Matt if the choice is one or the other I would go with the OFBB. This is a rich, full, characterful Bourbon that is suitable for any use or occasion.
When the EC18 first came out I bought a bottle, liked it, went back and got a case. We always had some around for years for no particular reason other than it was unique, the only regular production aged Bourbon on the market back then, but when the supply ran out it didn't occur to me to replace it.
Most Bourbons will peak somewhere between 6-8 years, which is to say when the sugars have been fully extracted from the wood and the whisky has reached a balance point of maturity beyond which it begins to go downhill. It's not uncommon for some barrels to take a few years longer and there are some very good whiskys in the 10-12 year range, but most have gone woody by then and even the ones that happen to age gracefully beyond 12 years take on characteristics of an old Cognac rather than a Bourbon. Some like these old whiskys, some find them tired out, some just want to impress their friends with a label because everybody knows older is better, right?
My preference is for those whiskys that are at their prime so I want the fruit when it's ripe and not at some arbitrary stated age.
just got an EC 20 and I'm happy with it. maybe not thrilled with what I paid, considering what the 18 cost, but I like the taste. I'd love to find a leftover EC 18 for comparison, but am not holding my breath......unless........ If you decide on the OFBB, could you grab the EC and send it to me? :cool:
HAHAHA! This is great--one of the funniest posts I've seen!
Thank you for the diagnosis--this has happened to me a couple times already (the back-and forth, the perspiration, the leaving my purchases in the car until the wife is in bed, etc.) and I was wondering what it was! Knowing is half the battle, right? And I was just thinking after reading some of the responses that "heck, I'm going to end up buying both of these dang bottles because of the SB peer pressure!"
It's a Bourbonian thing, others wouldn't understand.
I show my wife the pictures in the "show us your stash" thread to show her what craziness looks like and that my 29 bottle collection is really nothing. It works. :cool:
Yeah, whisly 'll put that little voice back where it belongs.
I know this may sound complicated to the recently diagnosed Whiskirexia Nervosans, but this is just general basic Whiskey Accounting Principles 101. :Clever:
We'll be getting more advanced as we discuss the WET (Washington Excessive Tax) deduction. I'll expand on this later, but basically you get to deduct the excessive tax rate you would have payed had you purchased your whiskey in Washington, from the amount you claim you spent to your wife. In a nutshell, in your example above, The WET deduction would allow you to legally claim an expenditure of ~$189 to your wife, instead of the $268.47. And, (heres the good part!) the deduction can be fully deposited into your Future Purchases Account!! :woohoo: