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Variable
03-11-2013, 10:18
Great forum guys, have learned tons in the past few days! I am looking for some suggestions on what to try next. So far I have had:



Knob Creek
Makers Mark
Russell's Reserve 6yo Rye
Eagle Rare 101


I have enjoyed all of them, to be quite honest. Not sure what to make of the Rye though, as I had never had any rye whiskey before, and the flavors are a little unfamiliar. Are there any other benchmarks I should be looking for? Next on my wish list are Old Grandad, Buffalo Trace, and Fighting Cock. Are there any others?

squire
03-11-2013, 10:23
Yes, there's Barton, 86, 90 or 100 proof.

rndenks
03-11-2013, 13:16
I am newer to this bourbon thing, and I have been trying to broaden my tasting background. One thing I have found is sometimes I can buy two different 375 ml bottles for the price of a 750 ml bottle. That way you get to try two bourbons!

Okay, back on track. I recently acquired a bottle of Larceny, and really enjoyed my couple of pours. The other reason I suggest this, besides it is delicious, is that it is from a distillery that you have not tried anything from yet.

Smokewagon
03-11-2013, 14:19
Great forum guys, have learned tons in the past few days! I am looking for some suggestions on what to try next. So far I have had:



Knob Creek
Makers Mark
Russell's Reserve 6yo Rye
Eagle Rare 101


I have enjoyed all of them, to be quite honest. Not sure what to make of the Rye though, as I had never had any rye whiskey before, and the flavors are a little unfamiliar. Are there any other benchmarks I should be looking for? Next on my wish list are Old Grandad, Buffalo Trace, and Fighting Cock. Are there any others?


Since you like makers, maybe branch up to Makers 46, or try the other Wheated Bourbon's Like Weller 107, or Larceny. I'd give fighting Cock a try for sure. I served up some Old Fashioned's made using Fighting Cock, and they went over well. I'd give Old Grandad 114 a shot, it's a great pour, as well as Small Batch Evan Williams. Also, you may try to find a bar with a good bourbon selection and get pours that way, it's an inexpensive way to sample different bourbons. Be on the look out for tastings, I have a store that does a Wednesday tasting of various whiskies (Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, etc) every week. That's been extremely cost effective for me since it is free.

~SW

squire
03-11-2013, 14:42
Every Wednesday? Be still my foolish heart.

SFS
03-11-2013, 14:43
Every Wednesday? Be still my foolish heart.
It's cold up there Squire. Just think about the past two weeks where you are.

squire
03-11-2013, 14:46
Cold notwithstanding I hear the siren song.

SFS
03-11-2013, 15:14
On the other hand, we could share the drive.

unclebunk
03-11-2013, 15:43
Great forum guys, have learned tons in the past few days! I am looking for some suggestions on what to try next. So far I have had:



Knob Creek
Makers Mark
Russell's Reserve 6yo Rye
Eagle Rare 101


I have enjoyed all of them, to be quite honest. Not sure what to make of the Rye though, as I had never had any rye whiskey before, and the flavors are a little unfamiliar. Are there any other benchmarks I should be looking for? Next on my wish list are Old Grandad, Buffalo Trace, and Fighting Cock. Are there any others?

There are so many great ones to try. How about Four Roses Single Barrel and Elijah Craig 12? Those two will expand your horizons a bit. Enjoy!

black mamba
03-11-2013, 17:02
Unclebunk, you beat me to the punch. Those are the two I thought would round out his arsenal.

Meruck
03-11-2013, 18:07
If your going to give the Elijah Craig 12 or any of the other ECs please remember to say an "amen" after. That's the way the Reverend would want it.

Also get your self a bottle of the Very Special Old Fitzgerald. If you enjoy wheaters, its a nice pour, as is the Old Fitz 100 proof Bottled in Bond.

Borchard
03-11-2013, 21:14
Definitely recommend EC 12. Really good bourbon for not much money

Variable
03-12-2013, 05:17
I can get Elijah Craig here locally, so I'll hit your suggestion this weekend before starting on the list I compiled. I'll see if I can find some of the Four Roses SB as well. Much appreciated!

Pieface
03-12-2013, 06:53
EC12 is a good suggestion.

SB near revolves around wheaters at times so I think you should expand a little in that direction. MM is a great baseline so you could explore an increase in proof (Old Weller Antique), an increase in age (Weller 12) or simply a difference in execution of the same base principles (Weller Special Reserve.)

Variable
03-25-2013, 18:49
Been getting acquainted with the EC12 these past few days. I am finding it to be very good. Not bursting with in your face flavor, but very pleasant and polite to sip. Also had a chance to sample Bulleit, and WT 101, and WT Rye over the weekend. I REALLY liked the WT Rye. Ended up with bottles of all three.

I can really get used to the bourbon prices! I am really enjoying these bourbons, many under $30. Beats the crap out of single malt prices.

HighInTheMtns
03-25-2013, 19:36
Been getting acquainted with the EC12 these past few days. I am finding it to be very good. Not bursting with in your face flavor, but very pleasant and polite to sip. Also had a chance to sample Bulleit, and WT 101, and WT Rye over the weekend. I REALLY liked the WT Rye. Ended up with bottles of all three.

