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    Sticky: Re: How To Get Started.

    Hope it is helpful! As for the ratio document, I am pretty sure that could be filed under "too nerdy to be useful"
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    Sticky: Re: How To Get Started.

    Oh, this wasn't an evening tasting list.

    My friend wanted to build his bourbon library but had only had a couple bottles and could never discern a difference. So, I made this as a purchase list...
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    Sticky: Re: How To Get Started.

    I made up a bourbon tasting list for a friend. Here is what I gave him.

    1. - Learn Wheat Vs. Rye Vs. Ryed Bourbon

    Ritt BIB (with some water) - Rye
    Very Old Barton 90 (or EC12, AAA10, 4RSmB...
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    Re: Your Favorites From This List?

    Of those I have had recently enough to rate:

    [1]Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel**
    [2]Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2001**
    [3]Four Roses Small Batch**
    [4]Elijah Craig 12*
    [5]Sazerac Rye...
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    This my friend... is genius! :bowdown:
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    This is what I think happened: Someone brought a flask of Old Crow and insisted it go in the tasting as well and then when it won the competition, Ron was so embarrassed he has gone into hiding.
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    I think the 15 is the optimum age in terms of maximizing sweetness and complexity and it would win in my book, but the high proof might initially turn some people off. If Pappy 15 was at 90 proof, I...
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    I would agree with SMOWK. The 20 has more "bitter" tannic notes from the wood, while the 12 has more emphasis on the sweet vanilla/caramel notes from the wood. Sweetness is usually more palatable...
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    Hey... wait a sec... are you calling me a newbie?
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    In general you will want to go lowest proof to highest proof with some consideration for the boldness of the pour. A wheated bourbon should come before a ryed bourbon if the proofs are similar.
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    If I had to guess, I bet JD Single Barrel comes in first, followed by MM46. I think Pappy 23 will come in last with WTRB being next to last.
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    Dude... the suspense is killing me... I can't wait to here how this goes.

    There is just something about being intentional about enjoying fine libations. Even if were doing a tasting of various...
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    I wouldn't stress out about it too much. As was pointed out, I am pretty dang sure you already have some HH juice in your line up.

    And, as has been pointed out before, your lineup is not the most...
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    Man, there are so many ways to divide it up. Since you are doing a final round, I think I would divide it up so that the standard bourbons are one day and the more esoteric whiskeys are another day....
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    Re: Need suggestions

    Weller 12 will get you in the ball park for around $25 (varies). It doesn't have the proof of the Pappy 15 (if you want that go ORVW 10/107) but it has similar thick rich flavors.
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    Re: New Member from Kentucky

    Where in KY are you from?
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    Re: BOTM 11/10: Eagle Rare Single Barrel

    I like ER1B much better than the BT. I have bought several bottles of ER and only one bottle of BT and I only spend more than $30 on bourbon a couple times a year.
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    The updated list looks great. If you are looking to add one more each day I would go with Evan Williams Single Barrel and Elmer T. Lee.
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    Re: BOTM 11/10: Eagle Rare Single Barrel

    ERSB was the first "expensive" bourbon I ever bought. I got it after working my way through nearly all the $20-25 bottles at my local store.

    I really like it, but find that there are many...
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    Re: The distilling process

    If you are asking in terms of doing it yourself, then this is what I would recommend:

    http://www.amphora-society.com/The-Compleat-Distiller_p_1.html
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    Re: New Guy Doing a Nutty Taste Test

    Great post and great idea. I echo many of the comments others have written. I would have crackers and I would allow each to add water to their drink as they see fit. You really want them to be...
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    Sticky: Re: How To Get Started.

    I usually tell newbies to get a taste for rye vs. wheat. That is the easiest distinction to make and once they get used to that, it is easier to pick up the other subtleties. So start with...
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    Re: BOTM 8/10: Weller Centennial

    Either that or they are both broken :grin:
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    Re: BOTM 8/10: Weller Centennial

    I didn't even realize you had used the term "thick" one post before me... must be a recurring theme.
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    Re: BOTM 8/10: Weller Centennial

    I actually killed the bottle of Weller Cent that I was nursing in honor of this BOTM. Good stuff for sure.

    I am always surprised by the complexity of this. Lots of good wood notes, but not just...
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