View Full Version : You only get three!

02-04-2004, 17:05
We've done this kind of thing before, but it's fun so what the hell! Let's say you must choose 3 standard bottlings to last you the rest of your life. By that I mean: no limited editions, single barrels, or otherwise "special" bottlings. Please limit your choices to only bourbon whiskeys; no rye or Tennessee.

If I had to pick right now I would go with the following:

Weller 12yo
AAA 10yo
Buffalo Trace

These provide a nice cross section of style, as well as a nice price:value ratio. So what would your three be?

02-04-2004, 17:49
No single barrels? ouch! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

ORVW 15yr 107
WT 8yr 101 (duty free)
Buffalo Trace

02-04-2004, 18:04
I absolutely agree with your choices 100%...BT, Weller 12 and AAA10YR...are my choices also............

02-04-2004, 18:08
Well for what it's worth....
ORVW 107 10/15 yr both are great !
Buffalo Trace This is one of the first light weights I really like (90 proof )
Ezra Brooks 101

Bill g.

02-04-2004, 18:21
Hey Jeff!

At the risk of sounding like a "me too", my three are:

Buffalo Trace

I know I know...boring and unoriginal. But they're really tough to beat. I don't have access to the Weller 12yo, thus the EC12 substitution.

02-04-2004, 18:24
WT 101
Old Forester 100
Is Elijah Craig 12 year acceptable?


02-04-2004, 18:42
Russell's Reserve 10 years old
Evan Williams 7 years old
Old Grandad (BIB if possible)


02-04-2004, 19:18
Good man , Gary.
While one could be satisfied with a single house( BuffaloTrace) For me to pick 3 and only 3 I'd be certain to pick 3 separate sources. So Certainly Jim Beam , Heaven Hill and someone else would make the list for me. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

02-04-2004, 19:29
These are the distillery bottlings which I
find most satisfying:

Old Forester 100
Buffalo Trace
Makers Mark

Sorry but I have never indulged in AAA. Is it that good?

02-04-2004, 19:35
My choices would be

Old Rip Van Winkle 15 yo/107 proof
Buffalo Trace
Hirsch 16

If the Hirsch is out (ouch!), I'd go with Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve 13 YO, because Wild Turkey 12 YO is all but gone now, sadly. Cheers, Ed

02-04-2004, 19:38
Thanks Bobby, and Heaven Hill certainly deserves to be included, but even if it didn't I'd have included them anyway. Wouldn't want to offend Bettye Jo. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif


02-04-2004, 20:00
Well, I would also have chosen the RR if I thought of it as a "standard bottling". I guess I was confused.

So, I would like to change my choices to:

WT Rare Breed
Old Grand Dad 114-proof
Knob Creek

I don't know if these qualify or not.


02-04-2004, 20:31
Buffalo Trace
OGD 114
ORVW 10/107

02-04-2004, 21:15
I'll go with Weller 12, Jim Beam Black (especially if I can find the older 7yo, 90 proof) and ORVW 10yo (90 or 107, preferably the latter) -- as you can see, I added 'affordable' to my criteria. I like a lot of the other choices made by y'all, but I like these, too.

02-04-2004, 21:33
Hmmm... Even though I haven't had the ORVW 10/107 (sadly I haven't been able to find it around here) I'm going to include it based on my experience with the 12yo Lot 'b'. So that would make my list

ORVW 10/107

But I hope in the end I don't ever have to give up my limited editions and single barrels, they outnumber standard bottlings in my collection by a 3-1 margin.


02-04-2004, 21:58
Well, this is a tough one. So far, I've been buying mostly premiums with the occasional standard bottling when on sale. I'd have to say that of the ones I've tried:

EC12 (just picked up tonight and LOVE it)
ORVW 10/107(90 would substitute for me as well)
Weller 12

I would maybe have mentioned Old Commonwealth but from what I gather here, it's a twin brother to ORVW.

02-04-2004, 23:11
It's a tough call, but here goes:

WT Russell's Reserve, Buffalo Trace and Old Rip 107 or 90. I'm assuming that RR and ORVW aren't special bottlings....


02-05-2004, 05:14
Just for clarification, what I meant by "special bottlings" was any bourbon that is different from the mainstream production lines. OFBB for instance would be a special bottling, but RR and KC would be standard bottlings because they are regularly available. I don't think I would consider Hirsch a standard item, due to its limited availability and finite quantities remaining. Fell free to correct or append your lists accordingly http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

02-05-2004, 06:28
Wild Turkey Rare Breed http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif (Thank you, sir. May I have another?)
Old Rip Van Winkle 15yo/107 proof ( http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif mmmm...caramel....)
Knob Creek (aaah, my first love, the one that got me traveling on the road to bourbonia)

But...I have recently purchased my first bottle of Buffalo Trace and am really enjoying it. Not sure yet if I'm enjoying it enough to replace any of the three I listed.

02-05-2004, 07:24
Jeff, I assumed you meant a distillery's standard bottling. Otherwise I would have included
"ORVW 10/90" and "RR" and
kept "OF 100" on my list.

02-05-2004, 07:41
Here's mine .....WT Rare Breed, ORVW 10/107, and since I'd like to include a HH product for variety....EW Master Distillers Select. That would be three different but delicious bourbons.

Randy B.

02-05-2004, 10:50
I'd go with my three most frequent pours recently:

Weller 12 (my "old faithful")
Old Fitz (great value)
Knob Creek (one of Jo's favorites)

While I could easily pick three from BT, I decided to pick one from three different distillers.

02-05-2004, 14:01
As an infrequent poster I always feel like I'm butting in on a private conversation when I reply to one of these threads, but this one seemed too fun to pass up--
Since I'm on a budget and wouldn't know what I was missing once my taste buds adjusted, I'd go middle of the road:

Jim Beam Black
WT 101
VSOFitz (would make my list no matter what the price)

I just saved myself $10,000+/lifetime. Wait till I tell my wife!

02-05-2004, 14:49

I couldn't agree with you more!! Wise choice!!!! If I was to change any of them it would probably be the AAA for VOB 100 proof.


02-05-2004, 16:00
I can't get Buffalo Trace here, or it would go on the list. But here's what I can get:

Old Charter 12 year "The Classic"
Old Fitz 1849
Russell's Reserve (if that's allowed) or Old Grand dad 114 if the RR isn't considered sporting.

02-05-2004, 16:00

I know we have done this before but this is very interesting. It seems to me that the people on bourbon.com or I should say my fellow bourbon lovers, definitely have good taste. Buffalo Trace seems to be in high regard and AAA is coming on up the ladder and the Weller 12 YO sure seems to me that the more you know about bourbon the choice comes through loud and clear. If you would have just said you can only pick four VOB maybe should be, always has been, and will be on the bar of every bourbon lover. I have said it before and will say it again great bourbon can be very affordable, even on a tight budget. And as for Buffalo Trace, I have a "whole herd" in my bunker, and a few "out on the range", and of course they are the 1.75 Liter kind. I just love this thread!!


02-05-2004, 16:53
Marvin, I always find your comments to be right on, and well-expressed. I envied your review of those super-bourbons, which I have not had. I will hold my judgment that Scotland's best eclipses America's best until I taste them.

My alternate 3 faves easily can track your mentions of Very Old Barton, WL Weller 12 years old, and Triple A. I have a bit of an issue, potentially, with AAA in that a bottle bought for me a couple of years ago (in North Carolina) was disappointing. It was harsh, acidic, and not at all like the smooth rich depth charge of a drink I recalled from earlier years. Maybe it was not typical of Triple A; I am hoping so.


02-05-2004, 18:36
Elijah Craig 12 y.o.
Basil Hayden's
Woodford Reserve

I hope the last two count. If Knob Creek makes it, then I would assume the others would, as well. Knock the latter two out and I guess I'd have to replace them with Old Weller 107 and, well, Knob Creek. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

02-06-2004, 00:35
My choices:

Weller 12 yo
ORVW 15yo/ 107
WT Russel's Reserve


02-06-2004, 06:22
Only Three, well..........

Makers since it is the one that got me into this hobby
WT rare breed
AAA - didn't know it existed until I moved to VA and I like it.

02-06-2004, 13:10
ORVW 15/107
Old Ezra 101
Henry McKenna 10 year BIB

Can you tell I lean towards higher proofs? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

02-06-2004, 17:03
I do, too.


02-11-2004, 13:56
From my limited experience.
EC 12
OGD 100 Bonded
Woodford Reserve

02-12-2004, 19:51
(the lurker breaks cover)

Old Fitzgerald,
ORVW 10/90, and...
Sazerac Rye (it ain't bourbon, but by God it is good!)

(I wish I could add Woodford Reserve, but...oh well..)

02-12-2004, 21:59
I'm not part of the official welcoming committee, so let me just pass on the warm welcome I've received since 'coming out' several months ago. You are among friends if you want to be.

02-20-2004, 09:13
Jeff, I am new to the Straightbourbon.com discussion board. Can you tell me what AAA stands for?


02-20-2004, 09:23
Ancient Ancient Age (http://www.greatbourbon.com/ancientage10.html) from Buffalo Trace Distillery. You may have not seen it since it is not available in most states.

02-20-2004, 09:56
Thanks you for the info. I am headed down to bourbon country this evening and will now be picking up some AAA.


02-20-2004, 10:10
AAA is a great bourbon at a phenominal price Ike, you will not regret picking up a bottle on your trip. Enjoy! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

02-25-2004, 09:38
I picked up some AAA and was thoroughly impressed. What a great value. Definitely the best $12 bourbon I've ever had.

My pick three selections:

AAA 10 year old
ORVW 15 year old

02-25-2004, 11:12
My pick three selections:

AAA 10 year old
ORVW 15 year old

A very good pick 3 at that. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif And all associated with BT Distillery. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif