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  1. #11
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    great topic

    I will break this into two list. One are ones I can find but can't put the dough down on right now.. the other, are ones I have never seen before.

    If $ was no object:
    Sazerac 18
    Any hirsch
    Pappy 23
    EC18

    Have never seen
    WT Split Label
    Russel Reserve 101
    VWFRR
    Weller Centennial
    ER 17
    OFBB
    OF BIB
    Weller 12
    VSOF

    i'm sure there's more that will come to mind.
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    Bourbon always did make me feel like a Giant.

  2. #12
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    My hit list actually shrank as I found more are more dusty bottles. The ones that allude me are:

    Old Crow BIB
    James E Pepper
    KY Tavern (earlier expressions)

    Currently on my to get list:

    Repeal
    Mariage
    BTEC

    I'm dusty hunting next week so we'll see what I find.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    Quote Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
    Jeremy,
    I was really shocked when I saw how lightly colored the most recent bottling is of RY. I will admit to buying more than one of many different years of RY, but this most recent one is super light in color. I actually let the distributer know in case it was a mistake. Though, every place I see it now...they are all the light colored one. The first place I noticed it...they had both the new and old. The difference was amazing.
    This is heart breaking to read. The Rebel has fallen far from grace. I tried it back in the early 70's and since I didn't know any better, I liked it. In 2006 I bought a bottle out of nostalgia and poured a drink. All I can say is it excited my gag reflex. I put it back on the shelf and tried it a couple of nights ago and it tasted like W.L. Weller Special Reserve. I tried it again tonight and it had completely lost that off taste from the first pour and now is sweet and light like WL Weller or Makers Mark. A two year rest did wonders for it.

    I only paid $12 for it. Still, it isn't going to compete with the favorites and letting an open bottle rest for two years to get it right probably doesn't make sense. I'll still be glad to drink it cause its paid for with 2006 dollars and it currently don't taste bad at all.

    If its undergone a further slide, then this one is the last one for me.
    Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.

  4. #14
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    Well, here are mine, excluding hopeless dusties & stuff I own already but haven't opened. These are to taste, not necessarily to buy:

    Non-hopeless dusties:
    ND era OGD, Crow, Taylor BiB's
    Medley Era Wathen's
    Jacob's Well (I had it years ago, but I would like to try it again)

    Current Bourbons:
    RHF
    EB (any expression)
    4R Mariage
    EC 18
    OFBB
    Noah's Whatever
    Hirsch
    Parker's Heritage
    Sam Houston
    JB 7 y/o
    PVW 12 Lot B
    PVW 20 y/o
    VSOFitz
    OFBB
    WT Kentucky and American Spirits

    Other American whiskeys:
    WTRR Rye
    Old Portero
    Cascade Hollow (current)
    Stranahans (or whatever, the CO stuff)

    I'm sure I'll think of some more.
    Last edited by Josh; 01-09-2009 at 08:18.
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    Well I put out a bunch of hits, and I just took down one of my targets. I picked up a bottle of Ezra Brooks 90. Here are my brief notes:

    Very big up front with lingering alcohol bite. Slightly oily with an earthy flavor a few seconds into the tasting

    If you are looking for a big bourbon for low cost, this is your pour.

    I also spent my day painting at my brother's house and requested to be paid in Weller Cent. I hope I can take anoterh one of my targets out this weekend.
    Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.

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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    Well I put out a bunch of hits, and I just took down one of my targets. I picked up a bottle of Ezra Brooks 90. Here are my brief notes:

    Very big up front with lingering alcohol bite. Slightly oily with an earthy flavor a few seconds into the tasting

    If you are looking for a big bourbon for low cost, this is your pour.

    I also spent my day painting at my brother's house and requested to be paid in Weller Cent. I hope I can take anoterh one of my targets out this weekend.
    There you go, Ben, way to get creative! I hope you nab the Weller!
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    * Eagle Rare 10-year Single Barrel
    * Blanton's Single Barrel (easy to find, and always enjoyable)
    * Ezra B. 12-year Single Barrel (that unique butterscotch note just doesn't show up in anything else)
    * Russells' Reserve 10-year
    * Evan Williams Black Label (my "go-to" bourbon)
    * Sazerac Rye
    * Baker's 7-year (Jim Beam's best bourbon, IMHO)
    * Basil Hayden's 8-year (Old Grand Dad is still one of my favorites, and this takes it to the next level)
    * Wild Turkey 101 (more bourbon for the money)
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  8. #18
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    Good thread.

    First, here's where I've been:
    • Buffalo Trace - Like a lot
    • Knob Creek - Love it. Regular pour for me.
    • Rittenhouse 100 BIB - My first Rye. Jury still out
    • Woodford Reserve - unremarkable
    • Evan Williams 1998 - Liked it okay, not memorable
    • Makers Mark - solid
    • Pappy Van Winkle 20 - Love it, but not as regular pour
    Here is where I want to go:
    • Old Grand Dad 114
    • Eagle Rare 10
    • Elija Craig 12
    • Four Roses SB
    • Pappy 15
    • Bookers
    • Wild Turkey Rare Breed
    Am I on the right path? Any redundant choices? thanks for your input.

  9. #19

    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    Elmer Lee is the one Bourbon I'm most anxious to try. It's not available here in New Mexico, so I have to keep an eye out for it when I travel, but haven't found one yet. From all the notes I've read on it, it sounds like something I'd like a lot.

  10. #20
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    Re: Bourbon Hit List

    I have tried most of what available up here in the great white north.

    So stuff I'd love to try someday

    WT Tribute - anything WT is a favorite
    Weller Centennial
    Pappy 23 - I can find it, costs a fortune
    Four Roses Single Barrel
    Eagle Rare 17 YO
    The KY Bourbon Festival
    "I'm and optimist, even if the glass is half empty, there's still more in the bottle!!!!!"

 

 

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