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Joe_Blowe
07-20-2005, 21:19
I'm thinking a Weller or Fitzgerald is in order. Any other suggestions?

BrbnBorderline
07-20-2005, 21:24
Seeing as it is headed for the chopping block, how about Eagle Rare 101?

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BourbonJoe
07-21-2005, 09:22
I agree with Matt.
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TNbourbon
07-21-2005, 12:53
I'd rather spend the effort on something that's going to be around awhile, frankly. I like ER101, and I'll bunker a few bottles before it disappears. But, personally, reviewing it now seems a little like betting on horse right after it's been announced it broke its leg.
I suggest something like Jim Beam Black or Wild Turkey 101, which is available nearly everywhere, but still is on the upper cusp of mid-shelf.

camduncan
07-21-2005, 15:41
I'm looking for an excuse to buy a bottle of 95 Evan Williams Single Barrel to try http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif Or what about something like Bulleit?

TMH
07-21-2005, 16:30
I agree with Tim. I'd prefer something widely available. I've only seen ER101 once, but can easily get (from my bourbon stash) WT101. WT101 sounds good to me. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif

BourbonJoe
07-22-2005, 06:35
I'd rather spend the effort on something that's going to be around awhile, frankly. I like ER101, and I'll bunker a few bottles before it disappears. But, personally, reviewing it now seems a little like betting on horse right after it's been announced it broke its leg.
I suggest something like Jim Beam Black or Wild Turkey 101, which is available nearly everywhere, but still is on the upper cusp of mid-shelf.



Tim makes a good case.
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chasking
07-22-2005, 12:03
I like the idea of a wheater, for the sake of variety. I favor Old Fitz BIB, since that's been on my list of things to pick up eventually for a while, and if it was BOTM that would be strong encouragement to finally actually do it!

(I never did come across a bottle of OF BIB in a size under 1.75l. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif If any Chicagoans know of someplace that stocks it in 750 or less size, there's still a week of July left...)

BrbnBorderline
07-22-2005, 13:49
I'd rather spend the effort on something that's going to be around awhile, frankly. I like ER101, and I'll bunker a few bottles before it disappears. But, personally, reviewing it now seems a little like betting on horse right after it's been announced it broke its leg.
I suggest something like Jim Beam Black or Wild Turkey 101, which is available nearly everywhere, but still is on the upper cusp of mid-shelf.



Seems to me, it would be wiser to put off choosing a brand that will be around in Aug. 2006, or even 2007. Once a bottling like ER 101 is gone, it's gone. Ya can't go back.

YMMV.

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Rughi
07-29-2005, 09:06
So, I'm seeing the most interest in an SW derived wheatie or WT101.

I think both of these would be good choices, but if it is to be Fitz or Weller, my only addition is that I don't know that any Fitzgerald product is as widely distributed as is Weller. I've found 1849, but I've never seen Fitz BIB. If I were to order from Chicago for a second straight month to participate in BOTM it could start to feel like Mail-Order of the Month. For a wheatie, I would nominate Weller 12year.

I wish we could always use 100 proof bourbons as a BOTM standard, and that would work, with some fuzzy math for WT 101. Just like Nigel Tufnel's amp goes to 11, WT goes to 101 - can't overlook that extra bit. Overall, I would nominate WT 101.

Of course, come the new releases in September we'll not want for a choice for many happy months.

Roger

cowdery
07-29-2005, 12:03
Can the "Bourbon of the Month" be a rye? I would like to encourage everyone to try the Rittenhouse rye bottled in bond, a terrific whiskey and a terrific value. I polished off a bottle last night with a perfect manhattan. Lovely.

ddsflyer
07-29-2005, 12:05
Jefferson Reserve. Very pricey but worth it.

Joe_Blowe
07-29-2005, 12:52
Can the "Bourbon of the Month" be a rye? I would like to encourage everyone to try the Rittenhouse rye bottled in bond...


Well, I'm good-to-go on this one! Got a bottle of Rittenhouse sitting just a few feet away...

kbuzbee
07-29-2005, 13:45
Jefferson Reserve sounds good to me. The only other mentioned we have here is the WT101, which is fine, but no JR.

BobA
07-29-2005, 14:59
I, on the otherhand, have searched high and low for Rittenhouse, to no avail. And I can't get a shipment in GA. If there is an interest in a rye, keeping with the 100(ish) standard, and general availability, there's WT rye.
Bob

tmas
07-29-2005, 15:24
How about Weller Antique 107. Would like to see everyone's take on it. Tom V

TNbourbon
07-29-2005, 15:29
Can the "Bourbon of the Month" be a rye? I would like to encourage everyone to try the Rittenhouse rye bottled in bond, a terrific whiskey and a terrific value...



I'd be all for it, Chuck, except that it's impossible to find for most of us. I've never seen one on a shelf. The one I have (and love!) came directly out of the bottling house. And there are a whole lotta states Sam's and Binny's won't consider shipping to.



Jefferson Reserve. Very pricey but worth it.


At least this one IS available around here -- for $55 or so a bottle. Plus, it's now a different animal: "Very Old" instead of the original "15 Years Old".

I thought one of the criterion Jeff hoped to use for BOTM selections was universal (or as near to that as is possible) availability, both geographically and pricewise. Alas, these two don't fit that bill.

Geo
07-29-2005, 16:21
Old Weller Antique is my daily pour. It is only 7 years old, but fantastic! Especially for only $20 a bottle.
(see my Taste in Tastings forum)

I also love Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr and Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, when I have the money.

Buffalo Trace is definetely #1 Distillery! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif

tmas
07-29-2005, 16:43
I remember that post George, in fact I replied to it and mentioned that I thought that Weller Antique 107 and ORVW 10 year 107 would make a great 1-2 in the Bourbon of the month thing. Again, I agree with you, I really like both of these bottles and enjoy them regularly!! Tom V http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

Geo
07-30-2005, 00:04
I remember that post George, in fact I replied to it and mentioned that I thought that Weller Antique 107 and ORVW 10 year 107 would make a great 1-2 in the Bourbon of the month thing. Again, I agree with you, I really like both of these bottles and enjoy them regularly!! Tom V http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif



I agree totally. Old Weller Antique 107 at BOTM. I nominate it. For the price and the recipe, there is no wheater better! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

Chaz7
07-30-2005, 12:22
Well, Rittenhouse is nowhere to be found in my market. As far as EWSB Vintage 1995, you would NOT be twisting my arm, as it's one of my faves. I also like the suggestion of the Old Rip Van Winkle 107, but I've not seen it. But is is on my list, most definately. I just bought a bottle of Buffalo Trace, and at $17.00, quite the bargain. As far as Jefferson Reserve, I want to try it, but $50.00, I hope it's outstanding.

tmas
07-30-2005, 14:38
I second that nomination George, fresh off the thrill of finding an Antique 107 in the black bag with the gold squiggled bottle last night! In fact, that would add a dimension to the BOM. Anyone with one of these could post notes as to whether or not they detect any difference between the plain bottle and the gold highlighted bottle. I understand from another post that the bottle with the gold on it is SW bourbon! Tom V http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drink.gif

jeff
08-01-2005, 06:00
All great suggestions everyone. It was close, but the August BOTM was decided late last night by a Blue-Ribbon panel of experts (Me, Ed and Cliff) http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif