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sailor22
01-01-2012, 06:46
Lets see you personal best new to you pours and events along with the worst events and new pours from last year.

BEST
Meeting Bourbon boffins in Bardstown for the Sampler
Bowman small batch from the Gift Shop
a couple of Willett 7 and 8yr barrel picks
Dinner with Jimmy Russell
a sweet barrel of Michters 10yr single barrel
Redbreast 15 Irish Whisky
WLW BTAC

WORST
My best drinking buddy moving across the continent
a dusty Tom Moore BiB handle
Prices going up
the "Bourbon Expert" next to you at the bar
the 23yr old bar tender who thinks they know how to make a Manhattan
most of the young LDI Ryes under different labels

BarrelChar
01-01-2012, 09:39
Glad to hear someone else agrees the young LDI rye is vile. Currently sitting on a 4 year-old bottling from Spec's (Barrel #6) that is absolute swill. My only terrible bottle of December and a strong contender for worst of the year.

The other top contender for biggest 2011 disappointment? Laphroaig Triple Wood. Being such a rabid fan of the rest of their range, it was a totally forgettable dram: poorly integrated, overly sherried juice from sub-par barrels of Quarter Cask that should have been dumped off to independent bottlers.

T Comp
01-01-2012, 10:16
Best

+ Continuing to know, meet, learn and share with other like minded whiskey enthusiasts.
+ Sampler, KBF, Doug's porch, Gazebo and Chicago gatherings.
+ Winner of the 2011 Bourbonian taster of the year.
+ Kentucky countryside from car window with Gillman as chauffeur and disc jockey extraordinaire...Hendrix Winterland blasting from the speakers.
+ This is the golden age of whiskey and the availability of more barrel proof and nonchill filtered.
+ Okay...gun to the head best, PHC wheater or Bowman's barrel proof rye.

Worst

- Tim Sousley's passing.
- Proliferation of under or improperly aged whiskeys, moonshine and white dog products.
- Ebay with no other transparent and legitimate process.
- My now empty bottle of VVOF.
- Tie between still not a GBS member or the towels at the General Nelson.

Happy New Year

MarkEdwards
01-01-2012, 10:22
Best
Discovering a nice stash of Pappy in my favorite liquor store, early in the year

Worst
Finally saving up enough to buy several bottles of Pappy, and finding that someone else had cleaned them out earlier that week.

Finding out that my favorite store was not on the list of retailers who received this year's release of Pappy

clingman71
01-01-2012, 14:02
Best: finding 7 bottles of ORVW 10/107 in July for $25.99per.
Finding the previously not available in Ohio PVW15 5 min from home
As previously stated, more and more barrel strength unfiltered releases

Worst: lack of availability of VW/BTAC
Limited bourbon selection in Ohio
Missing out on some very special bourbons from former distilleries- too late to the. party I guess

nivto
01-01-2012, 14:46
Best:

Four Roses barrel selections
Willett 700/800 series
Bowman gift shop bourbon
Bowman LE barrel proof rye
successfully hunting down DSP414 Old Forester 86 proof
'92 EC18
making new friends with bourbon lovers all across the country



Worst:

I don't have a lot to be upset about... I think it's been a great year for bourbon. I've made very few regrettable purchases I feel flush with bottles I find so good that it makes me not care about the insanely overpriced pappys and btacs

To echo Steve, losing a great local drinking friend from my move out west was probably the worst. Drinking good whiskey just isn't the same when it's not in good company!

Also, agreed on young LDI ryes... it's mouthwash to me.

spinningrecords
01-01-2012, 15:19
Best:

1) Finding a huge cache of VW at a Total Wine in May. (I left three cases of VW12 behind)
2) Walking out of Total Wine with four cases of PVW15/PVW20.
3) A trip to KY with three buddies and touring seven distilleries.
4) A super terrific tour of the 4R distillery with a VIP tasting.
5) A couple great flights of bourbon with buddies in Frankfort.
6) Ordering VWFRR13 at a restaurant for $8 a glass. (We drank doubles)
7) Buying a bottle of VWFRR13 from same restaurant.
8) Buying three bottles of VWFFR13 right before Christmas.
9) Buying a dusty AHH20.

Worst:

1) No complaints. See above.

Lazer
01-01-2012, 18:23
Best w/o ranking:
4R Private selection barrel proof single barrel oesk
KC Single barrel
Parker's 2010 Wheater
Rittenhouse Rye BIB

Worst:
Ardbeg 10. made me want to puke. stunk up the whole house.

jeanraulmitchell
01-01-2012, 20:16
Best

Having a straight out of the barrel glass of Bernheim with the owner of my favorite shop in Tennessee, a sample of a barrel he had bottled.
WLW.
ABRLE.
All the PVW15 in the spring.

Worst

The theme park bourbon bars in Los Angeles just suck. The bars by Rio, 7 Grand and Monty are overpriced & feel like something your sixty y/o uncle designed in a bad western dream while sleeping in his new yellow mustang convertible he bought with insurance money & two visas to cruise the local high school.
Or worse, for example, Thirsty Crow, couldn't make iced tea so forget about an old fashioned, but the place looks sticky like sugar until your eyes adjust enough to see the cheap vinyl 70's looking trailer veneer. Probably selling a lot of JD & MM too but I'll bet it's not even from the 90's.
These places must be doing ok because they are packed. Mohawk bend? What kind of stupid name is that?
Wood + Vine isn't as bad as long as it's Monday or Tuesday, I can get 4 of the 5 BTAC in a decent glass.
I'm sure this theme park trend is just about in every city across the states. I just wish the theme was about quality bottles & well crafted drinks and less about taxidermy & reproduction fixtures.

Overall, I'm happy with all my bourbon & rye this past year but please, please please distillers, give us more barrel proof bourbons & ryes in 2012!!!

angler82
01-02-2012, 09:18
Best:

Holding a bourbon tasting with several friends and coworkers earlier in the year.
Consistently drinking VW rye for $9 at a bar down the street.
The increase in good cocktail bars around Boston.
A true bourbon bar (Saloon) opening up in Davis Sq. Somerville. 100+ whiskeys.
Building up a good stock of old ryes- Vintage 21, VWFRR, Michter's 10, and Saz 18.
Solidifying my favorite daily, lower priced pours- OWA 107 and OGD BiB

Worst:

I tried Elijah Craig 18 again after hating it the first time. I still really dislike it.
The Van Winkle fall release shitshow.

StraightNoChaser
01-02-2012, 11:31
Best

-Finding this forum
-My first trip to KY
-Discovered my love for dusty hunting
-Innumerable epic scores from dusty hunting
-Met timd and Young Blacksmith from here, bros 4 lyfe, yo
-Got over the PVW/BTAC hype

Worst

-Spent way too much money
-Realized that the bourbons I like the most are no longer made (back to the sticks we go!)

Clavius
01-02-2012, 12:42
Best
-Found SB
-Got a hold of some WLW and several bottles of Pappy
-Found a Maker's slam dunk bottle which is neat

Worst
-Spent waaaay too much money!

Ejmharris
01-02-2012, 13:38
Best:
-Found SB to share my all things bourbon disease
-figuring out that Makers isn't the only wheated option (although I still like Makers, it is not the 1st choice)
-OWA!!!
-care package that I was saving for a special occasion. Decided every day is special so will crack open in this order ER17 (2008), VWFR & PVW 2009 starting tonight
-getting TPS Bowman rye before they disappeared
-MB black dog bourbon & aged shine




Worst:
-Trying find a PVW or BTAC in a store
-Dusty hunting with no success, then again I Am not always sure what makes up a dusty and I may have left plenty of good stuff on the shelf
-getting the news that Deps and TPS both had Van Winkle's the two days I was out of town



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LostBottle
01-02-2012, 13:47
Best:
Discovering I am a huge rye fan.
Discovering Sazerac 18.
Finally joining SB after lurking for a while.

Worst:
Discovering Sazerac 18, talk about unavailable.

Josh
01-03-2012, 05:41
As for me:

Worst
Van Winkle Hysteria
Not getting any Old Rip 107 because of the above
BS from microdistillers and hype over them in the media
Early Times 354
The General Nelson's desk staff
The Spring Sampler itself. Bad venue, lackluster effort.
Tim Sousley's death

Best
Connecting with new and not-so-new bourbon lovers online and in person
New tours at Barton-1789 and Wild Turkey
Strong annual releases and retailer bottlings this year
More rye whiskey on the shelves
The guys at the Blanton's booth at the Sampler
Managing to get some Pappy 15 in spite of the Van Winkle Hysteria

BourbonBaron
01-03-2012, 06:22
Worst
-watching Pappy 20 be bottled at BT and not being able to purchase any on the spot
-missing the last two PHC 2010's that I knew of by a week
-drinking my WLW way too quickly
-not discovering Pappy and BTAC until very late in the game
-being unable to find Weller 12 anywhere in Indianapolis

Best
-visiting the distilleries for the first time and truly awakening my bourbon spirit
-discovering some 2009 Pappy 20 and VW12 at a local store upon returning from the distillery trip; finding a secret stash of PHC 2010 at another local store
-obtaining a significant amount of BTAC, VW, and other specialty bottlings, considering I was not prepared
-finally trying some rye and learning that it is delicious
-learning that there are plenty of excellent pours in the $15-$40 range
-visiting the in laws for Christmas with one bottle and leaving with five bottles (yeah Weller 12!)
-picking up a Saz 18 that magically appeared in place of the missing PHC 2010

mosugoji64
01-03-2012, 09:02
Best:
Education. Visiting the distilleries, joining this site, and reading Bourbon, Straight have been fascinating for me. I've learned so much in the past year and had a blast!
The knowledgable and generous members of this forum who have shared their wisdom and insight, and helped to find a couple of things. Also, getting to meet some of those people and finding that they are just as friendly and generous in person.
WLW, OWA, and Weller 12 - the antidotes to Pappy mania.
The wealth of great pours still available on the lower shelves.
The store manager who went out of her way to procure WLW for me when she couldn't get one for herself!

Worst:
Learning that IN is a dusty wasteland.
The local store managers who don't give a crap.
Reading about VVOF - probably better that I don't try it since I wouldn't be able to get more!
Not having time to visit Scott and get a sample of that ND OGD114!

The complaints are minor. The year in bourbon has been good and I look forward to more fun this year, including meeting many of you at the Sampler in April!

AaronWF
01-03-2012, 10:01
Best
- Finding a pristine handle of OF BiB '68-'74 in my grandfather's basement, along with an OGD86 from the same time period.
- These finds led me to create an account here, greatly accelerating my involvement in whiskey as a full-time hobby.
- Chicago WhiskyFest.
- Finding a new friend through SB.com.
- Binny's Last Fling get-together (though it shan't be the last).
- Drinking my grand-dad's Old Grand Dad.
- Drinking a bottle of VWFRR that proved the last one I had was a rare, spoiled abomination, and finding in it some of the best flavors I have ever experienced in a whiskey.
- Overall selection, price, communication, and fair business practice with a dose of loyalty at [most all] Binny's locations. I feel pretty lucky to live in what I'm gathering is one of the best markets for whiskey in the country if not the world.
- Becoming enlightened on the never-ending quality that is churned out by Four Roses.

Worst
- Pappy 15 is changed forever.
- The more I learn, the better I drink, but whiskey ain't free and I don't see it getting any cheaper.
- George Dickel Barrel Select not available in IL.
- Half-assed dusty hunting turning up bupkis.
- Missing out on the SV JR-picked OBSV.
- Waiting too long on the Bowman rye.

smokinjoe
01-03-2012, 22:04
Best

- The Boss, who continues to provide this sandbox that I get to play in every day.
- The Sandbox, and the people I've met in it.
- Bulleitt Rye. Just a really fun whiskey.
- Discovering Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey.
- Angel's Envy.
- Joy the Tour Guide at Barton. :bigeyes:
- Finishing my B.L.A.N.T.O.N.S. Horsey Top Collection.
- Not giving a Flying F@$k about any 2011 Pappy release.
- Anticipating not giving a Flying F@$k about any 2012 Pappy release.
- Delta Sky Club putting in their Premium Bar.
- Approving Thad's Membership in GBS at 11:59 PM on December 31. T, the coveted GBS T-Shirt is in the mail...:D




Worst

- The loss of our dear buddy, Tim Sousley
- The Sampler event. Simply, an abomination.
- The Sampler event. Simply, a fu@$%ng abomination.
- Less trips to Alabama to pick up Virgin Bourbon. Guess I'll have to commit to pick up multiples of this $11 whiskey to bunker on my next trip there. :rolleyes:

camduncan
01-03-2012, 22:55
Best:
(In no particular order)

The special bottles sourced and shipped to me by my US located SB friends - words are never enough to express how gratefull I am that you help me out getting hold of these bottles! I'd never get the chance to aquire them otherwise.
Our family vacation to Hawaii and the bourbons I got to purchase there (Old Overholt Rye, Vintage 23 Rye, Red Stag, Makers 46 & Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle.)
Buffalo Trace releasing Eagle Rare 10yo in Australia.
Fred Noe's visit to Australia in May, and getting to spend the day with him at all three events he hosted in Brisbane.
The great Jim Beam Dinners hosted by Brand Ambassador Jared Plummer.
The friendships that SB.com has given me both locally and abroad.Worst:

Losing our very dear friend Tym Sousley. Sadly Jen & I will never get the opportunity to host you in our home on your hoped for re-visit Downunder. It was something we talked to you about often.
The ridiculous price rises in Australia on Evan Williams Single Barrel (was $45 a bottle, now $65) and Elijah Craig 12yo (was $39 a bottle, now $55) They're now well beyond value for money and have lost me as a buyer.
Not being able to get back to Kentucky for this years Sampler so I could visit with y'all.
Not being able to prioritise my finances in 2011 so I could grab a few Van Winkle bottles from the Aussie supplier for my bunker.

BFerguson
01-04-2012, 03:26
Keeping is simple

Best
-The kindness of others an being able to reciprocate that kindness back. Everybody here should be proud of the good group of people we have.

Worst
I could list the things that I just completely missed, or were unavailable, and others, but some things are just meant to be nothing can be done.


Besides, in the end if the good outweighs the bad, who's to say that the bad was that bad.

B

It was very sad to read of Tim's passing. I was't around much at that time, but in learning of it and reading more into his past posts, it was certainly clear that a great loss was had much too soon.

BigRich
01-04-2012, 06:06
Best
1) Meeting Joe, Jimmy, Jack, Tucker, and the rest of the GBS guys for the first time.
2) Helping friends acquire harder to find bottles like Pappy, Saz, and others.
3) Getting more involved on this fine forum.
4) Running my first private tasting event.
5) PHC 2011 really surpassed my expectations.
6) Angel's Envy (thank's Joe!)


Worst
1) Not having more GBS meetings. (hope to rectify in 2012!)
2) While the 2011 4R LE Single Barrel was good it really disappointed me compared to past releases.
3) Not making it to Kentucky this year.
4) Travel Retail offerings at the airport in Puerto Rico
5) All the hoopla around Van Winkle, BTAC, etc. You'd think it was the yearly allotment of insulin or polio vaccines.

Happyhour24x7
01-04-2012, 07:19
Best- and it has been a VERY good year
-joining this forum and meeting some of the members here
-Jack Rose opening (finally)
-a couple of fine tastings at Acadiana
-Dave Perkins visit at Reid's house
-expanding my horizon by sampling MANY fine bourbons this year; and starting a bunker
-finding a couple boxes of Havanas had accidentally and not on purpose followed me home from Canada- not strictly a whiskey best, but related.

Worst-
-Virginia ABC stores
-Pappy hoopla
-general unavailability of good bourbon here - see #1
-trend in white/flavored whiskey. really?

CaptainQ
01-04-2012, 09:44
Best

- Joy the Tour Guide at Barton. :bigeyes:


Where are the pics?! :grin:

yountvillewjs
01-04-2012, 10:32
Best:

Finding this website. There is a ton of value added by the participants and the search functions. If I find I have a few minutes to kill, I really enjoy ripping through the archives.

Dusty hunting. Haven't really found anything yet (and to whoever posted that San Diego was 95% dustied out -- spot on!), but it is fun and I look forward to that first find.

Finding my palate. I have always enjoyed spirits, but never really thought much about it. Over the past year (or two), I've been paying closer attention to what I like & why. Applying that to the TN's here has really helped me buy better (for me).


Worst:

Bourbon in Hawaii.
Jim Beam Rye, related to above.
Knowing this is just the tip of the iceberg

stevegoz
01-04-2012, 11:09
Best

Learning a whole lot from this forum
Getting caught up in the Pappy chase for the first two times
Helping a few locals find some/trade for Pappy
Binny's World of Whiskies event -- got to try a whole lot of bourbons and meet a few luminaries
Ending the year with a bunker big enough to allow me to take a year off from buying (potentially rough year ahead with two clients going out of business)


Worst

The flavored bourbon trend. Easy enough to avoid, but hard to be enthusiastic about
Realizing again just how much I don't know about this stuff
Grappling with the fact that most of my old friends much prefer beer or wine to whiskey
Ending the year with a bunker big enough to allow me to take a year off from buying (potentially rough year ahead with two clients going out of business)

smokinjoe
01-04-2012, 11:14
Where are the pics?! :grin:

Righcheer! :D

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=258442&postcount=75

leebo
01-04-2012, 17:11
Best, rising popularity of local distilling
NH state liquor stores, 10-30% cheaper than MA
finding a 16 yr old hirsh lost in the back closet
inventory the stagg, find one from every year from 02 - 09,
including the 2, 05' spring releases
lots of rye in the bunker, handy, 18 yr, and VMFRR
Worst, TOO much money for the BTAC, haven't even tried for the
last 2 years.

BroInBourbonMD
01-04-2012, 19:20
Best:
Discovering the wonderful world of Bourbon (Thanks BourbonBoiler!)
A 2 day KY Bourbon Trail trip with great friends.
My first sip of PVW15 and PVW20 at the Chapeze House in Bardstown.
Drinking a glass of PVW23 and Rittenhouse 25 at City House in Nashville with Pleeplius from Drinking Made Easy
Building from nothing the complete BTAC and Van Winkle line, including a decanter set, at "normal" retail prices..and having multiple bottles of many
My wife learning how to make a terrific Manhattan.
Adding WTAS and WTT to the top shelf.
Being given a Jimmy Russell autographed bung hammer and bottle of WT101.
Finding my absolute favorite liquor store in Texas.
Finally realizing that everything I have bought in such a short period of time is very likely going to be available again in the future so I don't have to hoard every bottle I ever see.
Finding many great bourbon people on SB and being able to trade bottles with others so they can enjoy items that are not necessarily available in their area.

Worst:
Getting completely consumed by the thrill of the hunt for top shelf bottles, and buying way too many too quickly (although most bought retail and none were bought from the online profiteers)
Discovering that my previous love for Maker's Mark was misplaced and now I only drink it in a Coke.
Ohio being a control state and buying bottles of bourbon in 7 different states in a 6 month span.

cbus
01-04-2012, 19:54
Best:
Turning 21
Starting and finishing the bourbon trail with my family this summer
Going to Buffalo trace in the fall with some buddies from college
Really getting into bourbon, beyond Evan Williams
Getting my hands on some Van Winkle products in the fall, thanks in part to Clingman
Discovering my love of cocktails, and then making them for family and friends
Handy
PHC 2010
Everything I've had from four roses

Worst:
Arriving at Party Source at 8:15 on the day of the BTAC release only to discover that they were sold out
Probably spent more than I should have, and I show no signs of slowing down....

silverfish
01-04-2012, 20:15
Best:
Building from nothing the complete BTAC and Van Winkle line, including a decanter set, at "normal" retail prices...


Just curious - you've been a member for three months and
you've built a complete BTAC line-up at "normal" prices?!...

Not that this site has anything to do with helping with your
collection but are you talking about a set of 2011 BTAC or
a bottle from every year of BTAC release? I'm assuming
(I know, I know!) the "complete" 2011 BTAC because an
"entire" set at "normal" prices would be quite a coup.

maxblack
01-04-2012, 23:04
Best:

Really starting to dig into my fascination with Bourbon.
Rye baby Rye.
Finding SB.com
EVSB 2000 Vintage
My first bottle of PVW20.....I'm happy I have it but too scared to open it :lol:

Worst:

The price extortion we have to put up with in Australia to enjoy a nice Bourbon :hot:

tigerlam92
01-04-2012, 23:42
Best:
I am honored and grateful for the following:
- Very Very Old Fitzgerald 18 years
- Very Extra Old Fitzgerald
- Very Old Fitzgerald - two bottles
- Old Weller Original 107 Barrel Proof, really old version with pics of Pappy and Weller
- Other than the above, was able to follow through with my commitment to stop bunkering.

Worst:
Mostly cold turkey through the year
Not being able to drink much of my stash, but was able to lose 26 lbs so far, shooting for another 20lbs!

Cheers
--Hugh

timd
01-05-2012, 10:40
Best:
Rye's growing popularity. Finally having more choices after years of limitations!
Stockpiled enough VWFRR, older Pappy15, Vintage Rye 21, and Saz 18 to last for a good while
4 Roses continues to be outstanding - can do almost no wrong
PHC offerings that were amazing. Keep it up HH!
Meeting great new friends via this forum.
Discovering the Poison Girl bar in Houston
GREAT Micros: MB Roland & Balcones
Sprinbank's increased US availability (gotta toss in a Scotch reference or two...)
Laphroaig Cask Strength is finally readily available again!
Great guys like Joe at Binny's who actually really care about customers as people and whisk(e)y fans - not just $$$WORST:
Rye's "trendiness" making it harder to find and a few inferior products (I'm talking to you Woodford & Ri1!)
Pappy & BTAC Mania. It's whiskey - not unicorn pee
Pappy becoming BT juice
BAD Micros: some of these products just really blow.
Missing out on the AB Rye from TPS. I cry a little tear every time it's mentioned
Everything from Jim Beam still tastes poor to me.A special additional shout out for such great SB offerings from Four Roses - they are the bourbon to beat in terms of price to quality to availability ratios. We should spend far more time talking about them, tracking down limited/single barrels and less on Pappy & BTAC.


The Good far outweighs the bad. It's been banner year for all whisk(e)y - the best I can recall.

ethangsmith
01-05-2012, 15:00
Best:
-Making new American whiskey friends and learning more about the products, heritage, and processes.
-Finding bottles of VWFRR, WT American Spirit, WT Tradition, and Hirsch 21 rye.
-Bulking up my Michter's collection and discovering Dave Zeigler and Continental Distillery.

Worst:
-Watching Michter's get slowly bulldozed and can't stop it because of no support on any government or private level.
-Pennsylvania can't get their act together and dump that "state store" system.

Young Blacksmith
01-05-2012, 15:03
Best:

Joining SB, meeting a few guys, the new social aspect of this bourbon obsession.
Dusty hunting the back water Texas towns
Four Roses!
StraightNoChaser's palette expanding trips.
Going to Kentucky between the holidays!

Worst:

IW Harper 4 year old dusty
Stupidly paying $65 for EC12.....even when I knew better.

CaptainQ
01-05-2012, 16:47
Best:
Pappy & BTAC Mania. It's whiskey - not unicorn pee
A special additional shout out for such great SB offerings from Four Roses - they are the bourbon to beat in terms of price to quality to availability ratios. We should spend far more time talking about them, tracking down limited/single barrels and less on Pappy & BTAC.


Duh, the VanWinkle's use a special brand of narwhal piss. :lol:

Here, here on the Four Roses.

mosugoji64
01-05-2012, 19:52
-Pennsylvania can't get their act together and dump that "state store" system.

I'm not an advocate for state control, but the PALCB system helped me out with getting some ORVW from the fall release. I ordered a couple of bottles on the website and picked them up when we went to visit my wife's family over T-giving. Don't know how I'd feel about it every day. I still think it's silly that you have to go to different places for beer and liquor.

Chris24
01-15-2012, 21:27
Best:
- Meeting more WA state board members.
- I-1183
- Awesome stores and their managers far out from Seattle who held Van Winkle or BTAC for me.
- Finding just about every bottle I needed to complete certain "collections" (FRsmB LE 08 at last!)
- Finding a few bottles of PVW20 for a friend's wife as a surpise Christmas gift.
- Gifting a PVW15 and PVW20 to my brothers, who also helped me find a few others.

Worst:
- Getting called about a bottle of Virginia Gentleman 90 only to discover it had a torn and faded label. (I wanted it for display to remind me of my college days :( )
- Not having a go to premium rye that I can just buy off the shelf.
- Passing up an ORVW 23 decanter at $400.
- Not buying more Michter's 10 year rye, Vintage 21 or BMH 23 when I had the chance.

mosugoji64
01-16-2012, 09:35
I'll take this opportunity to get a jump on the '12 "Worst" list:
The loss of WSR 7yr and its implications for the rest of the line :cry: :cry:

BroInBourbonMD
01-16-2012, 18:35
Yeah it is only the 2011 BTAC. I got lucky and found bottles in 4 different states (IN, TX, FL, KY) while on business trips and visiting family.

BroInBourbonMD
01-16-2012, 18:36
Just curious - you've been a member for three months and
you've built a complete BTAC line-up at "normal" prices?!...

Not that this site has anything to do with helping with your
collection but are you talking about a set of 2011 BTAC or
a bottle from every year of BTAC release? I'm assuming
(I know, I know!) the "complete" 2011 BTAC because an
"entire" set at "normal" prices would be quite a coup.

Yeah it is only the 2011 BTAC. I got lucky and found bottles in 4 different states (IN, TX, FL, KY) while on business trips and visiting family.

mrviognier
01-22-2012, 14:47
THE BEST:
- Finding a steady supply of Weller 12yr;
- Getting a few cases of Jefferson's 10yr Rye (and - in so doing - realizing that I'll never need more than that one bottle of Whistle Pig that I have);
- Meeting so many fellow Bourbon fans around the U.S.; and,
- Going to work for David Perkins.

THE WORST:
- Draining the last of my 1962 VOF; and,
- Knowing that in leaving the distribution side of the business I'll probably be paying more for my Bourbon. :grin:

deathevocation
01-25-2012, 23:54
The other top contender for biggest 2011 disappointment? Laphroaig Triple Wood. Being such a rabid fan of the rest of their range, it was a totally forgettable dram: poorly integrated, overly sherried juice from sub-par barrels of Quarter Cask that should have been dumped off to independent bottlers.

I've only had a couple of drams of the bottle I bought. I didn't mind it but it wasn't what I thought it would be. I have a cask strength (from 09 I think) I haven't opened yet (which I imagine will blow the triple away). Not sure when I will open that as I've been going to Ardbeg for Scotch recently.