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  1. #1
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    Intentionally Ignored

    When I started out on my bourbon quest, the idea was to try as many kinds, expressions, etc., but as I continue along that glorious bourbon highway, I find myself leaving things I haven't tried on the shelf over and over again in favor of others that I may have had before. This is even with my small Northern New England selection. There are several reasons for this: I've had a taste and wasn't impressed, too expensive, reputation....here's a short list:

    Woodford Reserve (had this in a bar once, but I had a spicy dinner and a smoke, so I can't really judge honestly...I usually leave this b/c it's expensive and I haven't heard a lot of favorable talk about it)

    Blanton's (I had a 50ml of this and it was okay, not really ready to invest $44 in a 750, though -- over-ripe fruit was my major flavor)

    Jim Beam Black (I had this once and didn't like it as much as the JBW, so why spend the $ -- plus I don't really buy Beam anyway)

    Booker's & Basil Hayden (I like both of these - mostly price)

    Maker's Mark (I continue to be underwhelmed by this)

    Russell's Reserve 90 (I like WT101 just fine and if I'm going to spring, I may as well go for the RB)

    WTKS (don't know what has stopped me here -- mostly price I guess, but also availability --it disappears from shelves for months at a time)

    Kentucky Tavern, Rebel Yell, Ten High, Old Crow (for the time being I still have my job, so I haven't felt the need to go dumpster diving, but I may yet find myself in that position)

    Jack Daniel's SB, GJ (can't get myslef to spend the cash on this stuff, don't know why)

    Anyway, anyone else ignore stuff on purpose, I'm probably shorting myself, but I got nothing but time.
    "A person can work up a mean, mean thirst after a hard day of nothing much at all . . . "

    Andy

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    Basil Hayden & Old Charter Private Reserve (Who the hell wants to pay that much for an 80 proof bourbon)

    I don't usually just ignore them. They get the mental finger when I walk by.

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    Quote Originally Posted by funknik View Post
    WTKS (don't know what has stopped me here -- mostly price I guess, but also availability --it disappears from shelves for months at a time)
    If you find a pewter top, just go ahead and pick that up for me

    Look for a sale on this or one as close to $40 as you can and get it. The darker the juice in the bottle the better, but all of these are pretty good.

    I have not seen anyone complain about any of these, less the Willy Walace bottle, and all of the ones that I have had, less the Willy Walace bottle, have been good to great.

    Your rank should be:
    • Pewter Top
    • Dark Top no WT imprint
    • Dark Top WT imprint
    • Light Top

    You will find these rank by older to newer, but sometimes that age gets faded so the above is a cheat sheet.

  4. #4
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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    I feel the same way. I've found myself ignoring basically all Beam products, anything less than 90 proof, and anything over $35 that posters here don't go absolutely bonkers over. With Rittenhouse BIB at 19 bucks, it's almost impossible to buy anything else. The stuff is so good and at that price I feel like I'm stealing it.
    We set out as men of reason, armed with Navy Colts.

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    A couple that I haven't paid too much attention to, are Blanton's, and Basil Hayden's. I have tasted Basil Hayden's, and it didn't do anything for me one way or another. I keep wavering on Blanton's. One time I'll think about buying a bottle, the next time I won't even give it a second thought. I'll just pass it by, and check out what else is available. Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    A couple I ignore are all JD products, too overpriced for what they are. Most of the JB products, still like the OGD 114. I tend to ignore anything 80 proof, these are usually one dimensional and just do not do it for me. Anything in a plastic bottle, unless they offer a glass bottle. I am pretty open to anything that fits the proof/price range. Have been burned on accasion, but have been pleasantly pleased as well. I have been ignoring anything over $45 for a 750 but honestly think I am missing out on a lot doing this. Yes, I admit, I am a tight wad when it comes to my purchases.
    Rye, The Spice Of Life.

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    Quote Originally Posted by spun_cookie View Post
    If you find a pewter top, just go ahead and pick that up for me

    Look for a sale on this or one as close to $40 as you can and get it. The darker the juice in the bottle the better, but all of these are pretty good.

    I have not seen anyone complain about any of these, less the Willy Walace bottle, and all of the ones that I have had, less the Willy Walace bottle, have been good to great.

    Your rank should be:
    • Pewter Top
    • Dark Top no WT imprint
    • Dark Top WT imprint
    • Light Top
    You will find these rank by older to newer, but sometimes that age gets faded so the above is a cheat sheet.

    Andy, Emerald is right, but I have been let down by every bottle in the light wood top.
    They are all to young.
    Except for an old dark wood top or pewter top I am not buying anymore WTKS until the '09's come out.
    I'll give them another try then.
    ovh

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    I tend to ignore everything from non-distiller producers, with a few exceptions.

  9. #9
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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    I tend to ignore the $30-$40 price range. I don't have a problem paying $50 for Bookers, Pappy 15 or Handy. You can argue if they are worth the price, but at least they are distinct. Everything I have tried so far in the $30-$40 price range just has not been special enough for the price, i.e. Woodford, Old Pogue, Basil Hayden, WT Rare Breed.

    Is there something in that price range that should not be ignored?

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    Re: Intentionally Ignored

    Personally, I like 4 Roses Single barrel which would fall in that price range (especially a couple of the Binny's hand picked selections).

    Tom


    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz View Post
    I tend to ignore the $30-$40 price range. I don't have a problem paying $50 for Bookers, Pappy 15 or Handy. You can argue if they are worth the price, but at least they are distinct. Everything I have tried so far in the $30-$40 price range just has not been special enough for the price, i.e. Woodford, Old Pogue, Basil Hayden, WT Rare Breed.

    Is there something in that price range that should not be ignored?

 

 

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