View Full Version : What 'current' bourbon is on your 'want' list?

06-28-2005, 16:58
I don't recall seeing a thread like this, so my appologies if it's been done before..

What 'current' bourbon is on your 'want' list?
In other words, of all the bourbons (and Ryes) currently available and in production, what is your next purchase likely to be?

I'm currently saving for an extra couple of bottles of Van Winkle 12yo & 15yo before the limited stocks in Australia run out.
Then I'd like to finish off my Beam Small Batch bottles by purchasing a Bakers and Hayden.
And of course, one day I'll get around to buying a bottle of Cougar and sampling it neat http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

06-28-2005, 17:11
Well, Cam, I not going to answer your question directly -- because, frankly, my next bourbon purchase probably won't be something I don't already have or have had. But, if I could find something I've never found before that's likely still out there somewhere it would be one of the '86-'88 Evan Williams Single Barrels -- preferably, of course, in multiple, so I can partake as well as bunker or trade.
(As soon as I post this, I'll undoubtedly think of something else http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/banghead.gif.)

06-28-2005, 17:40
Old Pogue, Four Roses Single Barrel, and Sazerac Rye are all on my watch list, they would be new aquisitions. Eagle Rare 17 to replace a "1 incher" is also on my list.


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any where he pleases
but he always remembers to wash his hands
so he don't get no diseases

06-28-2005, 17:56
I would like to have the Joesph Finch and Henry Clay bottles.
It might not be currently produced, but some people are still finding it at stores on occasion.

06-28-2005, 18:49
I'd like to get some Van Winkle Rye, which to my nose is the most wonderfully aromatic whiskey I've ever sniffed.

06-28-2005, 20:31
I don't know if this would be considred a "current" bourbon, but, from what I've read and heard, I would love to get my hands on a 2002 Stagg! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif

06-28-2005, 21:17
If I were to walk into a store I'd never visited and saw OFBB 02 and Stagg 02 sitting there waiting for a home I think I'd call it a red letter day.
But realistically, the next two I'm thinking of are a Noah's Mill and a Classic Cask which are obtainable.

For one I'd have to travel to get, would love to try a Rittenhouse Rye or an export Blanton's (gold, silver or barrel proof).

Now if I were going to Japan I just don't know where I'd start. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/searching.gif

06-28-2005, 22:01
At the top of my list (right now) is Old Rip Van Winkle 'Old Time Rye', the 12 year old. Unobtainium, I'm afraid... maybe one day I'll get lucky.

My realistic near-term shopping list: W.L. Weller 12 y.o., Old Forester BIB (July BOTM!), and Old Fitzgerald BIB. Keep in mind that in Los Angeles, these are not easy scores and will require a bit of driving!

06-28-2005, 23:39
Without a doubt it would have to be WT 17 yr old.
So if anyone has one to trade or sell, send me a PM PLEEEEEEEASE

06-28-2005, 23:59
Now if I were going to Japan I just don't know where I'd start. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/searching.gif

I am going to Japan and that's exactly how I feel! I've put my bourbon purchases on hold until I'm in Japan in late August. So far my list includes Blanton's Gold, Old St. Nick, and of course any of the Van Winkle bottles made for the Japanese market. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif

06-29-2005, 00:32
Well Cam,
For me, it would have to be a bottle of the 17 year old Eagle Rare or a bottle of 12 year old WT.
Joe http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/usflag.gif

06-29-2005, 00:48
Without a doubt it would have to be WT 17 yr old.
So if anyone has one to trade or sell, send me a PM PLEEEEEEEASE

Sorry Cam I missed the current bit on your Question, obviously WT 17 does not qualify.
Now you have made me think a little bit harder,probably Van Winkle 15yr old Family Reserve , which I am yet to pick up .

Hedmans Brorsa
06-29-2005, 04:50
What 'current' bourbon is on your 'want' list?

Very Old Barton. Always was, is and always shall be, Im afraid. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

what is your next purchase likely to be?

Probably Eagle Rare SB which was made available in Sueeeden som six months ago. I have refrained from investing thus far, mainly due to the, even with socialist fascist Swedish standards, outrageously high prices for BT products over here. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/hot.gif

They should take a leaf out of HH:s book, IMHO.

06-29-2005, 07:26
At the top of the list is Old Forester 101 proof. I thought that I wouldn't be able to find that as I have only ever seen the 86 proof, but I did see it at one of the discounts the other day so I will be able to taste it along with everyone else.

The same shop has a Blanton's silver that is calling me with it's sweet siren voice. A little pricy at just under fifty bucks. Worth it, mind you, it is just that I have been spending too much lately. Plus, I would like to get another Gold and am waiting till I see one at around that price. It might be worth a hundred plus, but not when you have already spent your budget. Wait, I just checked bourbon site and the Gold Label is $45 US and the Straight from the barrel is $51.

I am dying to try more Van Winkle expressions. I have only had the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old 90 proof. One of their Ryes would be great.

Olde St. Nick has a summer rye and a winter rye, pricy though. I will get one someday.

Eagle Rare 17.

Sazerac 17.

I saw Very Old Barton the other day for the first time, but did not get it. I will have to go back there before it is gone.

WT RR 101 before it disappears.

The list goes on and on...


06-29-2005, 08:44
Any VW Rye that I see again, I'll buy.

WT12, which I did see once on a visit to Detroit but had already spent my whiskey budget by then. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Sazerac 18.

ER 17.

Stagg 02 or 03.

Old Potrero.

06-29-2005, 10:11
At the top of my shopping list is Old Forester BIB, for the BOTM Club!

