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doubleblank
01-25-2006, 08:33
Its been awhile since we've done a posting of our favorite whiskeys. There have been a number of new products issued.....Bernheim Wheat, WLWeller Barrel Proof, two Staggs in 2005, new OFBB, Four Grain, Pappy 15, etc since we last did this. It will be interesting to see if any new products make someone's top ten. Guidelines.....bourbon or rye, currently available or long gone (or even not available yet).....just name your 10 favorites. In my case, the order is unimportant.....they are all top whiskeys.

1. ORVW 15/107
2. WT Tribute
3. VWSR 12yo SB - "Van Blankle"
4. HH 20yo Rye (to be released Fall 2006)
5. Wathens (late '90's bottlings)
6. Stagg '02 (could easily substitue other years here)
7. VWFR 14yo Bourbon (bottled Dec '84..and an excellent 16yo, thanks JVW)
8. Rock Hill Farms
9. VOF/VVOF 12yo's from '60's (can be hit or miss)
10. Black Maple Hills 16yo (JVW bottling)

Runners up include WT12yo, EW 15yo (Japanese market), Hirsch 16yo and VW's 12yo Old Time Rye.

jspero
01-25-2006, 10:34
Since I’m still fairly new to this, I have a limited number of different brands to choose from, but here goes:

1. Old Rip Van Winkle 15/107
2. Eagle Rare 10/101
3. Van Winkle Lot “B”
4. Elmer T. Lee
5. Eagle Rare 10yo SB
6. Weller 12yo (regular bottle)
7. GT Stagg (Spring ’05)
8. Four Roses SB (Japan Release)
9. Eagle Rare 17yo
10. Baker’s

Ones that I have, but have not opened yet: Stagg (Fall ’05), WLW (Fall ’05)

kbuzbee
01-25-2006, 11:01
1.Tribute
2.GT Stagg
3.Kentucky Spirit
4.WT Rye
5.Bookers
6.WT 12 yo
7.Rare Breed
8.Blanton's
9.Jefferson Reserve
10.Ridgemont Reserve 1792

Ken (did I mention I like WT products?)

Brennan77
01-25-2006, 11:08
1.Tribute
2.GT Stagg
3.Kentucky Spirit
4.WT Rye
5.Bookers
6.WT 12 yo
7.Rare Breed
8.Blanton's
9.Jefferson Reserve
10.Blanton's

Ken (did I mention I like WT products?)

You must really like Blanton's to list it twice. ;) I need to sample more bourbons before I compile a list.

kbuzbee
01-25-2006, 13:13
Mea culpa. That's what happens when I multitask!

caio

Ken

Gillman
01-25-2006, 13:33
ND Old Taylor
ND Old Grandad
Elmer T. Lee
Wild Turkey Rye
Elijah Craig 18 years old
ORVW 12 year old rye (wish I had more, maybe someone would trade with me at Gazebo?)
Ancient Age BIB from early 1990's
VOB 86 proof
Kentucky Vintage 1976 (export or domestic versions)
Rock Hill Farms (but not every bottle, I hit one not long ago that in my view was slightly musty).

Gary

ratcheer
01-25-2006, 15:05
Here are mine, in no particular order:

Rock Hill Farms
Blanton's
Elmer T. Lee
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2002)
Old Grand Dad 114
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Pappy Van Winkle 20-year old

Right now, I can't think of two more that belong on the level with those, so I'll leave it at eight. I necessarily omit whiskeys that I have never had the good fortune to taste.

Tim

T47
01-25-2006, 16:55
What does the BIB mean after the Ancient Age? Is that something different from the Ancient Age Bourbon I see at our liquor stores?

barturtle
01-25-2006, 17:06
Hmm, nice, I'm not limited to current bottlings. Could pose a bit of a problem. I'll probably forget something and say "Doh!" when someone else lists it.

(in no particular order)

ORVW 15/107
Saz Jr.
VWFRR "C"
Bakers
Wt 12
Dickel SBR
AAA Barrel 107
Twisted Spoke
Old Fitz 1849
FRSBI know I forgot something that could bump some off the list, but I don't remember what it is.:confused:

nysquire
01-25-2006, 17:51
They are all good, but this is what I prefer, not in any paticular order, except the Pappy 20yo is always first when I still have some!!!!

Pappy 20yo
ORVW 15/107
VW lot B 12yo
WLWeller Antique 7/107
Weller Centennial 10yo
Rock Hill
Rowens Creek
Elijah Craig 18yo
Blantons
ORVW 10/107

TomH
01-25-2006, 18:00
I guess this is the best place to make my first post.

First of all I would like to thank all of the posters on this board for their excellent information. I stumbled on it about a year ago and have been lurking ever since. After over 30 years of being primarily a scotch drinker, its been fun rediscovering bourbon. I've only had a few more than 10 over the year...but thanks to the advice I've received here, most of them have been excellent

(Like others, these are in no order)
1) GT Stagg (a search for info on this one is what led me to this board)
2) Sazarac
3) Booker
4) Blanton
5) ORVW 15/107
6) Black Maple Hill 21
7) Pappy 23
8) Elmer T Lee
9) William Larue Weller
10) Rock Hill Farms

possible future additions.....Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection

Tom

RedVette
01-25-2006, 18:08
AH Hirsch 16 Blue Wax
Bakers
Blantons Barrel Proof
Elmer T Lee
George T Stagg (Pick one)
ORVW 15/107
Pappy 23
Sazerac 18
Weller 12 Van Blankle
Rare Breed

Heavily weighted to Buffalo Trace and Stitzel Weller. There are 5 Bourbons in the wings that could substitute for the bottom 5 in this list without any trouble; I can't believe that I have list without Pappy 20 or 15.

1holegrouper
01-25-2006, 18:41
Couldn't argue with this list since I see non of these in North Carolina!

TNbourbon
01-25-2006, 20:17
In no particular order, as they come to mind:

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23yo, Lawrenceburg rye-recipe
Wild Turkey 12yo gold-foil label
Evan Williams 15yo
Rittenhouse 10yo BIB rye
ORVW Old Time Rye 12yo/VWFRR 13yo (same rye, different age)
ORVW 15/107
Single-Barrel VW Lot B (Randy's 'Van Blankle')
Heaven Hill/Rittenhouse 21yo rye (to be bottled; tasted at Festival)
Original Michter's (Pennsylvania) Sour Mash Whiskey
Wathen's Barrel 10, March 1997


All of these are whiskeys I've been able to taste through an entire bottle with the exception of the not-yet-bottled 21yo HH rye -- one taste was enough of that one:bigeyes: to know I'll do whatever I can to enjoy an entire bottle of it.
There are a number of other 'tastes' I've had that might edge into this list had I been able to enjoy a whole bottle -- for examples, a strip-stamped Old Weller Antique 107 from a specific 375 bottle I found, or the Warehouse Z barrel sample offered during our Barton tour in September.
And, I'm sure I've forgotten something I'll have to edit in later:rolleyes:.

