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fogfrog
03-20-2006, 18:19
Curious what you want to try next and why?

Mad Mac
03-20-2006, 18:25
PVWFR 23 yr. I've never been able to find it in locally...

ProofPositive
03-20-2006, 18:59
I don't even believe it myself.....but, I still have not broken open even 1 bottle of Stagg.

ratcheer
03-20-2006, 19:27
Wild Turkey 12-year old, for me.

Prior to that, my "holy grail" bourbon was Rock Hill Farms. I finally obtained a bottle on my trip to Kentucky, last July. It did not disappoint me. :cool:

Tim

T47
03-20-2006, 23:33
Next bottle on my list is Rock Hill Farms. It seems to be pretty well liked and have some pretty good reports, so thats what I am shooting for.
If Stagg were available in WA State that would be #1 on my list to try, for the same reason, people here seem to have a lot of good things to say about it.
I have only tried about 16 bourbons so far and have enjoyed them all to one degree or another. I have 26 bottles (only 6 open) and am going to work through them nice and slow. As money becomes available, I will pick up bottles, mostly due to what I have read here. Just kind of gives me focus on my shopping. My wish list is all bottles I have read about here, the sad part is half of them are not available in WA State. Looks like I have some mail order in my future, but I have enough to try locally I am in no hurry for that yet.
Whats on your wish list fogfrog?

Virus_Of_Life
03-21-2006, 00:15
Wild Turkey 12-year old, for me.

Prior to that, my "holy grail" bourbon was Rock Hill Farms. I finally obtained a bottle on my trip to Kentucky, last July. It did not disappoint me. :cool:

Tim

That is the one that I desire myself, WT 12 year that is, probably going to have to trade a bottle of Tribute to get some just so I know. But then again, maybe should OPEN a Tribute and then I may realize that there is not point to getting the 12 when I can get the 15 year Tribute while I can find it and always pick up the 12yr exports later sometime.

And Wayne, you have not lived until you've had Stagg. Drinking that now after ORVW15, and tonite, tonite I say :blush: , the GTS tastes better to me. You'd Never know it was 140+proof, this is truly an unbelievable pour!! :cool:

gr8erdane
03-21-2006, 00:20
My next want is EWSB 96 mostly to keep the string alive, but also because I have really enjoyed the progression from year to year. Haven't seen any here yet but it's just a matter of time.

Hedmans Brorsa
03-21-2006, 10:13
Well, I have to give the same answer as I probably did some 5 years ago : Very Old Barton.

Somehow, elusive seems like an understatement to describe the nature of this Bourbon. Sigh!

I will not give up, though. :)

BobA
03-21-2006, 11:41
Still hoping to get:

any VW rye
Saz 6 yr.
Rittenhouse Rye
Elmer T. Lee
Buffalo Trace
AAA
OCPR

All because they are well regarded here and not available to me locally.

Of what I can do, probably should proceed with my historical/vertical OC tasting. Should do a vertical OGD too; would love to do historical on that as well, but now we're back to what I can't get.

Bob

KYBlue
03-21-2006, 14:24
I've been staring at an unopened bottle of Sazerac 18 in my cabinet....

Frodo
03-21-2006, 14:25
Stagg, Sarzac 18, and EWSB (any vintage). Been a while for the last one!

mrt
03-21-2006, 14:28
I'll try Jack Daniels, first (Yes, I didn't take even a sip, yet). Then probably Gentlemen Jack for comparision. Ten High Bourbon and a Canadian whisky will follow.

fogfrog
03-21-2006, 15:37
I am in Kentucky tonight and went to the Liquor Store and bought a bottle of Ancient Ancient Age Ten Year Old. I was looking at the Very Old Barton too.

On the shelves of this Liquor Store, the Smoke Shop in Paducah, they have more VOB than any other bourbon. Surprisingly there is tons of VOB in three proofs, 80, 86 and 100 and bottles in 750ML and 1.75 in each strength, Lots Of Them!

I asked the man working there if he knew about Bourbon and he said he thought VOB was well bourbon and probably not something I should consider. He favors Evan Williams Black Label (there was hardly any of it there).

I bought the AAA 10YO and did not buy the VOB, but on the way out the door picked up a half pint of the stuff because I wanted to find out about it. I am drinking it now in the hotel here in Paducah.

I like the VOB (6YO). The half pint I bought was of the 86 proof variety. It is very drinkable. Easy to drink. Very easy to drink I should say. Nothing harsh about it. Not a big nose like the Evan Williams but it is so easy to drink... pretty delightful. I wish I knew how to taste the bourbons and so to compare them.

Not too expensive here, it looks like it varies by proof from 9 and change up to 12 and change depending on the proof.

I think this bourbon is one a person could drink all the time. Not expensive and very good. I prefer it to Jim Beam 7YO. Not complex either though. Tastes a lot like beam to me.

Curious what others think of this stuff. Why is it only in KY?

TNbourbon
03-21-2006, 16:12
I've had the good fortune -- particularly in having acquired friends who have and share good bourbon -- of having tried everything mentioned so far, except for the EWSB '96, which hasn't reached Tennessee 'shores' yet. In fact, I think I have all but the Pappy 23 (the original of which I've tasted within the last month. Thanks, Dane!:thankyousign: :yum:) currently in the bunker.
Anyway, I've been looking at this thread since it began, trying to figure out my next 'holy grail'. I guess I'd like to taste the Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yo BIB just to say I have, but I can't imagine it being any better than a few others I've tried. From a historical perspective, I'd love a taste of Randy's (doubleblank's) 19th Century-distilled Belmont, to note any recognizable difference in the bourbon between then and now. But, the fact is, there are several I'd like to taste AGAIN before I worry about anything new:

HH/Rittenhouse 20+yo rye
Binny's 18yo Lot B
that Lawrenceburg Pappy 23
2004 Eagle Rare 17yo (I have several bunkered, but it's so rare I hate to open another one)


Having said all that, there are so many fine, moderately-priced bourbons today that even without the rarities, I'd do quite nicely just plucking a different bottle off a well-stocked shelf whenever the need arises. I hope nobody feels bad being 'stuck' with today's everyday pours. There's a lot of good stuff out there!

camduncan
03-21-2006, 16:44
It goes without saying that the next whiskey I'd like to try is anything I haven't yet tried :skep:
My current "to buy" bottles include Virginia Gentleman 90, Hirsch 16yo & another bottle of BT. And, like Dane, I'm keeping an eye out for the new '96 Evan Williams Single Barrel.

luv2hunt
03-21-2006, 18:51
I want to try the WT Kentucky Legend Single Barrel......because Jon got one for his birthday and it's been sitting here for 11 days with the seal still intact!

Dawn

gr8erdane
03-21-2006, 21:27
Open it Dawn! You have my permission......:falling:

mshanzz
03-21-2006, 21:35
Iam looking at a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old or the ORVW 15 year Old, they are both lone soldiers and was hoping for a back-up before opening either. Niether one is offered in Utah so they have become collectables and I am not a collector, so (heads) PVW 20 (tails) ORVW 15 the coin is in the air!

"Don't give up, don't ever give up"

elkdoggydog
03-21-2006, 23:32
Stagg. My wife said that when you consider the high proof, it's a pretty good value. Same as the argument on another thread, but she came up with it.

I also need to try some of the Van Winkle whiskies.

I'll get there.

BobA
03-22-2006, 13:34
Fog,
VOB isn't only in KY, but the only VOB I've seen in GA is 90 proof. Search some older threads; I think the concensus is that the 4 proof levels are pretty consistent except for the proof. I also seem to recall that someone said VOB is KY's biggest selling brand, which would make sense to me; the 90 is $9 here. Have to go well up in $ to find anything better. A "well" bourbon only in price, and I would think that any bar that poured it as a well brand would have a bunch of bourbon drinkers hanging around.

As to what I've been drinking, I haven't had anything in a few days. Need to have some more Baker's before commenting on the BOTM.

Bob

luv2hunt
03-22-2006, 21:21
Open it Dawn! You have my permission......:falling:

Dane, I told him I had your permission.....he said I had to wait until you could join us in a drink! :shocked:

Dawn

NYtaster
03-23-2006, 18:02
Being a WT fan, both Tribute and the 12YO are on my list. Any one have a stash to share??? I would like to try the PVW 20 but I was a little disapointed in the last bottle of Pappy 15 I got so I'm a little hesitant to put down the bucks for the 20 year.

Brennan77
03-23-2006, 18:45
Rockhill Farms and Eagle Rare 17

SBOmarc
03-23-2006, 22:28
So much of what I want to try is not available to me here in Southern California. I prefer however to dwell on what I do have rather than complain about what I don't have.....so.

With a bottle of Tribute and a Fall '05 Stagg bunkered, I will turn my sites to the WT12...some of the Van Winkles that are not here and Four Roses SB.

mythrenegade
03-24-2006, 00:20
First off, re: southern california. Get yourself to the wine exchange in Tustin! They have a pretty good selection of bourbons at absolutely FANTASTIC prices. ETL - $16.99. Elijah Craig 12 Year - $15.99. Elijah Craig 18 year - $30.99. Pappy Van Winkel - $69.99. Blanton's Single Barrel - $39.99. I don't know how those compare to the prices others around here pay, but they are FAR cheaper than I've seen anywhere else in socal.

Also, I'm pretty sure you can have liquor shipped to you from anywhere in the country. Many states have restrictive liqour laws, but california is not one of them...

I have now tried six bourbons: Jim Beam (made me write off bourbon for nearly ten years...), Maker's Mark, Elmer T. Lee, Blanton's Single Barrel, Elijah Craig 12 Year, and Pappy Van Winkel. I think my next purchase will be Rock Hill Farms, based on the number of people that are interested in it.

I've never tried any wild turkey product, so I would love suggestions as to what to try. My philosophy is that life is too short to drink bad liquor, so I have no interest in anything equivalent to standard Jim Beam. If I am going to drink Wild Turkey, I want something above the "run of the mill" but I am not sure what that would be. What are the differences?

At the same time, as evidenced by my choices of Makers, Elijah Craig and ETL I am not looking to see how much I can spend, but rather seek to find that sweet spot of price vs. flavor.

Joel

ratcheer
03-24-2006, 15:20
Joel,

Try the Wild Turkey Rare Breed or, for an absolutely top-shelf pour, the Kentucky Spirit. However, regular Wild Turkey 101-proof is an outstanding standard pour.

Tim

elkdoggydog
03-24-2006, 15:30
For me, that sweet spot of price vs. flavor is currently OGD 114. It's a fantastic, high-proof bourbon that is almost always in the 20- 25 dollar range for me. You've got to try it if you see it.

Virus_Of_Life
03-24-2006, 15:54
First off, re: southern california. Get yourself to the wine exchange in Tustin! They have a pretty good selection of bourbons at absolutely FANTASTIC prices. ETL - $16.99. Elijah Craig 12 Year - $15.99. Elijah Craig 18 year - $30.99. Pappy Van Winkel - $69.99. Blanton's Single Barrel - $39.99. I don't know how those compare to the prices others around here pay, but they are FAR cheaper than I've seen anywhere else in socal.

Also, I'm pretty sure you can have liquor shipped to you from anywhere in the country. Many states have restrictive liqour laws, but california is not one of them...

I have now tried six bourbons: Jim Beam (made me write off bourbon for nearly ten years...), Maker's Mark, Elmer T. Lee, Blanton's Single Barrel, Elijah Craig 12 Year, and Pappy Van Winkel. I think my next purchase will be Rock Hill Farms, based on the number of people that are interested in it.

I've never tried any wild turkey product, so I would love suggestions as to what to try. My philosophy is that life is too short to drink bad liquor, so I have no interest in anything equivalent to standard Jim Beam. If I am going to drink Wild Turkey, I want something above the "run of the mill" but I am not sure what that would be. What are the differences?

At the same time, as evidenced by my choices of Makers, Elijah Craig and ETL I am not looking to see how much I can spend, but rather seek to find that sweet spot of price vs. flavor.

Joel

A wonderful establishment indeed! I love the wine exchange, Joel (Myth), are you a SoCal native obviously?

As far as the Turkey goes, I'd honestly say that the regular 101 is not run of the mill by any means, it is a great bourbon. That being said you'll find a number of people on this board who love the Russell's Reserve(RR), Rare Breed(RB) and Kentucky Spirit(KS). I'd say try them all, but at some point you have to try WT101, so you'll know how great all the Turkeys are!

You will not find a better price on Kentucky Spirit than at W.E.

Thank you Tim for echoing my sentiments before I could even finish typing!!! :grin:

mythrenegade
03-24-2006, 17:31
I am not a socal native, I grew up in western new york in a small town outside of Rochester. That said, I am a red wine guy primarily, and used to own a home in Placentia. Thus, the wine exchange was a regular of my wife and I. Now I live in Oak Hills, at the top of the Cajon pass on the way to Barstow/Las Vegas. The wine exchange is a bit of a drive, but I am down in OC pretty regularly and make an effort to stop by whenever possible...

I think I will go for a bottle of rare breed next time I get over there. I need to wait a while for the shock of the pappy van winkel purchase to wear off my beloved bride :-)

Joel

Mad Mac
03-25-2006, 10:31
I've been staring at an unopened bottle of Sazerac 18 in my cabinet....

Open it pronto - this is one of the best!

nor02lei
03-25-2006, 12:05
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As far as the Turkey goes, I'd honestly say that the regular 101 is not run of the mill by any means, it is a great bourbon. That being said you'll find a number of people on this board who love the Russell's Reserve(RR), Rare Breed(RB) and Kentucky Spirit(KS). I'd say try them all, but at some point you have to try WT101, so you'll know how great all the Turkeys are!
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Christian,
Must agree with you 100%. To me 101 is the must classic WT of them all and the real smash hit of all bourbons in the taste per buck division.
Leif

Ambernecter
03-25-2006, 12:17
Amongst all the Turkey family I think it is virtually leval pegging, between WT12 YO and 1855 Reserve.

Rare breed is super and the regular WT101 although not for everyone, is, as has been said above, one of best quality everyday pours out there today.

Wild Turkey = NO LOSE!

Virus_Of_Life
03-30-2006, 01:45
Being a WT fan, both Tribute and the 12YO are on my list. Any one have a stash to share??? I would like to try the PVW 20 but I was a little disapointed in the last bottle of Pappy 15 I got so I'm a little hesitant to put down the bucks for the 20 year.

I know where I can get my hands on a bottle or two of the Tribute. If you are willing to pay the shipping (and of course for the bottle) I could get it in a couple of weeks and FedEx it to you. PM me if you are interested. Of course I am sure you know, this is not cheap bourbon...

I have only come across 1 WT12 year, so I cannot help you there yet. If I ever have the same fortune with the 12 as I had with the Tribute I'll let you know... At least now I can cross the 12 off my "try next..." Haven't opened it yet, but will soon. Sooo, now that I have found that, hmmmm what else? I'd have to say one of earlier releases of Stagg (preferrabaly 2002)! A 2004 Eagle Rare 17 or........