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  1. Re: After drinking Makers Mark, Is it worth trying the Jim Beam white label?

    I would say so, they are really quite different. After that I'd try Bulleit, and that way you would get three different palates in bourbon. My suggestion is to go for the Black Label Beam. It is a...
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    Sticky: Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    I know but they still have a close "family" resemblance in flavor.

    Gary
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    Sticky: Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    Well, that's a good question. Jim Beam is probably generally mixed with Coke or another soda, so in that form, the "neat" flavor is quite altered. Same thing with Jack Daniel (although I like the...
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    Sticky: Re: BOTM 6/14: Jim Beam White

    I agree with Ethan that it is not correct to describe it as a whiskey unworthy of attention, but considering its position in the market, it should be a lot better, IMO. That funky taste appears in...
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    Re: BOTM 3/10: Evan Williams Black Label 86 proof

    I agree. However, the brand is tasting very good in recent years, and is a great value.

    Gary
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    Re: 1912 Old Jim Gore

    I would buy a current BIB (or 100 proofer, close enough), say Old Forester Signature, and compare the two.

    Is the old one "recognizably" bourbon? Is it different to the typical modern bourbon...
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    Re: The infamous search for Pappy Van Winkle

    I didn't call the store and didn't buy any of these. I am not a fan of super-aged whiskey. I'll save my 100+ for Masterson's.

    Gary
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    Re: The infamous search for Pappy Van Winkle

    Well, there's a couple of Pappy 20's in Burlington, ON for $120 per, if anyone is in the area:

    http://lcbo.ca/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/inventory/searchResults.do?language=EN&itemNumber=923367

    Gary
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    Re: BOTM 5/11: Four Roses Yellow Label

    I agree and it's price point is unbeatable IMO for the value. Beam White label and WT 80 go for about the same price in our market but I'd rate Four Roses much higher than those. It's not a great...
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    Sticky: Re: BOTM: 5/12 Evan Williams Single Barrel

    I have to agree with the last post. I preferred the old EW Black Label in fact, i.e., when it was 7 years old. It had a rummy complexity I liked. Certainly EWSB is a respectable shot of whiskey,...
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    Re: I just dumped a bottle of EC12 down the drain

    It's probably better to do it in the States where you can buy from different stores and likely get bottles batched at different times. Even 3 bottles would be worth trying it with I think.

    Gary
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    Re: I just dumped a bottle of EC12 down the drain

    I wonder if vatting the 12's themselves might produce an optimum mingling. Say you bought 4 of them, 1 might be great on its own, the other three might be suitable for mingling. Given the almost...
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    Sticky: Re: BOTM 3/12: Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr 90 proof

    Excellent product and agree with Weller_Tex on the creamy maple-like sweetness. very much a brandy-like whiskey.

    I preferred it in fact to a Lot B I got at the same time (this in Ontario), the...
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    IMO, the best quality/price combination currently in Ontario for bourbon is Four Roses, and Bulleit.

    Gary
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    We do have an increasingly better choice, but often at a price. I bought some Old Forester Signature recently and found it a little bland, considering also the price is almost twice what I've paid...
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    Re: RE-introduction

    I have Michael Jackson's book before me and this summary may be of interest. He was describing distilling at Sunset Hills, Reston, VA, the original location of the distillery (est'b 1934). (Shortly...
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    Re: RE-introduction

    Truman, on a separate note and since you indicated the original A Smith Bowman yeast will be used anew for fermentation, I thought I'd mention that I used to buy Virginia Gentleman back in the...
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    Re: RE-introduction

    Truman, thanks for this information and wishing you all the best, this sounds most interesting.

    My only question is, is the A Smith Bowman distillery still owned by Buffalo Trace Distillery and...
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    Re: BOTM 8/11: Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

    Good thoughts, Joe. I felt my bottle was quite similar to regular Knob Creek but just more intense on all counts except it showed the Beam signature flavour very clearly. Regular KC seems to...
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    There are about 6 bottles of Rittenhouse at Bayview and Shepherd LCBO.

    Gary
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    There was a larger group of bottles (Rittenhouse rye) downtown but I heard they were for the Drake Hotel, one of the top bars in the city and au fait with latest trends for cocktails.

    With respect...
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Lot B was available at LCBO some years ago, and it is good to know it is coming back. Rittenhouse will be welcome as well.

    Gary
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    Re: BOTM 5/11: Four Roses Yellow Label

    I just tasted this, in the company of T Comp, at the distillery. It is a smooth buttery number, with an appealing yellow fruit character. Every bottle (to my taste) is slightly different and I...
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Glad you like it, there is some connection with the regular profile (I had mentioned this earlier), but it is much better in my opinion. The medicinal taste is a traditional bourbon flavour from the...
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    Re: New Japan member's liquor cabinet

    This is available currently (or was when posted) at Old Town in Louisville.

    http://kybourbon.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=592

    Gary
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