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mred
11-10-2006, 22:16
Alright need everyone's top 5 opinion. I'm tryin to pick up some good bourbon tomorrow thinkin of one of these... baker's,bookers,pappy 15, old weller atique 107. Been drinkin ogd114 and love it, bought eagle rare 10 yrs old today, doest really compare to ogd. Saw pappy 23 today for 299.99, it better be miracle water or something..

FlashPuppy
11-10-2006, 22:38
Saw pappy 23 today for 299.99, it better be miracle water or something..

It is... :grin:

My top (obtainable) five would be (in no particular order):

Pappy Van Winkle 15
Elmer T Lee
Old Grand Dad 114 (this one fluctuates, always in the top seven or so though)
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Elijah Craig 18

Jazzhead
11-10-2006, 22:42
Top five? Lessee . . .

WT Russell's Reserve 101 - the best bourbon I've ever tasted

Dickel No. 12 - my everyday favorite

Michter's Rye 10 yr - very peppery, a happy hit to the gut

Elmer T Lee - the Scotch scribes all rave about how a good whiskey has to be balanced; that's the trait this bourbon displays most of all

Evan Williams Single Barrel - I've tried the 1994, 1995 and 1996, and they're all the good liquid candy. (Gotta have a Heavan Hill on the list; they have a unique taste i wouldn't want to be without.)



(Just for fun, here's a top five Scotches, too: )

Highland Park - it's that balance thing

Bowmore, 15 year - a bit less medicinal than other Islays, but just as complex and with an even better aroma

Auchentosen - I would think this finely detailed malt would appeal to a bourbon drinker

Torbornory - this is sweet stuff, the Little Debbie of scotches. I love it.

Talisker - Like Pujols, a five tool player: nose, balance, flavor, texture, idiosyncracies,

ThomasH
11-10-2006, 22:55
My top 5 (in no particular order):

Pappy Van Winkle 15

Elmer T Lee

Hancocks Reserve

Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 101

W.L.Weller 12yr.

I could be limited to thse 5 and live happily ever after!

Thomas

T47
11-10-2006, 23:51
GT Stagg
Bookers
VW 15
ETL
WT101

mred
11-11-2006, 01:17
is russells reserve 101 still available?? all ive seen is the 90..

plaidford
11-11-2006, 03:51
is russells reserve 101 still available?? all ive seen is the 90..

The 101 proof was replaced by the 90 proof about a year ago ( +/- ). While it's no longer in production, the 101 can still be found, but you have to hunt for it a bit. Here's a pic of the 2 bottles side-by-side for comparison.

To answer your original question (in no particular order):

Bookers
OGD 114
WTRR 101
Elmer T Lee
Buffalo Trace

HighTower
11-11-2006, 05:13
wow, that 90 proof sure has a bad case of evaporation!!:grin:

Scott

HighTower
11-11-2006, 05:16
is russells reserve 101 still available?? all ive seen is the 90..
It seems weird that they say the 101 proof RR is "discontinued" when they must actually now be exporting it. We got it in Australia about 2 months ago and the shelves are full......

Scott

BourbonJoe
11-11-2006, 06:06
My Top Five:
1. Pappy 23 - Lawrenceburg
2. Wild Turkey Tribute
3. Wild Turkey Gold Foil 12 y/o
4. Ezra Brooks 15 y/o 101 "Sippin Whiskey"
5. Any "Old" Stitzel-Weller whiskey
Joe :usflag:

DrinkyBanjo
11-11-2006, 06:21
Poor Joe, you can't buy any of your favorites anymore except Ezra B and some variations of #5.

Mine would be:

Weller 107 Antique
GT Stagg
Eagle Rare 17
Russells Reserve 101
Weller 12.

However, I did try a Birthday Bourbon that was fantastic the other day. It's the current release and I do not own a bottle but I might need to remedy that.

ratcheer
11-11-2006, 06:43
My top five, in no particular order"


Blanton's
Rock Hill Farms
Elmer T. Lee
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Old Grand Dad 114
Tim

BourbonJoe
11-11-2006, 07:42
Poor Joe, you can't buy any of your favorites anymore except Ezra B.


You can't get that one either Pal. I'm not talking about Ezra-B 12 or 15, I'm talking about the old 15 y/o that comes in the wooden box. This stuff is a whole lot better than the Ezra-B 12 or 15.

Ubertaster
11-11-2006, 07:54
If the ryes were allowed in this list all three from the 2006 antique collection could be inserted in the list or maybe make mine a top eight. [Sazerac Jr., Sazerac 18, Thomas Handy]

W. L. Weller 12
W. L. Weller Centennial
Elmer T. Lee
WT Rare Breed
George T. Stagg

bj

BobA
11-11-2006, 09:13
is russells reserve 101 still available?? all ive seen is the 90..

I haven't seen any in GA for several months, but I have some bunkered and stopped hitting all the out of the way stores.

My top five fluctuate, but just bourbons, no ryes, and things I got in GA:

OGD 114
Weller Centenniel
Rock Hill Farms
ORVW 15 (actually, I marginally prefer the 10, but the older bottling)
WT RR 101 (Criminy, I just realized I never opened that 12 yr!!)

Since the last two aren't around anymore, I'll add GA value favorites, and frequent top 5 listees:

Old Charter 12
Very Old Barton 90

Bob

TomH
11-11-2006, 09:24
My top five bourbons in no particular order are:

ORVW 15/Pappy 15
Pappy 20
William Larue Weller
George Stagg
Elmer T Lee (have to have it on the list for its value)

Since I was into Scotch before Bourbon I'll follow Jazzhead and give my top 5:

Aberlour a'bunadh
Lagavulin
Tullibardine
Glenfarclas
Compass Box Hedonism (it's a vatted grain scotch...but love it uniqueness)

Tom

EricABQ
11-11-2006, 12:04
I like to limit my top 5 to things I know I can get:

1. Pappy 15. The only wheater to make my list. I generally think wheaters lack pizazz, but I guess the extra ageing in this one makes up for it, because it is my absolute favorite.
2. Rare Breed.
3. Russell's Reserve 90. The 101 was number 2, but this one still makes the top five.
4. Blanton's
5. Woodford Reserve. It makes the list because I think it makes the best bourbon-on-the-rocks. It just nudges out Elijah Craig 18 for the 5 spot.

For the heck of it, an all inclusive whisk(e)y top five would look like this:

1. Talisker 18
2. Pappy 15
3. Redbreast 12
4. Rare Breed
5. Laphroaig 15

straightwhiskeyruffneck
11-11-2006, 12:40
elijah craig 18yr (my sunday whiskey)

old grandad 114

wild turkey rare breed

buffalow trace (i believe this to be the most unique bourbon i've had)

old charter proprietor's reserve 13yr, a classic!

jburlowski
11-11-2006, 12:53
ETL

PVW 15

Any GTS

WLW 2005

Hirsch 16

gothbat
11-11-2006, 13:33
Here are mine, in no particular order:

- WTRR101 (Since it's no longer available maybe I should just say WT101)
- PVW15
- GTS
- FC103
- ORVW10

Briscott99
11-11-2006, 16:53
IMHO, the top 5 out there...

1) GT Stagg
2) Wild Turkey Rare Breed
3) Rock Hill Farms
4) OGD 114
5) EC 12

I tend to really like the high proof/barrel proof bourbons. Rock Hill and EC12 don't fit that mold but I do like 'em a lot.

-Brian

Nebraska
11-11-2006, 18:14
Alright need everyone's top 5 opinion. I'm tryin to pick up some good bourbon tomorrow thinkin of one of these... baker's,bookers,pappy 15, old weller atique 107. Been drinkin ogd114 and love it, bought eagle rare 10 yrs old today, doest really compare to ogd. Saw pappy 23 today for 299.99, it better be miracle water or something..


Out of what you listed, I'd pick the Old Weller Antique 107, a very nice pour.

T47
11-11-2006, 19:23
We kind of did this once before but with 10 (March 2006). I love numbers...have no clue why. When we did the top 10 we finished with 46 voters who listed a total of 116 different bottles. Just for fun, the top 5 finishers back then were:

1) WT RR 101 (17 votes)
2) ORVW 15 (16 votes)
3) VW Lot B (16 votes)
4) GT Stagg (15 votes)
5) Bookers, VW 15, ETL (all had 13 votes)

So far we have 17 folks (39 bottles) and this threads top 5 are:

1) ETL (9)
2) VW 15 (8)
3) ODD 114 (7)
4) GT Stagg (7)
5) WT RR 101 (6)

I know the numbers really don't mean much, but I enjoy seeing what people like. It has directed some of my purchase's when I have a choice...led me to OGD 114, which I really enjoy.
I am sure some bottles get limited attention because they are difficult to find or cost prohibitive. I know here in WA we don't have the selection that some other States have, but I was pleased to learn that on the top 10 list (which had 13 bottles) I have access here in WA. to all but 2 of the bottles. So when I originally came to this site to find out more, obviously I value the opinions here to some extent, it was nice for me to learn I can act on some of those opinions and sample some fine Bourbons.
Our tastes cover a wide spectrum...good think we have so much choice.

:toast:

T47
11-11-2006, 19:29
Alright need everyone's top 5 opinion. I'm tryin to pick up some good bourbon tomorrow thinkin of one of these... baker's,bookers,pappy 15, old weller atique 107. Been drinkin ogd114 and love it, bought eagle rare 10 yrs old today, doest really compare to ogd. Saw pappy 23 today for 299.99, it better be miracle water or something..

