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Virus_Of_Life
12-16-2008, 18:27
The snow and ice outside tells me it is Winter, and the other thread was getting very long. So, let's hear it, what are you drinking to keep yourself warm this winter?

Me, for now is coffee, but that will change soon.

ACDetroit
12-16-2008, 18:34
Makers and Coke now! I will be pulling out the snowblower in a bit and I wanted something simple and the MM bottle is the last one I have.

My wife just laughed at me...to Sarah and I quote "Daddy is having Makers Mark? What the heck is wrong with Daddy tonight Sarah? Daddy don't drink Maker's Mark!"

I had to post this as it was just said and I'm still laughing:slappin::slappin::slappin:

Tony

spun_cookie
12-16-2008, 19:07
Makers and Coke now! I will be pulling out the snowblower in a bit and I wanted something simple and the MM bottle is the last one I have.

My wife just laughed at me...to Sarah and I quote "Daddy is having Makers Mark? What the heck is wrong with Daddy tonight Sarah? Daddy don't drink Maker's Mark!"

I had to post this as it was just said and I'm still laughing:slappin::slappin::slappin:

Tony

Now that is one educated young lady :D

three fifths the 08 BTAC for me so far. a little ER, Stagg and WLW.... a cup of Decaf Irish Breakfast tea at the moment... not sure what is next... probably more ER

polyamnesia
12-16-2008, 19:48
here in Media, PA, i came back from work in rainy DE to find a slightly snowy, now sleeting environment...thusly requiring some WT rare breed, then a pour from this quickly diminishing bottle of Sazerac Rye...then some more again but with some OGD 114 splashed in (wow...cayenne cream puff explosions!)...and, to finish the night, slow down from the Sazerac juggernaut...and slide into home with a Saranac ESB...:shocked:

why not? i don't work tomorrow...took one of my rare 'personal days' to spend the day with my wife: year 3 on the nuptial odometer:grin:

chilidawg7
12-16-2008, 20:27
Tonight it is Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. Felt like mixing it up a little.

63 degrees in my neck of the woods at the moment. Tomorrow's high is 84. Isn't is supposed to be December? :)

p_elliott
12-16-2008, 21:37
Trying to stay warm here in a very cold and snowy Iowa, I'm having EWSB 97. It's as good as the 95.

ILLfarmboy
12-16-2008, 21:41
Buffalo Trace.

For the past week when I've had a drink it has been either wine or tequila. Bourbon is now back in my glass. MMMMM..... good stuff ..... I just can't fathom why anyone wouldn't like BT. Unless, of course, they've had the misfortune of getting a 'musty' bottle.

SBOmarc
12-16-2008, 23:01
The Winter Solstice does not occur until 12/21/2008. That fact makes this entire thread just a bit early.

Parker's Heritage on one rock.

nor02lei
12-17-2008, 05:15
Yesterday it was WT 8 export, vintage 21 rye and ORVWFRR B. The stile of the 2 rye bottles was very different with the B being very heavy and woody and the 21 elegant and appetising.

Leif

PhilsFan
12-17-2008, 12:32
SBOmarc is right, it's not officially winter yet, but it's close enough!
We had temps in the high 20s and some freezing rain yesterday...
I warmed up with Weller 12 after dinner last night.

-Joe

OscarV
12-17-2008, 13:45
Eagle Rare 101 New Orleans, neat.

kickert
12-17-2008, 15:42
Just had a pour of Old Charter 10. That is some good stuff. I think I am going to follow up with some OC 12.

chilidawg7
12-17-2008, 19:25
Going back to an old favorite tonight: Weller Centennial. Mmm...

ggilbertva
12-17-2008, 22:02
Small pour of Pappy 15. This bottles almost dead.

callmeox
12-17-2008, 22:14
JBW on the rocks with a couple of cherries in it as a distraction. Yet another bar with an awful bourbon selection.

spun_cookie
12-17-2008, 22:16
The last of the barrel tastes for the Bourbon Crusade RHFs, Baby Saz and BT.... This BT is just great... young brother of the Stagg at barrel proof...

Old Lamplighter
12-17-2008, 22:32
Broke open a bottle from the stash.....VWFRR. Hits the spot on a cold winter night.

gblick
12-17-2008, 22:35
WLW'05 with a splash of water.
Soon, I'll open my new WLW'08.

funknik
12-17-2008, 22:35
Weller SR followed by BT...then back to Weller from the deep freeze.....BT sure is good, though.

nor02lei
12-17-2008, 23:10
Yesterday it was Dickel 8 and uncut unfiltered 10 years HH bourbon bottled by Cadenheads.

Leif

fishnbowljoe
12-17-2008, 23:29
Had some Julio's RHF earlier tonight (I took my own with me to bowling:grin: ) Now I'm having something I haven't had in a very long time. Woodford Reserve. It's been a while. The taste is much different than I remember. It's probably because I've had so many other bourbons since last partaking of it. I still like it. It's a pretty fair pour in my books. Joe

OscarV
12-18-2008, 13:24
2008 WLarueW, neat.

WhiskeyRiver
12-18-2008, 13:41
Russell's Reserve on the rocks.

nor02lei
12-18-2008, 15:01
RR 101 so far.

Leif

GOCOUGS2002
12-18-2008, 20:14
WTAS neat, in celebration of Dane's birthday

spun_cookie
12-18-2008, 20:16
weller 13 yr centennial here ... yumm

fishnbowljoe
12-18-2008, 20:23
Weller Antique now. Debating on opening my new bottle of Benchmark. Joe

JamesW
12-18-2008, 20:24
ORVW 10/107 and now BD.com's Pappy 15

spun_cookie
12-18-2008, 20:38
Weller Antique now. Debating on opening my new bottle of Benchmark. Joe


Good stufff... probably the best $20 bottle on teh market

funknik
12-18-2008, 20:39
VSOF / BHC, neat to bring in the weekend.

chilidawg7
12-18-2008, 21:10
Tonight it was Lot B. One more day til a nice little holiday break...

Attila
12-18-2008, 21:38
A generous double of Dickel 12 on one small rock.





(okay its not a bourbon, so sue me)

Luna56
12-18-2008, 22:12
FR1B tonight, one of my faves.
Crazy busy these days, too much traveling. The FR is a superb way to unwind. Back at it hard this weekend but the FR at the end of the day is something I really look forward to.

Cheers!

onmytrack
12-18-2008, 22:14
Going back to give Hirsch 16 Gold Foil another try. No, doesn't do it for me. I still can't figure out what all the fuss is about. For the same $ I could have bought another Pappy 20. I had to give it another try, but I'll put this way in the back and maybe I'll change.

Jim

shoshani
12-18-2008, 22:15
A generous double of Dickel 12 on one small rock.

(okay its not a bourbon, so sue me)

It *was* a bourbon for nearly half a century, so rest easy. :)

The original Dickel enterprise left Tennessee with statewide prohibition in 1910. Dickel was produced by A Ph. Stitzel and later Stitzel-Weller, and became part of Schenley in 1937 - whereupon its production, Lincoln County leaching vats and all, was transferred to what is now Buffalo Trace.

Dickel did not return to Tennessee until 1958, so it was actually labelled "Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky" (without an 'e') for the better part of 48 years.

callmeox
12-18-2008, 22:44
Bowled a 590, my team took 5 points out of 7, but the best news of the night is that the bar in the bowling alley finally brought in the bottle of BT that I've been asking for since September. Woo! :grin:

shoshani
12-19-2008, 03:52
Our much-anticipated ice storm is now upon us, so I am in an unusually insomniac mood and quietly reflecting upon the world through a very fine lens of WT101. Its rye kick is perfect for this weather.

ggilbertva
12-19-2008, 09:32
Going back to give Hirsch 16 Gold Foil another try. No, doesn't do it for me. I still can't figure out what all the fuss is about. For the same $ I could have bought another Pappy 20. I had to give it another try, but I'll put this way in the back and maybe I'll change.

