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  1. #21
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    Re: Best value bourbons

    I need quick help! I get off work in an hour. I have a budget of $15. I will make a beeline for the Liquor Barn. What do I buy?

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Old Charter 'Classic 90' 12 year old. Only twelve bucks!

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Linn,

    I liked the eight year-old well enough to be interested in the 90 proof 12 year-old, but I haven't seen it in these parts.

    Can KY stores ship out of state to an individual, or is that a felony too, as is shipping wine into KY?

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    You got it Dave! Do this => get in your Geo and start driving East. Stop in Kentucky. We'll meet you there! Soon.

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    Yeah, Sorry about your luck there were about 20 bottles on the shelf here. Thanks for the tip Linn. This bourbon is quite good, although the price was a little higher here, about $14.99

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    I'll second the Old Fitz. In my limited search, so far the Old Fitz has been tops. I've tried Old Forrester 86 (good), AAA 10 star (won't buy again; yes, I didn't read the label closely enough), and Elijiah Craig 12 yo (I am dissenting with the popular opinion; maybe I need to revisit this one).

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    FYI, I'm about to jump ship on EC12 as I am close to finishing my first bottle.

    I was a fan at first sip because... because... Well, because it was so damned interesting, not really because it tasted good to me.

    Since then I've met Old Forester 100 proof which costs less and actually tastes good to me. Rather ordinary, perhaps, but good.

    Then there's WT 101 (Am I repeating myself?) at about the same price (from $14 to $20 hereabouts). To my taste, nothing else comes close at that price.

    EC12 just isn't as enjoyable to my taste as the competition.

    (Strangely, during the same time frame that I lost my infatuation with EC12, EWSB, which has some similar flavors, moved up several notches in my private ranking.)

    Speaking of revisiting, I guess I'm going to have to try a different bottle of Old Fitz. The horrid finish of the stuff in my bottle couldn't possibly appeal to so many otherwise normal bourbon drinkers. (I'm no sissy, either; I enjoy Rare Breed and Booker's neat.)

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Best value bourbons - Classic 90

    Jeff I'm sorry to hear that Old Charter 'Classic 90' is fifteen bucks a bottle. I can't get it in Virginia and it is one of the bourbons I look forward to buying each year at Bourbon Festival time. Last year I did the bulk of my shopping at The Party Source/Liquor Outlet in Louisville. I'm sure it was twelve bucks.

    Now that Liquor Barn has bought out The Party Source I hate to think of paying more for it. I was going to buy a case of it this year so I could enjoy a bottle a month. Vickie wants a case of Buffalo Trace as it is her favorite bourbon. I was also thinking of buying a case of Very Old Barton, and then a case of assorted 'high end' bourbons.

    POOF! $1,000 all gone.

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    Re: Best value bourbons

    It occurred to me as I read your post that, while I normally favor higher proof bourbon, the fact that EWSB is 86 proof may be a good thing. It is so full of flavor, at 86, that it might be overpowering and hard to drink (at least neat) at a higher proof.

    This brings up another thought. An artist once told me that most of making "art" is what you do with your eyes -- looking at the work as it unfolds -- as opposed to what you do with your hands. It's the same with making whiskey. The final step in creating a whiskey is tasting it -- selecting barrels, deciding on the final proof -- and this is done by tasting. Distillers typically have a panel of tasters but the distiller makes the final decision. Ultimately, the judgment is based on how the whiskey tastes (or will taste) straight from the bottle, with no additional dillution. If you want to taste a whiskey the way the distiller intended it to taste, drink it neat.

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    how we taste

    hmmm...

    Chuck you make a reasonable point that Master Distillers taste neat with "If you want to taste a whiskey the way the distiller intended it to taste, drink it neat." Yet, I think Master Distillers also realize that a lot of folks dilute the whiskey with something, water being the choice for most who really love the taste of bourbon.

    You and I have each tasted with Booker and he and I drank with about 50% water and 50% bourbon.

    So I believe distillers draw the product to taste the best neat but also know how it will taste either on ice or when mixed with water.

    I don't intend to negate your point at all. But simply add to it that those in the industry know it is consumed many ways. And they also realize that the biggest volume of bourbon (e.g. Beam White) is drunk with Coke and other sodas that you and I would not think of combining with a good bourbon.

    I suppose all I am trying to do it not let the impression hang that the industry "expects" consumers to all drink it neat.


 

 

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