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Smithford
06-18-2012, 08:03
Sazerac/Buffalo Trace are hosting a tasting event in Toronto on Wednesday evening (http://www.vintages.com/events/bourbon_event.shtml). I'm very much looking forward to it. This will be the first time that any BTAC or Pappy (or Taylor or even Weller) has ever been available in Ontario. :yum: :woohoo:

Does anybody have any questions they'd like me to ask Harlen?

;) :lol:

Trey Manthey
06-18-2012, 08:43
Does anybody have any questions they'd like me to ask Harlen?

Please refrain from asking anything. Just abduct him, transport him to the SB secure facility, and assume full deniability regarding the operation.

A separate team will be converging with similar operations to bring in the entire extended Van Winkle family, the entire staff of the Buffalo Trace distillery, and anyone who has ever reviewed a Pappy Van Winkle product or mentioned one in a YouTube video. There will be a top secret occult operative who will attempt to communicate with Pappy Van Winkle himself from beyond. They will all be questioned and processed by our team of "wetworks" operatives, who are trained to beat dead horses in front of interrogation subjects until they extract the ultimate, perfect TRUTH!

p_elliott
06-18-2012, 08:51
Please refrain from asking anything. Just abduct him, transport him to the SB secure facility, and assume full deniability regarding the operation.

A separate team will be converging with similar operations to bring in the entire extended Van Winkle family, the entire staff of the Buffalo Trace distillery, and anyone who has ever reviewed a Pappy Van Winkle product or mentioned one in a YouTube video. There will be a top secret occult operative who will attempt to communicate with Pappy Van Winkle himself from beyond. They will all be questioned and processed by our team of "wetworks" operatives, who are trained to beat dead horses in front of interrogation subjects until they extract the ultimate, perfect TRUTH!


Now that's Funny and about the truth

cowdery
06-18-2012, 10:26
Ask him to play Free Bird.

Bourbon Boiler
06-18-2012, 17:23
Just ask him if he remembers speaking in Texas a few weeks back.

smokinjoe
06-18-2012, 17:44
If you decide to get all Mike Wallacey with him, just be sure that he is aware of this disclaimer:
"The information, views and opinions expressed in my post on SB.Com are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SB.Com, it's membership, or any sane human being. Examples of analysis performed within my post are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic determinations as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made within the analysis are only done by those with an axe to grind, too much time on their hands, and/or participation in a small and very closed loop circle-jerk."
;)

StraightNoChaser
06-18-2012, 19:47
Ask him to clarify what he told timd and I in Dallas? What else...

cowdery
06-19-2012, 19:09
And be sure to tell us how well that goes for ya.

Smithford
06-21-2012, 09:39
This event was great fun, with no fewer than three bourbons making their Ontario debut (Blanton's Gold, Pappy 20 and Stagg), plus a few returning favorites. Mr. Wheatley had an enthusiastic audience.

Toronto is a pretty immature bourbon market. We're just getting into it here over the last few years, and hard core enthusiasts are still few and far between. Probably all six of us are on this board. But I think bourbon made a few new friends last night.

I did manage to chat with Harlen for a few moments. I hope you're not too disappointed, but I didn't feel right pestering him with any hardball journalism. After all, I am just a humble, polite Canadian. Plus, I didn't want to be the guy who caused the host to leave in a huff. :stickpoke: Anyway, he's a very nice Kentucky gentleman. He clearly loves bourbon, and his job and seemed genuinely pleased to see lots of spent Buffalo Trace bottles behind the bar.

A few small nuggets from his tasting introductions:

He introduced 1792 Ridgemont Reserve as the "highest rye bourbon that we offer" (of their 3 rye-recipe bourbons). In this context, he was speaking for Sazerac, as opposed to just Buffalo Trace. It was a BT event, so they must, in a way, see Barton as part of BT. Perhaps that is already assumed, but I found it interesting.

In his introduction to Pappy 20, he said that their wheated recipe bourbon "starts off it's life as a Weller 7 year old, and ends it's life as a Pappy 23 year old." Sort of, in a way, repeating the claim that he made in Dallas, but in much less controversial language. And technically true, since the wheated bourbon he is distilling today will (might), in 23 years, end up in a bottle with Pappy's mug on it.

Oh, and here is some Pappy Porn for you all:
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I confess, I have no reason for posting that picture other than to make you jealous. If that makes me a bad person, then I guess that's the cross I must bear. :grin: :p

Trey Manthey
06-21-2012, 11:34
I confess, I have no reason for posting that picture other than to make you jealous. If that makes me a bad person, then I guess that's the cross I must bear. :grin: :p

It always makes me happy to see good bourbon being enjoyed by good people. It's much more appealing than seeing a hoard of unopened bottles.

Kalessin
06-21-2012, 13:40
This event was great fun, with no fewer than three bourbons making their Ontario debut (Blanton's Gold, Pappy 20 and Stagg), plus a few returning favorites. Mr. Wheatley had an enthusiastic audience.

Toronto is a pretty immature bourbon market. We're just getting into it here over the last few years, and hard core enthusiasts are still few and far between. Probably all six of us are on this board. But I think bourbon made a few new friends last night.

[...]

Oh, and here is some Pappy Porn for you all:
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Lemme see here... six bourbon enthusiasts times about 14 rows of six glasses equals around 84 little pours...

"Oh no, you wine and beer guys, you don't WANT to taste this ROTGUT... it's AWFUL... here... we'll SAVE you from having to think about tasting it..." :grin:

BFerguson
06-21-2012, 14:40
In his introduction to Pappy 20, he said that their wheated recipe bourbon "starts off it's life as a Weller 7 year old,

Uhh....Not anymore at 7yr for Weller.

Just can't trust anything that he says.......:slappin:

B

White Dog
06-21-2012, 18:36
Uhh....Not anymore at 7yr for Weller.

Just can't trust anything that he says.......:slappin:

B

I was thinking the same damn thing, but I'm trying to not start any trouble these days.:lol:

BFerguson
06-21-2012, 18:51
I was thinking the same damn thing, but I'm trying to not start any trouble these days.:lol:

it good to take turns with these sorts of things. Don't want any one person to have all the fun.

B

Smithford
06-22-2012, 07:35
"Oh no, you wine and beer guys, you don't WANT to taste this ROTGUT... it's AWFUL... here... we'll SAVE you from having to think about tasting it..." :grin:

LOL.

I will say this: There was a real mix of people at this tasting event. Many were complete bourbon novices, some had tried a few bourbons and liked them, but wanted to try more. And then there was me (and the other 5 enthusiasts) :cool:. There were mixed (mostly positive) reactions to all of the different samples (BT, 1792, ER 10, Blanton's Gold). But everyone at my table loved the Pappy 20. And you could hear the crowd's reaction too - quiet, surprised happy enthusiasm.

I've always had a small nagging doubt that the whole Pappy phenomenon was only partly about the whiskey. The rest being a lot of hype and mystique. But it seems not. It really is damn fine whiskey.

The bad news? 100 new Pappy converts. :rolleyes: