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mosugoji64
11-04-2011, 23:33
For the OF aficionados out there, I'd like to know if there's a significant difference between OF BIB and Signature. I ran across a couple of BIB bottles recently and wondered if they were worth picking up. The current Signature is a decent, basic pour to me but nothing I would go out of my way to acquire. Thoughts?

jburlowski
11-05-2011, 06:39
Between the two... Signature by a mile.

T Comp
11-05-2011, 07:54
Between the two... Signature by a mile.

I'll agree with John if he just means OF BIB made at DSP-354 but not if it's the DSP-414 distilled.

mosugoji64
11-05-2011, 08:22
Between the two... Signature by a mile.

So Signature is better? I guess BF got something right when they switched. That's unusual given that people usually prefer older bottlings.

Josh
11-05-2011, 15:17
I think the BiB is better by a hair, especially if it's glut era/dsp 414. There was an intermediate one too, Old Forester 100. I had a bottle of that. It was great with a candy cane dissolved in it.:lol:

White Dog
11-05-2011, 17:28
I think the BiB is better by a hair, especially if it's glut era/dsp 414. There was an intermediate one too, Old Forester 100. I had a bottle of that. It was great with a candy cane dissolved in it.:lol:

That's the trick, it must be DSP-414. My mid-eighties BIB(Dimple side) is outstanding.

kyrocklover
11-06-2011, 17:19
IMHO. Overall DSP 414 is much better than DSP 354 which is much better than the signature. As with all, YMMV.

fishnbowljoe
11-06-2011, 17:43
I prefer the older BIB myself. Both the 414 and 354/414 versions are better than the Signature to me. I would buy one if I were you. Try it, and if you don't like it, no prob. If you do like it, go back and get the other one. Simple. :grin: Either way, let us know what you do. Cheers! Joe

nivto
11-06-2011, 17:51
I might be in the minority here, but I actually prefer the 414 86 proof over all of the past and current 100 proof expressions. the flavor profile of that older 86 proof is just right for me.

mosugoji64
11-12-2011, 20:07
Picked up a bottle of the BIB and gave it a couple of tries. It has a LOT of that old bourbon, spiced rum flavor. Normally I like that, but it's completely overpowering in this bottle. It's not bad, but about half way through a pour I find myself saying, "Enough." I think I'll try vatting this with some other things to see what I can come up with. It has potential.

T Comp
11-12-2011, 21:12
Picked up a bottle of the BIB and gave it a couple of tries. It has a LOT of that old bourbon, spiced rum flavor. Normally I like that, but it's completely overpowering in this bottle. It's not bad, but about half way through a pour I find myself saying, "Enough." I think I'll try vatting this with some other things to see what I can come up with. It has potential.

So is your BIB distilled at DSP-414 or DSP-354? Some of us here think that makes a differerence. My taste experience is that the DSP-414's are some of the rummiest of the dusty rum tasting bourbons. I also regard Signature as a very good bourbon and its difference from the DSP-414 dusties highlight what is different about the older versus modern bourbon profile.

mosugoji64
11-13-2011, 08:17
It was distilled at DSP-354. The bottle is stamped 95, though I know that may not accurately indicate the bottling date. So, the 414s had more rum flavor than this? OF must have been the rum drinker's go-to bourbon!

SMOWK
11-14-2011, 09:07
I remember a famous philosopher once said that 414>354, and I will agree. The OFBIB from the 70s is DAMN hard to beat even when put against the best of them.