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Jono
11-24-2007, 12:32
Well, the family has asked me for a Christmas list...and thinking a nice bottle would make a great gift....what are some bourbons on your wish list?

I have not had any of the Pappy Van Winkle products.....15 yr or 20 yr old definitely on the list. Others?

camduncan
11-24-2007, 12:43
That's easy, I have three:

Wild Turkey American Spirit (I might be lucky to find 1 or 2 of these)
Parkers Heritage Collection
Pappy 23

I'd settle for a bottle of Bookers though :bigeyes:

Jono
11-24-2007, 13:03
I am not familiar with Parkers ($79) and found this quote by Chuck C

"This is why (for all the good it does) I caution new bourbon drinkers about products like Pappy. I'm not sure I like the term "acquired taste," but a 20-year-old bourbon isn't objectively 'better' than a four-year-old, it's just different."

I am not a new bourbon drinker but only have limited Rye tasting experience...is Pappy or Sazerac a risk? I like the Rittenhouse 100 and WT Ryes.

Bourbon...I always liked Buffalo Trace and could use a refill.
Haven't tried Old Fitz....I will add Weller Centenial as endorsed by others postings.

gr8erdane
11-24-2007, 23:32
Well, my list is pretty much covered by the first three:

Stagg 07
Parker's
WT American Spirt

I'd take an Evan Williams 23 if Santa had an extra but for the price I wouldn't ask a family member to get it for me. The others I figure two or three of the extended family members could buck up for...

camduncan
11-24-2007, 23:47
I'd take an Evan Williams 23 if Santa had an extra but for the price I wouldn't ask a family member to get it for me. The others I figure two or three of the extended family members could buck up for...

What are they worth in the US? Are they still available in KY, or am I imagining things?

HipFlask
11-25-2007, 00:20
Saz 18 yr
Van Winkle 13 yr rye
Van Winkle 15
Saz Jr
Ritt 100 BIB
Stagg
Rare Breed

I think any of those would look great under the tree. If I have been good this year I just might get one. If I have been bad (Much more likely) I'll find some charcoal filtered Tenessee Whiskey. Either way you gotta love the Holidays. Enjoy the season!!!

squire
11-25-2007, 04:41
I'm not a fan of overage spirits of any type.The Beefeater Gin in my martini for example is not aged but the quality is there. A whiskey may get smoother or rounder as it ages, and the difference is noticeable in the taste, but its quality is no better than its four year and a day old brethren from the same run. Chuck is certainly right and I concur.

A good producer like Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace will give me a good product throughout its range and I buy accordingly.

When it comes to gift giving I prefer folks present me with a middle choice at best so they won't be out much and they will feel comfortable sitting down and enjoying it with me.

Regards,
Squire

HighTower
11-25-2007, 05:35
I have a Four Roses Platinum from Japan that is coming my way this christmas.
Also a George Dickel Barrel Select.
I'd love some Parkers, but believe me, in Australia I am lucky enough to be getting those!

Parker's will have to come from Binnys!

Scott

barturtle
11-25-2007, 08:08
The bottle I would love to get, but will probably never see is Wild Turkey 17yo...one that I have seen but will likely never own is Eagle Rare 15yo SB 107.

polyamnesia
11-25-2007, 10:01
i figure i won't put anyone on a wild goose chase (i'll do that!)...but i told my brother i'd be fine with almost anything Wild Turkey...but then a Michter's would be fine.

i might buy that $75 of Pappy i saw in a red velvet bag for myself...if we get an XMAS bonus!

if not, i would rather focus on getting anything that has been discontinued

texascarl
11-25-2007, 11:21
If there's a bonus check for me this year, a bottle of Russell's Reserve and a bottle of Kentucky Spirit to replace a few almost-empties.

TNbourbon
11-25-2007, 12:01
It's funny -- the handful of folks who know of my bourbon interest think I just ought to pursue something else. The chances of me getting a bottle for a gift is about as high as a Christmas Eve blizzard here in Middle Tennessee. 'Course, I use that as an excuse to 'gift' myself.:grin:

scratchline
11-25-2007, 12:39
Here's New York Magazine's list:

http://nymag.com/guides/holidays/gifts/2007/40976/

Now this is just miserable. A market that has recently seen the arrival of Four Roses, two new offerings from Wild Turkey, the release of the '07 Antique Collection and this is what they come up with. Not that there's anything necessarily "wrong" with any of these bourbons, and I wish someone would buy ME a bottle of the Parker's, but to a true bourbon-lover most of these would be pretty ho-hum gifts. WTF?

-Mike

gr8erdane
11-28-2007, 20:29
You can get them at the Heaven Hill Visitor's center and I think I remember them being 230 bucks. Same bottle as the EW SB but with Blue Wax and label. Pretty but pricey.

SBOmarc
11-28-2007, 20:32
Any bottle. It does not matter, it is truly the thought that matters.

luv2hunt
11-29-2007, 06:26
Any bottle. It does not matter, it is truly the thought that matters.

BUT....if someone gives you a bottle of JBWhite....do you really want to know what they were thinking?? :bigeyes::bigeyes:

Kendall
11-29-2007, 16:49
Any Van Winkle and would like to try Stagg.

SBOmarc
11-29-2007, 16:54
BUT....if someone gives you a bottle of JBWhite....do you really want to know what they were thinking?? :bigeyes::bigeyes:

My point is, they dont have to know that I have the collection that I do, JB White is just fine. After all, I wouldn't but it for myself.

Old Lamplighter
11-29-2007, 18:55
Just a thought.....Rittenhouse 23.....but, as already said, it is the thought that counts. The problem is that my thought does not usually go in hand with the thought of the gift giver.

macon
11-30-2007, 04:45
I would like to get a bottle of the four roses.

Whiskey Willie
11-30-2007, 12:29
My point is, they dont have to know that I have the collection that I do, JB White is just fine. After all, I wouldn't but it for myself.

:lol: I was thinking along the lines of:

"Dear Santa, I know I've been kinda naughty this year. I will understand if you leave JB white instead of Weller 12. Thank you. Sincerely, Little Whiskey Willie."

barturtle
11-30-2007, 14:37
Any bottle. It does not matter, it is truly the thought that matters.

If they like me well enough to get me a gift, and know me well enough to buy me whiskey, they should at least ask the guy at the store for a recommendation...I don't know any salesman who's gonna recommend JB White.

HipFlask
12-01-2007, 06:58
While I agree that any whiskey received is great gift for christmas. It's the thought that counts. Heck if someone gives me a bottle of Jack Daniels thinking it's bourbon I'm trilled. But I do believe that the listed whiskies in the article are rather Ho Ho Ho Hum. Most are what I would consider everyday pours. The point being that the newspaper could have come up with a much better list of bourbon's to be given as gifts. Like the previously mentioned Four Roses (NY paper) and WT American Spirit.

BourbonJoe
12-01-2007, 07:21
I never get bourbon for Christmas unless I buy it. Every year I get a great bourbon on Christmas day and the tag reads "To Joe from Joe". :rolleyes:
Joe :usflag:

Old Lamplighter
12-03-2007, 19:48
[quote=Old Lamplighter;103647]Just a thought.....Rittenhouse 23....../quote]

Ooops....I meant Rittenhouse 21......must have been late!

barturtle
12-03-2007, 20:09
I never get bourbon for Christmas unless I buy it. Every year I get a great bourbon on Christmas day and the tag reads "To Joe from Joe". :rolleyes:
Joe :usflag:


I, apparently, don't treat myself well enough for the holidays:lol:

gr8erdane
12-04-2007, 16:18
Well, down to Parker's now. Went on a spree in Denver and picked up a couple of 07 Staggs, a 07 WLW and an American Spirit. While at Donaldson's I asked if they could order me a Parker's and the distributer was there and hadn't even heard of it. We went to the office and tried to find it on HH website with no luck and then I had them come here and do a search and couldn't find it here either!!! I know we've posted on it, just don't remember what the thread was. And I wasn't about to suggest any alternate sites.

TNbourbon
12-04-2007, 17:52
I never get bourbon for Christmas unless I buy it. Every year I get a great bourbon on Christmas day and the tag reads "To Joe from Joe". :rolleyes:
Joe :usflag:

Maybe we should exchange bottles one year, Joe - I get tired of, "To Tim, From Tim".:grin:
:toast:

Old Lamplighter
12-04-2007, 19:57
In terms of 'wish list', I almost bought myself a gift of WTAS today to bring home, wrap and put under the tree. The $90 + tax was a bit too steep at this time of the month though. It sure had my mouth watering though as I left the store empty-handed.

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12-05-2007, 13:50
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scratchline
12-05-2007, 14:33
Well, thanks to a special SB Santa I received a Four Roses 40th anniversary bottle today. So I guess Christmas came early at my house.

-Mike

Old Lamplighter
12-05-2007, 19:53
Still have not seen it anywhere in the western regions of Tennessee where I do most of my 'cattin around' for bourbon. Speaking of my wish bottle, in the stores I was able to visit today I saw Rittenhouse 21 - and 23 - but not in the same store. Now I am both confused and ignorant.......did not know there was both ages. Which is better? Which is scarcer? Are these one-offs or will there be more.....anybody know?

HighTower
12-06-2007, 05:06
Still have not seen it anywhere in the western regions of Tennessee where I do most of my 'cattin around' for bourbon. Speaking of my wish bottle, in the stores I was able to visit today I saw Rittenhouse 21 - and 23 - but not in the same store. Now I am both confused and ignorant.......did not know there was both ages. Which is better? Which is scarcer? Are these one-offs or will there be more.....anybody know?
23 has just been released, I think the 21 was released about 18 months ago, just shy of it's 22nd Bday. There was much less of the 23 produced 25 barrels vs. 32 barrels of 21yo.
both ryes are from the same batch, made in October 1984.
What were the prices you saw on them?


Scott

Edward_call_me_Ed
12-08-2007, 03:34
I know what I am getting because I picked it out.

We were in a shoe store this evening and my four year old son, Joe, wanted to buy me a present for Christmas. However, most shoe stores in Japan don't stock anything in my size. That's OK, because when that didn't work out he offered to buy me some whisky for Christmas. Of course, his mother paid. I saw a bottle of Wild Turkey for just under 5000 yen that I thought would look just dandy under the Christmas tree. Especially since I just finished off my bottle of it a couple of weeks ago and had no plans of replacing it.

Ed