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Dr. François
01-08-2009, 20:04
Several months ago, Tony hooked me up with a bargain-priced bottle of Rock Hill Farms, current release. It was 24 dollars! It's almost gone. I like the decanter, and I'd like to keep using it. I'm an unabashed decanter user: if you ever have dinner at my house, you're drinking a good, yet inexpensive, wine out of a nice decanter. Marketers be damned!

I should mention that I'm not trying to deceive anyone. I just prefer the RHF decanter to a bottle with a plastic screw-top.

I'd like to ask for your opinion on how to refill my golden horsey decanter. Answer any question you feel prepared to answer:

A) What bourbons under $24 (the price I paid for the RHF) have a similar overall profile to RHF?

B) What bourbons under $24 could pass as being a top-shelf product if packaging were not an issue?

I'm excited to hear your thoughts.

funknik
01-08-2009, 20:15
B) I sound like a broken record here, but EC12 is top shelf disguised as mid shelf IMHO.

(also, not a bourbon, but Dickel No.12 is almost there)

spun_cookie
01-08-2009, 20:33
B) I sound like a broken record here, but EC12 is top shelf disguised as mid shelf IMHO.

(also, not a bourbon, but Dickel No.12 is almost there)

Another bottle of that RHFs that Tony aquired from the Boston area :D

Dramiel McHinson
01-08-2009, 21:02
Doc,

Personally, I think you should refill it with a vatting of your own design. It will be unique and when you share it, it will be a pleasant surprise. What would look and taste better in that decanter than a whiskey of your own design?

kickert
01-08-2009, 22:28
Doc,

Personally, I think you should refill it with a vatting of your own design. It will be unique and when you share it, it will be a pleasant surprise. What would look and taste better in that decanter than a whiskey of your own design?

I think that is a good idea. However, to answer question B. I can think of nothing better than Weller 12.

OscarV
01-09-2009, 06:35
A) What bourbons under $24 (the price I paid for the RHF) have a similar overall profile to RHF?

B) What bourbons under $24 could pass as being a top-shelf product if packaging were not an issue?




A) Elmer T Lee, Ancient Ancient Age and Buffalo Trace.

B) Weller 12yo, Weller Antique, Elijiah Craig 12yo, Ancient Ancient Age and not bourbon but Wild Turkey Rye 101.

Dr. François
01-09-2009, 09:02
B) I sound like a broken record here, but EC12 is top shelf disguised as mid shelf IMHO.



Thanks, Andy.

I actually always have EC12 open. It's my go-to bourbon. If the bottle were uglier, I'd consider decanting.

I need to try Dickel again. I remember thinking "Flintstones' Vitamins."

ratcheer
01-09-2009, 15:16
I would use the Elmer T. Lee, as It is pretty much the same whiskey.

Tim

Dr. François
01-09-2009, 15:39
Tim,
Unfortunately, ETL is $33 here in Michigan. Thus, it breaks the $24 price barrier.

I agree, though...very similar profiles!

Oscar,
Sage advice as always!

ACDetroit
01-09-2009, 17:43
Another bottle of that RHFs that Tony aquired from the Boston area :D


Shhh! I was trying to keep one for myself "E"!

Whatever Doc, if you want the other one it's yours! Though if you agree to take it I'm making Christian delete this thread since it will be a mute point until it's gone...And I know how long the first bottle lasted:grin:

T

polyamnesia
01-09-2009, 20:09
i really like the vatting idea....a personal touch for sure...and a pleasurable challenge as you mix taste mix taste etc to get it JUST right!

i actually planned to do this with a mason jar for my brother...he's getting into bourbon and i wanted to make him a decent vatting. not as nice as a RHF decanter...but charming enough!

Dr. François
01-10-2009, 09:12
Whatever Doc, if you want the other one it's yours! Though if you agree to take it I'm making Christian delete this thread since it will be a mute point until it's gone...And I know how long the first bottle lasted:grin:

T

Thanks, Tony. I think you need an open Golden Ponies bottle at your house. I'll visit it often. :grin:

Thank you all for the suggestions! I'm going to give some serious thought to that vatting idea!

spun_cookie
01-10-2009, 10:31
Thanks, Tony. I think you need an open Golden Ponies bottle at your house. I'll visit it often. :grin:

Thank you all for the suggestions! I'm going to give some serious thought to that vatting idea!


I was not suggestion you grab anotherone from Tony, but that is always a good idea.... if you really wanted another, I was going to get off my lazy ass next time I was in that area (the area the score camre from) and see if I could get you some more....

I had forgotten the name of the store and that would have forced me to do some homework... I know about where it was on a map... sort of...

.... the real question is, when you find RHFs for $24 a bottle, how the hell can you forget the name of the store... I might have to start a new thread on how stupid that is.... but I do visit a lot of cities... every once in a while I get SPUN around

Buffalo Bill
01-10-2009, 11:10
The day I find a bottle of RHF for $24 I'll be frequenting that store on a daily basis. And by the way Dr. F. If you read my tasting notes on B.E. = Dickel - I stated the exact same words: Flintstones Vitamins. Thirdly, my cousin Dr S. lived adjacent to Kurt V. in Northampton MA. I'd tap on the wall at night at night when visiting saying "Good night Kurt!!!" We still have an open pack of his Marlboro cigarettes on the counter, under one of his hand-signed prints. He was one helluva guy... and the closest thing to RHF = Blanton's. But it's not cheap. BB

Dr. François
01-10-2009, 16:57
The day I find a bottle of RHF for $24 I'll be frequenting that store on a daily basis. And by the way Dr. F. If you read my tasting notes on B.E. = Dickel - I stated the exact same words: Flintstones Vitamins. Thirdly, my cousin Dr S. lived adjacent to Kurt V. in Northampton MA. I'd tap on the wall at night at night when visiting saying "Good night Kurt!!!" We still have an open pack of his Marlboro cigarettes on the counter, under one of his hand-signed prints. He was one helluva guy... and the closest thing to RHF = Blanton's. But it's not cheap. BB

What a great post!

Thanks!

I didn't know KV smoked Marlboro. He was always pictured with Pall Malls, one of the reasons I picked up a few packs when I lived in Greece. KV will be missed!

Thanks again, BB.

Dr. François
01-10-2009, 17:14
A) What bourbons under $24 (the price I paid for the RHF) have a similar overall profile to RHF?

B) What bourbons under $24 could pass as being a top-shelf product if packaging were not an issue?



Right now I'm thinking:

A) Charter 101 or AAA

or

B) a custom vatting (thanks to many wonderful suggestions).

I'd still love to hear more suggestions.

Skunk
01-10-2009, 17:16
KV will be missed!

So it goes.

I've always felt a (slight) connection with him after a friend pointed out his childhood home a few blocks from my house. I seem to remember KV saying the dogs in the neighborhood had more of an influence on him as a child than any of the people [liberally paraphrased].

Anyway I had a google search for what he drank after reading the author's+drinking thread, but didn't come up with a particluar drink, just that he was very fond of the drink in general for a time. Ever find any empty bottles BB?

Skunk
01-10-2009, 17:21
Oh yeah, the decanter.

If you still dabble in re-barreling that would seem like an obvious choice.

Buffalo Bill
01-21-2009, 10:48
What a great post!

Thanks!

I didn't know KV smoked Marlboro. He was always pictured with Pall Malls, one of the reasons I picked up a few packs when I lived in Greece. KV will be missed!

Thanks again, BB.

KV was a Pall Mall smoker to his last day. Marlboro's on occasion... BB

Squash
02-15-2009, 11:24
RHF is > $50 here in Northern Indiana.

Buffalo Bill
02-24-2009, 09:03
RHF is > $50 here in Northern Indiana.

$42 in MA on sale. BB

CygnusX-1
04-05-2009, 16:11
RHF for $24! thats a great find

squire
04-06-2009, 17:36
Elijah Craig should serve nicely.

chefnash51
04-08-2009, 13:27
is the general consensus that ETL is close to RHF? I have almost gone through a whole bottle of ETL.. and a few pours of RHF and I never picked that up.
ETL is very butterscotch to me, while RHF had a deeper, fruitier profile. I will have to do a side by side. interesting for sure.

chefnash51
04-15-2009, 20:17
is the general consensus that ETL is close to RHF? I have almost gone through a whole bottle of ETL.. and a few pours of RHF and I never picked that up.
ETL is very butterscotch to me, while RHF had a deeper, fruitier profile. I will have to do a side by side. interesting for sure.


ok. . now I see the similarities for sure. I guess I just needed some more time with the RHF. I understand it's from BT's same mash bill.. and now I can tell.

Very tasty for sure. Funny, after reading this thread I got to thinking what I can do with the empty decanter, as I love this bottle... and when my wife saw the decanter, she said.. What a beautiful bottle, can I have it when your done?

guess I need to buy another.

then a bottle of Blantons