Other generally available stuff I don't have but want to get includes:

1792 Ridgemont Reserve. I hadn't really worried about getting it because I have a bottle of VOB as my Barton example, but I tried the Ridgemont at a pre-Whiskeyfest event at Binny's, and I really liked it. So it's up there on the list of things to buy. Speaking of Barton, if I could find it, I would love to get a bottle of Fleischmann's Rye, but it's not sold around here.

Baker's--the last of the "small batch collection" that I don't have.

Beam's Choice--the only standard Beam expression I haven't tried.

Old Pogue, which only recently showed up on the shelves here. I had a taste poured for me at Whiskeyfest by the Pogues themselves, and it was also quite nice.

My current bottle of Jack Daniel's is just about gone (the last of the 90-proof black label), and when it goes I'm planning to try the green label version. I also wouldn't mind adding some Gentleman Jack and JD Single Barrel to the collection.

And, I'm going to pick up a few bottles of Russell's Reserve 101, while it's still on the shelves. I haven't noticed any shortage, but sooner or later these will be gone.

06-29-2005, 15:10
Probably the two I would most like to find are Rock Hill Farms and Elmer T. Lee.

But there are, of course, lots of bottlings I would love to get hold of. Those are just the two that I specifically wish I had.

Oh, another would be Wild Turkey 12-year old.


06-29-2005, 16:29
The Russell's Reserve 101, Eagle Rare 101, before they disappear. Old Charter 10yr is another that I enjoy and currently do not have in stock.

06-29-2005, 17:01
I hadn't heard that Eagle Rare 101 was due to disappear. Have I missed something?

06-29-2005, 20:28
I hadn't heard that Eagle Rare 101 was due to disappear

My supplier in Maryland has told me of its unavailability.

I imagine that once the single barrel is fully distributed nationwide, then we will no longer have the 101.

Is it still widely available elsewhere?

06-29-2005, 20:50
ER 17, Rock Hill Farms (pre '96), EWSB '87, ORVW 12 year old time rye.

If the sky's the limit, the bottle that jvanwinkle brought to the gazebo after the sampler was the best bourbon I have had to date.


06-29-2005, 21:57
Eagle Rare 101 is still available here. As are alot of the items many of you have listed on your want lists.

What I can't find here and would like to find are the elusive '02 and '03 Stagg bottlings. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/searching.gif Considering that last year at this time we were Stagg virgins, http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/ohgeez.gif I figure we did pretty well just managing to find the '04 and '05 Staggs!

EWSB bottlings prior to '90 are missing from my display case also! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif


Ken Weber
06-30-2005, 11:42
Eagle Rare 101 is going away. We will be concentrating on the Eagle Rare 10 year old single barrel.


Ken Weber
06-30-2005, 11:47
As an FYI, I would look into Binny's and Sam's in Chicago. Brett picked out some awesome Elmer T. Lee a couple of months ago. Elmer always pre-approves the bourbon and when I joined them for the barrel selection, the ETL was great. I then looked at the barrels and noticed they were 14 years old (normally they are 10 years old). Elmer just smiled.

Regarding the Rock Hill Farms, Sean Ludsford selected a cask of RHF that he wanted non-chill filtered. We just basically strained it to get the floating char out. Both are very nice.


Ken Weber
06-30-2005, 11:50
If you liked the Wild Turkey 17 year, try the Eagle Rare 17 year old. Trust me, if you liked one you will like the other.


06-30-2005, 14:01
George T Stagg 2005. We cant seem to get it out here in Oregon. My store has a large assortment of other bourbons that are on peoples list in this thread. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif

06-30-2005, 15:02
The ones I will buy if I ever see them are all praised here, but not anything I've ever seen. In (maybe) the order I think I'd most like to find them:
any of the Van Winkle Ryes
any Stagg
Rittenhouse Rye
Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
Elmer T. Lee
Buffalo Trace
AAA 10 yr.

Although I have a pretty good selection available in Atlanta compared to some, I think out-of-state travel may be needed for these. "Most likely" I would guess to be Rittenhouse and OC PR; maybe the VW rye if my timing is right.


06-30-2005, 18:08
Thanks for the tip, but my state (Alabama) is one of those states where shipping to is forbidden. Not whiskey, nor wine, nor even beer.


06-30-2005, 18:37
Been buying all the Rip VanWinkle 15yo squats that i can find...
Would like to try VanWinkle Rye..
Sarzac is another i'd like to try... http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif
Old Weller Centennial 10yo from Louisville Distillery is another I can't find..

06-30-2005, 19:32
I'm also hoping to find some Rittenhouse Rye and Elijah Craig 18yo when I'm in New Zealand on my honeymoon next month. Apparently Heaven Hill New Zealand stock it.

06-30-2005, 23:23
Ken, I usually really enjoy your posts, but I don't like this one at all! I love the Eagle Rare 101. I even preferring it to the ER 10 yr Single Barrel. I don't remember if I have done a head to head with them or not, but that was the impression I had. I know I like higher proof bourbon in general so it might be that I just like the extra 11 proof.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up. I will be stocking up the ER 101.


07-09-2005, 20:23
Okay, I got the two on my wish list plus one more, today!

I was on vacation with my family in, of all places, Kentucky. We were in the "cave region" of dry counties in south central KY. This was only an hour or so south of Louisville, but my wife wouldn't give me the time to make the run.

So, on the way home, today, I stopped at a store just off the interstate in Bowling Green. The prices weren't too good, but the selection was awesome. I made it out with my Rock Hill Farms and Elmer T. Lee. I was going to buy three bottles and it took me a while to decide on the third. They had Stagg for $70, but I thought that was way too much. I finally decided on the 10-year old Henry McKenna single-barrel.

I think I will open the Elmer T. Lee first (tonight). And I think I will open the RHF on the 20th (my birthday). The McKenna will probably be opened, soon.

Hooray! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif