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CygnusX-1
02-28-2009, 13:41
Mine was a '06 WTKS from barrel no. 67 on rick 30 in wherehouse D. I purchased it about a month ago and choose it because it was the oldest one they had (the rest were '07s).

Special Reserve
02-28-2009, 13:50
The first bottle I recall bunkering, that is not opening within a few days of purchase, was a PVW15. I received my annual review and it was very good so I wanted to treat myself to something nice.

Welcome to SB.

Will

ACDetroit
02-28-2009, 14:06
A 3 pack of 2005 Spring Ky only release George T. Stagg. Oh if I would have known then what I know now! I would have picked up more!!!!!


Tony

Klepackage
02-28-2009, 14:09
After trying a Stagg and then Handy, I went back and picked up 2 08 Staggs and a Handy to start the bunker. I'll probably add a few more too.

CygnusX-1
02-28-2009, 14:25
Welcome to SB.

Will

Thanks Will, im new to bourbon but learning alot and loving the journey. This forum is awsome and seems to have alot of nice people

jburlowski
02-28-2009, 14:29
Mine too, was a couple of 2007 Spring GTS.

JamesW
02-28-2009, 15:18
3 Hirsch 16 yr (Gold Foil) that were nicely priced.

ILLfarmboy
02-28-2009, 16:11
First bottle that I really considered "bunkered" was a WTRB. That is if you don't count just buying an extra bottle of this or that. That was before joining SB.com so I didn't even use the term bunker.

ggilbertva
02-28-2009, 16:12
Not entirely sure but most likely Lot B.

Squash
02-28-2009, 21:39
WLW 08.

When I started seriously tasting bourbons in December 2008, WLW 08 was the first one that really impressed me. It had wow-factor, if you will.

He was the first bunker member. He now has friends of different creeds and colors.

barturtle
02-28-2009, 21:52
Either a Knob Creek Single Barrel, that the place I worked for did or a A.H.Hirsch 20yo...I bought the Hirsch on Feb 14th 2000, don't remember exactly when the KCSB showed up...I may have actually had that back in 1998, but don't recall for sure...but I do still have them both.

ThomasH
02-28-2009, 22:45
Mine was a case of WTRR101. After that it was a few bottles of Hancocks Reserve that were 27.99 a Liquor Barn!

Thomas

fishnbowljoe
02-28-2009, 23:23
Mine was ERSB 10/90. I really liked this bourbon from the start, and always had a bottle or two around. When I had the chance to get four bottles at a very good price, from a store that was going out of business, I snapped them up. Voila! My bunker was born. I currently have two open, four in the bunker, and one on the way. Among the bottles I have had, are specialty bottlings from Julio's, Binny's, & Otto's. The bottle I have on the way is Julio's Angel's Share. Joe

T47
02-28-2009, 23:47
Three WTRR 101's after finding this site and getting the information that it would no longer be available. I still have a couple of them up there behind many others...I never imagined my shelf would look like that!

OscarV
03-01-2009, 06:07
I got very lucky when I started to get serious about bourbon.
I got an A H Hirsch 20yo at a store here in Jackson for $120.00, three years ago.
It is still bunkered.

Special Reserve
03-01-2009, 06:40
Cygnus,

This is a great initial post.

I'm really enjoying this thread. After rereading this, I should add my bunker was started on 12-30-04.

Will

funknik
03-01-2009, 06:44
This is a great thread! My first score for the bunker was a pair of Wild Turkey Rare Breed 1996s & a BHC VSOF -- then the floodgates blew wide open after that.

WsmataU
03-01-2009, 07:40
Well, my very first was a 1993 Maker's blue wax (only for collection purposes). The one I bought for drinking at some point in the future was a Michters single Barrell, since I still have yet to find a Hirsch blue wax.

spun_cookie
03-01-2009, 08:04
Wine woukd have been the early 90s with Chetue St Jean's later harvest wines.

Spirit was Pyrate rum for $15 in the christmas box release in 2006 when the going rate was $35.

Bourbon was the Weller when it was ~$25 a bottle and the going rate in CA & AZ was $45.

callmeox
03-01-2009, 08:12
My first purchase solely aimed at placement in the bunker was a trio of WTRR101. I had other items set aside as backups for open bottles, but these were destined for long term storage.

cubacroc
03-01-2009, 08:45
1st burbon pruchase and 1st addition to the bunker.

Cliff ( Barrel_Proof ) and the members of the Single Barrel Society helped me select a 14 yr old barrel of Stitzel Weller bourbon distilled on the last day of production. BT bottled the bourbon as Weller 12 yr old 90 proof.

Thanks again for the help from Cliff and the members of the Single Barrel Society.

Thanks to Mark Brown for making this barrel purchase possible.

BunkerBooze
03-01-2009, 08:48
Lagavulin 16yrs was my 1st bunker bottle. As far as 1st bourbon/rye, A.H. Hirsch 16yrs.

MissingKY
03-01-2009, 09:49
I found a bunch of boxed BHC bottles a few years ago, so I loaded up on them for the bunker. It turned out OCPR is one of my favorite whiskeys, so now I'm always on a search for it.

gothbat
03-01-2009, 15:33
Mine was a fall 2005 GTS. I was actually on my way home from the liquor store when I decided to buy it and had to stop at an ATM and go back. :]

luv2hunt
03-01-2009, 19:02
ORWV 15/107! Glad we did!

jsgorman
03-03-2009, 20:04
Hirsch 16 Blue Wax. I bought a bottle (about $80) from a liquor store in San Francisco and fell in love. Bought a second for the bunker. As I examined the consequence of forever losing out on my favorite Bourbon I started to buy everyone I found over the next few years (see avatar).

The largest single purchase was a case of Russell Reserve 101. That was my favorite every day pour and I wasn't as partial to the 90 proof.

gblick
03-04-2009, 07:21
My first to the bunker was a bottle of Lot B. Interestingly enough, I still have that bottle unopened.

smokinjoe
03-04-2009, 07:42
My first Seek and Bunker mission, was for some of the early 2000's Wathen's. Quickly followed by an 04 Stagg grabfest.

p_elliott
03-05-2009, 07:51
My first and only bunker is a WT 8 yr old from a Mexico duty free everything else I drink. I will this too one of these days as I bought two of them that day and have drank one of them.

Jono
03-05-2009, 11:42
Rittenhouse BIB...it was at such a good price...$11.99.

mozilla
03-06-2009, 01:21
Rittenhouse BIB...it was at such a good price...$11.99.

Excellent choice. Wish it were available here to do the same with.

Mine was Eagle Rare 10/101. I was getting this super sweet deal of wholesale(13.50)....how could you go wrong? I cried when I lost that deal.

But alas, OWA 7/107 was right around the corner...black faux BHC bag and all. Now, that was some great juice.

PhilsFan
03-07-2009, 07:57
ORVW 10/107 was my first. I bought two to go with the one I already had opened when the 107 finally appeared back on the shelves.

There were a few months last year when the only ORVW you could find around here was the 90 proof.

-Joe

Stones
07-28-2009, 01:43
Mine was also a VW10/107 and a VW20yo - have opened both since though and replaced thankfully.

ShewDawg
07-28-2009, 05:54
AAA-10yr, can't get that in NJ. Down to 1 bottle left and hoping to replenish this fall in KY.

TomH
07-28-2009, 06:40
1st spirit bunkered - JW Blue from a duty free 17 years ago - still haven't opened it (was saving it for a special occasion, now have other things that I really want to open more)

1st rum - Appleton 21 YO - again from duty free in 2003 (I think that was the year

1st bourbon - Spring 2005 Stagg

1st case - While first grandson was being born in July 2007, I was on the phone corralling up what turned out to be 3 1/2 cases of ORVW 15/107. Some went to SB friends, but put back 2 cases to tied me over a few years (still have a little over a case left).

Tom

tommyboy38
07-28-2009, 11:56
EWSB 1992 about 2 years ago.

Vange
07-29-2009, 09:55
18 x Hirsch Gold Foil

a few years later based on a thread by Chuck
12 x Pappy 20

reg
07-29-2009, 13:26
got two. just in case i get thirsty.

B3Nut
07-29-2009, 17:24
First was a 1999 EWSB barrel-selected by Steve's Liquor in Madison, I really liked this bottling. Then I added 2 handles of SW Old Fitz BIB. That's the extent of my bunker thus far...everything else is open bottles.

hectic1
07-29-2009, 18:56
I think I started with a 2007 bottling of Blanton's Single Barrel last June IIRC...it has turned into about a 40 bottle bunker.

edo
07-29-2009, 20:18
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. I bought one as our first share-bottle for the whiskey club, and bought one for me on the strong hunch from reading sb.com I'd want to drink more than just my share. It's from the original 13 year-old batch, just a number with no letter. I still have it.

I followed that up the next month with bottles of Old Rip Van Winkle Rye, 12 summers old. One for the club share-bottle, two for me. Still got both of them.

DowntownD
07-29-2009, 21:33
Booker's, followed by Lot B, then VWFRRye. Original bottles have long since enjoyed and replaced with others...

ripvanfan
07-31-2009, 08:36
AH Hirsch Gold Wax... bunkered in 1999. Still sealed and looking real pretty.

LarryG
07-31-2009, 11:42
Some of y'all will laugh, but ... a bottle of Jim Beam Rye. Not because it's a particular favorite of mine -- it's not -- but because I wanted one with the original yellow label.

Larry

camduncan
07-31-2009, 13:38
I've been thinking more and more about the question. My first thought was one of my Van Winkle bottles (Lot B or Pappy 15), but my Wife reminded me last night about a 1 litre bottle of Jim Beam Gold BIB that I got Duty Free several years ago and didn't open for about 12 months..

theDon
08-11-2009, 12:10
I bought an OGD 114 and a Rare Breed for bunkering at the same time, after I had bought and tried them for the first time.

The second thing I bunkered was my first dusties. 13 bottles of OW 107 from 1979. :cool:

ggilbertva
08-11-2009, 12:20
The second thing I bunkered was my first dusties. 13 bottles of OW 107 from 1979. :cool:

Sweet. You'll enjoy those for years to come.

theDon
08-11-2009, 12:26
Sweet. You'll enjoy those for years to come.

Well I let myself blow through a couple of them pretty quick. It is easily the best, most complex bourbon I have had. Just like candy. It now has to be a very special occasion for sipping from the one I have open.

George
08-11-2009, 13:16
I'm still new to this whole thing, but I recently bunkered my first bottle - Lot B.

tommyboy38
08-11-2009, 13:36
George,
Just stop now for the love of God. It starts with one bottle of Lot b and then a few of the BTAC and maybe some Old Forester Birthday bourbon or an EWSB or a bottle of Pappy. It will never end!! You won't be able to stop until you have everything. Just stop now before you get the sickness.

George
08-11-2009, 13:51
George,
Just stop now for the love of God. It starts with one bottle of Lot b and then a few of the BTAC and maybe some Old Forester Birthday bourbon or an EWSB or a bottle of Pappy. It will never end!! You won't be able to stop until you have everything. Just stop now before you get the sickness.

I'm afraid you could be right, Tommy. :cool:

Kendall
08-11-2009, 19:04
Russell's Reserve 101, 4 bottles and looking for more.

DeanSheen
08-11-2009, 19:39
Either Weller Centennial or Lot B. Cant remember exactly.

Solomon2
08-11-2009, 20:03
1792. But I gave it away as a present. Since that might happen again, I've taken the precaution of adding cheap but good stuff to my "bunker" as well as the really good stuff: currently bunking Canadian Mist, Distiller's Pride Bourbon, and Jeffersons.

independant
08-11-2009, 23:06
The first bottle I bought for bunkerring was OF repeal. So far I have 5 total. The way I see it is I can not get OF signature here and 10.00 for a 375ml+ 10.00 for a Glencairn= great deal.

JamesW
08-12-2009, 06:23
Hirsch 16, 3 bottles @ $75 ea. I've since traded one for a Pappy 23 but I still have the other two in the hole.

My largest bunkering purchase was 2.5 cases (15 btls) of Julio's Centennial 13 yr. I loved the stuff and couldn't believe it was going away. I still have 6 in the hole and 1 on the bar.... I refrain from drinking it like I used to.

scopenut
08-12-2009, 12:35
Hirsch 16 gold foil, followed quickly by 7 PVW 15's and 2 Stagg's.

-Kevin

sailor22
09-23-2009, 12:17
Lot B, Pappy 15, Julios Centenial, BTAC, Pappy 20.....sort of in that order and it just keeps going.

unclebunk
09-23-2009, 12:24
Five bottles of Pappy 15 when I stumbled across them at $37 each! Then a few BHC's (two VSOF's and a Weller Centennial). I also put away a hefty stash of VOB BIB and AAA 10 when rumors circulated that they would no longer be available in Chicagoland. After that things went seriously crazy!

IronHead
09-23-2009, 13:51
My first bunkered bottles were OFBB 07 and 08 which I bought last year. Since then the bunker's grown to those two bottles plus the following:

1 PVW 15
1 Lot B
1 OFBB 09 (bought 2 at the same time, not so sure I need one in the bunker)
6 200 Ml bottles of DSP16 Old Fitz BIB
3 Weller 12
4 OWA with age statement liters
2 OWA with age statement 750's
6 JPS 17

tommyboy38
09-23-2009, 14:10
And after re-reading this thread...I don't think I have enough in the bunker....I'm sick!

hectic1
09-23-2009, 14:16
And after re-reading this thread...I don't think I have enough in the bunker....I'm sick!
I've seen your stash of bourbon and you have enough...you could drink a bottle a day for a year and still have some left...I on the other hand am still in need of additional supplies! I checked today and I'm only at the 62 bottle mark in the bunker...I will stop when I get to 100...;)

DeanSheen
09-23-2009, 14:33
I've seen your stash of bourbon and you have enough...you could drink a bottle a day for a year and still have some left...I on the other hand am still in need of additional supplies! I checked today and I'm only at the 62 bottle mark in the bunker...I will stop when I get to 100...;)

I dont know about stopping but I feel you. I counted them last night and I'm around 65.

fishnbowljoe
09-23-2009, 15:01
I've seen your stash of bourbon and you have enough...you could drink a bottle a day for a year and still have some left...I on the other hand am still in need of additional supplies! I checked today and I'm only at the 62 bottle mark in the bunker...I will stop when I get to 100...;)

Yeah, that's what I said. Currently 110+. Haven't taken an inventory since I got back from the KBF. Joe

OscarV
09-23-2009, 15:19
269 unopened, plus more on the way this weekend and later down the road.
Probably will hit the 300 mark by year's end.
And then my goal for 2010 is to see how few bottles I will add.

onmytrack
09-23-2009, 20:43
It all started with a bottle of ORVW 15 (Lawrenceburg) that I stumbled across in an LA wine shop. Can't stop adding more Van Winkle and BTAC. If I find any more OWA 7/107, it is going in as well.

Jim

Drazzamatazz
09-25-2009, 16:14
I recently started an official bunker with my extra bottles of WC, I do a few unopened ones still, namely EWSB 94/99 and EC12.

SBOmarc
09-25-2009, 19:06
Wild Turkey Tribute, and I have never touched it except to move it around.

GOCOUGS2002
09-25-2009, 19:41
A bottle of Henry Clay, Joseph Finch and a couple gold vein OWA.

theDon
09-25-2009, 20:00
A bottle of Henry Clay, Joseph Finch and a couple gold vein OWA.

Welcome back Jason, how's the kid?

GOCOUGS2002
09-25-2009, 21:29
Welcome back Jason, how's the kid? It is good to be back! Sydney is doing great, however I have my nephew coming into the house tomorrow (6 month old) for a couple weeks while his mom has brain surgery. Should make for an interesting time at the house but we are happy to help out the family. Hope all is well with you and the family.

I'll add another bunkered bottle so it isn't a total thread jack...ER 10/101

MarkEdwards
10-04-2009, 12:10
Well, my first was Midleton Very Rare Irish, but the second item was Pappy LotB.

Shamefully, the third bunkered item was GlenRothes 1975 sc*tch (grin).