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jdthompson25
11-03-2011, 07:28
Hello all!

I am new to the Bourbon world (and Whisk(e)y in general) but I have attended a few tastings and am very much enjoying learning about Bourbon and what I personally like. The getting started guide posted here is EXTREMELY helpful!

Speaking of tastings - I would love to hear about any tastings people know about in the DFW area!

Anyway - I am looking forward to joining the discussion here at sb. I haven't had a chance to sample many of the Bourbons out there but I can't wait to get to it :grin:

FYI - My faves I have had so far were an Eagle Rare 10 Yr Single Barrel and a Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Small Batch. I do want to try some Wheated styles next so suggestions are very welcome!

Young Blacksmith
11-03-2011, 15:49
The only ER I have tried was a .375 Majestic Liquor's selection. It was really good, and I look forward to another some day.

Wheaters to try would be good old Weller, 3 expressions - Old Weller Antique, Special Reserve, and Weller 12.

I love Weller 12, OWA is great, and SR I can take or leave. If it was my only option I wouldn't complain though.

Bernheim is another wheater, and I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting about.

Enjoy every drink!

Bourbon Boiler
11-03-2011, 15:58
Welcome aboard. Eagle Rare has been very good to me lately as well. You should definitely try some different varities, but as is said regularly around here, don't try to climb the shelf too far too fast. There are some excellent values around the ER level, and you should try a number of them before spending a lot of money on something you might not be able to appreciate.

timd
11-04-2011, 09:37
if you love ER, go to the Whiskey Cake restaurant (in Plano off the tollway) and try their single barrel selection. It's amazing - and I'm not typically fond of Eagle Rare.

What part of town are you located in? There's a ton of places to check out, and there's always some great tastings to be found.

Sign-up for the emails from the major liquor chains (especially Sigels) to get the scoop on what's up. Seems like myself and StraightNoChaser have been to at least a tasting (Bourbon or Scotch) about once a week for the past few months. There's two Laphroaig tastings next week here (Dallas at Sigels/Addison, and a free dinner in Ft. Worth).

Also get the Trinity Hall email (Mockingbird/Central) they do (paid) tastings the first Tues. of each month - six different pours with some really outstanding food. They cover the whisk(e)y gamut from Irish to Scotch to Bourbon.

Welcome aboard - and hope to see you around at some of the events! Feel free to drop me a PM if you want any more info - but there's a great Dallas community of whiskey lovers!

StraightNoChaser
11-04-2011, 11:07
What tastings have you attended lately?

p_elliott
11-04-2011, 21:52
Welcome aboard I hope you enjoy your time here, stop by chat some time. Need to clear something up as there is some confusion Bernheim is wheat whiskey not a wheater bourbon.

Young Blacksmith
11-05-2011, 07:24
I did not know that about Berhneim, thanks!

jdthompson25
11-07-2011, 06:48
Thanks for all the information - Extremely helpful!

I live in off 75 near south Richardson so I have pretty easy to most of the metroplex.

I have been to a few tastings at Sigels, but my favorite place is Trinity Hall. Great pours, people, and food!

StraightNoChaser
11-07-2011, 09:00
Thanks for all the information - Extremely helpful!

I live in off 75 near south Richardson so I have pretty easy to most of the metroplex.

I have been to a few tastings at Sigels, but my favorite place is Trinity Hall. Great pours, people, and food!
Wonderful, you've probably seen Tim and I, we've been to all those events (minus the Glenfiddich at TH).

Are you going to catch the Laphroaig tasting Tuesday at Sigel's?

jdthompson25
11-07-2011, 09:02
Wonderful, you've probably seen Tim and I, we've been to all those events (minus the Glenfiddich at TH).

Are you going to catch the Laphroaig tasting Tuesday at Sigel's?

Sadly I'm not! But I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for others.

StraightNoChaser
11-07-2011, 09:08
Too bad. Are you a Friend of Laphroaig? If you are, they're holding a free tasting dinner on Wednesday in Ft Worth. I'll be going.

jdthompson25
11-07-2011, 09:10
Too bad. Are you a Friend of Laphroaig? If you are, they're holding a free tasting dinner on Wednesday in Ft Worth. I'll be going.

I'm not actually. I will look into that.

StraightNoChaser
11-07-2011, 09:26
I believe you can become one by simply registering on their Facebook page. Not sure if you need a bottle code to sign up or not. I have an extra if you need it.

StraightNoChaser
11-07-2011, 09:28
I am still not sure how I feel about putting on a kilt, but the event sounds like looney fun

3:30 p.m. FoLs arrive at the Lonesome Dove
FoLs receive and put on kilts
Guests clothing stored in individual bags; clothing left behind at the restaurant


3:45 p.m. FoLs walk to the Stockyards to view the cattle parade (5- minute walk from The Lonesome Dove to the Stockyards)

4:00 p.m. Cattle parade starts; FoLs and group watch the parade

4:20 p.m. Group walks back to The Lonesome Dove Restaurant


4:25 p.m. FoLs arrive at The Lonesome Dove Restaurant; FoLs will given their belongings (i.e. change of pants, etc.)


4:30 5:30 p.m. First two toasts (10YO, CS); guests welcomed by S. Brooking and J. Campbell; mingle; passed appetizers

5:30 6:30 p.m. FoL Line-dancing lesson in kilts


6:30 7:30 p.m. Dinner is served; formal tasting of remaining Laphroaig expressions (QC, 18YO); final event toast with Laphroaig Triple Wood

7:30 p.m. Event ends; guests depart