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ChainWhip
06-04-2013, 11:42
Saw this posted somewhere today:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/23/bourbon-chaser-quest/2356067/

Very cool to see Bledsoe & y'all's efforts getting some press time.

HighHorse
06-04-2013, 21:25
Saw this posted somewhere today:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/23/bourbon-chaser-quest/2356067/

Very cool to see Bledsoe & y'all's efforts getting some press time.

Yes it is. Jim's store (Market Square Liquors) in Tallahassee carries more private barrel selections than anyone in the country. In addition to that, he carries a great selection of "allotted" premium bourbons that are hard to find because they were/are limited releases. Unfortunately, he doesn't ship. Several of us (members of the Tallahassee Whiskey Society headed by Steve (Sailor 22) are on his barrel selection team and make the trips with him. In April we picked 42 barrels after tasting over 100.

Jim has always been a back-office managing partner so it's great to see him getting the recognition he deserves. He does love his bourbons .. and the bourbon makers love him because he puts a spotlight on their very best products.

If you're in the area .. you won't be disappointed. PM me in advance if you're heading this way .. we always share good times on the cigar porch between the liquor store and the co-owned bar next door.

scubadoo97
06-05-2013, 03:11
You boys in Tally know how to do it right
That was a nice article/video
Cheers to Jim and the TWS

Old Dusty
06-05-2013, 05:10
Is this Heaven?........No it's Tallahassee.

sailor22
06-05-2013, 05:41
Having a resource like Jim, Market Square and The Lounge in my back yard is so cool. What the writer didn't mention is that Jim was a distributors rep for most of his long career in spirits sales. He knows the business and has developed into a real Bourbon enthusiast with a really good palate. If he doesn't like the product or doesn't think its a decent value he won't stock it. If he thinks it's a good pour that will be in limited supply he will buy as much as he can get.

The Lounge hosts The Tallahassee Whiskey Society the first Wed. of every month. A number of us hard core sippers show up every Wed. actually. Please stop by and join us any time your in the area.

T Comp
06-05-2013, 06:01
Having a resource like Jim, Market Square and The Lounge in my back yard is so cool. What the writer didn't mention is that Jim was a distributors rep for most of his long career in spirits sales. He knows the business and has developed into a real Bourbon enthusiast with a really good palate. If he doesn't like the product or doesn't think its a decent value he won't stock it. If he thinks it's a good pour that will be in limited supply he will buy as much as he can get.

The Lounge hosts The Tallahassee Whiskey Society the first Wed. of every month. A number of us hard core sippers show up every Wed. actually. Please stop by and join us any time your in the area.

And what Sailor doesn't mention is his own cameo :cool:.

tsangster
06-05-2013, 08:10
A regular stop on our way to the beach every September. Will be there 9/7 around 4:00. Hope some of those 42 barrels are still available.

HighHorse
06-06-2013, 08:16
A regular stop on our way to the beach every September. Will be there 9/7 around 4:00. Hope some of those 42 barrels are still available.

So far none of them have arrived. I would think that all of them should be in by 9/7. You know they will be available. Steve & I can't drink that much!!

theglobalguy
06-06-2013, 14:00
So far none of them have arrived. I would think that all of them should be in by 9/7. You know they will be available. Steve & I can't drink that much!!

But you gotta try for those of us far far away!

Looks like an amazing shop, glad there's gems like this out there.

TLH-Mike
06-15-2013, 18:17
I finally made it to the Market Square store today, noted in the article. I ended up going to a Market Square store (thinking it was the one in the article) yesterday, but nobody knew what i was talking about when asked about the single barrel buys except one very nice lady who said, "you want the other Market Square". :) With a honey-do list in hand I had to go, but didn't before buying a bottle.

I was however, resolved to get to the right store today and I did. In my limited experience, the bourbon selection is the definitely the largest I've seen in one place, with many whiskies, including Ryes, I've never heard of or read on this website in the few months I've been lurking. I asked about the article, and gentleman who works there discussed their trip to Kentucky to purchase the barrels discussed in the article; he was extremely nice and very informative. The bourbon they purchased will be single barrel and will be labelled as such. There were a few various bottles from a previous trip to Kentucky on the shelf that had an additional metallic(?) tag on the front noting it was a bottled specifically for "Market Square"- very cool. He discussed that in the next several months, the barrels they selected to be single barreled will begin arriving at the store. The shelf also had metallic barrel tags hanging in front of various brands noting what was purchased and soon to be arriving in a single barrel bottling-also very cool.

He asked what I liked, and I discussed I was just getting into sipping bourbon, but that I just got a bottle of Old Grand Dad 114 for fathers day. He was complimentary of the brand and indicated three other bottles from different makers that have a similar profile that he thought I would like. He indicated tastings next door in the lounge on just about everything they had and to come back anytime and try some.

So, I'm saving up to buy some of their bottles when they get in, and I'm going to try and carve a Wed evening to sip some of the good stuff with the TWS. Note, this store is about a 1/4 mile, if that, off of Interstate 10, so if you are driving through Tallahassee it would not be too hard to find. Now that I know where this place is, I can't imagine buying bourbon or any iteration of whisky anywhere else.

Mike

nivto
06-15-2013, 18:46
Having a resource like Jim, Market Square and The Lounge in my back yard is so cool. What the writer didn't mention is that Jim was a distributors rep for most of his long career in spirits sales. He knows the business and has developed into a real Bourbon enthusiast with a really good palate. If he doesn't like the product or doesn't think its a decent value he won't stock it. If he thinks it's a good pour that will be in limited supply he will buy as much as he can get.

The Lounge hosts The Tallahassee Whiskey Society the first Wed. of every month. A number of us hard core sippers show up every Wed. actually. Please stop by and join us any time your in the area.

Miss hanging out with you over there, Steve! That bar is a haven for bourbon enthusiasts in Tallahassee.

scubadoo97
06-15-2013, 19:50
Miss hanging out with you over there, Steve! That bar is a haven for bourbon enthusiasts in Tallahassee.

I can attest to that Ryan

Restaurant man
06-16-2013, 21:19
indicated tastings next door in the lounge on just about everything they had and to come back anytime and try some.So, I'm saving up to buy some of their bottles when they get in, and I'm going to try and carve a Wed evening to sip some of the good stuff with the TWS. Note, this store is about a 1/4 mile, if that, off of Interstate 10, so if you are driving through Tallahassee it would not be too hard to find. Now that I know where this place is, I can't imagine buying bourbon or any iteration of whisky anywhere else.Mike[/QUOTE]Pretty cool mike. You may curse the day all this good stuff happened to you though. But not without having tons of fun first :slappin:

gooneygoogoo
07-01-2013, 09:55
I finally made it to the Market Square store today, noted in the article. I ended up going to a Market Square store (thinking it was the one in the article) yesterday, but nobody knew what i was talking about when asked about the single barrel buys except one very nice lady who said, "you want the other Market Square". :) With a honey-do list in hand I had to go, but didn't before buying a bottle.

I was however, resolved to get to the right store today and I did. In my limited experience, the bourbon selection is the definitely the largest I've seen in one place, with many whiskies, including Ryes, I've never heard of or read on this website in the few months I've been lurking. I asked about the article, and gentleman who works there discussed their trip to Kentucky to purchase the barrels discussed in the article; he was extremely nice and very informative. The bourbon they purchased will be single barrel and will be labelled as such. There were a few various bottles from a previous trip to Kentucky on the shelf that had an additional metallic(?) tag on the front noting it was a bottled specifically for "Market Square"- very cool. He discussed that in the next several months, the barrels they selected to be single barreled will begin arriving at the store. The shelf also had metallic barrel tags hanging in front of various brands noting what was purchased and soon to be arriving in a single barrel bottling-also very cool.

He asked what I liked, and I discussed I was just getting into sipping bourbon, but that I just got a bottle of Old Grand Dad 114 for fathers day. He was complimentary of the brand and indicated three other bottles from different makers that have a similar profile that he thought I would like. He indicated tastings next door in the lounge on just about everything they had and to come back anytime and try some.

So, I'm saving up to buy some of their bottles when they get in, and I'm going to try and carve a Wed evening to sip some of the good stuff with the TWS. Note, this store is about a 1/4 mile, if that, off of Interstate 10, so if you are driving through Tallahassee it would not be too hard to find. Now that I know where this place is, I can't imagine buying bourbon or any iteration of whisky anywhere else.

Mike

So I am traveling down to the beach from Atlanta and would like to stop by this place and check it out. I am having a hard time figuring out which location to go to though and since I have a 1.5 year old with me, I don't really want to waste too much time driving around to figure it out. I see where you said it is right off I-10 so that narrows it down...is it the one on Timberlane Rd?

Flyfish
07-01-2013, 11:30
He asked what I liked, and I discussed I was just getting into sipping bourbon, but that I just got a bottle of Old Grand Dad 114 for fathers day. He was complimentary of the brand and indicated three other bottles from different makers that have a similar profile that he thought I would like.
Mike
Just curious, Mike, about those three bottles that are supposed to be similar to OGD 114. I find it among the most distinctive bourbons on the market and the only one close I can think of is OGD BIB. Who are those other distillers?

sailor22
07-01-2013, 12:54
So I am traveling down to the beach from Atlanta and would like to stop by this place and check it out. I am having a hard time figuring out which location to go to though and since I have a 1.5 year old with me, I don't really want to waste too much time driving around to figure it out. I see where you said it is right off I-10 so that narrows it down...is it the one on Timberlane Rd?

It's the one on Timberlane.

HighHorse
07-01-2013, 13:02
.is it the one on Timberlane Rd?

Yes. Market Square Liquors .. Left on Timberlane after getting off I-10. There is a light in front of Market Square .. turn left there and you'll run right in to the store. Best to ask for Barry if you're looking at bourbons.

gooneygoogoo
07-01-2013, 14:22
Great, thanks y'all! Looking forward to visiting.

mbroo5880i
07-01-2013, 15:35
Just curious, Mike, about those three bottles that are supposed to be similar to OGD 114. I find it among the most distinctive bourbons on the market and the only one close I can think of is OGD BIB. Who are those other distillers?

Now you have me wondering the same thing!

sailor22
07-01-2013, 16:18
Just curious, Mike, about those three bottles that are supposed to be similar to OGD 114. I find it among the most distinctive bourbons on the market and the only one close I can think of is OGD BIB. Who are those other distillers?

Yeah, I'm curious too. I can probably come up with three that have some similar characteristics but matching the profile is a challenge.

I would probably point you at some of the higher proof stuff and see if it was in your wheel house. Bookers would be the obvious even if it isn't the same mash bill, maybe Bakers or a younger barrel strength Willett that had a lot of Rye notes.

squire
07-01-2013, 16:20
Higher proof is the only common ground that comes to mind.

Yeti
07-01-2013, 17:21
I found a few similarities between VOBBIB and OGDBIB yesterday. And I definitely see similarities with Baker's and 114. But at the cost 114 is pretty hard to match by anything I know of.

TLH-Mike
07-02-2013, 20:12
Just curious, Mike, about those three bottles that are supposed to be similar to OGD 114. I find it among the most distinctive bourbons on the market and the only one close I can think of is OGD BIB. Who are those other distillers?

Flyfish, IIRC, the brands pointed out were Knob Creek (the high proof Market Square bottling), Bookers and I don't recall the third one (sorry). I was reaching for the Knob Creek as it was the first mentioned and was lost in the glitter of the "Market Square" supplemental label on the bottle. :) Having said that, I'm ready to share my tasting experience re: OGD114 in another thread...since we're now in July, I'm ready for my next bottle and I may be heading up there tomorrow. When I make it there, I'll inquire again to ask what profiles are like the OGD114, and post....thanks.

sailor22
07-03-2013, 07:17
Hope to see you there this evening.