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gburger
05-05-2013, 15:03
Most bourbons have a cork top, but some have a screw cap, Makers Mark being just one.
What is your favorite screw cap bourbon?

HighInTheMtns
05-05-2013, 15:07
ORVW is a notable one.

omgmarclol
05-05-2013, 15:21
weller 12 and owa come to mind

smknjoe
05-05-2013, 15:24
ORVW is a notable one.

Me too. ORVW 107.

MarkRuck
05-05-2013, 15:40
At the risk of not adding much to this thread, I would have to say that ORVW 107 is tops for me, followed closely by the SB blend (made from equal parts OWA and Weller12) as a very close second.

petrel800
05-05-2013, 15:43
Anceint Anceint Age 10 Year

darylld911
05-05-2013, 15:48
I'd also have to go with ORVW as well in terms of what I have in my collection. Apparently Knob Creek Single Barrel converted from cork to screw tops (I hadn't bought one in a while, but while on the tour we noticed them using screw tops). If I had one of those, that might be my favorite - although apparently it will be short lived (tour guide mentioned the "uproar" is leading to them moving back to corks, despite them being more expensive).

squire
05-05-2013, 15:59
Hmm, let me think.

luther.r
05-05-2013, 16:02
VVOF or ORVW15! ...

petrel800
05-05-2013, 16:03
I'd also have to go with ORVW as well in terms of what I have in my collection. Apparently Knob Creek Single Barrel converted from cork to screw tops (I hadn't bought one in a while, but while on the tour we noticed them using screw tops). If I had one of those, that might be my favorite - although apparently it will be short lived (tour guide mentioned the "uproar" is leading to them moving back to corks, despite them being more expensive).

The wine side has been interesting with the cork screw top debate. I think there is a place for both in wine, some wines need a cork for long term aging while other wines intended for immediate drinking. Seen people turn their noses up at nice wines because of a screw top. On the spirits side though, I think I would just prefer screw tops all around. There is no aging here and corks can really screw up a bottle. When I put an expensive bottle in the bunker, I'd hate to visit it a couple years from now to find it corked.

WAINWRIGHT
05-05-2013, 16:08
ORVW is a notable one.1+ no doubts on this one!:grin:

MarkRuck
05-05-2013, 16:13
VVOF or ORVW15! ...

All of the VOFs and VVOFs I have or have seen, none had screw caps. But I assume you have one! If I had one, it would move up to my favorite screw cap pour.

darylld911
05-05-2013, 16:42
The wine side has been interesting with the cork screw top debate. I think there is a place for both in wine, some wines need a cork for long term aging while other wines intended for immediate drinking. Seen people turn their noses up at nice wines because of a screw top. On the spirits side though, I think I would just prefer screw tops all around. There is no aging here and corks can really screw up a bottle. When I put an expensive bottle in the bunker, I'd hate to visit it a couple years from now to find it corked.

I agree - I went to a bourbon tasting where some of the offerings were screw tops and others were corks, and they said that they like to use corks for the "premium" stuff because it is expected, and people "like that sound". I thought to myself "@#$% the sound - I want the whiskey to be solid for a LONG time!!" With some of my opened bottles that have corks which I think might take me a few years to drain, I've started putting plastic wrap with a rubber band over the top (with the cork in position) in the hopes to avoid unnecessary evaporation. Never a concern with a screw top - and I've never had a screw top break off and leave me to drain a bottle just to get the pieces out. Beam said they went to screw tops on KCSB for cost reasons, but the "uproar" (which I guess I missed??) is driving them back. Hell - give me a nickle off my price AND a screw top :lol:

HP12
05-05-2013, 16:54
I become "un-screwed" with this triple play...ORVW 107, OWA and AAA.

clingman71
05-05-2013, 17:35
ORVW. SB blend is second, but I've always made that as sort of a poor man's ORVW anyway.

squire
05-05-2013, 17:52
It wouldn't bother me if they all had screw caps.

luther.r
05-05-2013, 17:56
All of the VOFs and VVOFs I have or have seen, none had screw caps. But I assume you have one! If I had one, it would move up to my favorite screw cap pour.
In the 70s they switched. I have a 1975 bottled that has the screw cap.

Lazer
05-05-2013, 18:17
Ogd bib ..........

cowdery
05-05-2013, 18:41
It is not true to say "most bourbons have a cork top." Most bourbons have a screw top, including all of the top sellers. What's true is that virtually all high-end bourbons have corks tops, a practice that does more harm than good. Beam is breaking the pattern with its new Jim Beam Signature Craft series (http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-craft-is-new-jim-beam-signature.html). I commend them.

MyOldKyDram
05-05-2013, 19:03
Thanks for the reminder. Very curious to try both of these.

Alphanumeric
05-05-2013, 20:27
... and corks can really screw up a bottle.

I beg to differ.

BigBoldBully
05-05-2013, 21:33
Amongst screw cappers that I've not seen mentioned, I find KBD's pure kentucky XO is often enjoyable (although the wax hiding the screw cap can be a bitch to remove), along with Beam black, EWB, and paper label WSR.

Looking through my shelves thinking about caps reminds me it would be cool to see a bourbon in a grolsch-style bottle, like the Los Danzantes/Los Nahuales mezcals. Wonder if there are any.

Richnimrod
05-06-2013, 05:28
I have two fav's with screw tops. Wheater: Old Rip 107; Rye Bourbon: Old Grand Dad BIB. Just between us, I'd like to see screw caps on all of 'em. I don't suppose that'll ever come to pass, however. Way too many elitist fools think the cork lends some air of class. It just lends 'air'..... and cork pieces... and broken corks. :rolleyes:

weller_tex
05-06-2013, 07:00
Weller 12..a cork is not needed. Just makes it harder to get open.

squire
05-06-2013, 07:12
Yeah, it's hard to get a good grip on a cork with teeth.

Meruck
05-06-2013, 07:26
It took me a while to figure this thread out, then it hit me, A lot of you guys must actually be putting the cap / cork back after opening the bottle. I've heard of that, just never seen it.

HighInTheMtns
05-06-2013, 07:28
It took me a while to figure this thread out, then it hit me, A lot of you guys must actually be putting the cap / cork back after opening the bottle. I've heard of that, just never seen it.
This adds a whole new dimension to your posts in the barrel proofer thread ;)

Gentleman Racer
05-06-2013, 07:39
Jim Beam Black is my favorite screw top.

Meruck
05-06-2013, 08:20
This adds a whole new dimension to your posts in the barrel proofer thread ;)

Barrel proof thread...??..... I have no memory of any barrel...........well no memory at all really...............what were we talking about?

p_elliott
05-06-2013, 08:39
Cork taint doesn't come from an old cork it comes from a piece of cork used that has bacteria in it. The problem was there from the get go not from bunkering the bottle.

black mamba
05-06-2013, 09:28
H McK 10 yo BIB would be mine. I'm for screw tops on all spirits, maybe even on wines.

VT Mike
05-06-2013, 09:42
Of the bottles I've had, OGD BIB, OWA 107 and ORVW 107.

There's an old John Wayne movie where he goes into a bar, orders a bottle of whiskey, turns it upside down and smacks the bottom of the bottle hard enough for the cork to pop out. Can't do that with a screw top! Not that you could do that with a corked bottle in real life, but it was still pretty cool.

JPBoston
05-06-2013, 09:44
The last bottle of KC I had still had a cork, but if they are indeed switching over to screw caps, that would be my pick.

Honorable mention to OGD BIB, EWB, Fighting Cock, ORVW, and the Wellers.

TheOakMonster
05-06-2013, 11:11
Old Grand Dad 100-proof Bottled-in-Bond

mosugoji64
05-06-2013, 14:55
Those cork caps make for good magnets, but I just can't abide by them for regular use. Give me a screw cap any time. If they want to make them special, put some sort of embossed logo on them.

fishnbowljoe
05-06-2013, 17:07
Too many for me to pick just one. I have to lump them together in two tiers. Personally, I have a three way tie for Tier#1, and a multi-way tie for Tier #2.

Tier #1. ER 10/101, ORVW 10/107, and Weller 12.
Tier #2. BIB's. HH 6 yr White Label BIB, EW BIB, VOB 100 proof, etc....etc....etc....

IronHead
05-06-2013, 17:24
IMO OWA and Weller 12 have been far more consistent over the years than ORVW 107 so I am going with those two, although I don't have anything against ORVW 107.

Hey Joe, any chance you'd post the proportions of your Weller blend you had at the sampler? That stuff was delicious.

HighInTheMtns
05-06-2013, 17:30
IMO OWA and Weller 12 have been far more consistent over the years than ORVW 107 so I am going with those two, although I don't have anything against ORVW 107.

Hey Joe, any chance you'd post the proportions of your Weller blend you had at the sampler? That stuff was delicious.
You better just make this its own thread, Joe.

MyOldKyDram
05-06-2013, 17:35
Uh, yes please!

Or just promise to make some more next year. :D

Alden
05-06-2013, 17:40
Corks are just traditional. Not necessary at all.

That being said, Weller 12.

AaronWF
05-06-2013, 17:41
IMO OWA and Weller 12 have been far more consistent over the years than ORVW 107 so I am going with those two, although I don't have anything against ORVW 107.

I agree that the ORVW 10/107 tends to be inconsistent, but I'm going to go with HH 6yo BiB instead. It's rich at any price, but it also happens to be dirt cheap, which can't help but attract my further props!

scubadoo97
05-06-2013, 18:20
My OWAs are about the best bourbons i have with a screw cap

mosugoji64
05-06-2013, 19:12
I agree that the ORVW 10/107 tends to be inconsistent, but I'm going to go with HH 6yo BiB instead. It's rich at any price, but it also happens to be dirt cheap, which can't help but attract my further props!

Seconded. It's delicious and the price makes it a steal!

squire
05-06-2013, 19:15
Cork can taint and screw cap can't.

Wryguy
05-06-2013, 19:24
ORVW 10/107 for bourbon
Ritt BiB for rye

Honorable mention: OGD BiB, Redemption Rye.

DBM
05-07-2013, 00:19
Weller 12 and OWA.

LostBottle
05-07-2013, 16:14
Yes, screw caps! Once the thing is open, no need to reseal, drink it dry. :drinking:

Flyfish
05-07-2013, 16:48
Last night my favorite was AAA. But tonight it was OWA. Tomorrow it's going to be VOB. Those screw caps have such a marvelous nose!

B.B. Babington
05-07-2013, 17:24
pardon for interjecting a whisky choice with screw cap ... Yamazaki 18 yr old

VT Mike
05-07-2013, 17:36
pardon for interjecting a whisky choice with screw cap ... Yamazaki 18 yr old

I was tempted to toss that in the mix a day or two ago. Definitely my most expensive screw cap bottle. Too bad the price has jumped up so quickly in the last two years. I had a hard time throwing down $120 for one, now that it is up around $180 I wouldn't even consider it. I really do like the stuff though.

Danger
05-07-2013, 17:37
Nobody likes KC Rye? I love that stuff. It has a cap.

Cork is more fun.

Parkersback
05-07-2013, 18:01
Nobody likes KC Rye? I love that stuff. It has a cap.

Cork is more fun.

I guess I should put this in the rye forum, but I had a pour of KC Rye in a bar tonight, and I thought it was totally fine stuff, but kind of unremarkable. I'd have no trouble whatsoever putting away a bottle that was gifted to me, but I doubt I would buy a bottle.

ChainWhip
05-07-2013, 19:22
Yeah... My brother's Nikka Taketsuru 21 was the most expensive screw top I've ever had - a little on the sweet side but scrumptious nonetheless

MyOldKyDram
05-07-2013, 19:22
Not bourbon, but both Yamazaki and Yoichi both have screw caps. If that ain't an endorsement...

brettckeen
05-08-2013, 07:38
Lets not forget the ORVW15. In current production ORVW10 107 and VSOF deserve mention.

squire
05-12-2013, 12:48
I wonder if Parker sniffs the screw cap when he 'tastes' a Bourbon.