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luv2hunt
04-19-2005, 21:48
I now have a habit of stopping at every liquor store I drive by just because you never know what you'll find! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/searching.gif Today I came home with 10 bottles of the early 90's 12yo Wild Turkey (gold foil...fake tax stamp)
Yesterday it was 6 bottles of Stagg.
What did you find today?
Dawn

tmas
04-19-2005, 22:29
Old Rip Van Winkle 15 year in the old squat bottle! Still confused about the whole ORVW 15 yr thing. Saw a post on another web site by a guy who tasted it alongside the 15 yr Pappy Van Winkle and said they're totally different animals. When I emailed Julian at Van Winkle, he said, same animal different bottle...guess he should know. But what the heck, bought a handful of these anyway. I know I love it so why take a chance, I kinda like the bottle with Rip on it anyhow!

musher
04-20-2005, 05:24
Today I came home with 10 bottles of the early 90's 12yo Wild Turkey (gold foil...fake tax stamp)
Yesterday it was 6 bottles of Stagg.




Wow! Ten bottles!! How old are they to have the fake tax stamp, since the '92 bottles I found just have the foil top.

That's quite a find compared to the recent one bottle that a "little birdie" told be about a couple of weeks ago. Now I don't feel so bad about picking it up.

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luv2hunt
04-20-2005, 06:08
I'm pretty sure the WT's are the first bottling..'90? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Dawn

Docholiday
04-20-2005, 06:33
On the way home yesterday I took a different route. Saw a Liquor store I didn't know existed. Stopped in and found a bottle of ER17 and sazerac 18 both from the 2003 release.

doubleblank
04-20-2005, 14:18
Your post prompted me to stop at a small store directly across from my office which I had never bothered to visit. I am now the owner of a complete "Bourbon Heritage Collection" including the George Dickel Special Barrel Reserve. I actually like the VSOF 12yo and Weller but the IW Harper 15yo is somewhat light. Now where am I going to put these on display?

Randy

gr8erdane
04-20-2005, 14:32
I should say it would look smashing in the east wing of the Blank estate. The west wing is full of Van Blankle and Stagg.

pepcycle
04-20-2005, 14:36
A map to Greenwood, Indiana
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ikewillett1
04-20-2005, 15:19
Which liquor store did you go to? I live on the North side of Indianapolis and the bourbon pickings are thin in the liquor stores around me.

doc_mcCabe
04-21-2005, 16:20
I hit the jackpot today, landing possession of one bottle WT Tribute, a Black Maple Hill 16 (which I've never tried) and a bottle of Stagg. This was a wonderful trifecta!

camduncan
04-21-2005, 16:24
I hit the jackpot today, landing possession of one bottle WT Tribute, a Black Maple Hill 16 (which I've never tried) and a bottle of Stagg. This was a wonderful trifecta!



All bottles I'd give my right arm to locate - well done!! Enjoy http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

jeff
04-21-2005, 16:58
Was that BMH bottled in Lawrenceburg or Bardstown? I have only tasted the Bardstown bottling and it is one of my favorites, though others have stated that the Lawrenceburg bottling is very good.

doc_mcCabe
04-21-2005, 17:34
The BMH 16 was bottled in Bardstown. I wasn't aware of a Lawrenceburg bottling. Wouldn't that imply that it wasn't distilled at Heaven Hill? What is the exact story behind BMH anyway?

Rancastle
04-21-2005, 18:16
BMH bottled in Lawrenceberg is likely Stitzel Weller whiskey, bottled by Julian Van Winkle. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif

Docholiday
04-28-2005, 08:30
Yesterday I happened into a shop that had a bottle of I W Harper KSB 15 yo Gold Label($43) and a bottle of Classic cask 17yo.($59). I did not have the cash. Should I go back today. Has anyone tried either?

luv2hunt
04-28-2005, 12:38
Since the IW Harper is no longer available.....it may be your only chance to try it!

bourbonmed
04-28-2005, 12:40
Doc,
Skip the 15 y/o Harper. It's a mild 40 proof bourbon leftover from the Heritage collection. But the 17-yr Classic Cask is among my personal favorites, exceptional stuff even if it's a bit overpriced at $59.

Cheers,
Omar

TNbourbon
04-28-2005, 14:10
Well, the Harper 15yo is increasingly rare -- part of the Bourbon Heritage Collection produced by United Distillers a dozen or so years ago -- but quite ordinary otherwise. The Classic Cask ryes, on the other hand, are generally pretty highly regarded. I was not aware of a 17yo.

ratcheer
04-28-2005, 16:00
Well, that is one way of looking at it, but that's a lot of money to pay for a fairly ordinary whiskey. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/skep.gif

Tim

bobbyc
04-28-2005, 16:45
Skip the 15 y/o Harper. It's a mild 40 proof bourbon leftover from the Heritage collection.



It is the hard one to find of the 5. I did know where some Dickel SB was to round that out, and one may or may not stumble upon the other 3 from United but they are still being produced, and it takes a keen eye to discern the difference.

brendaj
05-01-2005, 13:31
Dawn,
First, it was great meeting you this weekend.
Your finds have been amazing! I'll be in Indy next weekend for my Daughter's graduation. and, like Ike, I'd just love to know what liquor store you hit to find that Turkey 12... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif. Do they have any more?
Had a great time, look forward to seeing you again and...thanks for that water... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif
Bj

luv2hunt
05-01-2005, 15:59
Brenda,
I sent you a p.m.....I found the Wild Turkey in Illinois and I cleared the shelf http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif Jimmy Russell signed a bottle of it for us at the gazebo. He confirmed for us that it's from the 80's not 90's http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif I hope you tasted it at the gazebo! I had to borrow a bottle stopper from Tim because the cork absolutely crumbled when we opened it!
Dawn

jeff
05-01-2005, 16:09
I absolutely love WT12yo, thanks again for bringing it! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

TNbourbon
05-01-2005, 16:14
I absolutely love WT12yo, thanks again for bringing it! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif


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gr8erdane
05-02-2005, 09:25
I absolutely love WT12yo, thanks again for bringing it! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif


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I agree with Tim who agrees with Jeff....

wrbriggs
05-02-2005, 09:53
I absolutely love WT12yo, thanks again for bringing it! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif


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I agree with Tim who agrees with Jeff....


I agree with Dane, who agrees with Tim, who... ah, screw it:
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scbeeman
06-28-2005, 17:42
I have been looking for I. W. Harper for over a year. Is it truly gone?

Found some about a year ago, but now no distributors in my area carry it.

Anyone know?

Thanks

TNbourbon
06-28-2005, 19:38
I have been looking for I. W. Harper for over a year. Is it truly gone?..



Yes, and no. I occasionally find an old, stray bottle here and there, even the BHC 15yo. But it's my understanding it's the top seller in Japan, where it brings a better price -- thus, most of it goes to Japan. A few control states -- Washington is one -- still have it. You might check with one of the members from there.

Edward_call_me_Ed
06-29-2005, 07:34
Yep, it is here. In almost every convenience store. I haven't drunk much of it as there were other bourbons that tasted better to me. There is a 12 year old that looks tempting but it is in the over fifty buck range, maybe around $80. I will give the gold medal bottling another try soon. I would try some right now, but Wednesday is my liver's night off.
Ed

luv2hunt
06-29-2005, 10:37
The 15yo gold medal bottle is still on a few shelves here in Indiana.

Dawn

Edward_call_me_Ed
06-29-2005, 17:17
I after posting last night I couldn't resist at least a taste. Poured a third of a shot and swirled a few sips around my mouth before spitting it out. It is nice, smooth, maybe a bit young-there is no age statement. I have to say that I like it, thought it is softer than most of my favorites, that might be due to its low, only 80, proof.
Ed

tmas
07-28-2005, 22:58
I was checking out a store I've never been in today and came across a bottle of Classic Cask "Hand Crafted Single Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey" Aged 17 Years, Distilled in 1985 & Bottled in 2002, 90.8 Proof. Is this a rye? All it says is bottled by the Classic Cask Co. Bardstown Kentucky. Does anyone know who distills this. It was $49.00 and came in it's very own wooden box with a sliding plexiglass front panel! Of course I had to buy it!
Tom V.

BobA
07-29-2005, 08:19
While there is a Classic Cask rye, there is also a bourbon, which you found. FYI, if it says "straight bourbon whiskey" on the label, that's what it has to be. The rye will say "rye whiskey."

I've noticed some discussion on the rye, which is well regarded, but haven't paid as much attention to threads on the bourbon; I've not seen either bottle. A search may reveal some speculation about the maker.

Let us know how it tastes.

Bob

wadewood
07-29-2005, 11:32
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers was the bottler, unsure of who distilled this.

tmas
07-29-2005, 14:38
Thanks for clearing that up Bob. Yeah, I'll definitely post my impression of it upon tasting. I've decided to bring it along when I go fishing for a week in late August, me and my brother will give it a proper tasting! Tom V 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

BobA
07-29-2005, 14:50
Two guys? A week of fishing? One bottle? My experience suggests at least one other bottle, just on quantity, not to mention variety. And that's even with beer in the mix.

Have fun.

Bob

tmas
07-29-2005, 15:52
You're absolutely correct Bob! I am bringing along the Classic Cask, but already out at the summer place are Weller 12 year, ORVW 10 yr 107, & Bulliet. It would not do to have to break the mood by having to make a Bourbon run!! I wonder if Bourbon goes well with Barbequed Porgies? Tom V http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif

ratcheer
07-29-2005, 19:17
I think that was one of Evan Kulsveen's bottlings.

Tim

angelshare
07-30-2005, 17:12
We've never had much luck with great finds, but I (Dave) ran across these oddities today - a Cabin Still decanter, a Fleischmann's bourbon bicentennial decanter, and a very cloudy - I hope it's cork! - partially evaporated Bourbon USA banjo bottle. Don't know much about any of them, so chime in if you've tasted or know their histories. I would assume they're all 1970's, but I don't know that either. Glenmore products? I remembered from a search that Chuck said Glenmore owned Fleischmann's and Medeley products then?

The cost was:

Cabin Still $25
Fleischmann's $15
Bourbon USA $8

TNbourbon
07-30-2005, 20:29
...a Fleischmann's bourbon bicentennial decanter...


What a coincidence, Dave and Tina -- I have two full examples of that bird, with one of them currently open. It's my only acquaintance with Fleischmann's, which was distilled in Owensboro.
The eagle decanter was issued for the U.S. Bicentennial -- so, 1975 or 1976. Since there is no age statement on the bottle, safest assumption is that it was distilled in the 'early-'70s'. The golden barley color indicates it's fairly young.
I don't know the mashbill, but I assume relatively high corn -- it has a corny mustiness in the nose reminiscent of freshly cribbed corn. Or, perhaps that's bottle age and an imperfect bottle seal showing. Who knows? But the mustiness wears off with aeration, much like some old Old Charter I've had recently. Then you get some light caramel and heavy vanilla.
On the tongue, it hints at sweetness that kind of dies at mid-palate. Some mild heat accompanies some nominal leather notes, followed by a short, but fresh, finish.
It's not spectaculor or complex, but pleasant enough. Let's see, maybe the closest current bottling would be Old Forester 86.
I'll be interested to know how your impressions correspond or differ to mine.