Jim

Jim,

I believe the later gold foils became victim of being in the tank too long. I had some Hirsch Blue Wax last night and it was fantastic. I also have an open gold foil and it's nasty neat and ruins whatever I try to mix with it. You probably have a late gold foil in which case time will not make it better.

funknik
12-19-2008, 11:33
Elijah Craig SB 18 ... keeping me warm on this wintry day.....delicious wood.

PhilsFan
12-19-2008, 16:57
It became unseasonably warm today in Louisville with temperatures in the 60s... Still, the warmth of '08 WLW was a great way to start the weekend and I'll probably pour something else after dinner tonight.

-Joe

callmeox
12-19-2008, 19:15
ERSB with a smoked brisket sandwich on ciabatta and sweet tater fries.

chilidawg7
12-19-2008, 19:16
Popped open a bottle of GTS '08 tonight.

Wow. This ranks WAY up there on my list of great bourbons. I've consumed many different bourbons in my day, and a select few would qualify as being not merely a drink, but an 'experience.' This is one of the latter.

onmytrack
12-19-2008, 20:52
I believe the later gold foils became victim of being in the tank too long. I had some Hirsch Blue Wax last night and it was fantastic. I also have an open gold foil and it's nasty neat and ruins whatever I try to mix with it. You probably have a late gold foil in which case time will not make it better.

Thanks Greg, guess I'll just leave it in the back. What I don't get is how it is currently commanding $200+. It wouldn't be priced that high unless someone was paying that much. I'm bummed and I paid less that 1/2 that, what a waste.

Oh well, tonight is a new bottle of GTS '08. What a treat! Either it is better than the '07 or I just needed to get rid of the taste of the Hirsch!

Jim

JamesW
12-19-2008, 21:14
VSOF and BD.com Pappy 15

ggilbertva
12-19-2008, 21:47
Thanks Greg, guess I'll just leave it in the back. What I don't get is how it is currently commanding $200+. It wouldn't be priced that high unless someone was paying that much. I'm bummed and I paid less that 1/2 that, what a waste.

Oh well, tonight is a new bottle of GTS '08. What a treat! Either it is better than the '07 or I just needed to get rid of the taste of the Hirsch!

Jim

Jim,

The price you are seeing is a result of the earlier releases and the fact that it's a highly rated bourbon. Unfortunately, Preiss left it tanked too long which had negative side effects on the later bottlings. Keep in mind that the bourbon reached it's 16th year around 1990. There have been three primary releases, Blue Wax, Gold Wax and then a number of gold foil, rated best to worst in order of release. It's unfortunate that people are paying such a premium on the chance they get a later gold foil and find the bourbon is undrinkable. Just recently, someone reported finding two Blue Wax sitting on the shelf of some convenience store....$235 each. For the Blue Wax...I think it's worth it.

Just to make sure my palate wasn't broken, I had friend who's palate is bourbon tuned try my bottle of gold foil. His comment...."tastes like a$$"

ggilbertva
12-19-2008, 21:49
Tonight I enjoyed a mid 80's Rebel Yell and then moved on to the Julio's release of RHF. That Rock Hill is a cherry fiesta.

fishnbowljoe
12-19-2008, 22:25
Went to my wife's company Christmas party tonight. Had MM on the rocks all night. I still like MM. Besides, the alternative was JB White. Joe

smokinjoe
12-19-2008, 22:30
It's warm here, but had to start a fire in the outdoor fireplace. Have a nice selection of Christmas decorations out back too, to gaze at. Sat out there for a couple of hours contemplating life with a couple of pours of BT (Good), 04 ER17 (Gooder), and McScrooges S-W Pappy 15 (Goodest!). A handful of smoked almonds, and a Padron and Hemingway Best Seller, and JoeyWorld was open for business!! I's gots it all figgered out, now. :D
Cheers!

SBOmarc
12-20-2008, 02:11
After a long haul of a night at the Job...just after 1 AM here on the left coast.

WTRB, a double.

gblick
12-20-2008, 04:02
Started with some WLW'05. I've really been enjoying this bottle, and will be sad to see it gone. Since there's only an inch left in this one, I cracked open my new WLW'08. Wow....nice!

nor02lei
12-20-2008, 06:41
Yesterday I did open a 93 proof Overholt 1910 bottled 1974. This first pour was a bit thin but I am sure it will improve by oxidation. I did finish an 86 proof Overholt from the same distillery (Michters) just recently and it did also start thin but got better and better the further down the bottle I got.
Then I did have quit a lot of ORVW 10Y 107. Part of it together with a hazelnut cake. It tasted awesome! Sorry to say this brand is starting to be hard to find here.

Leif

PhilsFan
12-20-2008, 09:06
Finished last night with a pour of ETL.

-Joe

funknik
12-20-2008, 11:19
Started out last night with the 'Trace, but then couldn't stand it anymore and I opened one of the two bottles of Rare Breed 1996. It was very, very tasty....I haven't seen any notes on this specific bottling, so I will post some tasting notes later when I can taste it with a fresh palate & give it some closer attention. Anyone familiar with that year?

Kahlua & coffee this morning.

Josh
12-20-2008, 11:38
Had a taste of a newly acquired bottle of Rowan's Creek. Nice, soft whiskey with a lot of caramel in the nose & on the palate, with a light sweet finish. The 100 proof sneaks up on ya' tho.:crazy:

ggilbertva
12-20-2008, 13:58
Had a taste of a newly acquired bottle of Rowan's Creek. Nice, soft whiskey with a lot of caramel in the nose & on the palate, with a light sweet finish. The 100 proof sneaks up on ya' tho.:crazy:

The Rowans is a good bourbon and you're right, it does sneak up on you. The initial entry is good and then it picks up steam. I like it very much.

Hondo
12-20-2008, 15:22
sipping a little Blanton's right now... very nice.

funknik
12-20-2008, 19:48
More of the WTRB96....with a little of the wife's homemade holiday toffee it hits the spot -- brings out a nutiness in the drink. Yum.

chilidawg7
12-20-2008, 20:17
Repeating last night's experience, I am enjoying some GTS '08 while watching The West Wing, Season 6.

callmeox
12-20-2008, 20:41
While at a Solstice party this evening, I enjoyed a couple of Knob Creek and Coke Zeroes with dinner, followed up by a nice dram of BenRiach 15 Dark Rum Wood Finish.

fishnbowljoe
12-20-2008, 21:06
ORVW 10/90 tonight. Joe

ggilbertva
12-20-2008, 21:30
Weller SR tonight. Got home late so wanted something a little lighter before hitting the sack.

Virus_Of_Life
12-21-2008, 00:41
Funny, I actually heard on the radio today that Winter doesn't officially start until December 21 (as of now tomorrow), so I guess I was early to the punch. On that note I decided to post some pics of our winter storm that rolled in this weekend - its been going on for a week now and you'll see why I thought it was winter. Now keep in mind the Portland area doesn't get snow too often, especially snow like this - very rarely.

As for WBAMIDT? Fighting Cock 15 year old, finally got my hands on a bottle! This is very good stuff. As I have always said of HH bourbon I think it best aged a little longer and at a higher proof; therefore this at 15 years and 103 proof works very well. I haven't done it it in a long time, but will try to write some tasting notes for it. Bottom line, it's damn good - thank you David. :grin:

Its hard to tell but that swimming pool actually has a layer of ice on it! I'll try to find one of my scales to measure the snow, but am estimating 9-10 inches!! :shocked: I was able to get around, slowly for a short distance, just fine in 4wheel drive with chains on the front but I get tired of dodging cars spinning out and stuck on minor little inclines around here.

Old Lamplighter
12-21-2008, 01:30
Eagle Rare 10 followed by my absolute winter favorite: VWFRR

PhilsFan
12-21-2008, 04:44
Thanks to an sb.com member who sent me a Texas Longhorns sticker, along with a bottle of WTRR 10/101. Not only did he search long and hard for the bottle, but he also got it signed by Jimmy Russell!

I enjoyed my first pour last night...it's bold with a great finish. It's a real shame they don't make it anymore.

-Joe

nor02lei
12-21-2008, 05:03
Yesterday it was two Bobs, Stagg fall 2005 and ORVW 10 107.

Leif

shoshani
12-21-2008, 10:51
As for WBAMIDT? Fighting Cock 15 year old, finally got my hands on a bottle! This is very good stuff. As I have always said of HH bourbon I think it best aged a little longer and at a higher proof; therefore this at 15 years and 103 proof works very well. I haven't don't it in a long time, but will try to write some tasting notes for it. Bottom line, it's damn good - thank you David. :grin:

I picked up some "normal" 6YO Fighting Cock last night at Sam's, which is the only place I know of that sells it. I had no idea that HH bottled a 15YO expression! The 6YO is certainly muscular and peppery without being downright firewater - just the thing needed on a below-zero midwestern winter night.

Both HH and Barton need better distribution in the Chicagoland area. The major players (Binny's and Sam's) do not carry HH's own label, just the "pioneer" names (Evan, Henry, et al), Eagle Rare and Old Fitzgerald. Likewise, Barton is represented only by 80 proof versions of everything except for VOB which does get the full line of four expressions.

funknik
12-21-2008, 11:43
Having a nice snifter of Baker's while the snow falls outside & watching my Patriots move out to a comfortable lead. It's warm inside. I prefer to drink the less corporate, more obscure bottles, but I can't get over Baker's -- it's fantastic....my secret shame. :)

Lost Pollito
12-21-2008, 13:00
VOB BIB, 2 cubes. Drinking in hopes of making the -23 wind chill a touch softer. Gonna be a long winter.:rolleyes:

fishnbowljoe
12-21-2008, 15:39
Had some Rebel Yell and Sierra Mist earlier. Spent the better part of the afternoon replacing the pipes under the bathroom vanity. Turned out it was a tougher job than expected.:banghead: Long story. Anyway, I'm having some 2007 GTS as a reward to myself for a job well done.:yum: I'll probably hit the 2007 WLW and ER later too. :grin: Ho Ho Ho! Joe

jburlowski
12-21-2008, 16:55
Last nlight it was Woodstone Creek while sitting by the fire and Xmas tree.

chilidawg7
12-21-2008, 18:29
Watching the Panthers-Giants, eating a grilled chicken and mushroom pizza, sipping on some OGD 114.

funknik
12-21-2008, 19:39
Hunting Buffalo again tonight -- think I can finally taste a slight hint of the "mustiness" others have mentioned about this brand. It doesn't bother me too much, but it does remind me of an extremely diminished version of the flavor I recognized in the Sazerac Rye I bought that was all rotten wood in the mouth.

Attila
12-21-2008, 22:31
Going back and forth between the Old Rip Old Time Rye 12Y (Lawrenceburg) and Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13Y (Lawrenceburg - no letter). Someone mentioned to me that these are from the same batch of rye. If they are, I am impressed by the variation in each of these bottles. They seem like they are two different animals with the the 13Y being a bit sweeter.

Both are absolutely delicious.

PhilsFan
12-22-2008, 08:30
VOB BIB, 2 cubes. Drinking in hopes of making the -23 wind chill a touch softer. Gonna be a long winter.:rolleyes:

We went from the 60s last week to 5 degrees and a -11 wind chill this morning in Louisville. If it was -23, I'd probably forget about the ice cubes :grin: I enjoyed ORVW 10/107 last night to try to ward off the cold.

-Joe

p_elliott
12-22-2008, 08:49
We went from the 60s last week to 5 degrees and a -11 wind chill this morning in Louisville. If it was -23, I'd probably forget about the ice cubes :grin: I enjoyed ORVW 10/107 last night to try to ward off the cold.

-Joe

It was -10 before the wind chill this morning, we've been running-30 wind chills here. Shara Palin would be freezing her t**s off here!

OscarV
12-22-2008, 12:50
I started with a '08 WLarueW 125.3prf, neat.
Followed by a '07 Parker's Heritage 122.6prf, neat.
I have said it before but I am saying it again, I feel very fortunate and blessed to have bourbons like these.

nor02lei
12-22-2008, 16:17
Yesterday it was Overholt 1810, VOB 12 years and Seagramís Benchmark, all bottled in the seventies. The Bartonís was the best and it has approved very much by oxidation and is now very good for an 86 proof bourbon. Today I have had WT 8 export, the same Barton again and another bottle from the seventies, a seven yearís old Old Hickory.

Leif

fishnbowljoe
12-22-2008, 17:41
Having some ER 101. 1982, Old Prentice Distillery, Lawrenceberg. Joe

callmeox
12-22-2008, 20:55
A couple of pours of BT after bowling.

ggilbertva
12-23-2008, 09:35
Trying desperately to finish off my bottle of Weller SR. So last night was another pour....only 2 more to go.

SBOmarc
12-23-2008, 12:18
Four Roses SB. I am now half way through this bottle and although I like it, I still can't figure it out. I lose the finish on some pours.

ggilbertva
12-23-2008, 16:19
Four Roses SB. I am now half way through this bottle and although I like it, I still can't figure it out. I lose the finish on some pours.

Lose as in no finish or can't figure out what the finish consists of?

funknik
12-23-2008, 16:56
Skinnin' myself another Buffalo tonight.....this may take a while, I'll keep y'all posted.:cool:

smokinjoe
12-23-2008, 17:59
Started a long journey with an 04 ER17. Spectacular. I'm mixing a fair amount of heavy beers in tonight, but I'll leave room for an OCPR 13 yr... And...probably something else...:o

TBoner
12-23-2008, 18:39
After my Ardbeg 10, it'll be a touch of Beam Distiller's Series and then some egg nog spiked with Tom Moore BIB.

Regards,
Tim

funknik
12-23-2008, 20:07
Switched over to EC18 & water and may top off the evening with a little Weller SR to sweeten things up.

onmytrack
12-23-2008, 20:40
WLW '08 with a nice New York Strip. Nothing like grilling a quality steak with a fine bourbon in the middle of December.

Jim

fishnbowljoe
12-23-2008, 21:19
Having a couple of pours of ORVW 10/90 tonight. Joe

ggilbertva
12-23-2008, 21:33
I mixed it up this evening.

Started with a '69 Old Crow 10 year 86p. Next up, Weller SR and now sippin on some AA BIB. :cool:

callmeox
12-23-2008, 22:20
Since winter has raced up on us with great anger, I figured that I would try the Four Roses hot toddy recipe in my new cup as a way to defrost.

I mixed it up just like the directions but I had to dump it out after a couple of sips. I think that I need to adjust the recipe because three cloves of garlic seems a bit excessive for such a small portion.

scratchline
12-23-2008, 22:36
Okay, I hope to God you're kidding. But just in case you're not, that's three cloves of cloves not three cloves of garlic.

