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    What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    Like all good coaches, I'm planning ahead. Here's my starting lineup for tonight's Super Bowl. Substitutions for poor performance under pressure will be made as necessary, of course!

    Quarter 1: I'm starting off with a bottle of 2002 OF Birthday Bourbon that just arrived. Deep mahogany color in toast to the Bucs.

    Quarter 2: Jim Beam Black, 7 yo, 90 proof. A fitting bourbon to honor the journeymen Raiders.

    Van Winkle Half Time: While the commentators compare team stats, I'll be comparing the Old Rip 10 yo, 107 proof to its 15 yo, 107 proof sibling.

    Quarter 3: WT Kentucky Spirit, Barrel 6, Warehouse H, Rick 5, 2-7-00. Time to add some Russell spice to the game.

    Quarter 4: BT's George T. Stagg. No apologies necessary, here.

    Overtime: If it get's this far, gonna have to reach deep into the bunker for the Martin Mills 24 yo.

    Have fun tonight, all!

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    I have started with the VOB BIB, but I will soon be switching to the 'Fox' to start things off. Sometime near the half I plan on my last drink of ORVW 10yo from this bottle. Rare Breed to start the second half and to finish, What else but the Stagg. Well, that's my "dream" scenario. Unfortunatly I have to work early tomorrow, so probably just a drink or two of WT101

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    What is Martin Mills 24 yo?

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    Martin Mills and Bourbon Valley are 24 yo bourbons barreled in 1974 and bottled by Heaven Hill under assumed named distilleries in 1999. Less than 5,000 bottles of each were bottled.

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    Lacking the foresight of a good coach, I waited until the Dixie Chicks were doing their version of The Star Spangled Banner before I turned on the TV, made a dash for the stash, and then settled in to watch the game.

    Under pressure as I was, I quickly decided to conduct the Super Bowl of Bourbon by grabbing the two bourbon bottlings that have impressed me most over the last few months. Is it OK to have a Super Bowl where the two contenders come from the same city? The same distillery?

    I hope so. I chose Wild Turkey 12 year-old and Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit.

    Like the game itself, this contest stacked up to be a classic, but turned out to be a blowout. I can imagine that others might see it differently, but to me the 12 was the overwhelming winner.

    True, the KS has more complexity, even better balance, perhaps, with its combination of sweet and sour (caramel and lemon grass) and a zesty quality akin to lemon peel to the nose and Independance Day sparklers on the tongue. However, the 12 takes barrel tones to a level that I can't imagine any bourbon exceeding without becoming too much barrel. Its heavy, dark, toffee-like sweetness begins with the nose, carries over to the palate, and lingers in the finish. How sad that I have only one and a fraction bottles of this treasure remaining, with little chance of ever obtaining more.

    Did I forget to mention color? The 12 was several shades darker in color. I even wonder whether the visual contrast might have biased me in its favor, even before I began my comparative nosing.

    I'm sure that I will continue to enjoy Kentucky Spirit, but I no longer consider it to be the pinnacle of bourbon.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    Woodford Reserve. Good but perhaps overhyped as is the superbowl.

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    <font color="#666666">I had Weller Centennial during the forth quarter to toast the Bucs impending victory. Now this doesnt seem particularly appropriate until I tell you</font color> <font color="red"> that I bought the bottle on a liquor run to Tampa when I visited my parents in FLA last November!


    BLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    TomC <font color="red"> </font color>

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?


    Martin Mills 24y is made by Heaven Hill. I believe it's the 23y Evan Williams, aged a year longer. Bettye Jo can confirm. It's a pricey export item.

    Cliff, did you get it here or overseas? And do you like it?

    Omar

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    Omar, I found the Martin Mills 24yo, along with its twin, Bourbon Valley 24yo, at Tokyo's Narita airport a couple of years ago. Both were gone a year later when I passed through. MM is packed with flavors that I am just now learning to articulate, but I won't volunteer them until I am more sure of what I am tasting. There's a lot of wood there, for sure, but it's not harsh. Neither is it sharp on the top end like my bottle of HH's ECraig 18yo S.B. If Bettye Jo could, indeed, tell us more about these two exports, that would be great.

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    Re: What are you drinking during the Super Bowl?

    Hey Man,

    Would it be possible to post pictures of the bottles in question. I am always curious to what labels and such look like. . .

    Thanx in Advance,

    TomC

 

 

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