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awachatz
04-07-2013, 13:51
Just an fyi to those members in SE Michigan and those traveling through the area. The Brass Mug in Livonia finally received in their OWA 107 Single Barrel Bottling that was selected based on a tasting by a few of the SB.com members. Great stuff. I picked up 3 bottles myself and wanted to let others know it had arrived.

Crowes
04-07-2013, 16:40
Great news! Thanks for the heads up. Just got my first bottle of 12 Year today and need to get a few more OWAs so this is perfect timing.

Josh
04-07-2013, 17:02
Thanks! I should note that The Oakland Cocktail Bar in Ferndale also just got their own barrel of OWA in. I had a pour of it Thurdsay night. It's fantastic. Cinnamon French toast with maple syrup.

awachatz
04-07-2013, 18:58
Sounds great as well. Will have to try that one as well.

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Tony
04-08-2013, 08:02
It is very good, picked up two bottles this past weekend.

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loki993
04-08-2013, 09:53
Ill have to get out there and get one when I get paid. Though Livonia is out of the way for me and in the opposite direction of anywhere else I go.

Richnimrod
04-08-2013, 11:43
Hey folks. I'm not familiar with the "Brass Mug". Where is it located? Anybody have the phone number? I din't get to Livonia from my home in Southgate very often; but will go there especially for this bottle..... assuming I know where and for sure that a bottle will be there. So: HELP? ,:rolleyes:

loki993
04-08-2013, 11:48
Honeslty I just typed right into google maps and it came up:

19213 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI

Thats it according to google, never been there though so I can guarantee.

peterlake
04-08-2013, 13:04
Wine Castle in Ann Arbor also has their own barrel.

Crowes
04-08-2013, 13:08
Wine Castle in Ann Arbor also has their own barrel.

Yeah, their single barrel is very tasty. I was gonna make the drive out there this week to pick up another bottle until this thread popped up.

loki993
04-08-2013, 14:34
Wine Castle in Ann Arbor also has their own barrel.


Yeah, their single barrel is very tasty. I was gonna make the drive out there this week to pick up another bottle until this thread popped up.

Would I be able to tell the difference? Ann Arbor would be easier for me then Livonia.

brettckeen
04-08-2013, 16:09
how old is the barrel?

awachatz
04-08-2013, 16:21
The store owner claims 8 yrs, but he hasn't received the certificate from the distillery. Therefore I make no claims to the accuracy until I see the proof.

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awachatz
04-08-2013, 16:23
Would I be able to tell the difference? Ann Arbor would be easier for me then Livonia.

Only one way to truly know. Buy one from each store.

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Special Reserve
04-08-2013, 17:01
Wine Palace on Middlebelt at I96 in Livonia also has a barrel of OWA. The owner told me t was 7 ears old. I had a store sample, took home a couple of bottles.

nd2005
04-08-2013, 17:08
Wine castle usually has several single barrels. I think right now they've got the OWA and a Buffalo trace. Last year they did a couple of EC12 single barrels which were both great and sold out very quickly.

Their prices are often a bit above state minimum though which is a drag.

Crowes
04-08-2013, 17:38
OWA has turned into my favorite everyday pour so it's great to see so many stores getting in their own barrels. I know GS Market in Royal Oak is supposed to be getting in their own barrel as well.

awachatz
04-08-2013, 18:36
I enjoy OWA and EC12 about the same even though they are very different. I can't stand the regular BT.

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loki993
04-09-2013, 13:38
Only one way to truly know. Buy one from each store.

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Touche...the problem with Livonia though is there is no easy way for me to get there. I have to go south and the either east or west a ways, depending on which freeway I take and then back. Its just a pain and a lot of miles and I'm just never in the area. However for some good bourbon I can make a special trip thats for sure.



Wine castle usually has several single barrels. I think right now they've got the OWA and a Buffalo trace. Last year they did a couple of EC12 single barrels which were both great and sold out very quickly.

Their prices are often a bit above state minimum though which is a drag.

Isn't it interesting how some places claim state minimum and they you go somewhere else and its cheaper. No saying they do that, but Im sure you've seen what Im talking about.


OWA has turned into my favorite everyday pour so it's great to see so many stores getting in their own barrels. I know GS Market in Royal Oak is supposed to be getting in their own barrel as well.

Nice, I just found this place and they had some good stuff. I got a bottle of single barrel EW, tasty. According to the label its a shade under 10 years.

OutlawSW
04-11-2013, 18:59
I went out and picked up 2 bottles today and must say, u guys did a great job picking. I'm not much for tasting notes but I get a lot of red berries (which is my fav). Thanks for the heads up Tony, and thanks for the pick those who partisipated (Tony, Tony, Josh, Amie, ???) wish I could have helped!

Richnimrod
04-15-2013, 18:15
Thanx for all the info you guys (& gals?). I grabbed a couple bottles of the Brass Mug selected OWA today. I'll try one tomorrow side-by-side with the regular OWA... should be fun! :cool:
Here's a question: Who actually tasted through the samples and picked it? ...And how did that work, exactly? I'd love to help out if another opportunity came along. :rolleyes:

Tony
04-15-2013, 20:29
Every time I stop at this store I am buying this, I have I think four bottles now. I think helping pick this out is a problem because now I want a bunch of it.

Best regards, Tony

Crowes
04-16-2013, 09:20
Tony and everyone else that helped pick the barrel... well done. Very tasty. I have been mixing a little of this bottle with some Weller 12 and man, great stuff.

Josh
04-16-2013, 10:16
I was hoping to get over there to buy some soon but I don't know if I will be able to in the near future. Anybody willing to help a brother out with 1-2 bottles?

OutlawSW
04-16-2013, 10:33
I'v got an extra in the bunker in RO if you want it, as a birthday gift of course.

Tony
04-16-2013, 10:47
I was hoping to get over there to buy some soon but I don't know if I will be able to in the near future. Anybody willing to help a brother out with 1-2 bottles?

Good Day Josh-

I can pick you up a couple bottles and bring them down to the Sampler if that works for you?

Best regards, Tony

Josh
04-16-2013, 12:11
I'v got an extra in the bunker in RO if you want it, as a birthday gift of course.


Good Day Josh-

I can pick you up a couple bottles and bring them down to the Sampler if that works for you?

Best regards, Tony

Thanks for the kind offers! I think Tony's Sampler deal will work best. Thanks!

Tony
04-16-2013, 13:42
Thanks for the kind offers! I think Tony's Sampler deal will work best. Thanks!

Sounds great, will bring you two bottles. Looking forward to seeing you and everyone else down there.

best regards, Tony

OscarV
04-16-2013, 14:32
So has anyone tasted the finished product?

OutlawSW
04-16-2013, 15:10
Yes sir, bout 1/2 a bottles worth, I dig it!

OscarV
04-16-2013, 15:12
Yes sir, bout 1/2 a bottles worth, I dig it!


In one sitting?
Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Is there any "youngness" to it?
Any hints of caramel and/or toffee?

OutlawSW
04-16-2013, 15:26
1 and 1/2 sittings really...
I'm really not very good with tasting notes but the flavor I caught the most was reb berries, maybe a little caramel, no toffee. It did not seem overly young but had a fair amount of heat to it. Others can prob paint you a better picture for you.

OscarV
04-16-2013, 16:00
Any one else out there try it yet?

Richnimrod
04-17-2013, 04:34
Any one else out there try it yet?

I picked up two bottles of the Brass Mug OWA barrel selection a couple days ago. Tasted it yesterday side-by-side with regular run OWA 107. The selection bottle was a little 'mellower', smoother, but not short on flavor. Actually had all that I normally find in OWA. Some find OWA a bit sharp; and against the selected bottle it did seem a bit sharper. The folks who did the selection did a very nice job. My description would be OWA Supreme, in that it gives away nothing to the regular stuff but is a bit better balanced, a little smoother, and just the barest hint more caramel. The finish is just a wee bit smoother and very slightly longer to me, too. No major departure from OWA, but what differences I found were all slight improvements.... VERY NICE! :rolleyes:

OscarV
04-17-2013, 17:54
Thax 4 the info Richnimrod.

brettckeen
04-18-2013, 12:08
What's the year of the barrel

OscarV
04-22-2013, 15:03
I picked up 3 of these on Saturday,...nothing like visiting Livonia. (:grin: or should I say Livonia is like nothing?)

The Boozer
04-27-2013, 09:12
I picked up 3 of these on Saturday,...nothing like visiting Livonia. (:grin: or should I say Livonia is like nothing?)

So Oscar, what's the verdict?

nd2005
04-28-2013, 15:11
Picked up a bottle today as well. Sounds like they are starting to run low...

brettckeen
06-02-2013, 09:49
2 bottles just showed up in Chicago. I was very pleased! Unfortunately I cleared 1/2 of one of the 2 bottles that came into my possession.