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BrianBradford
11-24-2010, 15:43
Im going to the liquor store right now! It's always an exciting event! I'll report what I purchased when I get back! :grin:

sku
11-24-2010, 15:59
Im going to the liquor store right now! It's always an exciting event! I'll report what I purchased when I get back! :grin:

Can't you update us with posts while you're there?

SMOWK
11-24-2010, 16:11
Can't you update us with posts while you're there?

And pictures. And video.

soad
11-24-2010, 16:45
Does the PA State Store have any Christmas packages with extra goodies down in Beaver County? Up here in Venango County we got nothing yet.....:smiley_acbt:

BrianBradford
11-24-2010, 17:44
Sorry, as soon as I posted that, I booked! But im back. Here is my money shot!

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w312/blbradford/IMG_20101124_202530.jpg

P.S. Yes there are a bunch of holiday specials going on. One I have my eye on is the WT 101 large bottle with 2 old fashion glasses for 21.99.

PAspirit1
11-25-2010, 07:44
Nothin' wrong with a little BT over a long holiday weekend.

PAspirit1
11-25-2010, 07:45
Does the PA State Store have any Christmas packages with extra goodies down in Beaver County? Up here in Venango County we got nothing yet.....:smiley_acbt:

That reminds me that I want to get one of those gift sets that includes a flask. We're set on rocks glasses.

BrianBradford
11-25-2010, 08:07
I think either Crown Royal or makers mark had a set that included a velvet wrapped flask. I don't remember which one.

PAspirit1
11-25-2010, 10:20
I think either Crown Royal or makers mark had a set that included a velvet wrapped flask. I don't remember which one.

Thanks. I'll definitely pick the Makers between those two. I used to like CR but I think my tastes have changed.

SMOWK
11-25-2010, 10:31
Maker's Mark comes in frosted bottles with a Christmas ornament this year. I'm going to guess it's the Crown Royal that comes with a velvet wrapped flask.

PAspirit1
11-25-2010, 12:41
Maker's Mark comes in frosted bottles with a Christmas ornament this year. I'm going to guess it's the Crown Royal that comes with a velvet wrapped flask.

I might pass on the ornament, unless it's awesome.

4thecrue
11-25-2010, 12:49
It's actually not that bad. I have seen the Wild Turkey rare and WT 101 gift sets too and they aren't too shabby either.


I might pass on the ornament, unless it's awesome.

BrianBradford
11-25-2010, 14:31
I believe the ornament was blue with little white snowflakes or something with the red wax melted over the top half. Nothing special. Id opt for something that has use. Like glasses or a flask.

SMOWK
11-26-2010, 09:00
I believe the ornament was blue with little white snowflakes or something with the red wax melted over the top half. Nothing special. Id opt for something that has use. Like glasses or a flask.

I think there's a few kinds of ornaments, but they're all abut the same.

PAspirit1
11-26-2010, 10:08
Thanks. I'll definitely pick the Makers between those two. I used to like CR but I think my tastes have changed.

I don't want to appear to be running down Crown Royal. I took some with me on a little vacation (to a dry town) a while back and I found myself missing the flavors specific to American strait whiskey, not disliking the CR.

BrianBradford
12-04-2010, 10:07
Well as you see here....
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w312/blbradford/IMG_20101204_130059.jpg
I am out of Buffalo Trace!!!! Whats a guy to do. Wait, I have an idea.

GO TO THE LIQUOR STORE!!!!

Probably be leaving in an hour or so. Will report back A.S.A.P.
:cool:

BrianBradford
12-04-2010, 12:33
And the winner is...


http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w312/blbradford/IMG_20101204_152407.jpg

Evan Williams Black label. This is the second bottle in my "bourbon experience." WOOO HOOO!

OscarV
12-04-2010, 12:42
Neat trick Brian, somebody put up a Christmas tree while you were gone!!:bigeyes:

flintlock
12-04-2010, 13:34
Uh oh...where's your hat? You think you left it at the store? You better go back and check. And while you're there... :grin:

BrianBradford
12-04-2010, 14:15
I specialize in making things appear and disappear. Trees, hats, and bottles of whiskey!!!

Parkersback
12-05-2010, 08:02
EWB is solid bourbon, and the first bourbon I bought regularly.

I think it's declined since it went NAS, but I could be wrong. Either way, it's pretty decent.

Oh, to get my hands on some EW BIB: does anyone see it regularly? Or ever? Is it still good stuff?

flintlock
12-05-2010, 09:16
EWB is solid bourbon, and the first bourbon I bought regularly.

