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01-31-2004, 17:40
They list George T. Stagg 15 Yr. Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon as the 4th best spirit for the year of 2003.

Full list is at: 2003 top spirits (http://www.tastings.com/search_spirits.lasso?se=k&kw=%202003TopSpirits&sb= All&sf=ScoreForSort&dt=208)

01-31-2004, 17:48
Normally I would have a lot to say there, but since Georgy T is their first Bourbon choice in the line up............. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

02-02-2004, 19:15
I used their spirits search on Bourbons. Here are their top dozen. Not that my list would be the same, but I would find this list respectable.

98 Old Rip Van Winkle 12 Year Old Special Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

95 George T. Stagg 15 Yr. Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

94 Old Rip Van Winkle 15 Year Old Handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $40.

94 Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

93 Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

93 Jim Beam Black 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

92 Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

92 Jim Beam Distillers Masterpiece 20 Year Old Port Finish Bourbon Whiskey

91 W. L. Weller 12 Yr. Old Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

91 Eagle Rare 10 Yr. Old Straight Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

91 Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whisky

91 Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

02-02-2004, 20:44
I agree...I would have nooo problem making these my next dozen bottles....but is #91 the best any of them can muster? I think not....but it is always an interesting list.

02-02-2004, 20:45
Note that the Beverage Institute only offers ratings on spirits submitted to them -- for a fee, of course -- generally by the producer. Thus, any list they produce, while generally reasonable, will be incomplete. Many bottlings just never get rated.

02-03-2004, 17:52
It still boils down to quality vs. price. Sometimes a 98 rated bourbon at $75 is not quite as acceptable as a 94 rated bourbon at $35, for an example. Are four (4) points worth $40? I usually say, NO! But I may say YES, in some cases. That has been my dilemma. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif

02-03-2004, 17:58
I'd pay a $99 for a bottle rated at "99" but I wouldn't pay $91 for a "91".

02-03-2004, 20:47
with a price/value ratio applied, the following are the best for the money IMHO...
in no particular order:
Buffalo Trace/$18 a great whiskey
Ancient Ancient Age 10YEAR/$12 can anything match this price/quality ratio?
Weller 12/$18 another VERY good whiskey
VeryOldBarton/ $12 a steal
Elijah Craig12 /$16 as stated elswhere, the "star" of HH
Old Charter 12/ $15
Old Forester/ $12 a real deal and former "go to bourbon"
Wild Turkey 101/ $17 not often on my buy list but crowds swear by it...
...all of these and others I have missed for under $20 bucks...I agree it is pretty tough to justify spending 2 or 3 times this price for that diminishing difference in quality.

02-04-2004, 10:15
Not everybody is searching for a bargain all the time. Some of us are willing to spend a little more because we can appreciate those few extra points. Is it worth the extra $20 for that nicer bourbon? I say there are times when the answer is a definite YES.

02-04-2004, 17:52
I appreciate your comments and bourbon price/value list. I will take these into consideration! Thanks. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

02-04-2004, 17:53
Good point!

02-04-2004, 18:22
I occasionally will spend $40 to $50 for a bottle of bourbon, but when I do I drink them sparingly.

My one and only bottle of Blanton's was purchased in December, 2001. It is almost gone.

I have about 1/2 bottle remaining of Kentucky Spirit that was bought in December, 2002. I have another unopened bottle of KS that I bought this past fall, because it was marked down to $35.


02-04-2004, 21:29
I'll spend a premium to try something unique -- like, for example, Hirsch 16yo or Pappy 20 or 23. But, for those prices, I'll also enjoy just letting it set on the shelf for awhile. Generally, the only bottles I ever have to replace are the Buffalo Traces, WT 101, JB Black, et al -- and there's a certain pleasure in that thriftiness, too. Then, it's a special joy to find something like EWSB, that's both affordable and exceptional! Is that what we live for, or what?

02-04-2004, 21:43
I don't hold myself to a specific price for a single bottle at all, but since I'm on a limited budget overall every choice I make is a sacrifice. Lately I've been concentrating on lots of rare, hard to find bottles that tend to be a bit more expensive. It may seem strange that I've got lots of premiums and haven't tried many of the basics yet, but OGD114 isn't going anywhere, and if I'd waited 6 months on the Hirsch I might have been out of luck forever. However, I don't bunker away bottles. I don't need a lifetime supply of any one bourbon, but I'd sure like to have one of each one made.