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  1. #1
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    If you had one choice to make...

    As I've written here before...here in Hawaii, a lot of Bourbon brands are hard to come by. We basically have all the mainstream, mass market brands in our liquor stores, and a few bars will occasionally carry some other brands...but all in all, there seems to be literally hundreds of brands of Bourbon that ya'all discuss on this board that I have almost no hope of ever seeing here.

    So here's the basis for my question: I'm going to the mainland for my sister-in-law's wedding this weekend. I'm planning on stopping off at Lee's Discount Liquor Warehouse, as the last time I was there, I noticed they literally had an extensive section of Bourbon. This was back when I was much more of a Scotch guy, and I was there looking for a bottle of Talisker 18 year...so I paid a little attention to the Bourbon, but not too much.

    Now, however, I have to say that Bourbon has literally changed my palate. This is both good AND bad. Scotch's I used to love...don't taste the same to me anymore. I still like 'em...just not as much as I used to...and I'm positive that a steady diet of Bourbon is responsible!

    But I digress...

    My real question for ya'all is this: given the current economic hard times (I'm hurting bad...one of the reasons why I started drinking Bourbon in the first place - far cheaper than the Single Malt Scotch I had grown so fond of,) if you were in my shoes, and you were going to be in a store that had a huge selection available that you knew you couldn't get back at home...and you had a very limited budget ($60 Tops!), which Bourbon would you choose to buy?

    I'm planning on one...maybe two bottles.

    I want to get a bourbon that is at a high proof (100 minimum), but is not too pricey, and not something that I can find easily here in the Islands.

    Here are the Bourbon's I can get in Hawaii...

    Maker's Mark, Just about all of the Jim Beam products, Woodford's Reserve, Evan Williams, Bulleit, WT101.

    I also have found that I tend to favor the Rye-heavy whiskey's over the wheaters (well, the only wheater I've had the chance to try is MM, so I could be wrong).

    What suggestions would you guys make?
    I'm not as think as you drunk I am...

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    WTRB and /or OGD 114
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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    yep, go with the Old Grand-Dad 114
    for a wheater, Old Rip Van Winkle 10/107.
    ovh

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    If you can find Rittenhouse Rye, get that. It's cheap too. See if they have any of the Heaven Hill BIBs, such as J.T.S. Brown or J.W. Dant, also good, also cheap. If Old Forester isn't available in the islands, that's also good and cheap. Weller is a good suggestion, as is Eagle Rare or Elmer T. Lee.

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    Thanks guys!

    I'll be looking out for those...if they really are that cheap, I may get to grab several bottles!
    I'm not as think as you drunk I am...

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    BTW - is any of the "Four Roses" cheap? Or is that all top shelf, pricey stuff?

    Oh, and Chuck, thanks for the Rittenhouse recommendation. I really like Bulleit and the Jim Beam Rye...just wish it were a higher proof. Is WT Rye relatively cheap too?

    How does WT Rye compare to Rittenhouse?
    I'm not as think as you drunk I am...

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    OWA would be a good choice. It's a wheater, but 107 proof. Good flavor at a nice price. You can probably get it for around $18.00. Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    I would also suggest AAA 10 year if you can find it. While it's only 86 proof, it's certainly a great pour. Chuck mentioned JTS Brown BIB, but I would also suggest Very Old Barton BIB (~$15 bottle) and Old Forester Signature.
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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    I'm voting for RITT BIB and ERare.

    Actually for a little more than 60 you could probably get 2 RITT BIB and 1 ERare or 2RITT BIB and 1 BTrace would put it right on the barellhead.
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

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    Re: If you had one choice to make...

    I'm definitely more of a wheater so I would suggest VW Lot B or Pappy 15 year! Hard to go wrong with either of these two IMO!

 

 

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