I think it's declined since it went NAS, but I could be wrong. Either way, it's pretty decent.

Oh, to get my hands on some EW BIB: does anyone see it regularly? Or ever? Is it still good stuff?

It's common as rocks here in East TN. I love it - I think it's great. I've read here that it isn't as good now as it used to be, but then I'm getting used to hearing that about everything. The stuff we get now is made at DPS1 and bottled at DSP31, if I remember correctly.

BrianBradford
12-14-2010, 12:00
Ok, I might be doing a BIG bourbon run spring 2011. I am in talks with right now only 1 friend, about driving down to lexington, ky from beaver, pa to a liquor barn. It will be about a 6 hour drive. I am going to get 2 more of my friends to go down with us and split the gas! I figure about 30 bucks for a nice roadtrip with great friends to go look at, and purchase what is turning out to be a wonderful hobbie/lifestyle. We here in PA don't have a very big selection of bourbon/whiskies. So I will have to pick up my jaw from the floor upon walking in! I am excited! How much should I bring down with me? $400, $500?

P.S. I was just informed that there might be an issue with transporting liquor across state lines. Does anyone know anything about going from KY to PA with a trunk full of booze?

CaptainQ
12-14-2010, 14:12
Did somebody say roadtrip?!:grin: :bigeyes:

http://i53.tinypic.com/nly3br.jpg

wadewood
12-14-2010, 14:33
Did somebody say roadtrip?!:grin: :bigeyes:



I'm guessing California. The 7 Deadly Zins is good value Zin. The same winery, Michael David, has a reserve Zin line - one called Rapture and another named Lust. I recently bought a case of the Lust - It's a big Zin - 16.9% and fantastic.

wadewood
12-14-2010, 14:35
P.S. I was just informed that there might be an issue with transporting liquor across state lines. Does anyone know anything about going from KY to PA with a trunk full of booze?

It is a risk, but in reality the odds are pretty low of anything happening to you.

flintlock
12-14-2010, 21:05
What can you only get in Lexington/Louisville/Bardstown? Are there bourbons there that you honestly can't get anywhere else? If not, are there relative rarities that you can only get there and perhaps in only a very few other places?

Having never been to a store there, I wonder can you walk in to a good one and find it well stocked with Van Winkles and other rarities?

BrianBradford
01-21-2011, 11:58
Alright folks, its that time again! Time for the Bourbon RUN!!!!!!
So far I've tasted,

Buffalo Trace
Evan Williams black label
Old Crow Reserve
Woodford Reserve
Heaven Hill
Knob Creek

And now its time for another bottle. Im thinking something in the 20-30 dollar range. Any suggestions? I was thinking Eagle Rare Single Barrel.

PAspirit1
01-21-2011, 12:51
As far as what is available in PA, Beam Black comes to mind.

chefnash51
01-21-2011, 13:04
Elmer T Lee available?

BrianBradford
01-21-2011, 13:13
I just did a check on the PA website. Elmer T. Lee is available, but its not in any store nearby. Beam Black sounds like a plan. I am kind of intimidated by Beam though. There is quite the large crowd that say they HATE Beam and that it requires a taste for it.

SMOWK
01-21-2011, 13:24
I just did a check on the PA website. Elmer T. Lee is available, but its not in any store nearby. Beam Black sounds like a plan. I am kind of intimidated by Beam though. There is quite the large crowd that say they HATE Beam and that it requires a taste for it.

A huge rule of thumb: Never be afraid of a bad review. And never be afraid of the bottom shelf.

We all like different things. If you have cheap taste, then you are blessed with extra money in your wallet.

BrianBradford
01-21-2011, 13:26
...If you have cheap taste, then you are blessed with extra money in your wallet.

I just might.

Heaven Hill that I am currently sipping on cost me like 8.99 for a 1.75 litre. I thaught it tasted smooth!

I might just have to try the Beam black just to get the whole Beamophobia out of my mind.

Parkersback
01-21-2011, 14:07
A huge rule of thumb: Never be afraid of a bad review. And never be afraid of the bottom shelf.

We all like different things. If you have cheap taste, then you are blessed with extra money in your wallet.


I like this post. And to add one more rule of thumb, IMHO there's no such thing as a bad American straight whiskey. I like PVW15 as much as anyone, I think it's a steal at $60, but depending on what you're looking for and what you're expecting, there's much to be said for JB White. In the right context, I love JB Black.

Somewhere on SB I read there's two kinds of bourbon: good bourbon, and better bourbon, and I think that's mostly right.

Scrub
01-21-2011, 18:13
Can I get in on this? I have to make a bourbon run tomorrow after work.

NC is a control state so I have limited choices.

I like ERSB, OWA 107; and Bulleit all quite well. I have MM, OGD BiB; WTRB; JBB, Rebel Reserve, JB Rye in my stash.

So what so you guys suggest I add for under $30 {The other $30 is for replacement of my empty Bulleit}

ThomasH
01-21-2011, 18:21
Go for the one you like best. All 3 you mentioned are regularly 30.00 or less. As far as jim Beam Black goes, it is my favorite of everything Beam makes. It has been said before that it is closest in style to JD. I like this style of whiskey and I like JBB's age and proof better than JD!

Thomas

Scrub
01-21-2011, 18:37
I just want to try something new. This is starting to get interesting.

PAspirit1
01-22-2011, 06:25
I agree with SMOWK about ignoring reviews or at least not letting oneself get overly influenced by them. I was re-reading the review section of Whisky Mag issue 78. Dave Broom pans Mcdougals 18, 53.3 giving it a 5 and Martin N. gives it the highest review of all the ones tasted, an 8.8. That is a big diference of opinion between two professional tasters. I even ignore the consensus of small groups.

Moving up and down, then back up in proof seemed to help me love Bourbon.

I think my next Bourbon purchase from the PLCB will be the regular Four Roses next month.

BrianBradford
01-22-2011, 10:21
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w312/blbradford/Beam.jpg

Well I decided to go for the suggested Beam Black. I took a sip and am not sure yet. Seems very smooth. Can't pick out too many flavors besides a woody kinda feel. After work tonight, I will give myself a nice pour and really study it.

MaltNut
01-22-2011, 16:45
I like this post. And to add one more rule of thumb, IMHO there's no such thing as a bad American straight whiskey. I like PVW15 as much as anyone, I think it's a steal at $60, but depending on what you're looking for and what you're expecting, there's much to be said for JB White. In the right context, I love JB Black.

Somewhere on SB I read there's two kinds of bourbon: good bourbon, and better bourbon, and I think that's mostly right.

I thought I agreed with you until I tasted Old Crow. Then I tried Old Crow Reserve because it has to be better, right? --Boy am I a glutton for punishment-- I am damn sorry, but I can't agree with you now.

...

As far as Beam goes... Bookers is decent stuff, and I can appreciate KC, I even find OGD 114 to be amazingly(and enjoyably) scotch-like, but as to the rest... I guess I am just not a Beam guy.

But +1 on reviews and loving cheap bourbon! I am afraid that for cheap stuff if I can't get VOB, Charter 101, or the occasional HH I would rather just have a good beer, water, or even <gasp> vodka. Thankfully I have only had a couple of shots of vodka in the past year. Talk about counting your blessings.

Luna56
01-22-2011, 22:06
I haven't had the Beam Black but I'm curious to try it. I think Booker's is the best thing Beam makes. I agree with SMOWK about not fearing the bottom shelf and I enjoy bourbon from all strata. But it doesn't hurt to hit the top shelf once in awhile for the sake of research and "well rounded perspective." :grin:

Cheers!

StraightBoston
01-23-2011, 06:39
JBB (ignore the "Double Aged" twaddle) is a perfectly good bourbon and quite unlike Jim Beam White (fortunately). Good for rounding out your middle shelf tour of different distilleries.

I'd go for the Eagle Rare SB on the next trip and compare/contrast with your thoughts on Woodford Reserve...

unclebunk
01-23-2011, 07:10
I haven't had the Beam Black but I'm curious to try it. I think Booker's is the best thing Beam makes. I agree with SMOWK about not fearing the bottom shelf and I enjoy bourbon from all strata. But it doesn't hurt to hit the top shelf once in awhile for the sake of research and "well rounded perspective." :grin:

Cheers!

The Beam Black is quite good, as is the Jim Beam 7 Year Old Distillers Select which I've been finding at Sam's Club for $9.99 ($26 at Binny's!).

BrianBradford
01-24-2011, 08:17
Well I tried the JBB straight, on ice, with water, with sours, with coke, and lastly, with tonic and lemon. My thaughts....

Straight was smooth and VERY yummy. On ice, it kept the burn, but with alot less flavor. Cut with water, Less burn, less flavor. With sours, no thanks. With coke, the pairing was perfect, 1 oz. JBB with 2oz. coke, delicious. Tonic and lemon, I couldn't get the amounts right. Didn't want to waste too much time, so no thanks. Over all, I thaught it was a good Bourbon straight or with coke. Price wise, I still perfer BT for sipping and Heaven Hill for mixing.