I can really get used to the bourbon prices! I am really enjoying these bourbons, many under $30. Beats the crap out of single malt prices.
So, which WT Rye did you sample? 81 or 101? Which did you buy?

Variable
03-25-2013, 20:13
Ahhhh, I just looked at the bottle, and it is the 81 proof. The regular WT I did buy was the 101.

squire
03-25-2013, 21:06
Still quite a value for those accustomed to Scotch prices.

HighInTheMtns
03-25-2013, 22:39
Ahhhh, I just looked at the bottle, and it is the 81 proof. The regular WT I did buy was the 101.
I'm guessing what you sampled was the 101. The 81 is universally decried. Shame on Wild Turkey for fooling you into that bottle.

Variable
03-26-2013, 07:20
Wow really? The only other rye I have had is Russel's Reserve. For the 20 bucks that WT Rye cost I felt it was pretty good! I'll have to look for a bottle of the 101 now.

squire
03-26-2013, 08:03
You may also wish to try a high rye Bourbon such as Old Grand Dad.

Richnimrod
04-20-2013, 10:53
Great forum guys, have learned tons in the past few days! I am looking for some suggestions on what to try next. So far I have had:



Knob Creek
Makers Mark
Russell's Reserve 6yo Rye
Eagle Rare 101


I have enjoyed all of them, to be quite honest. Not sure what to make of the Rye though, as I had never had any rye whiskey before, and the flavors are a little unfamiliar. Are there any other benchmarks I should be looking for? Next on my wish list are Old Grandad, Buffalo Trace, and Fighting Cock. Are there any others?

Hey 'Variable'... You might want to try a few wheaters; like the new Larceny, which is pretty nice, or Old Fitzgerald, or, W. L. Weller Special Reserve, or even Old Weller Antique 107, which in my humble opinion is very good Bourbon. :rolleyes:

Variable
04-22-2013, 07:11
Hey 'Variable'... You might want to try a few wheaters; like the new Larceny, which is pretty nice, or Old Fitzgerald, or, W. L. Weller Special Reserve, or even Old Weller Antique 107, which in my humble opinion is very good Bourbon. :rolleyes:

As a matter of fact, I purchased a bottle of Weller 12 over the weekend. Found it to be quite a nice pour. Very sweet to my palate. Been partial to rye based bourbons, but as a newb, this one kinda opened my eyes. I liked it quite a bit!

squire
04-22-2013, 07:24
Variable it appears you are enjoying all the Bourbons, both wheat and rye. There's no rule that says we must settle on one style alone. Some of us do but we don't have to.

Richnimrod
04-22-2013, 18:34
As a matter of fact, I purchased a bottle of Weller 12 over the weekend. Found it to be quite a nice pour. Very sweet to my palate. Been partial to rye based bourbons, but as a newb, this one kinda opened my eyes. I liked it quite a bit!

If you like the Weller 12 Year, you'll love Larceny. It's a bolder expression with a similar profile. Weller 12 is actually a bit refined for my palate most evenings. Don't get me wrong, it's very nice bourbon, just a bit 'mild' to me. The bold edge on Old Weller Antique 107 is more in my wheelhouse. But, hey; try 'em all! On some occasions I like the Weller 12 very well, depends on my mood, I guess. The main thing is ENJOY your drams! ... And, Have Fun! :rolleyes:

Variable
04-23-2013, 06:20
If you like the Weller 12 Year, you'll love Larceny.

I'll try and find a bottle over the weekend. Never seen it in my area of South Florida though, so I might have to hunt for it at several smaller stores to see if it is available. Thanks for the suggestion!

BB Slim
04-23-2013, 11:11
I haven't been able to find Larceny anywhere in Florida. You can get it online but will pay on average a $17 shipping charge. My local ABC store here in Daytona is supposed to be checking to see if they can order it for me. I'll let you know what they tell me.

JPBoston
04-23-2013, 11:28
If you like the Weller 12 Year, you'll love Larceny. It's a bolder expression with a similar profile. Weller 12 is actually a bit refined for my palate most evenings. Don't get me wrong, it's very nice bourbon, just a bit 'mild' to me. The bold edge on Old Weller Antique 107 is more in my wheelhouse. But, hey; try 'em all! On some occasions I like the Weller 12 very well, depends on my mood, I guess. The main thing is ENJOY your drams! ... And, Have Fun! :rolleyes:

Agree very strongly with your take on Weller 12 vs OWA.

As for the question at hand, my advice would be what to avoid as opposed to what to get because they're so many good bourbons out there. I'd avoid Jim Beam white and black, there's a world of better stuff available at their price points.

HighHorse
04-23-2013, 13:28
I haven't been able to find Larceny anywhere in Florida. You can get it online but will pay on average a $17 shipping charge. My local ABC store here in Daytona is supposed to be checking to see if they can order it for me. I'll let you know what they tell me.

Be thankful. .. :skep: