve grabbed something better. Also a big fan of buffalo trace, bulleit and knob Creek. Took a bottle of birddog to deer camp last year. gimmicky, but tasty. Might pick up a birddog blueberry for ice fishing. You've definitely Peaked my interest on a few others here. Maybe there should be a surprise section here for alcohol (from a boaters perspective) and we could have various threads for other liquors and beer.
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To the people just starting explore bourbon: stay away from anything that's labeled "single barrel". That's not because it isn't good - it is. But a single barrel bourbon is straight from a single barrel and therefore has big variations in taste and alcohol content.

If I buy a bottle of Xxx Single Barrel in Kentucky and Freedbaby buys the same bottle of Xxx Single Barrel in Texas the taste might be significantly different. Great if you want variety, not so good if you're trying to figure out what you like.

Instead try Small Batch bottles. Typically a large name brand bottle will be a blend of up to 100 barrels of bourbon. A Small Batch bottle will be (usually) 10 or so barrels blended and specifically chosen for the flavor the brand wants to put forth- premium flavor but uniform bottle to bottle.

Small Batch bottles are great for figuring out what you like. Also there's usually a bit of price savings for small batch vs single barrel.
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