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    Old Commonwealth

    I miss it.

    It was a lovely whiskey, 107 proof and I believe 10 years old, and it was available for such a low price that I felt I was stealing every time I bought a bottle.

    It is not being bottled, but man. Had I known a decade or so ago that its days were numbered, I'd have bought cases rather than individual bottles. It was, and will be, my favorite bourbon.

    Ah, nostalgia.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    I got one of the last two cases on earth.

    I wish I had bought both of them.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    And I got one of the last bottles from LeNell last time I went up there.
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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    I never understood what the difference was between Commonwealth and the 10 year old 107 proof ORVW. I had both and clearly preferred Commonwealth; Commonwealth was less expensive as well so there had to have been clearly defined flavor profiles from stocks that were more costly in the ORVW profile. Either that or OC was a loss-leader brand and Julian was losing his shirt on it.

    Julian's website (is he still reading Straightbourbon.com?) lists 10YO 107 ORVW but I haven't seen it for a while.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    Quote Originally Posted by shoshani View Post
    I never understood what the difference was between Commonwealth and the 10 year old 107 proof ORVW. I had both and clearly preferred Commonwealth; Commonwealth was less expensive as well so there had to have been clearly defined flavor profiles from stocks that were more costly in the ORVW profile. Either that or OC was a loss-leader brand and Julian was losing his shirt on it.

    Julian's website (is he still reading Straightbourbon.com?) lists 10YO 107 ORVW but I haven't seen it for a while.
    Here is a link to the results of a search for all of Julian's posts that mention Old Commonwealth.

    If I read the first post correctly, there's no explaining your preference for OC over ORVW 10/107.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    Quote Originally Posted by shoshani View Post
    ...there had to have been clearly defined flavor profiles from stocks that were more costly in the ORVW profile. ...
    IIRC, all of the stocks for the wheated recipe came from the same distillery(SW). When you buy at the volume I would expect Julian to buy at....there shouldn't be any added costs for one barrel over another.

    Just because a label says 10 years...doesn't mean that is all that is in it. 10 is the minimum that is included.

    Lastly, we don't have any ideas on batch or batch size for these different bottlings...so, any thoughts on why the taste profile is a little dissimilar are hard to nail down.
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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    Old Commonwealth and ORVW 10/107 of that period were the exact same stuff, although there are always batch-to-batch variations. Julian said that at the time. Some of it got poured into OC bottles, some into ORVW bottles. OC was only made for a brief time and during that period they were the same.

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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    OC was only made for a brief time and during that period they were the same.
    All from Lawrenceburg if I recall correctly.
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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I got one of the last two cases on earth.
    You know Chuck, a bottle of Old Commonwealth would look good on my shelf nestled between my Twisted Spoke and Society Of Bourbon Connoisseurs.
    Hey I ain't sayin', but I ain't not sayin' either.
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    Re: Old Commonwealth

    I'll give it a go for you Dave

    Try this
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