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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Winslow, your impression of EW Black is the same as mine: thin and one-dimensional, but nevertheless, a pretty good bourbon flavor. I probably won't buy it again, but I won't turn my nose up at it, either.

    When I want Heaven Hill whiskey, it will usually be Elijah Craig 12-yo or Evan Williams Single Barrel. When I was in Atlanta, last week, I looked closely at a bottle of EC 18-yo, but it was about $36 and I decided against it.

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    Re: Best value bourbons

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    I looked closely at a bottle of EC 18-yo, but it was about $36 and I decided against it.


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    Tim,

    So what did you buy with the $36 you saved? (Hey, my wife thinks like that, and so can I. )

    Seriously, as I've commented in another thread, I think $36 is a lot to pay for a nose that reminds me of overheated plywood sawdust and a taste to match. Ever since Chuck commented that he enjoys it, I've been trying my darnedest to appreciate its virtues, but I haven't made it yet. By no means do I consider it a bad bourbon, it's just odd to my taste and certainly not worth the cost of one and a half bottles of Russell's Reserve or two bottles of EC12. For sure, if you want to know what wood tastes like, EC18 is the one to try.

    I've been trying to work up the nerve to do a little home-vatting, using the EC18 to add a dash of character to an otherwise bland but palatable bourbon. Perhaps a thimblefull of EC18 in a shot of Old Charter, Benchmark, or Jim Beam. Or would Bettye Jo be looking to kick my ass for such a travesty?

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    I'm glad to see where you are coming from Jeff. I won't suggest the paint and solvents section of the Hardware store! But seriously you can find plenty of good drinks in that range, It becomes even more subjective .

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Dave said: "So what did you buy with the $36 you saved? (Hey, my wife thinks like that, and so can I. )"

    Well, I don't exactly think like that, but what I bought was:
    Old Rip Van Winkle 10-yo 107 proof
    Wathen's
    Old Grand Dad 114-proof

    I have tasted the Old Rip and I like it a lot. I haven't tasted the others, yet and have never tasted either one. But, I hope to get in to the OGD, tonight.

    Tim

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Dave,

    I have already kicked your ass (in my thoughts) many times ................. But,let me tell ya, I don't mess with folks that are just being honest (in their opinion) ........

    BTW.....Elijah Craig 18 year is what I prefer .........

    Bettye Jo

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    I haven't had the OGD 114 yet. I'll be very interested in what you have to say about it, especially if you can compare it to OGD BIB.

    That is not to say that I'm not interested in what you have to say about the other two; I am. It's just that I know Wathan's and ORVW 10/107 are good; I'm still waffling as to whether to buy the OGD 114 the next time I place a Sam's order.

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    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Bettye Jo,

    And I don't mess with anyone who can personhandle a barrel of bourbon.

    I reckon I'll be trying EC18 again real soon with an even more open mind.

    Right now I'm in an ORVW 15/107 fog, and the preceding seems really funny to me. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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    Dave Morefield

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    Awwwwww. . . . .!

    And I was about to mail you a bottle of King Cobra Malt Liquor too. . . .


    TomC

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    texascarl says :*Ezra Brooks 7 year, 101 $13


    Bingo !! there is my suggestion. I can get it at $11 a fifth and I think it tastes like $25 bourbon, OLD EZRA 7 Year 101, is the shit in my book, a great everyday pour.

    TomC

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    Re: Awwwwww. . . . .!

    Hold off on that, I have't finished my bottle of El Toro yet

 

 

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