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CrispyCritter
01-04-2007, 22:00
With the new year, it's time for a new thread... anyway, now that I've worked through my collection of long-open bottles, it's time to revisit my BTAC. Tonight, first a pour of ER17, then one of Handy. Mmmmmmmm...

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-04-2007, 22:44
In just a short while I am going to have a pour of I.W. Harper 12 yo. I wrote earlier that this was dry and peppery on my tongue. I think now that my pour tongue had been abused during the holidays. We will see! Then I will retire my Baby Saz. Good thing I have a bottle an a fraction of the Hardy to console myself with!

Ed

barturtle
01-04-2007, 23:00
This evening was a wonderful bourbon night...I had WLW '06, Four Roses Small batch and (okay this wasn't so good) WRFG Batch 1. The first two I got at Bourbon's Bistro, the third was from a friends father (the only bourbon in the house). I think now I shall pour myself some Old Charter BIB as a good way to finish the night.

BobA
01-05-2007, 12:02
Last night was WT RR 101. I've been avoiding it, but realized with two more bottles in the bunker, everything else that's in there, and my rate of consumption, there's a real possibility that people might end up drinking it to my memory. No point in that.

Bob

ggilbertva
01-05-2007, 14:28
Last night was Wathens SB. I don't know what it is about that whiskey but it's really fine. Anyone else pleased with this SB?

melting
01-05-2007, 15:07
Elijah Craig 18 year old that the good state is giving away for peanuts.

Chris

Uncle Bob
01-05-2007, 15:20
Right now I have a pour of EW 1783...that I gave my mother at least 10 years ago for fruit cake (really) I used to drink this often at deer camp...When I finish with this one I think It will remain on the shelf...I do not like the after taste....would bitter sound right?

jburlowski
01-05-2007, 15:23
Goin' start with some WT RB; then see where the evening takes me.

SBOmarc
01-05-2007, 17:32
Looking straight at the complete '06 BTAC. All pristeen and unopened.

Sticking with the WTRB for now, Kentucky Spirit was always my Fav of the WT line, but this pour has me reconsidering.

The collection is safe for another night.

CrispyCritter
01-05-2007, 19:07
I'm starting out with '06 Saz 18. Larue and GTS are on-deck...

full_proof
01-05-2007, 20:09
Old Forrester 100 Proof (my first bottle). It's not as good as the OF Birthday (September, 2006), but nonetheless a pleasant dram as I like the tannins, wood and smoke flavors. They somewhat dominate the caramel, vanilla and sweet tones, which are barely discernable to me.

Sampled some Black Bush (Irish) yesterday and I'm trying to decide to whom I should give the remaining, almost-full bottle to and yet remain on speaking terms with them--or, better yet, give it to someone who has really pissed me off. :lol:

Big Chipper
01-05-2007, 20:32
Started with PVW 15...progressed to ER 10...finishing off with Weller Antique 107. A bit of a downward progression...

CrispyCritter
01-05-2007, 20:59
Sampled some Black Bush (Irish) yesterday and I'm trying to decide to whom I should give the remaining, almost-full bottle to and yet remain on speaking terms with them--or, better yet, give it to someone who has really pissed me off. If you were in the Chicago area, I'd be quite happy to take it off your hands. ;)
After I finished my pour of Saz 18, I went to the Larue... Hazmat III is waiting in the wings.

wskybnt
01-05-2007, 22:14
Elmer T. Lee, been a while since I had this one. I really like it. A little sweet, compared to what I normally pour, but all in all I really enjoy this.....

ggilbertva
01-05-2007, 22:49
ahhh...A.H. Hirsch 16.

JDutton
01-05-2007, 23:12
A couple of Manhattans made with EC18. Later, a pour of ORVW 10/90, capped off with some Eagle Rare. I'm staying up a while to let it wear off :cool: .

Old Lamplighter
01-06-2007, 00:20
Began the 3-stage evening with Ezra B 15yo followed by Rittenhouse BIB (anybody know the age of?) and finishing with WT-03RB......still the best in the current WT family of U.S. offerings IMHO.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-06-2007, 07:20
Began the 3-stage evening with Ezra B 15yo followed by Rittenhouse BIB (anybody know the age of?) and finishing with WT-03RB......still the best in the current WT family of U.S. offerings IMHO.

Just the other day I heard it was 6 years old. I will search and see if I can confirm this.

Ed

Joeluka
01-06-2007, 09:28
Sampled some Black Bush (Irish) yesterday and I'm trying to decide to whom I should give the remaining, almost-full bottle to and yet remain on speaking terms with them--or, better yet, give it to someone who has really pissed me off. :lol:

You better send it to me along with all the other Irish and Scotch bottles you have. Crispy and me will make sure it gets a proper send off.

I finally opened a WT 12 split label (thanks Dawn & Jeremey) This is some outstanding stuff. I spent the night between this and the WT 12 export only. They both deserve respect but the Split Label takes the prize for BEST IN SHOW. Now I need to bunker a Gold Label WT 12 so I can go with the three.

FYI I have a couple of WT 12 Exports for trade. If anyone is interested PM me.

full_proof
01-06-2007, 10:46
Well, I like Redbreast and Jameson (I did not buy, but should have, the 12-yr-old). I've also enjoyed Glenfiddich and The Dalmore (I did not buy, but should have, the Cigar Malt). Admittedly, I'm still learning (thoroughly enjoyed Charles Cowdery's book, Bourbon, Straight). Perhaps my palate was tainted the night I tried Black Bush. It might be that I'm truly developing a preference for Bourbon, which is not to say I will not try (and enjoy) the other types of whiskeys. I think one writer on SB.com suggested fininshing a bottle before forming an opinion about a dram. Another suggestion I read was to dole marginal drams out to the in-laws or pain-in-the-(|) guests. :lol: SB.com is just chock full of great advice! :bowdown:

Ambernecter
01-06-2007, 12:02
Just finished at the gym...

I am having a steady night in with a movie. Lot B and WT 101 are keeping me company so to speak!

jburlowski
01-06-2007, 12:59
Just finished "taking down" Christmas. Going to reward myself with a little WLW 06.

Ambernecter
01-06-2007, 16:00
Just an update on my quiet night in...

The movie was very poor indeed. The whiskey on the other hand - well that's another story!

YUM YUM!

bluesbassdad
01-06-2007, 18:13
Please share your taste buds' response to the extra char in the Manhattan. I've spoken of this before, and I wonder whether we agree.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

JeffRenner
01-06-2007, 19:02
After two preprandial manhattans made with Vya sweet vermouth that I picked up in LA while visiting our new granddaughter :woohoo: , one made with a mix of Fleishmann's and WT ryes, the other with a mix of Saz Jr and WT rye, I'm savoring a postpranidal second to last pour of the 142.7 proof George T. Stagg, the original (I think) hazmat.

Wow! is all I can say.

And considering that I water my whiskey down (I know - heresy) to around 70 proof for drinking as a rule, this one is really a value. I bought it down it Lexington a few years ago and have nursed it along. I'll be sorry to see it become a dead soldier.

What depth! And finesse, despite the strength. The old iron fist in a velvet glove.

I'm going to sit in front of the fire and savor this one.

Cheers from Ann Arbor, where the temperature has finally begun to drop into a seasonal range where one can enjoy a bourbon like this.

Jeff

ILLfarmboy
01-06-2007, 21:37
Drinking a little WT rye here in northwestern IL.

One of these days I will use this to make a Manhattan. The only rye Manhattan I've had; I used Saz 18, I'll never do that again. A terrible waste of that precious elixir!

ggilbertva
01-06-2007, 22:16
Well, I started this afternoon with some Wathens while smoking my pipe. Now, it's Lot B.

FlashPuppy
01-06-2007, 22:36
My brother happened to be in town tonight. He is a scotch drinker, so I brought out the heavy hitters to show him what bourbon is about. Started with a round of WLW '06, followed by an ORVW 15/107. We then had a brief intermission for dinner, rounded out with a little pour of VanBlankle. Good night indeed....

barturtle
01-06-2007, 23:13
Took myself to the bar across the street to watch the game this evening, after having a beer dinner-Guinness-pertiser, Fullers ESB salad and Hoegarden main course, I setted in with some VWFRR for the remainder of the game. Now it's a visit down memory lane with some VOB 100 (my early bourbon regular)...man it's good to be home

Sweetmeats
01-06-2007, 23:24
I'm drinking Ancient Ancient Age tonight. Figured I'd tap into this since another bottle is on the way from Binny's as we speak. Might move onto some rye in a few.

wskybnt
01-06-2007, 23:47
Back to Ole Faithful, WT 101 tonight....

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-07-2007, 04:04
I started the evening with a couple of pours of ORVW 10 yo 90 proof. Later I had a beer. When I got home a had some Fighting Cock 6 yo. This is my first bottle of the 6 year old. I have drunk a fair bit of the FC 15 yo that we get here in Japan and really like it. I was surprised by how much I like the 6 year old. I will have a pour of the FC 15 later to compare the two.

Ed

ripvanfan
01-07-2007, 14:04
Grabbed a generous pour of Hancock Single Barrel. When I'm in the mood for something really mellow with good bourbon taste, I head for this particular BT offering.

CrispyCritter
01-07-2007, 18:22
I began with the last pour from a bottle of Tangle Ridge (Canadian), and now I'm trying out my first pour of EWSB '96 - barrel #575.

I'm finding that it strongly resembles the Kentucky Vintage that I recently polished off - the menthol signature is quite evident in the finish, and it took a few sips to coax out the vanilla side. The more I sip, though, the more I like it.

jburlowski
01-07-2007, 18:22
Cracked open a bottle of 2001 ER 17. WOW! Delicate sweetness, definite nutty tones, very smooth and well-balanced. And all without the heavy woodiness found in some other ER 17 bottlings.

I think I may be in love....

melting
01-07-2007, 18:56
Buffalo Trace while getting my behind kicked in an Omaha Hi/Lo tournament.

Chris

ggilbertva
01-07-2007, 19:05
Started off with Scotch, Dalwhinnie and then switched over to Bernheim. I'm all warm inside.

Frodo
01-07-2007, 20:57
Went to a bar and had...

- x2 Blantons from two different bottles. Interesting! Very different!\
- Old Gand-dad 114: First time ever trying this. The Beam influance is unmistakable! Tastes like Booker junior to me!
- Sazerac Cocktail made with Cdn. Club whisky. Not bad, but I see how much better this would be made with straight rye...

FlashPuppy
01-07-2007, 21:00
Started with some Buffalo Trace, followed by EC18.

Had some DSP 14 OGD BIB. Now onto some OGD114.

Empty Glass
01-07-2007, 21:25
Lets see..the Cowboys lost by a point, my Jets got wrecked, the Giants got cut down along with the shedding Christmas tree. Only a couple pours of PVW20 and a late evening with sb.com can help. Thanks Pappy!

Solomon2
01-07-2007, 21:40
My standard pour: Woodford Reserve, batch 168. WR replaces my previous standard tipple, Old Setter. WR is certainly more interesting: it always seems to taste a little different than it did before, though the taste is certainly never unpleasant. I tried a bit of 1792 RR afterwards and nearly spat it out because the 1792 is so smooth, it tastes sour in comparison.

CrispyCritter
01-07-2007, 22:30
Well, in addition to the Tangle Ridge and the EWSB '96, I wound up cracking open a WTRR 101, and polishing off my Compass Box Orangerie (alas, Orangerie only comes in 375 ml bottles).

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-08-2007, 07:16
having a morning sip of rarebreed right now. (working nights this week) is anyone else drinking the same thing so they dont have to crack another bottle from the bunker? 'course i'm gonna have to soon, the ETL and WTRB are about through.

BobA
01-08-2007, 09:52
Last night was WT Rye. Tonight, plan on hitting the OGD BIB for the BOTM, and then comparing it with the 114.

Bob

Ambernecter
01-08-2007, 13:44
Again tonight it's WT 101.

Boy am I in the mood for this puppy!

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-08-2007, 15:15
Yesterday afternoon a friend came over so I broke out a variety of bottles.

VW lot B
PVW 20 year old
Old Grand Dad BIB

Saz 18
Thomas Handy Saz

Aberlour A'bunadh
Talisker 10

Yoichi 10 CS

I don't think he had any of the rye and I know I didn't have any of the Talisker. There were other bottles on the table that we didn't get to.

After he went home with his family I made myself an Eagle Rare 101 Manhattan.

Ed

FlashPuppy
01-08-2007, 15:23
Took the day off of work, had some things to do around the house. I decided to day would be a good day to add an EWSB'93 to the empty bottle thread. Unfortunately, I am getting a heavy alcohol burn in the nose for some reason. This is an expression which I really enjoy, and am not sure why this is happening. Maybe this bottle will wait for another day....

OscarV
01-08-2007, 15:29
Bulleit
I saw a 50ml bottle and bought it.
I went through a 750ml bottle about 2 years ago and forgot how much I liked it. There is a "fragrance" in the nose that I can't place.
I should have got another one.

samstone
01-08-2007, 18:27
just did a taste test between eagle rare 10 year old and buffalo trace
my first time having either
buffalo trace wins by a hair
i think i'll try both once more, just to be sure

ggilbertva
01-08-2007, 19:27
Tonight, I'm enjoying a pour of WLW '06. It's really a fantastic bourbon. Love it.

Solomon2
01-08-2007, 20:14
Fanta Wild Cherry Slurpee, 40oz, $1.53 at 7-11. I wonder, though, if mixing a little Old Forester in would improve it. I feel 1792 wouldn't work, and I wouldn't risk my WR on the experiment. Anyone ever try it?

wskybnt
01-08-2007, 20:17
Started with ETL, then Pappy 20, and as hard as it is to follow Pappy 20, the Lot B is doing OK....

Old Lamplighter
01-08-2007, 22:06
Being an SEC fan, broke out the Ezra B 15 one more time and hoisted a toast to the Gators.

SBOmarc
01-08-2007, 23:07
Being an SEC fan, broke out the Ezra B 15 one more time and hoisted a toast to the Gators.

Well Done! WTKS here.

Sweetmeats
01-09-2007, 00:10
Elmer T. Lee which seems a little sweeter than I remember and Wild Turkey Rye.

JRomain
01-09-2007, 02:19
WT Rare Breed. Chewy, spicy, leathery, almondy, and downright delicious.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-09-2007, 06:21
Having my first ever pour of ORVW Old Time Rye.

Really liking it, too!

Ed

BobA
01-09-2007, 10:36
Being an SEC fan, broke out the Ezra B 15 one more time and hoisted a toast to the Gators.

As a Gator alum, I was enjoying the experience with the BOTM, OGD BIB, with occasional visits to the 114. No Gator grand-dad, but my dad went as well.

Bob

clbrosch
01-09-2007, 13:28
Last two nights I've had a very tasty pour of the Wild Turkey Rare Breed. delicious with a slight spice burn. Just a hint of the oak and charcoal in there.


If you had asked me on
New Years Eve we had a party at my house and I "Busted out" the collection. we had stocked the party bar with

VWSR (750 ml)
Eagle rare 10 (2 @ 750 ml)
Eagle rare 17 (750 ml)
Elijah Craig 12(two handles)
Elijah Craig 18 (750 ml)
Makers (750 ml)

Also bunch of vodka and wine and bubbly and beer for the rest of the folks.

by the end of the night we had 1/2 the Makers and 1 full handle left of the EC12.
The EC18 is still 2/3 full it had the hardest time.

I enjoyed the ER17 the most that evening.

NYtaster
01-09-2007, 18:52
Working on my current bottle of OGD114, the first one was good, second better, now on my third, starting to have trouble typing but the OGD still tastes great!!

Tim

ggilbertva
01-09-2007, 20:29
Started with ER17. Man I love that stuff...then on to Lot B....man I love that stuff. Hmm...I see a pattern here. :drinking:

wskybnt
01-09-2007, 20:45
Tonight ORVW 10/107. Not easy to find around here anymore. But man is it nice. I picked this on up at Bowling Green, a couple of months ago while in town....

CrispyCritter
01-09-2007, 21:30
First, a pour of EWSB '96, then a Fall '05 Stagg - nice pours for a cold night.

Jazzhead
01-09-2007, 21:56
Two pours so far this evening. First some IW Harper 15 YO (this is eighty proof stuff from the old "Bourbon Heritage Collection") . Dunno know what all that aging did for this light bourbon, but it's balanced, smooth and tasty. I guess that's what it did! A neat thing is the bottle, which looks like a Weller Antique bottle except it's got all this gold "lint" all over it.

Next was a Bellows Club, also 80 proof and six years old. I paired this with the Harper because they first time I tried it, I was impressed with its balance. It remains a worthwhile pour, straightforward and causing no pain.

Neither of these sent steam out my ears, but each hit the spot.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-10-2007, 07:33
AAA, and the first time having it. i enjoy the regular ancient age, but this stuff blows it out of the water! an exelent pour for sure.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-10-2007, 08:50
AAA, and the first time having it. i enjoy the regular ancient age, but this stuff blows it out of the water! an exelent pour for sure.


Just curious, but is that the AAA 10 Star or the AAA 10 year old?

I like them both, but might have to say I prefer the 10 Star to the 10 year old AAA.

Ed

Empty Glass
01-10-2007, 14:41
The sun is setting, the snow is falling and the wind is howling and my bunker bottle, A2222, of PVW23 was just delivered via UPS. Now, safely stored away in its black velvet blanket, I pulled the seal on its sister, bottle A1926 and poured a generous ration of this special nectar. The wonderful sweet aroma is wafting from my glass and filling the room as I set a fire and pull up my old chair. Life doesn't get much better. I toast to you SB and to all your wisdom. Scott

My Bourbon's made for drink'n

Solomon2
01-10-2007, 19:02
Just cracked open a 750ml bottle of Old Forester 86 I bought on sale last year for $7.99 plus tax. Nice! Reminds me of the 1792 in its acid feel in the mouth, but OF is a tad sweeter and lighter, and the afterburn is pronounced though not unpleasant, and certainly not painful like JB 4yr.

For the price, I paid, I guess it can't be beat.

CrispyCritter
01-10-2007, 19:14
WTRR 101 is the opener for tonight... even better, I found one on a store shelf today, and it followed me home.

JDutton
01-10-2007, 19:57
I'm drinking manhattans made with EC18 tonight. I have a hard time with EC18 neat, but it makes a nice manhattan.

full_proof
01-10-2007, 20:46
Starting with a wheater tonight, Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12-year-old (Heaven Hill). Still looking for the Sitzel products but no luck. The Heaven Hill pour is pretty good for a wheater (nice change pf pace).

Nebraska
01-10-2007, 21:33
Ok..first off..thanks to Chuck King...very beyond the required or expected help.:bowdown: I tried the Fleischmann's Rye...very nice pour over ice. I wish it wasn't in plastic...but I'm not gonna let that influence my taste buds. 80 proof is mighty fine for just having fun.

My question...is there a really bad rye?

Old Lamplighter
01-10-2007, 22:37
Started the evening with the current BOTM, OGD BIB.....very enjoyable and easy to sip neat - my favorite way with bourbon. Followed up with another winner in all respects, WT RR - 101.

barturtle
01-10-2007, 22:54
Ok..first off..thanks to Chuck King...very beyond the required or expected help.:bowdown: I tried the Fleischmann's Rye...very nice pour over ice. I wish it wasn't in plastic...but I'm not gonna let that influence my taste buds. 80 proof is mighty fine for just having fun.

My question...is there a really bad rye?

Well. I haven't managed to snag a Fleishman's or a Pikesville, but from what I've had JB Rye is about as bad as it gets, and even that seems to have its good points. It really shows how good a young rye can be, even though it is a bit raw, it does exhibit many traits of what to expect.

disclaimer:rye is my passion, and the whole reason I got into collecting bottles of American whiskies. At one point rye comprised more than 20% of my collection, only the thought of missing out on some of my favorite bourbons and the fact that there are so few ryes, brought that back into balance with what the current market share is.:cool:

bluesbassdad
01-11-2007, 01:31
I've not been drinking much lately. It was a week into the new year before I broke the ice, figuratively speaking, with PVW 15. I can't imagine why I dissed this one at first tasting. I still have a few sips of ORVW 15, which I should sip alongside the replacement one of these days.

Tonight I reached for one of my own dusty bottles, Blanton's. This bottle has somewhat of a bell-shaped cork such that it doesn't seal tightly when fully inserted. Perhaps some evaporation or even some oxidation accounts for the fact that it tastes better tonight than I remember. However, it remains on my DNR list.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

jburlowski
01-11-2007, 06:32
Last night is was a generous pour of Saz 17. I'm not a big rye fan but this was delightful.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-11-2007, 07:50
I am drinking VWFRR 13 tonight. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

Ed

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-11-2007, 08:00
Just curious, but is that the AAA 10 Star or the AAA 10 year old?

I like them both, but might have to say I prefer the 10 Star to the 10 year old AAA.

Ed

it's the 10 yr, ed. i dont think the 10 star is available in wy. i'll keep an eye out, because i like the 10 yr. plenty. i think its up there with VROHH and OGD BIB for my "regular" pours.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-11-2007, 08:31
it's the 10 yr, ed. i dont think the 10 star is available in wy. i'll keep an eye out, because i like the 10 yr. plenty. i think its up there with VROHH and OGD BIB for my "regular" pours.

I should warn you that many, perhaps most, prefer the AAA 10 year old. I find the 10 Star to have more cinnamon than the 10 year old. I really like that, so I prefer the 10 Star most of the time.

Ed

Sweetstuff
01-11-2007, 11:39
Aside from some wine I've been tasting, I've had sips of samples connected with my Jim Beam rebottling, out of the cask. Pretty enjoyable stuff. Then a friend invited me over and we had a bit of Elijah Craig 12 year old, preceded by sips of an Almacenista Oloroso from Emilion Lustau. (That's the stuff they make so they can have sherry casks to finish S***ch in.)

By the way, for us newbies, is there a list of authorized abbreviations for this forum, or can someone fill me in on what's been discussed here so far? It seems I'm missing out on much of what the regulars are talking about here.

boone
01-11-2007, 11:49
By the way, for us newbies, is there a list of authorized abbreviations for this forum, or can someone fill me in on what's been discussed here so far? It seems I'm missing out on much of what the regulars are talking about here.


Jim's created a forum just for "Newbies" (New to Straighbourbon http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=43) your list of things you need to know are bookmarked at the top of that forum :grin:

Bettye Jo

T47
01-11-2007, 12:28
From reading these entries I would say that 07 is starting out quite well for all of you...at least on the Bourbon side of life.
We all get sent home early yesterday in anticipation of the snowstorm coming in, and good thing it was. I made my normal commute and then sat in front of the evening news with a nice pour of VW 12 watching people abandon their cars as the snow came down fast and heavy. I moved on to RHF as the traffic got worse; I thought a dignified pour to raise to those poor folks now walking home. 125 cars abandoned on the freeway and off ramp down below me.
I woke up to 8 inches of snow and am forced to take a sick day to stay home with my youngest.
I think I shall open up one of my WTRR 101's tonight.

Last night was WT RR 101. I've been avoiding it, but realized with two more bottles in the bunker, everything else that's in there, and my rate of consumption, there's a real possibility that people might end up drinking it to my memory. No point in that.
Point well made Bob!
:toast:

BobA
01-11-2007, 12:28
Last night was a healthy pour of Stagg. I forget just how dark this bourbon is in the glass.
Bob

TimmyBoston
01-12-2007, 02:11
Evan Williams 1783

I never thought a $10 bourbon would be one of my favorites. :cool: It is certainly a pleasant surprise though.

bigtoys
01-12-2007, 09:23
Tomorrow is my son's Bar Mitzvah (13 years old, becoming a man, Jewish rite of passage); we're having a party with about 90 kids and 50 adults. We opted for the open bar, which I am supplementing with (for my buddies who know to ask for it) Pappy 20 year old. I'm hoping there's a little left from the 2 bottles I got.

Gillman
01-12-2007, 10:05
Congratulations to the bar mitzvah boy.

That is great to have a fine drink like Pappy 20 for the whisky maven guests.

Times have changed, or maybe they haven't, really. In Montreal in the 1960's, when I attended such functions, and even at that tender age (ahem), I recall taking an interest in what was offered at the bar. I don't know why this was, but I always had this interest, since about bar mitzvah age. It may have been from watching the adults and the kinds of things they did at these parties. (Some people watched the dancing, what can I say).

Anyway, the quality of liquor was noticed at these functions, even in an age of when mixed drinks ruled the roost. (Trays of whisky sours in shallow stemmed glasses were swanned around the room by the servers, I can still recall the taste, lemony and sweet and something "different" in the back).

To have Crown Royal and good Scotch was to have the best in Montreal in 1965. Crown Royal was a local favorite if you could afford it. It was the primo product of Seagram, by then a local company helmed by the Bronfman family and we were PROUD of them. They stood by our community, in addition to serving well the larger one, and were our heros. To have Crown Royal at the bar was to have the best quality. I still like CR although I don't think it is as good as it was then.

As for Scotch, Chivas Regal was the in-drink. It is funny the things you remember, but even then (at least by 1970) I knew that Chivas was a Seagram property. This of course facilitated it being offered by the Seagram reps to the caterers that handled these functions although my young brain at the time (occupied with such matters as school, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, the Stones, girls (even)) probably could not divine the specific reason the two drinks seemed of a pair at the toniest events.

Then too my grandfather liked Black and White and I always had a soft spot for that too as a result, defending it in my mind at the time (no doubt) as the peoples' favourite.

Then there was the food, but that is a different story. I never had kids of my own and therefore haven't kept up on the styles of these parties. The last one I attended (I mean the party itself after, not the synagogue service) seemed very different than what I recalled from my time, with the DJ and other kinds of special entertainers. I liked it better in my day, but isn't it always like that? The important thing is that the bar mitzvah boy and his friends like the party he will have.

All the best again for a nice and freilach affair.

Gary

jburlowski
01-12-2007, 15:16
Still on the 2001 ER 17... this one is so good I'll probably finish it off before going to another pour.

smokinjoe
01-12-2007, 15:59
First full week back since before the Holidays. And, am I feelin' it. Starting with Eagle Rare 101 and VOB BIB. I may hit quite a few before this evening is gone.

JOE

NYtaster
01-12-2007, 19:47
Just kicked the OGD114, good thing tomorrow is Saturday, I need to go shopping!!

Tim

ggilbertva
01-12-2007, 20:39
Lot B...yet again. It's hard not to pull that bottle down and pop that cork out.

Jazzhead
01-12-2007, 21:31
I didn't find out until 3 o'clock this afternoon that the office is closed for King Day - this is the first year ever! It sure is fun to just be handed a day off - and I'll take it as a sign of good times ahead for the Eagles as well!

Gotta pour something to properly mellow down, and I'm making do, quite well thank you, with some Old Pogue and I.W Harper 15 YO.

gothbat
01-12-2007, 21:56
Solved my no wheaters problem by opening a bottle of PVW15. I had to do it after reading quite a bit about it and SW history the past few dayís, I really had no desire to drink anything else when it came time for a pour. Itís been a few months since I emptied my last bottle and much to my surprise this tasted exactly as I remembered it, excellent!

CrispyCritter
01-12-2007, 22:24
A pour of Rittenhouse BIB, then one of WTRR 101, now an EWSB '96 to finish up.

ILLfarmboy
01-12-2007, 22:38
Right now I'm drinking a cup of Irish breakfast tea but earlier I had a snifter of Redbreast with a piece of raspberry cheesecake. Man what an awesome a combo.

barturtle
01-12-2007, 23:53
One last night at Bourbon's Bistro before I leave town, Weller 12yo and Rittenhouse 21. The 21 was very good, but considering the price (both by the drink and retail), I was expecting something more, at half the price (say in the BTAC range) I'd have a couple bottles in the bunker, but at the price they want, I'm glad I passed on every bottle I saw. But it was nice to be able to try a drink of it. And at $15, I think it wasn't far off the mark, if you consider BB's pricing scale. Of course BB needs to update their list, as several bottles on the shelf weren't on it, whick means you have to scour the shelves looking to see what they actually have, then ask to find out what they charge...pain in the ass, keep the list up to date!

Old Lamplighter
01-13-2007, 00:40
Another 3-stage evening is presently at hand:

First, 1 nice pour of OGD BIB
Second (and Third) 2 pours of WT RR 101
Last, OGD 114 (what a way to end the evening!)

JRomain
01-13-2007, 01:15
Kentucky Vintage followed by WT RB.

