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mgilbertva
09-25-2007, 21:39
Fall is here and summer is past. It's time to renew "What bourbon did you purchase today?"

mgilbertva
09-25-2007, 21:41
I'll get things started. I celebrated autumn equinox with a purchase of some EWSB: 2 bottles of '94 from an eBay seller and 2 bottles of '95 from the shelves of a local liquor store.

I'll take that as a good sign of things to come.

tsh3406
09-26-2007, 07:31
I'm very jealous. I really like the EWSB, it's what got me into this great hobby I suppose you could call it. I just received a faxed receipt for 3 bottles of Four Roses 40th, 1 bottle Henry McKenna SB BIB, and 1 bottle OGD 114. All of which are new to me. A friend is picking them up today in Lexington. I really want to get ahold of two of the BTAC, the Stagg and the Weller, when availible.

Tim

Phischy
09-26-2007, 09:19
I may go find some EWSB around here, a good friend is coming to town this weekend and he loves the bourbons.

Otherwise, I'm really holding off for the '07 BTAC collection.

craigthom
09-26-2007, 15:42
Nothing fancy. In a little liquor store in Seymour, Indiana, today I bought a 750ml bottle of AAA 10 Star from the discount table. I knew it was not the 10 yo, but it was on sale.

It's an old label: it is the pale yellow of regular AA, and the "10 Star" is on a picture of a medal sticking up from the top of the label, not in the middle of the label. There's a "96" on the bottom of the bottle and the Surgeon General's warning on the neck, so the '96 sounds about right. Is this pre-Buffalo Trace?

Not purchased from the discount table was a 375ml (maybe 500ml; I didn't look) of JTS Brown BIB for $5. Label said distilled and bottled at DSP-KY 31. Using the knowledge I've gained from SB.com I know that means it was distilled no later than Nov of 1996, that it must be at least 4 yo, and that, with no age statement, it is probably no more than 4 yo.

I am learning.

mozilla
09-26-2007, 19:51
I had a bottle of '88 AA 10 star that I liked quite a bit. BT has been the same since the early 1900's, give or take a few name changes. If that JTS brown is a 500 ml than I woulkd look twice at it for being an oldie. Maybe not too old but a keeper none the less, Bib is a sign of sorts. Just check!

Phischy
09-28-2007, 21:50
So much for holding off:

WT RR 10/101
Stagg Fall '05

Score!

HighTower
09-29-2007, 02:39
Is the Fall 05 the 131.8? (I'm too lazy to do a search)
If it is, it's one of the nicest bourbons I have tasted!

Cheers

Scott

OscarV
09-29-2007, 03:50
GTS 131.8 is the Spring 2005 released outside of KY.
For in KY of the same date it was 130.9.
Fall of 2005 it came in at 141.2

HighTower
09-29-2007, 13:39
GTS 131.8 is the Spring 2005 released outside of KY.
For in KY of the same date it was 130.9.
Fall of 2005 it came in at 141.2
:grin: Thanks Oscar. I gotta try and get me a bottle of that Spring 05!!


Scott

ggilbertva
09-29-2007, 18:04
EWSB 1994
EWSB 1995

Now I'm only missing a 1991.

mgilbertva
09-30-2007, 20:42
I should put this in tasting/what did you drink thread, but since it's here...


GTS 131.8 is the Spring 2005 released outside of KY.
For in KY of the same date it was 130.9.
Fall of 2005 it came in at 141.2


...it's one of the nicest bourbons I have tasted!

The S '05 GTS was the bourbon that turned me into a convert. I was a scotch drinker and at a friend's encouragement tried Bookers a year earlier. I liked it considerably. In Spring of '05 I saw GTS on the shelves of the local ABC and thought I would try another high test bourbon.

The lights went on.
The clouds parted.
The angels sang.
Now I am a true believer.

As I described it the other day to some friends, Booker's took me to the door, but George walked me through.

However, I now have a new GTS love: the '04. Dave & Tina (angelshare) generously let me try their '03 (also outstanding) and '04, and I was amazed. The '04 had all the richness and intensity of GTS without the flame (I drank it neat). So it's now in my top 5, or maybe 3, favorite bourbons.

mgilbertva
09-30-2007, 20:47
I found 2 bottles of '95 EWSB on a Maryland store shelf, and received two bottles of '94 from the postman (eBay purchase). Shared 'em with Greg (see above).

Am I nice, or what? :cool:

ggilbertva
10-01-2007, 05:41
I found 2 bottles of '95 EWSB on a Maryland store shelf, and received two bottles of '94 from the postman (eBay purchase). Shared 'em with Greg (see above).

Am I nice, or what? :cool:

...or what. :slappin:

dacashflo
10-01-2007, 07:51
Found a cheap bottle of VW Lot B this weekend ($36.99) and snatched up the last one!

mozilla
10-01-2007, 07:57
Speaking of cheap....I picked up a case of Private Cellar 90 to add to my rebarreling project. Was sad to see that the age stated was now 3 yrs, was 4 yrs last time I bought one.
The color was darker than I would have expected for a young bourbon. I was surprised that the flavor had none of the off notes that I usually find in some HH products. It was very corny and lively, not a top shelfer of course, but a decent bourbon for mixing or rebarreling.

NorCalBoozer
10-01-2007, 10:01
Well I was lucky enough to find an '06 Stagg. I didn't get any when it was released and so I was glad to find a single one on a shelf for $49.99.

TBoner
10-01-2007, 11:39
2 Beam 200th anniversary for $18.99 apiece.:grin:

An OGD 8yr 86-proof from National Distillers for $13.99.:grin:

Laphroaig C.S. (not so cheap:bigeyes:).

Also, given Chuck's feeling that perhaps WT101 has gotten a bit younger over time (I still like it, but it makes sense with the shortage of aged products and the popularity of their other bottlings), I snagged an Old No. 8 Brand bottling from 1998. This is not too terribly long after the 8-yr age statement switched over, and I'm thinking this may be older than recent WT101. I'll report back.

ggilbertva
10-01-2007, 12:28
I snagged an Old No. 8 Brand bottling from 1998. This is not too terribly long after the 8-yr age statement switched over, and I'm thinking this may be older than recent WT101. I'll report back.

Let me know what you think of the Old No. 8 Brand. I picked up two 1.75L about a month ago and have not opened one up yet.

T47
10-01-2007, 20:47
I picked up a couple Old Charter 12's today. If I can believe the State web site they are the last ones available here in WA?
I find the nose light, maybe licorice. The taste brings Rye and it's dry. I get the sensation of carbonation that for some reason I also get from Rock Hill Farms? Nice clean finish of rye and pepper (but not to hot).

mozilla
10-02-2007, 19:26
Found a local store that was going out of business and offering discounts. There was not much on the shelves and I was about ready to go when the clerk told me that the Old Charter was 50% off. I picked up a 1.75 of Frankfort 12 year and a 750ml of the 10 year for a whopping $27.00. I left 6 bottles of the 8 year, I think they were going for $6.00 each.

drli
10-03-2007, 19:26
while going to longs drug.. for milk.. i seen that the evan williams black 1.75 was on sale for $11.99...

couldnt pass that up...

OscarV
10-05-2007, 11:59
I bought 2 bottles of Wild Turkey American Heritage, 1 Russell's Reserve Rye, and 2 Parker's Heritage Collection.
To go along with 2 bottles of Four Roses Single Barrel Party Source bottleling which I bought a couple of weeks ago.

Via telephone and e-mail from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY.
Now I am just waiting for the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection to be released and I will hit the road and pick 'em all up.

ACDetroit
10-05-2007, 12:08
Nice buy Oscar, I spoke to a friend in Lexington this morning and BT is having a dinner for the BTAC's on the 11th I hear. They should hit the stores soon after.

Nice Work.

CrispyCritter
10-05-2007, 18:46
I picked up an Old Charter 10 this week... I've never ever seen an OC 12 in Chicagoland.

Lionhoo
10-06-2007, 07:09
I picked up a Thomas Handy Rye from the BTAC 2006 collection . . . ummmm!

Cheers!

Ruby K
10-06-2007, 07:16
To start building my bunker, I found a ORVW 15 and the Weller 10 year. Tried to follow the sagely advice of Chuck, but after the drive to LeNell, found out she was out of the Weller 12 or the Elmer T Lee.

TBoner
10-06-2007, 08:08
I picked up an Old Charter 10 this week... I've never ever seen an OC 12 in Chicagoland.

If you'd like a bottle, perhaps even a Louisville bottle, PM me. I think I can hook you up.

ggilbertva
10-06-2007, 08:39
I picked up an Old Charter 10 this week... I've never ever seen an OC 12 in Chicagoland.

Did it look like this?

anacostiakat
10-06-2007, 09:30
I purchased a bottle of Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon today. Not sure when I will crack it. Probably sometime next week. I have never had it before so I am looking forward to it.

NorCalBoozer
10-06-2007, 10:40
2 Pappy VW 15's and 2 more '06 Staggs. Seems like the 15 has dried up for a while so i was glad to find a store still carrying it.

scratchline
10-06-2007, 11:01
Found some Old Hickory. This looks to be the last of the line. Bottle stamped '83 with the label "Bottled in Owensboro". Only 80 proof but if it shows well, I'll probably pick up the other couple of bottles on the shelf.

-Mike

anacostiakat
10-06-2007, 11:11
Fall is here and summer is past. It's time to renew "What bourbon did you purchase today?"

Purchased a bottle of Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon today. Looking forward to it as I have never had it I am not sure when I will crack it. Probably next week.

TBoner
10-06-2007, 14:16
Old Forester BIB F1973/F1979 Quart
ND 8yr/86 proof Liter

WT Rye
WT 101

No RR Rye here yet, nor any American Spirit

ggilbertva
10-06-2007, 14:28
While taking a short run through WV today, I found a bottle of pre-fire HH EWSB. Barreled on 6/24/96, barrel #451

CrispyCritter
10-06-2007, 16:45
Did it look like this?

Actually, my OC10 was definitely not a dusty.

Meanwhile, I picked up a Binny's Baby Saz this afternoon.

ACDetroit
10-07-2007, 20:18
Made a late night run last night and picked up a bottle of WT American Spirit, and one more bottle of Thomas Handy. Have not tried either bottle yet.

SBOmarc
10-07-2007, 20:42
A little peach...Eagle Rare 101. I had given up. It showed up at the liquor store that I found the last bottle. I have read that this is available many places around the country, it is extremely rare in these parts.

It also helps that it cost $9.99...I ran!

mozilla
10-07-2007, 22:10
A little peach...Eagle Rare 101. I had given up. It showed up at the liquor store that I found the last bottle. I have read that this is available many places around the country, it is extremely rare in these parts.

It also helps that it cost $9.99...I ran!

Good score....that's less than cost.:bigeyes: :bigeyes: :bigeyes:

Phischy
10-08-2007, 13:22
I have never seen ER 101 in San Diego. I wonder if Flash Puppy snagged it all before I started hunting.

Are the WT new bottlings out yet? I've yet to see them either as well!

OscarV
10-08-2007, 13:48
Hot and humid today in the Mitten.
So I wanted something I could make a Bourbon Mist out of.
I picked up a bottle of Evan Williams.
Heaven Hill's flagship label. Michigan has high alcohol taxes and it comes in at under twelve bucks for a 750 ml.
It is just right for what I wanted, leatherey oak with that Heaven Hill minty after taste. The mint, BTW reminds me of Dickel Single Barrel.
I think Evan Williams is the most over-looked bourbon by my fellow SB.com members.
It is far and above Jim Beam and distilled by a real Beam.

mgilbertva
10-08-2007, 18:52
I'm not sure how overlooked it is. I've mentioned it numerous times and read many posts on EWSB. Very well thought of here, and one of my favorites, especially given the price.

If I was going to pick an overlooked bourbon, I'd say it's EWSB's cousin, Henry McKenna SB. Another vintage bourbon, outstanding quality, a BIB to boot, but not nearly as much discussion of this excellent pour.

Rughi
10-08-2007, 19:04
If I was going to pick an overlooked bourbon, I'd say it's EWSB's cousin, Henry McKenna SB. Another vintage bourbon, outstanding quality, a BIB to boot, but not nearly as much discussion of this excellent pour.


"I always wonder what all the fuss is around EWSB and EC12 when, for me, McKenna SB BIB is where the HH action is! " (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=55657&highlight=mckenna#post55657)


Roger

ACDetroit
10-08-2007, 20:31
2 Bottles today, $24 bucks later. 1 Bottle of 6yr. old Very old Barton 45% abv $11.99. The second was a bottle of McAfee's Benchmark 40% abv $10.99

I also made a trade and ended up with a bottle of WT Tribute, and a 2001 WTKS.

SBOmarc
10-08-2007, 21:44
You east side Mi guys live well. Nice finds and a very nice trade.

HighTower
10-09-2007, 04:19
I'm not sure how overlooked it is. I've mentioned it numerous times and read many posts on EWSB. Very well thought of here, and one of my favorites, especially given the price..


Mark,
I'm pretty sure Oscar is just referring to the normal Evan Williams Black label, not the SB.

Both very quality pours!

Scott

HighTower
10-09-2007, 04:35
My wife got me a Four Roses platinum/super premium for Christmas (yeah she's organized!) and it arrived today (only took 3 days from Japan!). I was shocked to find the roses on the bottle are plastic.:bigeyes::shocked: I figured they would be pewter or some kind of metal. So how about that. Pretty bottle though...

Scott

OscarV
10-09-2007, 12:19
I also made a trade and ended up with a bottle of WT Tribute, and a 2001 WTKS.

Tony,

You da man!
A Tribute and a '01 KS? Damn!
I'm sure it made your day, heck it would have made my decade.
I was down South this spring and I left sitting on a Mississippi store self, several bottles of Tribute at only $75.00 each.
I really can't belive it myself.

OscarV
10-09-2007, 12:26
Mark,
I'm pretty sure Oscar is just referring to the normal Evan Williams Black label, not the SB.
Scott

Yeah the "standard" Evan Williams.
I'm having another one now, I think the quality of this bourbon is very high.
And when you factor in the price, well below 12 bucks.
And several layers of flavors, then I have to say it is one of my all time favorites.

I wonder what that Japanese 23 year old would be like?

OscarV
10-09-2007, 14:06
My wife got me a Four Roses platinum/super premium for Christmas (yeah she's organized!) and it arrived today (only took 3 days from Japan!). I was shocked to find the roses on the bottle are plastic.:bigeyes::shocked: I figured they would be pewter or some kind of metal. So how about that. Pretty bottle though...

Scott

I cannot make the date or the location,....
but I have seen "The Platinum" in pics on the web.

I have a bottle that is called a platinum, but I don't think it is "The" Platinum.

ILLfarmboy
10-09-2007, 16:04
Last night I picked up a bottle of Makers along with some inexpensive pre-made margarita drink mix. We are planing a weenier roast/ karaoke party. The pre-made stuff wasn't my Idea:rolleyes: But, margaritas aren't my thing anyway. Also, sometime late this morning two bottles of Baby Saz that I acquired in a trade arrived at the house.

Solomon2
10-09-2007, 20:01
Blanton's. Inside the elegant green & gold box is a rather plain brown cloth sack containing a glass bottle soiled with fingerprints of solidified grease, hand-numbered "Registered Bottle No. 162, dumped 5-7-07 from Barrel No. 283, Stored in Warehouse N (could be H or even W) on Rick No. 32 at 93 proof".

It was supposed to be a gift, but hey, I guess now I have to drink it myself. Because removing this gunk is neither quick nor easy.

craigthom
10-10-2007, 16:41
I'm sure they would mail you a new bag if you called or wrote. They just handed me one (and a stopper) during my first tour.

Prompted by a review posted by Mike Veach on another site I stopped by Old Town in Louisville to pick up a bottle of Old Weller Antique.

Even though it says it is 7yo on the regular label, the additional label says it was barreled on 7/21/1998 and bottled on 8/21/2007. This is a special unfiltered single barrel. They have maybe a half dozen bottles yet. $20. It amazes me how cheap even special bottles of bourbon like this are.

Mike, if you read this, how do I tell if this is "your" barrel or the other one?

barturtle
10-10-2007, 19:06
Even though it says it is 7yo on the regular label, the additional label says it was barreled on 7/21/1998 and bottled on 8/21/2007. This is a special unfiltered single barrel. They have maybe a half dozen bottles yet. $20. It amazes me how cheap even special bottles of bourbon like this are.

Mike, if you read this, how do I tell if this is "your" barrel or the other one?

I know what barrel this is: It's my barrel!

Well I call it mine, I was at the selection and it was my favorite of the options, but wasn't the favorite of the crowd, but when they decided to do more than one this one was picked as well.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

craigthom
10-10-2007, 21:03
I'm sure I will.

macon
10-11-2007, 08:37
I just mail ordered two bottles of RHF. Can not get this in NC. One of my favorite pours.

jburlowski
10-12-2007, 08:06
Bought two bottles of the new WT AS (one for me and the other for my neighbor's birthday). Most impressive packaging! The new RR Rye also has appeared on the shelves, but I decided to pass for now.

Also picked up the BOTM, VOB BIB. It was hard to find much of the bonded version left on the shelf.

BourbonJoe
10-12-2007, 13:11
Bought two bottles of the new WT AS (one for me and the other for my neighbor's birthday).

Gee, I wish you were my neighbor. :bigeyes:
Joe :usflag:

HighTower
10-12-2007, 13:12
Gee, I wish you were my neighbor. :bigeyes:
Joe :usflag:
Ditto!

Scott

mozilla
10-12-2007, 19:09
Reeled in a couple of little fishies that had been dangling on the line.....2 Old Forester 1.75's 100proof and 4 Old Charter 13yrs (since they aren't bottling anymore).

HighTower
10-13-2007, 04:59
Bought two bottles of the new WT AS (one for me and the other for my neighbor's birthday). Most impressive packaging!
I have read this comes in a wooden box....could someone please post a pic?

Scott

P.S. Has anyone seen this at Binny's yet? I don't want to email Brett again, I know he's a busy man.

ACDetroit
10-13-2007, 13:32
Today was a fluke! I needed to run to work to pick up my cell phone charger I had left yesterday. I planned on doing some Turkey hunting as it's on the other side of town from me. What happened next is most unbelievable!
I went don the road I've been down before and noticed a pet supply sjop off the corner south of where I was. I made the left and picked up some dog food requested by my mom who's in today (2 Jack Russel Terriors for you dog lovers) any way I continued South and see this little Liquor store and never really noticed it before. I been up and down that road a hundred times. Top shelf dusty as they could be (3) Blue Wax 16yr old A.H. Hirsch at internet prices, I almost fell over. (2) VSOF 12 yr. $11.97 per and (2) OWC 10 yr. $17.99. Needless to say it was an expensive trip for my phone charger. I brought them all home. I'll post pics in the Collectibles tonight.

AC

Gillman
10-13-2007, 13:34
Great finds! Open one of those blue waxers and post some notes with your photos, great!

Gary

ACDetroit
10-13-2007, 13:40
These were cheaper than the Gold wax I found but would like to get Jeff Renner and his efforts for a SE Michigan chapter together and do a VBT of all three (Blue, Gold, Foil) I think in Kentucky y'all call this a tri-fecta? I will open one tonight and post, thanks Gary.

Gillman
10-13-2007, 14:05
That's great, you will love it by the way, it may be the best bourbon I ever had.

Gary

mgilbertva
10-13-2007, 19:14
Blue wax?!? On the shelf?? Two??? Holy hard-to-find-bourbon, batman, that's amazing. One of my favorite bourbons, ever.

Anyway, picked up two Old Forester BDay Bourbons, 2007. Can't wait to try 'em.

HipFlask
10-13-2007, 19:22
Not Bourbon but Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye at 13 years 95.6 proof. This is my first bottle of this whiskey and I must say it is a very good pour. Very smooth and soft at the begining. Then it explodes with spicey Rye taste and enough burn to know that I am drinking whiskey. I can certainly taste the extra time in the barrel wood and some char with this one then it settles in for a nice finish. Then just for fun I finished off a bottle of Rittenhouse BIB next. It stood up to the challenge quite well especaily at 10.99 a bottle. The Van Winkle sold at 39.00. Good thing my cabinet has room for more than 1 rye it. I'll have to pick up a Saz 18 just to balance out the shelf. And I ran out of WT rye. And then there is the new WT RR to get. It's a good time to be a Rye whiskey fan. So long as there is room I'll keep adding.

CrispyCritter
10-13-2007, 19:30
Also, Baby Saz is well worth seeking out. My recently-purchased bottle from Binny's is quickly developing a bad case of evaporation... into my gullet! :drink:

Since you're in Wisconsin, you might be able to find Fleischmann's Rye as well - even though it's a young 80-proofer, and I've only seen it in 1.75 liter handles, it's a nice pour to have on hand.

Solomon2
10-14-2007, 20:24
Even though Windex finally worked at removing the scum (glue I think, not grease) off the Blanton's bottle, I returned it to the store yesterday, trading it for ETL and WTRR + $3.50.

