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jsbac
07-03-2010, 12:49
I was in Memphis the other day and saw "Charter Private Reserve". It is not Proprietor's Reserve. It is 80-proof blended whiskey. I haven't seen it anywhere before and can't find it on the internet. Has anyone else seen this? It was on sale, so I bought it. I haven't tried it yet (it wasn't the only thing I bought :grin: ).

Thanks -
jsbac

cowdery
07-03-2010, 13:13
BT has talked about releasing some "better blends," so maybe this is an example. You're in the heart of Old Charter country down there (biggest market for Charter is Little Rock).

Josh
07-03-2010, 13:49
Mr. Blank mentions this stuff in the better blends thred. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=209740&postcount=13

jsbac
07-03-2010, 17:29
Thanks for the replies. I really did look last night and couldn't find it...of course I had a couple of drinks before searching. I don't usually buy blends, but I do love my Old Charter. My Dad and myself probably account for the good Arkansas sales. I figured for $15 I'd see what it is about. For the moment though, I'm drinking my VOB BiB (which also came from Memphis).

Thanks again -
jsbac

ErichPryde
07-03-2010, 17:57
Thanks for the replies. I really did look last night and couldn't find it...of course I had a couple of drinks before searching. I don't usually buy blends, but I do love my Old Charter. My Dad and myself probably account for the good Arkansas sales. I figured for $15 I'd see what it is about. For the moment though, I'm drinking my VOB BiB (which also came from Memphis).

Thanks again -
jsbac

No surprise you couldn't find it. your search would have been something like "Charter Private reserve," which is totally useless because SB would have found you all the results for the words separately. think charter and reserve would come up a LOT as a result of search functions.

Private probably nets you fewer search results... Looks like "better american blends?" and this thread make the top of the list, but there are still a bunch in there. Then, you'd have to dig through each thread at length (unless you short cut it with the ctrl + F find feature and you know how to use that well) to find the exact mention of the word... and it still wouldn't be a thread about the whiskey you found anyway.


So... do you have any pictures? :grin:

jsbac
07-03-2010, 19:10
I didn't have pictures, but I do now...

ErichPryde
07-03-2010, 21:05
That is really, really fancy packaging for a blend.

Virus_Of_Life
07-03-2010, 23:17
My cousin told me about a blend she was told about while taking their tour of BT a few years ago, it was meant to take on Crown Royal. I'd say this is it.

jsbac
07-03-2010, 23:27
That is really, really fancy packaging for a blend.

I may go back and get a couple more. I'll give them away. Maybe to my Dad.....one for Christmas, one for his birthday, and then when he retires in February I'll give him the handle of OC12. At that point I should be his favorite son. :lol:

jsbac
07-03-2010, 23:33
My cousin told me about a blend she was told about while taking their tour of BT a few years ago, it was meant to take on Crown Royal. I'd say this is it.

This is the first time I saw it. I'd never even heard of it. Makes me wander about what goes on behind closed doors at Marketing time. In that other link, he talked like this is a product that had been put out there, and then it was gone. So I guess the 4 other bottles will be the last I ever see it.

I say if Old Charter REALLY loved me they'd bring back OC12.

jsbac

CorvallisCracker
07-04-2010, 11:35
Does it say anywhere (could be the neck label) n% Grain Neutral Spirts (or Neutral Spirits or Grain Spirits)? It might be very small print, so use a magnifying glass (if there's GNS in it then it's required to say so, but I don't think the reg requires it to be visible to the naked eye).

jsbac
07-06-2010, 18:53
No, I do not see any declaration of GNS although I don't have a magnifying glass readily available. Is it possible that it could be under the neck label? I still have not opened the bottle.


Does it say anywhere (could be the neck label) n% Grain Neutral Spirts (or Neutral Spirits or Grain Spirits)? It might be very small print, so use a magnifying glass (if there's GNS in it then it's required to say so, but I don't think the reg requires it to be visible to the naked eye).

cowdery
07-07-2010, 01:26
Scott was exaggerating a little. If it's there you should be able to find it. If it's not that's really interesting. No GNS means all whiskey, but "blended" means whiskey of different types.

p_elliott
07-07-2010, 08:22
Scott was exaggerating a little. If it's there you should be able to find it. If it's not that's really interesting. No GNS means all whiskey, but "blended" means whiskey of different types.

Chuck

I may have asked this before but why don't they use the word blended when talking about mixing with GNS and the word vatted when mixing different whiskeys together? It would be a whole lot less confusing.

Paul

doubleblank
07-07-2010, 10:11
I've looked closely at the bottle and exterior packaging and there is no mention of GNS. The only places I've seen it for sale is east Texas and Arkansas. As I stated in the other thread, a Republic exec said it didn't sell well and has been "discontinued". IIRC, I paid full price of $20 about three years ago on the way to the KBF traveling thru east Texas.

Randy

Virus_Of_Life
07-07-2010, 10:34
I've looked closely at the bottle and exterior packaging and there is no mention of GNS. The only places I've seen it for sale is east Texas and Arkansas. As I stated in the other thread, a Republic exec said it didn't sell well and has been "discontinued". IIRC, I paid full price of $20 about three years ago on the way to the KBF traveling thru east Texas.

Randy
So this has been out that long?! Dang, not that I would very interested really, but I recall the Charter 101 that came out a few years ago just didn't expect them to have 2 released right on top of each other.

cowdery
07-07-2010, 15:06
Chuck

I may have asked this before but why don't they use the word blended when talking about mixing with GNS and the word vatted when mixing different whiskeys together? It would be a whole lot less confusing.

Paul

It's essentially a compromise made 101 years ago and not revisited since.

The best way to eliminate confusion would be to define blended whiskey the way the rest of the world does and call whiskey-flavored vodka whiskey-flavored vodka.

ErichPryde
07-07-2010, 16:05
Paul: That might clear it up for you, but it would only confuse the scotch drinkers, as "vatted" is a word used for multiple single malt scotches that come from different distilleries and are combined.

From what I understand, blending various different whiskeys from the same distillery is marrying them. There SHOULD be a difference in labeling, I agree. When I see "blend" I almost always think GNS, and don't double check to see if it's actually just a blend of straights.


Maybe it should declare a blend of 100% whiskey, or a blend of straights, or something like that. Whatever... the big boys will label things how they want regardless of what you and I want.

cowdery
07-08-2010, 23:29
I noticed today that Seagram's Seven is out with a special 75th Anniversary limited edition.

Perhaps in honor of the 75th anniversary, it's 75% GNS. (Oh, wait. It's always 75% GNS.)