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12-09-2003, 01:38
I see the last "What Bourbon Are You Drinking?" thread is locked, so I figured I'd start a new one. Tonight I started with a nip of Weller 12 yo and then moved on to a bit of Sazerac rye. What are the rest of you drinking tonight?

12-09-2003, 05:47
Last night it was Michters Single Barrel Bourbon 10y.
It was a nice change of pace drink. It has some flavors
I haven't found in other bourbons. Not sure it was worth
the price. I'll put it in the "variety is the spice of life
category" http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

12-09-2003, 08:24
I'm going to drink the new Stagg and next will be Weller 10

12-09-2003, 20:31
my last bourbon was Kentucky Spirit...it was the first time in a long time since I have had it...it is no doubt an excellent bourbon...but I have never been a total Turkey fan...I drink 101 when out because it is often the best of the limited choices but when buying a bottle of premium, i am getting to the point where it is down to almost ANY Buffalo Trace distillery product, Woodford/Forester and EWSB and EC12 and thats about it. I will of course continue to experiment with others for we all know tastes do change and evolve, and new products do appear...I haven't had them all...yet... but my preferred tastes are definately being sharpened.

12-09-2003, 21:06
I'm re-trying the Van Winkle 10yo 90 proof. I'm a big Van Winkle fan -- Weller's 12yo is a current favorite -- but was disappointed in this bottling when I opened it a week or so ago. I like it better tonight, but it still doesn't 'Wow!' me. And, I'm altogether surprised to even be slightly negative (or, at least, no altogether positive) about a Van Winkle bourbon.

12-09-2003, 22:20
Sniff, Sniff
Poor little me is sitting at work, unable to join in. I hope everyone enjoys whatever they have in their glass and think of those of us who can't. Of course at 7am I'll be heading home where I can already hear Hirsch 16 calling my name...softly...is it 7 yet?????

12-09-2003, 22:32
That is the best excuse I've EVER heard to be drinking at 7:00 AM. I'm envious.


12-10-2003, 01:39
Weller 107... at first the bite was a bit too much for me, but paired with a full bodied cigar has made this, currently, my go to burbon.

12-11-2003, 15:55
Tonight I am having my first taste of the OFBBFA03 (Fall Birthday Bourbon). I think I was expecting something similar to last years release. It's not like that at all IMHO. There is a perfuminess to it that takes a moment to get past. Medium bodied with a nose of apricots and a taste of wood and vanilla. Finish is relatively short with just a little vanilla remaining in the back of the throat to remind you it was there. My first impression is I like it. More to come...

12-11-2003, 16:23
I just opened my one and only bottle of '02 Stagg, and my first impression is.... Holy #$%^, what happened to my pants?


12-12-2003, 01:25
I'm having Weller 107 tonight. I bought the bottle based on my favorable impression of Weller 12 year old. The reviews here were mixed, so I only bought a 375ml, but I think I like it enough to buy a 750ml. Although it has a definite burn to it, I wouldn't consider it harsh. The Weller product line is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

12-12-2003, 20:45
Welcome to the club. I think, on a value basis, the Wellers may be the best ones out there. Even the base 7yo Special Reserve 90-proof is tasty, and the 80-proof Rebel Yell (now a David Sherman product -- reputedly still using the original recipe -- but once a Stitzel-Weller brand) is marvelous for around $10 a 750 ml. And, Weller 12 has become one of my go-to drinks.

12-21-2003, 14:00
Lately I've been on an Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yo kick, but last night after the first glass it felt like I still had an 'itch' that ERSB just wasn't going to 'scratch', so I switched to EC12. When in doubt, that always seems to do the job.

12-21-2003, 20:04
Well, tonight I openned the last bottle of Sazerac 18 available in the state of VA. The manager of the ABC said that I should drink it slowly. I am not sure that this can happen since this stuff is so very good! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

12-22-2003, 02:56
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif Mmmmm Tonight i am savoring the smokey flavor of Wild Turkey,I tried it again for the first time in years, a few night ago and just had to revisit. I am blown away by the compexity of what i "had" considered a simple bourbon.This is going to be a go-to bourbon of mine from now on,I believe. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

12-22-2003, 06:40
last night it was Ancient Ancient Age 10 year....if I have any "standards" then this is one of them....(Buffalo Trace and Weller 12 along with AAA seem to always be my benchmark Bourbons)

12-22-2003, 08:34
Last night was a good night. Started off with Woodford Reserve, and then opened up a bottle of Stagg '03... yummy. Not having the '02 handy to compare, I can't say for sure, but I do think last years was better. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying a good amount of it http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif


12-22-2003, 10:52
Last night was a nostalgic kind of evening. So it was "The Fox on the Rocks" (Kinda sounds like Dr. Suess) Not many Virginia Gentleman posts lately. This bourbon really is solid, with lots of great flavor and a sweet, caramel bouquet. I had to hold my pants to keep'm from gettin' http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif away.

12-22-2003, 16:45
Tonight it's Maker's Mark on the rocks, and I don't care what any of you think about it! I like it http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif

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12-22-2003, 22:00
Well, I'd planned to take a night off -- even had fruit-punch Kool-Aid earlier. But, sitting here in front of the computer, I poured a little of the 1989 Evan Williams single barrel I found for around $20 ($18.50 or so after the discount the store owner generously -- and usually -- gives me). He has a little mini-stash with orange wax (celebrating UT's 1998 football national championship) that I think I'm going to buy out as soon as Christmas passes. A new item on my (ever-expanding) 'favorites' list.

12-27-2003, 12:32
Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve. (the 13 yr) This is one of the Heritage Collection and is excellent. I have had the Weller's Centennial which I love, and I know I.W.Harper, which is now export-only, is in the Collection, but what are the other 2? or is it 3? I wish Old Charters of any age were more readily available...

12-27-2003, 14:06
Here are the others in the Heritage Collection. (There are 5 in total) They are:

- IW Harper 15 YO
- WL Weller Centennial 10YO
- Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve 13 YO
- George Dickel Special Barrel Reserve 10 YO
- Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12 YO

12-27-2003, 15:42
Tonight it is the Rock ,,, Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Three fingers deep and straight up .....Life is gooooodd
Bill g.

Salute ! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

12-27-2003, 16:11

Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve is a favorite of mine. I did some tasting notes on it awhile back. If you can get ahold of the 12 YO Classic, that is excellent as well!


12-30-2003, 21:35
Speaking of the Heritage Collection, I somehow managed to find a single bottle of IW Harper in a liquor store in Atlanta, Georgia last week. I'm not sure how it got there (it was hidden behind a number of bottles of Weller) but I snapped it up...I haven't tasted it yet, since I'm saving it until I get back to San Francisco. It's been a good trip, bourbon-wise, since I also found a couple of bottles of Weller 19yo, Stagg, and Birthday Bourbon, as well as 4 dusty bottles of Van Winkle Old Time Rye (12 yo) in a liquor store near Lexington, KY. I'm sipping on some of the rye right now, and I'll probably use it to toast in the New Year as well.

12-31-2003, 19:52
Happy New Year! I decided to open a bottle of Hirsch 16 to celebrate and, after removing the foil (a new one: no wax) I started removing the cork. It started to split and it was a race to get the cork out before it split into pieces. Luckily, I got the cork out and poured a generous drink of Hirsch 16, then found a perfect replecement cork in my box of corks from old bottles.

Well, the Hirsch 16 is wonderful! I had great expectations for it and it met them all. It is rather mild, in some ways, but this is rather like Sazerac 18: it has the essential essence of what it is down pat, with no wasted motion. This is just fabulous!

Happy New Years and Best of Success in the coming years~ Cheers, Ed

12-31-2003, 20:54
To celebrate Hogmanay (http://www.hogmanay.net/faq.shtml) tonite a generous pour of Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit.

Let's take a cup of kindness for auld lang syne.

12-31-2003, 22:16
I'm drinking Weller 12yo tonight, and it's as good as ever. Re Hirsch 16yo:

After not having seen it on a shelf for months, I found and snatched up five bottles (all older wax-topped) between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in three different stores. The story is that the area distributor ran across a case buried in the warehouse, and the distribution manager phoned a handful of larger stores to see if they wanted a couple of bottles. If I'm not mistaken, Hirsch is shipped in 6-bottle cases. If so, I only missed one of them. Happy New Year!

01-02-2004, 08:33
Having spent a number of years drinking Maker's Mark, I decided it was time to truly enjoy myself and I have been wandering through a list of tastings. I now only cook with Maker's.

My new standard is WT Rare Breed and tonight I am enjoying Kentucky Spirit to celebrate a new job for the new year. With age and a refined palate, the years keep getting better and better.

01-02-2004, 15:31
RB & KS - excellent choices!


01-02-2004, 17:08
It's a sad evening for here at the Yeast household. I am taking the final sips of my first bottle of single barrel bourbon: EWSB 1991. Still my favorite of the vintages I have sampled, 89-93. Maybe I'll run across a stray bottle somewhere, but for now I'll have the memories (Cue the Barbara Streisand music) http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

01-05-2004, 18:57
ORVW 10yo 107 proof. I don't think I can get enough of this bourbon. Smooth and creamy with just enough kick to remind you you're drinking a high-proof bourbon. Here's to many more years of ORVW bourbon! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

01-09-2004, 00:43
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif Mmmmm Tonight i am savoring the smokey flavor of Wild Turkey,I tried it again for the first time in years, a few night ago and just had to revisit. I am blown away by the compexity of what i "had" considered a simple bourbon.This is going to be a go-to bourbon of mine from now on,I believe. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

WT 101 is the whiskey that converted me to bourbon. I picked up a bottle again yesterday, and am reminded of how truly satisfying this product is. I think of it as a premium bourbon, regardless of whether or not it is specifically marketed as such. It makes huge promises to the nose, and delivers them all to the palate. This is a label that I will return to again and again.

01-09-2004, 16:14
A first for me--Old Fitzgerald BIB.


01-11-2004, 19:22
Baker's 107 proof tonight. It was a Xmas gift from my wife. She's a keeper!

01-11-2004, 20:23
Am revisiting my ORVW 10/90 tonight -- the one I didn't care for much the first time I tried it again last month. I'm about halfway into the bottle now, sipping it once or twice a week, and I think my first impression was just an anomoly -- while not quite as sturdy as the 10/107 or 15yo, it's still right tasty. And I love the liquid-honey look in the glass. Getting a really strong (and pleasant) toffee/caramel in the nose, and leather and orange peel on the palate. Probably some other things, too, I can't recognize. Anyway, am much more positive about it each time I've tried it since that first time. Good stuff, and the least expensive of the Van Winkles. Will replace this bottle when it's gone, after all.

01-12-2004, 09:33
Last night it was Stagg'03 by the fire. I was tempted to put on a smoking jacket and ascot, as I felt very "Hef-like" enjoying Stagg from a snifter with the fire burning, lounging in overstuffed leather chair. (Ain't life grand) At full strength, this is a big whiskey, intimidating if approached to quickly. Very satisfying on a cold winter's night. (Now, if I can only convince The Patty to act more "Bunny-like") http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

01-12-2004, 19:38
Started with a touch of Stagg 03, Then some Ezra B 15yo and finished with a sip of ORVW 10/107. I'm approaching sensory overload http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif

01-13-2004, 18:37
Tonight, it was a large straight shot of Elijah Craig 12-year old while I was cooking supper. Supper was braised pork chops, gravy, and rice. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif


01-14-2004, 21:57
Well, I finally did it -- I finished a drink of Stagg '03 uncut! I discovered if I immediately rolled a tiny taste to the middle/back of my tongue, I eliminated most of the alcohol burn. Then I just let the drink coat my tongue from back-to-front slowly (many of you guys probably already had this figured out, but I'm learning without mentoring, so don't chuckle!) and I got flavor instead of all-alcohol. I'd previously enjoyed Stagg at about 60/40 ratio with water, but this gives a much fuller flavor -- a 'nuttiness' that stands out. I like it even better (in small doses) this way.

01-15-2004, 12:44
Your comment on the nuttiness is interesting. When I was home over Christmas, I drank a bit of Stagg '03 with my brother. He's very inexperienced with higher end liquors, so I was surprised he liked it at all. His first comment was that the aftertaste reminded him a little of Amaretto.


01-21-2004, 17:06
Last night, while reading Master and Commander by O'Brian, I had a healthy pour of Blanton's. Some people have been coming down on this whiskey, lately, but I don't understand it.

This is the smoothest good bourbon I know of. "Smooth" isn't exactly my favorite quality, but I suppose that is because it often goes with blandness. And Blanton's isn't bland.

It gives all sorts of flavors - last night, I noted corn, caramel, citrus, and a couple of other notes I couldn't exactly match a term with.

All in all, an excellent drink on a cold night.


01-21-2004, 17:16
I agree...an excellent pour with different subtle tastes each time I try it. With its "rider", it is the perfect Derby Day bourbon.

01-21-2004, 18:54

As a fellow WT101 drinker, your word carries considerable weight with me. It's time for me to revisit Blanton's, which I will do later this evening.

After saying I wouldn't buy a second bottle, I broke down and did so. I think I opened it 3-4 months ago, and I haven't been moved to go back to it since then. In contrast, I've probably drunk two bottles of WT101 during that period.

Maybe I'll never get it, where Blanton's is concerned. However, I guess I should follow my own advice, dispensed recently in regard to EC12. It's just that my mind will stay open for only so long. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

BTW, Buffalo Trace is becoming a serious threat to dethrone WT101 as my mainstay bourbon. However, it's available only from out-of-state, and it costs several dollars more -- both major barriers to becoming my very own Old Dependable.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

01-21-2004, 19:34
Well, I would hope that being $45 per bottle and from the same distiller as BT, Blanton's would be at least somewhat better. But, I have never tasted BT, so I cannot compare them.

But I will admit, Blanton's can be subtle. What is my favorite quality in bourbon is big, bold flavor (e.g., Rare Breed, Old Grand Dad 114, OF Birthday) and Blanton's certainly is not like that. But it does seem to present layer after layer of complexity. And the flavor it gives seems to me to be the right flavor.

I'll stop now, for to continue would be to risk gushing in public. (No, I can't take credit for that line. A Wall Street Journal reviewer used it to end his review of the movie, The Return of the King).


01-21-2004, 21:25
I'm trying Bulleit Frontier for the first time. My first impression is that I don't really care for it, but I've said that before! So heavy on the rye, to me, that it's almost a straight rye (in essence, anyway -- I realize it can't be both a bourbon and straight rye). But that 'almost' is the kicker: Generally, I like straight rye, but this just seems harsh as bourbons go.

01-22-2004, 02:04
Hear, hear! Blanton's is a wonderful bourbon! You're right, it's not so much big and bold as it is complex. The thing that's always struck me about it is the finish, which lasts longer than most other bourbons, even other Buffalo Trace bourbons. While I find that Blanton's does vary somewhat from bottle to bottle (which is to be expected, since it's a single barrel), the best bottles of Blanton's I've had are smoooth beyond compare!

Damn, I just made myself thirsty...

01-22-2004, 07:13
Frankly Buffalo Trace is better than Blanton's in my opinion. BT can be had in Ky for $17 more or less while Blanton's is always in the $40 range. As I said,I like Blanton's and appreciate its subtlety, but it is a rare buy at that price. I buy it for the first Saturday in May...Derby Day. IMHO Buffalo Trace may be the best bourbon out there in its price range.

01-22-2004, 20:55
Hear, hear! Blanton's is a wonderful bourbon! ... While I find that Blanton's does vary somewhat from bottle to bottle (which is to be expected, since it's a single barrel)...

At one time, I didn't like either Blanton or Buffalo Trace bourbons. However, I had Buffalo Trace at the BT (old Ancient Age) distillery and liked it. I will probably try it again.

I still can't get use to Blanton, though. I may have the rare bottle that is not up to snuff. IMHO, it is definately not worth the price! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif

01-23-2004, 00:04
dhooch, are you not being rather harsh with your barf icon?

01-23-2004, 03:18

As others have said before, I'd like to offer you my free Blanton's disposal service. Please PM me, and I'll take that nasty Blanton's http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif off your hands. You see, it's my all time favorite bourbon http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif.

Bob Kaufman

01-23-2004, 12:45
I just finished a bottle of VWFR 12 "lot b'.Currently
opened is Pure Kentucky XO. First time for this one.
a little harsh at first but now I am enjoying it.

01-23-2004, 18:25
Since I have a lot of blind taste tests with friends, I am almost out of the Blanton bourbon. By the way, nobody has selected this bourbon as a top tasting bourbon. If not for the fact that I have so little left, I would send it to you. I will keep you in mind in the future, though.

01-23-2004, 18:33
You may be right! I don't know all the protocols, yet. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

I just know that Blanton bourbon was such a disappointment for me. The bottle is beautiful!!! The distillery and the folks there are wonderful! However, there are many excellent bourbons on the market that are far superior to Blanton.

Yes, this is only my opinion. Many others have different tastes than mine. I will try not to be so vocal, in the future. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

01-31-2004, 17:02
Tonight I'm experimenting with a--gasp--home made blend of Pure KY XO and Old Bourbon Hollow.


01-31-2004, 17:07
Tonight, its Makers, from a black and blue wax dipped "Panthers" bottle. I'm in Charlotte and heading to the Bank of America building for a pre-Super Bowl Bash. My Brother-In-Law got a bottle and said he was saving for the day the Panthers got to the Super Bowl. Who knew it be a year later.
Go figure.

01-31-2004, 22:38
I'm on my most-different (see other thread) plan: last night was Stagg '03, tonight it's ERSB.

02-02-2004, 17:14
I needed a good one sooooo it's http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif ORVW 15 yr 107 ....in a hot toddy ... the wannabe farmer is abit sore tonight ....
Bill g. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

02-02-2004, 17:31
Buffalo Trace vs. (this an intra-mural contest) Blanton's. The Trace has a complex flavour, nutty, caramel corn, with nutmeg-like spice. A good one. I'd like it just a bit older but it is good as it comes, very good. Blanton's strikes me as less good, woody but not smoky, corn-like but lightish, less complex than Buffalo Trace. Both are fine products and well worth the money, but Trace has the edge. For no particular reason, I chased these with a Russian-made beer which tasted like a watered-down Pilsener but did the job. I tip my hat to Buffalo Trace which makes many fine traditional whiskeys.


02-02-2004, 19:01
This morning I got off work after 12 hours of mindnumbing boredom and decided to give Johnny Drum 15yr a chance to redeem my poor first impressions. I really like the nose on this bourbon, but for some reason, there is a big letdown. The only word I have for the taste is HARSH. I've seen some posts here that speak highly of it, so I must have a bad bottle. When I first picked it up, I shared my first taste with two friends who also didn't care at all for it, so I don't think it was my poorly developed and overly abused taste buds. Sorry, Drum fans, but I'll probably not march to that beat again. I'll just have to find some other use for it. I may have to experiment on blending it with others I find at least tolerable.

02-03-2004, 06:32
Interesting. Here is Sauceguide's take on this whiskey:

"Very light and supple, opens up nicely with butterscotch, caramel, gingerbread, caffe latte, cocoa powder, nutmeg, expresso, and a light oaky garnish".

Charlie Thomason, in describing the hallmarks of Willett's whiskeys, mentioned their fruity aroma (ripe apple, he said). This 15 year old does not seem to have this taste or nose. However Sauceguide's description of Johnny Drum 12-year-old states, "Mellow vanilla, creme caramel, baked apple...". If these whiskeys are Willet's, maybe the 12 year old still has one of the signatures whereas the wood in the 15 year old might obscure it.


02-03-2004, 16:16
It looks as though you and I should concoct a secret handshake. I share in every particular the unpopular opinion that you expressed in regard to Blanton's vs. Buffalo Trace.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

02-03-2004, 16:28
If you care to discuss what bourbon you are drinking now try conducting a search and see if there is a tasting notes post on it already in the tastings forum. If there is a post on it already, make a reply giving us your impressions of it. If there isn't one, feel free to use the following template (just copy and paste it) to write up your own reviews. Even if you are not the best writer or taster, using the template makes it easy. Plus it sparks interest in the tastings forum and adds to the board as well as opening up a dialogue about a specific pour. Thanks

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