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    2014 NDP Of The Year

    Figured the DoY thread needed a compliment.

    My vote goes to Smooth Ambler. I have went through an embarrassment of barrel proof Old Scout Rye this year, and they're just fantastic. Their 10 year bourbon, I honestly don't care for all that much, but their 7 and a private selection 9 I've had (same as the 10 on mashbill, but was much deeper and richer in every dimension) are very good as well.

    Add to that the new Contradition that they're putting out, and their pride/transparency with labeling themselves as an Artisan Bottler. Looking forward to great things to come from them in the future.

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    Van Winkle, they continue to do the best to perpetuate a myth into a mountain of cash.

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    Quote Originally Posted by petrel800 View Post
    Van Winkle, they continue to do the best to perpetuate a myth into a mountain of cash.
    At this point aren't they really brand ambassadors for a legacy distillery? JVWIII clearly was a NDP at Lawrenceburg, but once the BT deal began that role really seems to have evolved. Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery is a NDP but then again so is W.L. Weller&Sons and all of the other "fake" distilleries that get labeled as such by the big boys. Hard to sort all of the categories out.


    For me the top three NDP's are Smooth Ambler, KBD/Willett and High West. And I think for purposes of this thread I would rank them (on current products) in that order.
    They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don't win many ball games-Casey Stengel

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    High West gets my domestic vote. I have had some outstanding Smooth Ambler bottles, and I do appreciate their transparency - but most what I've had are single barrels (I haven't had Contradiction yet though). High West takes aged spirit from others and makes it different, by mingling it with other spirits, finishing in different casks, and creating unique products.

    Globally - I think Compass Box is doing amazing stuff. I've had some tastes which I was less than impressed with - but they're catering to a wide range of tastes. IMHO, both John Glasser and Dave Perkins are hitting it out of the park, and I always look forward to trying new stuff they produce.
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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    Smooth Ambler for me. I addition to their regular bottlings the barrel selection program is in full swing and available. The prices are very reasonable compared to some other NDPs. Lastly, as the OP said, transparency is king for many of us around here and SA has never tried to obfuscate what they do.

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    Have to also pick Smooth Ambler. I like their:
    1) expressions
    2) people running the business [John and John]
    3) transparency
    4) future plans for the business ... sustainability, quality products and producing a true WV straight bourbon
    5) hospitality ... a visit to Smooth Ambler provides a lesson on how to be treated as a valued customer.
    6) location ... they are located in the Greenbrier Valley of WV!
    Sto lat!!!

    bllygthrd

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    High West gets my domestic vote. I have had some outstanding Smooth Ambler bottles, and I do appreciate their transparency - but most what I've had are single barrels (I haven't had Contradiction yet though). High West takes aged spirit from others and makes it different, by mingling it with other spirits, finishing in different casks, and creating unique products.

    Globally - I think Compass Box is doing amazing stuff. I've had some tastes which I was less than impressed with - but they're catering to a wide range of tastes. IMHO, both John Glasser and Dave Perkins are hitting it out of the park, and I always look forward to trying new stuff they produce.
    I'm really digging the new High West experiments with finished products...I want to get my hands on one of the manhattan aged rendezvous ryes...

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    For me it's co-champions, High West and Smooth Ambler. I have had some fantastic bottles at what I consider to be priced correctly.

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    Ha! I've only consumed a single bottle from a NDP - Willett Rye 5yo. So, in fairness, I abstain.
    Last edited by MauiSon; 11-22-2014 at 23:18.

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    Re: 2014 NDP Of The Year

    SA for me, good whiskey with a story....that's true.

 

 

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