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jeff
02-03-2003, 17:04

MurphyDawg
02-03-2003, 17:13
Russells Reserve, although this is pending further investigation of Kentucky Spirit, though it seemed to resemble RR a lot during my limited tastings. . .


TomC

jeff
02-03-2003, 19:50
It was a hard choice between Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey 12yo. I went with KS because of its availability and price. Both are superior bourbons.

MurphyDawg
02-03-2003, 20:05
Is it still possible to get the 12 year in KY?

ratcheer
02-03-2003, 20:11
I voted for Rare Breed, but I admit that I have never had the pleasure of tasting the 12 year old.

Tim

jeff
02-03-2003, 20:20
I know of a couple of places that had a bottle or two on the shelves as of a couple of weeks ago. I imagine you will be able to find the odd bottle here and there for a couple of years.

**DONOTDELETE**
02-03-2003, 21:19
Kentucky Spirit for me Jeff! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif It has the taste and finish that I love best of all the Wild Turkey bottlings.

L

Bob
02-04-2003, 06:20
My favorite is Kentucky Spirit. I think highly of all aspects of it: the aromas, flavors and finish. Rare Breed is a close 2nd for me. I haven't yet tried the 12 YO.

Bob

Speedy_John
02-04-2003, 06:47
Geez, this is a tough one http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/confused.gif . It's almost like asking a father of six to pick his favorite child. (Please note that I said "almost." http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif ) In that light, I would say the WT80 would be the one I would disown http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/shocked.gif . There's nothing there except watered-down potential. Always disappointing http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/frown.gif . The WT101 and Russell's Reserve are much, much better whiskeys and must make "Pappa Jimmy R." proud. For my money, Rare Breed, KS and WT12 are the pride of the family. Perhaps the best bourbon I've ever tasted came out of bottle of KS. But, I have had other bottles of KS that did not quite match that one's superior quality. Rare Breed was the first bourbon that pulled my pants off http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/blush.gif , and therefore maintains a special place in my heart. I recently finished my first full bottle of WT12 and was thoroughly impressed and delighted (all the more so because I have three more bottles in reserve http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif ). So, I'm afraid I'm going to cop-out http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/mad.gif and say it's a three-way tie. My favorite is which ever one of the three (RB-KS-WT12) is in my glass at the moment http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

SpeedyJohn

cornsqueezins
02-04-2003, 07:18
Two words that, at present, give Rare Breed the edge in my book: "Barrel Proof". Rare Breed has all the flavor AND all of the strength that one could desire in a bourbon.

But.....I haven't had the 12 yr. old, and I'm only now becoming better acquainted with KS. So things may change quickly!

-Troy

ph0rk
02-04-2003, 09:14
Rare Breed, without a doubt.

RR is good stuff, and in my opinion far superior to WT101, but the RB tones down the pepper enough to let the rest of the flavor shine through.

I haven't had the chance to try KS as of yet, but unless it can be as consistent as Blanton's, I'll stick with RB.


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hollywood
02-04-2003, 09:36
I cast my vote for RB, however I am curious to what my feelings would be after a thorough tasting of the 12yo? I have just found/acquired the old gold labeled bottle. I'm anxious to find one of the current 12yo bottlings at a fair price. I've seen it once around here, and it went for $75.00. I may wait a little longer. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif See ya, H'wood http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif

bourbonmed
02-04-2003, 11:17
Gentlemen!

Let's settle this. We all bring a different bottle of WT to the festival, line 'em up at the tasting table and put them to the test. It'd be nice if we can find the rarest Turkeys such as Legend (Marvin?), Freedom, 1855, Stampede, and the 17 yr-old Ltd. Edition (Mark?). I got a 1970s bottle of the 8y old which may surprise many of you (much better than the 8y old available at duty free shops now).

I'm partial to the 12y, but let's not kid ourselves -- this will be The Mother of all bourbon taste challenges...may well end up in a draw. Bring many pants.

What say ye?

Omar

jeff
02-04-2003, 11:53
Count me in! Though I will probably only be able to bring the KS or the 12yo. You mentioned a few there that I had never heard of. Oh, the wonderful world of the Turkey is ever expanding http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif

pepcycle
02-04-2003, 12:38
Taste has got to go to Rare Breed. For overall taste and value, I am leaning towards Russell's Reserve. I'd love to participate in a Wild Turkey Flight!!!
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bluesbassdad
02-04-2003, 15:14
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So, I'm afraid I'm going to cop-out and say it's a three-way tie. My favorite is which ever one of the three (RB-KS-WT12) is in my glass at the moment

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S.J.,

I would have said the same thing (with the possible omission of Rare Breed) up until this past Super Bowl Sunday, when I drank Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey 12 year-old side by side. (See my post in the "What Are You Drinking During the Super Bowl" thread.)

While both bottlings have their own charm, there is definitely enough difference between them to make it possible to have a favorite -- not that everyone would. Personally, I thought WT12 was just as convincingly the winner as were the Bucs.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

MurphyDawg
02-04-2003, 15:25
Ill bring the old RR cause it seems no one else around here likes it enough to buy it themselves!

LOL http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif
TomC

Paradox
02-04-2003, 15:36
Haha, I'd love to bring a bottle of Wild Turkey 17 but I only have the one in the collection (it just came last week) and I will wait to open it sometime in the future. Not to mention it is one of the more expensive bottles... I remember a while back there was talk of everyone chipping in like $10 and purchasing a bottle of Distillers Masterpiece... I think I can still get a bottle of the 17 year but it'd take almost 20 people at $10 to be able to get one! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/crazy.gif

jeff
02-04-2003, 21:15
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I think I can still get a bottle of the 17 year but it'd take almost 20 people at $10 to be able to get one

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Count me in! Hell, I'll put in $20 or $30 http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif Have you tried this one before? If so, what are your thoughts?

jeff
02-04-2003, 21:17
Tom,
I like it, I'm just not sure it's worth half the price of a bottle of Kentucky Spirit http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

koji
02-05-2003, 01:42
Hi all you bourbon drinkers,
Save your cash,if you want a bottle of WT 17Y to drink at the festival this
year I think I can still get it for around $120.I will try to make it to the
festival. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif Any other bottles in mind you guys want to drink?

Paradox
02-05-2003, 06:12
Koji,

We were looking at trying to get WT17 and perhaps Blantons Gold for the festival. As you can see the prices I have to pay are largely inflated due to shipping, customs and who knows how many other people trying to make a profit. Thanks from all of us for the offer! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

ph0rk
02-05-2003, 11:00
jeff:

There is no good reason to touch WT101 while some RR is around. RR was my daily for about 2 weeks. (almost done with my 2nd bottle, too).

RR, to me, is a pretty good value for the price, i just prefer RB. (and don't mind the extra 6 dollars or so)

of course, this is keeping cost a consideration.

perhaps instead of comparing WT products, you should compare equal dollar amounts of WT products. one bottle of KS, or three of WT101? http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

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jeff
02-05-2003, 11:09
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one bottle of KS, or three of WT101?

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This was sort of the point of my "Best Value Bourbon" thread a while back. I think 1 bottle of KS is a better value than 2 of RR or 3 of WT101. You could go as far with this as you want, (i.e. 1 bottle of Pappy 23yo or 10 bottles of RR, etc...)

bobbyc
02-05-2003, 15:32
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(i.e. 1 bottle of Pappy 23yo or 10 bottles of RR, etc...)


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You fill up your cart with any of these then when you round the corner you see George T Stagg , You throw all that shit out and buy the Stagg! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

MurphyDawg
02-05-2003, 23:32
Nope I'd but 2 bottles of Russell's Reserve! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

TomC

Marvin
02-07-2003, 09:12
koji good to hear you
marvin

**DONOTDELETE**
02-07-2003, 11:33
Koji,I still have that bottle of Blanton's that you gave me to take to the Gazebo for everyone enjoy. It's going to make it there one day. It's just that I got really, really drunk at Marvin's Jail and couldn't walk the four blocks to the Gazebo. So arrest me! Doing time in that jail is fun! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif Linn

jeff
02-13-2003, 20:46
Well, it looks like Kentucky Spirit gets the win. And I thought the 80 proof would be the favorite http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif For those of you who chose something else, I must assume that you just have not had the pleasure of sampling this fine specimen. Either that or you're just crazy http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/crazy.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif

bluesbassdad
02-13-2003, 21:58
Jeff,

Does your assessment include experience with the 12 year old?

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

jeff
02-14-2003, 05:55
Dave,

Yes, I do have a bottle of the 12yo that I have gotten about half way through. I will say that I think the 12yo is slightly more complex and full-bodied than the KS, and I like it a lot. KS gets the edge from me because of the ready availability and the $12 price difference.

ratcheer
02-14-2003, 16:50
Well then, I am crazy! I have bottles of 101, Russell's Reserve, Rare Breed, and Kentucky Spirit. I like them all, a lot. But, I still like Rare Breed, the most.

Tim

Paradox
02-14-2003, 17:16
Count me in as being crazy as well! I like most all Wild Turkey products, just some (RR) better than others. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

bobbyc
02-14-2003, 18:44
I like the 12 the best . However if there was an outfit who could make it fine with their baseline product here it is. Plain old WT101. I don't know what they were thinking with the 80 proof. To me the association of Wild Turkey and 101 proof is greater than those other guys product and the wax machine. I guess they have a marketing guru to thank for that one. " Let's water it down for the people who can't break out their own ice cubes" , " Maybe we'll attract younger, unsophisticated drinkers who don't especially like the high proof".

CL
02-14-2003, 22:39
Ok, time to confess. WT doesn't thrill me. It is good bourbon, but, folks, it just doesn't make me go gaga like it does you all. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/shocked.gif

There I said it. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/blush.gif

I've been hiding this since July when I began hanging out here. I got it off my chest. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/crazy.gif

On my taste buds, WT just has a harsh taste. I think someone described it as peppery. That sounds ok, but doesn't quite capture the bitter sensation I get. Now, I normally drink WT 101 when I am out on the town (most places have nothing better). It does me fine on the rocks, but I long for something, well, smoother. (No, not Makers Mark. That is too shallow a taste for me.) Now, I am not a lightweight, so smoother doesn't mean weak. Heck, I love GTS straight up. As you have heard me say many times before, it is pure nectar of the gods.

I've had KS. But, it's been so long since I've had it (4 years?), I don't really remember what it tasted like. (I did save the bottle because my wife liked the bottle. Turned out it has the metal stopper. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif Bottled on 12-9-98, barrel 3, warehouse E, rick #1.)

I really like Rare Breed. Which makes sense to me because it seems that the bird lovers like RB the least of the WT expressions. It has a much more silky texture on my tongue without the normal WT harshness.

Tonight I tasted the 12 yo (after trading GTS for it). Based on memory, it has some of the smoothness of RB, but still that peppery bite of WT 101. I did like it, really, but it just doesn't make my toes tingle like ORVW (wheat or rye) or GTS.

Just to test myself and make sure I was not being unduly harsh on WT, I poured some GTS for comparison. AAAHHHHHH. Heaven.

I'm sorry folks. BT has the best mash bill(s) for me. WT is good, but it just doesn't hit the spot. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/shocked.gif

Will you still let me hang out here? http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif

Marvin
02-15-2003, 06:19
clogsdon- I understand what you are talking about-that's what makes WT stand alone. As for Kentucky Spirit, I have had a few bottles that was better than any bourbon that I have ever tasted and had some that was not good at all. My all time WT favorite is Russells Reserve. It seems to me they have taken everything that I really like about WT and put it in this one.

Cheers,
Marvin

bobbyc
02-15-2003, 08:20
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, I poured some GTS for comparison. AAAHHHHHH. Heaven.



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CL , you have the same problem I have, We have found the Holy Grail of Bourbon, I can't drink it daily because of 1) money , 2) supply. That said , I get to it enough. We are totally spoiled! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif

ratcheer
02-15-2003, 08:55
Bobby, I just have never had an opportunity to try the 12-yr WT. But, I can imagine that it is very good. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif

Tim

ratcheer
02-15-2003, 08:58
"Different strokes for different folks!"

But remember, I am a WT lover who loves RB most of all. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif

Tim

bobbyc
02-15-2003, 09:22
I had a bottle of the 12YO WT and looked at it for a year or so. I found another so after I backed it up I pulled the plug on it. It is superb, the character of WT is there and all the rough spots are smoothed over. I'm surprized to read here about the wide divergence of the KS, you expect a little but still this is supposed to be the highest expression of the distillers art. I have only one of KS and it has the Pewter stopper. I don't plan to open it . Before Christmas there still were a number of these around and one could no doubt find some but there are less now.

Bob
02-15-2003, 15:53
CL,
I'd urge you to give KS another try. It definitely isn't a light weight, but as with GTS, I think it is very smooth, with lots of good flavor. I also think very highly of RB, but KS is my #1 from Wild Turkey.
Bob

CL
02-15-2003, 16:58
Sounds like a good idea. If it is smoother than the remainder of the WT line, it's worth giving it another shot. ;-)