Why, if I was able to clean off the bottle, did I still return it? Because I thought it would have been weird to present a delicious American whiskey packaged in a pretty box and bottled in a delightful bottle wrapped in a very plain brown Blanton's bag labelled "CHINA".

ggilbertva
10-14-2007, 20:31
Here's (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=98954&postcount=24) a list of my purchases over the last couple of days. I'm especially happy to have acquired not 1 but 4 Four Roses 40th Anniv.

mgilbertva
10-16-2007, 15:09
Since I get a cut of Greg's haul, me so very happy!

In addition, my girlfriend just got back from Toronto. I asked her to keep an eye open for some Forty Creek, but no luck.

However, she did pick up a bottle of Wiser's Very Old 18yr. It looks rather interesting...

WsmataU
10-18-2007, 13:54
Woooohoooo! I thought about you guys today! My wife was running into a local grocery and I decided to run in to the liquor store next door, just to see what they had (I'd never been in there before).

Sale item = Jefferson's Reserve 750ml for $29.99

I've paid over $40, in KY no less. I guess I've found my own local gold mine here in P'cola! If my wife wasn't with me I'd have probably bought all 4 bottles they had ;)

stroker394
10-18-2007, 20:19
Evan Williams Black Label...with the wife and myself just about polished off.

Woodwood Preserve for later sippin'

gblick
10-18-2007, 21:44
The new Pappy Van Winkle 15yo has hit the shelves here in Houston, and I bought one to see how it stacks up to the other previous bottlings that I have. Haven't tried it yet, probably will this weekend.

I also found a lone bottle of ORVW 10/107 (date stamp of 06 on the bottom). I'm sampling it now for the other 'Weller 107 vs ORVW 10/107' thread. Mighty fine stuff!

I also found a lone bottle of Old Fitzgerald BIB (date stamp of 02 on the bottom). I have some from '01 that is simply outstanding, and some others from '05 and '06 that I was rather dissapointed in, so I picked up this '02 for comparison in hopes that it's good like the '01. It was only $12.49, so no great loss if it's not as good. All these that I've mentioned (01, 02, 05, & 06) were distilled at DSP-KY-1 and bottled at DSP-KY-31. If you ever find one of these from '01, try it!

whiskeyhatch
10-18-2007, 22:19
Originally posted by mgilbertva
I asked her to keep an eye open for some Forty Creek, but no luck.


Hey Mark. If you ever, by any chance, happen to find yourself in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, there is a place downtown (Garrison Ave.) called 'The Liquor Store.' I picked up a 750ml bottle last month for only 15 bucks! It sells in the DFW area for $25, if it's on sale.

HighTower
10-19-2007, 03:01
Didn't purchase them today, but they just showed up.
Maker's Mark Slam/Overdip/Whoops/whatever you wanna call them (I just had to have one), Makers Japan Black Wax, and a Maker's Mark 101 gold wax.
I will drink the last 2.

Scott

craigthom
10-19-2007, 05:19
Is there a story with those Maker's Mark bottles with too much wax? I saw one a Liquor Barn last week.

wintersway
10-19-2007, 11:27
My local happened to have Four Roses Single Barrel on the shelf. So.. picked up a couple. Very excited as this is the first time I have ever seen Four Roses of any kind in my neck of the woods. Will post later in the "What are you drinking today" thread!

luv2hunt
10-19-2007, 15:20
I'm really quite bummed. Went out to buy one of the new WT American Spirits....that people in TN, KY and even MI seem to have ready access to.....and none in Indiana??? What's up with that?? Went to two liquor stores.....and they've never even heard of it!

Dawn

DrinkyBanjo
10-19-2007, 16:44
My buddy is coming back from Hong Kong and word has it with two WT 12s for me! Happy days!

Phischy
10-19-2007, 18:24
Dawn,
I haven't seen WT American Spirit or RRR out in San Diego yet either. I plan on doing a little hunting this weekend so we'll see what I turn up. I became active in this board a year late and ol Flashpuppy seems to have cleaned out a lot of joints!

e

SBOmarc
10-19-2007, 20:07
Did some searching out here at my historicaly relaible stops. Nothing...zero. Did get some folks on the phone though, they wanted to taste it also.

Just a matter of time.

HighTower
10-20-2007, 00:04
Is there a story with those Maker's Mark bottles with too much wax? I saw one a Liquor Barn last week.
They just overdip them every now and then (I'm sure it's done on purpose) and then they become sought after by people with a wax fetish.

Scott

craigthom
10-20-2007, 09:55
OK, that's what I thought. I'm sure most of us have seen those women dipping the bottles, and I can't imagine them making that kind of mistake. Even if they did, it would be immediately obvious and they could set that bottle aside.

I've recently seen some Christmas bottles left over from last year (I assume Christmas, since they have green wax in addition to the red).

mozilla
10-20-2007, 10:59
I was told that it was every hundred cases or so, they dip one heavy. There have also been alot of bottles colored for NFL and NCAA teams.

boone
10-20-2007, 11:14
The over dipped bottles are called "Grand Slam".


OK, that's what I thought. I'm sure most of us have seen those women dipping the bottles, and I can't imagine them making that kind of mistake. Even if they did, it would be immediately obvious and they could set that bottle aside.

I've recently seen some Christmas bottles left over from last year (I assume Christmas, since they have green wax in addition to the red).

gothbat
10-21-2007, 07:48
Greetings from the Netherlands! The other day I picked up com WT101:8yr. So far I'll say I found it pretty surprising in contrast with what I remember of the regular WT:101 they sell back home, it's alot sweeter. I'm going to see about taking a bottle or two of this back home.

Phischy
10-21-2007, 10:33
I must have visted 15 stores yesterday. I found one bottle of Lot B, but then again, I knew where it was b/c I had left it on the shelf.

Otherwise...nothing interesting.

craigthom
10-21-2007, 15:46
Rittenhouse BIB because it's impossible to read SB.com and not find reference to it.

I'm planning a little tasting with my brothers when I visit for thanksgiving. I'm saving my pennies for the BTAC, so I bought 200ml bottles of Old Fitz, OGD, and VOB, all BIB. I plan to snag a lot more as I run across them. It's an expensive per-ounce way to buy inexpensive bourbon, but, at $4-$5 a bottle, I can have a greater variety this way.

ACDetroit
10-22-2007, 12:34
Just returned from my Kentucky weekend and I must say. Going back will not be this year if my wallet has anything to say about it!!

(3) Parker Heritage $73.99
(9) Four Roses 40th Anniversary (6) $54.99 and (3) $59.99
(2) Old Charter 12 yr. $15.99
(3) Old Weller 12 yr. 1.75L $38.99
(2) Rittenhouse Rye 21 yr. $130.00
(2) Van Winkle 13 yr. old Rye $37.99
(1) Pappy Van 15 yr $45.99
(3) Old Weller Antiques 107 proof $15.50
(1) Old Barton Bottled in Bond 1.75L $17.99
(2) WT American Spirit 15 yr. old (NEW) $79.99
OUCH!!!

I may need some government subsidization for the BTAC - 2007!! Does anybody know if there's a form I can fill out??
I know now what it feels like to have an addiction!

HighTower
10-22-2007, 14:01
(3) Parker Heritage $73.99
(9) Four Roses 40th Anniversary (6) $54.99 and (3) $59.99
(2) Old Charter 12 yr. $15.99
(3) Old Weller 12 yr. 1.75L $38.99
(2) Rittenhouse Rye 21 yr. $130.00
(2) Van Winkle 13 yr. old Rye $37.99
(1) Pappy Van 15 yr $45.99
(3) Old Weller Antiques 107 proof $15.50
(1) Old Barton Bottled in Bond 1.75L $17.99
(2) WT American Spirit 15 yr. old (NEW) $79.99
OUCH!!!


Holy Toledo Batman!
I wish I lived near KY!!

Scott

ThomasH
10-22-2007, 14:51
Hey Tony,
When's the party? Or should I say the whiskey tasting. Did you use your titanium visa card? Guaranteed not to melt down during whiskey expiditions!

Thomas

Solomon2
10-22-2007, 18:28
Nine bottles of Four Roses???!!! What will you do if you open the first one and decide you don't like it?

Mamba
10-22-2007, 23:06
The latest acquisitions were one PVW 20 ($85.99) and one Rock Hill Farms($41.99). I've had PVW 20 but this is my first personal bottle. The RHF I've yet to try.. But can't wait.

Frodo
10-23-2007, 03:19
A family friend muled over a bottle of Elihja Craig 18 from SoCal. At $44 US one of the most amaizing bargoons I've ever heard of!!!

wildcatdon
10-23-2007, 12:51
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and ORVW 10yr old 90 proof...There was a bottle of 15 yr old Pappy for $40 but I didnt have enough money with me...

OscarV
10-23-2007, 13:09
Greetings from the Netherlands! The other day I picked up com WT101:8yr. So far I'll say I found it pretty surprising in contrast with what I remember of the regular WT:101 they sell back home, it's alot sweeter. I'm going to see about taking a bottle or two of this back home.

I got a couple of these Wild Turkey 101 8yo age statement, and yes it is very sweet.
Almost good enough to be bottled as Kentucky Spirit.
I picked them up at the duty free before entering Canada a couple of weeks ago.

Gillman
10-23-2007, 13:35
I have seen a couple of references on the board to U.S. duty free stores just outside Canada.

In the past, I haven't considered shopping there since being in Kentucky reasonably often I can get a very large selection. In fact, I have never been in such a store despite some 35 years of travelling to the U.S.

However, I have noted that some bourbons available there are the "international" brands not available in the domestic U.S., e.g., WT 8 (which I like a lot).

What else is available there that cannot be found in domestic U.S.? I am thinking that next time when driving, I might stop there to buy at least one bottle. Also, where are they located exactly in the Detroit area? Thanks.

Gary

craigthom
10-23-2007, 13:44
I purchased my cheap liter of Talisker at the store on the Canada side of the bridge.

These duty free shops are adjacent to the border crossing.

Keep in mind that you are only entitled to shop duty free if you spend a minimum of 48 hours in Canada. I'm not saying I (and probably others) have always spent 48 hours in Canada, but those are the rules. You should know this if only so you don't tell the border agent "oh, I just ran across the border to visit the duty free shop!"

OscarV
10-23-2007, 13:54
However, I have noted that some bourbons available there are the "international" brands not available in the domestic U.S., e.g., WT 8 (which I like a lot).

What else is available there that cannot be found in domestic U.S.? I am thinking that next time when driving, I might stop there to buy at least one bottle. Also, where are they located exactly in the Detroit area? Thanks.

Gary

I also got a bottle of Wild Turkey Sherry Signature, 10yo Turkey finished in Oloroso Sherry casks, one liter $37.00.
Not available in the USA.
WT101 8yo one liter $19.00.
When in Detroit look for the Ambassador Bridge to Cananda, (easy to find) and stop at the Duty Free before you leave the USA.
Look up the thread I started "Windsor Road-Trip".
Other stuff at the duty free shop is just the standard Beams, Woodford and Maker's.