HighTower
01-13-2007, 05:51
Had a few Jim Beam Green, then topped it of with a Hirsch 16 (gold foil).
I'm still trying to accept the Hirsh. For the price, I must say I've had better.

Scott

HighTower
01-13-2007, 06:30
I just had some Blaton's Original. Not as many caramel notes as the Blanton's Gold, but I like this offering, nice way to end the night!!

Scott

mrt
01-13-2007, 13:38
Jim Beam White...accompanied by a piece of chocloate.

smokinjoe
01-13-2007, 16:25
A nice little EC12 to start, followed by Benchmark Single Barrel. Wow, the Benchmark is tasty!

JOE

full_proof
01-13-2007, 17:14
My first try of Fighting Cock. About halfway through the glass I found myself wanting to light a cigar.

luv2hunt
01-13-2007, 18:10
Weller 19 to celebrate a Colts Win! Go Colts!!!

Dawn

ILLfarmboy
01-13-2007, 19:48
Drinking Jack and coke here. Actually single brl. it seems almost sacrilege to be mixing it but I was in the mood and its the only JD I have. I can't bring myself to buy the watered down black label.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-13-2007, 19:55
I can't bring myself to buy the watered down black label.

i lost alot of respect for jack daniels when they brought the proof down to 80. if its comin' from tennessee, its dickel.

Nebraska
01-13-2007, 20:28
Fleischman's Rye (through the very generous offer of a Chicago friend). As I told him, a very pleasant surprise, a smooth tasty pour.

TNbourbon
01-13-2007, 20:48
i lost alot of respect for jack daniels when they brought the proof down to 80...

I don't figure it was any worse than when they dropped it from 90 to 86 some years earlier. But, then, I've never had much taste for Jack Daniel's, as whiskey, anyway. I have a lot of respect for their marketing folks, though.

FlashPuppy
01-13-2007, 21:52
Started with a little English Draft Hard Cider earlier tonight, and now just cracked open a WTRB I purchased earlier.

gothbat
01-13-2007, 22:10
Went right back to the PVW15 when I went to get a pour. I was looking forward to trying out BT this weekend but I guess that's going to have to wait until next week.

Old Lamplighter
01-14-2007, 00:34
Lightened up a bit this evening after the long, long night before. Had good healthy pour of ERSB followed up with same of PVWFR 15.......well enough for a rainy Saturday night.

tmas
01-14-2007, 00:44
originally posted by TN Bourbon
"I've never had much taste for Jack Daniel's, as whiskey,anyway."

Lord it is awful tasting rot gut isn't it? Often commonly referred to as Bourbon, it gives the stuff a bad name to those who believe the hype and never look further! Tom V

JRomain
01-14-2007, 01:23
GT Stagg - 2006 release

Hot dag gone this is some mighty nectar! Tell me this glorious liquid did not fall from the hands of heaven.

fogfrog
01-14-2007, 13:28
Very Old Barton 86 proof. This bourbon is really nice. It is easy to drink, very smooth. This bottle has a price label on it under ten bucks. I think I like this better than the more expensive bourbons.

TNbourbon
01-14-2007, 15:16
I don't figure it was any worse than when they dropped it from 90 to 86 some years earlier. But, then, I've never had much taste for Jack Daniel's, as whiskey, anyway. I have a lot of respect for their marketing folks, though.


...Lord it is awful tasting rot gut isn't it?..

Actually, I didn't mean to imply I thought it 'bad', aka 'undrinkable' -- I just don't prefer the taste. Being so young -- 4 to 6 years for the black label -- it is very congeneric, and I prefer some greater essences of oak.
For mixing with, say, cola, it's preferrable to my Stitzel-Weller, for sure (I have better uses for the good stuff:grin:). But, it's way too expensive for the young whiskey that it is, the price held up only by its successful marketing and the demand thus created.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-14-2007, 17:55
I actually had some JD black label last night. I had read the ''Bourbon in my bananas" thread and wanted to explore that note. First I poured myself about 10 ml. I wasn't sure that I wanted more than that. But it kind of hit the spot so I had a full shot.

After that I had a couple of pours of OGD BIB. Much nicer. I finished the night off with VWFR Rye 13 year old. Holy Mother of God is this Good! (He says reverently.)

There are no letters on the label so I think this must really be 13 years old. Does any one know for sure?

Ed

ggilbertva
01-14-2007, 18:45
Fresh pour of ER17. It was a toss up between the AHH16 or ER17.

bigtoys
01-14-2007, 22:38
Went through 1.5 bottles of Pappy 20 yr old at last night's party.
I gave the residual to a good friend who helped us schlep home a giant sign with my son's name on it, as well as, well, just being a great friend all the time. The other reason was that 2 months ago I picked up a bottle of P20 for him that he, of course, paid me for. I gave it to him after we had dinner out with our families. When he was dropping off his niece and getting her stuff out of the back of the SUV, the bottle rolled out onto the driveway and (:bigeyes: as he watched in horror) broke. He never even got it home.

CrispyCritter
01-15-2007, 20:47
Last night, I began with a Scotch (Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch #15), and then had a pour of William Larue Weller '06 to follow. That turned out to be an excellent pairing... the different sweetnesses of the two complemented one another nicely.

Tonight, I'm beginning with WTRR 101, and then either EWSB '96 or Rittenhouse BIB for the nightcap.

barturtle
01-15-2007, 20:49
As my welcome back to the Swamp pour, I'm having the last chunky pour of my bottle of Stagg 05...man it's a rough life bing a college student.

gothbat
01-15-2007, 22:32
My first bit of Makers Mark in a while. It's every bit as good as I remember and then some.

Old Lamplighter
01-15-2007, 22:36
BOTM Old Grandad BIB followed by Pappy 15......a low pour of both here on a workweek night....takin it easy and smooth.

fitzharry
01-16-2007, 00:03
I've been drinking a couple of slugs of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Years Old 107 proof bourbon. This whiskey is so smooth and rich it's like drinking a steak.

jburlowski
01-16-2007, 14:59
Rained continually the past two days. For some reason, Lot B seemed to bethe way to go... so I did.

Solomon2
01-16-2007, 17:40
Bartenura Chianti 2004 with my linguini. I really like drinking wine and bourbon on alternate nights.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-16-2007, 18:57
Bartenura Chianti 2004 with my linguini. I really like drinking wine and bourbon on alternate nights.

another like myself, pizza and mirassou cabernet 2003. probably a nightcap with 05' old forester birthday bourbon.

Jazzhead
01-16-2007, 20:32
Old Forester BIB for me; this is a favorite pour, all dark fruit and chocolate. One of the world's best bourbons, regardless of price, I'd say. Always hits the spot!

mred
01-16-2007, 21:52
Good ole OGD114

mred
01-16-2007, 21:54
Good ole OGD114.. (mother in-law is staying the night)..

Old Lamplighter
01-16-2007, 22:32
ETL followed by the last pour of a bottle of Pappy 15.....boo hoo!!!

OscarV
01-17-2007, 13:51
I just opened my Virginia Gentleman AKA The Foxes.
Before I opened it I had the last shot of Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Old. And I did not think I would like it at much.
But to my suprise I find the two similar.
VG a little lighter, not as good a finish, but I am very happy with it.

RedVette
01-17-2007, 16:23
OGD BIB. Bought it in Las Vegas for $13. Awfully good $13 Bourbon.

tmas
01-17-2007, 18:28
Actually, I didn't mean to imply I thought it 'bad', aka 'undrinkable' -- I just don't prefer the taste. Being so young -- 4 to 6 years for the black label -- it is very congeneric, and I prefer some greater essences of oak.
For mixing with, say, cola, it's preferrable to my Stitzel-Weller, for sure (I have better uses for the good stuff:grin:). But, it's way too expensive for the young whiskey that it is, the price held up only by its successful marketing and the demand thus created.

Well Tim, I'll agree it's fine in Cola where most of what you're tasting is the Cola. I've had it that way when there was no other option I preferred. I must say, however, that neat I do find it "bad".
Also, I have a bit of a thing against Jack because I was one of those poor sots who bought the hype and actually thought that JD was what bourbon was about! Think of all those years of possible bourbon enjoyment I missed because of that! Tom V

NYtaster
01-17-2007, 20:20
Finished off my bottle of OGD114 the other night so I made a shopping stop today. I picked up some WTRB, as I hadn't had that in a while. I guess as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, I can't imagine why I hadn't picked any up for so long. This is one of the greats in my book!!

Tim

wskybnt
01-17-2007, 21:32
Old Weller Antique 107 tonight...for $17 flat out the door, its hard to beat...Come to think of it there is only 1 maybe 2 others that I like better for the same $$$$

Sweetmeats
01-17-2007, 22:35
Black Maple Hill Rye 23 Years Old. Good stuff. I've loved every rye I've tasted but I can pass on the Old Overholt.

gothbat
01-17-2007, 22:52
Although Iím experiencing that anomaly where the second time you drink from the bottle is not as good as the first Iím still enjoying this MM quite a bit.

photogjunkie
01-18-2007, 16:00
This morning I realized my open bottles choices were down to two (I never keep more than six opened at a time to choose from). So tonight, as I begin my weekend, I'll open a couple new ones. I'm thinking a bottle each of William Laure Weller 2006 and Old Commonwealth 107 should be fitting for the occasion. Couple good football games this weekend beg the good stuff.

jburlowski
01-18-2007, 18:24
Out a local restaurant with my wife tonight... so it's a WT 101 evening.

ThomasH
01-18-2007, 19:22
Last night it was Pappy 15 and 04' Stagg. Tonight it is Virgin 7yr. 101 and Johnny Drum 15yr. 101. I love just drawing names out of a box (I have over 100 bottles in my bar), that way I am always suprised. Cheers!

Thomas

CrispyCritter
01-18-2007, 21:19
Last night: 2006 Saz 18 and EWSB '96; tonight: ER17 and GTS (both '06).

oldironstomach
01-18-2007, 22:29
Just a taste of WT-KS, then a pour of the '06 Handy rye, neat. Fantastic legs on that one...I kept swirling the glass just to see the tiny rivulets form and walk down the glass.

Old Lamplighter
01-18-2007, 22:56
ETL and.....another ETL

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-18-2007, 23:38
a dram of basil hayden and a manhatten with buffalow trace. by the way, dont make a manhatten with buffalow trace!

smokinjoe
01-19-2007, 00:40
A very quick Maker's in the Crown Room at LAX. A couple of Woodfords on the flight home. And finally a few more Wild Turkeys at the weekly poker game, that I was lucky to catch the tail-end of. Bourbon in 4 timezones in 6 hours. :woohoo:

JOE

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-19-2007, 07:49
Old Heaven Hill 10 year old BIB, Thanks Mark! We exchanged some bottles when I was back in the States last fall, this was one of them. I just cracked it open tonight. Great bourbon. The Heaven Hill menthol is here and wonderful.

After that I had a pour of Eagle Rare 10 year 101 proof. Another great bourbon, this time from Buffalo Trace. I counted and see that have 5 bottles still bunkered, but I haven't seen one of the shelf in months. I am going to have to start conserving it.

And back to Heaven Hill BIB. Menthol, orange, a hint of vanilla. Wonderful

Ed

OscarV
01-19-2007, 18:29
I'm still squeezing the last drops of my '04 GTS and WTKS, also of '04.

First up the GTS, this stuff is so over whelming with a good fire, it is serious at first then the aromas and tastes make you forget the proof.
The sweetness and the good fire work so well together.

I may postpone the WTKS, for another round of Stagg.

SBOmarc
01-19-2007, 18:37
After a deplorable day I am going for the top of the shelf.

Weller '06.

ggilbertva
01-19-2007, 19:17
A nice pour of Bernheim Wheated Whiskey. It's really hitting the spot.

CrispyCritter
01-19-2007, 20:18
One pour of WTRR 101, then a small pour of Handy, now a small pour of Larue...

Old Lamplighter
01-20-2007, 00:41
ETL first, OGD 114 second,......third?

Mamba
01-20-2007, 02:06
OGD 100 BIB, then Saz 18, then Lot B.

I've just started seeing OGD in CA, and couldn't be happier. I've only seen the 100 BIB and 86 versions, but had my local spot order the 114 for me. It's great how exciting cheap whiskey can be.

jburlowski
01-20-2007, 09:54
OCPR... one of my favorites.

mrt
01-20-2007, 13:07
I had some JBW with a piece of dark chocolate first, now I'm drinking tea.

ggilbertva
01-20-2007, 20:39
Old Charter Proprieter's Reserve. Not bad.

Solomon2
01-20-2007, 20:41
Eagle Rare SB. I've decided I don't like it much. Wish I could return it to the county store.

barturtle
01-20-2007, 21:10
Old Charter 7yo BIB...bottle's running low, I'll miss this when it's gone-but luckily have one more (my last one) Distilled in Louisville, bottled in Frankfort. Damn fine stuff.

ratcheer
01-21-2007, 08:48
Last night, I went to look at my choices. Nothing was striking me right. Not Rare Breed, nor Elmer T. Lee, Rock Hill Farms, Henry McKenna 10-yr BIB. :confused:

Then, I made my decision. Regular Wild Turkey 101 in a large on-the-rocks glass with plenty of "rocks". It hit the spot!

Tim

Ambernecter
01-21-2007, 14:23
Spooky post that Tim...

I gave myself the choice between WT 101 and Lot B (both opened) with WV 20 and 23 still "wrapped" and waiting in the wings, after 10 days away at work with a strict no drinking rule.

I chose the WT 101 straight up ahead of all these winners. That tells me all I need to know about just how good WT is folks.

A spicy "go to" Bourbon if ever I came across one!

RedVette
01-21-2007, 15:08
The sun is out and the snow and ice are melting, slowly, but it is far from "nice" outside. When it is 34 degrees and you are happy about that, things are just wrong. To make it right I have a glass of Van Winkle Family Rye in my hands. Things are better already.

CrispyCritter
01-21-2007, 18:12
To celebrate (at long last!) :woohoo: a Chicago Bears return to the Super Bowl, and to salute the New Orleans Saints for putting up a good fight, I'm starting up with my single-barrel Baby Saz. Next up, Saz 18 '06, and then will come some Handy to top it off.

This new Saz Jr. bottle is outstanding!

FlashPuppy
01-21-2007, 22:24
I am nursing along a cold, as well as a nice pour of Blanton's. I have been off of bourbon for the last few days for one reason or another. This pour is a nice welcome back. I am enjoying this very much tonight.

mountster27
01-21-2007, 23:55
I have a test tomorrow morning, so tonight, only 1 pour of AH Hirsch.
Mostly because the Colts and Bears made me happy today.
Tomorrow night will be different.
-m

Virus_Of_Life
01-22-2007, 00:31
I finally opened a bottle of 2006 Stagg, so I have been sipping on that. Truly great stuff, unfortunately I think this year's Larue and the addition of the Handy have kind of ruined it for me. I still love the Stagg don't get me wrong, but given the choice, well, maybe I should drink more of all 3 before I rush to any judgement like that. What I'd really like would be to taste a high rye barrel proof from BT, I guess that'd be Blanton's SFTB wouldn't it?

FlashPuppy
01-22-2007, 18:38
Had a little of a nice Muscat wne from Stuart Cellars earlier. What A fine bottle, it is like candy in a glass. I am following this with a Pabst Genuine Draft beer while waiting for dinner.

I am seriuosly contemplating what bourbon for after dinner. Perhaps some Wild Turkey 8 year, or I have an OGD BIB which has been looking dangerously low for a while...

Special Reserve
01-22-2007, 19:03
To celebrate (at long last!) :woohoo: a Chicago Bears return to the Super Bowl, and to salute the New Orleans Saints for putting up a good fight, I'm starting up with my single-barrel Baby Saz. Next up, Saz 18 '06, and then will come some Handy to top it off.

This new Saz Jr. bottle is outstanding!

OK! OK! Don't rub it in. I actually remember when the Lions were the NFL champions.

Good Luck to the Monsters of the Midway in two weeks.

Will

ggilbertva
01-22-2007, 19:14
Drinking a little light tonight. WT80 and some Coke.

Chaz7
01-22-2007, 19:35
I am going home to a nice pour of BT. Last week I just emptied My Weller's Antique 107 (still have bottles labeled that way here).

SBOmarc
01-22-2007, 19:37
WT RR, the 90 proof. Followed by a Rare Breed and then a Kentucky Spirit.

Please Jimmy, stall any plans of retirement.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-22-2007, 21:55
a good pour of old charter 10 yr 86pr. a good bourbon for the money, but lacking any spicyness. i would guess from the high corn/ low rye recipe.

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-22-2007, 22:12
a good pour of old charter 10 yr 86pr. a good bourbon for the money, but lacking any spicyness. i would guess from the high corn/ low rye recipe.

That's right. It would qualify as a straight corn whiskey if it weren't aged in new charred barrels.

Ed

fitzharry
01-23-2007, 00:32
I enjoyed a pour of Booker's 125.3 proof over an ice cube tonight, and it was just the thing to relax me after a long day. Also, I just bought three bottles of 2006 George T. Stagg, and I'm looking forward to drinking those one by one!

TimmyBoston
01-23-2007, 03:10
After dinner, I decided I would open a bottle of Tawny Port I bought on a whim a couple of weeks ago. I'm not normally a port drinker, but the bottle was $9 and Robert Parker had rated it a 93 so I figured, why not?

Well, this Port a Jonesy Old Tawny from Australia is really good. If you are at all a Port fan pick up a bottle of this at under $10 you can't afford not to.

HighTower
01-23-2007, 03:58
After dinner, I decided I would open a bottle of Tawny Port I bought on a whim a couple of weeks ago. I'm not normally a port drinker, but the bottle was $9 and Robert Parker had rated it a 93 so I figured, why not?

Well, this Port a Jonesy Old Tawny from Australia is really good. If you are at all a Port fan pick up a bottle of this at under $10 you can't afford not to.
Jonesy...sounds very Australian!
Out of interest Tim, does it say which winery produces it on the back label?

Scott

heatmiser
01-23-2007, 09:37
Last night I had a mini bottle comparison tasting with WL Weller Centenial, Bakers, Bookers, Knob Creek and what's left of my GTS '06 bottle. The Bookers and WL Weller Centenial tied for 1st with GTS a close 2nd. I will not be buying full bottles of Knob Creek or Bakers...

TimmyBoston
01-23-2007, 21:41
Jonesy...sounds very Australian!
Out of interest Tim, does it say which winery produces it on the back label?

Scott

It is very Austrailan :cool:

It's made by Trevor Jones. You really should try this stuff, it's outstanding. :grin:

barturtle
01-23-2007, 22:47
Old Charter 7yo BIB, followed by Remy-Martin Cognac

CrispyCritter
01-23-2007, 22:52
Weller Antique 107, then EWSB '96, then Baby Saz - a great way to accompany some games of Scorched3D.

ILLfarmboy
01-24-2007, 00:23
Drinkin' some WT rye. The strange thing is I drink more WT rye than I ever did in the past simply because I'm trying to conserve the Handy:cool:

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-24-2007, 08:33
Drinkin' some WT rye. The strange thing is I drink more WT rye than I ever did in the past simply because I'm trying to conserve the Handy:cool:


Makes sense to me!

Tonight I had several pours of Early Times Straight Kentucky Bourbon, brown label. Really pretty good stuff. Had a couple of pours of Elijah Craig 12 and am now about to finish off a pour of VWFR Rye 13 year old. Been a good night.

Ed

threejean
01-24-2007, 15:42
Old Grandad 100 proof BIB. It's cheap, but I actually like it better than a lot of the big dollar bourbons I've had.

OscarV
01-24-2007, 16:28
I'm still chasing the Foxes,
yeah I can see why this Virginia Gentleman is popular,
havin' a few, as it turns out.

TNbourbon
01-24-2007, 21:23
Having received and read Chuck's informative and provocative (as always) "Bourbon Country Reader" today devoted to 'craft' distilling, I was prompted to pour the Old Potrero 19th Century Straight Rye Whiskey (aged 3 years) @ 125.2 proof. I don't know that we should call Anchor's distilling operation a 'craft' one, or not, but the use of 100% malted rye seems to me to strike one of the tenets of Chuck's definition: do something the industrial distillers aren't doing.
I'm not a big fan of the Old Potreros -- which I find lacking in complexity for their price point, probably because of their lack of new-oak aging. This one, however, has it, and I find the rye-ness in greater harmony backed up by some wood. Plus, the proof emphasizes the clove-y cinnamon of the rye. Altogether, this isn't bad -- if you can drink it from someone else's too-expensive bottle.

P.S.: Followed that up with a pour of 15yo (180-month, actually) Jim Beam 80-proof from the mid-'70s. Interesting counterpoint. A reliably-ryed bourbon, the corn added an oily sweetness (as characterized in another current thread) the Old Potrero simply lacks. And the long barrel-aging provided a complexity of alternative tastes that the OP can only dream about.

TimmyBoston
01-25-2007, 01:58
Glengoyne 10 with a touch of water

ILLfarmboy
01-25-2007, 19:51
Thomas H. Handy. Lately for some reason I've got rye on the brain.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-25-2007, 21:35
having a nice sip of old forrester birthday bourbon 1993. this whiskey has a rich caramel oak flavor, one of my top 10. i'd like to know how the other years compare

TNbourbon
01-25-2007, 21:45
having a nice sip of old forrester birthday bourbon 1993. this whiskey has a rich caramel oak flavor, one of my top 10. i'd like to know how the other years compare

There were two 2003 editions, Spring and Fall, both very good. Which one is it (check the neck ring)?
They are perhaps more rightly appreciated today, since they were inferior, in most opinions, when issued to the previous 2002. However, the 2004 and 2005 editions were somewhat disappointing before a revival in 2006 -- so, today, the 2003s land in the upper half of the series so far.

fitzharry
01-26-2007, 06:34
I had a slug of Old Charter 12 last night, followed by an Old Grand-Dad 114 right before I hit the sack. Slept like a log...

HighTower
01-26-2007, 14:37
Bulleit 90 proof


Scott

SBOmarc
01-26-2007, 16:40
It is uber early for whiskey her in Socal, but after the day I had and some news I received...OGD 114 and who knows where from here.

The Wife poured it for me after I informed her, I love that woman.

wskybnt
01-26-2007, 18:53
Startin out with a pour of RB. Havent decided what is next...

FlashPuppy
01-26-2007, 20:15
I have to go to work at midnight for a couple of hours tonight. Thus I am being forced to remain in a sober state. I had a nice pour of a Muscat wine after dinner tonight though. I think that this is my type of wine.

Old Lamplighter
01-26-2007, 23:54
After a bourbonless long week of work, I settled in tonite with what is left of my bottle of the current BOTM: Old Grandad BIB. At the moment I have followed it with the opening and first pour of my first bottle of ORVW 10/107. Thus far, a very favorable impression of the Old Rip. It is pretty darn smooth but noticeably livelier than the 15YO version. What will be next?.......who knows - maybe another pour of Old Rip 10 or move on to OGD 114. The night is still young!!!!!

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-27-2007, 02:54
Tonight I am starting off with a pour of Eagle Rare 101 10 year old. I love this whiskey, too bad they aren't bottling it anymore. I haven't seen one on the shelf in ages. I hope they bring the brand back some day when they have enough whiskey to do it.

Ed

ggilbertva
01-27-2007, 19:20
Tonight was WLW '06 and a very fine Gurkha Royal Salute cigar. Those two together was pure money.

CrispyCritter
01-27-2007, 21:59
I started out tonight with some cocktails. First, a Cointreau Cocktail (http://cocktaildb.com/recipe_detail?id=531) using Plymouth gin, Appleton white Jamaican rum, and (of course) Cointreau. Then, a Flying Fish (http://www.cocktaildb.com/recipe_detail?id=810), also with Plymouth gin and Cointreau, along with Luxardo maraschino and some Fee's peach bitters.

Then, I made a Red Hook (http://www.cocktailchronicles.com/2005/11/18/red-hook/) using my single-barrel Baby Saz (and, per my taste, more Punt e Mes, less maraschino, and a couple of shakes of peach bitters). I used three of the Michter's cherries as a garnish. Ambrosia!

Well, since I didn't have to drive anywhere, I then had a pour of Rittenhouse BIB, neat, and now some Aberlour A'Bunadh for a nightcap. (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :slappin:)

boone
01-27-2007, 22:02
Fat tire beer...the last one :( --- a gift from Dane :grin: :grin: :grin:

Thanks Dane :grin: :grin:

Bettye Jo

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-28-2007, 03:12
Tonight I started off with a pour of VWFR Rye 13 yo followed by ORVW Old Time Rye 12 year old. Tonight I prefered the 12 yo which surprised me a bit as on previos tastings I had prefered the VEFR Rye. Then I had a pour of Sazarac 16 yo 2006. I can't say where it ranks in relationship to the other two. They are all top flight Ryes.

On to bourbon, I am now having a pour of OGD 86 proof. I thought it would probably be better to have a rye heavy bourbon after starting out with rye.

Ed

tango-papa
01-28-2007, 10:45
Fat tire beer...the last one :( --- a gift from Dane :grin: :grin: :grin:

Thanks Dane :grin: :grin:

Bettye Jo

Aaahhhhh... Fat Tire... the world's :grin: greatest :grin: beer!
You have excellent :bowdown: taste indeed.

For the summer months, might I suggest New Belgium's Skinny Dip - very, very, very refreshing!

Last night I finished a bottle of W.L. Weller 12 yr - enjoyed each and every drink and will definitely be replacing it soon.

~tp

Gillman
01-28-2007, 12:57
I started with a couple of ounces of mixed bourbons and ryes and put them in a Jim Beam Bourbon "map" glass. Next, a strong dash of Knob Creek to crank it up a bit.

I had a chocolate bar (candy bar) after lunch, so I don't feel like a sweet drink.

Add a dash of Randy Goode's 1970's-era Pernod. Light squeeze lime.

Now it's come into focus, a Sazerac-style drink, dry and well-balanced with good length and vigor. The faint lime in the back really completes the taste which is round and full yet without any kind of sweet to help achieve this.

Gary

ThomasH
01-28-2007, 14:00
Last night it was Old Overholt rye (current version) and then some Jim Beam 10yr. from a 1981 decanter. Today it is Old Williamsburg 101 and then Evan Wiliams 1783. Later on it will be Eagle Rare 17 and then who knows!

Thomas

SBOmarc
01-28-2007, 17:40
Aaahhhhh... Fat Tire... the world's :grin: greatest :grin: beer!
You have excellent :bowdown: taste indeed.

For the summer months, might I suggest New Belgium's Skinny Dip - very, very, very refreshing!

Last night I finished a bottle of W.L. Weller 12 yr - enjoyed each and every drink and will definitely be replacing it soon.

~tp

I see I can consider myself fortunate. Fat Tire abundant around these parts and showing up on tap with increased frequency

JRomain
01-29-2007, 00:47
I see I can consider myself fortunate. Fat Tire abundant around these parts and showing up on tap with increased frequency
Do not kid yourselves, people! Anyone with some beer knowledge should know that this beer is made with little care. After all, its heavily filtered, force carbonated (NOT bottle-conditioned, much to my chagrin), underattenuated, and a has buttload of apparent flaws (yeasty, flabby, and very grainy to name a few). People just love to impress others by saying something "knowledgeable" about any sort of craft beer. Just because a small brewery made it, does not mean it is of quality. Fat Tire is an unchallenging beer made for the masses. I've had al NB beers, and La Folie and Abbey Ale are the only ones worth consuming. La Folie is a Flemish sour ale aged for three years in wine barrels which are then dosed with wild yeast that induces spontaneous fermetaion. It is then refermented in the bottle and ages extremely well. Until people open their eyes and stop interpreting marketing and popularity as mirroring quality, then all hope is lost.

boone
01-29-2007, 01:17
Who pissed in your "Wheaties"?

Bettye Jo


Do not kid yourselves, people! Anyone with some beer knowledge should know that this beer is made with little care. After all, its heavily filtered, force carbonated (NOT bottle-conditioned, much to my chagrin), underattenuated, and a has buttload of apparent flaws (yeasty, flabby, and very grainy to name a few). People just love to impress others by saying something "knowledgeable" about any sort of craft beer. Just because a small brewery made it, does not mean it is of quality. Fat Tire is an unchallenging beer made for the masses. I've had al NB beers, and La Folie and Abbey Ale are the only ones worth consuming. La Folie is a Flemish sour ale aged for three years in wine barrels which are then dosed with wild yeast that induces spontaneous fermetaion. It is then refermented in the bottle and ages extremely well. Until people open their eyes and stop interpreting marketing and popularity as mirroring quality, then all hope is lost.

bluesbassdad
01-29-2007, 01:21
Bettye Jo,

Reminds me of Corona beer. You know, "The Beer With Something Extra"?