Merry Christmas.

-Mike

Old Lamplighter
12-23-2008, 22:58
A little ERSB w/nog followed by a very allocated pour of PVW15 (running low + price is getting too steep); capped the evening with my fav winter pour this year: VWFRR

onmytrack
12-23-2008, 23:09
Since winter has raced up on us with great anger, I figured that I would try the Four Roses hot toddy recipe in my new cup as a way to defrost.

I mixed it up just like the directions but I had to dump it out after a couple of sips. I think that I need to adjust the recipe because three cloves of garlic seems a bit excessive for such a small portion.

That bourbon and garlic would have made a great marinade for my steak.

Jim

funknik
12-23-2008, 23:11
That bourbon and garlic would have made a great marinade for my steak.

Jim
that's what I told Scott.

OscarV
12-24-2008, 06:01
To early to start now but later on I am going to open,

Pappy Van Winkle 15yo , the L&KS-BD.com-BE.com bottle from Julio's
Van Winkle Family Reserve Lot B
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107prf

I love Santa but the Van Winkle family seems to come through with better stuff.

spun_cookie
12-24-2008, 08:46
To early to start now but later on I am going to open,

Pappy Van Winkle 15yo , the L&KS-BD.com-BE.com bottle from Julio's
Van Winkle Family Reserve Lot B
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107prf

I love Santa but the Van Winkle family seems to come through with better stuff.

Not that is a MERRY CHRISTMAS... Who know, Maybe Pappy has stepped in as Old St. Nick in that Great Distillery in the sky - Old St. Pappy has a nice ring to it....

fishnbowljoe
12-24-2008, 14:53
Had an after lunch pour of Weller Antique. Said goodbye to that bottle. Will have some serious pours tonight when the family comes over. Ho Ho Ho! Joe

OscarV
12-24-2008, 15:38
To early to start now but later on I am going to open,

Pappy Van Winkle 15yo , the L&KS-BD.com-BE.com bottle from Julio's
Van Winkle Family Reserve Lot B
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107prf

I love Santa but the Van Winkle family seems to come through with better stuff.

Almost time!
I am now just waiting for my wife to get dressed so I can escort her to the Christmas service at her Unitarian Universalist church.

Then when we get home it is me and OldSt.NickVanWinkle.
May the Christmas Angels share some of their share.

polyamnesia
12-24-2008, 19:52
sipping this surprisingly interesting Benchmark. newer bottling, 80 proof predictability...but alot of nose and flavors that are unique enough.

PhilsFan
12-24-2008, 20:16
We had our traditional Christmas Eve celebration with a house full of family and a great treat this year...My son and his family in from Hawaii (Hickham AFB) for the first time in three years! It was lots of fun...capped off by a pour of one of my favorites... PVW 20.
Merry Christmas!

-Joe

chilidawg7
12-24-2008, 20:24
Had some Pappy 15 this morning for breakfast, then this evening I am treating myself to some GTS '08 in one of my new Glencairn glasses from Malt Advocate. In case you missed that thread, go here (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11386&highlight=hear+price).

smokinjoe
12-24-2008, 20:36
We had our traditional Christmas Eve celebration with a house full of family and a great treat this year...My son and his family in from Hawaii (Hickham AFB) for the first time in three years! It was lots of fun...capped off by a pour of one of my favorites... PVW 20.
Merry Christmas!

-Joe

Very nice, Joe. This must be a very special Christmas for you and your family. God Bless you all.
:toast:

ILLfarmboy
12-24-2008, 22:33
Earlier I was drinking El Tesoro reposado but now I'm drinking some Handy. Talk about a contrast. The El Tesoro is quite flavorful since it comes off the still at the second distillation at just a couple proof points above its bottling proof of 80 but the Handy still has three times as much flavor.:grin:

Tomorrow I will be taking a couple bottles of mead (Redstone Traditional Mountain Honey Wine) over to my brother-in-law's for Christmas along with a few bottles of Pinot Grigio. I might take a bottle of Baby Saz and some fixin's for some Old Fashioneds but based on who I know will definitely make it, considering the weather, I doubt there will be any whiskey drinkers there.

callmeox
12-24-2008, 22:37
Enjoying some 8.33 year old 80 proof Beam from 1982. Delicioso

birdman1099
12-24-2008, 22:39
Old fitz BIB 1992 and WTRR101 !!!:grin:

Attila
12-24-2008, 23:32
After work tonight, SW Pappy 20.

fishnbowljoe
12-25-2008, 00:58
Had a flight of Eagles tonight. ER 10/90, Er 10/90 Julio's, BTAC 2007 ER, and ER 101 from 1981. Merry Christmas! Joe

Old Lamplighter
12-25-2008, 01:53
EzraB 15, 4RSB. PVW15 and WTRB......just a great Christmas Eve!

nor02lei
12-25-2008, 03:50
Yesterday I had vintage 21 rye and ORVW 10 107. Both were excellent. With the Christmas meal (we calibrate December 24 in first hand) I had 4 different home flavoured neutral spirits.

Leif

jburlowski
12-25-2008, 12:33
Finished a great Christmas dinner and decided to pass on dessert. (OK, postponed... I'll have it later.)

Sitting by the fire and counting my blessings... which include a healthy pour of PVW 23 SB.

Parker SxS
12-25-2008, 12:54
My Christmas present to myself was a bottle of Russell Reserve and my stepson's gave me a bottle of Blanton's.

Derrick

gblick
12-25-2008, 19:34
The last of the Christmas Day guests have left, and I'm relaxing with some ORVW 10/107. Actually, I've been sipping this stuff all day. Will probably progess to some Pappy 15 & 20 later.

funknik
12-25-2008, 20:02
Having a Merry Christmas pour of Rare Breed '96 in a huge crystal snifter my wife gave me for Xmas....it works very, very well....

gothbat
12-25-2008, 20:05
I started off with some VWSR12, then went to some '08 GTS, and now I'm sipping on some '08 Saz18. I'll probably move on to some Rittenhouse BIB next. We have some people over and my cousin has been all over my last batch of homebrew so in addition to enjoying some primo whiskey I also get the satisfaction that my friend and I did well on our beer! :]

callmeox
12-26-2008, 22:31
Although I arrived at my favorite watering hole after the kitchen closed for the night so I didn't get any dinner, I did get to enjoy a couple of Bulleit Manhattans. The bartender has really gotten the hang of putting them together just right.

ILLfarmboy
12-26-2008, 22:53
Although I arrived at my favorite watering hole after the kitchen closed for the night...... .

My sympathies....... I hate when that happens.


My favorite bars were, and still are, those with a 24 hr. restaurant as part of the same business. To me, that's a big selling point..............

ggilbertva
12-26-2008, 23:30
Finished off a 1/2 pint of Yellowstone 86p from '76. Good whiskey.

Old Lamplighter
12-26-2008, 23:57
Another pleasant evening with WTRB & VWFRR.......some might say, the best of both worlds.

nor02lei
12-27-2008, 07:37
I did share some ORVW 10 107 and ORVWFRR B with my 19 year old son yesterday after our Christmas meal. My other son (21) doesnít drink any alcohol at all so he had to settle with coffee.
Leif

fishnbowljoe
12-28-2008, 00:41
Went to an after Christmas, Christmas party/open house tonight. Had a lot of stuff. ER 10/90, Weller Centennial, ETL, Gentleman Jack, JD & JD Single Barrel. Great party with great friends. Can't wait till New Tears Eve! Joe

kickert
12-28-2008, 11:15
Went to Heaven Hill's tasting room and tried the EW SB Vintage (98) and the EC18.

