View Full Version : How many on your 'team'?
Like most new bourbon enthusiasts, I am always conducting ‘tryouts’ for my bourbon team. Some bourbons are replaced immediately when finished, and others finished and not purchased again, not right away. With so many choices, it is difficult to re-purchase a bottle of something you have already tried. Therefore, it’s in a special class, it’s on the ‘team’. It’s always in stock.
I know there are some impressive collections of bourbon out there, but how many bourbons are on your ‘team’?
I will extend 'bourbon' to include all American Whiskies.....my team is small, but here is what I always want in stock as "everyday" pours:
Elijah Craig 12
George Dickel No.12
WL Weller SR
some sort of Wild Turkey Product (right now it's RB, but maybe the 101)
This is based on price and availability....if it was easy for me to find, I would also like to have:
WT Rye 101
Ancient Ancient Age 10 yr
Still new to this, but there's one I can see me always having around - Elijah Craig 12. It's fairly inexpensive, available, and to me, really good.
At an absolute bare minimum I like to have Rittenhouse BIB and Weller 12 to satisfy the two ends of the whiskey spectrum. I also like to have one "Special Occasion" bottle. That could be 4RSmB, ETL, ER10, anything from the BTAC etc.
I have been stocking up lately on bourbons for my "team". My list includes:
Weller Antique 107
Weller 12 yr old
The Weller Centennial and ER 101 are something I try not to drink too often. They, along with LotB, ORVW 10/107, Pappy 15, GTS, ER17, and William Larue Weller, are my so-called special occasion bourbons. Joe
PS. Of course the term special occasion covers a very broad range of circumstances.:rolleyes:
Damn you guys. Is there a code decryption table somewhere? I'm having a tough time as a bourbon n00b trying to figure out what all these abbreviations stand for.
Your de-coder ring is here. Frequently used Abbreviations and Acronyms (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/announcement.php?f=43&a=8) :grin:
Always in stock - OF Signature, Weller Antique 107, EW Black, Weller SR
Frequently restocked - FC, WT101, RITT BIB.
Occasionally restocked - EC12, BT.
Always trying new pours so my list is likely to change often.
Something I tend to see is some of us will go with bourbons from a particular brand. Some people are die hard WT fans, some are FR fans, some Weller fans, etc. I believe those are some pretty good teams to be on:grin:!
I have many more to try but from what I have been through so far these are my keepers:
Looks like I'm on the BT "team" so far.
I guess I should answer my own question. Right now there are four bourbons I re-purchase automatically, my team.
Of course, I am still conducting 'tryouts', and this league allows you to expand your roster.
I try to repurchase anything I finish...hard to do with the dusties, but that doesn't keep me from trying anyway.
I don't really have a team. But my sidekick is Rittenhouse BIB.
This is always a bit of a moving target as both my tastes and the bourbons change over time.... what is always opened and bunkered today..
Weller Antique and 12yo
ORVW Lot B, Pappy 15
FR 120th, SB
I don't keep a big stash but the things buy on regular basis are and some are new favorites.
WT101 Always in my cabinet
EW Pretty much always in my cabinet
OWA 7 107
W. L. Weller 107,Wild turkey 101, Eagle Rare SB, Old Forrester 100,
Off the beanch WT Rare Breed, Knob Creek.
Elmer T Lee
Weller Antique 107
and something from BTAC (currently Stagg and Handy)
My "go-to" bourbon list is small but I consider them all MVPs on my team:
EC12 (rich, complex, potent, sometimes even transcendant)
ER10SB (same as above, with some added oaky mustiness that is quite beguiling)
FR1B (so classy in every way. A true high water mark in the world of bourbon IMO. If I could get this here in NH I'd drink little else.)
Never had a straight rye so I can't comment on those, but these three are tasty, fantastic and very reliable pours. WT 101 makes the list in fourth place, too.
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