Howdy y'all. I know I'm late by a couple of days, but I did come up with a BOTM. I'd been contemplating a BOTM for the last couple of weeks or so. I had a couple in mind, but had my reservations about those. I even thought about skipping a BOTM this time around. But…...
I decided to open a bottle today. I've been extremely busy with a lot of things recently, so I decided to treat myself to something a little out of the ordinary. Besides, I only had four bottles open. I reached in the back of my cabinet and pulled out an old label/bottle of ORVW 10/107. I opened my bottle of ORVW 10/107 today and had a couple of pours while slaving in the kitchen over my first batch of chill for this season. Then it hit me. I had this month's BOTM.
For once I have some things to say. I like ORVW 10/107. It's one of my favorite bourbons. I've had many bottles over the last number of years, and I never had a bad one. I finished a new bottle a couple of weeks ago, and as I said, I just opened an old label. While I perceived a difference in the two, it was minimal. The newer bottle seemed a bit richer and sweeter. The old bottle I just opened has just a little more depth of character to it, for lack of a better term. It seems to have a tad more "oomph" to it. Unlike the wheater it is, there's a nice, slightly spicy edge to it. To me, the old bottle drinks like it's 107 proof, while the newer bottle belies it's proof somewhat.
Just a couple more things. I still remember the first bottle of ORVW 10/107 I bought. I found it while on vacation in Florida. My buddy and I, okay, well mostly me, finished it off mid week. Of course I went back and bought another to bring home with me. (pics below) And finally, IMHO, I believe that ORVW 10/107 has probably been the most consistent of the Van Winkle bourbons over the years. There's been times that after tasting them, I turned down Pappy 15 & 20 and LotB, and bought ORVW 10/107 instead. Just my thought. YMMV.
Cheers and happy posting! Joe
About the pics. I thought it would be kinda interesting to make it seem like we found the bottle on the table by the pool with a note inside. Just my way of having some fun.
There's been some chatter about this one on the site, so I thought it might be a good BOTM.
I have noticed that it may have been called Russell's Reserve SmB Single barrel or Russell's Reserve Single Barrel SmB as well as Russell's Reserve Single Barrel. Whatever you choose to call it, it's the BOTM this time around.
I've seen this in a few places, but for some unknown reason I've never pulled the trigger on one. In other words, since I haven't had it before, I can't comment on it. Although…………… I do happen to know someone that has a couple of bottles. Maybe before the month is out, I might just git a lil taste. (Hint Hint)
Cheers ya'all, and happy posting.
Well, we're back at it this month. Thanks to a suggestion from a fellow member, the BOTM this time around is Bowman Brothers Small Batch.
I don't have much to say about this one. I have had a couple of bottles of this in the past, but it's been quite a long time. From what I can remember, I thought it was a fairly decent bourbon. Of course I may be slightly biased because it was first distilled at BT before being sent to A. Smith Bowman for a second distilling and storage. Maybe a wee bit high on the price, but other than that, pretty good stuff as I recall.
Cheers and happy posting.
Well, it's BOTM time again, and for once I ain't late.
As has been the case with many of the more recent BOTM's, we're gonna go back and revisit another one. The last time Booker's was the BOTM was way back in September of 2010. Below is what I wrote back then.
I can't add much as far as my own tasting notes go. I have only tasted this bourbon a few times, and the one bottle I own hasn't been opened yet. I did like it okay and was a bit surprised that the higher proof didn't overpower the flavor too much. From what I can remember, there was smoke, wood, tobacco, leather, and maybe a hint of nuttiness. Walnut?
All that pretty much still stands, but…., since 2010 there's been a couple of special releases, new named batches, and the price has dropped. FWIW, the price was what partly kept me from buying Booker's. It used to be anywhere from low to mid $50's to over $60 a bottle in some places around where I live. Now that it's at a more reasonable price, at least at one store near me, (mid/upper $40's IIRC) I just might have to buy myself a bottle.
Let's hear what y'all have to say about Booker's. Cheers and happy posting!
Once again I've gone back into the past and decided to revisit something that hasn't been the BOTM in a while. I'm pretty sure at least a couple of members will be happy with my pick this month.
