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bourbonNOOG
08-05-2010, 07:00
New to the forum (obviously), recently returned from the Bourbon Trail, which opened my eyes to the world of good bourbon.

Thought I would say hello and let everyone know I have enjoyed there insightful commentary the past couple of weeks since discovering this forum.

p_elliott
08-05-2010, 07:22
Welcome aboard, The bourbon trail is a lot of fun and very informative. What were your favorite things about it? and your favorite distilleries? Tell us what have you tried and liked and not liked and why. I hope you enjoy yourself here. If you have any questions ask away we like questions. Hopefully you'll make some new friends here, join us in chat it's the Gazebo on the top of the main forum page. Most of all have fun.

bourbonNOOG
08-05-2010, 10:47
Welcome aboard, The bourbon trail is a lot of fun and very informative. What were your favorite things about it? and your favorite distilleries? Tell us what have you tried and liked and not liked and why. I hope you enjoy yourself here. If you have any questions ask away we like questions. Hopefully you'll make some new friends here, join us in chat it's the Gazebo on the top of the main forum page. Most of all have fun.

We hit all the distilleries in one day, which was stressful to say the least. Makers and Woodford were the tours we took. We tasted at Wild Turkey, Wooford, and Beam. The trip was a belated Fathers Day gift that my younger brother and I planned out. We ended up back tracking from Beam to Bardstown and staying in the Old Tavern and going to a tasting with the colonel at the Chapeze House. Overall it was a very informative and fun trip. The tour at Woodford was the highlight of the trip for me. The history and depth they went into really blew me away. I'm new to bourbon but Woodford has always been my favorite, so that's the one I was originally really excited about.

Overall it opened my eyes to the world of bouron. I was very ill informed up to going on the trip. Since, I've been lurking around here and doing research on the web on what exactly I should try from here on out.

Since the trip the obsession has slowly spiraled out of control. I've acquired, in my mind, some pretty good bourbon. Nothing like the vintage and rare stuff I read about on this forum, but rare to me none the less. The tasting at the Chapeze House was really good for us because it clued us into what kind of bourbon we liked and it let us sample a little of the more high end stuff. Since returning I've secured the following for my tasting:

Woodford Reserve Masters Collection: Seasoned Oak
Wild Turkey: American Spirits
Wild Turkey: Rare Breed
Parkers Heritage Collection: Cask Strength
Old Fitgerald Birthday: 2007 (something I read a lot about on here)
Willet Family Reserve (love the bottle and the taste)
Sam Houston
Jeffersons Reserve Presidential Select 17
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yr.
Pappy Van Winkle 23 yr. (this one I purchased specifically for family vacation so my father, brother and I could all enjoy it together)
Elijah Craig 18 yr. (bought this one at the HH Distillery)
Basil Haybens (bought this one at the Beam Distillary)
Four Roses Single Barrel 100th Anniversary

Almost finished the Sam Houston, Old Rip and I've popped the Woodford Masters, Willett Family Reserve and WT American Spirits.

Mind you I understand none of the vocabulary thrown around on this site (Examples being: Lot B and other mentions of years and barrel locations/numbers).

So far I've enjoyed it all, not a big fan of the Basil Haybens) and look forward to tasting the Pappy 23 yr. at the end of September. Thanks for the warm welcome and I look forward to learning far more than I could ever want to know on this forum.

p_elliott
08-05-2010, 23:06
This will help you with the abbreviations http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/announcement.php?f=43&a=8

OscarV
08-06-2010, 01:25
You may be a newbie but you are also a fast learner, NOOG.
The list you posted of your buys looks real good.

bourbonNOOG
08-06-2010, 06:39
You may be a newbie but you are also a fast learner, NOOG.
The list you posted of your buys looks real good.

Thanks for the link to abbreviations. I'll put it to good use. As far as my beginners list goes, like I said, I've tried to utilize what I've learned from the short time I've been on this forum and things I heard while on my tours of the distilleries. Enjoying all the different variations of bourbon is great, but so is the thrill of the hunt. Traveling from store to store hunting for rarities you know you won't see on the shelves everyday or ever again for that matter, it's great.

Thanks for the warm welcome.

ratcheer
08-06-2010, 06:50
Welcome to sb.com!

Tim

Bourbon Boiler
08-06-2010, 20:23
Welcome. The Chapeze house was a great learning experience for me as well. It was a poor financial experience, as I've had to develop my own collection.

p_elliott
08-07-2010, 00:06
Your doing very good so far a big plus is you picked up on the Basil Hayden. Basil Hayden is just Old Grandad aged a little more but watered down to 80 proof. It's bourbon on training wheels. Try OGD BIB or OGD 114. But you did good picking this out as not what you paid for bourbon.

Paul

bourbonNOOG
08-09-2010, 12:49
Your doing very good so far a big plus is you picked up on the Basil Hayden. Basil Hayden is just Old Grandad aged a little more but watered down to 80 proof. It's bourbon on training wheels. Try OGD BIB or OGD 114. But you did good picking this out as not what you paid for bourbon.

Paul

While the Basil Hayden is smooth I've quickly learned it's not my cup of tea. I'm extremely fond of the Four Roses 120th I popped over the weekend as well as the 2007 Old Forrester Birthday 2007 I opened last night. I see where you're going with the training wheels reference. To me it Basil tastes extremely watered down.

fishnbowljoe
08-09-2010, 15:05
Welcome aboard Noog. Glad to have you aboard. Like others have stated, you're a quick study. You picked up some nice stuff while you were in KY. Just remember to keep your seatbelt fastened. It's a helluva ride. :grin: Cheers! Joe

bourbonNOOG
08-10-2010, 05:19
Welcome aboard Noog. Glad to have you aboard. Like others have stated, you're a quick study. You picked up some nice stuff while you were in KY. Just remember to keep your seatbelt fastened. It's a helluva ride. :grin: Cheers! Joe

Thanks and nice thumbnail by the way.

BourbonRob
08-13-2010, 10:22
Welcome NOOG... I just went on the trail in April....I've been a bourbon drinker for years, but it opened my eyes....

I had the most trouble (and still do sometimes) remembering which distillery makes which bottles...I'm working on it, because its an important part...

I like you "bourbon starter kit"... impressive...Enjoy!

Rob