I was disappointed with the EC18 (sorry Andy). There was too much tannic oak on the end of it.

I was very pleased with the EWSB. It wasn't mind blowing, but considering I am not generally impressed by any of the EW expressions, this was outstanding. I rated it .5 higher than the EC18 on my personal 10 point scale.

fishnbowljoe
12-28-2008, 20:29
Binny's Weller 12. Joe

funknik
12-28-2008, 21:24
Went to Heaven Hill's tasting room and tried the EW SB Vintage (98) and the EC18.

I was disappointed with the EC18 (sorry Andy). There was too much tannic oak on the end of it.
I just finished off an EC18 tonight and I agree that it IS quite tannic, maybe too much so. Still, I can handle a little oakiness, and it seems that on the second pour of the night this flavor diminishes considerably. I'm not sure if I will replace the fallen soldier right away, however....might let it be until I feel a hankerin' for chewing on a piece of oak...

spun_cookie
12-28-2008, 23:31
IW Harper,. 200ml dusty find today from 1982... this is good bourbon... Cougs... there will be some waiting for you.... and do not bother to dusty hund I10 from LA to Tucson... they done been had baby :D

OscarV
12-29-2008, 10:56
Four Roses Single Barrel, the TC/OVH bottle, neat.

Ok ya'll are probably thinking, he sure is at it early.
Well yeah I guess I am but I am off work (injury) and don't go back until Jan 12.
I am only having one,... um, at a time.

spun_cookie
12-29-2008, 13:28
Four Roses Single Barrel, the TC/OVH bottle, neat.

Ok ya'll are probably thinking, he sure is at it early.
Well yeah I guess I am but I am off work (injury) and don't go back until Jan 12.
I am only having one,... um, at a time.


Not a bit :D I was sampling the Old Crows I got in from the other, other set of chess peices I got... Decanted the 11, tasted and put them into wine bottles..

Hope your injury is not a bad or back injury... and keep on the doctors magic juice... you will be right as rain soon

HighTower
12-30-2008, 04:25
Tonight it is hot here. very hot.
to give you some idea, its 27 degrees celcius (80.6F) at 9.30 at night and 76% humidity.
I decided it was time for some WTRB, BT and some FR Super Premium.

The FR really hit the spot tonight.

Scott

p_elliott
12-30-2008, 07:59
Tonight it is hot here. very hot.
to give you some idea, its 27 degrees celcius (80.6F) at 9.30 at night and 76% humidity.
I decided it was time for some WTRB, BT and some FR Super Premium.

The FR really hit the spot tonight.

Scott

I always thought it got a lot hotter than that in Australia, that would be average summers evening here in Iowa

p_elliott
12-30-2008, 08:07
Four Roses Single Barrel, the TC/OVH bottle, neat.

Ok ya'll are probably thinking, he sure is at it early.
Well yeah I guess I am but I am off work (injury) and don't go back until Jan 12.
I am only having one,... um, at a time.

Don't worry that's not early I get off work at 6:00am and get started by 6:30 am. In bed usually by 8:30 sleep like a baby all day .

OscarV
12-30-2008, 10:57
Thomas H Handy BTAC '08, neat.

I like it a lot but I keep wondering what another 18 months would do to it.
Not super high proof like Stagg but then again not that low compared to Wild Turkey and Four Roses.
However it is at the favorite age of the "old timers". 6 to 8 years is what I have understood.

No point to this, just rambling.

polyamnesia
12-30-2008, 12:22
well, the Ridgemont Reserve has been on sale ALL month...$4 off! so sipping that now...but i admit, something about second-time-around: it's not as magickal as it was last year....nor was that second bottle of OGD114....nor was that second bottle of WTRB......or did my tongue's standards simply rise a bit after Stagg...and that Handy Saz?:rolleyes:

this RReserve is very similar to WT101...except for the proof....:skep:

funknik
12-30-2008, 19:51
EC12....just got a new bottle...no funk...just delicious.

smokinjoe
12-30-2008, 21:40
I've gone to one of my "blue moon" bottles. Bonded OGD, Distilled 1975-Bottled 1982. OMG!! Every time I hit this one, I go in with the expectation that it CAN NOT be as good as I remember. It ALWAYS is. I turned 21 in 1983. Why didn't I buy this by the case...truckload...railcar...,then?!?!?! Hindsight is 20/20, I guess... :rolleyes:

callmeox
12-30-2008, 21:48
Revisiting a pour that I've not had in a while.....EC12.

Tasty!

nor02lei
12-31-2008, 02:43
Yesterday WT101 from early 90-is. I love this stuff!

Leif

chilidawg7
12-31-2008, 20:43
Tonight it is Lot B, leading up to the strike of midnight, at which time I shall enjoy a healthy pour of GTS '08.

OscarV
01-01-2009, 13:25
Pappy Van Winkle 15yo private bottle, neat.

Special Reserve
01-02-2009, 20:07
VWSR Lot B it's like heaven. It is so pleasant drink it.

callmeox
01-02-2009, 22:02
I picked up some Lot B and Weller Antique for my neighbor and he invited me in to give the Lot B a whirl. I really like this years bottling. Even two rookie bourbon drinkers who were over at his place picked out the chocolate cherry on the nose.

He also has two older 750's of Echo Springs on his shelf. The bottles are octagonal in shape and have tax strips and UPC symbols. There were no outward signs of a date on the bottle anywhere. Can someone place a date on these with the bottle shape? It wasn't like drinking Lot B but it was not offensive by any stretch, especially for a whiskey labeled as 4 years old.

HighTower
01-03-2009, 03:34
Started with EWSB 95
Weller Centennial
FR 120th
don't know what will come next.
I'm celebrating NYE tonight as I couldn't a few days ago!

Scott

Special Reserve
01-03-2009, 08:19
...He also has two older 750's of Echo Springs on his shelf. The bottles are octagonal in shape and have tax strips and UPC symbols. There were no outward signs of a date on the bottle anywhere. Can someone place a date on these with the bottle shape? It wasn't like drinking Lot B but it was not offensive by any stretch, especially for a whiskey labeled as 4 years old.

Within the past year, I found a hand full (five) bottles of Echo Spring on a "we don't want this in our store" shelf and for a total of $20 they left the store. Not a great pour but not offensive and drinkable.

One is octagonal and had a tax strip and a UPC code, one is octagonal, has a UPC code but no tax strip and three are round with UPC code and no tax strip.

I too would be interested in further info.

Rughi
01-03-2009, 13:54
...Echo Spring...I too would be interested in further info.

Check out this thread. (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4679&highlight=Echo)

Roger

Special Reserve
01-03-2009, 14:38
Roger,

Thanks for the link.

Will

chilidawg7
01-03-2009, 19:37
In honor of our Bourbonian of the Year, I have a nice pour of Lot B in one of my newly acquired Glencairn glasses.

callmeox
01-03-2009, 19:46
Some 1968 Old Crow (10y/86p) that showed up at my house today. :woohoo:

It's darn tasty.

birdman1099
01-03-2009, 19:50
Very nice Scott !!!!! (i am quite jealous !!!):bowdown:

I've had to settle for some...

Old Fitz BIB (SW distilliate)
ER17 2008
RHF (gold Chain)



Here's to hoping the Colts can pull this thing off !!!!

funknik
01-03-2009, 22:37
Sorry about the Colts, Bird! I watched their demise with a healthy pour of Baker's.

birdman1099
01-04-2009, 07:15
Thanks Andy,

I watched their demise with several Healthy pours !!!!:smiley_acbt:

fishnbowljoe
01-04-2009, 19:50
Some 08 Stagg that I bought today. It's better than what I remember from the tasting at Binny's last month. :hot: WOW! Joe

ggilbertva
01-04-2009, 20:27
Eagle Rare 101 and then I'll move on to some Julio's RHF.

Rake
01-05-2009, 01:21
Started with ER101 Lawrenceburg, went to Four Roses Single Barrel, and wrapped up with a Stagg '08 vs. Fall '05 deathmatch. The '05 took the honors for tonight.

polyamnesia
01-05-2009, 16:39
two quickly poured (but slowly savored) glasses of this amazing WT101 rye...mentioned probably elsewhere, but i've had some slightly disappointing return visits to some favored WT bottlings....the latest Rare Breed was great but not as before....and heck, three recent WT101s were just not as amazing as usual.

but after having had a wonderful winter break of trolling and plowing through a variety of things--Handy Saz, Saz 6, Benchmark, Van Winkle 12, etc etc--this is truly a wonderful pour and perfect mashbill. i gotta admit, i like 101 rye BETTER .... yep, better than that dusty of the 8 year i found...well, maybe not. but that's a memory. this is happening NOW:bowdown:

(it's nice to be simply thrilled by a pour:grin: )

fishnbowljoe
01-05-2009, 16:59
Weller SR and then some KC and Coke. Joe

kickert
01-05-2009, 17:04
I had a Dickle showdown between No 8 and No 12. I found the 12 to have a more familar bourbon taste, but the 8 was fantastic with the taste of warm home made bread and a bit of honey.

birdman1099
01-05-2009, 17:43
I've started the evening with WTRR101 and ER101....

I wonder what other 101 I could go to????:grin:

callmeox
01-05-2009, 20:09
I had some BT at the bowling alley after shooting my average and the team took 2 of 3 points.

The bowling center manager came up to me and asked me if I was the one drinking that "Buffalo $h!t" in the bar. When I confirmed that it was me, she (a former bartender) said "I thought you only drank the good stuff, like Makers Mark".

I told her that my tastes have changed and I need to slum it now and again. :cool:

She said that she would order another bottle in for me since the other was 2/3 gone. :bowdown:

chilidawg7
01-05-2009, 22:00
Celebrating another Ohio State loss with a pour of Lot B. :)

nor02lei
01-06-2009, 05:39
Yeterday it was WT 101 from the 90s and vintage 21 rye with the later being my ladyfriends all time favorite whisk(e)y.

Leif

OscarV
01-06-2009, 18:27
Four Roses Single Barrel, neat.

smokinjoe
01-06-2009, 18:57
Old Ezra Rare Old 7yr 101 Sippin Whiskey. Pairing it with a handful of Emerald brand Cocoa Roast Dark Chocolate flavored Almonds. Yowza, that's good!!

ggilbertva
01-06-2009, 20:29
2008 THH. Yummy

chilidawg7
01-06-2009, 20:42
WT Rare Breed this evening. Getting close to empty on this one...

p_elliott
01-06-2009, 21:12
Rock Hills Farms for the first time trying to get to know one another.

shannichols
01-06-2009, 22:04
My dad and I tried out the 6 and 10 year old Zinfandel finished bottles of BT Experimental Collection I bought back in November. The 6 year was really good. While the 10 year was good it wasn't better and kind of had a medicinal taste like some single malt scotches.

shoshani
01-06-2009, 22:16
Rock Hills Farms for the first time trying to get to know one another.

Well worth making its acquaintance.

funknik
01-06-2009, 22:36
Did a side-by-side tasting of this year BTAC ER17 with the regular 10 year expression...here were my notes...

ER10...
Nose: Strong oak, a hint of vanilla and maple sugar, strong alcohol vapors
First Sip: Spicy rye, oak and leather...not harsh but very in-your-face.
Next: Sweetness opens up and I'm getting that maple sugar I smelled, a softer feel in the mouth although the alcohol is definitely present in the flavor.
Finish: Fairly longish with a great lingering oak and hints of ripe fruit.

BTAC ER17...
Nose: Very woody/tannic, but hardly any alcohol burn in the nose
First Sip: Soft, silky texture is the first thing I notice followed by a touch of creamy caramel...it tastes vaguely woody, but most of this is still in the nose.
Next: Vanilla. The entire flavor profile in this seems very subtle.
Finish: Soft lingering wood that goes on forever...I imagine the barrel resting in a pastoral meadow with soft moss growing all over it....delicious.

After that, I decided to vat the two together 1:1 to see what I came up with...I was very pleased with the results:

ER10 & 17 Vat....
Nose: Maple sugar...woody but so sweet
First Sip: The flavor almost knocked me over it was so big...much more so than either alone...rye, very strong tea with cream, and sweet maple
Finish: The tea flavor continues and is joined by that wonderful soft oak.

This combo is a real winner (if not especially inventive). I'm usually a purist and don't get into vatting, but I'll definitely be doing this again. When I finished this pour I started all over again with the 10 to the 17 and then mixed the two again...everything was a lot sweeter the second time around, but this was just a great night of bourbon tasting!

OscarV
01-07-2009, 13:19
Started with a couple of Four Roses Single Barrel, neat.
Then did a big left turn, Pappy Van Winkle 15yo, neat.
Nice.

Buffalo Bill
01-07-2009, 13:26
Tonight it's going to be some 1974 Hirsch. I have to check the bottle to make sure it's doing ok. ;-)

BB

ROTYDE
01-07-2009, 13:43
That would be Maker's Mark for me neat..

PhilsFan
01-07-2009, 14:31
I enjoyed a pour of Weller 12 last night.

-Joe

TBoner
01-07-2009, 19:08
All beer tonight, unless I decide to sneak in a smallish pour of VWFRR.

Regards,
Tim

polyamnesia
01-07-2009, 19:19
dang! not one to add water to the water-of-life, wherever it be come from...! but a slight slight slap of water in this everDiminishing bottle of WT Rye REALLY opens it up to a creamy, complex experience. there is no sense of it being 'diminished'...only mellowed and deepen'd...truly amazing

oh and i had a Philadelphia Brewing Co. KENZINGER with a hot dog tonight...and Plochman's mustard...and Herr's chips (prefer Utz....). very nice on a wet winter night. wish it was colder and snowing and icing...

chilidawg7
01-07-2009, 19:59
Weller Centennial tonight.

I got a miniature of Gentleman Jack in my stocking this year, so I will probably consume that at some point as well. :)

ACDetroit
01-07-2009, 20:04
1st pour was the 2008 Handy! This bottle is almost empty!

2nd was a vatting 3:1 Weller 12 with a splash of 4RSB - I have to say they play well together!

Tony

funknik
01-07-2009, 20:24
After a little wine & pasta for dinner...VSOF for dessert.

fishnbowljoe
01-07-2009, 20:34
FRSB tonight. Joe

Skunk
01-07-2009, 20:36
Been enjoying WT rye all night, but didn't care for the h2o vatting and had to stiffen it back up after a taste. Sorry polyamnesia.

spun_cookie
01-07-2009, 20:44
A full night with Straightboston and a soon to be new to the board Bostonian... Weller Centennial, RHFs, Old Taylor 1968ish and 8 yr old HH BIB from Washington state... nothing better than sharing some bourbon with fellow SB.comers...


.... and thank you scott for catchin my slight :D typos

callmeox
01-07-2009, 20:52
Rowan's Creek after trading some samples with my manager.

Old Lamplighter
01-07-2009, 22:34
Still suffering from cold.....going on 10 days now.....been taking it easy. Last 2 nights, Hot Toddys w/ERSB10.....really good. Any medicinal benefit, not sure about that part - but it does make one forget the symptoms and get some needed sleep!

chefnash51
01-08-2009, 12:58
last night I enjoyed what I though would be the last of my 07 GTS - neat. Still a bit left though.

That char floating around gave it a different taste.

Can't wait to try the 08

spun_cookie
01-08-2009, 14:54
Tonight should be fun as well. I have a work buddy that is strictly a JB whilte drinker, so I hunted down a coupel bottles of early 80s JB White 80 proofers and I am taking over a bottle of Julio's RHFs...

We will see how that older JBW was...

ggilbertva
01-08-2009, 15:02
Last night, a pleasant dram of WT 12 year split label.

ggilbertva
01-08-2009, 15:02
Tonight should be fun as well. I have a work buddy that is strictly a JB whilte drinker, so I hunted down a coupel bottles of early 80s JB White 80 proofers and I am taking over a bottle of Julio's RHFs...

We will see how that older JBW was...

Emerald,

Let me know what you think of the Jim Beam White. I have bottles that date early 80's but have yet to open them.

spun_cookie
01-08-2009, 15:27
Emerald,

Let me know what you think of the Jim Beam White. I have bottles that date early 80's but have yet to open them.

Will do... I am going in with an open mind... and empty glass

chilidawg7
01-08-2009, 16:52
Gearing up for the BCS Championship Game with some Pappy 15.

OscarV
01-08-2009, 17:58
Revisiting Pappy Van Winkle 15yo, neat.

spun_cookie
01-08-2009, 18:55
Emerald,

Let me know what you think of the Jim Beam White. I have bottles that date early 80's but have yet to open them.

Very, very good. In a blind I would not believe this was beam or 80 proof. Beat out the RHFs big time tonight.

JamesW
01-08-2009, 20:06
VSOF 12 and now Pappy 15. The Pappy 15 is heavenly as usual.

funknik
01-08-2009, 20:12
VSOF 12 and now Pappy 15. The Pappy 15 is heavenly as usual.
BHC VSOF, James?

JamesW
01-08-2009, 20:26
BHC VSOF, James?
Yes from the heritage collection. The best bottling of that collection IMO has to be the Weller Centennial by far and then comes VSOF... a very nice bottle indeed.

funknik
01-08-2009, 20:55
Finished the night off with a little taste of the '08 Handy....this stuff tastes HUGE! Now it's off to sweet dreams......

callmeox
01-08-2009, 22:50
BT, without the funk.

boss302
01-08-2009, 22:59
Elijah Craig 12-year. 1.75L bottle. Great value. Good bourbon. Enjoying it thoroughly.

OscarV
01-09-2009, 10:41
Sazerac Rye, the so called Baby Saz, over cracked ice.

funknik
01-09-2009, 16:46
Had a crazy, spontaneous tasting bonanza today. I had the day off and, confined to my icy tomb up here in the Maine Tundra, I decided to crack an ORVW 10/107...my first VW ever. After I took my dogs out for a walk in the chilly cold, I came back to a package from Oscar with a few surprises inside, namely a Lot 'B' sample which I promptly sampled. The Lot 'B' is very good, the ORVW is okay. I also tried 4RsmB and O&T's 4RSB which was an interesting comparison...it's been an interesting week for side-by-sides....tomorrow maybe Dickel 8 & 12...Thanks again, Oscar.

shyster512
01-09-2009, 18:00
Old Grandad 114.

OscarV
01-09-2009, 18:03
...Thanks again, Oscar.

No problem, I can't wait to those Blue Cheer cd's.

I am now enjoying a Pappy Van Winkle 15yo, neat.

funknik
01-09-2009, 20:50
No problem, I can't wait to those Blue Cheer cd's.

I am now enjoying a Pappy Van Winkle 15yo, neat.
Should be there tomorrow if not already.

Old Lamplighter
01-09-2009, 21:09
Continuing my very enjoyable rye sojourn with my very first sampling of Old Overholt. Have no idea why I waited so long! This is a very good rye......and the small monetary layout makes it even better.

Though it is still early.....on the second pour now, at this point I have to say I like this better than Ritt BIB and almost as much as Saz Jr. As of yet, not had any Beam Straight Rye. Since OO is made by Beam, wonder if this is a lighter and/or older version of same(?). Or, is it an entirely different profile?

In order to qualify for the thread, will be following OO up with some 4RSB and perhaps some PVW15 to polish off the evening.

funknik
01-09-2009, 21:39
Since OO is made by Beam, wonder if this is a lighter and/or older version of same(?). Or, is it an entirely different profile?

I think it's a very similar profile, OO is maybe a little smoother, while the JB rye is slightly more robust, both are easy to drink and I dearly love them. For all I know, it could be the same juice from different parts of the warehouse or something...others may disagree with me.

spun_cookie
01-10-2009, 10:40
. Since OO is made by Beam, wonder if this is a lighter and/or older version of same(?). Or, is it an entirely different profile?

Now thats funny... I just asked that Question on the OO thread...

A little Beam Black 8 yr for me... it is the best that AA has to offer... and for the price... its a great drink (2 per flight - $0).

ACDetroit
01-10-2009, 13:20
Willett 6yr old 122.4 proof after a bout on the driveway with some freezing precipitation! Looks to me, I'll be out there again before the day is over.

Tony

polyamnesia
01-10-2009, 14:52
Been enjoying WT rye all night, but didn't care for the h2o vatting and had to stiffen it back up after a taste. Sorry polyamnesia.

oh now...how much wudder did you add?:grin:

i did like a drop...five molecules wide or so...

still, i think it sits best swirled straight and then savored at full strength!

oops, by the way, enjoying the reunion with Old Weller Antique

ggilbertva
01-10-2009, 19:47
My discussion on Old Forester with Roger in some other posts today prompted me to pull out my handle of OF 86pf and enjoy a pour. Cheers Roger.

Skunk
01-10-2009, 20:07
oh now...how much wudder did you add?:grin:

i did like a drop...five molecules wide or so...

still, i think it sits best swirled straight and then savored at full strength!

oops, by the way, enjoying the reunion with Old Weller Antique

Oops we might've added more than five molecules. I do enjoy it straight a lot more than the first time I tried it though.

Can't get over how good Rittenhouse BIB is though. I had it last night with crushed ice, and it clouded up, which I assume means its non chill filtered. If you still haven't been able to find one we'd be willing to send you some 'olive oil' no charge.

Rughi
01-10-2009, 20:19
...Can't get over how good Rittenhouse BIB is though. I had it last night with crushed ice, and it clouded up, which I assume means its non chill filtered...
Great observation!

I can't wait to try this when the EBSG gets together to taste Rittenhouses on the 24th. Lear had remarked a recent bottle seemed younger than usual.

Roger

funknik
01-10-2009, 20:31
Three delicious samples provided by our friend, Ben Kickert! Thanks, Brother -- good grog!

gothbat
01-10-2009, 22:07
The last of my Heaven Hill White Label, probably the most simple bourbon I've ever had; just corn and char.

trx450
01-11-2009, 11:55
I think it's a very similar profile, OO is maybe a little smoother, while the JB rye is slightly more robust, both are easy to drink and I dearly love them. For all I know, it could be the same juice from different parts of the warehouse or something...others may disagree with me.
We bottle Overholt 750's and liters in Frankfort and i believe the Beam rye is bottled in Clermont.Could very well be the same profile,just an entirely different warehouse.

nor02lei
01-11-2009, 12:43
Yesterday it was ORVWFRR-B and ORVW 10 107 and today Overholt 1810 and WT 8 export. The weather was accompanied by hassle nut cake. My friend how visited me hadn't tried any combination like this thought it matched very well together.

Leif

OscarV
01-11-2009, 14:10
Thomas H Handy Rye, neat.

funknik
01-11-2009, 14:13
Dickel No 8 & 12 showdown

trx450
01-11-2009, 17:27
Elmer T. Lee.A friend gave me a bottle of this a couple of weeks ago....pretty good stuff! Will definitely replace when gone!:yum:
Will probably open a bottle of Weller Antique later this week

smokinjoe
01-11-2009, 17:29
A little '04 Stagg and Weller 12 with Mrs. Smokinjoe's chicken noodle soup. Besides being an excellent pairing, I am now bullet-proof against a cold or the flu. :)

chilidawg7
01-11-2009, 18:15
Watching the season premiere of 24 tonight with some of my newly acquired Ancient Ancient Age.

JamesW
01-11-2009, 20:45
Lot B, Pappy 20, and now more Pappy 20 :grin:

ggilbertva
01-11-2009, 23:00
Old Charter 10 year 86pf tonight. Not a bad pour for bottom shelf.

Rake
01-12-2009, 01:25
First some Blanton's, and now Thomas H. Handy '06, with a li'l splash.

OscarV
01-12-2009, 17:18
Wild Turkey Rare Breed, neat.

Lost Pollito
01-12-2009, 17:23
Stagg '08, and perhaps a little rare breed.

chilidawg7
01-12-2009, 18:47
Wild Turkey Rare Breed tonight as I watch the 2nd half of the season premiere of 24.

Hondo
01-12-2009, 19:08
Sipping a little WL Weller Special Reserve tonight... I'm really fond of this. I think I need to pickup a couple more bottles of it pretty soon.

ACDetroit
01-12-2009, 19:11
Was having a hard time with this ER 101 in the eagle decanter, you just never know what's going to come out! Could be corked, tainted..you know BAD!

Well I took it upon myself to decant it into glass tonight...and well some slipped into my glass! Not sure why it is but the first pour out of these decanter is (in the words of Robert Smith) "Just Like Heaven".

Yummy! I hope I never run out of the ER 101!

Tony

funknik
01-12-2009, 19:53
Tonight, 4RsmB, neat....then moved on to a little ERSB

OscarV
01-13-2009, 16:04
William Larue Weller, BTAC 2008, neat.

birdman1099
01-13-2009, 17:10
Was having a hard time with this ER 101 in the eagle decanter, you just never know what's going to come out! Could be corked, tainted..you know BAD!

Well I took it upon myself to decant it into glass tonight...and well some slipped into my glass! Not sure why it is but the first pour out of these decanter is (in the words of Robert Smith) "Just Like Heaven".

Yummy! I hope I never run out of the ER 101!

Tony

Ditto !!!

I just decanted one of these as well. It is my first ER from Lawrenceburg.

Holy Crap !!! This stuff is good:bowdown:

smokinjoe
01-13-2009, 17:40
Spring 2003 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. This thing has been open for at least 4 years. I gave this bottle to my dad a year or so before he passed on, a few years ago. We had our share of drinks from this bottle together. He would have been 80 today. Here's to you Pop. It's still good!

Skunk
01-13-2009, 19:29
Started by finishing off our ER101 (so sad), then Stagg 08 at 101 proof, then Old Fitz Prime Bourbon bottled in 92, then WLW SR from 87, then WLW BTAC 'o6, WIld turkey 101, J.T.S Brown BIB, Old Forester BIB, and back to WLW o6.

MJL
01-13-2009, 19:47
Dickel No. 12 tonight.

smokinjoe
01-13-2009, 19:49
A vatting of Buffalo Trace and Very Old Barton BIB. A nice combo in the glass...I hope it's a nice combo in the big picture.

ggilbertva
01-13-2009, 22:27
Had a little get together at a fellow SB.com members home and had too many to list but here's a few

Old Charter Classic 90
'79 Early Times KSBW
Various Willetts
'78 Benchmark Premium
FR 120
Reids re-barrel project
'90 Rebel Yell
'82 Jim Beam White
etc, etc.

callmeox
01-13-2009, 22:30
Some Rittenhouse BiB to unwind after an encouraging meeting.

PhilsFan
01-14-2009, 10:45
I enjoyed a generous pour of '08 WLW and a great visit with my son and his family on leave from the Air Force.

-Joe

jburlowski
01-14-2009, 18:20
Living (if you can call it that) on the road this week... it's been mostly KC at the hotel bar every night. But tonight, went to Ruth's Chris for dinner and enjoyed some Blanton's.

birdman1099
01-14-2009, 18:24
ER101 at the Bird House !!!!!:grin:

SBOmarc
01-14-2009, 19:58
Four Roses SB. Coming to the end of the bottle and may leave the last couple of pours sit for a month or so before deciding to replace or not.

Markoturbo
01-14-2009, 21:20
A perfect run tonight with PVW 20, 15 then to cap off the proof progession GTS 2007.

OscarV
01-15-2009, 12:51
We had a 22 degree swing in the temperature today.
From 12 below this morning to 10 above this afternoon.

So I am warming up with some Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107, neat.

Special Reserve
01-15-2009, 17:31
I'm staying warm with a little WLW08. By itself it good, but in two past sip-offs with GTS08 it always seems to come in second even though I'm a wheater.

George
01-15-2009, 18:24
Warmed up with a little Eagle Rare 10 SB and some Maker's. This was my first taste of ER, and I wanted to compare it to MM.

birdman1099
01-15-2009, 18:37
I'm doing a WT showdown:

1990 8 yr vs. Old #8 1992 vs. 1996 12 yr split.

It will be a good night !!!!!:grin:

spun_cookie
01-15-2009, 18:53
I'm doing a WT showdown:

1990 8 yr vs. Old #8 1992 vs. 1996 12 yr split.

It will be a good night !!!!!:grin:


That sounds like fun... Any early news on the rating?

JamesW
01-15-2009, 20:16
Julio's Weller and now Pappy 15.

SBOmarc
01-15-2009, 20:21
It's a Van Winkle Night.

Starting with the ORVW 10, on to Lot B, Pappy 15 and will end with a short Pappy 20. I still have an unopened bottle of Pappy 23 from our brethren at SB.com. It will remain that way, I'm pacing myself.

JamesW
01-15-2009, 20:35
It's a Van Winkle Night.

Starting with the ORVW 10, on to Lot B, Pappy 15 and will end with a short Pappy 20. I still have an unopened bottle of Pappy 23 from our brethren at SB.com. It will remain that way, I'm pacing myself.

The 23 still eludes me. It is my white whale, the holy grail. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/icons/icon11.gif

birdman1099
01-15-2009, 21:08
That sounds like fun... Any early news on the rating?

Man, they are all good !!!!

Nose, I prefer the 12 yr. lots of vanilla. the old #8 comes across really grassy.

but the 8 yr has the best taste and finish. long and spicy.

The 12 yr has a great flavor, but the finish falls short.

I will need another round to be sure !!!!:grin:

fishnbowljoe
01-15-2009, 21:25
Weller Centennial tonight. Joe

chilidawg7
01-15-2009, 21:34
Fighting Cock this evening.

A little rough around the edges, which is what I needed this evening.

Whiskey Willie
01-16-2009, 07:12
This last couple weeks has found me enjoying Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye...A Christmas gift from my son...Good kid...:cool: