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    Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Thought this post (and the comments) on John Hansell's blog was pretty interesting:

    http://blog.maltadvocate.com/2009/08...ings/#comments

    Among other things, Hansell mentions:

    And Iíll take just about any Evan Williams over their 23 yr. old offering for the export market (too much wood for me).

    Most comments discuss scotch bottlings, but there is a clear consensus leaning toward Pappy 15 over Pappy 20 (which I also agree with)

    I am a little surprised that no one mentioned Elijah Craig 12 over EC18 (so I'm about to do just that)

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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    I agree with you on all points. I'd add (for some years anyway) ER 10 over ER 17... again because of too much oak.
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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Interesting comments. I have to say the more I drink Bourbon the more I think that, for my tastes, there seems to be a sweet spot of about 4-8 summers of aging. I am not turning down older corn likker but I'm not sure the extra prices equate in extra value for me.

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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    I've had many EC12's and think it's a fantastic pour, every now and again i get a bad bottle. I've only ever bought one EC18 and it was like nail polish so i am yet to appreciate a good bottle. So for me the 12 is far better until the time i can compare with a good batch...

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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by jburlowski View Post
    I agree with you on all points. I'd add (for some years anyway) ER 10 over ER 17... again because of too much oak.
    I completely agree and will raise you one...
    I prefer the youth of BT to ER10/90.

    same juice right?
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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantos View Post
    I completely agree and will raise you one...
    I prefer the youth of BT to ER10/90.

    same juice right?
    No if I'm not mistaken BT is a high rye and ER is a low rye.
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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    I tend to enjoy the older whiskey more however there have definitely been a few times where younger is definitely the way to go. I've had one bottle of EC12 and one bottle of EC18 and I recall enjoying the EC12 more than the 18. I thought that my first pour of the 18 was phenomenal but I'm fairly certain that this was due to environmental factors because every pour I had since then tasted nothing like the first while the 12 was good till the end. If every pour of the 18 after the first tasted even almost as good as the first I think I'd be saying the opposite of what I'm saying now. Now that I'm thinking of EC12 I think I'm going to try and pick up a bottle at lunch or on the way home! The only other one I can think of is PVW15 and Lot b. I'm not a fan of the 15 like I used to be however even back when I loved it I was hard pressed to say one was better than the other but now I think Lot b is the clear winner because it's much sweeter and doesn't have a lot of wood.
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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by gothbat View Post
    The only other one I can think of is PVW15 and Lot b. I'm not a fan of the 15 like I used to be however even back when I loved it I was hard pressed to say one was better than the other but now I think Lot b is the clear winner because it's much sweeter and doesn't have a lot of wood.
    I would agree, and go further. I think ORVW 10/107 is the best of the VW family.
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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantos View Post
    I completely agree and will raise you one...
    I prefer the youth of BT to ER10/90.

    same juice right?
    Quote Originally Posted by p_elliott View Post
    No if I'm not mistaken BT is a high rye and ER is a low rye.
    Also, I think BT is roughly 8-9 years old verses ER10 at 10-10+ years.

    Anyone remember just how old BT is and where on SB I may have read that. A search turned up far too many results to wade through.

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    Re: Which young whiskies are better than their older siblings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I would agree, and go further. I think ORVW 10/107 is the best of the VW family.
    I do agree to that Josh!

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