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    Cool .....far from Bourbon Country

    Hello Everyone!

    I'm Andy and I love Bourbon, it's been 12 hours since my last drink.

    Over the past couple of years I have become obsessed with Bourbon (and American Whiskey in general), specifically with trying as many different kinds as possible. I feel I've done a good job of expanding my horizons and have had a lot of fun along the way finding fantastic whiskies at low, low prices.

    Seriously. I love Bourbon. I wouldn't say I know a lot about it and I'm really only now getting comfortable talking about what I can taste, I'm certainly no pro. I'm also hindered by the fact that I live in Maine which is almost as far from KY as possible...my selection is very limited and even in the surrounding states there's not a whole lot of truly exotic bottles. But I do okay.

    Does anyone know of where is a good place to buy Bourbon in Maine? Probably not, but worth a shot.

    Another question I might ask is does anyone know a good way to cleanse the palate before tasting. I try to drink halfway between meals because I like to taste everything that the nectar has to offer and I'm a little compulsive about it.

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing and learning from y'all. See you in there.

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    You can see a list of what is available in Maine here

    There's a list of monthly specials as well as the entire catalog in CSV format. Unfortunately, they don't break it out by type like other states, so it will take some digging.

    Some interesting stuff that I see on the list:

    Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit for 40.99
    Weller Centennial for 28.99
    Weller SR for 12.99
    Very Special Old Fitzgerald for 32.99
    Old Grand Dad Bonded for 17.99
    Old Charter Prop Reserve for 34.99
    J.W. Dant 100 for 15.99
    Evan Williams Single Barrel for 27.99
    Elijah Craig 12 Yr for 17.99
    Blantons for 43.99


    Since their website isn't very user friendly, I would suggest that you place a call to the Maine Beverage Company and ask them if any retailers in your area carry specific items that you find on the list. Be prepared to give them a SKU from the list on the other site if it will help expedite the search.

    If they are like Ohio, they can tell you who in your area has the items in stock,

    Good luck with your search.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Wow, thanks, I didn't even know the states did that! Great find!

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Welcome Andy.....

    Just quick Google search on Maine "distillers" generated this:

    http://www.slashfood.com/2008/05/23/...the-beginning/

    Diary of a Distiller: Chapter One - Back to the Beginning

    Posted May 23rd 2008 11:00AM by Jonathan M. Forester
    Filed under: Diary of a Distiller

    Penobscot Bay Distillery and Brewery
    http://jonathanforester.com/wst_page5.html
    > Bourbon whiskey is a listed product.."under development"...your mission, if you accept it, is to track down Maine's contribution to the world of bourbon and report back.

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    You can see a list of what is available in Maine here

    There's a list of monthly specials as well as the entire catalog in CSV format. Unfortunately, they don't break it out by type like other states, so it will take some digging.

    Some interesting stuff that I see on the list:

    Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit for 40.99
    Weller Centennial for 28.99
    Weller SR for 12.99
    Very Special Old Fitzgerald for 32.99
    Old Grand Dad Bonded for 17.99
    Old Charter Prop Reserve for 34.99
    J.W. Dant 100 for 15.99
    Evan Williams Single Barrel for 27.99
    Elijah Craig 12 Yr for 17.99
    Blantons for 43.99


    Since their website isn't very user friendly, I would suggest that you place a call to the Maine Beverage Company and ask them if any retailers in your area carry specific items that you find on the list. Be prepared to give them a SKU from the list on the other site if it will help expedite the search.

    If they are like Ohio, they can tell you who in your area has the items in stock,

    Good luck with your search.
    Since Scott so helpfully sent me this, I've picked up (if not sampled) almost all of these...
    Here's what's left...
    Can't find Weller Centennial...that'll be a dusty hunt...haven't gone for the OGD BIB, EWSB (it's about $5 cheaper in NH plus I have a $5 rebate coupon) or WTKS yet (a little pricey and I've been happy with the RB). So, making my way through the list, though. Thanks again, Ox.
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "

    Andy

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Quote Originally Posted by funknik View Post
    Can't find Weller Centennial...

    And you were so close to getting some of the 13yr Centennial last night... mighty fine stuff

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Quote Originally Posted by spun_cookie View Post
    And you were so close to getting some of the 13yr Centennial last night... mighty fine stuff
    go ahead...rub it in....
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "

    Andy

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Andy, You sound a lot like me. It was just a little over a year ago that I started my bourbon "quest". I started out by buying anything that caught my eye. I made a few blunders, but for the most part, I did okay. Shortly after I joined SB, I started to become a little more selective about what I bought. The folks here answered any questions I had, and I paid attention to what members recommended. Now that I'm more confident in what I'm doing, I've actually started buying more. A strange circle it is. My plan is to bunker some of my favorites, and try new bourbons when I can. (At least the SB.com bourbon of the month whenever possible.) The funny thing is, is that there is just so much great stuff out there, it's hard to stick with my plan. I still have my plan, but, you know what they say, "The best laid plans of mice and men.." So, I do the best I can, and try to have some fun doing it. That's another benefit of being a member of SB, there's a lot of good natured, fun loving people here to have some fun with along the way. It's all good man! Welcome to the club. Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnbowljoe View Post
    It's all good man! Welcome to the club. Joe
    Thanks, Joe....I've learned a lot here in a short time and it's been great chatting with you and the other SB'ers. It seems like ages ago since I started this thread all confused and bewildered about what to buy, but now I walk in to a liquor store very confident and occasionally offer advice to others who look confused & bewildered...all thanks to the nice people on this board, including yourself. If I've learned anything, it's 'go with your gut'....the few times I've been burned it was because I was in a hurry or blinded by the excitement of finding something new...and when I have a major score like today with the OCPR it's because I was dilligent and followed my instincts (with a lot of reading up on SB, of course). Thanks all.
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "

    Andy

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    Re: .....far from Bourbon Country

    I'm glad that I could help you out on your bourbon journey. As I've said here a number of times before, I really don't mind helping other people spend money (right, Joe?).
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

 

 

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