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trumpstylz
01-04-2011, 06:54
I was just wondering if anyone has tried the new VOB bottles next to the old ones? Slight differences? Or is it the same juice?

smokinjoe
01-04-2011, 07:03
I have, and did not detect any differences in the whiskey.

flintlock
01-04-2011, 09:10
Glad to hear that, Joe.

Haven't seen any new bottles on the shelf here in E. TN, and stores stock a ton of VOB. I sure hope they don't change the whiskey...it's a terrific standby.

squire
01-04-2011, 11:20
Barton has been one of my standbys for years and I haven't noticed any change.

unclebunk
01-04-2011, 11:26
No change whatsoever, as far as I can tell. Just a new look to draw in new consumers.

squire
01-04-2011, 11:26
I hope they remain the same but wouldn't be surprised if the line loses the 43 and 45% bottles.

unclebunk
01-04-2011, 11:30
I hope they remain the same but wouldn't be surprised if the line loses the 43 and 45% bottles.

I don't have much use for the 80 and 86 proof VOB but the 90 and BIB are regular pours for me, so I'd hate to see either of those go. Of course, the BIB with a dash of water always satisfies my buddies who don't like the higher proof.

cowdery
01-04-2011, 16:20
I'm just guessing here, but my impression is that 75% to 80% of Barton's volume comes out of Kentcky and even a big shelf set of VOB, like they have at Liquor Barn, will include about the same number of facings for each proof, except 100 which is slightly less than the others. Maybe someone who has been to a Kentucky Liquor Barn recently can confirm or correct. My point is that all of the proofs seem to be about equally popular in the state that amounts to most of their business. That doesn't mean they'll always export all of the different proofs. Since they are still a value product I would expect them to emphasize the 80 proof to get the best possible price point, and since practically everything they're competing against is 80 proof too.

B-Zero
01-05-2011, 01:56
I'm just guessing here, but my impression is that, like they have, will include about. Maybe someone who, my point is that, that doesn't mean they'll, since they are, and since practically everything too.

You know those things you cant unsee once you think about it?
If you are aware of the cartoon character Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants.. I believe your avatar looks like Patrick holding a glass of bourbon.. Every time i scroll and see one of your comments i see this. :lol:

Now.. back to the topic!

Gillman
01-05-2011, 08:51
It's the same juice for sure. VOB is one of the most consistent brands out there. It will be interesting to see if this continues once the integration with BT really gets going.

Speaking of that, what is the status of the still at Barton, is it still in production?

Gary

Josh
01-05-2011, 10:33
It's the same juice for sure. VOB is one of the most consistent brands out there. It will be interesting to see if this continues once the integration with BT really gets going.

Speaking of that, what is the status of the still at Barton, is it still in production?

Gary

If anything, it's working more than ever. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=222625&postcount=1

squire
01-08-2011, 09:29
Good choice of words Gary, describing Barton as consistent, that they have been for a number of years now. We used to a pass over it to grab a bottle of Yellowstone or Old Fitzgerald but it's still around and as good as ever. I almost miss the cheesy 1950s style bottle.

proof and age
01-19-2011, 16:56
Production at TM has been pretty sporadic, from several good sources.
I would guess that what is in the VOB bottles will stay the same for a while though regardless.

unclebunk
01-19-2011, 17:13
I almost miss the cheesy 1950s style bottle.

That's the (sinking) feeling I get whenever producers "update" their bottles/labels. I actually liked the cheesy '50s style bottle as well, though in actual fact with VOB they've retained the bottle shape and only changed the label. I was more upset when the ORVW 10/107 and Old Weller Antique 7/107 got a slicker looking bottle and lost the "parchment"-style paper label that made them look more old fashioned and traditional, in my mind.

theDon
01-19-2011, 20:19
The few of us that live off TM BIB have noticed a slight difference in the current versus bottlings a couple years ago. Not bad just a little harsher. Wish we had VOB to compare. Not going to keep me from buying one of the best bargains in the bourbon section.

barturtle
02-08-2011, 13:55
Is this the bottle you are referring to?

Looks like a Weller bottle.

11873

nblair
02-08-2011, 14:33
That appears to be it, Timothy. I believe someone had a pic up earlier in the thread and took it down. I just picked up a bottle last week and the sweet nectar inside (I almost said juice...) seems the same to me.

tmckenzie
02-08-2011, 14:45
That is the worst looking thing I ever seen. I just poured the last of mine I picked up in Kentucky. In the old bottle. It looks much better.

barturtle
02-08-2011, 16:08
That is the worst looking thing I ever seen. I just poured the last of mine I picked up in Kentucky. In the old bottle. It looks much better.

I won't say it's the worst looking bottle I've ever seen, but for $11.99 who cares?

nblair
02-08-2011, 16:58
"Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a shit?" In all seriousness though, the old VOB label and bottle was nothing spectacular. However, when OWA went to this bottle it was a travesty. I loved the 7/107 label.

squire
02-08-2011, 17:25
The new & improved bottle hasn't made it here yet but as soon as it does we will see how it compares.

chefnash51
02-08-2011, 20:06
I just wish we could get the 100 proof in CT. Happy to get the 90 at least.

Josh
02-09-2011, 08:26
"Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a shit?" In all seriousness though, the old VOB label and bottle was nothing spectacular. However, when OWA went to this bottle it was a travesty. I loved the 7/107 label.

True but at least in that case they had the decently to actually change the label instead of just slapping the old one on a new bottle. That really does look like a pos now, too much empty space.

callmeox
02-09-2011, 09:25
The new bottle instantly reminded me of this.

http://poptop12.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/kristen20wiig.png


It is certainly a homely chick with a fivehead compared to the old bottle.

CorvallisCracker
02-09-2011, 09:50
Way too early in the day to see that.

flintlock
02-09-2011, 09:55
The label's just sitting too far down - it looks hilarious like it is, but with the label centered it wouldn't be any worse than the OWA. At least they stayed with a paper label, which I prefer to the clear cellophane stuff.

silverfish
02-16-2011, 08:47
VOB BIB was awarded Malt Advocate's "Best Buy Whisk(e)y of the Year (http://www.whatdoesjohnknow.com/2011/02/16/malt-advocate-whisky-awards-best-buy-whiskey-of-the-year-tie-evan-williams-very-old-barton-6-year-old-bottled-in-bond/)"
(a tie with Evan Williams.) The image shown is the old label but I'm
guessing the Award was based on the contents and not packaging so
either way, it's good stuff according to MA!

squire
02-16-2011, 14:33
Both best buys so far as I'm concerned.

Beer&Bourbon
02-16-2011, 20:42
The new bottle is damn ugly, but the whiskey is damn fine; I'm sippin' on a few oz. right now in fact.

The change of the OWA label is a travesty. The OWA and ORVW 10/107 are great looking bottle/label combinations. Did someone say the ORVW label changed, too?

proof and age
02-23-2011, 20:56
The new bottle instantly reminded me of this.

http://poptop12.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/kristen20wiig.png


It is certainly a homely chick with a fivehead compared to the old bottle.

Classic, is that a proprietary photo??

CorvallisCracker
02-24-2011, 10:34
STOP THAT!!


I have got to stop reading this board in the morning.

callmeox
02-24-2011, 11:20
Classic, is that a proprietary photo??

It is either one of the bottle prototype mockups from the distillery or a screencap from a Saturday Night Live skit...I don't recall.