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WineGuy
04-03-2008, 23:18
1.75 big bottle on sale for $18. Should I buy it? Any good for mixing or on the rocks?

Also on sale, 750ml bottle Jack Daniels for $19.

I am building a collection that includes WT101, MM, and BT. I'm thinking about adding JD and JB to the bar. Does anyone like JD or JBW? If only one is to be had, which is better- 750ml JD or 1.75L JBW?

Sijan
04-03-2008, 23:28
I'm not really a fan of JBW, but that's a good price for a half gallon. It's ok as a mixer. And you'll have it on hand if guests request it specifically.

spun_cookie
04-03-2008, 23:47
No... you never want to buy something with mixing in mind. If you are going to spend your cash, but what you want to try or love and save the mixing for what does not meet your expectations.

cas
04-04-2008, 04:47
Only if you've got some rusted lugnuts on an old pickup truck that you're trying to loosen.
Craig

mozilla
04-04-2008, 04:57
If you would like to try a Beam product.....Old Overholt should be on the top of your list. OO is an 80 proof four year old rye whiskey. It retails somewhere in the $10-12 range for a 750ml.

As far as Brown Foreman's product line goes....I really like the Old Forester 100 proof. It is full flavored with lots of rye spice and retails for $25ish for a 1.75ml.

Good luck

Stu
04-04-2008, 07:41
It's all individual taste, but I find JBW quite drinkable (not my favorite pour by a long sight, however). On the other hand I have trouble getting by the nose on JD. It reminds me of paint remover. I don't have JD in my bar, if someone wants Tennessee whiskey, I serve George Dickel. I've had Gentleman Jack and it is good, but overpriced IMO. Therefore to me it's a no brainer - 1.75 JBW over .75 JD any day.

Stu

smokinjoe
04-04-2008, 08:44
By all means, buy it. Just don't spring for the 1.75. Go with a 750. Part of the experimentation experience. Tasting what the lesser bourbons are like, gives you more appreciation for the better ones. Good/Evil, Day/Night, Yin/Yang. Balance.

Cheers,

JOE

CorvallisCracker
04-04-2008, 08:58
1.75 big bottle on sale for $18. Should I buy it? Any good for mixing or on the rocks?

Also on sale, 750ml bottle Jack Daniels for $19.

I am building a collection that includes WT101, MM, and BT. I'm thinking about adding JD and JB to the bar. Does anyone like JD or JBW? If only one is to be had, which is better- 750ml JD or 1.75L JBW?

As our mixing bourbon we use Evan Williams (originally the 90 proof black label but switched to the 100 proof white label when the BL went NAS). I think it has a much more distinct bourbon taste than JB.

We have some friends who have JD in their bar, their standard mixing whiskey (they even use it in "Irish Coffee") (I had no idea Daniels was an Irish name). They seem perfectly happy with the EW when they visit us.

Locally a 750 of EW BL is $11.50 and the WL is $12.

Stu
04-04-2008, 10:42
We have some friends who have JD in their bar, their standard mixing whiskey (they even use it in "Irish Coffee") (I had no idea Daniels was an Irish name). They seem perfectly happy with the EW when they visit us.

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Scott,

I make what I call "Kentucky coffee". Maybe they should call their's "Tennessee coffee".

Stu

DoubleT
04-04-2008, 12:26
As stated, it's a matter of taste. I like a pour of JBW from time to time. It's not Maker's Mark or Buffalo Trace, but not bad in a pinch.

NorCalBoozer
04-04-2008, 14:06
I'd go with JD if I had to pick.

If you want to get a JB product, go for the Black. A very nice bourbon.

Bud
04-04-2008, 15:12
I never buy the white. I can't drink it unless it's mixed with something...and that's saying a lot. Far better bourbons for around the same price are available. Evan Williams (Black or White) is fantastic for the price, and Jim Beam Black is a far superior product to the white label. Plus, you can get away with having the smaller bottles taking up less space in your bar that will get drank, rather than having that behemoth that is going to sit there for a while.

mgilbertva
04-04-2008, 15:43
As others have noted, JB Black is an excellent product. If cost is an issue, another Jim Beam product, Old Granddad, is much better. The BIB in particular is terrific, and the 86pf isn't bad either.

squire
04-05-2008, 12:22
By all means, yes, of course buy the 1.75. It's a quality whiskey at a bargain price. Most guests prefer a cocktail and Jim Beam White makes good mixed drinks. It will be useful to keep around, it's not like it's going to go bad or something.

WineGuy
04-05-2008, 12:40
By all means, yes, of course buy the 1.75. It's a quality whiskey at a bargain price. Most guests prefer a cocktail and Jim Beam White makes good mixed drinks. It will be useful to keep around, it's not like it's going to go bad or something.

At $18 JBW is cheaper than many 750mls and there is twice as much in the big bottle. I don't want to buy it if it's really bad and nobody would like it.

squire
04-05-2008, 12:44
Really bad compared to what? As I said it's a quality product but most people who favor mixers are disguising the taste of the whiskey so brand doesn't matter.

Edward_call_me_Ed
04-06-2008, 03:32
At $18 JBW is cheaper than many 750mls and there is twice as much in the big bottle. I don't want to buy it if it's really bad and nobody would like it.

You can always buy a shot in a bar, or a mini, or a half pint bottle.

I think you should try it. You may or may not like it. It certainly won't earn a spot on your top shelf. But you should sample it.

My two cents,

Ed

ILLfarmboy
04-06-2008, 15:08
You can always buy a shot in a bar, or a mini, or a half pint bottle.

I think you should try it. You may or may not like it. It certainly won't earn a spot on your top shelf. But you should sample it.

My two cents,

Ed

I concur. Try it, but don't be compelled to stock it in your home bar. Beam Black will suit the duel purpose of a neat drinker or mixer just fine. Its what I do.