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OscarV
04-22-2009, 12:11
Just about everyone here on the mighty, mighty SB.com has stated their favorite bourbons.

But what about those flings that you have had with other bourbons.
You know something that never makes your favorites list, but recently you been hittin' a particular bottle and your like, wow this stuff is great.

Well, for me it is Old Grand-Dad 114.
I have never listed it as a top 5 or top 10 fav, but recently I gotta say, this stuff rocks.
I think it is the so-call best bang for your buck pour.
And take the money equation out of it.
It is just flat out good.
Like 4th of July in your mouth.
It explodes.

DeanSheen
04-22-2009, 12:36
I've been wanting to try that but we dont have it on the list here in OH.

Would you say it's comparable to Bookers?

OscarV
04-22-2009, 12:53
No I would not.
It is better than Bookers.
I'll say this, it is the best bottle of bourbon that Beam Global Spirits offers us.

DeanSheen
04-22-2009, 12:55
Well thats damn good news from a trusted source.

I'll take it for a whirl this weekend. Much cheaper than Bookers, thats a 2 for 1 deal with change leftover!

Bookers is the only Beam I really like.

OscarV
04-22-2009, 13:02
..... from a trusted source.



Thanx for the compliment.

fishnbowljoe
04-22-2009, 15:16
Thanx for the compliment.

patapatapat! :grin: You da man Oscar! Joe

jburlowski
04-22-2009, 15:56
I'm with you on the OGD114... definitely a better buy and drink than Bookers.

In a similar vein, I've been recently frequenting Bulleit... love that heavy rye influence.

OscarV
04-22-2009, 16:01
In a similar vein, I've been recently frequenting Bulleit... love that heavy rye influence.

I know what you mean.
I can't put my finger on it, but I really like Bulleit.

B3Nut
04-22-2009, 16:32
I've only had Bulleit once, but really enjoyed it...even had a second-wave of spice in the finish make an appearance at one point. No idea where it came from! Good sippin' hooch...

mgilbertva
04-22-2009, 16:45
I've been indulging in BTACs and some Willett special bottlings lately. But I picked up some new ginger ale and decided I needed to try it with a more main line Rye. So I opened up a bottle of Ritt Rye BIB and my oh my! That stuff is rediculously good. Rich, lots of grainy goodness and great finish. It beats a lot of whiskeys - rye or otherwise - that are double the price or more.

OscarV
04-22-2009, 17:19
Hey Mark, do you get Vernor's ginger ale down there?
It is very spicey, aged in wood.
Very good with rye wiskey.

ggilbertva
04-22-2009, 17:31
I'll answer for him since Mark and I just had that conversation the other day. Some stores do carry Vernor's and I like it. I have to admit though that Blenheims (http://blenheimshrine.com/)is my all time favorite. The regular has more spice than any other "real" ginger ale I've had. Their spicy version.....well, I wouldn't recommend breathing in the vapors....it'll knock you down.

mgilbertva
04-22-2009, 18:20
I need to pick up some Vernors, for sure. I'm going to post some of my notes on other ginger ales soon under a thread I started (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12129) under Cocktails (for lack of a better place).

Eggman
06-17-2009, 02:27
Howdy,

Baker's! Wonderfully satisfying complexity combined with an intriguing peppery quality. My new favorite.

Mamba
06-17-2009, 04:08
Well, I DO include OGD 114 in my top 5, and it's not because I've never tried the "better" bourbons. Price isn't everything, and neither is age. Older means more expensive, but it doesn't mean better if you like younger whiskey too.

I tried a small bottle of Bulleit since I'd heard mixed reviews. I seriously enjoyed it, and was bummed I didn't grab more while it was on sale. I need to find a store with a good price on it because I need another sample.

Maybe these two whiskies appeal to a similar crowd.

funknik
06-17-2009, 06:45
Oscar, I'm with you on the OGD114 . . . although I'll admit that the fling has escalated to a full-blown affair . . . I have a bottle open (almost gone) and two bunkered and I don't think I'll hesitate to replenish when I'm back down to one backup (especially when I can get it for $17.99 in NH and they always have 30+ in stock at the store there). Not only does it taste fantastic going down, but it has a large amount of wood in the finish IMO which is great from a NAS whiskey and so unusual in anything from Beam (except maybe KC).

As for Bulleitt -- I had a bottle a couple of years back and did not like it at all -- the red-headed stepchild of bourbon, I thought it was harsh and cowboy-esque. I had a pour at a bar a couple of weeks ago, however, and really enjoyed it . . . still I don't see myself dishing out $30 for another whole bottle.

chefnash51
06-18-2009, 09:48
As for Bulleitt -- I had a bottle a couple of years back and did not like it at all -- the red-headed stepchild of bourbon, I thought it was harsh and cowboy-esque.


this is how i felt about it as well...

fishnbowljoe
06-18-2009, 14:57
I still like all my Wellers, ERs, and other goodies, but lately I have developed an infatuation with the semi-older versions of Old Fitz BIB, and Old Forester BIB. Sure wish they still made 'em like that. Joe

B3Nut
06-18-2009, 20:13
Ditto on the Old Fitz BIB, and that Old Forester BIB is some really good whiskey. I'm still prowling for more of that Fitz!

smokinjoe
06-19-2009, 09:21
This is a great thread, O. Because, it's so true. Tastes change, and new favorites are always stepping out. For me right now, it's Baby Saz. I've always liked it, but my last 2 bottles have been outstanding. It's my favorite at the moment. And, paired with a fudgsicle...it's sublime.

TBoner
06-19-2009, 13:44
I do go through phases where I fall in love with a certain profile that was previously just "meh" for me. I try not to buy too much when this happens...

Right now it's Rittenhouse BIB for me. Just arrived in the Dallas market, at last (80 proof has been here for a few months). I don't think it's a great rye, but it's a very good bourbon...:grin: To me, it really comes across like a high-rye bourbon and not a straight rye; it has a good bit of sweetness, specifically candy corn, a bit like some ND products. Indeed, it's the closest thing I've tasted to ND-era OGD BIB. I pulled out a mid-80s bottle of OGD to be sure I wasn't crazy. They're not identical, but they're more alike than different. Anyway, that comparison aside, I'm hooked on the stuff at the moment. I won't use it for rye cocktails - WT Rye is too perfect in that regard - but I'll sip it neat all summer long.

Tim

Kevin
06-19-2009, 14:46
I am not the most experienced, so if you ask why, i cant tell you, but that the pour I had last night did things to me I thought only a woman could do....

BOOKERS.

Waiahi
06-19-2009, 18:48
Well, I finally got my chance to buy a few different Bourbons other than the typical, mass marekted brands...and I must say, I'm really digging on OGD 114 and WTRB...two bourbons I've read much about here, but never had a chance to try until my trip to Vegas a week and a half ago.

I may have to do another Vegas run...once I run out of those! :grin:

Lost Pollito
06-19-2009, 20:05
My new favorite is some sw old fitz bib that a kind sb member was nice enough to bring me last week. Truly delicious. Much thanks to you dusty hunter!!!!

PAspirit1
06-20-2009, 08:40
Hey Mark, do you get Vernor's ginger ale down there?
It is very spicey, aged in wood.
Very good with rye wiskey.

Wow, Vernors. You just blew my mind. I haven't seen that since I moved East (1994). I remember it being strong.

BourbonRob
06-21-2009, 12:03
I grabbed (2) 1972 Ezra 155 month old Decanters from that auction site. Planned on keeping it for house bourbon, but it didn't last long enough. Something I'm going to replace soon.

With all the good comments on OGD114, I have to buy a couple. Haven't tried it yet.

Rob

BourbonJoe
06-22-2009, 06:58
Old Ezra Brooks is good stuff but it's now hard to find.
Joe :usflag:

nor02lei
06-22-2009, 13:59
Just about everyone here on the mighty, mighty SB.com has stated their favorite bourbons.

But what about those flings that you have had with other bourbons.
You know something that never makes your favorites list, but recently you been hittin' a particular bottle and your like, wow this stuff is great.

Well, for me it is Old Grand-Dad 114.
I have never listed it as a top 5 or top 10 fav, but recently I gotta say, this stuff rocks.
I think it is the so-call best bang for your buck pour.
And take the money equation out of it.
It is just flat out good.
Like 4th of July in your mouth.
It explodes.

I do have a similar experience with OGD114 Oscar. I did not care that much for the first bottle, but when I was in to the second one things started to happen, and today this is one of my regular pours and one of my favourites, especially in the taste per buck category. One other special thing for me with this brand is that it does taste more different from time to time regarding the “shape of the day” than other brands to me. In a side by side with a version from 1982 I did like the Beam version better.
For my personal taste OGD114 taste double as good as Bookers for half price.

Leif

OscarV
06-22-2009, 14:04
For my personal taste OGD114 taste double as good as Bookers for half price.

Leif

100% in agreement.
Beam trashed Old Crow but they did OGD 114 proud.

JamesW
06-22-2009, 19:43
New favorite for me is a Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit I got for Father's Day. Just the right balance of rye and sweet corn. I am mighty impressed by how smooth and drinkable it is.

Mr.Maduro
06-30-2009, 07:19
I finally got to try Van Winkle special Reserve 12 yr Lot B and I have to say I liked it a whole lot more than the Pappy 20yo. It has nothing to do with being half the price, but I'm also happy about that.

OscarV
06-30-2009, 11:42
I agree with you on the Lot B over the Pappy 20.
And like you said price isn't even in the equation.

rockporter
07-02-2009, 06:29
Tried OGD BIB- NH liquor store @ $15/bottle. Nice and smooth to drink.

uhlvirus
07-02-2009, 10:42
Recent fav is Booker's.

funknik
07-02-2009, 10:51
Tried OGD BIB- NH liquor store @ $15/bottle. Nice and smooth to drink.
If you like that try the OGD 114 -- $18 at the Portsmouth NHLS . . . you won't be disappointed.

jburlowski
08-21-2009, 16:39
In recognition of his recent birthday, I've gotten re-acquainted with ETL. I've always had a bottle open on the bar but had been neglecting it for some time.

Man, what a very very fine pour. Well-balanced with a nice entry and mid-palate. Never had a disappointing bottle.

I often recommend ETL to visitors who want to buy "a nice bottle of bourbon". Particularly for those from out of town, since the bottle is "suitcase friendly".

Finished what I had 0n hand last weekend.... time to re-stock.