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omnom
07-31-2012, 13:40
Hi guys, just wondering if I could get any recommendations on what to try next based on what I have tried so far.

I know it's not much information and probably hard to recommend something to me since I don't really know how to explain why I like/dislike anything at this stage as I'm still very new to bourbon. But I'm leaving the country (USA) for good very soon and am eager to try as much as I can, in hopes of finding my 'favorites' before I go :(

Here's what I've tried so far.

Liked:
Buffalo Trace - pretty enjoyable to me. definitely in the right 'direction', but not quite 'the one'.
Weller 12 - nice, but something minor that I am unsure of how to explain keeps me from thinking it 'great'.

Did not like:
Makers mark - not necessarily 'bad', just too sweet for me I think.
Woodford Reserve - wasn't a fan of this one, however it is very interesting...this is one I am tempted to try again down the road. the most 'different' tasting out of everything I have tried so far. until WR I thought most bourbons tasted pretty similar. :shocked: (granted I haven't tried many!)
Weller Special Reserve 7yo - blech. no thanks.

Anyway, any recommendations on what to try next would be very welcome.

Thanks!

jcg9779
07-31-2012, 14:06
Weller 12 - nice, but something minor that I am unsure of how to explain keeps me from thinking it 'great'.
Weller Special Reserve 7yo - blech. no thanks.

I'd give OWA a try. It's got more proof/flavor than WSR and not quite as much wood flavor as Weller 12. Although you just might not be a wheater fan.



Liked:
Buffalo Trace - pretty enjoyable to me. definitely in the right 'direction', but not quite 'the one'.


I'd definitely give Four Roses a try. I think the Yellow Label is just OK, but some think it is a very solid bottom shelf pour. The Small Batch is good, the Single Barrel is better (in my opinion), and the Limited Editions are almost always excellent (but they are also in the ~$70 range).

The good thing about Four Roses is that you can also try each of the ten mashbills (Binny's and other retailers have all ten for sale as single barrels). The normal single barrel that you see on the shelf is always the OBSV mashbill. Check out the Four Roses website for more information on what each mashbill is.

OscarV
07-31-2012, 14:09
Under 30 bucks try Old Weller Antique and Four Roses Small Batch.
Under 40 bucks, Wild Turkey Rare Breed and Four Roses Single Barrel and if you can find it Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107prf.

AaronWF
07-31-2012, 14:28
Current Elijah Craig 12yo has been pretty good lately, so I'd go with that (in addition to the Four Roses 1B suggestions).

Dolph Lundgren
07-31-2012, 14:38
I felt the same way about Woodford (dill pickle?). High West Redevous Rye was the bottle that stole my heart from the Scots. Its a bit pricey but well worth it. For an everyday, ER10, EC12, or Weller 12.

petrel800
07-31-2012, 15:16
Try to find some Elmer T Lee. I typically find it for less than $30 and it's never let me down.

kyrocklover
07-31-2012, 15:43
As with the above, I would add Old Forester Signature, Old Ezra 7r 101 and VOB BIB as excellent value pours.

omnom
07-31-2012, 15:50
You guys are excellent. Having a direction to head really helps me out.

I'll definitely be picking up all* of these suggestions over the next few weeks to try out before I leave. I'd love to try everything once, but I really didn't want to spend money on anything further without some tips, since I'm so short on time.

Thank you all so much for the help.

*I might have to come up with some sort of plan of attack for trying the different Four Roses mashbills, since it appears the single barrel and the small batch BOTH come in multiple choices (10 for Single Barrel, 4 for Small Batch if I'm reading right?) hmm :)

edit: Nevermind, I think I misread and while there are 10 different mashbill choices for the single barrel, the small batch is always the same (a mix of 4 mashbills). I think that's right.

smokinjoe
07-31-2012, 16:02
Leaving for good? :(Where ya' goin'?

omnom
07-31-2012, 16:05
Leaving for good? :(Where ya' goin'?
I'm actually originally from Australia, but have been living in the US for a few years now. Moving back to Aus with my family shortly. We'll be visiting here from time to time I'm sure since my wifes family is all over here, just not very often.

OscarV
07-31-2012, 16:09
edit: Nevermind, I think I misread and while there are 10 different mashbill choices for the single barrel, the small batch is always the same (a mix of 4 mashbills). I think that's right.

No, the Single Barrel is always OBSV.
The Small Batch is OBSK, OBSO, OESK & OESO.
See post #85 in this thread, link below.
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?13638-Four-Roses-10-Recipes/page9

Clavius
07-31-2012, 16:32
Under 30 bucks try Old Weller Antique and Four Roses Small Batch.
Under 40 bucks, Wild Turkey Rare Breed and Four Roses Single Barrel and if you can find it Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107prf.

^ What he said! :cool:

omnom
07-31-2012, 16:36
No, the Single Barrel is always OBSV.
The Small Batch is OBSK, OBSO, OESK & OESO.
See post #85 in this thread, link below.
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?13638-Four-Roses-10-Recipes/page9

Yeah, I got confused for a minute there while reading the FR website, it makes sense now. Thanks for that post link...an awesome set of info there.

smokinjoe
07-31-2012, 17:12
I'm actually originally from Australia, but have been living in the US for a few years now. Moving back to Aus with my family shortly. We'll be visiting here from time to time I'm sure since my wifes family is all over here, just not very often.

Well, have a safe trip back home. And, be sure to look up your SB members there. Take some Sazerac Rye with you. And, maybe some Heaven Hill BIB 6yr.
:toast:

omnom
07-31-2012, 17:29
Well, have a safe trip back home. And, be sure to look up your SB members there. Take some Sazerac Rye with you. And, maybe some Heaven Hill BIB 6yr.
:toast:

Thank ya! I know camduncan is from Aus, and has helped me out here in the past. Really a great forum here in general. I do plan on taking as much as I can, which reminds me, to the people suggesting Old Rip 107.. I actually have a bottle that I have been saving (with great difficulty :grin:) to take with me and open when we get there.

Clavius
07-31-2012, 17:36
Thank ya! I know camduncan is from Aus, and has helped me out here in the past. Really a great forum here in general. I do plan on taking as much as I can, which reminds me, to the people suggesting Old Rip 107.. I actually have a bottle that I have been saving (with great difficulty :grin:) to take with me and open when we get there.

Old Rip 10/107 is amazing for the price. I think you will enjoy it.

omnom
07-31-2012, 18:16
Old Rip 10/107 is amazing for the price. I think you will enjoy it.

It's been really hard not to open it. But given that we will be heading to Aus so soon and it is somewhat hard to find (especially in Australia, and far more expensive) I figured it smarter to take in my luggage. Can't wait to try it.

sailor22
08-01-2012, 07:23
Pack well and enjoy.