:grin: Wink, wink; nudge, nudge. :grin:

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

SBOmarc
01-29-2007, 08:39
Do not kid yourselves, people! Anyone with some beer knowledge should know that this beer is made with little care. After all, its heavily filtered, force carbonated (NOT bottle-conditioned, much to my chagrin), underattenuated, and a has buttload of apparent flaws (yeasty, flabby, and very grainy to name a few). People just love to impress others by saying something "knowledgeable" about any sort of craft beer. Just because a small brewery made it, does not mean it is of quality. Fat Tire is an unchallenging beer made for the masses. I've had al NB beers, and La Folie and Abbey Ale are the only ones worth consuming. La Folie is a Flemish sour ale aged for three years in wine barrels which are then dosed with wild yeast that induces spontaneous fermetaion. It is then refermented in the bottle and ages extremely well. Until people open their eyes and stop interpreting marketing and popularity as mirroring quality, then all hope is lost.

The only beer knowledge that I have ever listened to is my own. So thank you for the information, and drink whatever you would like.

I will do the same.

bluesbassdad
01-29-2007, 13:19
Marc,

Let's not be hasty.

I actually enjoy reading/hearing the opinions of others when they don't sound like a put-down.

Come to think of it, not everyone who posts here meets that standard.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

SBOmarc
01-29-2007, 14:42
I enjoy reading them also, And I did say Thank You.

ggilbertva
01-29-2007, 18:27
WT Rare Breed. Haven't had this item in quite a while....been too busy with other fine selections. I forgot how tasty this is......

TBoner
01-29-2007, 19:48
As a follow-up, let me say as a homebrewer and beer lover that while Fat Tire is not up to the standards of many beer snobs (of which I am one), it is so far superior to 99% of beers produced in the world as to render any criticism superfluous.

I enjoy Fat Tire semi-frequently, and it has a unique character that no other beer approximates. It's not to everyone's taste, but I like it, especially with pork chops and fried apples.

Yes, New Belgium's Abbey Ale and La Folie are also good (though I'd add their Tripel is stellar and the 1554 is damnably drinkable), but New Belgium doesn't make a "bad" product. Remember, when comparing New Belgium to true Trappist ales, you are putting an American microbrew that must compete in a tough market and balance its appeal to beer snobs against its nationwide marketability up against a nanobrew made to a centuries-old tradition that appeals at least partly because of its rarity and its circumstance.

New Belgium has done more than probably any other microbrew except Sam Adams to further the palate of the beer snob and the casual beerdrinker alike. We owe the demand for and subsequent availability of Trappist beers stateside at least in part to New Belgium's efforts.

Now, I need to go get a sixer of Fat Tire. It's been awhile.

p.s. sorry for the hijack.

Drinking Knob Creek tonight (speaking of quality craft alcohol that the snobs like to beat up on)

Str8RYE
01-29-2007, 19:56
As a follow-up, let me say as a home brewer and beer lover that while Fat Tire is not up to the standards of many beer snobs (of which I am one), it is so far superior to 99% of beers produced in the world as to render any criticism superfluous.

I enjoy Fat Tire semi-frequently, and it has a unique character that no other beer approximates. It's not to everyone's taste, but I like it, especially with pork chops and fried apples.

Yes, New Belgium's Abbey Ale and La Folie are also good (though I'd add their Tripel is stellar and the 1554 is damnably drinkable), but New Belgium doesn't make a "bad" product. Remember, when comparing New Belgium to true Trappist ales, you are putting an American micro brew that must compete in a tough market and balance its appeal to beer snobs against its nationwide marketability up against a nanobrew made to a centuries-old tradition that appeals at least partly because of its rarity and its circumstance.

New Belgium has done more than probably any other micro brew except Sam Adams to further the palate of the beer snob and the casual beer drinker alike. We owe the demand for and subsequent availability of Trappist beers stateside at least in part to New Belgium's efforts.

Now, I need to go get a sixer of Fat Tire. It's been awhile.

p.s. sorry for the hijack.

Drinking Knob Creek tonight (speaking of quality craft alcohol that the snobs like to beat up on)

You think New Belgium has done more than Victory, Stone, Rogue, and DFH??? I'm avoiding mentioning many more for that matter. You know what though I live in NY and they don't distribute any NB to NY. Have you ever had any Southampton's Brews or Six-Point's ??? It's so hard to say which is better or more influential when not everything is distributed Country wide.

SBOmarc
01-29-2007, 20:00
WT RB, followed by a Weller Antique.

Enjoyed the Rye to Wheat Express...

TBoner
01-29-2007, 20:26
STR8Rye,

Yes is the short answer to your question.

New Belgium has wider distribution than any of those you mentioned, a wider spectrum of products (though DFH is certainly better in the experimental realm), and more history.

Stone in particular is nothing but hop bombs (not that I'm complaining) except for the Vertical Epic series.

Rogue has variety, but their house yeast character lends a sameness to everything.

Further, people who go buy a true Belgian beer out of curiousity don't do it because they tasted Victory Hop Devil or Arrogant Bastard. They do it because they like Fat Tire.

I'm not saying some other long-time microbrews aren't better. But in terms of impact on the industry, I don't know if anyone is close.

We should continue this over PM (if you like) since we've hijacked quite a bit on this thread. I was really just defending Fat Tire as a drink of choice.

SBOMarc, I love following WT Rye with Weller. Talk about express...but it's a sequence that works.

wskybnt
01-29-2007, 20:51
Started with a pour of Hirsch 16, followed with BMH 14, and now I am going to tone it done a couple of shelves to the WT 101 before bed.....

NorCalBoozer
01-29-2007, 22:01
lets see...Anchor Steam Beer followed by Old Fitzgerald BIB DSP16 ended with WT Rare Breed.

I have got to say that was one of my better flights.

doubleblank
01-29-2007, 22:43
In light of the earlier posts.....a single drink tonight. NB's 1554 Brightened Black Ale. A nice, dry chocolaty finish that's not too sweet. Easy to enjoy late at night.

Randy

barturtle
01-29-2007, 23:02
While I was in Houston this weekend (thanks for the room, Randy!) I picked up a trio of New Belgium Beers, Fat Tire, Abbey and Tripple. Tonight I had the Abbey. While not near what I expect of a Belgian, it was a fine beer (I really need to think of these as Colorado-interpretations of Belgian ales, as opposed to the Brewery Ommegang offerings that are a bit more faithful to the originals). I had the 1554 while visiting Randy and think I prefer it, but then I am partial to black beers in general. Unfortunately there was none of the Flanders-style to be found.

I followed this up with a couple pours of Dickel Barrel Select. While at first I was quite displeased when I opened this bottle a few weeks ago, several people have drank out of it since, but finally revisiting it (you know you're not pleased when you pour but don't partake) I think it has changed a bit in the bottle. It's still not a replacement for the SBR, but the slight oxidation/opening up has toned some of the flavors that I disliked initially and allowed some of the underlying depth to show...of course that some may be all there is to ever discover, but some is better than none.

fitzharry
01-29-2007, 23:16
Earlier this evening I enjoyed an Old Grand-Dad BIB 100 and Canada Dry ginger ale in a tall glass. This is my favorite soda drink with bourbon because I find it very refreshing.

My last two drinks this evening were from a new bottle of Canadian Club Reserve 10 Years Old on the rocks. I had the opportunity to drink this on a Continental Airlines flight back home from a business trip and really enjoyed it, so I bought a bottle at Spec's. I find it light but still full of taste, more like Irish whiskey than Scotch. In my opinion, this would be a good dram to accompany a light dinner, although not a heavily-spiced one.

bluesbassdad
01-30-2007, 00:20
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 90 proof. My first impression is that it's much gentler, more subtle, than my memory of the 101 proof expression -- and that's not just due to the lower proof. It has a heather-like quality that I've never noticed in any WT bottling, no matter how much water I've added.

I expected the reduced proof to result in a product that is clearly inferior to the original. That is not the case.

I'm not up to a direct comparison to RR101 or other WT bottlings tonight, but such a comparison is clearly warranted.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

JRomain
01-30-2007, 00:49
As a follow-up, let me say as a homebrewer and beer lover that while Fat Tire is not up to the standards of many beer snobs (of which I am one), it is so far superior to 99% of beers produced in the world as to render any criticism superfluous.

I enjoy Fat Tire semi-frequently, and it has a unique character that no other beer approximates. It's not to everyone's taste, but I like it, especially with pork chops and fried apples.

Yes, New Belgium's Abbey Ale and La Folie are also good (though I'd add their Tripel is stellar and the 1554 is damnably drinkable), but New Belgium doesn't make a "bad" product. Remember, when comparing New Belgium to true Trappist ales, you are putting an American microbrew that must compete in a tough market and balance its appeal to beer snobs against its nationwide marketability up against a nanobrew made to a centuries-old tradition that appeals at least partly because of its rarity and its circumstance.

New Belgium has done more than probably any other microbrew except Sam Adams to further the palate of the beer snob and the casual beerdrinker alike. We owe the demand for and subsequent availability of Trappist beers stateside at least in part to New Belgium's efforts.

Now, I need to go get a sixer of Fat Tire. It's been awhile.

p.s. sorry for the hijack.

Drinking Knob Creek tonight (speaking of quality craft alcohol that the snobs like to beat up on)
I understand the whole "competing in a tough market" thing. But a flawed beer is a flawed beer. Nearly every beer they make is just that -- heavily flawed, i.e. thin, underattenuated, dirty, grainy, etc. The Trippel is okay, but why they filter it to death and don't bottle-condition it is plain silly. It's also become very fusel and grainy over the past few years.

The 1554 is passable at best. It's thin due to the heavy filtration and obviously-forced carbonation. It also has no malt depth and is quite watery. I actually feel embarassed for NB, in that they feel like these are quality releases when they clearly are not...at least to someone who has been dissecting and analyzing their beers for many years.

ILLfarmboy
01-30-2007, 18:46
Drinking a small pour of WLW '05. I still find this to be mostly wood and alcohol. I would open a new bottle of Antique but I've got enough open bottles already.

ggilbertva
01-30-2007, 19:18
KBD Vintage 17. Almost down to my last pour. Have to figure out where to get more. :cool:

JDutton
01-30-2007, 19:24
Started with a Snowshoe, made with WT101. Now having a pour of Lot B, neat.

doubleblank
01-30-2007, 21:41
Having a little Lot B myself. Van Blankle Lot B. Both are very good.

Randy

FlashPuppy
01-30-2007, 21:57
Had a decent pour of WLW '06 tonight. Actually I think it was a bit too much of a pour. :drinking: :falling: :drink: :icon_pidu: :icon_pidu::22: :22: :22: :22:

TBoner
01-30-2007, 22:29
A Texas microbrewery's coffee porter, then Buffalo Trace, then Ezra Brooks 7-yr 101. Sweet (literally). Dark chocolate with the last bourbon. Great...

heatmiser
01-31-2007, 00:27
Started with a little ETL, then some PVW15 and finished with '06 GTS. Good night all...

fitzharry
01-31-2007, 01:13
I enjoyed two glasses of Old Charter 12 year old 90 proof bourbon.

BobA
01-31-2007, 10:25
A little OGD BIB, while it's still the BOTM.

Bob

bigtoys
01-31-2007, 10:55
Stagg 2005 last night for a night cap--wow is that strong :hot: even w/ a couple of cubes of ice--after a Margarita (La Rienda tequila that I got at La CAsa Del Tequila in Puerto Vallarta cuz I like the donkey on the bottle) w/ dinner.
Too "tired" to post it last night.

JDutton
01-31-2007, 11:18
Having a little Lot B myself. Van Blankle Lot B. Both are very good.

Randy

Well, now I'm jealous! I wasn't familiar with "Van Blankle", so I did a little searching on the forum (hear that, newbies?) and found the original story with a review by TNBourbon. Great story! :bowdown:

Jeff

straightwhiskeyruffneck
01-31-2007, 11:56
Well, now I'm jealous! I wasn't familiar with "Van Blankle", so I did a little searching on the forum (hear that, newbies?) and found the original story with a review by TNBourbon. Great story! :bowdown:

Jeff
maybe you could post a link to the story?

JDutton
01-31-2007, 14:19
Well, now, that kind of defeats my promotion of the search feature, doesn't it? :grin:

Actually, I thought about it at the time, and I should have included it, but I got lazy. Here it is, with my apologies:

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3722&highlight=Van+Blankle

Jeff

Stu
01-31-2007, 15:23
I've read a lot of good things on this site about RVW 15 yo and RVW 20 yo. I agree with what I've read about the 15 yo, but I've never tried or even seen the 20 yo. I live in a dry county, but yesterday I was in Little Rock. I called a couple of yellow pages of phone numbers for liquor stores, and finally found a bottle of RVW 20 yo. After my appointment I drove a little out of my way and picked it up. When I got home last night I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I popped the cork. The honey and wood exploded from the bottle. They were also prominent on the pallet but there was also something else that I can't put my finger on, even trying another glass now. It's sort of a candy flavor but not chocolate, maybe wild cherry cough drops? I then compared it to the 15 yo. They were obviously the same whiskey, but 5 extra years of aging did wonders! Last year at KBF Julian gave me a glass of something from his cellar that his grandpa made. I told him it was the best bourbon I ever tasted. It might have been VVOF. I'm going to save a little RVW 20 yo in a mini bottle to take to KBF this year to use for comparison in case Julian brings that again.

ggilbertva
01-31-2007, 19:02
Well, I folded like a cheap suit. I promised myself not to open any new bottles until the 10 that I have open get whittled down to around 6. I couldn't hold off any longer....I popped open another bottle of VW Lot B. I so love this bourbon. It's definitely in my top 5.

Cheers!

Edward_call_me_Ed
01-31-2007, 19:25
Stagg 2005 last night for a night cap--wow is that strong :hot: even w/ a couple of cubes of ice--after a Margarita (La Rienda tequila that I got at La CAsa Del Tequila in Puerto Vallarta cuz I like the donkey on the bottle) w/ dinner.
Too "tired" to post it last night.

Do you know if that was the Spring or Fall 2005? I had three bottles of the Spring release none of the Fall and it usually burned my throat unless I cut the proof way down. I didn't find that to be true of the 2006 even though it was higher in proof.

Ed

Jazzhead
01-31-2007, 20:09
I've unscrewed the cap on a bottle of Jacob's Well tonight in the interest of research prompted by another thread, comparing it with an open bottle of Knob Creek. Well, they're basically the same stuff. A slight difference in proof may be just about all. I haven't had Beam whiskey in a spell, so I'm enjoying that unique burn.

Edward_call_me_Ed
02-01-2007, 07:52
Had a couple of pours of OGD BIB tonight. Then on to Blackbush and Bushmill's single malt 10 year old.

Ed

Ubertaster
02-01-2007, 15:28
Had a nice pour of GT Stagg 06 tonight and noticed that the ice cube sank to the bottom of the glass. Why is that?

bj

Gillman
02-01-2007, 15:49
Very interesting. Alcohol is lighter than water, so the water would tend to sink and I imagine frozen water is heavier than its volume as a liquid. In most liquor, even bonded, the ice will with the water in the spirit make up a greater part of the liquids in the glass; this would not be so with Stagg due to its great strength. I wonder if this means that even when no ice is added the top part of the glass is mostly alcohol. THis may be true in the bottle but as soon as it is poured the equilibrium changes. Just speculation, but I think it has to be connected to the relative specific gravities of ethanol and water.

Gary

barturtle
02-01-2007, 16:09
Actually, and I hope I'm getting this right, but water is the only liquid that get less dense as it reaches its solidification point, therefore ice is lighter by volume than liquid water. This is why ice floats on top of water, otherwise rivers and lakes would freeze solid as the colder water would sink as warmer water rose until all was frozen.

However your reasoning for why it would sink in Stagg still seems correct as the ice would still be heavier than alcohol.

As far as the pour in the glass being more water at the bottom and more alcohol at the top, this is likely to be impossible as alcohol is hydroscopic and will therefore absorb water...though some chemist might come along and overrule me on the basis that alcohol evaporates more readily at room temperature than water and would therefore be rising out of the liquid faster.:rolleyes:

ggilbertva
02-01-2007, 19:07
Another night of Lot B. I'm sleepy.

TBoner
02-01-2007, 19:08
I'm sipping Dalmore 12 now. Then it'll be BT, possibly followed by WT101.

camduncan
02-02-2007, 01:49
Tonight I'm enjoying some Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo :yum:

I picked this bottle up when I was in Scotland back in October 2004, and have been enjoying it sparingly on occasion.
It looks like the Aussie supplier of this wonderful drop is back in stock again (for around the same price as Bookers - a bargain if you ask me), so I think I can afford to pour liberally tonight :D

OscarV
02-02-2007, 18:37
I opened one of my Eagle Rare 101 10yo.
This is really hitting the spot, the heavy sweetness and warmth feel and taste great on this very cold night.
At 8:30 pm it is 9 degrees and a super cold weekend coming, but, who cares, I got a new bottle of ER101 10yo!!!

RedVette
02-02-2007, 18:41
Gotta glass of Old Overholt Rye sitting next to me. I've had the bottle around for a long time and have never paid much attention to it. Interesting, not very complex or challenging, but pleasant. After the week I just had I can be very happy with "pleasant".

SBOmarc
02-02-2007, 18:43
I opened one of my Eagle Rare 101 10yo.
This is really hitting the spot, the heavy sweetness and warmth feel and taste great on this very cold night.
At 8:30 pm it is 9 degrees and a super cold weekend coming, but, who cares, I got a new bottle of ER101 10yo!!!

I miss the cold weather, but

Come out to SoCal, in the high 70's all weekend.

Oh, and bring the ER101.

J.W.
02-02-2007, 18:43
Wild Turkey Rare Breed. My weekend pour.

wskybnt
02-02-2007, 19:11
My first pour is GTS 06. Dont know what is next...

Frodo
02-02-2007, 19:31
Tonight I am finishing off one of the samples Gary Gillman generously gave me - 50% JBB/40%VG/10%Overholt Rye. It took me a while to "get" the dram. The first couple of times it simply seemed like an upgunned JBB, but after getting acclimatized to it, the rye sends a very complementary but different flavour. Still bourbon no doubt but more...not just spicy but uplifting and vibrant than most bourbons I've had up until this point. Very characterful and informative.

Many thanks Gary!!!

PS - I think I may have to re-think my adversion to vatting although one has to know what they're doing...

TNbourbon
02-02-2007, 19:54
...PS - I think I may have to re-think my adversion to vatting although one has to know what they're doing...

Gary'll do that to ya! I have a couple of his vattings -- Scotch and rum (the bourbon is long gone) -- too. Don't tell him I said so, but he knows what he's doing.:bowdown: