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funknik
11-01-2008, 12:19
Hello Everyone!

I'm Andy and I love Bourbon, it's been 12 hours since my last drink.

Over the past couple of years I have become obsessed with Bourbon (and American Whiskey in general), specifically with trying as many different kinds as possible. I feel I've done a good job of expanding my horizons and have had a lot of fun along the way finding fantastic whiskies at low, low prices.

Seriously. I love Bourbon. I wouldn't say I know a lot about it and I'm really only now getting comfortable talking about what I can taste, I'm certainly no pro. I'm also hindered by the fact that I live in Maine which is almost as far from KY as possible...my selection is very limited and even in the surrounding states there's not a whole lot of truly exotic bottles. But I do okay.

Does anyone know of where is a good place to buy Bourbon in Maine? Probably not, but worth a shot.

Another question I might ask is does anyone know a good way to cleanse the palate before tasting. I try to drink halfway between meals because I like to taste everything that the nectar has to offer and I'm a little compulsive about it.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing and learning from y'all. See you in there.

callmeox
11-01-2008, 12:48
You can see a list of what is available in Maine here (http://www.state.me.us/dafs/bablo/alcohol_bev/index.htm)

There's a list of monthly specials as well as the entire catalog in CSV format. Unfortunately, they don't break it out by type like other states, so it will take some digging.

Some interesting stuff that I see on the list:

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit for 40.99
Weller Centennial for 28.99
Weller SR for 12.99
Very Special Old Fitzgerald for 32.99
Old Grand Dad Bonded for 17.99
Old Charter Prop Reserve for 34.99
J.W. Dant 100 for 15.99
Evan Williams Single Barrel for 27.99
Elijah Craig 12 Yr for 17.99
Blantons for 43.99


Since their website isn't very user friendly, I would suggest that you place a call to the Maine Beverage Company (http://www.mebeverage.com/aboutus.asp) and ask them if any retailers in your area carry specific items that you find on the list. Be prepared to give them a SKU from the list on the other site if it will help expedite the search.

If they are like Ohio, they can tell you who in your area has the items in stock,

Good luck with your search.

funknik
11-01-2008, 12:52
Wow, thanks, I didn't even know the states did that! Great find!

Jono
11-01-2008, 15:26
Welcome Andy.....

Just quick Google search on Maine "distillers" generated this:

http://www.slashfood.com/2008/05/23/diary-of-a-distiller-chapter-one-back-to-the-beginning/

Diary of a Distiller: Chapter One - Back to the Beginning

Posted May 23rd 2008 11:00AM by Jonathan M. Forester
Filed under: Diary of a Distiller

Penobscot Bay Distillery and Brewery
http://jonathanforester.com/wst_page5.html
> Bourbon whiskey is a listed product.."under development"...your mission, if you accept it, is to track down Maine's contribution to the world of bourbon and report back.
:)

bluesbassdad
11-01-2008, 15:32
Hello Everyone!

I'm Andy and I love Bourbon, it's been 12 hours since my last drink.

Over the past couple of years I have become obsessed with Bourbon (and American Whiskey in general), specifically with trying as many different kinds as possible. I feel I've done a good job of expanding my horizons and have had a lot of fun along the way finding fantastic whiskies at low, low prices.

Seriously. I love Bourbon. I wouldn't say I know a lot about it and I'm really only now getting comfortable talking about what I can taste, I'm certainly no pro. I'm also hindered by the fact that I live in Maine which is almost as far from KY as possible...my selection is very limited and even in the surrounding states there's not a whole lot of truly exotic bottles. But I do okay.

Does anyone know of where is a good place to buy Bourbon in Maine? Probably not, but worth a shot.

Another question I might ask is does anyone know a good way to cleanse the palate before tasting. I try to drink halfway between meals because I like to taste everything that the nectar has to offer and I'm a little compulsive about it.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing and learning from y'all. See you in there.

Welcome!

I have a question, if you don't mind. Are the sort of guy who enjoys the destination more or the journey?

If it's the former, I suggest you get a copy of this book (http://cowdery.home.netcom.com/bourst.html). The author is a member and frequent contributor here.

OTOH if you don't mind becoming educated in tiny increments over the next year or five, just keep hanging out here.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

funknik
11-02-2008, 11:55
I would definitely consider myself a journey guy (although Journey is the worst band ever! :grin:), but I do look forward to the day when I can walk into the store with more confidence. Nowadays I almost never buy a bottle twice, because I always want to try something new.

I am also a romantic -- meaning if something is more obscure or difficult to track down I'll tend to like it more. Likewise, if there's a great story behind a particular distillery or bottle I may build a soft spot for it. I'm a nostalgic soul and I love that there are laws, rules and traditions that dictate how liquor must be made, presented and described.

"I am the draught beer preservation society."

bluesbassdad
11-02-2008, 13:37
I would definitely consider myself a journey guy (although Journey is the worst band ever! :grin:), but I do look forward to the day when I can walk into the store with more confidence. Nowadays I almost never buy a bottle twice, because I always want to try something new.

I am also a romantic -- meaning if something is more obscure or difficult to track down I'll tend to like it more. Likewise, if there's a great story behind a particular distillery or bottle I may build a soft spot for it. I'm a nostalgic soul and I love that there are laws, rules and traditions that dictate how liquor must be made, presented and described.

"I am the draught beer preservation society."

Then you might enjoy Chuck's video (http://cowdery.home.netcom.com/page8.html)even more than his book. The video isn't as informative, by a long shot, but it is a wonderful tribute to the tradition of bourbon production.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

funknik
01-08-2009, 14:07
You can see a list of what is available in Maine here (http://www.state.me.us/dafs/bablo/alcohol_bev/index.htm)

There's a list of monthly specials as well as the entire catalog in CSV format. Unfortunately, they don't break it out by type like other states, so it will take some digging.

Some interesting stuff that I see on the list:

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit for 40.99
Weller Centennial for 28.99
Weller SR for 12.99
Very Special Old Fitzgerald for 32.99
Old Grand Dad Bonded for 17.99
Old Charter Prop Reserve for 34.99
J.W. Dant 100 for 15.99
Evan Williams Single Barrel for 27.99
Elijah Craig 12 Yr for 17.99
Blantons for 43.99


Since their website isn't very user friendly, I would suggest that you place a call to the Maine Beverage Company (http://www.mebeverage.com/aboutus.asp) and ask them if any retailers in your area carry specific items that you find on the list. Be prepared to give them a SKU from the list on the other site if it will help expedite the search.

If they are like Ohio, they can tell you who in your area has the items in stock,

Good luck with your search.
Since Scott so helpfully sent me this, I've picked up (if not sampled) almost all of these...
Here's what's left...
Can't find Weller Centennial...that'll be a dusty hunt...haven't gone for the OGD BIB, EWSB (it's about $5 cheaper in NH plus I have a $5 rebate coupon) or WTKS yet (a little pricey and I've been happy with the RB). So, making my way through the list, though. Thanks again, Ox.

spun_cookie
01-08-2009, 14:50
Can't find Weller Centennial...


And you were so close to getting some of the 13yr Centennial last night... mighty fine stuff :D

funknik
01-08-2009, 15:03
And you were so close to getting some of the 13yr Centennial last night... mighty fine stuff :D
go ahead...rub it in....:grin:

fishnbowljoe
01-08-2009, 15:37
Andy, You sound a lot like me. It was just a little over a year ago that I started my bourbon "quest". I started out by buying anything that caught my eye. I made a few blunders, but for the most part, I did okay. Shortly after I joined SB, I started to become a little more selective about what I bought. The folks here answered any questions I had, and I paid attention to what members recommended. Now that I'm more confident in what I'm doing, I've actually started buying more. A strange circle it is. My plan is to bunker some of my favorites, and try new bourbons when I can. (At least the SB.com bourbon of the month whenever possible.) The funny thing is, is that there is just so much great stuff out there, it's hard to stick with my plan.:rolleyes: I still have my plan, but, you know what they say, "The best laid plans of mice and men.." :grin: So, I do the best I can, and try to have some fun doing it. That's another benefit of being a member of SB, there's a lot of good natured, fun loving people here to have some fun with along the way. It's all good man! Welcome to the club. Joe

funknik
01-08-2009, 15:47
It's all good man! Welcome to the club. Joe
Thanks, Joe....I've learned a lot here in a short time and it's been great chatting with you and the other SB'ers. It seems like ages ago since I started this thread all confused and bewildered about what to buy, but now I walk in to a liquor store very confident and occasionally offer advice to others who look confused & bewildered...all thanks to the nice people on this board, including yourself. If I've learned anything, it's 'go with your gut'....the few times I've been burned it was because I was in a hurry or blinded by the excitement of finding something new...and when I have a major score like today with the OCPR it's because I was dilligent and followed my instincts (with a lot of reading up on SB, of course). Thanks all.

callmeox
01-10-2009, 07:10
I'm glad that I could help you out on your bourbon journey. As I've said here a number of times before, I really don't mind helping other people spend money (right, Joe?). :lol:

funknik
01-14-2009, 09:48
Looks like the State of Maine decided to help me out with my dusty hunting! They posted a current list dated yesterday of active Agency Liquor Stores by name, address, city & county....no stash is safe! :cool:

OscarV
01-14-2009, 15:53
They posted a current list dated yesterday of active Agency Liquor Stores!

What is an "Agency Liquor Store" ?

GOCOUGS2002
01-14-2009, 16:56
What is an "Agency Liquor Store" ?

Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (state run liquor stores)

or the CIA has a huge retirement population up there.

funknik
01-14-2009, 17:02
What is an "Agency Liquor Store" ?
Oscar, the short answer is any store that can legally sell liquor. Places that sell liquor can also sell beer & wine, but places that sell beer & wine can not necessarily sell liquor.
I think it's called an "Agency" store because Maine is a liquor-controlled state (the most fascist of all :hot:) with one company controlling inventory and prices statewide...thus, every store that sells booze is an "agent" of that company. I'm not an authority on the subject, but I'm pretty sure that's how it breaks down....if EC12 goes on sale one place, it goes on sale everywhere... "sales" are never more than a couple bucks cheaper than MSRP. This also makes dusty hunting next to impossible...I have had a little luck....and new things rarely show up: since I've been paying attention which is only about the last two years, the only thing that's been added to the American Whiskey inventory is Baby Saz.

It kind sucks....:smiley_acbt: