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BtownBourbonite
03-10-2009, 19:45
This bourbon will always be important to me, because it is my "gateway bourbon." This is the bourbon that got me excited and then hooked on all the real possible flavors that bourbon has to offer...and the best part is, when it's compared to bottles that are 2 or 3x as expensive, I still think it's better.

To be honest, I think Ezra B is the best bourbon I've had under $80 a bottle....but now I can't find it ANYWHERE. Does anyone know where a guy like me can score a bottle or two of Ezra B? I'm talking about the hand labeled, blue waxed Ezra B 12 year, with the blue and gold trimmed tassle on the bottle....anyone know what I'm tawkin' 'bout?

If anyone could help me find a way to get my hands on this, why I sure would be grateful! :)

Thanks!

B

callmeox
03-10-2009, 19:53
I saw a bottle in Buffalo, NY last weekend. You joined a week too late. :smiley_acbt:

BtownBourbonite
03-10-2009, 19:55
Aw, dang it!:smiley_acbt:

Thanks though!

callmeox
03-10-2009, 19:56
It is still out there, but you will need an assist to get it. I saw a number of bottles of it in South Carolina last summer as well.

Good luck on your quest!

kickert
03-10-2009, 20:06
It is still out there, but you will need an assist to get it. I saw a number of bottles of it in South Carolina last summer as well.

Good luck on your quest!

Is it out of production?

I think I saw one last week here in BG, but I am not certain.

StraightBoston
03-10-2009, 20:09
I think I know of 1 or 2 -- I'll check the stores this weekend.

whskylvr
03-10-2009, 20:09
Check out internet wines they still show it as available.

http://www.internetwines.com/gz28404.html


Good Luck!! I will look around out west if I find any I will let you know.

callmeox
03-10-2009, 20:09
When I said that he would need an assist to get it, I was thinking he was in Oregon where they don't allow shipments from stores (IIRC). I don't know if Warshington has the same restrictions.

Virus_Of_Life
03-10-2009, 20:18
I believe it is available here in Oregon, but I have to warn you the last bottle I had was horrible! This being a bottler only single barrel product you are going to experience a wide variation in the product and may find you hate your next bottle. I'll check a liquor store this week sometime to see if it is still here and would suggest you try others; however if you are still hellbent on getting it PM me.

Oh, and I took out your link to that other site. We all know what you're talking about trust me.

BtownBourbonite
03-10-2009, 21:51
Wow, thank you everyone!!!! I really didn't expect y'all to jump on this so quick and offer to help me out, especially to a newbie. Thank you, everyone!

One question comes up though...what exactly does a "bottler only single barrel product" mean, specifically? I thought that this whiskey was made by Ezra Brooks, where they pick the best tasting barrel they have, and then put it away for 12....where am I going wrong on this? Any info would be greatly appreciated....

As you can tell, I'm still a newbie to a lot of this stuff...I am pumped to learn more about bourbon though, so feel free to lecture/wax rhapsodic about the whole thing!

Cheers,

B~

kickert
03-10-2009, 22:01
Wow, thank you everyone!!!! I really didn't expect y'all to jump on this so quick and offer to help me out, especially to a newbie. Thank you, everyone!

One question comes up though...what exactly does a "bottler only single barrel product" mean, specifically? I thought that this whiskey was made by Ezra Brooks, where they pick the best tasting barrel they have, and then put it away for 12....where am I going wrong on this? Any info would be greatly appreciated....

As you can tell, I'm still a newbie to a lot of this stuff...I am pumped to learn more about bourbon though, so feel free to lecture/wax rhapsodic about the whole thing!

Cheers,

B~

I think what he is pointing out is that single barrel bourbons can be fickle anyway since by nature no two barrels are ever the same. If you have fewer barrels to choose from then there are fewer opportunities to match the flavor profile.

fricky
03-11-2009, 03:46
Currently, there is a good supply available in Pennsylvania for about $25. If you do not live close to Pennsylvania and you are going to the Sampler, I would be happy to bring some along for you.
Doug

cas
03-11-2009, 04:03
I can find it in the Ann Arbor area.
Craig

sailor22
03-11-2009, 05:46
I have seen some dusty old stock in N. Fla. but only in one really out of the way store. There were bottles from two different barrels that were very different colors. I always default to the darkest in that circumstance.

The bottle I bought tasted like watered Weller Antique. If you like the EB12 and have trouble finding it you might want to try the Weller Antique.

I think there are three on the shelf - let me know if you need me to get them to you -

p_elliott
03-11-2009, 06:14
I can get this for you I almost picked a bottle for myself a couple of weeks ago but didn't know anything about it. If you need some PM me.

cowdery
03-11-2009, 09:14
Ezra Brooks is just a name. There is no Ezra Brooks company and there is no Ezra Brooks Distillery. In fact, there never was. The brand was created by and named after Ezra Ripy. Members of the Ripy family operated several distilleries in Anderson County, Kentucky. Ezra Brooks was created in about 1957 as a Jack Daniel's knockoff. Jack Daniel's had become very popular and the distillery couldn't supply demand, so other companies stepped in with copycat brands. Evan Williams was created at about the same time for the same reason by Heaven Hill. Ezra Brooks was made by the Ripy-owned Hoffman Distillery outside of Lawrenceburg.

Over the years, the Ezra Brooks brand has had many different owners. When Glenmore owned it, the label invited consumers to visit the Ezra Brooks Distillery, but the distillery to which they were directed, where it was then made, was what is now Charles Medley Distillers Kentucky, the Owensboro distillery being renovated now by Angostura. That was in the late 1980s, until about 1991, when that distillery closed.

The current owner and producer of Ezra Brooks is Luxco, a non-distiller producer based in St. Louis, MO. Since Luxco is not a distiller, they buy bulk whiskey. Non-distiller producers rarely disclose the sources of their whiskey and often they obtain whiskey from multiple sources, though Luxco has been relatively open about their relationship with Heaven Hill in this regard. More likely than not, Ezra Brooks is whiskey made at Heaven Hill.

According to the Luxco web site (http://www.luxco.com/home.html), Ezra B Single Barrel is still available. While I certainly understand the emotional attachment one can have to a particular brand, Elijah Craig 12-year-old is probably a very close substitute.

cas
03-11-2009, 11:52
I see Luxco lists a Rebel Reserve - something I've never seen before. Is this a higher proof version of Rebel Yell?
Craig

scratchline
03-11-2009, 12:24
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11635&highlight=rebel+yell

Squash
03-11-2009, 22:04
"Ezra B Single Barrel is still available. While I certainly understand the emotional attachment one can have to a particular brand, Elijah Craig 12-year-old is probably a very close substitute."

Based on this quote from Cowdery, I compared these two tonight, and they were nothing alike.

I have always disliked my bottle of EC 12, and others on this forum have suggested that I have a bad bottle. Does this confirm that I have a bad bottle?

BtownBourbonite
03-11-2009, 22:56
Thanks everyone for all the offers of help! It looks like it's pretty much easy to get a hold of, so I'll just keep my eyes open here in WA for the next month or so and see if I can track it down. However, if I can't make it happen, I'll definitely hit some of you nice folk up on that offer of grabbin' me a bottle.

Also, thanks for all the insight about Ezra Brooks as a brand, that's really interesting news! I might have to give some EC 12 a shot!

Thanks again.

Stones
03-12-2009, 00:03
I have always disliked my bottle of EC 12, and others on this forum have suggested that I have a bad bottle. Does this confirm that I have a bad bottle?




I think you have a bad bottle, give it another try, i did, found a good batch and bought a half dozen of them. Every one except for 2 of them (as they're not cracked yet) have been superb. :drinking:

pepcycle
03-12-2009, 12:55
Ezra B 12 YO SB is a far cry from the 15.

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4300&highlight=ezra

BtownBourbonite
03-15-2009, 19:59
I found it! I went to the 4th Ave S store and they had just got 3 bottles of Ezra B in on Friday....so I've got it!

Yay!

squire
03-21-2009, 22:31
I liked the 15 but stopped buying when it went to 12.

fishnbowljoe
03-21-2009, 23:07
I found it! I went to the 4th Ave S store and they had just got 3 bottles of Ezra B in on Friday....so I've got it!

Yay!

Good for you BB! Its always nice when you find something you're really looking for. Joe