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Bourbonluva
05-09-2005, 19:55
Just curious if anyone was aware of any bourbon of the month clubs. I know similar memberships exist for wines, beers, cigars, etc. Any thoughts?

camduncan
05-09-2005, 20:20
I've never seen one, but it raises a fun idea...
Why couldn't we run one here on the Straight Bourbon site?

monte
05-09-2005, 21:20
Shipping restrictions, taxes, duties, etc. etc. etc.

A great idea if it could be made to work, but even within the US, it's a total and complete nightmare of regulations.

Of course, I'd love someone to prove me wrong, but I can't think of how this one would work in practice...

-monte-

camduncan
05-09-2005, 21:52
I was thinking more along the lines of someone ie Jeff, Jim (or insert name here) nominating a different bourbon bi-monthly.
Then, if it's available in your area, and you want to participate, grab a bottle, sample, and contribute to the tasting notes / opinions thread.
It's not totally flawless, but it's the only way I could think of that would work.

monte
05-09-2005, 22:29
See? I knew someone could make sense out of this idea (where I could only come up with confusion!!)

That concept will most certainly fly... and it might give us all a chance to swap tasting notes etc.

Anyone want to start this month's thread?? I'd say we should put it in the tasting section of this board.


-monte-

Edward_call_me_Ed
05-10-2005, 00:44
I think it is a good idea, but Cameron is right, it needs someone to run it. If we all just chime in with our recomendations we will be straight back to confusion. Anyone want to do it? Or perhaps we could run a poll and the winner would be the next months 'club' bourbon.
Ed

jeff
05-10-2005, 03:00
Great idea fellas http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif In fact, we are currently working on such a concept that will tie-in with the main SB.com site. Stay tuned for further details... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/popcorn.gif

Bourbonluva
05-10-2005, 05:20
I wonder if there are enough different bourbons to make it interesting and how many we could do before we start repeating or trying the most commmon bourbons. How many different bourbons do you have access to at your local stores?

miller542
05-10-2005, 07:38
How many different bourbons do you have access to at your local stores?



I'd say at least 24, so two years worth, some better than others, of course.

This is a great idea. Count me in.

brian12069
05-10-2005, 18:05
I was thinking more along the lines of someone ie Jeff, Jim (or insert name here) nominating a different bourbon bi-monthly.
Then, if it's available in your area, and you want to participate, grab a bottle, sample, and contribute to the tasting notes / opinions thread.
It's not totally flawless, but it's the only way I could think of that would work.



I LOVE this idea...

brian12069
05-10-2005, 18:07
How many different bourbons do you have access to at your local stores?



I'd say at least 24, so two years worth, some better than others, of course.

This is a great idea. Count me in.




Any liquor store I have ever been in will order ANY bourbon you want... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

bluesbassdad
05-10-2005, 18:18
Any liquor store I have ever been in will order ANY bourbon you want...



Note to The Boss:

The preceding comment, even if not completely true in all locales, points to the benefit of publishing the line-up several months into the future. That practice would also aid those, such as senior citizens (aka, "old farts") on fixed incomes, who budget their purchases even in the presence of easy availablity.

Yours truly,
Dave "OF" Morefield

camduncan
05-10-2005, 18:42
I wonder if there are enough different bourbons to make it interesting and how many we could do before we start repeating or trying the most commmon bourbons. How many different bourbons do you have access to at your local stores?



I'm sure there are more than enough bourbons to keep us going for some time http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

It's conceivable that in some months, you won't be able to participate becuase you can't get a particular brand or bottling. (I'll definately be in the same boat - our range of bourbons in Australia isn't that large and the cost of importing on a regular basis is very high http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif)

There could even be different tastings if people are interested -
A bourbon of the month which would be something 'most' of us can purchase and is current (eg '95 Evan Williams Single Barrel)
and..
A hard to find or older vintage bourbon of the month (eg '91 Evan Williams Single Barrel)

brian12069
05-10-2005, 19:24
I love this...Lets Start June first...

smokinjoe
05-10-2005, 19:49
Ditto...I'm in! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

mobourbon
05-10-2005, 20:22
This sounds like a fantastic idea! I'm ready. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

wrbriggs
05-10-2005, 21:01
Count me in if it's something I can get in my area. Maybe we should pick a widely available bottling for the first month, maybe EWSB or something else in that same $15 - $20 price range?

ratcheer
05-11-2005, 16:13
It wouldn't work at all, for me. I'm in a strict control state with very limited product selection. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Tim

ratcheer
05-11-2005, 16:15
Again, in my state, they sometimes won't even order things for you that they have on their official list. But, I have become resigned that even the official listing may not mean that they actually have any.

Tim

brian12069
05-11-2005, 18:04
I'm glad I'm not Tim and LETS DO IT!!! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

chasking
05-13-2005, 09:13
It appears that there is plenty of interest. At the risk of being tedious or dogmatic, http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clever.gif I have a few ideas about logistics I thought I would throw out there.

Hopefully the SB moderators would be willing to open a new forum, "Bourbon of the Month Club". On the first day of the month, that month's selection would be posted, and for the rest of that month, club participants could post comments about that bourbon. I see no need to limit the conversation to just tasting notes---history, anecdotes, availability information, etc., as long as they are related to that month's selection, would be appropriate. Over time, this could become a useful repository of basic information about various brands and expressions.

So, how to pick the selections? I figure that honor/duty could rotate among active club participants. Hopefully, that could be done by general agreement (volunteering, or acclaimation) without rancor or hurt feelings.

I think it would be gentlemanly to let participants with limited availability pick at least the first few, to ensure wide participation. Given his unfortunate situation, how's about having Tim pick something for June?

These are just ideas, obviously, but I think the club is a neat idea and I just thought I would suggest a framework to help get it off the ground. If anyone has other ideas, please don't hesitate to post them. Feel free to disagree or criticize anything I said.

The Other Chuck

cas
05-13-2005, 10:13
It might work best to start with some that are widely available, to encourage participation.
Craig

bluesbassdad
05-13-2005, 12:29
Craig,

Right! As I'm sure TOC intended to imply, if Alabama Tim (in contrast to Tennessee Tim) can get it (designated bourbon of the month), anyone can. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif (However, those of us who live out in the sticks and/or cacti may need a little lead time.)

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

jeff
05-13-2005, 12:46
OK, as I stated earlier, we are getting ready to implement some new features on the main site that will spill over onto the forum similar to what everyone is suggesting. That said, there is no reason not to start a monthly thread on a particular bourbon, with the understanding that it will change slightly in the future. I am willing to start the thread on June 1st. That should give sufficient time for all interested to procure themselves a bottle. For now we'll pin it to the top of the General forum, but tasting notes are more than welcome there. I'm going to suggest Knob Creek as the 1st BOTM, as it is a premium product readily available throughout the country. Unless someone can make a good argument to the contrary, that's what it will be.

camduncan
05-13-2005, 13:34
Jeff, you beat me to posting a reminder re your previous post and the upcomming new features http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

I applaud the choice of Knob Creek - as far as i know it is available in most of the 'other' countries (ie outside US) that participate on the forum as well http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif.......plus, I've been looking for an excuse to buy a bottle for months http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

ratcheer
05-13-2005, 16:43
It works for me. Knob Creek is one of the two or three things that are still available, here. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Tim

RedVette
05-13-2005, 18:03
Works for me, Knob Creek was my first premium Bourbon, it will be fun to revisit it.

Hedmans Brorsa
05-14-2005, 03:03
KC is a good choice for me, too. I can get it within a week´s notice.

Edward_call_me_Ed
05-14-2005, 06:47
Knob Creek http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/iagreejeff.gif!!!
I even have an unopened bottle. I may have trouble keeping it that way... I guess I will be jumping the gun.

I will be in the States, away from that bottle, the first two weeks of June. I will be buying a bottle to drink while there and was already thinking about getting a Knob Creek. I will have to see what is on the shelf before I commit myself. But I need to get something really good or I will crack open one of the three Spring Staggs waiting for me there. I want to bring those puppies home!
Ed

gr8erdane
05-14-2005, 09:31
No problems here with Knob Creek, but maybe going forward, as Chasking says we can rotate the picks of bourbons by different members. Say the first person to offer tasting notes gets to pick five to nominate for the next month and then everyone has all month long to PM him or her if they can't get the bottle. The one most people can procure is the next month's bottle. Just a suggestion. Take it and run if you can improve on it.

Tallica
05-14-2005, 16:49
Say the first person to offer tasting notes gets to pick five to nominate for the next month and then everyone has all month long to PM him or her if they can't get the bottle. The one most people can procure is the next month's bottle.



That works for me, it would give the widest oportunity for all to participate, including us from OS & those in control states(poor B#*^rds) http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/banghead.gif

Edward_call_me_Ed
05-15-2005, 02:04
Earlier I mentioned running a poll to select the next month's bourbon. That seems easier than PMing one person and having them decide. However, someone would still have to be in charge of setting up the poll and collecting nominations. My guess is that Jeff and company already have some ideas on what they are ultimately going to do.
Ed

sharkman
05-18-2005, 20:08
Count me in. Most of what is currently available I have on my shelves, opened, and ready to be judged!!

chasking
06-09-2005, 13:16
Bump! Everybody got their Knob Creek? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif



OK, as I stated earlier, we are getting ready to implement some new features on the main site that will spill over onto the forum similar to what everyone is suggesting. That said, there is no reason not to start a monthly thread on a particular bourbon, with the understanding that it will change slightly in the future. I am willing to start the thread on June 1st. That should give sufficient time for all interested to procure themselves a bottle. For now we'll pin it to the top of the General forum, but tasting notes are more than welcome there. I'm going to suggest Knob Creek as the 1st BOTM, as it is a premium product readily available throughout the country. Unless someone can make a good argument to the contrary, that's what it will be.

jeff
06-09-2005, 13:24
Damn, I forgot all about it, sorry guys http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/icon_redface.gif I'll try to get something up tonight!

ratcheer
06-09-2005, 14:39
Yes. I have been waiting for this to come back up.

Tim

bluesbassdad
06-09-2005, 15:26
Yup.

I had forgotten about this project. Last night I almost reached for Knob Creek, but at the last moment my hand veered to the Hirsch 16 y/o gold foil. (I've been leaning toward subtlety rather than strength lately.)

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield