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c2walker
03-20-2012, 19:23
I currently have about a dozen open bottles and I can honestly say that I like something about all of them (those that I don't like get set out at parties). Nevertheless, I find that some are on the fast track to the recycling bin (including TPS FR OBSK, Bowman 18 bourbon, and Saz 18) while others (like Bernheim and OWA) are only enjoyed occasionally.

What are your current go-to pours and what bottles (that you do actually enjoy) are languishing in the back of your cabinet?

Ejmharris
03-20-2012, 19:33
Go to:
OWA
Taylor tornado
Weller 12

Languishing:
Mb Roland black dog. Only because I can stand to drink the last glass

JayMonster
03-20-2012, 19:53
This is tough, because I have some... quirky... habits when it comes to my bourbon drinking.

For sure, Maker's 46 and Maker's Mark are getting far less attention than they used to. And I have a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 that I have been meaning to get around to trying, but have so far found reasons not to open it "just yet" and thus it sits, an unintentional cohort in my bunker with a pair of Pappy 20s (that I don't plan on opening anytime soon).

But some like my ORVW 10/107 are not enjoyed nearly as much as I would like to, because of the difficulty replacing it, so I push that back as a "special occasion" bourbon.

I don't reach for the higher octane stufff like KCSB, WTRB, or Bookers (and the same will almost certainly hold true for Stagg) unless it is a Friday or Saturday night and I don't have an early appointment somewhere the next day, so they are not really languishing, but yet, not really my "go to" stuff on a regular basis. And Devil's Cut is my "after bowling" bourbon on Thursday, and doesn't get much of a look any other time.

I have actually found myself reaching for the Jim Beam Black 7/90 fairly regularly since I picked it up, not because I think it is all that, but more along the lines of I want to just be done with it already. I have a finite amount of space for open stuff, and until this is gone, I can't replace it with a new bottle of the 8/86 which for some odd reason I actually prefer. And of course
OWA still gets a regular turn as well as the standard Knob Creek.

drunk
03-20-2012, 19:59
I currently have about a dozen open bottles

Just a dozen? Slacker!:cool:

I've been hitting up the Wellers pretty hard lately. Those and FR1B.

jtexaslonestar
03-20-2012, 20:03
my go to pours at the moment would be:
JPS17 and EWSB '00.
I have been trying to knock out some ER 10/90 for a while now, but can't really say I have been reaching for it. ]

sob0728
03-20-2012, 20:07
I keep reaching for the 4R1B and PVW15. It's easy to drink the Pappy now that I know there is more on the way in a few weeks.

Clavius
03-20-2012, 20:10
Well I REACH for the PVW 15, PVW 20 and 2011 WLW... but ultimately force myself to drink something like Knob Creek or some scotch. I just hate to see those two PVW's and the WLW slowly disappear!

Tico
03-20-2012, 20:21
Over the past few weeks I have been regularly drinking the below, I guess you could call me a wheater fan!

OWA
Weller 12
WSR 7
50/50 OWA & Weller 12
VWSR Lot B 12 yr
WLW 2010

fishnbowljoe
03-20-2012, 21:33
Wheaters and BIB's.

As most of you know, I'm a lover of wheated bourbons. What can I say? I may not be the Weller whore that I once was, but I still have enough in my bunker to keep me afloat for a while. :grin: I also have a fondness for BIB's/101 proofers. Right now I have sixteen bottles open on my cabinet. Half are wheaters or BIB's/101's.

My open wheater, BIB/101 proof list:

95 SW Weller 12 SB
95 SW Weller 12 SB (yes two different ones)
ORVW 10/90
2010 PHC 10 year old wheated 124.2 proof
Weller Centennial Louisville
AA BIB
EW BIB
ER 101 Frankfort

I will have a pour of something different from time to time when and if the mood strikes me, but generally, my first instinct is to reach for a wheater or BIB/101 proofer.

Cheers! Joe

ratcheer
03-21-2012, 06:20
I am generally an "everyday pour" sort of drinker. I normally reach for either Wild Turkey 101 or Old Grand Dad 86.

Tim

Enoch
03-21-2012, 06:28
I like to keep a lot of bottles open. Currently:

89 Bourbons
12 Ryes
2 Wheat Whiskies
5 Corns
and 13 others (Scotch, Canadian, Irish, etc.)

because I like to do a theme flight each night (sometimes blind set up by my wife...which is usually very humbling)

But.... after the flight I usually go to the three decanters I have on my barrel which contain:

OWA
FRYellow
and a rye (rotates between WT and Rit BIB)

If I open a bottle and don't really like it then it goes to my CrapBox which I use for infusions, cooking, or giving to my daughter's boyfriends.

Janko
03-21-2012, 07:27
You don't worry about evaporation/over aging due to the air?

JayMonster
03-21-2012, 08:34
You don't worry about evaporation/over aging due to the air?

1. Whiskey doesn't "age" in a bottle.

2. If properly sealed and cared for (kept away from direct sunlight), the amount lost to. The angels should be minimal.

3. Oxidation due to air exposure... Maybe a bit. This arfued and debated by people with more refined palates than mine, but I have a bottle of Chivas that has been with me for 16 years (obviously not one of my go to bottles), and it hasn't evaporated nor does it taste markedly different than it did in 1994 when I opened it.

Enoch
03-21-2012, 13:05
You don't worry about evaporation/over aging due to the air?

Hasn't been a problem yet.

I have never experienced any tasting worse than when I opened them. I have several that I think taste better sometime later after opening them. None of them last over two years. I eventually get tired of looking at them and decide to finish them off (Just finished doing this with a newer WTKS.) or really like them and replace them.

StraightNoChaser
03-21-2012, 16:50
4R1B, Bulleit are my Go-To pours. 4R1B when I rich, Bulleit when I'm poor

Bourbon Boiler
03-21-2012, 17:05
I probably have about 20 open. MM, MM46, OGD 114, EC, EWSB tend to sit there. Pappy 23 and 20 wait for guests or special occasions. WTAS and WT Trad are hit more frequently for the high level stuff. The others go in spurts, but I very seldom am away from Blanton's or VOB for more than 2 weeks.

ebo
03-21-2012, 17:43
I am generally an "everyday pour" sort of drinker. I normally reach for either Wild Turkey 101 or Old Grand Dad 86.

Tim
Me too, but I opt for the OGD BiB. George Dickel 12 is always in the mix, as well.

clingman71
03-21-2012, 18:02
ETL various CnB SBs
TPS AAA
SB Blend
WT Rye 101
ORVW 10/107

bad_scientist
03-21-2012, 19:19
bourbons - KC and KCSB, ETL, 4RSB (regular and TPS OBSK)
scotches - Lag 16, Springbank 10/100

I swear, KC is like an ugly girlfriend/boyfriend - secretly, I like it, but I'm afraid if anyone sees me with it. Also, after every pour I think it'll be the last, I'm moving up!

Stormeh
03-21-2012, 19:52
I find myself reaching for the expensive bottles the most, unfortunately.

Lately, that's the a Willett 15 year, Abraham Bowman Bourbon (Barrel #1), and Rock Hill Farms.

ethangsmith
03-24-2012, 10:31
Everyday:

OGD 100
Rittenhouse
WT101 and 101 rye
Ezra Brooks 90 or 101
1792
Any of the Heaven Hill BIB bourbons


Special times:
Van Winkle Rye
Michter's (from Schaefferstown, PA)
WT Tradition or American Spirit
Hirsch corn whiskey
Wathen's
Elmer T. Lee

clingman71
03-24-2012, 11:31
Everyday:

OGD 100
Rittenhouse
WT101 and 101 rye
Ezra Brooks 90 or 101
1792
Any of the Heaven Hill BIB bourbons


Special times:
Van Winkle Rye
Michter's (from Schaefferstown, PA)
WT Tradition or American Spirit
Hirsch corn whiskey
Wathen's
Elmer T. Lee

ETL on the special times list and 1792 on the reg list, in Ohio, they're about the same price.

JayMonster
03-24-2012, 12:26
ETL on the special times list and 1792 on the reg list, in Ohio, they're about the same price.

I can't speak for Ethan, but for me, price is not the only deciding factor of what goes on my "special occasion " list.

clingman71
03-24-2012, 12:48
I can't speak for Ethan, but for me, price is not the only deciding factor of what goes on my "special occasion " list.

I agree to a certain extent. Availability is an issue too. I have a stash of $25.99 ORVW 10/107s that are in my special stock. My 1792 and ETLs are considered regular even though they were more $$$. I just found it strange as they are similarly priced Sazerac bourbons.

bad_scientist
03-24-2012, 12:56
For special occasions it's always a wheater like Pappy, WLW, or PHC, or a 4R special edition, like the ones you get at the distillery. Actually, I don't feel special enough for the 4R stuff but I drink them anyway :)

ethangsmith
03-24-2012, 13:38
ETL on the special times list and 1792 on the reg list, in Ohio, they're about the same price.

1792 in PA is about $28.
ETL in PA is about $35.

Price isn't everything for sure. It's more about easy drinking versus something unique and flavorful.

jtexaslonestar
03-25-2012, 15:05
1792 in PA is about $28.
ETL in PA is about $35.

Price isn't everything for sure. It's more about easy drinking versus something unique and flavorful.

I have not had the 1792, but the ETL has always been solid for regular or special occasions.
I have been switching between FR1B and EWSB '00. However, I just cracked open a bottle of Redbreast CS and I find myself wanting more. :icon_pidu: :drinking: