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Straight Bourbon Of The Month Latest Topics

Straight Bourbon Of The Month Latest Topics
  • 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!   Joe

  • 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.   Joe  

  • 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! Joe

  • 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  

  • Howdy everyone. We're back after a month hiatus.  FWIW, picking out a BOTM is getting harder and harder, so don't be alarmed if I/we miss a month here and there. After looking back through past BOTM's, I finally decided to choose Baker's as this month's BOTM. Two reasons. One, it hasn't been done in a long time. And two, Jeff is back and posting again. He's the staff member that originally started the BOTM, and Baker's was a BOTM he did from way back in March of 2006. Glad to see you back Jeff.  Here's what Jeff originally posted back in 2006: This month's selection doesn't seem to garner the same amount of discussion on the boards as does its more popular siblings, but don't take that as a sign of inferiority. Named for one of history's great distillers, Baker's is a proud and unique member of Beam's Small Batch Collection and proof that great bourbon can made by a mega distillery. What is your opinion? Not much from me again this time around. I like Baker's, but truth be told, I haven't had it in a while. It used to be my favorite of the Beam Small Batch,  but I've kinda taken to Knob Creek a bit more the last couple of years or so. So that's it. Let's hear what y'all have to say about Baker's.  Cheers! Joe  

  • Yes, I know I'm late again.  FWIW, I was kinda waiting to see how things shook out with our conversion to the new site before posting a BOTM.  Anyway, thanks to a suggestion from a fellow SB member, the BOTM this month is WTRB.  I have to admit that I'm not much of a fancier of WT products. However, WTRB is one that I have enjoyed. Operative word here, have. It's been quite a while since I've had a bottle on my shelf, or in my cabinet. I liked the older 108.2 proof WT-03RB well enough, and purchased a bottle here and there. A few years ago, I found a store that received some 700 ml Japanese export bottles by mistake, and I purchased some of those on a few different visits to that store. Same 03RB, different bottle.  I was also lucky enough to have tried at least a couple of the earlier versions. Once upon time, I even managed to snag a couple of older 375's of W-T 01-99. They were great. I have yet to try the new 112.8 bottling. I reckon that since it's the BOTM, I just might have to grab a bottle if I can find one.  Cheers and happy posting! Let's here what y'all have to say about WTRB.  Joe  

  • I figured that after five years, maybe it was time to revisit this one. It's been mentioned in a few posts lately, and as I've explained when doing a BOTM that's been done before, we've had many new members join since it was last the BOTM.Below are most of the remarks I posted from when ER was the BOTM back in November of 2010. ERSB is somewhat of a gateway bourbon for me. When I first got interested in bourbon, I had MM, WR, and KC. ERSB was the first bourbon I bought after joining SB. I like this bourbon. It's a shame I don't have a pour of it more often.The nose to me has that musty, earthy smell that BT is known for. In the background is a hint of acetone. The taste again, has that earthy quality. Grass/tobacco, leather, and a slight sweetness or fruitiness, that I wish there was a little more of. I know some people might disagree with me, but ERSB for some reason reminds me a little of a wheated bourbon. Oh well. :skep: I went crazy about ERSB when I first joined here. As I found new and different bourbons, my tastes and interests changed. I moved on to what I thought were bigger and better things. In the last few months, I've kinda rediscovered ERSB. It's almost a shame I ever got away from it, but as is sometimes said here, "Too many choices, too little time." :crazy: I'm not sure whether ERSB, or my taste buds have changed, (probably a little of both) but the flavor seems to have evolved. IMHO, there's less of the mustiness on the nose, and the leather/tobacco flavor is more muted. The acetone taste seems to be gone, and a bit more of the sweet/fruit flavor comes through. Did my wish from five years ago come true, or ??? :skep: Regardless, I'm glad I started purchasing ERSB again. FWIW, I just sent an empty bottle to the recycle bin. I do have a couple more in the bunker just in case.:grin:One more thing. Yes, the bottle itself has gone through some changes recently. Feel free to comment and compare the taste of newer vs older bottles, but please refrain from bitching and moaning about yet another bourbon (possibly?) losing its age statement. That subject has been well covered in several threads. Thanks.Cheers and Happy Posting! Let's hear what y'all have to say about ERSB.Joe

 

 

General Bourbon Discussion Latest Topics

General Bourbon Discussion Latest Topics
  • Here's an interesting bit of info on the next Booker's Batch http://robbreport.com/wine-spirits-cigars/how-bookers-bourbon-goes-barrel-bottle

  • There hasn't been a topic like this for a while (and I'm not sure if there has ever been a poll) and so I thought I would ask: Which of the large distillers is your favorite? Please vote using the above poll and feel free to comment as to why you picked a certain distillery.    This is not a question of which distillery do you think is current releasing the best bourbon, but which one is your favorite. Reasons for a distiller being your favorite could include: (i) the tour is really good, (ii) you've been drinking a particular bourbon for a long time, (iii) you like the history, (iv) you believe that the current bourbon the distillery is releasing is the best, or (v) you liked a certain ad-campaign (e.g., "Give 'em the Bird!").    As you can see, I didn't include bottlers in this poll. I don't have any good reason for this. If you want to include bottlers, make your own poll.    I'd also like to anticipate a few comments:  I know Maker's Mark is owned by Beam, but I thought I would separate it out because maintains a distinct identity. I know Brown-Form has a lot of distilleries, but I don't think there would be enough votes for any particular distillery of Brown-Forman to break them out. If you like Early Times, JD or Woodford (or are really excited about the new Old Forester Distillery) then vote for B-F. I also know that Diageo owns George Dickel, but, if I put Diageo, no one would vote for it and someone might vote for George Dickel.    As for my vote, I'm voting for Wild Turkey because I absolutely love their older stuff (and the current bottles aren't too bad either). I also really respect Jimmy Russel's devotion to making bourbon the right way even with all the ownership changes. 

  • Based on two new labels noted on SKU's blog it looks like Heaven Hill might be borrowing a page from Barton/Sazerac's book and their new "1792 Full Proof", also at 125 pf.   Elijah Craig Barrel Select - A 125 proof NAS bourbon. Terribly shocking for a company that was allegedly running short of whiskey and had to drop their age statement. If they start going through the younger whiskey at a high rate I don't see them going back to the age sttement any time soon (as if I ever really expected it to return without a significant price increase at a minimum).   To make matters more interesting there is yet another NAS bottle in the Elijah Craig line that has a new label application - Elijah Craig Small Batch 1789. As SKU noted in his blog it doesn't yet seem to be clear what the point of this one is unless perhaps it is a rebranding of the Elijah Craig NAS line (it is the same proof as the current small batch) in preparation for the return of EC12 at its new higher price point.

  • Opened my first bottle of Johnny Drum this evening. I have tasted multiple samples of this before, but had never gotten around to opening a bottle I have had for a while now. I forgot how smooth it was. Had a nice sweet vanilla on the finish for me which I really like in my bourbon.

  • My brother is heading over from the UK and will be passing through Duty Free at London Heathrow, and asked me what would I like.   Anyone been through there lately and can talk to what bourbon they may have, obviously I would like something I cannot find here, Blanton's Gold and SFTB spring to mind, but last time I was there a few years ago they were nowhere to be found.

  • The girlfriend is taking a trip overseas to China, Hong Kong, and also Vietnam.   Does anybody know if they have any bourbons there that I can't get in the States?     For example, I know Wild Turkey had their 101 in a 12-year variety available in Japan, but I don't know in the current NAS climate if that is still being sold at all anywhere.  I think she has a layover in Japan but only for a couple of hours so probably confined to duty-free shops only in Japan. But Hong Kong and China liquor stores should be options.   Anybody have any advice or know where I can look this stuff up?  Thanks

  • In my travels in Tennessee I've seen a bourbon called Old Forge, out of a distillery in Pigeon Forge, TN. It's age stated at 8 year, and I sure it sourced. The standard release is 89 proof and I have little interest in it, but there is also a cask strength version that I spotted at 131 proof for about $65. I almost bought it but decided to wait. Anybody tried this before? Is it good? Do you know where it is sourced from?   I can't find any reviews of it online. I think it's quite new. Any help would be appreciated.