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Luna56
04-18-2007, 18:26
Hi Everybody-
After a short trip to Kentucky last year I've become somewhat fascinated with fine bourbon. While there I tried a Hancock (President's Reserve??) and enjoyed it immensely. Since returning home I've had a couple of bottles of what I think is pretty good stuff. Now, after a second bottle of each for the sake of comparison (Eagle Rare SB 10YO and Evan Williams SB '96) I'm wondering what to try next. I live in New Hampshire and high quality esoteric bourbon is somewhat hard to come by. Here's a short list of some of the brands I'm considering:
Buffalo Trace
Bulleit Bourbon
Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight
Booker's
Elijah Craig 12 YO
Elijah Craig 18-YO SB
Whaddaya think? As far as my taste goes, well, it isn't finely developed at this point but I've enjoyed the ERSB a lot. The jury's still out on the EWSB- still researching assiduously, though!
I like it neat, never mix or add ice or water, ever.

Of the bourbons listed, which would you recommend?
I've enjoyed perusing the forum here and look forward to your input.
Cheers,
EG:

bobbyc
04-18-2007, 19:04
Welcome to the board. You appear to be on the way. I'm thinking if the EWSB hasn't grabbed you yet maybe to not go to the ECs yet. Then again maybe that could shed light on the EWSB. The 18 is one that I really like but it gets its' lumps from time to time, it is complex I can't say much more than that.

The Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare should be straight forward and very approachable.

Bookers is never bad, I find that I take a bit of it at high proof and then give it a little water say down to 110-115 proof, it is a bit spicey.

I commend your being a neat person, but do try at some point a few drops of water in a pour after tasting it neat, it opens up and more flavors unnoticed before will stand out.

Again Welcome

barturtle
04-18-2007, 19:27
Ah, well the one nice thing about NH is the fact that they put their entire inventory online, so it's easy to check to see what you can get your hands on..they also list licensed shippers on their site, in case you would like to order something you can't get there.

On to the whiskey:
The Eagle Rare Ky Straight they list is the 17yo, quite hard to come by normally, but they do seem to have a good bit onhand (you can check store by store inventory!)

I think if you like ER Single Barrel you will like Buffalo Trace too.

Personally I prefer Baker's to Bookers, but both are fine pours.

A few others worth trying:
Wild Turkey Russels Reserve
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Old Grand Dad 114

Sycamore Tree
04-18-2007, 20:09
I am new to posting on the board but have been drinking Bourbon for many years. Before premiums were around, we all had to drink the "now considered" cheap stuff.
Bookers to me is the finest Bourbon I have tried. With Blantons a close 2nd. I amazed at the depth of Blantons and the complexity of Bookers.
Granted I still am going through the process. But those 2 standout from the others so far.
I hate to admit it but you should consider JD Single Barrel (technically not a bourbon). I had it at a party and it was magnificent. The taste is Pecans and Bannanas Flambe surrounded in a donut of char.

Luna56
04-19-2007, 13:09
Wow, a donut of char, the images that conjures up... Seriously, thanks a lot for the recommendations. I know about NH's online liquor inventory list, it is mighty cool. The downside is that the list is absent many of the high end bourbons I see mentioned in the forums here, i.e., ORVW, Hancock, etc. Trying to find a distributor on the website has been a fruitless pursuit so far, will try to set aside some time tonight and plow through the long list of suppliers.
In any case, have any of you compared the ER SB with the ER 17YO? Just curious, I enjoyed the ER SB a lot. Not super full-bodied, but very balanced, almost like a cognac. Any tasting notes you could share on these or any of you favorite bourbons is most welcome.
Cheers

bobbyc
04-19-2007, 14:16
ERSB was VBT#39. The 17 year is absent there as of now.

Nash
04-19-2007, 16:25
Of the brands listed I heartily recommend Bookers, Buffalo Trace and Bulleit. Bookers is an amazing bourbon but should be approached cautiously or the flavors can be lost in the hot finish.

ratcheer
04-19-2007, 17:41
Of the one's you listed, I would choose Booker's and Elijah Craig 12-year old.

Tim

Uncle Bob
04-19-2007, 18:38
I am new here too! Fairly new to bourbon as well having started my serious journey into the bourbon world a little less than a year ago. I do come here and read quite often however. From your list I suggest EC 12, and Buffalo Trace. Then maybe Bulleit. Save the EC 18 and Bookers for later in your travels. You can't go wrong with Wild Turkey Rare Breed anywhere aong the way.

Enjoy!

WingNut
04-20-2007, 14:39
If you want to go straight to the top and don't mind plunking down a few extra dollars to go first class, I highly recommend Noah's Mill. I only drink mine with rocks or a simple splash so I can not speak for mixers (don't know why anyone wants to do that anyway). Man oh man it was very, very good and I am still thinking about it. Bought mine in Houston last week and haven't found it in Dallas yet but searching. Noah's is the type of fine burbon that you will want to swish it and roll it around before swallowing. A very excellent surprise for me.

An excellent choice but you might get spoiled early on. :grin:

Ain't if fun trying new burbon?

WingNut
04-20-2007, 14:43
One other thought Luna. You may want to compare pouring over some quality ice cubes/slightly cracked ice and/or just add a very small splash of water. My experience is the burbon will open up a bit and take on a totally different taste and aroma. Try it. I think you will like it.

Enjoy exploring. It has been a fun and wonderful journey for me.

barturtle
04-20-2007, 15:28
Wow, a donut of char, the images that conjures up... Seriously, thanks a lot for the recommendations. I know about NH's online liquor inventory list, it is mighty cool. The downside is that the list is absent many of the high end bourbons I see mentioned in the forums here, i.e., ORVW, Hancock, etc. Trying to find a distributor on the website has been a fruitless pursuit so far, will try to set aside some time tonight and plow through the long list of suppliers.
In any case, have any of you compared the ER SB with the ER 17YO? Just curious, I enjoyed the ER SB a lot. Not super full-bodied, but very balanced, almost like a cognac. Any tasting notes you could share on these or any of you favorite bourbons is most welcome.
Cheers

I believe I saw Binnys in Chicago on that list...should be a decent source of bourbon.

mythrenegade
04-22-2007, 18:04
I would give a hearty recommendation to the Elijah Craig 18yo. It is my favorite bourbon. Extremely complex, it really stands out. My friend who isn't much of a bourbon guy but tries everything I bring over was blown away by the 18yo. He said it was in a completely different league than anything else he'd ever had. I agree.

My second choice is Blantons. I really enjoy both, almost equally, but the EC18 is about $10 cheaper so it gets my vote...

My third choice from your list would be Bookers. Can't go wrong there, but it's very high proof and if you drink it neat, it might be a little much for you.

Joel

Luna56
04-26-2007, 18:38
Thanks for the tips, guys, I appreciate them.
Cheers!

Luna56
04-28-2007, 20:51
Well, guys, I picked up a bottle of EC 12 today, and luckily happened upon a mini bottle of Booker's, too. Got home and did a crude three-way tasing of those plus the little bit of EWSB '96 I had left. Big differences in these but can't decide on a favorite. Maybe that's why you guys have like eighty bottles open at a time!
I like the spice and the extra kick of the EC 12, but the finish seems nicer to me on the EWSB. The Booker's is a whole 'nother thing; seems not quite as, for lack of a better description, "round" or "deep" as the other two, but seems much more refined. The proof doesn't throw me at all and the finish is clean, overall the bourbon is nicely balanced. My wife even tried tasting with me, and she's not a liquor person, save for the odd Margarita or Martini very occasionally. She seemed to like the EC 12 the best.
In any case, thanks for your tips, I look forward to hearing more from you guys.
Thanks a lot
Cheers