Gillman
10-23-2007, 13:58
Okay great, thanks, that covers both sides of it although I was looking at it in terms of visiting the U.S. (i.e., returning to Canada after minimum 48 hours). Sounds like a couple of items at least are different. That WT 8 is really good, I was surprised how good (I tried it recently courtesy a friend). I don't recall the old U.S. WT 101 8 being quite that good. Probably they choose their best for the export market. I like Sherry Signature too.

Gary

craigthom
10-23-2007, 14:06
Sorry, I forgot which direction you'd be coming from.

Canadian restrictions are

48 hours to buy booze
C$200 maximum after two days, C$750 after a week
1.14 litres of booze
50 cigars!

OscarV
10-23-2007, 14:07
I don't recall the old U.S. WT 101 8 being quite that good.

Gary


In the USA we don't get 8yo Turkey.
It is a vatting of 4, 6 and 8 yo.
The 8yo export is far and away superior.

Gillman
10-23-2007, 14:23
I agree but I thought WT 101 used to be 8 years aged in the U.S. too. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Yes those restrictions apply that Craig mentioned coming back here. You can bring more but if so you have to be prepared to pay the duty. Sometimes they will waive it though (they have a discretion) if you are over, I suppose it is similar going the other way for Americans.

Gary

OscarV
10-23-2007, 14:26
I agree but I thought WT 101 used to be 8 years aged in the U.S. too.
Gary



Yes, used to be. I don't know when they dropped the 8yo statement here.
Maybe someone else can help out on that date.

scratchline
10-23-2007, 14:47
Here's an interesting one. Not as exciting since the 100 proof FRSB showed up in NYC this year, but unusual nevertheless.

HighTower
10-23-2007, 15:08
Never seen those before! Is it new or old?

Scott

Gillman
10-23-2007, 15:15
I have a friend in The Netherlands who has bought the FRSB pictured, he said it was side by side with the older, 86 proof decanter shaped bottle (the one with sloped and curved shoulders, it looks kind of like a cognac bottle) and he assumed that the one pictured was replacing this other one.

However, is this also now being sold in the U.S.? I'm wondering in other words if it will replace the rectangular-shaped bottle issued some years ago to inaugurate the brand in Kentucky.

Gary

NickAtMartinis
10-23-2007, 15:17
I purchased a bottle of Four Roses and the entire BTAC's for '05 and '06 and the Bourbon Heritage Collection all at this very old liquor store called "Kitchen Sink Included."

ThomasH
10-23-2007, 15:22
The last time I went to Windsor, Ontario, we bought a couple of bottles at duty free in Detroit and when we went across the Ambassador bridge, Canadian customs said we had to pay duty on the bottles. We went into the customs office to pay the duty and the guy inside asked if the bottles were for our personal use. We told him they were and he laughed about the other guy making us pay duty, marked our slip OK and told us to have a nice day. I live 4 hours from Detroit/Windsor and you will never see the day that some few dollar duty will keep me from buying a bottle I want. I have always had good luck coming back to the US. The key is to be polite and honest. Most of the customs people are helpful and friendly!

Thomas

OscarV
10-23-2007, 15:42
Here's an interesting one. Not as exciting since the 100 proof FRSB showed up in NYC this year, but unusual nevertheless.

That's an old FRSB from before Kirin owned them.
From the '90's when Seagram's owned FR.
I posted your pic again below.

Gillman
10-23-2007, 16:16
Actually I now can see this is 43% ABV too (like the cognac-shaped bottle I mentioned).

However my friend mentioned buying a 100 proof FRSB recently in The Netherlands which was shaped differently to the one we know here.

Can someone explain all the variations and chronology...?

Gary

OscarV
10-23-2007, 16:49
Are you sure your friend got a European export at 100 proof?
I am only aware of the Euro at 86 proof.
By my count there are 12 different FR labels.

Small Batch- KY and Japan, recently added US markets
Single Barrel- same as above
Yellow Label- ditto above
New Yellow Label- see above, new recipe
Single Barrel- from the '90's under Seagrams ownership, US only
Single barrel- European export, 86 proof
Single Barrel- 40th Jim Rutledge ann.
Single Barrel- The Party Source bottling
Super Premium- AKA The Platinum bottle, Japan only 86 proof
Black Label- Japan only, 80 proof
Blended Whiskey- looks like the Yellow Label bourbon
Blended Whiskey- Prior to the Yellow Label look-a-like

I have 10 of the above, I will get the other two in a couple of weeks in KY, they are The Party Source bottle and the New Yellow Label.

Gillman
10-23-2007, 17:18
Okay many thanks, I will check with him.

Gary

Special Reserve
10-23-2007, 17:41
Keep in mind that you are only entitled to shop duty free if you spend a minimum of 48 hours in Canada. I'm not saying I (and probably others) have always spent 48 hours in Canada, but those are the rules. You should know this if only so you don't tell the border agent "oh, I just ran across the border to visit the duty free shop!"

I have gone across the border just to buy whiskey. When you do that and don't stay in Canada for 48 hours (let alone 48 minutes), you can buy numerous bottles and declare them at customs (don't try to fool them as they have your license plate number and know how frequently you cross the border and they take your license plate at the duty free in Canada) you will have to pay customs of about $2 to $3/bottle and they will search your car with dogs etc. while you are paying your bill. It's a good idea to have a passport. Additionally, I believe the tunnel toll is about $3.50 each way.

Their bourbon selection is hit or miss. I've found it to be more miss except for the WT products discussed above.

There are terrific values on Canadian and Scotch Whiskeys and Canadian wines.

They used to have bargains of the month listed but they stopped recently.

Their phone numbers are listed below.

http://www.dutyfreetunnel.com/contact.php

nor02lei
10-24-2007, 02:16
That's an old FRSB from before Kirin owned them.
From the '90's when Seagram's owned FR.
I posted your pic again below.

Oscar,

I got 2 bottles looking like that with the exaction that the labels are green. It is a Europe SB edition from the 90-is before the current one.

Leif

Gillman
10-24-2007, 06:37
Okay I didn't have it quite right (sorry), I checked and the Four Roses Single Barrel available in Europe currently is still packaged in the same, decanter-shaped bottle (somewhat reminiscent of some Cognac bottles) and is still 86 proof. However, I am informed that its palate is rich and very similar (fruitcake, red hots, cinnamon) to that of the Four Roses Single Barrel 100 proof (the rectangular cut glass bottle) sold here.

In the past, that 86-er was (I am informed) more subtle - blander if you will - presumably to appeal to a market used to fine brandy and liqueurs - I agree with that because I have tasted that version although not the earlier, Seagram's-era one that has been mentioned. But the most recent bottlings available there are I am told in every way like our Four Roses Single Barrel 100 proof except for the lower proof.

Gary

stroker394
10-24-2007, 16:13
Bought these 2 bottles today in a store in Columbia, TN. I was suppose to meet with asome guys from work and have a tasting session. They all bailed. Which do I open first? OGD or VOB?
4808

OscarV
10-24-2007, 16:34
I would start with the VOB, try it several times, then go to the OGD, you will notice the extra 20 on the proof, OGD's spice is a favorite of mine.

gothbat
10-24-2007, 19:25
I tried to make the best of today and grabbed myself a one liter WT 101 8yr from Duty Free today and then sadly walked down the long terminal to my plane to go home. I wanted to grab a bottle of the Four Roses and another WT101 8yr but I had to pass. I don't check anything so it all would have been too much to carry; I was probably over the carry on limit even without the one bottle I bought.
It's nice and all to be back at my own pc rather than paying to use some piece of junk in a coffeeshop internet cafe but I think I could have suffered for a while longer... :)

ACDetroit
10-24-2007, 19:41
Received my Binny's order today:grin: :grin: !

2 - A.H. Hirsch 16 yr. (foil) $69.99
2 - Rittenhouse Rye BIB $11.99
1- Weller 12 hand selected by Brett

I need more room or more time to drink.:slappin:

Tony

TBoner
10-25-2007, 16:33
Picked up a WTRB 01-91 (the first bottling, if I'm not mistaken). This is the second one of these I've scored.:cool:

SBOmarc
10-25-2007, 16:58
Searched once again for the elusive ( at least in these parts ) RR Rye and WT American Spirit. Settled for Fall '06 Stagg.

luv2hunt
10-25-2007, 18:11
Still none of those here yet either....I left empty handed. I think I'll drive across the border this weekend.

Dawn

NickAtMartinis
10-25-2007, 19:12
I just purchased a bottle of EWSB 1997 and a bottle of Weller Antique. Again, I saw ORVW 10/107 for a much higher price than Weller Antique which is expected but this time the spread was $8!!!! That's ridiculous to me. There is no way ORVW 10/107 is $8 worth better than Antique.

cubacroc
10-25-2007, 19:34
Weller Antique 107, 9 yr old, distilled July 98, DSP-KY-1, bottled September 2007. The barrel was Harlan's choice of the six we sampled.

craigthom
10-25-2007, 19:49
I picked up one of those today, too.

So if this special Weller is from Berheim, is the regular stuff, too? From BT? A blend (I mean "marriage") of both sources?

Phischy
10-25-2007, 21:01
First time in awhile for me buying bourbon here's what I picked up:

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye (1st time I've EVER seen this)
Rittenhouse Rye BIB 100 ($19)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10/107...last bottle on the shelf, saw the 10/90 today too
Pappy Van Winkle 15!
Van Winkle Lot B

Lots of Van Winkles, couple of notes though...

I was told Bevmo lists everything they have in-store online. This is false. The Pappy 15, Van Rye, and Lot B were NOT listed on their website. Yet there they were begging me to be purchased in the store. I feel the same will happen with the BTAC...it won't be listed online and each store is getting a very small allotment.

Oh, and I haven't seen WT RRR or American Spirit yet either :(

jburlowski
10-26-2007, 10:41
While waiting for word from the store where I've reserved my bottles from the 2007 BTAC, I stopped by a smaller, local store. To my surprise they had 3 bottles of the 2007 GTS HazMAt on the shelf. Snagged one....

craigthom
10-26-2007, 11:03
'07 hazmat, WLW, and Handy (THH or TH?).

jburlowski
10-26-2007, 13:31
Got the call later this afternoon so went and got the 2007 GTS, WLW, and ER.

Phischy
10-26-2007, 15:30
I drove up looking for some Saz 18 for a trade...couldn't find it. Same store still has '06 STagg on the shelf. I asked the guy, "So, when you getting in the 2007 BTAC?"

Clerk, "uh....i dunno."

Me, "Well I know it's hitting the shelves around the country about now...Would there be anyway for you to...perhaps...check?"

Clerk, "uh....well the liquor guy isn't here, he's know."

Man...and this is a premium store as well. This waiting is driving me NUTS!

jburlowski
10-27-2007, 08:07
Got another call from my favorite spirits merchant asking if I wanted another each of the 2007 BTAC bourbons (WLW, GTS, & ER)! It really pays to get to know and patronize one store.

So it's back in the car with credit card in hand.

When I get to the store he says, "Somebody just called and canceled his order for a WLW, so I put in in your box... is that OK?" (Boy he really knows how to push my button.)

So its been a very rewarding but expensive 24 hours --- three GTS, three WLW, and two ER... maybe I'll make it up on the Breeder's Cup this afternoon.

ACDetroit
10-27-2007, 12:59
Well the late morning started off great OscarV showed up around 11:00 and we did a little tasting. Blue wax Hirsch, 05 spring KY only Stagg, 40th FR BP 52.3%, Wathen's and a 1996 WTKS. Winner FRBP 40th and the Stagg. I ran out after Oscar left to grab some 06 Weller still on the shelf only to find out both cases were 05 so I passed, but I did grab the Fall 05 Stagg and 2 06 Staggs on the shelf. What a great day.

Tony

sysrick
10-27-2007, 13:19
2007 GTS, Saz, and ER late last night when I got back into town. WLW was long gone.

OscarV
10-27-2007, 13:45
Well the late morning started off great OscarV showed up around 11:00 and we did a little tasting. Blue wax Hirsch, 05 spring KY only Stagg, 40th FR BP 52.3%, Wathen's and a 1996 WTKS. Winner FRBP 40th and the Stagg. I ran out after Oscar left to grab some 06 Weller still on the shelf only to find out both cases were 05 so I passed, but I did grab the Fall 05 Stagg and 2 06 Staggs on the shelf. What a great day.

Tony

I made it home in one peice, I always forget how the good folks of the 313 drive.
It was like a bumper to bumper NASCAR race, but no one was trading paint.
Yes, we had some bourbon.
I had my first Hirsch today courtesy of Tony, now I see what all the fuss is about.
We both agreed that the FR Rutledge 40th is in both of our's all-time top three bourbons.
I haven't had any Stagg since last January but it all came back to me at first sniff.
Hey!! All you other MI guys, you gotta check out Tony's bunker, it is the bourbon Fort Knox of the North.

OscarV
10-27-2007, 13:47
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I picked up a WT 12yo split label and a Evan Williams Master Distiller's Select in the Earthstone Jug that Tony scored for me.

Thanks again Tony.

ACDetroit
10-27-2007, 14:27
Any time Oscar! We'll find a way to get the rest of the Michiganders out for a Bourbon night.

I have to say everyone I've meet from the board has been a class act. Kudos to the great people who work so hard to keep SB.com up and running and to the great people who make up the community here.

Tony

T47
10-27-2007, 16:59
Picked up a Lot B and a Henry McKenna Single Barrel today. I have a few Lot B's bunkered, but it's always nice to have on hand because they sure go fast once the cork pops off. I have never had the Henry McKenna SB and look forward to giving that a try.

:toast:

barturtle
10-27-2007, 17:07
Old Charter 12yo...finally found the new label, just as the stuff is on its way out...

polyamnesia
10-27-2007, 18:07
Old Weller 107 and Ridgemont Reserve 1792.

haven't tried the Ridgemont yet. i hope it doesn't disappoint.

the Antique Weller, so far, is a pleasure pour, for sure! but made a mistake in splashing a slight bit of water in after i had a small neat glass. the water did open up the nose, but it muted any palate complexity i was hoping to have.

much better neat. my inexperienced tongue catches the obvious woodiness

i must admit, for 107 proof, i had to stick my nose deep into the glass. there was no pungency. is this possible?

the warmth and subtle burn were present on the tongue. but this is smooth. the afterburn is good. and more memorable than the basil hayden's i had the other night...


one question: the cap was on fully, but it was not on TIGHT...i mean, it was easy to turn it. any concern i should have?

Barrel_Proof
10-27-2007, 20:13
Old Charter 12yo...finally found the new label, just as the stuff is on its way out...

I wasn't aware that the new labeling was applied to the 12yo, as well as the two younger bottlings. Is the new 12yo label yellow, too, or did it retain a black label like "The Classic", albeit redesigned?

luv2hunt
10-27-2007, 20:38
Two years ago, I called and pre-ordered my BTAC purchases and arrived in KY to find the shelves overflowing with bottles. Last year, I didn't pre-order and once again arrived in KY to find shelves overflowing with bottles. I think I had to go to two stores to get everything I wanted.

Today, I headed to KY for opening weekend of BTAC availability with a bit of a "cocky" attitude....I was sure I'd find the shelves overflowing and I'd stop at one or two stores and be done...........then came the call from Cliff asking me if I pre-ordered because they were sold out:bigeyes::bigeyes: Then, I get a call from Charles telling me he's gone out on his lunch break to pick up his....and the stores aren't even giving him what he pre-ordered!!! :smiley_acbt::smiley_acbt:PANIC!!!

I've never written a long post....but here it comes! Cliff, being the saint that he is, calls a store and uses his contacts to hold three cases for me.....they're out of the other two, so I have to find them on my own. I'm not kidding you guys, the Stagg is plentiful, the ER17 is hit and miss, and the WLW, Saz 18 and Handy are NONEXISTANT! And it's opening weekend! I drove around for 4 hours! One bottle here....one bottle there! I found ONE store that seems to have the Jackpot of WT American Spirits.....all the rest....nonexistant!

Next year....I'm not being "cocky"....I need to get to know a liquor store manager who will hold an order!!

Dawn

TNbourbon
10-27-2007, 21:30
I wasn't aware that the new labeling was applied to the 12yo, as well as the two younger bottlings. Is the new 12yo label yellow, too, or did it retain a black label like "The Classic", albeit redesigned?

Tested in the Memphis area, among others:
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=47576&postcount=1

barturtle
10-27-2007, 23:01
Tested in the Memphis area, among others:
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=47576&postcount=1

Yup that's the one. Looks good, though the one I bought was a liter, so no cool squarish bottle.

NickAtMartinis
10-29-2007, 15:29
one question: the cap was on fully, but it was not on TIGHT...i mean, it was easy to turn it. any concern i should have?

I just purchased a bottle of Weller Atinque and the same thing happened to me. But my feeling was that the cap was on well enough just not tight. Also, the seal for the cap was intact.

Special Reserve
10-29-2007, 15:35
I just purchased a bottle of Weller Atinque and the same thing happened to me. But my feeling was that the cap was on well enough just not tight. Also, the seal for the cap was intact.

I bought a bottle of Weller Special Reserve last week. The clerk put the bottle in a paper bag and laid it in its side. I went to pick it up and it had already leaked. The cap was loose. I was given another bottle and the cap was tight.

polyamnesia
10-29-2007, 15:55
I just purchased a bottle of Weller Atinque and the same thing happened to me. But my feeling was that the cap was on well enough just not tight. Also, the seal for the cap was intact.


hmm. very odd. after having that experience and then opening that Ridgemont Reserve with it's "spalted" cork, i was worried i got two bad apples in one day.

and yeah, my seal was intact...still, leaking/evaporating are concerns!

NickAtMartinis
10-29-2007, 16:01
hmm. very odd. after having that experience and then opening that Ridgemont Reserve with it's "spalted" cork, i was worried i got two bad apples in one day.

and yeah, my seal was intact...still, leaking/evaporating are concerns!


I hear what you're saying regarding evaportion. I noted that my bottle's fill level was normal.

gothbat
10-31-2007, 10:30
Yesterday I picked up a bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel when I was in the city. I got to try a bit of it last night, from another bottle, and I can't wait to open it!

Phischy
10-31-2007, 10:46
Two years ago, I called and pre-ordered my BTAC purchases and arrived in KY to find the shelves overflowing with bottles. Last year, I didn't pre-order and once again arrived in KY to find shelves overflowing with bottles. I think I had to go to two stores to get everything I wanted.

Today, I headed to KY for opening weekend of BTAC availability with a bit of a "cocky" attitude....I was sure I'd find the shelves overflowing and I'd stop at one or two stores and be done...........then came the call from Cliff asking me if I pre-ordered because they were sold out:bigeyes::bigeyes: Then, I get a call from Charles telling me he's gone out on his lunch break to pick up his....and the stores aren't even giving him what he pre-ordered!!! :smiley_acbt::smiley_acbt:PANIC!!!

I've never written a long post....but here it comes! Cliff, being the saint that he is, calls a store and uses his contacts to hold three cases for me.....they're out of the other two, so I have to find them on my own. I'm not kidding you guys, the Stagg is plentiful, the ER17 is hit and miss, and the WLW, Saz 18 and Handy are NONEXISTANT! And it's opening weekend! I drove around for 4 hours! One bottle here....one bottle there! I found ONE store that seems to have the Jackpot of WT American Spirits.....all the rest....nonexistant!

Next year....I'm not being "cocky"....I need to get to know a liquor store manager who will hold an order!!

Dawn

None of the stores here will allow you to pre-order or reserve bottles. I'm calling Bevmo 2x a week. Weeks ago they said their store was allocated 6 bottles of Stagg (and I didn't ask about the others) last night when I called he said they were getting 3. Of course I know where 3 of 5 bottle varities from '06 are still on the shelf but NO ONE can tell me when it's coming in! They just look at when they got it last year....grrr...

It's going to be much harder to track down way out west than it will be over in Kentucky!

polyamnesia
10-31-2007, 17:52
BULLEIT

nice balance of 90 proof (and more than usual rye content as far as i understand) smoothness and micro-explosion. not complex, but not simple. a solid whiskey, at least, judging from this bottle (i hear there are inconsistencies in bottles...)

Gillman
10-31-2007, 18:34
I am not (for my part) saying there are inconsistencies (which could imply a QC kind of issue), just that every bottle strikes me as having a slightly different balance of spice, wood and sweet. Truth to tell I find this with most bourbons on the market. This is to the good since bourbon is a partly natural product and cannot and should not be reduced to rote consistency.

Gary

polyamnesia
10-31-2007, 18:42
... bourbon is a partly natural product and cannot and should not be reduced to rote consistency.

