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  1. #31
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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulO View Post
    I remember as a child being taken shopping at the main Big Red location when it was an A&P grocery store!
    Ha. Shake hands, fellow old-timer! I remember that A&P on College Avenue. Also the longer-lived Kroger further south on College, next to Haag Drug.

    Now that we know Big Red still exists, what about the green-colored confederation of smaller liquor stores known as "Little Guys"? (Each store traded under their own names, but the advertised collectively as "Little Guys", with green footprints painted onto the sidewalk by their entrances...this was about 25 years ago.)

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    "Little Guys" sounds familiar, but I think that all stopped years ago (late '80s - early '90s)? Big Red on the other hand has new stores open all over the place.

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Had a chance to sample the Harrison (LDI) bourbon tonirght. First of all the reps were quite open about it being LDI. The 80 proof had a decent flavor but was just too "smooth (as the reps kept calling it) or weak (as I would call it) for me to want to buy any. The Governor's reserve was a whiskey definitely looking ofr a place on my shelf with its flavor, however I've not yet pulled the trigger since at its price ($50) there is a lot of competition (At $40, I would probably be breaking my resolution on no more multiple bottle purchases and buying about 3-4 of them). I will still probably buy 1 bottle to have on hand. I have to say that right now LDI, is probably my 3rd favorite active distillery behind Buffalo Trace and 4 Roses.

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    OH YEA the A&P mom and dad bought most our groceries there. All you with Bloomington connections...Ever watch "Breaking Away"? Ever go "dipping" in the quarries??

    When Big Red opened, their bourbon section was 4 shelves high and 4 or 5 sections long (~30 feet), I drank my way from the top left to bottom right section by section (OK I skipped 10 high, and standard Jim & Jack). It took close to 2 years to do it, by then they added new selections so I had to do it over again That's how I found Eagle Rare 10/101.

    Would like to try some of the Governor's reserve, when I get home the wife is coming to get me at Ft Benning and we will swing through Bloomington to see friends. I'll have to go to Big Red and see if I can snag a bottle (if I have any money left from dusty diving all the way).
    Last edited by MissinER101; 10-24-2010 at 04:52.

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    4 pages and only one person who has tasted the Harrison. I have to agree that it is a very young and mild bourbon...could not really find any definite taste notes. Hopefully they will keep some in the barrels for another 4-6 years and then give it a try.

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by RJW View Post
    4 pages and only one person who has tasted the Harrison. I have to agree that it is a very young and mild bourbon...could not really find any definite taste notes. Hopefully they will keep some in the barrels for another 4-6 years and then give it a try.
    I've had the higher proof version (thanks Tom!)

    I found it to be interesting and enjoyable...though I don't think I'll be willing to part with enough cash to own a bottle.
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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by MissinER101 View Post
    OH YEA the A&P mom and dad bought most our groceries there. All you with Bloomington connections...Ever watch "Breaking Away"? Ever go "dipping" in the quarries??
    Never dipped, but did watch "Breaking Away" several times. Parts of it are hilarious if you're from Bloomington; the scene where the dad leaves his car dealership and goes speeding off to watch his son win the bicycle race? He's going to 10th Street stadium, which was on the north side; his car dealership is on College Avenue, south of there. He's speeding south on College, which is a southbound one-way street...but the stadium is the opposite direction, up north. Good times.

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    I've had the higher proof version (thanks Tom!)

    I found it to be interesting and enjoyable...though I don't think I'll be willing to part with enough cash to own a bottle.

    I am in complete agreement with Timothy. Joe
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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    I had a taste of both last weekend. I liked the regular enough to buy a bottle. The reserve has more of a bite, but the regular is quite tasty if a bit on the mild side.
    HB

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    Re: Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    I received a bottle of the 80 proof as a Christmas gift. I have to say that I have been enjoying the pours that I have had so far. It's not mind-blowing, but it is much better than I expected, going in. Indicative of it's young age, it is lightly colored. The nose doesn't say much, but begins the theme of fresh corn husks, that carries into mid-palate. I was put off upon first opening of the bottle, of the medicinal alcohol tint, on the nose. But, I have found that a few minutes of sitting and swirls of the glass, dissipate this very effectively. Also, additional openings of the bottle have all but eliminated this. More chewy corn husks at first sip, along with a bit of oak. But, the interesting thing that I really enjoy in this whiskey so far, is the apple that hit's at the end of the corn husk phase, and blooms in the finish. I haven't done a side by side yet, but from what I remember, this bears a strong similarity to the Laird's 7-1/2 yr Apple Brandy that I always enjoy. The finish is dryish, and again surprisingly, doesn't just drop of the face of the earth. It, in fact, is quite lingering.

    At the end of the day, I find it a rather nice pour. I hear it's ~$30. I won't say whether I would continually buy this at $30, and frankly, I don't care. I ain't always in this hobby to determine that. I am, however, always interested in trying new bourbons, pretty much regardless of price. I will say, I would drop $30 to buy this at least once. So, since I received the first one free, it is worthy of me pulling from my own wallet to buy a second.
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