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Attila
10-11-2008, 22:50
I would like to ask your advice as to which bourbons are missing from my line up. I am trying to increase the depth (range of styles) of my bourbon/rye line-up, what should I buy? I have a budge of about $200.

My current line up of Ryes and Bourbons includes:

WT Rare Breed
WT 12 Gold (1990)
WT 12 Split Label (1996)
WT AS
Blanton's Gold
Old Rip Handmade Bourbon 12yr
VW Special Reserve Lot B
VW Family Reserve 15yr
Pappy VW Family Reserve 20yr
Four Roses Yellow Label

VW Family Reserve Rye 13ry
Old Rip VW Old Time Rye 12yr

Retired bottles
Old Ezra 12ry
Elijah Craig 12yr
Four Roses Platinum
Very Old St. Nick Winter Rye
Blanton's Single Barrel

I know my line up is overly heavy with WT and VW. My friend is arguing that I should start with gettin Michters 10yr and Knob Creek. . . .

Any comments or suggestions would be helpful.

OscarV
10-11-2008, 22:54
There is no such thing as an overly heavy line up of Turkey and VWinkles.:grin:

Two do come to mind to add to your line up.
Four Roses Single Barrel and with you being in Japan you should get the Evan Williams 15yo.

spun_cookie
10-11-2008, 22:56
You need some of the BTAC:
Stagg
William L Weller
Thomas Handy
Eagle Rare 17yr

That is ~$200

or

Old Forester B-Day 2007
Weller Centennial
Willett 6-15 yr
Stagg
William L Weller

~$200

You are shy Wellers, Foresters, Staggs, ERs, RHFs, BT, Parkers, etc... Look for some Major names that you are missing and give them a spin...

Attila
10-11-2008, 23:35
Thanks for the suggestions!



You need some of the BTAC:
Eagle Rare 17yr


I only see Eagle Rare 17 at auction and only for $200. I dont want to blow my whole budget on one bottle.

spun_cookie
10-11-2008, 23:43
Hell,
I will send you the set of the 08s if you want for cost plus shipping...

Attila
10-11-2008, 23:54
Hell,
I will send you the set of the 08s if you want for cost plus shipping...

Thank you for the offer. What do you mean by set? Is there more than one?

I just ordered the Weller Centennial 10yr for about 16 bucks!!!

OscarV
10-11-2008, 23:55
I just ordered the Weller Centinial 10yr for about 16 bucks!!!

16 bucks for Weller Centennial!!!
I'll take a few cases!

Attila
10-12-2008, 00:00
Thomas Handy


Found it, but also about $210 a bottle.

Attila
10-12-2008, 00:12
Is $88 a good price for Willett Family Reserve 12 yr?

Attila
10-12-2008, 04:30
Evan Williams 15yo.

I'll get the EW15 and EW23, in addition to the Weller Centennial. And have about $50 to spare.

OscarV
10-12-2008, 05:09
I'll get the EW15 and EW23, in addition to the Weller Centennial. And have about $50 to spare.

I'm not knocking the EW23yo but I would pass on it if you are sticking to that budget.
But definatly get the 15yo.
I see on the rakuten web site that they have William Larue Weller from the BTAC.
One picture shows the 19yo and another pic shows the 2007 release.
As far as the 19yo goes some people love it and others are negative about it.
But you can't go wrong with the last 2 years of the Larue release.

Attila
10-12-2008, 05:29
I'm not knocking the EW23yo but I would pass on it if you are sticking to that budget.
But definatly get the 15yo.
I see on the rakuten web site that they have William Larue Weller from the BTAC.
One picture shows the 19yo and another pic shows the 2007 release.
As far as the 19yo goes some people love it and others are negative about it.
But you can't go wrong with the last 2 years of the Larue release.

Thanks much for the advice.

Well, the 23 is $110 (with 10 min before the close of auction) and the William Larue Weller from the BTAC is $280. The WLW would wipe me out, and put me over by $80.

OscarV
10-12-2008, 06:41
Thanks much for the advice.

Well, the 23 is $110 (with 10 min before the close of auction) and the William Larue Weller from the BTAC is $280. The WLW would wipe me out, and put me over by $80.



Well that would certainly blow your budget.
I have never heard a bad thing about EW23yo and it is different from the 15yo.

spun_cookie
10-12-2008, 06:57
the EW23yr goes for $350 here and is usually $200 there. For $110 get it to just have it...

The BTAC is:

Gerogre T Staggs
William Larue Weller
Eagle Rare 17yr
Sazerac
Thomas Handy
They are all good and diffrent that what you have probably ever had. They run $50 a bottel here.

I know the Stagg runs up to $300 a bottle....

Attila
10-13-2008, 04:41
the EW23yr goes for $350 here and is usually $200 there. For $110 get it to just have it...
They are all good and diffrent that what you have probably ever had. They run $50 a bottel here.
I know the Stagg runs up to $300 a bottle....

I am often tempted to offer up a trade, but the shipping costs are just so high. For 5 bottles that like $200 in shipping!!!

