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Gillman
11-24-2006, 19:25
Do you have a bourbon find of the year?

Mine is Old Weller 107 proof.

Gary

CrispyCritter
11-24-2006, 19:43
For me, it would have to be Hirsch 16 gold wax. It was quite a surprise to see that single wax top among a dozen or so foil tops...

doubleblank
11-24-2006, 20:13
Hands down.......its today's find of the original Pappy's, green glass from Lawrenceburg. One 23 and two 20's.

Randy

gr8erdane
11-25-2006, 03:18
I think we have a winner by knockout.....:toast:

Hedmans Brorsa
11-25-2006, 04:16
I didnīt know the Weller was discontinued, Gary. Or do you perhaps mean the one with SW whiskey in it?

Iīm not sure what is meant by finds. Does it have to be something of ancient nature?

Anyway, I recently found in France an EWSB 1989 17yo, only 246 bottles made and a Blantonīs vintage 1998, 240 bottles made. This could possibly have something to do with the fact that La Maison du Whisky celebrates their 50th anniversary.

OscarV
11-25-2006, 04:37
This year's Find of '06 will have to be the Four Roses Single Barrel for European export.
It is different than the Kentucky/Japan version.
At 86 proof, in a different shaped bottle and label.

Gillman
11-25-2006, 04:45
All excellent choices.

By "find" I mean, something which the finder finds of interest and value to him, not necessarily something rare or discontinued.

(In colloquial English a "find" is something that is special in an unspecified way).

I think the Old Weller 107 (current bottling) is an excellent-tasting product but somehow I overlooked it before.

Gary

Hedmans Brorsa
11-25-2006, 05:04
By "find" I mean, something which the finder finds of interest and value to him, not necessarily something rare or discontined.Gary

OK, I Geddit.


This year's Find of '06 will have to be the Four Roses Single Barrel for European export.
It is different than the Kentucky/Japan version.
At 86 proof, in a different shaped bottle and label.

Aye, that one is good. It has a lovely nose.


The first Multi-quote for me and it worked! :)

Big Chipper
11-25-2006, 05:49
I think the Old Weller 107 (current bottling) is an excellent-tasting productI concur...it's my daily pour. And it's cheap too...my ABC sells it for $16.95 and every other month the distributor reduces it to $13.95. Far and away the best bang for your buck bourbon.

Vange
11-25-2006, 09:47
I found a Hirsch 20 and then a few minutes later I went to another liquor store very close to the one I found the Hirsch 20 and found another!

OscarV
11-25-2006, 12:03
I found a Hirsch 20 and then a few minutes later I went to another liquor store very close to the one I found the Hirsch 20 and found another!

That is a hell of a find, times 2!

camduncan
11-25-2006, 13:34
This year has been pretty lean for me, so I've been limited to what I can find locally and have not been importing bottles.. In fact, I don't think i've purchased more than 4 or 5 bottles all year.:bigeyes:
I do enjoy the new (release to Australia this year) Hennry McKenna Bourbon :grin:

BarItemsPlus1
11-25-2006, 15:17
I will submit my 'true' find...As I haven't purchased it yet, I have only found it :grin:

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3200&d=1160749135

Jazzhead
11-25-2006, 17:01
A month or so ago I went in a little shop in South Jersey and found three tax-stamped items - an Old Fitzgerald BIB, a Wild Turkey 101 Straight Rye (with a brown label and the surprising information that the product was distilled in Maryland - what could this be?) and a souvenier jug of Michters! So far I've only cracked open the Michter's, and this is very tasty, plummy stuff - I'm glad to have had a chance to check out this ghost!

gothbat
11-25-2006, 17:23
In terms of rarity my find would have to be the WTRB101 I found a few months ago. I know itís not that rare but Iíve definitely missed this one and itís the only one Iíve found in probably over a year. Iíve tried a lot of different bourbons this year, many more than previous years, and the one that stands out the most to me is VWSR12. Thatís my find in terms of finding something I hadnít tried before that Iíve come to really enjoy.

Hedmans Brorsa
11-26-2006, 05:54
Definitely, the best find of those I have had time to sample is the Lottasīs Home 13yo rye. Itīs sort of in the same vein as Twisted Spoke, i.e. made for a German pub/restaurant.

In reality, this is VWFRR with another label but the bottling in question, stems from the 90īs so it is closer to its original age compared to the current VWFRR.

Very tasty, indeed!

Nebraska
11-26-2006, 06:41
AAA 10 year old...a thoroughbred bourbon at a burger flipper's wage.

Ambernecter
11-26-2006, 07:00
I wandered into a bar in Islington London and saw Lot B, Pappy 20 + 23 and VWFRR 13 all on the same shelf.

Dave my good buddy ended the night saying "I think I'm a Van Winkle person!" It cost me a small fortune but the intro had to be made!

I think a friendship for life was forged between Dave and Pappy that night.

TNbourbon
11-26-2006, 22:39
Happened across 7 bottles of pre-issue Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit in an area store this weekend -- at it's original price, and I talked the counterman into a discount for taking all seven.
These were from Barrel #4, bottled 9-20-94. Kentucky Spirit was first issued in 1995, so these were from the first bottlings. All are in original boxes and carry original neck tags.
I've found a thing or two else this year, I suppose, but this one's fresh in my mind.

BarItemsPlus1
11-26-2006, 23:48
Happened across 7 bottles of pre-issue Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit in an area store this weekend -- at it's original price, and I talked the counterman into a discount for taking all seven.
These were from Barrel #4, bottled 9-20-94. Kentucky Spirit was first issued in 1995, so these were from the first bottlings. All are in original boxes and carry original neck tags.
I've found a thing or two else this year, I suppose, but this one's fresh in my mind.

Tim that stuff is Fantastic!!
I have a bottle Barrel #2, bottled 9-22-94, of which I save for times when I'm looking for something really nice to drink...goes great with Cohiba Esplendido or Montecristo No.2
I love it...and I hope the newer bottlings are as good.

darkluna
11-26-2006, 23:55
Happened across 7 bottles of pre-issue Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit in an area store this weekend -- at it's original price, and I talked the counterman into a discount for taking all seven.
These were from Barrel #4, bottled 9-20-94. Kentucky Spirit was first issued in 1995, so these were from the first bottlings. All are in original boxes and carry original neck tags.
I've found a thing or two else this year, I suppose, but this one's fresh in my mind.

Great find. Other than the fancier packaging, is there an attraction for earlier Kentucky Spirit over more recent bottlings?

photogjunkie
11-27-2006, 09:54
This past year was fantastic for finding those hidden gems. I guess you have to really be on the lookout...and I was. Too many bourbons to list, but my favorites have been:

Old Fitzgerald BIB 1.75L (3) DSP-16
Old Commonwealth (4)
Wild Turkey 12 Gold Foil (1)
Old Grand Dad 86 (9) National Distillers
Old Forester BIB 1.75L (1) (1981)

smokinjoe
11-27-2006, 11:08
Nice idea for this thread Gary.
Have found a handful of dusty corners and rarities out there this year, but my real find in 06 was actually RE-finding Buffalo Trace. Or, maybe it found me. I've written in earlier threads on how after a stellar start a few years ago, BT seemed to go south on me over quite a few bottles, with what was IMO a musty and dank taste. But, 06 saw several bottles purchased that were back to a more clean and crisp taste. :woohoo:

JOE

TimmyBoston
11-27-2006, 15:51
This is the first year I've been into real bourbon. So these are really the finds of my life. I discovered Black Maple Hill this year which I'm tremendously found of and I came across some ORVW 15 and a couple of bottles of WT 12 and 3 bottles of Tribute. All of which I've really enjoyed.

TNbourbon
11-27-2006, 16:09
Great find. Other than the fancier packaging, is there an attraction for earlier Kentucky Spirit over more recent bottlings?

Well, of course, since it was selected before release, Jimmy (who, according to the neck tag -- in case there was any doubt -- DID select them) had the run of every barrel in the warehouses at the time, with only Rare Breed then competing for premium barrels. There may well have been better barrels/years afterward, but never wider choice.
Also, I'd earlier happened across three of these in another store about 15 miles from this one a year or two ago, and the bourbon they poured was second probably only to the gold-foil 12yo among the WT products I've had. So, I know this is great bourbon from personal experience.

Mad Mac
11-27-2006, 18:34
As I type this I have a glass of Pappy Van Winkle's 20 in my hand, brought by a good friend with the good fortune to come from Kentucky. Damn, I'm in love alll over again (with the bourbon, not the friend)!

Mac

troyce
11-27-2006, 19:03
A Pappy 23 for $99 in SC (even after I told the store mgr that it was a wrong price) had to be my best find for 2006, but the 2 cases of BTEC , also in SC wasnt bad. The Finch and Clay for $75 each, in mid Tennessee, at the end of 2005, fall within the last 12 months but were at the tail end of 2005, have to be the best in my bourbon hunting career. Although the BTECs have been hit hard, I find the others hard to open, so I would have to say the ETLs for $22 would have to be my favorite and most enjoyable find.

HighTower
11-27-2006, 20:08
Being in Australia with a limited range I have been lucky enough to purchase this year - (from abroad) -
Wild Turkey 17yo JPN
Wild Turkey Kentucky Legend JPN
Wild Turkey KY Legend Euro
Wild Turkey Tradition Euro
Wild Turkey RR 101's & 90's
06 BTAC (Ive seen Staggs on ebay before, but without this site I would have been none the wiser to the collection)
Pappy 20 - same goes for this!

Plus a few I did get in Australia:
2x Hirsch 16 Gold foil
Blantons Original
Blantons Special Reserve
Blantons Silver
Blantons Gold
Makers Mark Gold Wax 101 Euro (thanks Troy!)

And Troy, when you get those WT master distiller bottles, my hand is already raised!:yum:

Scott

barturtle
11-27-2006, 20:16
I think my find of the year would have to be OFBB. I had always just passed over this bottling (much like I pass over Woodford in favor of OF100). I finally tried some ar Cliff's place during the KBF. I think it is fantastic and well worth the price (unlike a lot of bottling in its price range).

T47
11-28-2006, 01:00
2006 was huge for me, since I discovered this site just prior to Christmas 2005. There have been so many incredible bottles, but most of them have received pretty good comments here so they are not really "finds" I guess.

One that surprised me was OGD 114. I kind of passed on the squatty middle shelf bottle until a few people mentioned it in the top 10 thread last March. It has become one of my favorites. I did not read much about it, but have been very happy with the flavor and price.

Oh...how could I forget...my big find, the generosity of Luv2hunt (Dawn and Jon). They have helped me to try some bottles I never would have run across...to me, they are the epitome of what this site is...they are Bourbon Ambassadors of the highest quality. Some people rip the Internet and only see the bad influences...those folks need to visit this site...it is a little gem in the web.

BarItemsPlus1
11-28-2006, 01:42
Makers Mark Gold Wax 101 Euro (thanks Troy!)

And Troy, when you get those WT master distiller bottles, my hand is already raised!:yum:

Scott

Scott it's my pleasure! And hopefully I can get those WT in the next couple of weeks - Make a great chrisy present!! :grin:


folks need to visit this site...it is a little gem in the web.

I fully concur!!
I think my fellow Aussies can also agree that without SB.com and some of the great folk who reside here, we would have never been privy to some of the info and advice available, not to mention knowing what and where to source some of the best Bourbon's.
Well done :bowdown: Jeff and the other's(can't name you all but...:bowdown: Tim, Dane, Doug, Betty-Jo and Chuck!!Please excuse me if I have left out some other important residents!!)
Cheers!!

DrinkyBanjo
11-28-2006, 06:54
2006 was huge for me, since I discovered this site just prior to Christmas 2005. There have been so many incredible bottles, but most of them have received pretty good comments here so they are not really "finds" I guess.

One that surprised me was OGD 114. I kind of passed on the squatty middle shelf bottle until a few people mentioned it in the top 10 thread last March. It has become one of my favorites. I did not read much about it, but have been very happy with the flavor and price.

Oh...how could I forget...my big find, the generosity of Luv2hunt (Dawn and Jon). They have helped me to try some bottles I never would have run across...to me, they are the epitome of what this site is...they are Bourbon Ambassadors of the highest quality. Some people rip the Internet and only see the bad influences...those folks need to visit this site...it is a little gem in the web.

I second that! Dawn helped me find something I'd most likely have never found. While I'm at it Randy also hooked me up with a great find as well. This board is a great resource with loads of wonderful people.

luv2hunt
11-28-2006, 08:47
:blush: :blush: :blush: :blush:

Dawn

TnSquire
11-28-2006, 10:05
Randy's Van Winkle
ORVW 15yo
OGD BIB United
VROHH

JDutton
11-28-2006, 11:00
Yes, I found bourbon in 2006! - thanks mostly to this forum.

Jeff

jburlowski
11-28-2006, 15:36
For me it was FRSB.

BourbonJoe
11-29-2006, 04:54
Oh...how could I forget...the generosity of Luv2hunt (Dawn and Jon). They have helped me to try some bottles I never would have run across...to me, they are the epitome of what this site is...they are Bourbon Ambassadors of the highest quality.

I agree most fervently.
Joe :usflag:

OscarV
11-29-2006, 13:23
Happened across 7 bottles of pre-issue Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit in an area store this weekend -- at it's original price, and I talked the counterman into a discount for taking all seven.
These were from Barrel #4, bottled 9-20-94. Kentucky Spirit was first issued in 1995, so these were from the first bottlings. All are in original boxes and carry original neck tags.
I've found a thing or two else this year, I suppose, but this one's fresh in my mind.



Great score Tim,
I opened my first WT Kentucky Spirit a couple of weeks ago, I am savoring every drop. WTKS is easily in my top 5 of all time.

Geo
11-30-2006, 19:37
I agree, nothing compare for the price. I get my bottles for $19.95. :P

cowdery
11-30-2006, 20:15
I was very excited about getting some of the Everett's (Stitzel-Weller) Weller 12, though I didn't exactly discover it. Thanks again, Randy.

Best pure find was the Stitzel-Weller Bonanza in Northbrook (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5173) from March.

doubleblank
11-30-2006, 21:14
Thanks Chuck....this was a team effort. I saw it being bottled. Dawn and others made the trip to acquire it and share it with others. My guess is that SB'ers ended up with about 75% of this bargain SW whiskey.

My biggest "find" was over Thanksgiving....going to get my Mom some Dulceda and finding original Pappy 20 and 23's at her local store. I'm not a big fan of the 23, but like the Boone whiskey in the Pappy 20.

Randy

luv2hunt
11-30-2006, 21:29
I'm not a big fan of the 23......

Randy

Well then I'll take that 23!!!! And I'll open it at the gazebo!!!!

Dawn

jsgorman
12-02-2006, 13:35
6 Bottles of WT 12 Gold Label

nor02lei
12-02-2006, 14:20
2006 is not over yet, but I still dare to post this one. After just tasting it ones (yesterday) I must say my best find 2006 is Dougís Willet 22 rye. Mind-blowing!!

Leif

Barrel_Proof
12-02-2006, 14:53
Hunting in 2006 has been pretty darn good, but the best trophies of all were two consecutively numbered bottles of Mellow Mash bagged in Meade County last weekend!

MikeK
12-02-2006, 16:05
I guess the hunting moment that took me the most aback this year was walking into a standard strip-mall liquor store and finding a whole row of Hirsch blue wax. They said they ordered them years ago and they've just been sitting there since. Being the kind hearted soul I am, I relieved them of the bottles so they could reclaim the "dead" shelf space. Several SB members became the indirect beneficiaries.

TNbourbon
12-02-2006, 21:03
...a whole row of Hirsch blue wax...Several SB members became the indirect beneficiaries.

And many thanks, Mike. Several more SB.com'ers became beneficiaries at the Festival in September. There's about half of one bottle left.

cowdery
12-03-2006, 02:23
Hunting in 2006 has been pretty darn good, but the best trophies of all were two consecutively numbered bottles of Mellow Mash bagged in Meade County last weekend!

Whoa, stop the parade, now that's something.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
12-06-2006, 00:16
gotta agree with the old weller 107 an a** kickin' whiskey!

JeffRenner
12-14-2006, 21:34
Do you have a bourbon find of the year?

Four Roses Small Batch. An exquisitely balanced whiskey with a complexity that keeps it interesting.

Kudos to Jim Rutledge and crew for this new release.

Jeff