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Waiahi
02-19-2009, 19:45
Just a question for curiosities sake...

Ever since I began buying and drinking KSB, I now find myself getting into "taster's event" mode whenever I decide to hit up my stash...

In other words, I have just about one bottle of every widely available KSB I can find here in Hawaii in my stash... JBB, JBR, KC, MM, Bulleit, WR, WT101, EWB, EWSB.

So, when I feel like drinking bourbon, I'll start with a dram of one, and proceed to have one of each based on random choices when I look at my bar. I'll typically have 3-6 drinks, every time a different bourbon at every pour.

I've noticed over time that I have started to really discern the differences between each. Sometimes, when I get up to 6 or more pours in one night, I'll wake up the next morn with a pretty good headache...:lol:

....but I was just curious, as I've looked at the pics of some of ya'all's bunkers, and seen more than a few of you list your extensive collections - do you typically choose one bourbon to savor when you drink, or do you do like I do and just drink a different pour everytime until you're done drinking for the evening?

mozilla
02-19-2009, 20:15
I try a new label for each pour...most of the time. It is rare that I will just have one label in an evening. I prefer the journey through the flavors.

Squash
02-19-2009, 20:27
I am the same as Mozilla. I always want to keep comparing.

Even if I just had the best Bourbon in the world, I try something else.

fishnbowljoe
02-19-2009, 20:31
My intentions are usually to pour just one bourbon and stick with it. Gotta try and send a few to the empty bin you know. But...... there are times that one thing leads to another and I have two. Or more. :rolleyes: This usually happens on nights when I'm in the gazebo. Talk turns to this bourbon or that bourbon, what you're drinking, etc, and before you know it, my glass suddenly has a different bourbon in it. :skep: Imagine that. :slappin: Cheers! Joe

ggilbertva
02-19-2009, 20:33
I typically have 1 pour or a couple smaller pours in an evening. I don't follow any particular plan when pouring.....whatever catches my interest when looking at the open bottles.

GOCOUGS2002
02-19-2009, 20:37
I rarely stick with one bourbon in a night...so many to choose from and so little time!

Attila
02-19-2009, 21:27
I am pretty much stick with the same bourbon all night long.

HighTower
02-20-2009, 03:42
It varies depending how I'm feeling. If I have something I am really enjoying, I will stay enjoying it. If it doesn't hit the spot that night, I will move on.

Scott

kickert
02-20-2009, 06:17
I typically have 1 pour or a couple smaller pours in an evening. I don't follow any particular plan when pouring.....whatever catches my interest when looking at the open bottles.

This is me exactly. I rarely have more than 1 or two standard pours an evening. Often it is just one pour of a favorite. If I am in sampling mode, I will have 3 or so smaller pours.

sailor22
02-20-2009, 06:44
I almost always progress thru a few different ones in an evening. I will stay in the family - I won't go from a wheater to a rye or jump from one set to another that's fundamentally different. Typical would be two or three different WT's or three different ages of Pappy's - last night was two different 4Roses expressions the night before was EC 12 and 18.

funknik
02-20-2009, 07:06
No rhyme or reason here -- If the first pour of something goes down nice and easy, I may stick with it all night. But, like Joe, if I'm in the gazebo I try to match what others are drinking sometimes or mix it up for fun...some pours are better followers than others in my opinion: I'm unlikely to pour 4RSmB as the first pour of the night, but if I'm going to have GDNo.12, I'll usually put it first in line. I also tend to pick out bottles that are dwindling and hit them up first -- to make room.

p_elliott
02-20-2009, 08:19
It depends if something is really hitting the spot I'll stick with it all night or if it's something I'm trying to git rid of, if not I'll move on to something else. I have learned that you can go from bourbon to rye but you can't go from rye to bourbon.

StraightBoston
02-20-2009, 09:16
In "tasting mode" -- 3 or 4 half-shots in Riedel Bourbon glasses, savoring and taking notes.

In "drinking mode" -- a healthy pour in a rocks glass, and I generally stay on the same through the night.

In a given month I'll do twice as many "tastings" as "drinkings".

Doesn't look like I'll ever empty my bunker.

sotnsipper
02-20-2009, 09:30
Just a question for curiosities sake...

I'll typically have 3-6 drinks, every time a different bourbon at every pour.

I've noticed over time that I have started to really discern the differences between each. Sometimes, when I get up to 6 or more pours in one night, I'll wake up the next morn with a pretty good headache...:lol:

....but I was just curious, as I've looked at the pics of some of ya'all's bunkers, and seen more than a few of you list your extensive collections - do you typically choose one bourbon to savor when you drink, or do you do like I do and just drink a different pour everytime until you're done drinking for the evening?


I usually try to stick with 2-3 pours (3-4 oz per) a night (I only drink on the weekends). Anything past 3 and I am just getting drunk. A big glass of water between pours and after the last pour will help with the headache:grin:.

As far as a particular order I follow, no, I do not have one. I open the cabinet and what ever calls my name first, I pour it. I just repeat process for the second or third. There are times I stick with the same bottle but usually mix it up. Mind you, my stash is considerably smaller than a lot that I have seen on here. I keep my favorites in stock and try to treat myself at least once a month with something different.

PhilsFan
02-20-2009, 14:34
If I'm working the next day, I'll stick to one pour. On the weekend, I'll have two pours with two different bourbons for variety.

-Joe

ThomasH
02-20-2009, 15:03
The names of all the bottles I own are written on slips of paper and put in a box. When I want a drink, I just pull out a slip of paper and have a drink. If I pull out a name I don't really like, I just throw it back and draw another. it helps stretch my supply of upper shelf bourbon. On my birthday, I always drink I.W. Harper!

Thomas

Klepackage
02-20-2009, 15:21
When all of my bottles are at about the same level, I pick randomly. The lower the bottle gets, the more likely I am to finish it off. As someone mentioned, you've got to make room for new players.

OscarV
02-20-2009, 15:28
I am currently on a mission to thin out my collection/bunker.
So I have made a list of all the bottles that I have two or more of and am opening the most numerous ones first.
Except for two labels that I am hoarding for the future.
Mingled in with those most numerous labels I have added a couple of what I call "specialties" to nip at from time to time.

jburlowski
02-21-2009, 06:26
I am currently on a mission to thin out my collection/bunker.
So I have made a list of all the bottles that I have two or more of and am opening the most numerous ones first.
Except for two labels that I am hoarding for the future.
Mingled in with those most numerous labels I have added a couple of what I call "specialties" to nip at from time to time.

And the two labels are?

cigarnv
02-21-2009, 07:10
I wander all over with seemingly no rhyme or reason. I typically do very short pours and will try several bourbons on a given night. At times a specific pour will just hit my palate... the last several days it has been the RHF's from Julio's (thanks Emerald!!). At other times nothing seems to be be doing it so I just pass.....

OscarV
02-21-2009, 07:56
And the two labels are?

If I told you then I'd have to kill you, I don't want the secret out. OK?:grin:

But seriously they are, Eagle Rare 101 and WLWeller Centennial.
I started my bourbon adventure about 5 years ago.
My quest was to identify about five brands that were very good and to have them available at all times.
The first I decided on was ER101 and then they stopped producing it.
Next up WLW Cen, after tasting it I said I'll never be without a bottle of this. Wrong they stopped producing it.

So I have thing about those two.
Also if you want a brand to die just let me want it for an all-time favorite.

Shamless Plea Alert
Avoid reading below if you don't want to hear a grown man beg.

If anyone out there has access to ER101 or WLWCen, I'll be happy to buy and/or trade for 'em.

2highcal
02-22-2009, 19:06
I usually just have one pour a night with 2 ice cubes and I continue with that bottle until it is gone then move on to the other

Buffalo Bill
02-24-2009, 07:40
In "tasting mode" -- 3 or 4 half-shots in Riedel Bourbon glasses, savoring and taking notes.

In "drinking mode" -- a healthy pour in a rocks glass, and I generally stay on the same through the night.

In a given month I'll do twice as many "tastings" as "drinkings".

Doesn't look like I'll ever empty my bunker.

That's pretty-much exactly what I do too... 1/3 to 1/2 shots in Reidel's when tasting, working through many bottles. If it's a night where I'm amongst friends and having a good time I'll either throw something on ice or enjoy a couple shots neat. BB

barturtle
02-24-2009, 07:44
How do I hit up my stash?

With friends.

(as often as possible, anyway)

birdman1099
02-24-2009, 17:23
How do I hit up my stash?

With friends.

(as often as possible, anyway)


Thats funny........


Thats exactly how I hit up your stash as well !!!!:slappin:

dean_martin
02-25-2009, 14:38
I usually try two when I'm the only one drinking.

My brother came over last night and we tried 6 different bottles. Fortunately, my wife was in good spirits (pun intended) and helped us get him home safely.

gr8erdane
02-25-2009, 15:14
I'm still wondering just when and where Timothy came up with friends...

But to answer the question, it's a matter of several factors for me. If I just found a bottling I didn't have before I usually start with that. Then it tends to beg the question, "which one haven't I had in a while?". On chat nights I sometimes grab something I know someone else doesn't have just to rub it in...(just kidding). The nice thing about having a large bunker full of open bottles is the vast numbers of possibilities. More than anything though, as someone else posted earlier. it's whatever calls my name when I'm down there.

Blitz
02-25-2009, 18:52
I'm pretty much on a pattern of drinking every other day, one or two pours, one whiskey per night, never the same as the last time.

Edward_call_me_Ed
02-25-2009, 21:58
When I joined the forum I was working full time. I was buying bourbon like crazy. Now I am underemployed. I still have quite a few of the bottles I acquired in the early days of my obsession. But most of them are more than half empty. As they are more expensive I probably won't replace them anytime soon.

I usually have two to three open bottles that are my go to bourbons. These are in the twenty dollar range, more often under twenty than above. Fortunately, this price range includes many of my favorites. Usually, I will stick to one or two of these for the evening and once in a while I will have a pour from the pricier or impossible to replace bottles.

Last night I had some Jim Beam 8 year old White Label 80 proof. This was a Japanese bottling. I don't know when it was bottled but I am guessing in the 80's or earlier. I am sure I will never see a bottle of this again. It's recognizably Beam, but not really like any of the current products. Certainly not like the Black Label. It's my favorite Beam product despite the low proof. It's almost gone...:cry:

(Oscar, I still have one and a half bottles of Eagle Rare 101, unfortunately I feel the same way as you do. If you are ever in Sapporo, and I still have some, I will treat you to a pour or two, but I ain't sending you any!:grin:)

independant
03-26-2009, 23:30
I play video games on line in the mornings when I get off work at 5am. So what I like to do is ask people what bourbon am I drinking and go and have myself a pour. Sometimes I am surprised at what request come out but more often then not I hear JB or JD. But I never stick with one bottle even though I tell myself I need to clear out some bottles.

Klepackage
03-27-2009, 00:01
I play video games on line in the mornings when I get off work at 5am. So what I like to do is ask people what bourbon am I drinking and go and have myself a pour. Sometimes I am surprised at what request come out but more often then not I hear JB or JD. But I never stick with one bottle even though I tell myself I need to clear out some bottles.

Very good work. If I'm buzzing, my FPS skills are better than normal. If I go past that peak, I start to fail quite quick.

independant
03-27-2009, 00:10
Very good work. If I'm buzzing, my FPS skills are better than normal. If I go past that peak, I start to fail quite quick.

I am the exact same way when I play cod5 . I always thought it was funny a few drinks makes me play better. But again I am like you in the fact that after a few tomany my quality does take a nose dive.

gothbat
03-27-2009, 06:02
Very good work. If I'm buzzing, my FPS skills are better than normal. If I go past that peak, I start to fail quite quick.

Yep same here. Sometimes it almost seems effortless to pop off head shots even when I, the other player, or both of us are moving really fast but there is an extremely fine line between the alcohol helping and hurting your game!

smokinjoe
03-27-2009, 08:03
That's very interesting, fellas. I don't play video games (although, I was entirely addicted to Xevious in college), but I notice the same thing when I play golf. If I'm sucking, I immediately seek out the beer cart, and pick up a few. The positive effects of a little beer to settle the game down are amazing. But, like what you all experience, it's a fine line before my game spirals back down from a sip, or two, too many.

squire
03-27-2009, 08:48
Close my eyes and pick one at random, except on chat night when I try to one up Dane.

SBOmarc
03-27-2009, 16:29
Today, Early and often.

squire
03-27-2009, 16:48
Works for me as well.

NYtaster
03-27-2009, 16:54
I tend to stick with one bottle until its either gone or well on its way before opening the next. Part of this is the fact that my wife really wouldn't put up with several bottles at a time. Also I find that I get a better feel for the taste of a particular bottle if I come back several nights in a row.

If I get the desire to compare some different bottles I may have as many as 3 open but I only pour from multiples once or twice to satisfy my couriosity.

squire
03-27-2009, 17:07
I understand the need for domestic tranquility and also think staying with one bottle is a good way to learn whether or not the expression suits.

fishnbowljoe
03-27-2009, 22:34
Ummmmm. Eenie-meanie-minie-moe. Yep. That's the one. :shocked: Joe

squire
03-28-2009, 13:07
Something I've done in the past and may do again today is compare peers as in BIB Grand Dad and Forester signature.