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    Wheat's vs Rye's

    I started drinking bourbon/whiskey about a two years ago...like many others before me I started with Jack and Jim with Coke and have moved on from there. About 6 months ago I decided to start moving away from the JD and into bourbon...started on the Rocks with a splash of water, then to where I'm at now which is one ice cube.

    I have had the following and are all open on the bar:
    Four Roses Small Batch
    Knob Creek
    Woodford Reserve
    JB White
    JB Black
    Maker's Mark
    Elmer T. Lee
    Buffalo Trace
    ORVW 10/90
    VW Lot B

    I have found that my favorites of the bunch are BT, ORVW, and VW lot B...it happens that all of these are considered to be wheaters. My question is, is there a list of "wheaters" and "Rye's" anywhere? If not, does anyone have any additional recomendations on other bourbon's if I like that style?

    I have the following in the bunker that I haven't tried yet:
    Blanton's
    Four Roses Yellow
    EWSB 1998
    JD Single Barrel
    Eagle Rare 10/90
    Pappy 15yr
    Pappy 20yr
    Ridgemont Reserve 1792
    Russel's Reserve

    Which one's will I most likely like based on my preferences listed above? Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by hectic1; 06-04-2009 at 11:49.

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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Buffalo Trace is not a wheated bourbon.

    Wheated Bourbons include:

    Weller, Fitzgerald, Van Winkle and Makers Mark.
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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Buffalo Trace is not a wheated bourbon.

    Wheated Bourbons include:

    Weller, Fitzgerald, Van Winkle and Makers Mark.
    That's funny...I tried to have a MM last night after two nights of BT and ORVW and I couldn't do it...that bourbon does nothing for me. I don't know what it is but it's a good manhattan bourbon but not one that I would want to drink neat or with cube of ice...maybe I was having an off night.

    What about the Weller 12 year? It's $24.99 at the local Binny's...is that one that should be on my list to try? I see that Binny's gave it a 96 out of 100...best buy!

    This site is going to be my downfall...my wife is already tired of me talking and buying bourbon...I have to sneek it in the house now.

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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Quote Originally Posted by hectic1 View Post

    This site is going to be my downfall...my wife is already tired of me talking and buying bourbon...I have to sneek it in the house now.
    I have to agree with you there. At first you start reading and learning about bourbon but you hear everyone talking about this or that and you have to go out and get that. Like my wife says I don't have a drinking problem I have a buying problem.
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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Quote Originally Posted by hectic1 View Post
    What about the Weller 12 year? It's $24.99 at the local Binny's...is that one that should be on my list to try? I see that Binny's gave it a 96 out of 100...best buy!
    Weller 12 will really tell you if you like wheaters. Weller 12 is one of my favorites and a favorite of many here. So far as I know, Binny's is the only Chicago retailer that carries it, and good for them.

    BT is not only not a wheater, but there are many other ways in which it bears no resemblance to the Van Winkles. That it is one of your favorites is a good thing, because it shows you like different bourbon styles.

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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Going to head to Binny's tomorrow to pick up a bottle of Weller 12...I'm sure I'll crack it open tomorrow and give it a whirl!

    I'm starting to really notice the different characteristics of the different bourbons...I had BT then ORVW 10/90 back to back the other night and you're right...they are very different...but both very tasty IMO.

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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Weller 12 will really tell you if you like wheaters. Weller 12 is one of my favorites and a favorite of many here. So far as I know, Binny's is the only Chicago retailer that carries it, and good for them.

    BT is not only not a wheater, but there are many other ways in which it bears no resemblance to the Van Winkles. That it is one of your favorites is a good thing, because it shows you like different bourbon styles.
    I thought I was not being a "good" bourbon drinker because a couple of my lower priced favorites are OGD BIB and Old Fitz BIB. I know they taste definitely different from each other, but I like them both. Maybe that's ok?

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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    That's more than OK.......It demonstrates that you like variety, which is always a good thing, and that you can easily distinguish between them.

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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Quote Originally Posted by anyexcuse View Post
    I thought I was not being a "good" bourbon drinker because a couple of my lower priced favorites are OGD BIB and Old Fitz BIB. I know they taste definitely different from each other, but I like them both. Maybe that's ok?
    I like OWA a wheater , ERSB low rye and WT 101 high rye and it's ok as long as you can tell and appreciate the difference. Now if they all taste the same take up drinking scotch.
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    Re: Wheat's vs Rye's

    Hmm...by this statement it would seem that I tend to prefer wheater or lower rye bourbons. I really liked ERSB more so then FRSmB...would that be a higher rye makeup?

 

 

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