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pabourbongal
08-13-2006, 17:20
I am brand spankin' new to bourbon drinking. Took my first pour about 3 weeks ago and fell in love. Told the hubby, who is a veteran bourbon man (with limited brands under his belt), that I am giving up the red wine, which triggers migraines, and becoming a bourbon gal! :grin:

So far, I haven't cared much for Basil Hayden's, and I'm luke warm on Nob Creek, but I love ER 10y. Sipping some right now, as a matter of fact.

What might a girl with my tastes want to try next?
Enjoying the forum very much. Thanks!

jburlowski
08-13-2006, 17:28
Welcome to the world of bourbon!

(Assuming they are available in your area) I'd suggest Elmer T Lee Single Barrel (a fantastic bargain and a great pour), one of the Wellers; either 12 yo or Centennial, or, if you like spicy rye-flavored bourbons, Old Grand Dad 114.

Try as many as you can, either by the drink by going to a local bar (try a high-end steakhouse --- they typically will have a broad selection) or by trying miniatures (you will be somewhat limited here) available from a good liquor store.

Good luck and enjoy whatever you taste!

FlashPuppy
08-13-2006, 17:29
Man, where to start... There are so many fine choices out there. I always try to start anyone with Makers Mark or Elijah Craig 12. If your palate leads you toward sweeter things, I would recommend Elmer T. Lee. Those three brands which I mentioned are some of my everyday pours. I consider anything Van Winkle to be a premium pour, and tend to reserve the consumption of them to a more limited basis.

Just go out, maybe to a nice bar with a good bourbon selection, and try differnt things. My general rule of thumb is, if I am not sure if I will like it, I just buy it. Haven't found one I didn't like yet... :grin:

BourbonJoe
08-13-2006, 17:30
I'd go along with the Elmer T. Lee and you can get it at the PALCB. Give it a try and tell us how you like it.
Joe :usflag:

Brennan77
08-13-2006, 18:00
Some good suggestions already. Try as many as you can. I'm a ER fan myself. Blanton's comes to mind as something to try. It's just a solid offering.

barturtle
08-13-2006, 18:35
I'm assuming here that you mean the ER 10yo Single Barrel 90 proof, though there may still be some of the 10yo 101 proof still in your area. I too am a fan (of both bottlings) and think you might enjoy Wild Turkey Russels Reserve. There was a 101 proof version of this, that was a huge favorite of many here, but the newer 90 proof, is excellent as well. This is also a 10yo whiskey. Another I like is Old Charter Proprietors Reserve, a 13yo 90 proof bottling.

Best of luck, the best part about trying new whiskies is the fact that you can open a bottle and not have to drink it all right away, unlike wine, while you try some others. Enjoy

TNbourbon
08-13-2006, 18:39
A good way to approach first tastings often is to assay something from each distillery. I'd suggest shooting for a mid-pricer from each:


Jim Beam Black (8yo/90 proof)
Maker's Mark (no alternative here)
Very Old Barton 86, 90 or BIB, if available, or Ridgemont Reserve
Evan Williams Black label (7yo/86 proof)
Buffalo Trace, if available, and/or Old Charter 10yo (rye); Weller 12yo (wheat)
Old Forester 86 or BIB
Wild Turkey 101


I'm betting you can find one 'standby' bottling from these, then you can try some higher-priced ones as desired.

Nebraska
08-13-2006, 19:14
I'm always amused when someone suggests go to a bar and try different bourbons. If I try to try bourbon around here in a bar I'm gonna end up with Jack Daniels:lol:

I realize this varies with you own particular geographical area.

I guess the other thing is, if you think your gonna like bourbon, you might as well spend the $4 to $8 (the cost of a drink) toward a bottle.

Now if I were on vacation, this would be a different story.

robbyvirus
08-13-2006, 23:16
Try everything you can and see what you like best. Worked for me!

Edward_call_me_Ed
08-14-2006, 05:39
I guess the other thing is, if you think your gonna like bourbon, you might as well spend the $4 to $8 (the cost of a drink) toward a bottle.




I am with Mark on this one. When I figure how much the shot cost them and how much they charge me for it, I don't feel like I am saving any money. The price of a pour can be as much or more than 25% of the price of a bottle. Now, if you are out and you see something you would like to try on the shelf behind the bar, by all means, order it!

Ed

Edward_call_me_Ed
08-14-2006, 05:59
I am brand spankin' new to bourbon drinking. Took my first pour about 3 weeks ago and fell in love. Told the hubby, who is a veteran bourbon man (with limited brands under his belt), that I am giving up the red wine, which triggers migraines, and becoming a bourbon gal! :grin:

So far, I haven't cared much for Basil Hayden's, and I'm luke warm on Nob Creek, but I love ER 10y. Sipping some right now, as a matter of fact.

What might a girl with my tastes want to try next?
Enjoying the forum very much. Thanks!

The ER 10 is a Buffalo Trace product. I figure that if you like one of theirs you will like others, too. That is certainly true of me! Elmer T Lee, Blanton's, Buffalo Trace, Old Charter, 8 yo, 12 yo, and 13 yo Proprietor's Reserve are all from Buffalo Trace. I have had all of these and love them all.

The two you weren't so fond of are both Beam products. It may be that you don't like their profile. Don't just write them off, you may really like something else they make. Maybe Booker's or Old Grand Dad. The 114 is the most highly regarded by most of the posters here, but the bottled in bond has its fans. In fact, I just had my first pour of the BIB. Pretty good stuff. The Basil Hayden's you didn't care much for comes from the same mash bill as the Old Grand Dad line, so you might not care for it. I haven't had it so I can't say how similar they are.

So, if you want to try something outside the Buffalo Trace line and want to put Beam products on the try it later list. Try Heaven Hill's bourbon, Evan William's or Elijah Craig 12 for starters, but they make many many bourbons. Or Maker's Mark. And if you have a chance to buy a bottle of any Van Winkle bourbon, well, that is a no brainer, get it!

Have fun!
Ed

Frodo
08-14-2006, 06:02
I really like Ed's suggestions! Right on the money for me.

Nebraska
08-14-2006, 07:36
A couple of month's after you've originally tried something, go back to it again. Also try things different ways. If it has too much burn, stick a few cubes in it. Experiment. The reason I say revisit one's you've tasted is that you're probably going to find that your perception of them is going to change. People here have also tried a bottle from time to time thought they didn't like it and then just figured out something was whacked out with their taste buds that particular evening.:bigeyes:

I liked Weller Antique 107 early on...and I just a pour last night and still like it! Weller 12yo is excellent as well (and very affordable), but now as readily available.

Elmer T Lee is a fun poor, not available here, but may be in your neck of the woods. Bulleit is also widely available,a little more of an edge, but widely liked here and very affordable!

Big Chipper
08-14-2006, 08:05
One you should definitely try is the low-end Van Winkles, Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year in either the 90 or 107 proof versions. Should be somewhere in the $22-28 range depending on proof. Excellent stuff and by far my favorite pours under $30.

pabourbongal
08-14-2006, 18:14
I picked up a bottle of Elmer T. Lee this afternoon and you guys were right -- just my taste! Looking forward to trying WT RR and one of the Van Winkle's, which are all in stock at my favorite PALCB store, very soon now.
Again, many thanks,

pabourbongal
08-14-2006, 18:21
Same thing applies to wine...by the time you pay for a glass (usually cheap varieties offered around these parts) at a restaurant, you're about a 1/3 of the way to purchasing a bottle. Plus, I have 2 young children, one of whom has a disability, so I don't get out too much. I prefer sitting on my cozy front porch, sipping something delicious from my Riedel stemless glassware to a smoky bar anyway.

CrispyCritter
08-14-2006, 21:32
Welcome to the world of bourbon! Any of the previous recommendations would be seconded by me.

That being said, Old Fitzgerald BIB is a superb (and inexpensive!) wheater, and any of the 101-proof Wild Turkey products are lovely in their own right as well. Buffalo Trace products also tend to be quite good (BT itself, the Antique Collection, ETL, Sazerac Rye, whether it's the 18yo or the "Junior," etc.).

I *heart* OGD 114, and OGD BIB is one of my four favorites for Manhattans (the other three: Rittenhouse BIB rye, WT 101 bourbon, WT 101 rye).

mythrenegade
08-14-2006, 22:10
Eagle Rare 10YO is my favorite pour and I do not like the Beam products... With that in common, let me share a few others that I enjoy:

(1) Maker's Mark
(2) ETL (I see you've discovered this one already)
(3) Evan Williams Single Barrel
(4) Blantons

The Elijah Craig 12YO is nice, but it's either very inconsistent or it is just a flavor that many do not care for. I liked it, but haven't rushed out to buy another bottle. By contrast, I replaced the ETL immediately when I finished it... I have a bottle of Pappy Van Winkel 20YO, but I prefer the Eagle Rare actually.

I strongly disliked the Woodford Reserve. Fancy package, no flavor.

On the other hand, I can't believe you gave up red wine. Some people do have the headache reaction you mentioned, so I guess I understand. Around here, my wife won't touch the bourbon but we have a common passion for a great glass of red...

Joel

OscarV
08-24-2006, 17:24
[quote=pabourbongal] but I love ER 10y. Sipping some right now, as a matter of fact.

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My wife likes Eagle Rare 10yo to, and you could try another of her favorites, Old Charter 10yo. It has been described as having a "honeyed" nose and taste.

voigtman
08-24-2006, 21:00
Get Eagle Rare 17 (any release): it is VASTLY better than the 10 YO, SB. You won't believe the improvement ... until you taste both. Cheers, Ed V.

bluesbassdad
08-24-2006, 23:02
If the taster is especially fond of the barrel influence, then that's probably a fair statement and a good recommendation.

I guess my taste buds are not that advanced. I've had several bottles of the 10 y/o, which I find very pleasant, reminiscent of cognac. The lone bottle of the 17 y/o I've tasted is a bit too woody and dry to my taste. YMMV. (Maybe I'll grow into it over time. Who knows?)

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

jspero
08-29-2006, 11:40
Get Eagle Rare 17 (any release): it is VASTLY better than the 10 YO, SB. You won't believe the improvement ... until you taste both. Cheers, Ed V.

I have to disagree with this. I have the latest (2006) version of ER17. While it's good, I prefer ER10 (101 or SB) to the ER17 I have, particularly given the price difference.

Jay

smokinjoe
08-29-2006, 13:56
I have to disagree with this. I have the latest (2006) version of ER17. While it's good, I prefer ER10 (101 or SB) to the ER17 I have, particularly given the price difference.

Jay
Are you sure that's the 2006 ER17? I hadn't heard anything about it arriving at retailers yet. Have I been asleep, and missed it?:22:

JOE

jspero
08-31-2006, 11:44
Are you sure that's the 2006 ER17? I hadn't heard anything about it arriving at retailers yet. Have I been asleep, and missed it?:22:

JOE

Oops! I meant 2005 version. Sorry about that.

Jay

mythrenegade
09-10-2006, 19:21
How much is this Eagle Rare 17 year old, and does anyone know where I can get it in southern california? The 10 year old is my favorite bourbon, so I am very keen to try this stuff...

Joel

smokinjoe
09-10-2006, 21:22
How much is this Eagle Rare 17 year old, and does anyone know where I can get it in southern california? The 10 year old is my favorite bourbon, so I am very keen to try this stuff...

Joel
Joel:
I have seen Stagg and Saz at Bevmo in Sacramento recently, but I don't recall the ER17. However, I would assume then, that they would attempt to carry all of the Antique Collection, which should include down your way in Southern California. Maybe you could try there?
JOE

SBOmarc
09-10-2006, 21:24
BevMo is a good place to start. Try Mission Liquor in Pasadena, the Wine Exchange is Tustin and Hi Times in Newport Beach.