View Full Version : BMH SB or ORVW10/107?

12-10-2012, 15:35
Trying to take an informal poll. If you had a choice between black maple hill small batch or old rip van winkle 10 yr (107pf), which would you choose?

I'm still trying to get a sense of black maple hill--one minute I'm reading articles of people/bloggers singing it's praises, the next people saying it's just OK or that it is good but overpriced.

12-10-2012, 15:37
Would be an easy choice for me. I'd take the ORVW 10.

12-10-2012, 15:39
I've gone through 1 bottle of the BMH, only had one drink of the ORVW. ORVW hands down for me.

12-10-2012, 15:49
It's been my experience that BMH is good but inconsistent. ORVW10 is a fabulous and fun bourbon. Given the choice, I'd probably take Willett Single Barrel Estate Reserve over the BMH.

12-10-2012, 15:56
I've never had the BMH and only read reviews. If I saw both BMH and ORVW10/107 on a shelf and could only get one...the VW makes me pull out the wallet.

12-10-2012, 16:11
I'll preface with the fact that I like BMH SmB, I'm about to finish a bottle and I have a back up waiting. Still I'd take the ORVW every time. First, I see BMH all the time. It's almost always available if you really want to find it and I'm just not sure that you'd really be looking for it with other stuff to hunt for. ORVW just isn't around all that often, I mean I've never seen a bottle on the shelf. That alone would answer the question for me.

White Dog
12-10-2012, 16:30
Old Rip and it ain't even close. Check out the recent BMH thread for more info.

Phil T
12-10-2012, 16:30
Both are relatively inexpensive. Buy one of each. Open. Taste. Decide

12-10-2012, 16:55
ORVW, without a doubt.

12-10-2012, 16:59
Old Rip all the way,no contest!

12-10-2012, 18:20
I'm going to be a contrarian here and say Old Rip 107.

12-10-2012, 18:46
I have a have a BMH open right now and I referred to it as a Jekyll and Hyde bourbon for me. Sometimes I like it and others it tastes like grazing on a grassy plain.

12-10-2012, 18:51
Any Van Winkle over any Black Maple Hill.

12-10-2012, 19:41
I'm not a big fan of wheaters or the Van Winkle line, so ORVW 10/107. Still. BMH isn't all that good, and ORVW 10 is one of the best wheaters I've had; I personally prefer it to anything Weller or PVW.

12-10-2012, 19:46
Any Van Winkle over any Black Maple Hill.

What about the Black Maple Hills that were bottled by Van Winkle? I'd take those over 10/107 I think.

12-10-2012, 19:52
Only Julian & Co. know what was placed in whose bottles and until I know for sure I'll take the stuff he puts his family name on.

12-10-2012, 19:56
Only Julian & Co. know what was placed in whose bottles and until I know for sure I'll take the stuff he puts his family name on.

Good point. I still won't say no to any Lawrenceburg BMH or 2006 WLW if I happen to stumble across any (not likely though).

12-10-2012, 19:57
Bradley there's very little I will say no to if someone else is pouring.

12-10-2012, 20:09
Bradley there's very little I will say no to if someone else is pouring.

I hear you on that.

12-10-2012, 20:24
This was a thrashing, but I'm piling on anyway. ORVW, not even close.

12-10-2012, 21:33
This one's super easy. old rip by a mile.

12-10-2012, 21:42
It depends. Do I have to stand in line or beg for the ORVW? If yes, then BMH by a mile...and I don't even like it that much.

12-10-2012, 23:15
Making the following assumptions: ORVW is available at a reasonable ($35 or so) price, and is sitting on a shelf without me having to jump through any hoops.

With those conditions met I would buy it over any other spirit of similar price. Partly because it's very good, partly because it's fairly unique among things in that price range, and largely because I know I enjoy it, I know my friends enjoy it, and I wouldn't know when I'll see it again. Not because it's any kind of holy grail. I don't have a deep bunker of ORVW; even so, I won't go to great lengths to find it and I CERTAINLY won't overpay for it.

As for BMH, I've passed on it in favor of all kinds of things. Maybe I should give it a shot sometime but it doesn't seem to be too loved here.

12-11-2012, 13:05
Can't remember if I've ever had the BMH SB... Eh, I'd go with ORVW 10/107 regardless. One of my absolute favorites.

Tennessee Dave
12-11-2012, 14:31
I am in the ORVW camp lock, stock and barrel.

12-11-2012, 15:07
I have to go along with the others and would purchase the orvw if not insanely priced. Wheaters are my preference and the hoopla surrounding anything vw will only drive up the price and decrease availability. tim

12-11-2012, 20:31
Another ORVW 10/107 vote here as well.

12-12-2012, 23:36
ORVW 10/107 for me too, please..

12-13-2012, 23:06
Oh, what the hell, I'll throw in a vote for ORVW. It's pointless now, but there you have it. :rolleyes:

Barclay Beach
12-14-2012, 09:39
Gimme the Rip! Never been more disappointed with a bourbon than BMH.

12-14-2012, 21:16
Take the rip. I also agree that the BMh has a vegetal flavor profile. Not to my tastes