ProofPositive
01-25-2006, 20:28
Since Iím still fairly new to this, I have a limited number of different brands to choose from

Well, here goes my cast and in no particular order:

WT Kentucky Spirit
VW Reserve Lot B
WT 12yo
Eagle Rare 101
WT Russell's Reserve 101
ORVW 15yo
Elijah Craig 12yo
Elmer T. Lee
WT 101 - Old No. 8
WLWeller Antique 107

Now, that being said, I have several that I have not managed to get opened as of yet which would no doubt displace some of the above selections. These include GT Stagg, WT Tribute, Pappy 15, and Pappy 23.

CrispyCritter
01-25-2006, 22:12
Some possible candidates, subject to change, no particular order:


ORVW 15/107
George T. Stagg (any version I've tried)
WLW 12
Sazerac Rye (18 or Jr.)
Buffalo Trace
WTRR 101
VW Lot B
WT Rye
PVW 15
VWFR Rye

barturtle
01-25-2006, 22:44
Looking back at my own list I can't believe that I made a list without having anything from BT #1-ER ,BT, GTS, OC. I'm also going to add IW Harper to that list as it was a sibling to OC before UDV sold OC off.

But which would I use and what would I bump?

I think I'd have to pick two: ER 101 and OC 13yo

getting bumped:Old Fitz 1849 and Bakers

Will this be the last revision to the list....?

T47
01-25-2006, 23:18
Being relatively new to all this, my list is probably much more basic. But here goes.

Pappy Van Winkle 15
Makers Mark
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
Buffalo Trace
WT Rare Breed
WT Russellís Reserve 101
Elijah Craig 12
WT Rye
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Bulleit

There are only 4 more that I have even tasted :) I have lots to look forward to it would seem.

BourbonJoe
01-26-2006, 05:04
This is pretty close:

Pappy 23 (any iteration)
Pappy 20 (any iteration)
Wild Turkey Tribute
Rittenhouse BIB Rye
Wild Turkey Rye
ORVW 15-107
ORVW 10-107
Wathens
J.W. Dant 10-86 (from the '50's)
Wild Turkey 12-101

Give or take a couple.
Joe :drinking:

Barrel_Proof
01-26-2006, 06:03
You may find the "Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year" thread from two years back interesting:

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2551

1holegrouper
01-26-2006, 06:18
OK. Here goes in my taste's order:


Knob Creek
Evan Williams Single Barrel '96
Evan Williams Single Barrel '95
Elmer T. Lee
Elijah Craig 18 years
Booker's
Blanton's
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Baker's
Elijah Craig 12 years

wku88
01-26-2006, 20:48
I'd like to sample some of the super premium offerings, but my Scotch-Irish heritage has prevented me from springing for the more expensive offerings... yet.
In no particular order:
Weller 12YO
ETL
Maker's
Old Charter 8YO (this is truly a bargain!)
VOB 90, although I still pine for the old 8YO, 86 proof (if anyone has a bottle of any size, I am VERY interested in talking with you)
Blanton's
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Evan Wiliams Black label
Elijah Craig 12
Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve

cask_strength
01-26-2006, 22:56
Hello bourbonfreaks :-)
I come from Switzerland and I've enjoyed bourbon for three years.
I love single malt from Scotland as well but nothing tastes like a real kentucky straight bourbon. (you know what I mean:cool: )

In Switzerland some great bourbons are very hard to find but this are my top ten

Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend barrelproof
(I've never tasted a better whiskey this is a masterpiece)
Elijah Craig 12 years old
George T. Stagg (I tasted the bottle which came out in autumn 05, 141.2proof)
Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 101
Wild Turkey 12 years old but only the limited edition
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Blanton's Gold
Elmer T. Lee
Knob Creek
Old Forester

kbuzbee
01-27-2006, 05:48
Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend barrelproof
(I've never tasted a better whiskey this is a masterpiece)
Elijah Craig 12 years old
George T. Stagg (I tasted the bottle which came out in autumn 05, 141.2proof)
Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 101
Wild Turkey 12 years old but only the limited edition
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Blanton's Gold
Elmer T. Lee
Knob Creek
Old Forester

Looks Like another Wild Turkey fan on the forum! Welcome!

Ken

cask_strength
01-27-2006, 10:28
Thank you! Do you know the difference between the wild turkey 12 and the wild turkey 12 limited edition? I think the normal 12 years old has some more chewy oak in the taste and isn't as well balanced as the limited edition.

chears
barrelproof

Vange
01-27-2006, 10:45
for what it's worth since i am relatively new to bourbon and have probably only tatsed about 20 total, so picking 10 is kind of forcing it, but here goes anyway


Hirsch 16
Pappy 20
Pappy 23
WL Weller 19
GT Stagg
ER 17
WT Tribute
EW23
VWSR LotB

I guess 9 works!

PFC
01-27-2006, 10:50
Looking at my list I believe I'm reside in the "Buffalo Turkey" domain.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend
Wild Turkey 12 Split label
Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 101
Eagle Rare 17
WL Weller 12
Elmer T. Lee
Old Charter Proprietors Reserve 13
Old Rip Wan Winkle 15
Hirsch 16
Bookers

That being said, I've never tasted Tribute, Spirit, PWVFR 20/23 or GTS.

/Mats

kbuzbee
01-27-2006, 12:02
Thank you! Do you know the difference between the wild turkey 12 and the wild turkey 12 limited edition? I think the normal 12 years old has some more chewy oak in the taste and isn't as well balanced as the limited edition.

chears
barrelproof

Are you talking about the gold foil bottle? Yes, I think that one is slightly better "balanced" but they are both fantastic Bourbons. I'd drink either one without reservation.

Ken

kbuzbee
01-27-2006, 12:04
Looking at my list I believe I'm reside in the "Buffalo Turkey" domain....That being said, I've never tasted Tribute, Spirit, PWVFR 20/23 or GTS.

/Mats

A great place to live! :)

You do need to try the GTS, Kentucky Spirit and Tribute if you get the chance. All are wonderful!

Ken

1holegrouper
01-27-2006, 12:30
I feel his pain! I look forward to loading up next time I roll into Kentucky.

Hillbilly
01-27-2006, 15:19
It's hard to narrow it down, so many good ones out there. But, in no particular order, I'd take these ten with me to a desert island:

Wild Turkey RR 101
Evan Williams SB 1996
Buffalo Trace
Old Forester
Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey Rye
Woodford Reserve
Jim Beam Black
Wild Turker RB
Eagle Rare 10 YR SB

Of course, as my bourbon journey continues, this list is subject to change at any time.

BERNCOW
01-27-2006, 20:01
my best ten 1. WT RARE BREED 2. Woodford reserve 3. Eagle rare 10yr 4. Four roses single barrel 5. Knob creek 6. WT Russell's Reserve 7. Very old Barton 8. WT Kentucky Spirit 9. Elijah Craig single barrel 10. W L Weller special reservel

SBOmarc
01-27-2006, 20:39
In my so far limited career, and in no particular order.

