Some folks say that they've had good and bad barrels. I've had nothing but good barrels. I've always bought the 1.75L bottles, so I'm going to continue doing so in hopes that I keep up the lucky streak.
Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.
While BT is very good and I found the 2 bottles shared quite a bit in common, ER seemed to be smoother. I believe I once again have a new favorite bourbon, but then again, I still have a lot to try.
I've had three bottles of this brand separated by a year each as I got them for Christmas presents. Thery were solid Bourbons with no negatives, good nose and flavor, just not exceptional enough to replace at my own expense.