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    Elijah Craig

    I have the opportunity to buy some EC 18 year old for $37.67/750 ml OR wait a week until the store gets in EC 12 year old for $16.98. What opinions have ye on this little conundrum? ( Hint: I'd spend the $37 but only if it's waaaay better.)

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    Wait a week.

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    One is not so much better than the other as they are completely different. The 18-year-old is an acquired taste and, clearly, also an expensive one. I like it very much, but can't enjoy it often due to the price. The 12-year-old is quite good and a good value for the price (although your prices for both seem a little high), though I would also characterize it as pretty ordinary. It doesn't taste like 12 years. Let's say it's young for its age. If you are interested in an extra-aged bourbon and can get the Ezra Brooks 15-year-old, try that first. It is similar to the EC 18 and about $10 cheaper.

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    Thank you, sir. I believe I'll wait for the 12 and see about the Ezra Brooks. There is a store here that has 40 different Bourbons. They may have the EB. The guy says he can get Old Forester 100 proof, too.

    As far as prices, Michigan, I think, has some of the highest. I know you're not a Scotch drinker, and aren't familiar with the prices. But I tell ya, I used to load up when I came to Chicago. I would think the price differentials would also apply to Bourbons, as well. But my pal tells me they don't. When you get a chance, tell me what you're paying for your selections.

    Thanks Winslow

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    Some recent prices from either Sam's or Binny's in Chicago (all 750 ml):

    Baker's Bourbon -- $24.99
    Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage -- $24.49
    Van Winkle Rye 13-year-old -- $23.99
    Old Forester 86 -- $9.99
    Old Forester 100 -- $13.99
    Commonwealth 10-year-old -- $20.49
    Elmer T. Lee -- $19.99
    Old Weller Special Reserve -- $14.99
    Elijah Craig 12-year-old -- $15.99
    Wild Turkey Rye -- $17.99
    Old Grand-Dad BIB -- $16.99
    Woodford Reserve -- $27.99
    Maker's Mark -- $19.99
    Ezra Brooks 15-year-old -- $25.99


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    Re: Elijah Craig

    I envy your price on Baker's. Can't be found here less than $34 But we can get MM and WR at about $4 less per bottle

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    The Baker's was a sale price, but one I have seen a couple of times recently.

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    Awesome! Unfortunately Michigan doesn't run sales. I'm paying mid-high thirties here. We'll be visiting our friends in Palos Hills in a couple of weeks. Is one of these stores that you mention anywhere around that area?

    Winslow

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    Sam's is only downtown, but Binny's is all over. There may be something else in Palos. Ask your friends.

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    Re: Elijah Craig

    Man, Chuck, with prices like that you are one spoiled cognoscente!

 

 

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