Knob Creek
Blanton's
Bookers
ETL
Van Winkle Lot B ( that one was a wow )
Rock Hill Farms
Wild Turkey KS
Wild Turkey RB
Old Grand Dad 114
Makers

I do look forward to changing my mind.

ProofPositive
01-27-2006, 21:30
Just for fun - when this thread has run its course, it would be interesting to tally up & rank the top 10 vote getters. Any volunteer to do so? Maybe the moderator has a way to do it electronically(?).

T47
01-27-2006, 23:53
95 different Bourbons have received votes so far.
The Leaders so far are as follows:

Elmer T Lee (11)
ORVW 15 (11)
WT Rare Breed (9)
Blanton’s (7)
Van Winkle Lot “B” (6)
Rock Hill Farms (6)
WT RR 101 (6)
Bookers (5)
Elijah Craig 12 (5)
GT Stagg (5)
Pappy 23 (5)

The rest have 4 or less votes each. Obviously there may be some errors, 5 people voted for GT Stagg...2 others voted for particular GT Stagg Bottling’s so I separated them.

I have the list broken down and can post it when the thread run's out if anyone is interested. It may not be perfect but should be darn close.

Can you tell I was bored tonight?

tmas
01-28-2006, 04:46
I still have lots of tasting to do, but in no particular order my current 10 favorites are:

ORVW 10 yr 107
ORVW 15 yr 107
Weller 12 yr
Weller Antique 107
WT RR 101
Bakers
Bookers
E Craig 12 yr
Rock Hill Farms
Sam Houston

nor02lei
01-28-2006, 06:17
I still have lots of tasting to do, but in no particular order my current 10 favorites are:

ORVW 10 yr 107
ORVW 15 yr 107
Weller 12 yr
Weller Antique 107
WT RR 101
Bakers
Bookers
E Craig 12 yr
Rock Hill Farms
Sam Houston


This is not an easy list to do, but a will try. My preferred drinking proof at the last time I drank the brand is inside ( ).
It is no particular order, except that the brands marked * are the 3 I like best.
ORVW 10 Y 107 proof Bernheim version (107)
GTS spring 2005 (110-120)
GTS fall 2005 (141.2)
EC 18 Y single barrel (90)
*WT 101 old tax stripe bottling with red!!! whiskey inside (90-101)
WT Kentucky Legend old 101 proof version (donít remember)
*ORVW old time rye early gold neck not black neck bottling (85-90)
Younger versions of ORVWFRR including 1985 vintage (15 Y) and Lottas home (13-14 Y)
Sazerac 2002 still 18 Y much better than the 2005 (85-90)
*Old St Nick winter rye (90-100)
I still got a lot of new and old-time unopened bottles at home so I am sure that I have to change this list quiet frequently.

Leif

etohchem
01-28-2006, 06:26
in order
PVW 20yo
PVW 15YO
Elmer T Lee
Buffalo Trace
Stagg 05fall
Hirsch 16
Weller 12YO
Eagle Rare SB
Blanton's barrel proof
Russel's Reserve 101

Etohchem

T47
01-28-2006, 07:44
Current talley with correctons

Current Leaders
1) Elmer T Lee (12)
2) ORVW 15 (12)
3) WT Rare Breed (9)
4) WT RR 101 (8)
5) Blanton’s (8)
6) Rock Hill Farms (7)
7) Bookers (6)
8) Elijah Craig 12 (6)
9) Van Winkle Lot “B” (6)
10) WL Weller 12 (6)
11) WT 12 (6)

ProofPositive
01-28-2006, 10:10
Current talley with correctons

Current Leaders
1) Elmer T Lee (12)
2) ORVW 15 (12)
3) WT Rare Breed (9)
4) WT RR 101 (8)
5) Blanton’s (8)
6) Rock Hill Farms (7)
7) Bookers (6)
8) Elijah Craig 12 (6)
9) Van Winkle Lot “B” (6)
10) WL Weller 12 (6)
11) WT 12 (6)


THANKS SO MUCH!!! Let me know if you need any assistance....be glad to help. I am a bit surprised by the leader. I knew ETL had gotten a lot of votes though. Being the BOTM probably gave it a bit of boost here among us. I admit to not trying it until this month - the BOTM selection nudged me into the buying decision.

Thanks again.....very interesting!!!

Wayne

T47
01-28-2006, 10:17
I have it all saved now, so it is easy to update. I am looking forward to trying ETL. I have found it at a non-retail sales Liquor store, but one of the mangers at a regular store says he can get me a bottle. For some reason it does not appear to be for sale at any of our regular liquor stores?
For me, nice to see with the exception of the ORVW 15 and WT 12, I can try most of these.

ProofPositive
01-31-2006, 22:13
I have it all saved now, so it is easy to update.

Maybe I had a bad idea. The tallying seems to have killed the thread. Sorry for the inquiring mind!

T47
01-31-2006, 23:08
Oh well, I thought it was kind of interesting myself, anyway gave me some new ideas of Bourbons to try. I picked up a Bottle of Old Grand Dad 114, not bad at all.

BourbonBalls
02-01-2006, 07:04
My list of the 10 "Greatest Hits" IMO (with a few comments). . . and by the way, greatness has no order:

1) Pappy 15 year old (better than 20 or 23 for me)
2) Weller Antique 107 (so very VanWinkle-like, such a great value, and the best 7-year-old anything I've tasted)
3) Van Winkle Lot "B"
4) Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit (I need to try Tribute)
5) Evan Williams Single barrel 1994 (was there a better year?)
6) Old Charter Proprieters Reserve (try this!)
7) George T Stagg (pick one)
8) Eagle Rare Single Barrel (its seems to have changed recently tho....color is not as dark...has anyone noticed or is it just me?)
9) Bookers (over-priced as with ALL Beam products, but sometimes it is the only thing that hits the spot)
10) My own personal vatting from time-to-time (I think its the "surprise" factor)

While making this list, I realized my tastes seem to go to the higher proofs and the single barrels (not ETL or Blanton's...sorry!) And I also realized that these choices represent in most cases, very different tastes and flavor sensations.

This is a great thread....it makes us pause and really think about why we drink this wonderful concoction called Kentucky Bourbon.

NorCalBoozer
02-01-2006, 12:29
i have to agree with you on OC Proprieter's Reserve...tried it a while back and its really a great pour.....

bluesbassdad
02-01-2006, 12:48
In reply to your self-deprecating lament I say: Not so! Ya'll didn't kill nuttin'.

Some of us are just natural-born procrastinators. Furthermore, in my case I'm still not completely over a URI that set in before Thanksgiving. It has kept me from enjoying bourbon, or even thinking much about bourbon, until the last week or so.

Here's mine, subject to change on a daily basis:

Wild Turkey 12 y/o (split label; the only one I've tried)
Hirsch 16 y/o (gold wax seal)
Rock Hill Farms
Van Winkle Family Reserve 12 y/o Lot B
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 y/o, 107 proof (S-W distilled)
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
George T. Stagg 2002 (the only one I've tried, I think; I arrived late at this party; I finally found that neat doesn't work for me; I cut it to 100-110 proof, where it really shines)
Weller Centennial
Eagle Rare SB 10 y/o
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 101 proofOthers that almost made the cut are the following:

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 y/o 107 proof (later distillation)
Van Winkle Family Reserve 18 y/o, Park Avenue Liquor Shop bottling (one of a kind; I've been nursing this bottle for about three years; if I could replace it, I'd put it in the Top Ten)
Old Rip Van Winkle 15 y/o 107 proof
Hirsch 16 y/o gold foil sealed
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Elmer T. Lee
Elijah Craig SB 18 y/o (I've sampled three bottles which ranged, in reverse chronological order, from superb to barely drinkable because of excess char influence -- or maybe my taste has changed.)
Virginia Gentleman 90 proof, 6y/o, "The Fox" (Nothing beats it on the rocks on a hot, summer day.)
Buffalo Trace (sweet almost to the point of excess, but sometimes, like VG, above, it's just right)Some I've tried that make others' Top Ten lists (now or past) but not mine:

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 y/o (I'd likely place it higher if I could just get the defunct ORVW 15/107 out of my mind.)
Blanton's
The Jim Beam Small Batch Collection
Evan Williams Single Barrel ('92, '93 & '94), although it goes well with a country ham sandwich.
Maker's Mark
Eagle Rare 17 y/o (a little too much wood for my taste; older is not better in this case; the younger bottling is richer)
Hirsch 20 y/o (ditto)Some I haven't tried:

Pappy Van Winkle 20 y/o (in the bunker; just waiting for the right time)
Sazerac rye 18 y/o (ditto)
Pappy Van Winkle 23 y/o
William Larue Weller
Wild Turkey Tribute
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 90 proof (in the bunker)Many of the bottlings mentioned above were one-off, exploratory purchases, not likely to be repeated on a retiree's budget, or gifts. Over time my stable will decrease, and my Top Ten will become irrelevant. One of these days I may try to forecast what my liquor shelf will contain when it reaches steady state. I guess that would be an Everyday Ten (or less) list. Let's see, Wild Turkey 101, Evan Williams black, Jim Beam black, . . .

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

Joeluka
02-01-2006, 15:10
It so hard to really pick a top ten but here it goes.

1. Pappy Van Winkle 20 Lawerenceburg
2. Wild Turkey Tribute
3. ORVW 15yr 107
4. Pappy 15yr
5. Old Charter Proprieters Reserve 13 (Old UD bottling)
6. Rowans Creek
7. Weller Centennial (another older UD bottling whick=h I bunkered 6 bottles)
8. Bakers 107
9. WT 12 (both bottles are great)
10. AAA 10yr (yes a bottle under $15 on my list)

I gotta admit that this is hard to do, I have so many different bourbons and I'm always finding new things I like and dislike with all of them everytime I drink them. So thats my story and I'm sticking to it!!!

Joe

tsangster
02-01-2006, 15:48
In no particular order:

1. Van Winkle Lot B
2. WT Rare Breed
3. Baker's
4. Weller Centennial
5. Russel's Reserve 101
6. Pappy Van Winkle 15
7. Booker's
8. Buffalo Trace
9. Weller Antique
10. Evan Williams SB

I've only had two small pours of the Spring '05 Stagg. A few more tastings and one of the aforementioned would likely have been replaced.

ProofPositive
02-01-2006, 23:15
Oh well, I thought it was kind of interesting myself, anyway gave me some new ideas of Bourbons to try. I picked up a Bottle of Old Grand Dad 114, not bad at all.

Looks like the thread has been resurrected and I'm glad to see the renewed interest. There are some fantastic posts here. Hope it goes until everyone can provide input.

Bamber
02-03-2006, 01:26
In order !

Eagle Rare 17yo
GTS
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 1985 / 13yo (prefer 1985 slightly)
Sazerac 18YO
Noah's Mill
Weller 19YO
Henry McKenna SB
Buffalo Trace
Wild Turkey 12YO (Gold Foil)
Wild Turkey RR 101

kbuzbee
02-03-2006, 06:36
Many of the bottlings mentioned above were one-off, exploratory purchases, not likely to be repeated on a retiree's budget, or gifts. Over time my stable will decrease, and my Top Ten will become irrelevant. One of these days I may try to forecast what my liquor shelf will contain when it reaches steady state. I guess that would be an Everyday Ten (or less) list. Let's see, Wild Turkey 101, Evan Williams black, Jim Beam black, . . .

Dave, hope you're feeling better these days?? URIs ain't no fun.

As a fellow fixed incomer, I am looking at the same eventuality... One thing I'm trying to make my enjoyment of really good Bourbon sync with limited $ is taking good, but not overly expensive Bourbon and turn it into something really special by rebarreling. I have no idea if this will work but if it does :)

We may not be the Pappy 23 generation but we may be able to stay out of the Col Lee as well!

Stay tuned

Ken

T47
02-03-2006, 09:41
I think the lists have been interesting and given me some ideas of Bottles I want to try. 30 people have entered lists which include 103 different bottles. Here is the list so far, and I think there are only a couple bottles that are out of my reach becuase they are no longer made.

1) ORVW 15 (13)
2) Elmer T Lee (12)
3) WT RR 101 (11)
4) WT Rare Breed (10)
5) Blantonís (8)
6) Rock Hill Farms (8)
7) Bookers (8)
8) Van Winkle Lot "B" (8)
9) WT 12 (8)
10) Bakers (7)
11) George T Stagg (7)
11) W. L. Weller 12 (6)

12) Buffalo Trace (6)
13) WT Kentucky Spirit (6)
14) Elijah Craig 12 (6)
15) Eagle Rare 10 (6)
16) Pappy Van Winkle 15 (6)
17) Pappy Van Winkle 20 (6)

wskybnt
02-06-2006, 20:57
First Post, just found the site.

No perticular order, just "it must be a good day" bourbons for me:

Turkey 12
Tribute
GT Stagg
Bookers
Bakers
VW lot B
Kentucky Spirt
RB
VW 15yr 107
101 (my everyday, I get it out the door $17 flat, and nothing comes close for the $$$. I have paid 3x's as much for less satisfy'n bourbon


buy the way I like Turkey

BobA
02-09-2006, 14:28
In no particular order, in my limited experience:

Saz 18
Stagg
Rock Hill Farms
OGD 114
ORVW 15
WT RR 101
Baker's
Old Charter 12
Weller Centenniel
VOB 90

Bruce
02-09-2006, 19:16
First post and have only recently begun to experience the pleasures of bourbon.

In no particular order

Knob Creek
Makers
Fighting Cock
Buffalo Trace

I will be driving through KY & TN next month on I-65. Any great exits to get off at where I can peruse some large selections of bourbons. I stopped at one about 6 months ago, but can't remember the location.

T47
02-09-2006, 20:19
The latest Top ten after 33 voters listing a total of 105 different Bottles!

1) ORVW 15 (14)
2) Elmer T Lee (12)
3) WT RR 101 (12)
4) WT RB (11)
5) WT 12 (9)
6) Baker's (9)
7) Bookers (9)
8) GT Stagg (9)
9) Rock Hill Farms (9)
10) Van Winkle Lot "B" (9)

:toast:

Wire
02-09-2006, 21:28
I'm pretty new to Bourbon, but this forum has given me a lot of good leads. Here are my favorites from our limited selection here:

-Evan Williams SB
-Wild Turkey RR 101 (still widely available for $26 here)
-Old Fitzgerald BiB
-Old Grand-Dad BiB
-Old Weller Antique 107
-Elijah Craig

I need to try more to fill out that list.

BourbonJoe
02-10-2006, 00:26
Wire,
Where is "here"???
Joe

kbuzbee
02-10-2006, 07:46
buy the way I like Turkey

Welcome to the forum... You're in good company here. There are many Wild Turkey fans hereabouts. Including me.

Ken

reg
02-10-2006, 09:10
i start off with a rumor. our favorite bootleggers brand in Alabama is about to return to the shevles of our local state ABC stores, so i will start my list as a tribute:
1) Conecuh Ridge
2) Russell's Reserve
3) Ezra Brooks 101
4) Bulleit
5) Buffalo Trace
6) Wild Turkey 101
7) Jim Beam Black
8) Evan Willimams BIB
9) Ancient Ancient Age
10 J.W. Dant BIB


All modest pours, for the common man.

nor02lei
02-10-2006, 16:24
[QUOTE=reg]i start off with a rumor. our favorite bootleggers brand in Alabama is about to return to the shevles of our local state ABC stores, so i will start my list as a tribute:
1) Conecuh Ridge

What is this?

bluesbassdad
02-10-2006, 16:35
For some info on Conecuh Ridge, click here (http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/showthread.php?t=4208&highlight=conecuh).

The search function will provide even more information, I believe.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

gluce
02-10-2006, 17:31
AH Hirsch 16 yr
Blantons
1792
Van Winkle 12 yr Lot B
Pappy 15 & 20 yr.
ER 10 yr
WT RR 101
Old Charter proprieters Reserve 13 yr
Henry McKenna Bonded

Not so much in that order, I like Blantons, 1792 & Van Winkle Lot B on a regular basis. The others when it strikes me.

George:grin:

BourbonBalls
02-10-2006, 20:46
[QUOTE=reg]i start off with a rumor. our favorite bootleggers brand in Alabama is about to return to the shevles of our local state ABC stores, so i will start my list as a tribute:
1) Conecuh Ridge

What is this?

It Ain't Bourbon

Wire
02-10-2006, 21:04
Here would be Southern Arizona. Bourbon isn't very popular in this part of the country.

T47
02-10-2006, 22:01
Im headed down to Tucson in April to visit the in-laws. I will make a stop at Costco to pick up some Makers, it is about 1/2 price of what I pay up here in WA.
We are going to be doing a lot of driving, up to Sedona for a couple days, then donw to Kartchner Caverns, I was hoping to stop in some stores and see if I get lucky with a "dusty bottle" find! Our State run stores are not very good for that, at least in my limited experience.
Take care and welcome! :toast:

reg
02-13-2006, 09:56
[QUOTE=nor02lei]

It Ain't Bourbon
The thread Question states : Top Ten American Whiskeys. Have not noticed many Jack Daniels or George Dickles or north american whiskeys such as Crown Royal and Seagrams 7. Conecuh Ridge is made in Kentucky, they just change a few rules. True its not bourbon but it sure is good whiskey.

gr8erdane
02-14-2006, 02:07
Have not noticed many Jack Daniels or George Dickles or north american whiskeys such as Crown Royal and Seagrams 7. Conecuh Ridge is made in Kentucky, they just change a few rules. True its not bourbon but it sure is good whiskey.

But are any of them in your top ten? With the exception of Conecuh Ridge I have had the rest and none of them even makes my top 25 or even honerable mention. But then again, as has been said this site is kind of dedicated to the bourbon drinker....

I guess I might as well add my Top Ten Favorites:

1. Pappy 20
2. Van Blankle version of Lot B
3. GTS
4. WT Tribute
5. VWFR regular Lot B
6. WT 12
7. ORVW 15/107
8. OFBB (except 04 version)
9. VWFRR 13
10. Weller 19

Now these might be jumbled at any given time but anytime I get a chance to experience any of these it's an occasion that makes itself special.

clayton
02-14-2006, 09:20
In order, more or less:

Stagg (any, but I quite like the 04)
VWFRR
Sazerac 18
Rock Hill Farms (the non-chillfiltered from Sam's)
OGD114
Weller 12
Pappy 20
Hirsch 16 (I've only had the gold foil)
Pappy 15
Woodford Reserve
ERSB

wrbriggs
02-14-2006, 11:12
Well, I guess better late than never, so I'll chip in here (in no particular order)...


Pappy 20
Pappy 15
William Larue Weller
George T. Stagg (any bottling, '02 is my favorite) :bowdown:
Weller 12 yr / Weller Antique (tie)
Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B
Russell's Reserve (the 101 proof, have not tried the 90)
Elijah Craig 12
EWSB '94
Eagle Rare 17

T47
02-14-2006, 21:13
The Beat goes on, 39 voters and 108 different bottles. The latest Top Ten with 4 tied for the 10th Position.

1) ORVW 15 (15)
2) WT RR 101 (15)
3) ELMER T LEE (12)
4) VAN WINKLE LOT "B" (12)
5) WT RB (12)
6) GEORGE T STAGG (11)
7) WT 12 (10)
8) PAPPY VAN WINKLE 15 (10)
9) PAPPY VAN WINKLE 20 (10)
10) BAKERS (9)
11) BLANTONS (9)
12) BOOKERS (9)
13) ROCK HILL FARMS (9)

:pope:

ProofPositive
02-14-2006, 22:13
The Beat goes on, 39 voters and 108 different bottles.

EXCELLENT WORK!!! THANX AGAIN!!!

nor02lei
02-25-2006, 13:40
This is not an easy list to do, but a will try. My preferred drinking proof at the last time I drank the brand is inside ( ).
It is no particular order, except that the brands marked * are the 3 I like best.
ORVW 10 Y 107 proof Bernheim version (107)
GTS spring 2005 (110-120)
GTS fall 2005 (141.2)
EC 18 Y single barrel (90)
*WT 101 old tax stripe bottling with red!!! whiskey inside (90-101)
WT Kentucky Legend old 101 proof version (donít remember)
*ORVW old time rye early gold neck not black neck bottling (85-90)
Younger versions of ORVWFRR including 1985 vintage (15 Y) and Lottas home (13-14 Y)
Sazerac 2002 still 18 Y much better than the 2005 (85-90)
*Old St Nick winter rye (90-100)
I still got a lot of new and old-time unopened bottles at home so I am sure that I have to change this list quiet frequently.

Leif
This is the worst thread on this forum. To list your 10 best American whiskeys is almost impossible. It would have been much easier if it would have been top 20 or bourbon only. I have had a new brand however that I have to put on my list. Problem is that I canít find anyone to take away so it has to be a top 11. It is the Forester Birthday bourbon 1995 (94). As I have understood it many members donít like this particular version but to me it is a real cracker in the ďhorse kickĒ division alongside Stagg 131.8 and Rittenhouse 10 years. I normally donít like bourbons which bitter wood notes but in this case I think it integrates god witch the other flavours. The nose is totally fantastic and a crystal clear 25 points in the 100 point scale for me. It is also very tasty with chilli nuts. Fanny thing is that the only other Birthday I have tasted the 13 years old 1990 fall did not have any of these bitter wood notes and it was much milder and gentler in every sense. I can understand that the rye is more obvious in a young version but I find it hard to understand how a 8 year old bourbon could have taken so much strong wood notes in that relatively short time. Only explanation I can come up with is that the barrels must have been lying
very close to the outside reality. Right under the roof or something like that. If somebody else have any explanation to this I would appreciate to here it.

Scorpius
02-25-2006, 20:38
As a noob I have a number of fine Bourbons to try yet, and I am looking forward to it. But thus far, I like the following:

GT Stagg
Wellers Ant 107
WL Wellers SR
Elijah Craig
Ezra Brooks
WT RR

Cheers!

gr8erdane
02-25-2006, 20:54
The only reason your list is short is because you've only made one trip to my bunker so far...:slappin::icon_pidu:

This of course, will change....

By the way, welcome to SB.com! Another St Louis bourbonian is now here. Ya'll make him welcome please, either because of or in spite of me.....

Scorpius
02-25-2006, 21:08
The only reason your list is short is because you've only made one trip to my bunker so far...:slappin::icon_pidu:

This of course, will change....

By the way, welcome to SB.com! Another St Louis bourbonian is now here. Ya'll make him welcome please, either because of or in spite of me.....

You do not lie my friend! Give me time, I will have me own bunker.

I do have a bottle of Bookers and a bottle of Woodford Reserve- but I have not opened either and tasted them yet.

brian12069
02-26-2006, 13:02
Here's my top ten based on what I have had. Pretty much in order based on taste.

ORVW 15yr 107(this probably surprises no one)
ORVW 10yr 107
WL Weller 12yr 90
Old Weller Antique 7yr 107
Van Winkle Lot B 12 yr 90.4
Old Fitzgaralds 1849 8yr 90 (this stuff is a bargain & delicious)
Old Grandad 114
Rowan's Creek 12yr 101.1(had one bottle & I need to find more!)
Joshua Brook 8yr 90 (price not considered, another bargain!)
Bookers True Barrel 126

There's a few more I could have thrown in there, tough to get it down to ten. I have sampled around 40 to 50 different kinds.

T47
02-26-2006, 16:25
nor02lei,
It must be difficult for someone who has tried a large variety, I have not and find that already my list would have changed since I posted it on this thread only a few weeks ago.
This weekend I tried Bookers for the first time in a bar while visiting my son. Wow! I really like that one, Had to have another try the next night to see if it tasted the same to me, and it did. None of the Bourbon I have tried so far has tasted quite that way to me. It warmed my tongue without burning so much that I had to dip my finger into it because I thought for sure it was heated up! It was like warm syrup spreading across my tongue, I am going to have to buy a bottle for myself and see if it remains as good to me.
As far as the Top Tens go, well I take it all with a grain of salt. For a newbie like me it is nice to see what people have put down, so when I walk in a store and see a couple bottles, maybe one has been mentioned and I can try that one first. Of course I am going to have to try them all eventually, just gives my shopping some direction!
I already have to add a new shelf to accommodate my growing bunker, which has busted my self imposed 20 bottle limit and is now at 24 with no end in site :grin:
So far I have enjoyed them all!

brian12069
02-26-2006, 16:28
Isn't it great???, I just counted and only have 39 different bourbons on my shelves now.

T47
02-26-2006, 18:23
Oh yea, I think its great...my wife, she is not so sure! I picked up what appear to be the last 2 bottles of Rittenhouse Rye in the State of WA. when we were over visiting my son at College. The nice thing about State run stores, they have one web site, that list's everything available, which store has it, and how much stock is remaining. This liquor store with the Rittenhouse was one block from my son's school, all the way across the State from where we live. She of course thinks I am up to something, she wants to know what the odds of that "really" happening are! Lucky for me they were not pricey bottles! Of course, now I need to save up for the Bookers. Here in WA it goes for $53.95.

gr8erdane
02-27-2006, 00:09
Brian, you mean Joshua Brook is actually for drinking? I bought a bottle at a local discount liquor and cigarette store for I think about 6 bucks from the bargain bin and the guy at the counter shuddered as he asked me if I was actually going to drink it. Scared the bejezzus outta me so I haven't even opened it. Figured he might have heard someone went blind on the stuff or something...:stickpoke:

1holegrouper
02-27-2006, 10:39
101 (my everyday, I get it out the door $17 flat, and nothing comes close for the $$$. I have paid 3x's as much for less satisfy'n bourbon


You are very right on this one. WT101 comes close to Knob Creek in taste yet is $10 less in price where I live.

brian12069
02-27-2006, 15:44
Brian, you mean Joshua Brook is actually for drinking? I bought a bottle at a local discount liquor and cigarette store for I think about 6 bucks from the bargain bin and the guy at the counter shuddered as he asked me if I was actually going to drink it. Scared the bejezzus outta me so I haven't even opened it. Figured he might have heard someone went blind on the stuff or something...:stickpoke:

I didn't base anything on price, just my taste buds, that stuff is a bargain!

gr8erdane
02-28-2006, 02:20
Well, you convinced me to give it a try. Maybe during Thursday night chat so that if I drop out for a while someone can dial 911....

brian12069
02-28-2006, 04:06
Your funny, let me know how you like it.

Ambernecter
03-09-2006, 11:43
Not even read what you guys have posted... I'll do that after I post my picks, pretty much in order of my faves.

1. RHF
2. GTS '03 (I still have 2 bottles of this!)
3. VW Lot B
4. Booker's
5. VWFRR 13 YO
6. Hirsh 16
7. WT 12 YO
8. WT 1855 Reserve
9. ORVW 10YO/107
10. Elmer T Lee.

Honourable mentions go to...

Bakers, Eagle Rare 17, Rowan's Creek, George Dickle 12YO and ORVW 15YO/107 - this last one is very good but the finish is way too dry for me compared to it's younger cousin.

I'm off to see what all the rest of you chose. I'll likely kick myself when I see what I forgot!

T47
03-09-2006, 18:26
I realize this thread is not an exact science, and that since people have posted their lists, they probably already want to change them.... but I just can't stop myself! So hear it is in all its fallibility, after 42 voters and 110 different bottling's;

1) ORVW 15 (16 votes) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
2) WT RR 101 (15 votes) Austin Nichols Distillery
3) Van Winkle Lot B (14 votes) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
4) Elmer T Lee (13 votes) Buffalo Trace
5) WT RB (12 votes) Austin Nichols Distillery
6) George T Stagg (12 votes) Buffalo Trace
7) WT 12 (11 votes) Austin Nichols Distillery
8) Pappy Van Winkle 15 (10 votes) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
9) Pappy Van Winkle 20 (10 votes) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
10) Bookers (11 votes) James Beam

:toast:

T47
03-09-2006, 19:00
I see I need to move Bookers into position 8, but my computer boots me from the net every time I hit the edit button :)

photogjunkie
03-09-2006, 20:43
Don't know if I can pick just 10, but I'll try.

HIGH DOLLAR

A.H. Hirsh 16yo
Distillers Masterpiece
Pappy 20yo

MID-PRICE

Bakers
Bookers
Sam Houston 10yo
George T. Stagg

BARGIN-PRICED

Buffalo Trace
Elijah Craig 12yo
Virginia Gentleman

ProofPositive
03-09-2006, 23:04
I realize this thread is not an exact science, and that since people have posted their lists, they probably already want to change them.... but I just can't stop myself! So hear it is in all its fallibility, after 42 voters and 110 different bottling's;toast:[/I]

Great Job!!! Appreciate very much you keeping up with this long running post. As we have discussed in the past, I enjoy seeing the rankings and watching them change from time to time. What is interesting - but not surprising, is the #1 position remaining unrelinquished thus far by ORVW15. It only surprises me that the lead is not greater. Being a huge fan of VW and WT, I cannot disagree with either one being on top!

Thanks again for your diligence in this regard,
Wayne

ProofPositive
03-09-2006, 23:08
I see I need to move Bookers into position 8, but my computer boots me from the net every time I hit the edit button :)

That's OK. I think your computer is deliberately refusing to make the change. They say that computers do not make mistakes and though the sheer numbers dictate that you move Booker's to #8......I for one will go along with your computer and keep it where it is. In fact, I fail to understand how it made the list. Must be some folks up at Beam stuffing the ballot box! Just kidding! I guess I'm too hard on Beam at times!

Ambernecter
03-10-2006, 05:52
Lordy!

After seeing just how crazily popular ORVW 15YO/107 is I feel foolish putting it into my honourable mentions list. Can't believe RHF is not in the top 10 either!

I really do prefer the 10YO VW though - well maybe one more snifter of each, just to be sure...

Super work on keeping the scores Todd!

T47
03-10-2006, 06:49
Ah, Rock Hill Farms, another that should be on the list at tied for 10 position with 10 votes...I really need to get Adobe on my Computer so I can copy and paste the list. I have Word, so I have to go back an forth and when I put it on here, re-write it each time. I will switch the list over to Adobe at work today, so I can straighten that out.

nor02lei
03-10-2006, 11:09
Lordy!

After seeing just how crazily popular ORVW 15YO/107 is I feel foolish putting it into my honourable mentions list.
I really do prefer the 10YO VW though - well maybe one more snifter of each, just to be sure...

Super work on keeping the scores Todd!

Well than we are 2 and I would also put ORVW 15 into my honourable mentions list if I had one. Iím also impressed of Toddís work on the al together list.

Leif

Geo
03-10-2006, 16:23
Update on Top Ten for me:

1. George T. Stagg Fall '05
2. George T. Stagg Spring '05
3. William Larue Weller
4. Pappy Van Winkle 15yr
5. Old Weller Antique 107
6. Bookers
7. Buffalo Trace
8. Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr
9. Wild Turkey 101
10. Eagle Rare 101

brian12069
03-10-2006, 19:28
Well, you convinced me to give it a try. Maybe during Thursday night chat so that if I drop out for a while someone can dial 911....

Well...how did you make out???

T47
03-12-2006, 17:10
So now I find out that ER 10 and ER 101 are the same thing...creates a little shift along with a couple people who chose to change some votes. Our new current top ten is as follows;

1) Van Winkle Lot B (16) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
2) ORVW 15 (16) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
3) WT RR 101 (15) Austin Nichols Distillery
4) George T Stagg (15) Buffalo Trace
5) Bookers (13) James Beam
6) Elmer T Lee (13) Buffalo Trace
7) Eagle Rare 10 (12) Buffalo Trace
8) WT RB 912) Austin Nichols Distiller
9) Pappy Van Winkle 15 (11) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
10) Pappy Van Winkle 20 (11) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery

If its true that Pappy 15 and ORVW 15 are the same thing, that's the run away favorite with 27 Votes. I really need to try some Stagg...between all the different releases it has 24 votes (Thats covers those who just voted for GT Stagg, any year, and the 9 folks who like a certain year better [2002 through fall of 2005] than others.
In my region, the least expensive bottle with the most votes, EC 12 (10).
114 Different Bottles, 44 Voters
:toast:

bluesbassdad
03-12-2006, 17:33
So now I find out that ER 10 and ER 101 are the same thing...

I have both on my shelf right now.

Eagle Rare Single Barrel is ten years old and 90 proof. It's packaged in the same tall, elegant bottle as the Antique Collection (Stagg, Saz, etc.).

Eagle Rare is also 10 years old, and it's 101 proof. My bottle happens to be plastic and 1.75 l. capacity. I understand from others on this board that this bottling has been discontinued.

I suppose the bourbon might be the same as it is/was dumped from the barrel, but it is different in the bottle.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

T47
03-12-2006, 19:23
A couple voted for ER SB, the others just listed at ER 10 (which is 101) or ER 101 (Which is the 10 non SB version) so what the heck...It's not really scientific anyway!
The EC 12 is $19.00 here in WA. The ER 10 (non SB version) is only $20. The only other "near 20 or less" bottle that had a bigger group of votes was BT which is also $20 here when you can get it.
For me it just helps me to recognize bottles when I walk in the store and helps to narrow my shopping. I don't think I have seen unanimous dislike of any brand yet, seems at least one person always has something good to say.

ThomasH
03-17-2006, 15:39
I decided to put a different spin on the top 10 list: I have picked out my favorite american whiskies from each distillery, including Tennessee and rye. there might actually be a few more than 10, but you get the basic idea. Not all are the oldest or most expensive, just my favorites based on taste and price:

Pappy Van Winkle 15/107
Buffalo Trace
Jim Beam Black label
Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 101
Gentlemans Jack Daniels
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey Rye
Bulleit Frontier bourbon
Johnny Drum 15
Evan Williams 1783 10yr.
Makers Mark mint Julep
Colonel Lee 100

Now before anybody takes any good natured pot shots at my list or declares me insane, a few notes on the above list. I just plain love the Van Winkle 15, eespecially considering the price of the other Van Winkles. the Buffalo Trace is easy to get, tastes great and is an excellent value. Jim Beam black is like an old friend, its been with me since the beginning of my legalized consumption ( way back in 1986). Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 101, my current favorite bourbon, enough said. Gentlemans Jack Daniels, my favorite of this overhyped, underproof group. if you notice, there is no George Dickel on the list, mainly because I haven't found one I like yet, and I've tried them all. Woodford Reserve, another one I just liked from the 1st taste. Wild Turkey rye, a good balance between taste and texture, sort of rough and tumble, the way I like rye. Bulleit, good taste and price, available everywhere in my area. Johnny Drum 15, the only KBD whiskey I've had and bought this for the incredible price of 21.88. Evan Williams 1783, not a big HH fan, but this is excellent value for the money. Makers Mark mint julep, my favorite whiskey liquer type drink, not easy to get, but I wisely bought a case after first taste and before the price doubled. last and maybe least, Colonel Lee 100, at 6.65 a bottle on closeout in the great state of Ohio, this is the perfect, economical fuel to add to my favorite mixer, ginger ale. OK everyone, not that I let my cats out of the bag, give it your best shot!

Thomas

jeff
03-17-2006, 16:25
Interesting choice on the Maker's Mark mint julep, and one I can't disagree with. However you have chosen one whiskey as a favorite that I would rate as undrinkable: The Evan Williams 1783. To me it tastes like asparagus and cooked cabbage; completely unlike anything else from Heaven Hill.

AJ123
03-17-2006, 18:24
Wow - this is great. I also realize that I only have drank four of this list!! so I'm a real newbie here. I do have Eagle Rare 17 also and that's great, but I haven't even tried the ER 10! I have no idea what the Van Winkle Lot B is???? George Stagg is good/o.k. but I don't know what the extreme fuss over it is all about and can't even figure out what the lot/year is on my bottle. I sampled Bookers in the Pied Piper bar in San Francisco two weeks ago while ordering Blanton's at the same time so I drank side by side - Booker's didn't do anything for me. As for WT RB and Pappy Van Winkle 20 -- Yes yes and more yes. I basically have them on tap at home. I'm also devoted to WT RR TRIBUTE 101 - is that like WT RR 101? I have three bottles of Tribute and know where one more is. To have a top ten list implies that I'm relegating about 20 others to sub-list status and I'm just not there yet.



So now I find out that ER 10 and ER 101 are the same thing...creates a little shift along with a couple people who chose to change some votes. Our new current top ten is as follows;

1) Van Winkle Lot B (16) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
2) ORVW 15 (16) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
3) WT RR 101 (15) Austin Nichols Distillery
4) George T Stagg (15) Buffalo Trace
5) Bookers (13) James Beam
6) Elmer T Lee (13) Buffalo Trace
7) Eagle Rare 10 (12) Buffalo Trace
8) WT RB 912) Austin Nichols Distiller
9) Pappy Van Winkle 15 (11) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
10) Pappy Van Winkle 20 (11) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery

If its true that Pappy 15 and ORVW 15 are the same thing, that's the run away favorite with 27 Votes. I really need to try some Stagg...between all the different releases it has 24 votes (Thats covers those who just voted for GT Stagg, any year, and the 9 folks who like a certain year better [2002 through fall of 2005] than others.
In my region, the least expensive bottle with the most votes, EC 12 (10).
114 Different Bottles, 44 Voters
:toast:

nor02lei
03-18-2006, 05:27
So now I find out that ER 10 and ER 101 are the same thing...creates a little shift along with a couple people who chose to change some votes. Our new current top ten is as follows;

1) Van Winkle Lot B (16) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
2) ORVW 15 (16) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
3) WT RR 101 (15) Austin Nichols Distillery
4) George T Stagg (15) Buffalo Trace
5) Bookers (13) James Beam
6) Elmer T Lee (13) Buffalo Trace
7) Eagle Rare 10 (12) Buffalo Trace
8) WT RB 912) Austin Nichols Distiller
9) Pappy Van Winkle 15 (11) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
10) Pappy Van Winkle 20 (11) Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery

If its true that Pappy 15 and ORVW 15 are the same thing, that's the run away favorite with 27 Votes. I really need to try some Stagg...between all the different releases it has 24 votes (Thats covers those who just voted for GT Stagg, any year, and the 9 folks who like a certain year better [2002 through fall of 2005] than others.
In my region, the least expensive bottle with the most votes, EC 12 (10).
114 Different Bottles, 44 Voters
:toast:

Todd,
Do you have any idea if the leading VW 12 is mostly the Bernheim or the SW version. I got 1 unopened bottle at home myself and I got no idea how to see on the bottle were it is distilled.
Leif

Special Reserve
03-18-2006, 06:29
Interesting choice on the Maker's Mark mint julep, and one I can't disagree with. However you have chosen one whiskey as a favorite that I would rate as undrinkable: The Evan Williams 1783. To me it tastes like asparagus and cooked cabbage; completely unlike anything else from Heaven Hill.

Then bourbon must be like food. I've noticed that a chosen bourbon will taste differently to me at different times. This fact adds to the enjoyment of having a drink of bourbon.

At one time I wouldn't eat asparagus or cooked cabbage, but now I know that when properly prepared both are very enjoyable.

T47
03-18-2006, 08:30
Leif, most people just listed WT 12, they did not specify "Gold Label", or "Split Label". 2 People voted for WT 12 Split Label, so I broke off their votes to reflect that. One person voted for WT 12 Gold Foil Label and I did leave that one in just the WT 12 "bulk" votes....
I am sure someone here can tell you where the Split Label or Gold Foil Label bottles came from, I don't know myself.

luv2hunt
03-18-2006, 08:59
Todd,
Do you have any idea if the leading VW 12 is mostly the Bernheim or the SW version. I got 1 unopened bottle at home myself and I got no idea how to see on the bottle were it is distilled.
Leif

Leif,

On 9-15-2005 Julian posted in a thread that the Van Winkle 12 is now all Bernheim. And I believe he even said it was "damn fine whiskey at that"!

Dawn

T47
03-18-2006, 09:51
Boy I need to start wearing my glasses....that was a VW 12, not a WT 12 :slappin:

AHHHHHHHH! I am getting OLD!!!!!!!!!!

:bigeyes:

T47
03-18-2006, 10:06
I would have just edited my prior post, but for some reason my browser does not like the edit button here, it boots me from the net every time I hit it?
Leif, no one specified a year or distiller for the VW Lot B with the exception of 4 votes for Van Blankle which I think is some version of VW Lot B.

T47
03-18-2006, 10:09
Damn my computer and that edit button to the dark recesses of earth!!!!! and by the way, I did separate those 4 VAn Blankle votes as another bottle.

gr8erdane
03-21-2006, 00:38
Todd,
Van Blankle is our own term for Randy Blank's VWFR 12 yo Lot B which he bought a barrel of a couple of years ago and so generously shared with many of us at Gazebos past. While all Van Blankle is Lot B, not all Lot B is Van Blankle! An awesome single barrel version of an outstanding bourbon. Only outdone in my mind by the single barrel tasting of the 22.5 year old Pappy-to-be that Julian shared with us at last year's Sampler.

KYBlue
03-21-2006, 13:46
GT Stagg Fall'05 (141.2)
William Larue Weller Barrel Proof (121.8)
Rowans Creek
Four Roses Single Barrel
Eagle Rare 17
Hirsch 16
WT RR 101
PVW 15
Bulliet
Rock Hill Farms