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clingman71
03-11-2012, 10:35
We all post to the "drinking today", "purchased today", and "empty bottle" threads. What bottle did you open today, whether new or "de-bunkered"?

Last night I opened the TPS BT Wheat on Rye II that I purchased Friday night. I can't give an accurate review as I was smoking a cigar. The WSR7 I started with went nicely with the cigar, the WoR did not. The smoke mixed with the WoR led to a crazy bitter wood/smoke thing that ruined the pour for me. I'll try another pour before passing judgement. The nose was excellent, so I'm hoping it was just a bad combination.

greens
03-11-2012, 10:44
Opened another bottle of Ritt BIB last night.

ebo
03-11-2012, 10:58
I opened my last bottle of EWSB 2000 last night.

StraightNoChaser
03-11-2012, 11:21
Opened 10 bottles of Balcones this week

and a VW rye

Fpst
03-11-2012, 11:47
Balcones! That Brimstone is some tasty stuff! I can't wait until we get that in our stores here in Colorado. Cool guys too. I haven't tried the Baby Blue yet, but it sounds pretty interesting.

Also... 10 bottles??? :bigeyes:

StraightNoChaser
03-11-2012, 14:24
Check out the True Blue... it's the cask strength

dohidied
03-12-2012, 15:18
Cracked open an '88 Old Crow. This is my second ND in a week after the '87 Old Taylor the other day. I am blown away by the rich flavor in these bourbons and now I see why people speak so highly of them. Looks like I'm about to have a bunker even more full of ND.

BMartin42
03-12-2012, 16:12
Just opened a Lot B. picked two more up over the weekend so I didn't mind raiding the bunker.

boneuphtoner
03-12-2012, 16:36
Just opened up a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 that I got on sale a couple of weeks ago. First time I've ever tried Eagle Rare. I like it alot so far, and it seems almost as good as my two standards, ETL and EC12.

TheDude
03-12-2012, 17:23
Opened an ORVW 10/107. First one I've been able to get my hands on in the last couple of years. Still one of my favorites in the "under $40" range.

Bigspur2011
03-13-2012, 16:01
Opened my first Pappy 15.

jtexaslonestar
03-13-2012, 18:03
After 10 plus bottles of different bourbons, I am now opening my first bottle of FR1B, current production. So far the nose is by its namesake, floral. This will be an excellent pour! The wonderful world of bourbon will never cease to amaze me, and I owe a big thanks to SB.com!:bowdown:

hectic1
03-13-2012, 19:45
Opened a ORVW 10/107 bottle C7767 bottled in 2010...a bit hot on first pour...gonna put this one in the cabinet for a couple weeks and revisit! :cool:

PaulO
03-14-2012, 07:32
After re-reading the whole WT Rye debaucle thread, I had to console myself with some JTS Brown. Heaven Hill, don't stop making bonds!

Gentleman Racer
03-14-2012, 07:41
Opened my first ever 4R product. The 2011 limited edition single barrel. Excellent whiskey.

Also opened a Glenfarclas 12yr which was surprisingly disappointing.

alex101
03-14-2012, 15:44
Cracked one of my Warehouse C E.H.Taylors....DELICIOUS!

Steve99
03-15-2012, 14:26
Opened up the Jefferson Presidential Select 18 year old (Batch #12) that I found yesterday for $90. I've never had it before and wasn't sure whether it would be worth the high price. I am impressed. Very complex and pleasant nose and taste. Incredibly long finish for a 94 proof.

threejean
03-15-2012, 15:52
Just another bottle of JW Dant, but I really like this stuff. Uncomplicated, unassuming (and 100 proof to boot!!)

kyrocklover
03-15-2012, 16:37
Russell's Reserve 10/90. First I have had in a while. Very tasty.

mosugoji64
03-15-2012, 20:50
Brought a new bottle of HH Gold BIB out of the bunker. I agree with the previously posted sentiment - keep the HH BIB's coming! They are tasty, affordable, and qualify as my quality baseline.

bigtoys
03-17-2012, 20:16
bought & opened the WR Double Oaked
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dohidied
03-17-2012, 21:28
Opened my first Pappy 20. Wow, that is an amazing flavor.

fishnbowljoe
03-17-2012, 21:50
Bought and opened a bottle of the BOTM. ORVW 10/90.

hectic1
03-18-2012, 08:33
Opened a FRSB from the Liquor Barn...I should have bought more of those as it's one of the best standard bottles I've had...almost as good as the Hightower/Curtis SB!

cigarnv
03-18-2012, 08:52
Opened an OWA ... off the shelf from Mont. County Md..... probably one of the worst OWA's I have had.... thin and bitter on the back end. This appeaed to be current stock.

BillP
03-18-2012, 14:09
My first Old Ezra 101. You know, its not bad. Makes for a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

BarrelChar
03-23-2012, 18:34
A wonderful day:

Thanks to the generosity of a fellow member, I opened bottles of Abraham Bowman Bourbon (138.6) and CnB OWA (#60). Plus, samples of ND OGD and Bernheim Wheat.

The information superhighway also granted me two tax-stamped mini dusties that I promptly tasted: a Weller SR (Louisville) and Old Charter (Louisville). Fun! These, along with the OGD, are a real history lesson that I'm treasuring.

Opened another Vintage 17 too. My fourth thus far, this one is the best yet--and they've all been good. As I've mentioned on other threads, there's quite a bit of variance bottle-to-bottle, but the gems are stunning.

nblair
03-23-2012, 18:40
A wonderful day:

Thanks to the generosity of a fellow member, I opened bottles of Abraham Bowman Bourbon (138.6) and CnB OWA (#60).

I have a bottle of CnB OWA #60 and have been going to it regularly. Fantastic stuff.

BarrelChar
03-23-2012, 20:45
I have a bottle of CnB OWA #60 and have been going to it regularly. Fantastic stuff.

Agree, a very good value. More fruit than the regular OWA, excellent balance, long biting finish. With a few more years in the barrel, it could be spectacular. I read about CnB raising prices dramatically this week; if the mark-ups affected their OWA too, that'd be an added shame.

One more to add to the "just opened" list. While putting my empty care package into the recycling pile, I noticed it also contained a TPS Four Roses OBSK sample too! Very exciting. Thanks again to the thoughtful member who passed these along. Really made my night.

clingman71
03-23-2012, 21:03
Agree, a very good value. More fruit than the regular OWA, excellent balance, long biting finish. With a few more years in the barrel, it could be spectacular. I read about CnB raising prices dramatically this week; if the mark-ups affected their OWA too, that'd be an added shame.

One more to add to the "just opened" list. While putting my empty care package into the recycling pile, I noticed it also contained a TPS Four Roses OBSK sample too! Very exciting. Thanks again to the thoughtful member who passed these along. Really made my night.

The CnB price issues were with Van Winkle and their barrel selection Weller 12. Their OWA was $22.99.

tigerlam92
03-23-2012, 21:28
wlw 117

cheers
Hugh

c2walker
03-23-2012, 22:09
More fruit than the regular OWA, excellent balance, long biting finish.

I completely agree. I couldn't quite put my finger on it until I went out with friends tonight and someone ordered a cranberry cider. I noticed a surprising similarity between the cider and CnB OWA 60. Very fruity.

Special Reserve
03-24-2012, 03:48
wlw 117

cheers
Hugh

Cheers indeed!!!

MrAtomic
03-24-2012, 11:16
Opened a dark wood top (w/turkey logo) WTKS from 2006. I've never tasted a pewter top WTKS, but in isolation, this one is very enjoyable. It's straightforward -- dry, woody, not much on the nose -- but still rich and tasty. It's more to my liking than the light wood top WTKS I've sampled.

Kyjd75
03-24-2012, 15:39
Henry McKenna 10/100. Nice, very nice!



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hectic1
03-25-2012, 15:07
Went to Keylime Cove with the kids and another family for the weekend and I brought with bottles of 2009 Pappy 15, Pappy 20, Old Fitz Prime 6/86 1984, and Old Weller Special Reserve 7/90 from 1977...we opened them all and drank well this weekend! :cool:

redbear
03-25-2012, 18:33
VOB BIB and Baby Saz. Very different pours. Like the Saz, love the VOB.

fishnbowljoe
03-25-2012, 19:59
On deck to replace a few recently emptied bottles are; OWA, Weller SR, Weller 12, J T S Brown BIB, 1980 ND Old Taylor 80 proof, and a private bottling of BT from Minnesota.

TheDude
03-25-2012, 20:06
EWSB 2000. First time I've tried it, and I was very impressed. I think its one of the best pours I've had at less that $25 a bottle.

Fpst
03-25-2012, 23:19
Opened my first (and hopefully not last) bottle of the PHC 5th edition. After enjoying half the pour I decided to see what JH had to say about it in Whisky Advocate. I found myself mostly in agreement. Particularly the part about it being "perilously drinkable." :drink:

LikeItWasSodaPop
03-25-2012, 23:35
Weller Centennial. AaronWF was SUPPOSED to come over and share but, well, oh, I can't even pretend. I'm going to have to save some for him. Why have you assholes on this forum taught me to be so nice to my friends?

Does not compute.

hectic1
03-26-2012, 06:06
Weller Centennial. AaronWF was SUPPOSED to come over and share but, well, oh, I can't even pretend. I'm going to have to save some for him. Why have you assholes on this forum taught me to be so nice to my friends?

Does not compute. Which bottling did you open...curious if you notice a difference between the Frankfort and Louisville bottles?

JayMonster
03-26-2012, 07:33
I cracked open a bottle of ERSB 10/90 yesterday. It is funny, this was one of the first "premium" bottles I bought after first joining this board, and for some reason, others have come (and some have come AND GONE) while this bottle sat unopened.

After reading the BOTM thread on it, I had very high hopes for this bottle and was saving it for a special occasion. After a monster session trying to get client stuff prepared for this coming week, I decided it was a special enough reason to finally give this a try.

Maybe my expectations were set too high, or maybe I was just too fatigued after working a 15 hour day yesterday... but in either case I was left disappointed.

At first the nose was very sweet, almost sherry like. But, as I let it breathe in the glass, the sweetness was overwhelmed with the smell of alcohol, much the same way Maker's Mark, has some nice smells, but you have to look around the alcohol to find them. This was very much the case here as well.

The taste was exactly what you would expect from Buffalo Trace. I orginally got this when hearing a description of it being almost like a wheater (which is a bonus to me), but the only real wheater characteristic I detected was that it was a little hotter and with more of an alcohol burn than you would expect from a 90 proof bottle. As a matter of fact, this tasted what I imaging a vatting of BT and MM would taste like. There was some nice flavors there, but not enough to really be interesting.

Finish was fairly short, grassy and with more alcohol taste, but no real burn.

Was it bad? No not really, and I wonder if I would have liked it more if I had tried it before some of the others that have become staples in my bourbon cabinet.

I will have to try it again at a more relaxed time, and see if it was just me or if the ERSB is really just that... boring.

bigtoys
03-28-2012, 16:39
:hot: :hot:

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:hot: :hot:

Fullbuck
03-28-2012, 16:52
KCSB hand select . nice

c2walker
03-30-2012, 13:10
Just cracked open my first PHC 2010...Wow...Phenomenal right off the bat. Now to go hunt down some more...

clingman71
03-30-2012, 14:03
Just cracked open my first PHC 2010...Wow...Phenomenal right off the bat. Now to go hunt down some more...


Good luck, doesn't seem to be anything but the occasional straggler these days.

Bmac
03-31-2012, 07:05
I cracked open a bottle of Jefferson's Presidential Select 18yr Batch 25 that I got yesterday. I was simply blown away. The nose was near perfection and for it supposedly being chill filtered it still had a sticky, oily mouth feel.

I am going to keep going back every pay day and buy one of these until they've run out. Obviously I haven't had any of the other batch numbers, but #25 has my vote. I would easily rank it next to PVW 15. Sadly it's more expensive but it is worth it. Especially when you consider it's likely the last of the S-W juice....

Neat
03-31-2012, 08:36
I cracked open a bottle of Jefferson's Presidential Select 18yr Batch 25 that I got yesterday. ... Especially when you consider it's likely the last of the S-W juice....

i got a bottle of the same batch - i suspect from the same mega retailer. haven't had the op to taste it yet. as for it being SW...:cool:

Bmac
03-31-2012, 13:25
i got a bottle of the same batch - i suspect from the same mega retailer. haven't had the op to taste it yet. as for it being SW...:cool:

You would be very correct ;)
I had to buy another bottle so I could try it. Its worth it.

Steve99
03-31-2012, 14:54
Just opened a new Knob Creek Single Barrel -- this is my third bottle and by far this is the best. Seems to be more variance in this than I would have expected. This one just does not stop, the nose, taste and finish just keep going and going. I've given up on regular Knob Creek as too woody for me -- KC used to be my favorite, but the single barrel has always been enjoyable. This bottle though seems especially good - wish they identified the barrels in some way so I could get another one of these!

Kyjd75
03-31-2012, 17:26
New bottle of PVW 15 to celebrate UK's win over Louisville. Go Cats!


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fishnbowljoe
04-03-2012, 14:47
I had an open spot on my "open" shelf, so I opened an older 375 of J W Dant BIB.

kyrocklover
04-03-2012, 14:51
New bottle of PVW 15 to celebrate UK's win over Louisville. Go Cats!


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I was last night and have today had a few pours of WT Rare Breed to celebrate this event.

Tucker
11-04-2012, 13:53
Opened a bottle of Blanton's I've had sitting around for about a year (dumped 8-15-11). Vanilla, toasted oak and spices on the nose, a little lighter on the palate with some caramel notes and more creamy vanilla. Lighter than I remember, but a slight enough burn to remind you it's not an 80 proofer. The family resemblance to the AAA 10 yr is there (I just finished a bottle), but with a good bit more heft and flavor. I should drink this more often.

Tucker
11-10-2012, 19:38
Baker's B-85-001. Cork disintegrated upon opening. Not much on the nose, a little funky. Some caramel sweetness, otherwise fairly indistinct on the palate. A disappointing pour; I had some hope for this one.

savagehenry
11-10-2012, 19:53
Opened my last PVW15

the Duff
11-10-2012, 19:59
VB17. Power's out right now (they've been working on our street for months). Drinking this by candlelight.

Kalessin
11-12-2012, 21:33
Four Roses SmBLE 2012 and 1BLE 2012. I tasted them both, and while they're excellent and complicated, it's going to take some days of tasting before I feel I can really comment on them in any review-like fashion.