I know its worth it to some here, but I guess I am too much of a cheap bastard!

spun_cookie
10-13-2008, 07:47
Shipping there for 5 bottels in $~85. 6 is ~$100... Packed well (no cost in that number for box or packing material, but most or us have that stuff laying around).

Attila
10-13-2008, 09:00
Shipping there for 5 bottels in $~85. 6 is ~$100... Packed well (no cost in that number for box or packing material, but most or us have that stuff laying around).

I guess that means shipping from the states is cheaper than shipping to the states, because I have never been able to get it there for under 30 a bottle.

spun_cookie
10-13-2008, 09:47
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spun_cookie
10-13-2008, 09:50
I guess that means shipping from the states is cheaper than shipping to the states, because I have never been able to get it there for under 30 a bottle.

Well that works good for you then :D just send cash State side and you will be rolling in US only bourbon

The stuff I get from Japan is around $25 a bottle for 4-5 bottels...

jwrussell
10-13-2008, 13:58
Saw this late. I would have recommended the Knob Creek in a heart beat, but it's my standby and first Bourbon love.

Attila
10-13-2008, 17:44
The stuff I get from Japan is around $25 a bottle.

Sent by EMS for $25 a bottle?

Attila
10-29-2008, 19:05
So far, I've picked up:

EW15
Weller Centinnel
Knob Creek
Lot B (yes, another bottle)

I was also gonna get
Old Grand Dad Bonded
Elmer T Lee Single Barrel.

Is the Single Barrel better than the 9 year?
Also is the OGD Bonded better than the 86 and 114?

Virus_Of_Life
10-29-2008, 19:12
So far, I've picked up:

EW15
Weller Centinnel
Knob Creek
Lot B (yes, another bottle)

I was also gonna get
Old Grand Dad Bonded
Elmer T Lee Single Barrel.

Is the Single Barrel better than the 9 year?
Also is the OGD Bonded better than the 86 and 114?

Personally I think 114 is vastly better than the Bonded, that's not to say the bonded is by any means bad I just think the OGD114 is great stuff!

Which 9 year are you referring to? And are you comparing to the ETL?

If you're looking for a single barrel, some of the expressions of Blanton's you have over there would be something to try. I'd recomend one of the higher expressions (at least 98), I think it is better that way.

Attila
10-29-2008, 20:56
Thanks Christian.

Yeah, there are two varieties of the ETL available to me. a 9 year and a single barrel.

I have a bottle of Blanton's Gold open, and recently retired a bottle of the Blanton's standard. Both are fantastic. I am not sure that the Gold is so much better as to justify the extra price. The Barrel Proof Blantons would be double the price of ETL single barrel.

Can someone tell me what would be the wheatiest bourbon on the market?

cformes
10-30-2008, 10:31
I'd have to agree with your friend on the Michter's 10yo Bourbon; you really need to make sure that you're getting the right bottle, though, because I love that bottling but don't enjoy anything else that I've had from them. Great flavor, and when I run through my collection a splash at a time, my Michter's 10yo is where the separation between everyday and great begins.

I don't know what the wheatiest bourbon is, but I love Pappy 20 and most all of the Wellers, which are both wheated. If you want to branch out from Bourbon a bit, there's a 51% wheat whiskey called Bernheim out there. I think it's a bit overpriced at around $40-45 a bottle, but it's different.

Attila
10-30-2008, 18:26
I don't know what the wheatiest bourbon is, but I love Pappy 20 and most all of the Wellers, which are both wheated.

I believe that other than my Lot B, none of my Van Winkles are wheaters, as they are Lawerenceburg, Old Boone.


If you want to branch out from Bourbon a bit, there's a 51% wheat whiskey called Bernheim out there. I think it's a bit overpriced at around $40-45 a bottle, but it's different.

I will keep an eye out for it. Thanks!

Attila
12-21-2008, 04:26
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. Based on them, i have added to my collection the bourbons in bold, so that my bourbon collection looks as follows:

Evan Williams 15yrs
Bakers
Knob Creek
Old Grand Dad 114
Weller Centennial
BTAC Handy 07
BTAC Stagg 07
BTAC Stagg 08
BTAC Saz 08
JD Silver Select
Dickel 12
Dickel BS

WT Rare Breed
WT 12 Gold (1990)
WT 12 Split Label (1996)
WT AS
VW Special Reserve Lot B
Pappy VW Family Reserve 20yr
VW Family Reserve Rye 13ry
Old Rip VW Old Time Rye 12yr
Old Rip Handmade Bourbon 12yr
Four Roses Yellow Label

Now Retired
Blanton's Gold
VW Family Reserve 15yr
Bookers

As you can see I have yet to add Barton whisky, KBD or Brown Forman whisky (tho, I must confess, Early Times is my very favorite bottom shelf whisky). On the top of my list of things to buy are Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Bernheim, BTAC WLW, BTAC ER17 and WT Rye.

birdman1099
12-21-2008, 06:24
I'll get the EW15 and EW23, in addition to the Weller Centennial. And have about $50 to spare.


Well, that makes me just SICk !!!!!:smiley_acbt:


I think those are fantastic additions