Gary

i agree that bourbon has a fluctuating aspect as do our tastebuds, moods...add to that, time of day, season: there are alot of factors and dynamics at work. that said, there is a solidity one would expect of a solid bourbon. that (mystical) something that weathers all those organic storms and seasonal, emotive shifts!

for some reason, Wild Turkey 101 has been one of those buoys for me for quite a few years

p.s.

at least, initially, these few pours of Bulleit suggest no mustiness like i got from Weller 107.

but then, last weekend, the mustiness i got from the Weller was found in the RR 1792...and even in a later pour of WT RReserve 90...my palate must have been shot for that day!

mozilla
11-01-2007, 20:44
Found my first Lawrenceburg VanWinkle Lot B today. Tried to crack it open.....and the cork broke. Damn, that is a terrible feeling. Makes drinking it on the way home very difficult! Thanks to Dawn for letting me know there was a difference between Frankfort and L-burg.

Frodo
11-02-2007, 06:00
Family from SoCal brought a bottle of EC18 for me. Wow!!! Happy me!!! Another bourbon I get to try that I can't get up here...

tsh3406
11-02-2007, 12:15
Just placed an order at my local HyVee Spirit Shop, they are great with handling special orders. In about a week I'll be picking up Weller 12, Weller Centennial, and GTS (not sure what year, don't care). Can't wait to try these.

Tim

snakster
11-02-2007, 16:20
It's official now, so I'll post it here. One each of 2007 George T Stagg, William Larue Weller and Sazerac 18. I feel I should have bought more, but I'm not really ready to be single right now. Still, that's one more of each than I got of last year's versions.

ACDetroit
11-02-2007, 16:33
Well I stopped at 6 stores on the way home tonight. I found a bunch but picked up a little. Found EW Distillers Select EWJ 23.79 and 29.99 2 spots. Jeffersons Reserve Crystaql stopper top 49.99 but the only 2 I brought home were the tax stamp 1984 W.L.Weller Special Reserve and one more ER 10yr. 101. Seems I find these one at a time. Better than none at all:grin:

HipFlask
11-02-2007, 18:04
Old Forester Signature. I never have had this spirit before. Interesting stuff I'll have to have a couple more bumps to see what I think taste and smell. Almost went for WT Rare Breed but chose OGD 114 (also a new one). And a couple more Rittenhouse BIB. I can never seem to get enough of this one! Good sippin everyone.

NickAtMartinis
11-02-2007, 18:25
I cannot believe what I ran into!!!!

Just before heading to the liquor store to pick up some WT RB I just happened to call another liquor store nearby just to see if they had any BTAC. Low and behold, the manager said they had the Stagg '07!!!! He didn't think I was serious. He thought it was a joke from another one of their stores. He just acquired the bottle today.

I immediately ran down and guess what? He had one bottle of the entire collection!!!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The manager seemed just as excited as I was.

Without even hesitating, I grabbed the Stagg, WLW, Eagle Rare and Sazerac!!!! I left the Handy behind, don't ask me why.

The total bill was a bit devistating but I'll cope since I think it was a pretty good deal. All told, it came to $220.44.

Dang, I don't know which bottle to open first!!!!:lol:

ACDetroit
11-02-2007, 18:36
Mark, I am super stoked for you, great find and one hell of a way to start off 3rd shift on a wonderful Friday.

I highly recomend the Saz and then the Eagle, but that's me.

Tony

NickAtMartinis
11-02-2007, 18:49
Mark, I am super stoked for you, great find and one hell of a way to start off 3rd shift on a wonderful Friday.

I highly recomend the Saz and then the Eagle, but that's me.

Tony

Thanks for the input, Tony. Since I'm a sucker for barrel proof, I decided to go with the Stagg. Regardless, I've never been one to have only one bottle open, I shall jump from bottle to bottle without problem.:grin:

I've heard so much about the Saz, I can't wait to try it. Though, I find it somewhat dissapointing that both the Saz and ER are only 90 proof. Look at me. One sip of Stagg and I'm already spoiled.:slappin:

No doubt, though, I will love the Saz. Tony, is there a likeness between the Sazerac 18 and VW Rye 13? Just curious.

P.S. I responded to your PM.

NickAtMartinis
11-02-2007, 19:34
Here are some photos of my BTAC minus the Handy. Also included at no extra cost, my ugly mug: :D

ACDetroit
11-02-2007, 20:05
I find the Saz softer than the VWFRR but I have not had a bottle of that open in a while. May need to add that to the open bottle list for a side by side. I'm drinking some ER 17yr. 2007 now it's 90 proof but really smooth.

Tony

NickAtMartinis
11-02-2007, 20:12
I find the Saz softer than the VWFRR but I have not had a bottle of that open in a while. May need to add that to the open bottle list for a side by side. I'm drinking some ER 17yr. 2007 now it's 90 proof but really smooth.

Tony

At the time, I couldn't find the VWFRR around these parts so I decided to go online. Internet Wine & Liquors mailed me a bottle (which, as it turns out, is illegal in the state of CT) for only $50-something!!!!

I didn't find out until later, that I was ripped off. Actually, I should check my old thread on this to find out the exact price.

ACDetroit
11-02-2007, 20:22
Grabbed a couple in KY they were $38.00 so $ 50.00 might sound bad but in MI it's more than $50.00 so don't feel too bad. I think it's $58.99, state minimum and the A.H. Hirsch just went up to $187.00 minimum (whiskey tango foxtrot). :lol:

Tony

NickAtMartinis
11-02-2007, 20:54
Grabbed a couple in KY they were $38.00 so $ 50.00 might sound bad but in MI it's more than $50.00 so don't feel too bad. I think it's $58.99, state minimum and the A.H. Hirsch just went up to $187.00 minimum (whiskey tango foxtrot). :lol:

Tony

:slappin:

Dang, Hirsch for $187?! I purchased only one bottle (gold foil) and it wasn't that much but I think it was over $100. Not too sure though.

BourbonJoe
11-03-2007, 05:43
Picked up 2 Stagg, 2 WLW's and 2 Handy's.
Joe :usflag:

snakster
11-03-2007, 06:08
Picked up 2 Stagg, 2 WLW's and 2 Handy's.
Joe :usflag:
I'm curious where you had to go Joe. I drove to Franklin Mills yesterday to get mine.

BourbonJoe
11-03-2007, 06:11
I'm curious where you had to go Joe. I drove to Franklin Mills yesterday to get mine.

Down the street from the hotel we were staying at for Whiskeyfest. I believe it was Christopher Columbus Avenue Specialty store.
Joe :usflag:

RichWNJ
11-03-2007, 10:04
picked up 2 each of the full BTAC. had to drive 65 miles into PA but found 4 out of 5 in Newtown (still a bunch there) and the Handy in Doylestown (1 left) The wife doesn't quite understand why I skipped the kids soccer game but it was worth the trip

tango-papa
11-03-2007, 12:46
...The wife doesn't quite understand why I skipped the kids soccer game but it was worth the trip

After 15 years of marriage, I have come to the conclusion that no wife will ever understand...

Oh, and I purchased a bottle of 2006 Stagg today.

~tp

mozilla
11-03-2007, 13:07
What about Dawn and BettyeJo? Those two girls are bourbon nuts. Can't generalize that much....some girls are cooler than you think.

luv2hunt
11-03-2007, 14:00
What about Dawn and BettyeJo....some girls a cooler than you think.

Oh YEAH! We're Cool!! :cool::cool:

:slappin::slappin:

barturtle
11-03-2007, 14:02
Oh YEAH! We're Cool!! :cool::cool:

:slappin::slappin:

Yes you are. But I bet you still roll your eyes and shake your heads at your husbands...:grin:

barturtle
11-03-2007, 14:04
The wife doesn't quite understand why I skipped the kids soccer game but it was worth the trip

Skipping the kids soccer game? tisk, tisk:lol:

camduncan
11-03-2007, 14:20
Last night I purchased (well took delivery of really) a bottle of Four Roses Barrel Select 40th Ruteledge bottle.

craigthom
11-03-2007, 14:33
Was spending over $600 on ten bottles of bourbon also an issue, or has she given up on that?

jimibourbonhammered
11-03-2007, 16:22
Got the new Wild Turkey American Spirit 15yo today. I wasn't in the store looking for it. Actually a Laphroaig 30yo Single Malt, but couldn't pass it up as well as ANOTHER Pappy Van Winkle 15yo and a Sazerac Rye the 6yo.

polyamnesia
11-03-2007, 16:35
finally went and got that 1.75 Eagle Rare 10 single barrel...last week almost bought the 750ml...at $25. this hefty bottle rang up at a mere $36...a nice PLCB "closeout"...

on first pour, walked out in the dark on crunchy leaves...great nose, sharp taste (for the proof)...and nice butterscotch finish (at least this first time)! a definite bargain:grin:

gothbat
11-03-2007, 17:56
I was really hoping to have my antiques by now but the places I get them from don't have the BTAC yet. At around 6:45 I decided that I was trying the 07' GTS tonight and headed off to PA. Just over an hour later I returned home with 2 bottles of GTS! :) Can't wait to side by side this with the 06'! The price wasn't bad, $53.99 I believe. I heard there was an increase in price this year but I also heard that last year and got them from the usual place for $42.99 each so who knows. I'm certainly not complaining either way.

OscarV
11-04-2007, 09:01
Yesterday I made a quick trip to KY and back.
The Party Source in Bellevue, KY is four and a half hours from me.
I bought,

2 Four Roses Single Barrel The Party Source bottle
2 Four Roses the "new" Yellow Label, now beige?
1 Four Roses Single Barrel gift box with 2 great looking rocks glasses
4 Wild Turkey American Spirit, 2 are for a fellow SB.com'er
2 Parker's Heritage Collection
1 Russell's Reserve Rye
1 Old Forester Signature it was on sale for $15.99 and is 100 proof, not a big fan of the standard Old Forester at 86 proof but I think this will be worth my $15.99.

I struck out on the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, they sold out on the first day of their release over a week ago.

photogjunkie
11-04-2007, 11:31
Went hunting a found a couple things...3 bottles of Old Fitzgerald BIB (DSP-16), a bottle of Johnny Drum 86 proof, and a 1.75 of JTS Brown 86 proof which says limited edition on the label.

gothbat
11-04-2007, 18:55
Another trip to PA netted me 2 07' WLW's. I can't wait to have some but I think it's going to have to wait till Friday. It'll give me something to look forward to during the long week at work ahead of me. :/

jburlowski
11-05-2007, 15:54
Stopped by a liquor store I seldom frequent to pick up a bottle of wine my wife wanted. Found out they had GTS and ER 2007 just sitting on the shelf, looking lonely and unwanted. Not that I need any more, but I have a big heart (and thirst) so I decided to give a bottle of each a home.

This is a sickness.....

ACDetroit
11-06-2007, 15:06
Stopped at a new place on the way home tonight...Nice guy the owner. He had one bottle of the Spring 2005 Stagg on the shelf, go figure I was missing that one. Well not any more, and he gave me 2 calendars (Car's and something for the garage...like the old snap-on tool calendars). He said he would get me another bottle, but I told him not of this? He said i can order it! and I declined.

Tony

polyamnesia
11-06-2007, 15:16
if i could get Stagg, i'd get it!

anyways, got the smaller bottle of GENTLEMAN JACK only because it was $4 off! and very glad i did. of course, it's definitely 60+ parsecs away from Stagg...i mean 60+ proof less!

but nice and banana-buttery in an unexpected way!

polyamnesia
11-06-2007, 15:18
I was really hoping to have my antiques by now but the places I get them from don't have the BTAC yet. At around 6:45 I decided that I was trying the 07' GTS tonight and headed off to PA. Just over an hour later I returned home with 2 bottles of GTS! :) Can't wait to side by side this with the 06'! The price wasn't bad, $53.99 I believe. I heard there was an increase in price this year but I also heard that last year and got them from the usual place for $42.99 each so who knows. I'm certainly not complaining either way.

Stagg in PA?

gothbat
11-06-2007, 15:50
Stagg in PA?

I don't know how long ago they arrived in PA but on Sun when I was looking for the WLW I was in a few stores that looked as if they hadn't sold a single BTAC bottle. Gotta go to the stores that say "Premium Collection" on them, I don't think the regular ones had any BTAC bottles.

polyamnesia
11-06-2007, 16:56
what part of PA?

i guess these should actually be available online then if they are stocked in stores...i think...still figuring it out!

still, sounds like good news for us

gothbat
11-07-2007, 04:22
It was definitely eastern, probably southeastern. I'll see if my friend knows the name of the town.

OscarV
11-07-2007, 10:24
It has was 11 years ago today that the tragic fire destroyed Heaven Hill's facilities in Bardstown.
Today I bought a bottle of pre-fire Evan Williams Single Barrel.
Barreled on 5-28-96
Barrel No 104
Bottled on 1-19-06
I have been eyeing it for a while and I stopped and picked it up today.

doubleblank
11-07-2007, 11:51
I went out looking to make purchases for some members here and grabbed two WT 12yo Gold Foils w/tins in excellent shape for $46.99. I also spotted two Bush Pilot Reserves, 13yo single barrel candian whiskeys. $24.99 each and I've only read about these here at SB.com, never seen or tasted one. These have 1982 Canadian excise tax stamps. As I recall, A-B pushed its muscle around and had the importer drop the product back in the mid '90's ..... let's see "Bush Pilot Reserve" can be confused with "Busch" beer.

PS WT Tributes were notably missing during my hunt.

PSS "Victor" has the full VW lineup right now. ORVW 10/90, 10/107, VWFR 13yo rye, Lot B 12yo, Pappy 15, 20 and 23. First time I've seen the entire lineup in one store in a while. He also has last years Handy and W Larue Weller.

Randy

OscarV
11-07-2007, 11:59
grabbed two WT 12yo Gold Foils w/tins in excellent shape for $46.99.
Randy

From what I have read here on SB.com I have to conclude that Texas has the best dusties.
Puppy used to come up with some great ones in SoCal but TX has all kinds of Turkeys and Eagles.

gblick
11-07-2007, 11:59
I went out looking to make purchases for some members here and grabbed two WT 12yo Gold Foils w/tins in excellent shape for $46.99.Did you just now get around to getting those that I told you about (almost a month ago?), or did you find some more for that price?

doubleblank
11-07-2007, 12:18
Yep Gus, I finally got off my lazy butt and went and bought those two for members here at SB.Com. So the recipients really need to thank you. The Tributes I knew about were all gone today.

Randy

gblick
11-07-2007, 12:29
Yep Gus, I finally got off my lazy butt and went and bought those two for members here at SB.Com. So the recipients really need to thank you. The Tributes I knew about were all gone today.

RandyI'm glad they were still there, as I know it wasn't a short drive.

mgilbertva
11-07-2007, 14:04
I reserved a bunch of '07 BTAC from ABC, and it finally showed up.
3 bottles (1 case) of William Larue Weller
5 bottles of Saz 18
1 bottle of Stagg (I'm waiting on getting more since it should be available for some time)They were supposed to send me a case of Handy, but they sent 2 cases of Saz instead. One bottle was already gone (one of the ABC employees got it), so I took the rest. I ended up with 1/12th of Virginia's entire allotment. You just never know what you'll find... :bigeyes: And sometimes it helps to have the right connections. :grin:

Plus he had some Evan Williams White Label BIB sitting in the back room, so I got that too. Don't know anything about it, but it'll be interesting to compare it to the Old Heaven Hill BIB I have sitting right next to it in my bunker.

HighTower
11-07-2007, 14:46
In the past week I have received from generous members of this board 4 FR 40th (2 for me), FR single Barrel, Party Source Single Barrel, and a FR Small batch, as well as some great paraphernalia/merchandise.
This Four Roses tasting is going to be awesome!!

So a big thanks....you know who you are!!

Scott

ACDetroit
11-07-2007, 20:53
Hey Mark nice work on the BTAC today. I also picked up the BTAC.

(4) Saz 18 yr.
(2) Stagg

Bringing the total to (6) Saz, (3) Stagg, (4) ER, (4) WLW, and (1) Handy. I will need to get some Handy after tonights tasting. It is fine.

Tony

NickAtMartinis
11-07-2007, 20:59
Hey Mark nice work on the BTAC today. I also picked up the BTAC.

(4) Saz 18 yr.
(2) Stagg

Bringing the total to (6) Saz, (3) Stagg, (4) ER, (4) WLW, and (1) Handy. I will need to get some Handy after tonights tasting. It is fine.

Tony

How do you all come up with so much of the BTAC?


So, I take it you love the Saz the best. Am I right?

scopenut
11-08-2007, 07:39
Last night I picked up most of the WLW still left from previous years in S. FL. 8 bottles, a mix of 05's and 06's. Needless to say, I'm set for awhile.

-Kevin

ACDetroit
11-08-2007, 08:27
You Right Mark!!! You Right!

Tony

ACDetroit
11-08-2007, 17:38
I picked up (2) new Handy's today. I also found (2) W.L. Weller Special Reserve (Louisville) 94" on the bottoms. They had one more but it will wait for next time. Now I have 3 Louisville bottles and 2 Frankfort. I read the old posts in the search but did not see a side by side?

Is one better than the other?

Tony

mgilbertva
11-08-2007, 18:05
How do you all come up with so much of the BTAC?

I was able to land those because of a source in the VA ABC I've been developing for quite some time now, and it finally paid off. It's a long story.

As for whether I like the Saz 18 best - I know you were asking Tony but I loaded up on it both because I like it and it's normally near impossible to get. I frankly don't know which BTAC I like best. It depends on the mood I'm in. I do lean towards rye mashbills, but I absolutely loved the '06 WLW. I like old whiskeys (e.g., Saz 18), but the Handy was mind-blowing. And of course, who doesn't love GTS? ER is the only one I'm not sure is worth the money, but that's me. My brother loves it.

I think I'm going to be able to get my hands on several bottles of Handy next week. I can't wait...

NickAtMartinis
11-08-2007, 19:02
I was able to land those because of a source in the VA ABC I've been developing for quite some time now, and it finally paid off. It's a long story.

As for whether I like the Saz 18 best - I know you were asking Tony but I loaded up on it both because I like it and it's normally near impossible to get. I frankly don't know which BTAC I like best. It depends on the mood I'm in. I do lean towards rye mashbills, but I absolutely loved the '06 WLW. I like old whiskeys (e.g., Saz 18), but the Handy was mind-blowing. And of course, who doesn't love GTS? ER is the only one I'm not sure is worth the money, but that's me. My brother loves it.

I think I'm going to be able to get my hands on several bottles of Handy next week. I can't wait...


Mark, what's your take on the '07 WLW compared to the '06?

I haven't tried the '06 but the '07 to me isn't worth the price. Don't get me wrong, it's good but I'd rather save $35+ and buy a bottle of Weller Antique. Just curious on your take.


Regarding the ER, I really like it, the '07 version anyway. I haven't had any prior ER's.

BourbonJoe
11-08-2007, 23:07
Purchased 2 Saz 18's for 54 bucks apiece.
Joe :usflag:

mgilbertva
11-10-2007, 18:31
Mark, what's your take on the '07 WLW compared to the '06?

I haven't opened it yet. I came close tonight, but indulged in some ORVW 10yr instead. When I do I'll certainly post my impressions, but I think the '06 is going to be hard to beat.

mgilbertva
11-10-2007, 18:49
Thanks to a generous and considerate member of this board, I am the proud owner of the 1989 EWSB, extending my collection so that it spans '89-'97, and the '02 OFBB. I'm going to bunker them for now unless I come up with a duplicate, or just break down under the pressure...

polyamnesia
11-11-2007, 13:36
just bought my first STAGG '07 for $53.99 (though with PA tax, more like $57+). at 144+ proof, i'm almost intimidated...and hope to make it through one pour before i open it up with a small dash of pure water...

Everman75
11-11-2007, 16:04
Yesterday I purchased one of the following:

George T. Stagg '07
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year old Lot "B"
Four Roses Small Batch Collection
Four Roses (yellow label)
Wild Turkey Rye
W.L. Weller Special Reserve
Old Fitzgerald's 1849
Very Old Barton (100 proof)

CrispyCritter
11-11-2007, 17:52
The other day, I picked up one each of '07 Stagg and Handy. To Binny's credit, they didn't jack the price up from last year... but not to their credit, it's still quite a bit higher than what Pennsylvania is charging!

This year's financial considerations mean that I probably won't pick up an entire BTAC set this year, and a second set is even less likely. At this point, it's looking like one each of Handy, Saz 18, and Stagg. WLW might find its way into my bunker, but I'll probably pass on the ER17.

Eggman
11-11-2007, 18:24
Howdy,

Found a bottle of George Dickel's No. 12. Now I understand why all the hoopla over it's taste. Good stuff!

Eggman

polyamnesia
11-11-2007, 18:41
Howdy,

Found a bottle of George Dickel's No. 12. Now I understand why all the hoopla over it's taste. Good stuff!

Eggman

is that the 100 proof/black label? or is that even made any more? my memory is hazy...

haven't had Dickel since i left Mississippi...

how much was the bottle? i still have a month before my parents head back up here from down there! i still need to decide what i want them to nab for me...

bigtoys
11-11-2007, 18:45
Yesterday, I got the Four Roses Single Barrel and Small Batch at Binny's Buffalo Grove. I also realized it's probably the same distance away from my house as the Highland Park store (that apparently didn't get any 4R yet)

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/bigtoys335/4r.jpg

ACDetroit
11-11-2007, 19:35
VSOF 12yr. and 2 EWSB (1) 89 and (1) 91 still on the shelf.