My favorite on your list is Bookers...it hits me so incredibly well. Nice fruity nose, hits my tongue like hot caramel...and stays there.

CrispyCritter
11-11-2006, 19:42
The problem for me in making a top five is that it could easily become a top ten, or a top fifteen - and my preferences can change at any time.

All of these are in random order.

If cost/availability isn't an object:
American: GTS, Sazerac 18, VWFRR 13, ORVW 15/107, Hirsch 16
Scotch: Ardbeg 1977, Glenrothes 1974, Highland Park 18, Campbeltown Loch 25, Alloa 40 single-grain

Readily available and/or low price:
American: Weller Antique, Rittenhouse BIB, WT Rye, WTRB, Buffalo Trace
Scotch: Ardbeg 10, Aberlour 10, Highland Park 12, Compass Box Asyla, Clynelish 14

gmarston
11-11-2006, 19:54
No particular order

WT 101
OGD BIB
EW Black Label
AAA 10y
OC 10y

Gordon

mythrenegade
11-11-2006, 20:03
Top 5. Hmmm. For me this is difficult. My top two are easy:

(1) Elijah Craig 18 year old (poured some tonight. mmmmmm)
(2) Eagle Rare 10 year old
(3) Booker's

the next three are more of a challenge, as these don't stand out from the group like those two did...

(4) Blantons
(5) Elmer T. Lee

Joel

scopenut
11-12-2006, 03:51
PVW 15
AH Hirsch 16
PVW 20
RR 101
ERSB 10 (for value)

-Kevin

macon
11-12-2006, 07:03
GTS
ETL
EC 18
WT RR
Buff Trace

NorCalBoozer
11-12-2006, 12:42
my 5 favorites among currently avaliable releases:

WT Rare Breed
Bookers
PVW 15
Stagg
Lot B

Pappy's Friend
11-12-2006, 17:01
My top five:

PVWFR 20
PVWFR 23
Black Maple HIll 14
Blanton's
Booker's

brian12069
11-12-2006, 17:43
My top five...this was difficult! I had to leave some fine pours off this list.

1.Old Rip Van Winkle 15 yr 107
2.Old Weller Antique 7yr 107
3.Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yr 107
4.W.L. Weller 12 yr 90
5.Henry McKenna 10yr 100

Nebraska
11-12-2006, 19:09
Current top 5 here is:

W.L. Weller 2006 BTAC
AAA 10yo
Evan Williams 12yo (this will last only as long as the bottle does) :cry:
Weller 12yo
OFBB 2006

TimmyBoston
11-13-2006, 03:33
Top 5 (in no particular order)

Lot B
BMH 16
WT Tribute
Stagg Hazmat II (Only Stagg I've had)
Sazarac 18 (not bourbon, but amazing)
:bowdown:

Ambernecter
11-13-2006, 05:52
RHF (A runaway winner)
GTS 2003
Lot B
VWFRR 13 YO
WT 12 YO

Didn't have to think about the 1st 4 at all. Booker's, ETL and Pappy 20 are all in the running as well.

Come to think of it Pappy 20 may just be the smoothest and best I have ever had... I'll just have to get my hands on more of it to be totally sure.

nickynick
11-13-2006, 06:28
Elmer T Lee
Lot B
Eagle Rare 10 year SB
Knob Creek
Maker's

Big Chipper
11-13-2006, 06:34
1) 2006 William Larue Weller - Holy Crap! This may be the best of the best. My new holy grail! I'm gonna go broke buying this stuff up...
2) PVW 15
3) PVW 20
4) ORVW Lot B
5) ORVW 10/107

I'm noticing a theme here...

tachyonshuggy
11-13-2006, 08:20
1. Buffalo Trace
2. WT 101
3. Weller Antique 107
4. Rock Hill Farms
5. GTS

ChuckMick
11-13-2006, 08:32
I have to admit that this list varies week to week, sometimes day to day.


Four Roses Single Barrel (Best Bourbon out there IMO)
Four Roses Small Batch
Old Grand Dad 100 BIB
Very Rare Old Haven Hill 10 year BIB
AAA 10 yr
========
others that may make the list from time to time.

any WT product except the 80
BT
ETL
Vintage Bourbon 17 yr
Old Bardstown 10yr

I haven't seen the 4 Roses hit the list. Is that because it is only available in KY and Overseas?



Chuck Mick

T47
11-13-2006, 09:45
After 32 entries and 58 Bottles...the ones that rise to the top remain the same.
1) ETL (12)
2) GT Stagg (12)
3) VW 15 (11)
4) WT RR 101 (8)
5) OGD 114 (7)

Obviously these kind of lists really reflect what our favorite is today...but there is great constancy in what a lot of people like. If you look at the previous top 10 list, and if we stretched out this top 5, 8 of the bottles remain the same on both lists.
I am not a great tasting notes person, but there seems to be a great variety of taste profiles as well. You could have these 5 bottles and you should be able to please anyone.

:toast:

J.W.
11-13-2006, 10:13
Buffalo Trace

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Jeffersons Reserve

W.L. Weller

J.B. Black

BourbonJoe
11-13-2006, 10:44
I haven't seen the 4 Roses hit the list. Is that because it is only available in KY and Overseas?
Chuck Mick

Probably. Although many people have it.
Joe :usflag:

Bamber
11-13-2006, 10:53
Today I'll say (including Rye):

All time:

VWFRR 13yo
Eagle Rare 17yo (2002) - the only bottle I've had
GTS 2003 (monster bourbon)
Sazerac 18yo (2001)
Weller 19yo (someone had to love it. I did).

Every day:

WT 8yo (plan to marry it soon)
BT
Weller 7yo 107
EC 12yo
WT 12yo (my most recent bottle is a bit of a dud - cannot beilieve it :()

Gillman
11-17-2006, 21:23
Currently:

Stagg fall '05
Rebel Yell (much improved over the whiskey of 2-3 years back I find)
Four Roses Single Barrel
Rittenhouse BIB
Rare Breed (current WT-03RB batch).

Alternate top 5:

McKenna Single Barrel
Booker's (or Baker's)
Virginia Gentleman 80 proof
Elmer T. Lee (very consistent)
Old Heaven Hill BIB

Gary

P.S. One of the changes in recent years is less liking (for whatever reason) for Barton bourbons and more for Heaven Hill's. Maybe Barton's are too intense for me, I do like the Kentucky Gentleman blended whiskey a lot, it seems to make the most of the good bourbon in there. I enjoyed very much a barrel sample of Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and would buy that if made available commercially.

jspero
11-20-2006, 10:23
As of today (in any order):

PVW 15/107
ER 10/101
ETL
BMH 11yo
VW "Lot B"

Jay

Chaz7
11-21-2006, 10:33
I like how many of us preface with "currently" or "as of today". It does change alot, doesn't it? Mine are:

Pappy 20
ORVW 10 year
Buffalo Trace
William Larue Weller
Blanton's

Now I need to go to the store...

jsgorman
11-21-2006, 14:12
Unfortunately, none of my favorite Bourbons are made anymore -- but I have enough in my bunker of each of these to last me a good few years.

1) Hirsch 16YO (Blue Wax)
2) WT 12YO (1980s)
3) WT Russels Reserve (101)
4) Old Fitzgerald BIB (1970s-1980)
5) Old Rip Van Winkle 15YO (Squat Bottle)

Scotch
1) Springbank 15 YO
2) Bowmore Voyage
3) Highland Park 18 YO
4) Macallan 18 YO
5) Ardberg Serendipity

brian12069
11-21-2006, 17:36
Currently:

Stagg fall '05
Rebel Yell (much improved over the whiskey of 2-3 years back I find)
Four Roses Single Barrel
Rittenhouse BIB
Rare Breed (current WT-03RB batch).

Alternate top 5:

McKenna Single Barrel
Booker's (or Baker's)
Virginia Gentleman 80 proof
Elmer T. Lee (very consistent)
Old Heaven Hill BIB

Gary

P.S. One of the changes in recent years is less liking (for whatever reason) for Barton bourbons and more for Heaven Hill's. Maybe Barton's are too intense for me, I do like the Kentucky Gentleman blended whiskey a lot, it seems to make the most of the good bourbon in there. I enjoyed very much a barrel sample of Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and would buy that if made available commercially.

Rebel Yell is that good? I may have to try it again, it has been a while. The last time I had it, maybe 2 years ago or so I thought it was ok but kind of plain. I will re-visit Rebel Yell because of your post! Is it still only 80 proof?

Gillman
11-21-2006, 18:08
I do recommend it. It is deeper and richer than 2 years ago. It hasn't the bite I found it had then. For the price it is an excellent bourbon, either on its own or for mixing. It used to have a thinnish taste and light astringency, that is gone now. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Gary

T47
11-21-2006, 18:45
38 Lists...68 Bottles and the 5 that have risen to the top are........

1) Elmer T Lee (13)
2) GT Stagg (12)
3) VW 15 (12)
4) WT RR 101 (9)
5) WT RB (8)

:toast:

mred
11-21-2006, 20:00
keep it goin.. i've weeded out some this past week, like old weller antique 107... not so GREAT.. should have stagg next week hopefully...