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Parkersback
12-21-2010, 17:36
Friends, do you any of you have a bourbon you consider to be your "Christmas" bourbon--the whiskey you associate with the holidays? Maybe a drink you always have around this time, or that has special meaning to you at this time?

Or are there any pours that you'd think, "yeah, that whiskey has a kind of Christmas feel to it?"

My provisional answer is that this year I noticed that in a few stores, the price of Crown Royal Lot 16 plunged from $100 to $29. Right as I was noticing this, I got word from my mom that my step dad's brother died. After the funeral, the family got together and knocked back quite a bit of Crown Royal (regular expression). (They live in southeast Michigan where Canadian whiskey, and CR in general, has lots of traction). Afterwards my step dad told my mom how much it meant to him to have everyone together, knocking back back shots of Crown to celebrate his brother's life.

Thinking of this, I sent him a bottle of Lot 16 saying I was thinking of him. I talked to my mom tonight and she told me he loved that gift but that he refused to open it until I got to Michigan for Christmas, he didn't want to open it without me.

So I think that CR LOt 16 is about to be my Xmas 2010 whiskey!

Anyway, I'd love to hear any other Christmas stories from SB members.

And may the blessing of this season be yours, joy and peace to you and yours.

ACDetroit
12-21-2010, 17:51
Well it sounds as if you'll be in my neck of the woods for the Holidays. I don't really have a Christmas bottle per say, though every time I think of the holiday season I think of WT's old Rye label which was Green and Red (a nice Christmas Rye) when you can find it.

If you end up with some time while in town, let the Michigan Bourbon Hounds know and we can put a tasting of some sort together!

Cheers!
Tony

squire
12-21-2010, 18:12
Every Year I buy a special bottle that I refer to as 'Christmas whisky' and share it with friends.

B.B. Babington
12-21-2010, 19:05
Evan Williams Egg Nog

ILLfarmboy
12-21-2010, 19:27
Handy. With the clove and spice characteristics It's a natural Christmas eve/Christmas day sipper.

BMartin42
12-21-2010, 19:37
Depends. Odd years I do Christmas with the in-laws in Michigan. Those years the answer is whatever I can find in the stores up there that will get me through the day (last year was Bulleit). Even years such as this one are spent with my family. Traditionally it has been the Crown Royal that one of us unwrapped that morning, but this year I am taking a PVW 15. Should be a Merry Christmas indeed.

Parkersback
12-21-2010, 19:41
If you end up with some time while in town, let the Michigan Bourbon Hounds know and we can put a tasting of some sort together!

Cheers!
Tony

Tony, that is one generous offer that I wish I could take you up on, certainly for the legendary stash of the Michigan guys, but also as a chance to get together with some good folks. But we've got tons of family to see in a short time, I'm not sure I could get away.

I'll be down near Ann Arbor, a little farm town called Tecumseh. I'm going to nose around to some stores if I get a chance, but I'm not holding my breath for any big finds: it seems like southeast Michigan is the domain of some pretty serious... well, bourbon hounds, as you say!!!

unclebunk
12-21-2010, 21:11
My wife is English and we celebrate Boxing Day (the day after Christmas for those unfamiliar with the holiday). We'll be hosting a small gathering of friends and I've been giving some thought to what I can crack open this year as a special pour for my guests. I'm leaning towards Pappy 15 (2007)which is always terrific but may bust open a Parker's Heritage as well for the more seasoned bourbon drinkers.

smokinjoe
12-21-2010, 21:19
Handy. With the clove and spice characteristics It's a natural Christmas eve/Christmas day sipper.

Bingo. Great call, Brad. My nearly full '10 bottle will not see 2011...

Dramiel McHinson
12-22-2010, 03:17
I try to spend every Christmas I can with my grandfather, now 95. There is one bourbon allowed at his home of 90 years, Evan Williams. It's always available in the kitchen and it's a good pour.

cowdery
12-22-2010, 14:17
I think wheaters express 'Christmas spice' more than other bourbons. They're also easier on non-bourbon drinkers. I'm taking a bottle of WLW Special Reserve but Maker's 46 would be a great choice.

SMOWK
12-23-2010, 06:50
PVW15 and VWFRR is going to the "in-laws" with me.

theDon
12-23-2010, 08:07
I opened a bottle of WT Rare Breed last night that should be empty by Christmas night. I did the same last year. I am the only one drinking the bourbon so I don't have to worry what others will be able to handle. Rare Breed is just right with lots of spice and high proof. Goes well with our frigid 50 degree Christmas weather! Oh and it was 85 2 days ago.

p_elliott
12-23-2010, 08:25
I opened a bottle of WT Rare Breed last night that should be empty by Christmas night. I did the same last year. I am the only one drinking the bourbon so I don't have to worry what others will be able to handle. Rare Breed is just right with lots of spice and high proof. Goes well with our frigid 50 degree Christmas weather! Oh and it was 85 2 days ago.


Hey Don :smiley_acbt:

TomH
12-23-2010, 09:28
Christmas is normally a day when the whisk(e)y bottles stay closed. After dinner, my son always asks to hit my port supply. Then while we are opening presents, hot buttered rum (usually made with Appleton, but this year may pour some with Pyrat for a little extra sweetness) is the drink of choice. I've made eggnog with bourbon a few times, but it normally sits untouched with everyone asking for rum.

silverfish
12-23-2010, 10:31
My wife has been into the BT Bourbon Cream Liqueur as an
alternative to Egg Nog. I have a bottle of Olde St. Nick
Christmas Dream

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that I've been hanging onto. Not sure what kinda "Dream" it is
but maybe this year?....

Hawg73
12-23-2010, 12:33
I will be opening a bottle of Parker's Heritage #4. The wheated bourbon. And hopefully enjoying that with some friends over the holidays.

DeanSheen
12-23-2010, 13:01
Was struggling with this very question. I was staring at my VW Lot B, Pappy 12 and VWFRR.

I decided to go with the Lot B. It's the 2009 version with the low label. So good.

I bought a Saz Jr. yesterday. Since I'm having people over I have to decide on another couple. I think I'm going to grab another 2010 GTS in a day or two to add to the festivities. I do have some 4R 120th tempting me as well but I have more 2010 GTS than the 120th so I am not wanting to open that.

I guess instead of Bourbon Nervosa I'm having Bunker Nervosa?

jmpyle
12-23-2010, 18:40
So many to choose from that it makes it difficult, but I felt this year the Old Forester B-day Bourbon (2010) had a great deal of woody spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. But it also had some great citrus peel notes and some hot ginger. Oranges and clementines remind me of the holidays too.

So that gets my vote this year. And it's widely available. Imagine that! :lol:

55bill
12-29-2010, 12:01
We enjoyed some OFBB on Christmas Eve too, except it was 2006 vintage. Since many of us are celebrating a birth, OFBB seems a good choice. And the birth of a new year is coming up!

Happy 2011 everyone!

p_elliott
12-30-2010, 07:34
We enjoyed some OFBB on Christmas Eve too, except it was 2006 vintage. Since many of us are celebrating a birth, OFBB seems a good choice. And the birth of a new year is coming up!

Happy 2011 everyone!


I like your sentiment Maybe one year OF should release an OFBB 1BC at Christmas time the year he was born.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
12-30-2010, 22:48
I always end up with a bottle of rare breed, so that must be my Christmas whiskey

bvscfanatic
12-31-2010, 00:08
EC12. Any time I drink it, it seems like Christmas.

squire
12-31-2010, 16:58
Come to think of it EC12 does remind me of Christmas. back in the early 90s my partner and I would buy a case during the holidays.