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pausted
08-19-2008, 19:23
After discovering how much I enjoy VOB BIB I looked for Barton whiskeys that I could find here in south Texas. Thanks to Jeff. I found Tom Moore BIB. Then, of course, Ten High is readily available. Lately I have been buying a handle of each and vatting them 50/50. What you end up with is 3.5 liters of very nice, 90 proof, drinkin' whiskey for about 40 bucks. If you like the Barton profile, give it a try.

mozilla
08-20-2008, 06:49
Don't forget about Ky. Tavern...it should also be on the weekend sale rotation. They (KT & TH) can usually be found, up here, for $11/1.75 (on sale). I see Ten High everywhere...I'm not sure if there is a store in Texas without it? I wish some of the other Barton Bibs came to Texas, as well. Bartons bourbons have always projected an authentic flavor profile with good strong character, IMO.

Are you vatting yours in advance or mixing them each time you pour? Have you tried going 60/40 with one or the other and then comparing back to the 50/50?

I would really like to try Bartons rye called Fleischmans. It is only 80 proof, but from what I understand, it sells for 9.99 for a 1.75.

pausted
08-20-2008, 07:04
Jeff, I simply mix the two bottles 50/50 when I bring them home from the store. I have not tried any other proportions. I've been pretty happy with the 50/50 mix. Bear in mind that I always drink my bourbon on the rocks. I like it cold. The 90 proof vatting works well for me.

pausted
08-20-2008, 18:44
With all due respect, I think you all have been ignoring this thread because it deals with what would be considered bottom shelf whiskeys. Let me tell you where I am coming from. Tom Moore BIB is a little bit harsh. After all, only about 4 yrs old. Good color...dark amber, rather heavy in flavor. Ten High is a bit hot with alcohol, even at 80 proof, but is thin in body and color. When combining the two, the Ten High calms the harshness of the Tom Moore and the Tom Moore adds body and color to the Ten High. Again, you have to appreciate the Barton flavor. I like the combo.

Anyhow, thats my story and I'm stickin' to it.
BH

mozilla
08-20-2008, 18:56
There are alot of folks that don't see TM in their local stores.

Others, they wouldn't be cought dead buying something seen as low class(maybe?).

I like it....doesn't that count for something?

ACDetroit
08-20-2008, 19:00
I do not have access to TM in my area but I'm all for the vatting to 2 OK bourbons to create a better final product! Keep up the good work gentlemen!

I waiting to here how Jeff's Barrel study is going.

Better yet BH, send me a sample and I'll post notes and my thought on it! :grin:

Cheers!

Tony

ThomasH
08-20-2008, 19:01
I love the 100+ proofers, no matter how bottom shelf they may be. I discovered that Kentucky Tavern BIB was available practically in my own back yard after searching every where for a bottle. When I found it, it was like Christmas, even though it was on the bottom shelf and was only 9.00!

Thomas

TBoner
08-20-2008, 19:11
Tom Moore BIB is quality stuff; I have a couple of bottles from the 80s with (presumably) more age and they're absolutely terrific. I've never tried the vatting, though it sounds like it's worth a try. I think I might be inclined to go with a 1:1:1 of these two and Ridgemont Reserve to get a bit of age into the mix. The proof would be about the same... Oh, fine, I'm off to buy Ten High tomorrow.

Regards,

pausted
08-20-2008, 19:34
There is only one liquor store in town that sells Tom Moore BIB. I went in today and they were out! ( I probably bought it all over the last couple months) Oh s..t, what am I gonna do now?

mozilla
08-21-2008, 08:31
There is only one liquor store in town that sells Tom Moore BIB. I went in today and they were out! ( I probably bought it all over the last couple months) Oh s..t, what am I gonna do now?


HAHAHA, that is funny! I'm out of current TM as well. Luckily, I have a few dusties bunkered.

You can always call the distributer in your area, Republic and Glazers, and get customer service to tell you who in your area stocks certain products. They keep real tight records of all that stuff. It's also the best way to find hard to find labels. Lastly, they give nice case discounts here in Austin...they will even let you mix and match different labels.

cowdery
08-22-2008, 00:39
You don't have to bait people to get a response, pausted, just write interesting posts.

We talk about bottom shelf products all the time. There is another thread around here about the excellence of several cheap BIBs, which is where I usually go for my bottom shelf pleasure, but I love what you're doing. It's what's great about this board and the kind of thing the producers can't even imagine, that people are doing this kind of stuff because they are always looking for a better pour.

mozilla
08-27-2008, 06:44
Tom Moore BIB is quality stuff; I have a couple of bottles from the 80s with (presumably) more age and they're absolutely terrific. I've never tried the vatting, though it sounds like it's worth a try. I think I might be inclined to go with a 1:1:1 of these two and Ridgemont Reserve to get a bit of age into the mix. The proof would be about the same... Oh, fine, I'm off to buy Ten High tomorrow.

Regards,

Had some Colonel Lee Bib, last night. It has a little more sophistication than the Tom Moore Bib. I'll try to save some for our next tasting, Tim. The master distiller must have alot of different barrel flavors to choose from at Barton.

PhilsFan
08-27-2008, 11:54
Had some Colonel Lee Bib, last night. It has a little more sophistication than the Tom Moore Bib. I'll try to save some for our next tasting, Tim. The master distiller must have alot of different barrel flavors to choose from at Barton.

Jeff, I bought 3 bottles of Colonel Lee recently (kept two, sent one north) and I'm ready to go back and buy the last 3 bottles the store had. CL is a terrific bourbon and it tastes even better at 9.99.

-Joe

mozilla
08-27-2008, 12:03
If you find any extra...you know where to send 'em. That stuff is wonderful! Really, it is what I consider an "everyday or every occasion" bourbon.

People can poo poo the somewhat cheezy label, color scheme and lack of marketing hoop-la...but, if that means the juice inside the bottle gets the extra attention...I am just fine with that.

LONG LIVE THE COLONEL!

shoshani
11-30-2008, 22:53
Having discovered and fallen in love with VOB BIB, I would love to get my grubby mitts on some BIB Tom Moore and Colonel Lee. However, Constellation Spirits only lists one major Chicago area distributor (Judge & Dolph), and those whiskeys are NOT on their list.

Phooey.

Maybe Sam's or Liquor Barn sneaks some in from somewhere. I know Binny's plays it square and has none.

Dr. François
12-01-2008, 17:08
To date, I have not had anything at 100 proof that I have disliked. I've been underwhelmed (Knob Creek), but never unhappy.

Long live BIB! +1 if it has a boring label!

Boring labels keep the nouveau riche away.