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rocks
06-09-2008, 20:40
I just picked up a couple bottles of heaven hill today thanks to some advice from a few people here. It's not bad, can't really smell it thanks to my allergies. I tried it neat and It wasn't bad, mixed with pepsi is even better (I don't like coke) I mix about 3 fingers of bourbon with 1 finger of pepsi.

With a little luck my allergies will be better tomorrow and i'll get a chance to smell it. I'm a newbie to doing anything more than tilting back a glass and swallowing. I'll try and learn how to really taste my bourbon with some help from you all.

of course I'll always be on the lookout from more inexpensive bourbons that are worthy of drinking. I want to get a decent selection and stock up enough to keep me smiling for some time. Unfortunately many of the bourbons people recommended were not available at my local state liquor store. I didn't think to ask if they can order things they don't normally stock. Can I order bourbons from other states? Or do I need to find someone that has access to them that is willing to ship them to me?

Jacob

TNbourbon
06-09-2008, 20:48
Indeed, smell is an important part of tasting, but then so, too, is, well, taste.
Heaven Hill makes a very good bourbon (I use the singular here, because they only have one rye-recipe recipe) at the most reasonable prices in the market (they're family-owned, so don't have to meet stockholder expectations).
Even if you find their lesser stuff doesn't knock your socks off, you also will never find it anything less than good value for the money asked. Good enough for me.

rocks
06-09-2008, 20:58
Theres rye in my bourbon? I guess that explains why it went so well with my corned beef, swiss and horseradish on rye! For the price it's certainly worth drinking, cost me about $12 for a liter - so I bought two!

Jacob

TNbourbon
06-09-2008, 21:07
Theres rye in my bourbon?..
Yes, either rye (most common) or wheat is the flavoring 'small grain' in bourbon. Corn, of course, is the primary element.
Most commercial American whiskeys are flavored with rye. Some examples of wheated bourbons are the W. L. Wellers, Old Fitzgerald, Van Winkles (bourbon), Pappy (Van Winkles), Maker's Mark, and Rebel Yell. They tend to have a softer, sweeter sense of taste.
Rye is more robust, and offers floral and spice notes to the flavor.

mozilla
06-09-2008, 21:25
Theres rye in my bourbon? I guess that explains why it went so well with my corned beef, swiss and horseradish on rye! For the price it's certainly worth drinking, cost me about $12 for a liter - so I bought two!

Jacob

The great thing about HH.......is that their better bourbons only run $13.50 a liter. I am currently drinking some Dowling Deluxe Bottled in Bond 8yr $13.35/Ltr. Almost any bourbon from Bardstown is worth a try.

mozilla
06-09-2008, 21:27
Yes, either rye (most common) or wheat is the flavoring 'small grain' in bourbon. Corn, of course, is the primary element.
Most commercial American whiskeys are flavored with rye. Some examples of wheated bourbons are the W. L. Wellers, Old Fitzgerald, Van Winkles (bourbon), Pappy (Van Winkles), and Rebel Yell. They tend to have a softer, sweeter sense of taste.
Rye is more robust, and offers floral and spice notes to the flavor.


Don't forget Makers Mark.

TNbourbon
06-09-2008, 21:39
Don't forget Makers Mark.

Well, I did, because its price keeps me from ever buying it (I like it okay, but it's not THAT good!). But, I've edited it into the previous post.

mozilla
06-09-2008, 22:08
I was just giving you a hard time, because you are usually on top of your facts.

Luna56
06-09-2008, 22:52
With a little luck my allergies will be better tomorrow and i'll get a chance to smell it. I'm a newbie to doing anything more than tilting back a glass and swallowing. I'll try and learn how to really taste my bourbon with some help from you all.
Jacob

If you've got allergies, try a nice pour of bourbon straight. No ice, no water, no Pepsi. Do the traditional tasting ritual with the swirling, sniffing, all that stuff. Take a small sip, let it spread over the tongue, inhale gently. Exhale through the nose while keeping the mouth open just a little. Some people need a little practice with this. Try it, you'll be surprised at how much mojo you get from the whiskey. It'll make your sinuses feel better, too.

Cheers!

rocks
06-09-2008, 23:53
For medicinal reasons, I don't just swallow the straight shots anymore, I have to let them sit for a few seconds, so in that respect I am getting more time to taste what I'm drinking. As apposed to before when I was younger and wasn't cursed with TN I'd just down as much as I could and not really think about the taste unless it was so nasty I couldn't help but think about it, lol

I've got about a 1/3rd of a liter of HH down this evening (so far) I'm liking it more with each drink - it goes perfect with a guitar, a nice tube amp and some blues. My guess is I'll drain about half of the liter before bed and be smiling the entire time.

Also, I did open up my allergy plagued snout, I did it the way my dad used to use when we were little and had a cold - fresh ground horseradish. I made a corned beef w/swiss on ryr and loaded it up with horseradish, plus I took a few good wiffs of the fresh ground h'radish before I ate it. My nose is so open now you could land a plane in it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to smell anything else for about a week, lol - but at least I can breath!

Jacob

rocks
06-09-2008, 23:59
My HH is green label, 90 proof and says "old style bourbon" is this the cheaper HH?

jacob

mozilla
06-10-2008, 09:02
HH makes one type of bourbon. The only differences are proof, age, flavor profile and price. All HH bourbons share some basic flavors....some are a little sweeter and others are a bit dry.

HH makes tons of whisky...IIRC they are in the top barrel holders in the US.

When I look for a HH product, it is usually aged about 7 years or more and is at least 90 proof. These have not disappointed so far.