Sad to say that I've never bought a bottle of OGD BIB. I have sampled it a few times, but it's been a while. I feel anything I might have to say would be somewhat irrelevant, so I'll just let y'all take over from here. Let's here what y'all have to say about OGD BIB. Cheers and happy posting.
Once again, I've decided to revisit a bourbon that hasn't been the BOTM in a while. It's hard to believe it's been over 7 years. Besides, since last months BOTM was Weller 12, I figured I might as well do OWA this month since it's the other half of our world renowned SB Blend.
For the longest time, I preferred Weller 12 over OWA. Well, OWA has grown on me quite a bit in the last year or so. So much so in fact, that my "preference" gap between the two has narrowed significantly. It's pretty much a neck and neck race now. FWIW, I actually have the same number of bottles of each. Well, at least until I put the finishing touches on my OWA blend for the Sampler.
My notes: The combination of age and proof really hits a good spot. The nose on the bottle I'm sampling from now is absolutely wonderful. Caramel nuttiness with a touch of spicy fruit. I know the spicy fruit description may sound a bit odd, but I swear I smell something akin to brown sugar/cinnamon and raisin. The legs are medium and evenly spaced, and take their time returning down the sides of the glass. The taste mirrors the nose, although the caramel nuttiness is way more prevalent in the taste. Nice and warm on entry, warming a bit more on the mid-palate, and the finish stays warm and lingers for a good bit. Overall a very, very nice bourbon. Like I said, OWA has kinda grown on me.
Now, let's hear what y'all have to say about OWA.
Cheers and Happy Posting!
I've been thinking for a quite a while now just what I could come up with for a BOTM this time around. I've seen a few things mentioned in some posts lately that may have been decent candidates, but I still wasn't quite sure. So, I went back through the BOTM list to see if I could get any other ideas. Lo and behold, I spotted Weller 12 from January of 2010. Hmmmmm. In looking closer, I saw that it was the first BOTM I did when I took over the responsibility for posting the BOTM. Well then, since Weller 12 was the first BOTM I did, and since I am a self avowed wheater whore, and since Weller 12 is one of my all time favorites, and since I have a bottle open, and since I'm the 2016 BOTY, and…..uhhhh, sorry folks, I kinda got carried away there for a minute.
But seriously…... Weller 12 hasn't been the BOTM for over six years now. We've had a whole bunch of new members join our ranks since then. It's also been a topic of some discussion here from time to time lately. So I figured why not.
I didn't have a whole lot to say about Weller 12 six years ago, but I do now. First off, I love Weller 12. I was serious when I said that it's one of my all time favorite bourbons. Weller 12 has that nutty, pecan pie/caramel smell that I just love in a bourbon. Add a bit of alcohol, and hint of oak & smoke for good measure, and you have a nose that's to die for. The taste is just about as good. The caramel nuttiness is there, along with just a bit of spiciness. It's not too sweet, and it's not too spicy. In the three bears analogy, it's just right. There's a light, brown sugar and toffee sweetness on entry. It warms up and shows some spice on the mid-palate. Ginger perhaps, or something else I can't quite put my finger on. The finish is good, but not great. The warmth is still apparent, but it's not much warmer than it was in the mid-palate. For me, the finish isn't all that long either. A long finish may be about the only thing possibly lacking with Weller 12. Weller 12 is an easy drinker for sure. Sometimes maybe too easy. There's something else I think I should mention. At least a couple of other members here have stated that they noticed a sooty taste in some recent bottles they've opened. I've personally never noticed that. However, one bottle I opened a while back seemed a tad off when I first opened it. I actually started to wonder if it was the sootiness showing up. As it turns out, it may have been me, or it may have been my palate at that particular time, or it may have been something else altogether. Who knows? I revisited it a couple of days later, and all was well. You know what they say about wheaters? They get better after they've been open a while.
One more thing. Most of us know that Weller 12 is in short supply, and it's on allocation. The price has gone up, and yes, when some stores get a few bottles, they're price gouging. Most of us know that too. Let's keep thing's on topic here. Please don't turn this into a bitch session. Thanks.
So, let's here what y'all have to say about Weller 12.
Cheers and happy posting! Joe