Virus_Of_Life
11-11-2007, 21:42
Various things, of most interest a 9 year old SB Weller 107 DSP1 labeled and a WT American Spirit - I am eating a little crow on that one as it is better than I expected and worth the $79.99 I paid. Now the question is when WTAS makes it to California am I still going to think it is worth the $100 it will surely cost in that overblown market? Also got some four roses various bottlings.

Whiskey Willie
11-12-2007, 06:22
Saturday I dropped a few bills on WTRB and Weller Antique 107...

wildcatdon
11-12-2007, 08:15
I bought a bottle of Evan Williams Masters Distiller Select..I really like this stuff..That Wild Turkey American Spirit is $90 at Liquor Barn here in Louisville...

luv2hunt
11-12-2007, 13:10
I went shopping today with the intention of bringing home something for another member here....I really don't have a good reason to buy anymore for me. I came home with three bottles of '06WLW and a split label WT12 yr old. I really can't figure out where these turkeys keep showing up from.....but the American Spirit is nonexistant. And....one of the stores liquor managers was nice enough to check with the distributor. According to him....NONE in Indiana. There are NO new listings for Wild Turkey, and NONE coming in the near future!! :bigeyes::bigeyes:

OscarV
11-12-2007, 13:23
Dawn, I know what you mean, it drives me crazy sometimes, I can get WTAS in MI but I can't get any BTAC.
Oh well, I'll get my credit card out and shop at eBay.
A $150.00 Stagg is better than no Stagg at all.

luv2hunt
11-12-2007, 14:15
It would be cheaper for you to drive to Indiana!!

Update, the guy called me after I got home....he's going to look into this further :skep::skep: (Whatever that means??)

Next Update: It must have really bothered him when I told him the stores in Michigan already had it on their shelves....he called me back again and mind you, it's almost 6pm....to tell me that he got ahold of a distributor in the chain that was a bit "higher up" if I knew what he meant....and he'd find out tomorrow how much a bottle would cost me!! I guess that means Indiana DID get some and DOES have some!!! I'll let you all know tomorrow!

Iluvanejos
11-12-2007, 19:06
Went into a local store today to find some Pappy he said he got in.. Long story short, found three bottles of WTAS listed at $49.99!!! Grabbed all three and a five pack of Pappy 15 bottles. This American Spirit is worth the hype. Very good stuff. I may have a new #1. WOW! is all I can say. Dawn, check your P/Ms... Thanks!

ACDetroit
11-12-2007, 22:40
Well it doesn't look like my day was quite as good as Rick's WTAS @ $49.99 WOW. and PVW 15 yr. Rick? your killing me brother!!

My day was this... I knew I had poker tonight so I had a couple hours to kill, so I went hunting, here were my finds! (2) Frankfort ER 10 yr. 101's (1) Gold Vien Weller Antique 107 (w/ bag) 1994, Jim Beam 95 proof flip top bottle. This stuff was smooth for Beam but still shallow.

My last Bottle is for another member BHC George Dickel 10 yr, Oh yeah Oscar? Don't do the Ebay thing man I'll have your Stagg and Saz at State min tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just give me a call!

Tony

doubleblank
11-13-2007, 11:29
I went out and picked up my W Larue Weller and Stagg today at the downtown Spec's. They aren't putting any BTAC's on the shelf for now until all orders are filled. The Stagg is $47.79 and W Larue is $43.30 per bottle when you buy the three bottle cases.

Randy

ACDetroit
11-13-2007, 12:16
WOW Randy that is a great price. I'd love to here your thoughts on the Weller if you open it soon.

Tony

luv2hunt
11-13-2007, 13:08
To end the WT American Spirit saga....yes, it has arrived at the distributor here who has not yet passed the info onto the reps. It will cost $84.99 plus tax here in Indy. (so he says?!?!)

Dawn

mgilbertva
11-13-2007, 15:33
1 case of Handy! Life is good...

bigtoys
11-13-2007, 21:58
My 100th post!

WTAS?? was what I thought initially, then I found out what it was. Had some time before I met my mom for lunch, so I detoured to the Skokie Binny's. Thought I might run into the 4R Yellow Label. No intention of buying the BTAC this year. Here's one of the two WTAS I got; I think I only left them with 1 or 2 more. Figured since it's Thanksgiving season, I'd put some of my wife's holiday stuff around the bottle. Love that wood turkey.

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/bigtoys335/WTAS.jpg

Here's what it says on the back of the box, for those of you who haven't found your bottles yet ($99, btw)

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/bigtoys335/WTASbox2.jpg

So, I'm looking for Yellow Label, but they only have small batch and single barrel (about 6 of each), but the small batch has a yellow label tag under it. I point this out to the guys working the floor; one says, the label is kind of yellow :lol: :slappin: ; I tell him the yellow label is REALLY yellow; maybe they'll get it soon, since that's what Dave at HP Binny's predicted would come first. Funny how we know more than they do.

Anyway, I see the new GTS at 144.8 proof and can't resist one 2007 BTAC.

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/bigtoys335/Stagg2007bottle.jpg
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/bigtoys335/Stagg2007label.jpg
YIKES, that's high. Gonna need some ice in that.

PS: Sometimes I feel like I post to this thread too much. At least I have a ton of bourbon bunkered; I don't really drink that much. I've gotta have another bourbon night and empty some bottles.

PPS: I was hoping not to post again too soon, but I have a feeling that when I run across Four Roses Yellow Label......

HighTower
11-14-2007, 01:04
Interesting about the WTAS, with "Master Distiller Selection" on the back of the box.
Last year, Japan got an exclusive release of WT Master Distiller Selection, 14yo. And this year, there's a 15yo MDS.
Randy, have you tried them both, and if so have you done a side by side?
I have 2 WTAS on the way (thanks Oscar!), but I only have one Japan MDS, and don't think I will open it, at this stage.

Scott

drrich1965
11-14-2007, 05:23
My wife, knowing nothing about bourbon, came home with Aristocrat, with I gather is 4yo Heaven Hill. As a bourbon newby, I must say I really like it. The nose is not very expressive, but the taste is good. There is an almost maltiness I have not found in other bourbons, which works for this SMS lover. The bottle claims it is mild and mellow, and it is that. Being young, the oak is less pominent than in older bourbons, and I must say I enjoy that part of it. About the best $10 present I have had!

tango-papa
11-14-2007, 05:50
My wife, knowing nothing about bourbon, came home with Aristocrat...
...About the best $10 present I have had!

Your wife brought home a botle of Bourbon for you!!!
You have taught her well grasshopper...:lol:

I didn't buy any Bourbon yesterday, but I picked up a mint condition bottle of J&B Reserve 15 years old in the box priced at $24.99. Don't know much about it, but it's not something I'd ever seen before...

~tp

doubleblank
11-14-2007, 06:07
Scott, I haven't purchased any WT American Spirit yet, but several of us have tried the WT 14yo MDS against the Tribute 15yo at my house. The 14yo MDS is slightly softer than the Tribute.....less tannins to my taste and has a cleaner, brighter finish. I always get chocolate cherries from Tribute which I love. The WT 14yo has been well received by all who have tasted it here.

Randy

drrich1965
11-14-2007, 07:16
Your wife brought home a botle of Bourbon for you!!!
You have taught her well grasshopper...:lol:


~tp


She is a gem. Will periodically call up Brett at Binnys and ask him what interesting malts he has that he thinks I will like, and suprise!

I think I will keep her..

Now, to teach her the difference between Aristocrate and 23yo Pappy (besides the price)! :grin:

Mike R
11-14-2007, 13:11
Brought home two Staggs today!! Have not had any of the previous Staggs, hopeful that it lives up to the hype.

Mike R

ThomasH
11-14-2007, 14:04
Received a package from Binnys today that included bottles of WTAS, Parkers Heritage collection and Mccarthys Oregon single malt along with a few other common bottles!

Thomas

thanson
11-14-2007, 14:48
State liquor store called me today. Got the Saz18, Handy, ER17, and a few VW15's.

Christmas is early this year :)

Cornman
11-14-2007, 17:53
State liquor store called me today. Got the Saz18, Handy, ER17, and a few VW15's.

Christmas is early this year :)


And nice meeting you today during the Gold Rush!

Mark

NorCalBoozer
11-14-2007, 18:05
I was able to pick up four of the 07 Saz 18, yes, score!

:grin: :woohoo: :grin: :woohoo:

DrinkyBanjo
11-15-2007, 05:05
I haven't posted in here for a while so:

2 Four Roses 40th
2 WT 12s (Duty Free)
3 WT American Spirits
1 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (All 5)
Evan Williams SB 1997
1 WT RR 101

jburlowski
11-15-2007, 14:50
My wife called me at work and asked me to stop and pick up a bottle of the 2007 Beaujolais Nouveau. I brought it home --- along with a WTAS and a Weller Centennial.

Lead me not into temptation....

ACDetroit
11-15-2007, 15:56
A Bunch Today!!

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7809&page=9

The Turkey's rule the roost today!!

Tony

polyamnesia
11-15-2007, 15:57
ah, yes, the BNouveaus are out! nice, great, fresh, young, happy wine. and usually, pretty good!

i guess i didn't notice (and will get one this weekend for fun...i gotta, i was a french major!) and found one of my GRAILS:

Wild Turkey RR 101! finally procured a bottle!

i still wonder aloud...how many of these probably still remain shelved and gather dust???

SBOmarc
11-15-2007, 21:23
I haven't posted in here for a while so:

2 Four Roses 40th
2 WT 12s (Duty Free)
3 WT American Spirits
1 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (All 5)
Evan Williams SB 1997
1 WT RR 101

I have no real reference, but that sounds like a good day!!

JRomain
11-15-2007, 23:10
Old Weller Antique ($18) and BMH 16 ($69).

DrinkyBanjo
11-16-2007, 06:02
It's going to be a good weekend!



I have no real reference, but that sounds like a good day!!

Sweetmeats
11-16-2007, 06:58
Stagg
Weller
Handy
Parker Heritage

HELL YEAH!!!

LarryG
11-16-2007, 07:28
Bulleit.

All right, all right ... I realize it's hardly as exotic as most of what's been mentioned in this thread. But as I stood there in the state store, shaking my head at the narrow and increasingly frustrating range of choices available here, I realized that Bulleit was about as good as I was going to do among the brands I've not yet tried. And hey ... it was actually on the top shelf!

(There were two bottles of Hancock's PR but at $38, this choice cost more than I wanted to spend without first researching it here.)

Larry

DrinkyBanjo
11-16-2007, 07:29
Anyone have opinions of Parker Heritage? I don't remember reading too much on that one.