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    2009 Bourbon Review

    Let's go over the special and annual releases from 2009.
    How do you rank them and how do you like them.
    First I'll list what was released.
    If I missed any please add to the list.

    Four Roses 2009 Barrel Strength Limited Edition
    Four Roses 2009 Mariage
    Wild Turkey Tradition 14yo
    Old Rip Van Winkle Family Selection 23yo 114prf
    Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary
    Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage
    Jefferson's Presidential Select 17yo
    Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Seasoned Oak Finish
    Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2009
    Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2009
    ...William Larue Weller
    ...George T Stagg
    ...Eagle Rare 17yo
    ...Thomas H Handy Rye
    ...Sazerac Rye
    Last edited by OscarV; 01-01-2010 at 11:10.
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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    Add:

    Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel 90th Birthday
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    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    How do you rank them and how do you like them.
    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post


    As strange as this may sound, I am lagging behind in my 09 juices. I usually crack open my BTACs as soon as I get them, but I have so many open, I decided to hold off...

    Now I can see just how far behind I am. I had the following and I rank them as follows:
    1. Wild Turkey Tradition 14yo
    2. Four Roses 2009 Barrel Strength Limited Edition
    3. Four Roses 2009 Mariage
    4. (one of the ones I have not had)
    5. (one of the ones I have not had)
    6. (one of the ones I have not had)
    7. (one of the ones I have not had)
    8. (one of the ones I have not had)
    9. (one of the ones I have not had)
    10. (one of the ones I have not had)
    11. (one of the ones I have not had)
    12. (one of the ones I have not had)
    13. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2009 (still waiting on Veaches good samples to reconsider )...but below the ones I have not tasted I would guess

    I did not have the following, but my guess on ranking will be based on other folks taste profiles:
    1. William Larue Weller
    2. Old Rip Van Winkle Family Selection 23yo 114prf
    3. George T Stagg
    4. Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary
    5. Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage
    6. Thomas H Handy Rye
    7. Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Seasoned Oak Finish
    8. Eagle Rare 17yo
    9. Sazerac Rye

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    Four Roses 2009 Barrel Strength Limited Edition --- rich, fruity much more solidly FR than the 2008

    Four Roses 2009 Mariage --- outstanding combination of mature and young bourbons ... without the oak. Best of the Year!

    Wild Turkey Tradition 14yo --- very nice Turkey but hated the packaging and found it overpriced. The WTAS was better.

    Old Rip Van Winkle Family Selection 23yo 114prf --- decided to pass at the price

    Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary --- seemed like a novelty bottling at first mention; but surprisingly complex and very well-integrated

    Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage --- fine but no wow factor

    Jefferson's Presidential Select 17yo --- way over oaked. I wonder how this would have been received without the S-W provenance and mystique

    Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Seasoned Oak Finish --- WR finally gets one right. Exceptionally rich and mature; what WR wants to be if it grows up

    Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2009 --- didn't notice the "nose" that some found; but something discordant in the entry taste

    Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2009 --- all solid... but maybe I've become jaded with the BTAC

    Of the crop, FR Mariage is far and away the best. Followed closely by the WRMC SO.

    Bring on 2010!
    Last edited by jburlowski; 01-01-2010 at 12:02.
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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    How about the two new BT Experimentals.

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    How about the two new BT Experimentals.
    I thought about those as well, but since they are not a normal release, like that of the ETL, do they fit?

    There were 4 bottles this yr right? The fine and coarse grain, another pot still and something else right?

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    There were two different BT Double Barrel releases, I believe.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    You new guys and your recent bottlings...I'm still looking forward to opening my 2007 BTAC...
    2010 Bourbonian of the Year

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    Oscar, as you are in a position to know, my bourbon highlights for 2009 are more social than bibulous.
    Although I had cut back on my bourbon 'holdings' to almost nil by year's end, my move to a more commodious abode prompted visitations from the likes of Gary Gillman (gillman) and yourself (OscarV), et uxores, and the genial Mike Bowers (from another bourbon website), which both propelled and assuaged the diminishment of my liquor cabinet.
    Since nothing enhances the savor of good bourbon more than good society, my best bottlings of 2009 were those shared with others of like mind and palate.

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    Re: 2009 Bourbon Review

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    Oscar, as you are in a position to know, my bourbon highlights for 2009 are more social than bibulous.
    Although I had cut back on my bourbon 'holdings' to almost nil by year's end, my move to a more commodious abode prompted visitations from the likes of Gary Gillman (gillman) and yourself (OscarV), et uxores, and the genial Mike Bowers (from another bourbon website), which both propelled and assuaged the diminishment of my liquor cabinet.
    Since nothing enhances the savor of good bourbon more than good society, my best bottlings of 2009 were those shared with others of like mind and palate.
    Well said, Tim. All the best for 2010!!

    Scott
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