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    n00b from Chapel Hill

    'ello everyone. I'm fairly new to the world of bourbon (been drinking Makers for years but just started really branching out and learning to experience the drink) and have been attempting to school myself but thought I could learn a lot from a forum like this. i try to limit my single purchases to $30 or less, though a few bucks here or there doesn't bother me. Any recommendations on brands, tasting, or other rudimentary & introductory lessons appreciated!

    What I've tried and know fairly well thus far:

    * Makers Mark
    * Knob Creek
    * Elvan Williams Single Barrel
    * Elmer T. Lee
    * Woodford Reserve


    Cheers,
    -Scott.

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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Scott,

    Looks like you have started off on a really good foot. I would suggest you try Wild Turkey 101 and Elijah Craig 12. Both are well loved here.

    If you like Maker's, but want something a bit more complex (and cheaper), I suggest you try some of the Weller products... Weller Special Reserve will run you about $17, and the Weller 12 (my personal favorite) is about $25.

    Of those you have had, which do you like best? Least?
    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: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    Scott,

    Looks like you have started off on a really good foot. I would suggest you try Wild Turkey 101 and Elijah Craig 12. Both are well loved here.

    If you like Maker's, but want something a bit more complex (and cheaper), I suggest you try some of the Weller products... Weller Special Reserve will run you about $17, and the Weller 12 (my personal favorite) is about $25.
    Cheers, thanks! I will look for these on my next outing (in a day or so! hehe).

    Of those you have had, which do you like best? Least?
    Well, I thought it was Elmer T. Lee...and then just a few days ago I got my first bottle of Woodford and man, I really love it. I'm a big fan of scotch and I can't be sure if it's the smoky/oakiness of it or what...but I immediately fell in love with it. I suppose least would now be Makers as it seems fairly simple and thin (light?) after going back to it.

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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    The NC ABC system is gonna limit your selection. Do you ever go "south of the border" into SC? The private stores there open up the selection quite a bit.
    Craig

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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by cas View Post
    The NC ABC system is gonna limit your selection. Do you ever go "south of the border" into SC? The private stores there open up the selection quite a bit.
    Craig
    Nah, I've found just about everything I've looked up on the internet at the two stores I frequent. There were a few more obscure things I didn't think I'd see like Jefferson and Jefferson Reserve (am I getting those titles right?) which I did in fact see the other day.

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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Scott,

    Welcome to SB.com. You've got a good start on your bourbon selections. If you like Makers, other wheated bourbons you should try are:

    Weller Antique 107
    Old Rip Van Winkle 107
    Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond
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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by ggilbertva View Post
    Scott,

    Welcome to SB.com. You've got a good start on your bourbon selections. If you like Makers, other wheated bourbons you should try are:

    Weller Antique 107
    Old Rip Van Winkle 107
    Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond
    I throw in another vote for the Weller Antique 107, especially if you like the wheatiers. Enjoy and welcome. So much information around here, it is hard to stay away.
    Rye, The Spice Of Life.

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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    Scott,
    Looks like you have started off on a really good foot. I would suggest you try Wild Turkey 101 and Elijah Craig 12. Both are well loved here.
    Ok, so pardon any n00bness to my descriptions, I'm still not schooled much in the realm of tasting and descriptiveness.

    So I decided to go down the list from the first response. Friday I picked up a bottle of Laphroaig (my current favorite Scotch) as a present to myself from a surprise bit of extra money from taxes and then I grabbed a bottle of Elijah Craig per this recommendation, though I forgot the exact recommendation and picked up the 18 year.

    At first I wasn't sure. It seemed rough around the edges compared to the Woodford I still had on the shelf. Then I went back to the Woodford for my second pour, and it felt a bit light and weak. I was pretty surprised! Just now I sat down and gave myself another pour of the EC18 and the bouquet seemed entirely different than last night! Cinnamon seems the strongest and I'm not sure if it's just lingering Laphroaig in the room or my mouth but it seems pleasantly and subtley oaky to me as well. Overall a much more full flavor. I don't think it will be my favorite but I'm enjoying it quite a bit just the same.

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    Re: n00b from Chapel Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by ElasticalGomez View Post
    I grabbed a bottle of Elijah Craig per this recommendation, though I forgot the exact recommendation and picked up the 18 year.

    At first I wasn't sure. It seemed rough around the edges compared to the Woodford I still had on the shelf. Then I went back to the Woodford for my second pour, and it felt a bit light and weak. I was pretty surprised! Just now I sat down and gave myself another pour of the EC18 and the bouquet seemed entirely different than last night! Cinnamon seems the strongest and I'm not sure if it's just lingering Laphroaig in the room or my mouth but it seems pleasantly and subtley oaky to me as well. Overall a much more full flavor. I don't think it will be my favorite but I'm enjoying it quite a bit just the same.
    The EC 18 is much more than just EC12 grown up 6 years. They really are two entirely different bourbons. In the 18 you will pick up a lot more wood/oak/tannin. The EC12 is much sweeter. If you like old bourbon EC18 is a great pour. I like the 12 better because after 15 years things get a bit oaky for me. Others will swear by the 18.
    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: n00b from Chapel Hill

    I think my love of Scotch leads my palate in the direction of oakier bourbons, or at least as I'm coming to understand things right now.

    The cinnamon is a wee bit strong in this EC18, so I doubt I'll be picking it up again, though I am enjoying it. It is sort of exciting though, on a mission to develop my palate and find what may become my favorite bourbons.

 

 

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