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    Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    I've spent a lot of time reading through old threads, and I haven't really seen this question addressed directly (I hope it's okay to post it here and not in the newbie board).

    Given that they're about the same price, which do you all think is the better value? The 4 y/o BiB or the 8 y/o at 86 proof? I'm generally a fan of the HH house style, so I'm guessing I might be happy with either.

    The situation is that I have about $10 left on a giftcard and I thought I might burn it up on some bottom shelf juice (and there aren't a lot of viable bottom shelfers at this store).

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    I've spent a lot of time reading through old threads, and I haven't really seen this question addressed directly (I hope it's okay to post it here and not in the newbie board).

    Given that they're about the same price, which do you all think is the better value? The 4 y/o BiB or the 8 y/o at 86 proof? I'm generally a fan of the HH house style, so I'm guessing I might be happy with either.

    The situation is that I have about $10 left on a giftcard and I thought I might burn it up on some bottom shelf juice (and there aren't a lot of viable bottom shelfers at this store).

    Thoughts?
    I don't think you can go wrong either way. I like them both but tend to lean towards the BIB, given my druthers.
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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    The HH 8/86 - are you refering to "Old Heaven Hill - Very Rare Old" (aka VROHH)?

    I'f so, I don't think they make that anymore. The Oregon Liquor Control Commision had been buying it, and it was being sold at three stores in the state, but all are out of stock and the OLCC can't get any more (I'm pretty sure I bought the last seven bottles back in December).

    I didn't think it was available anywhere else until Christian reported seeing some there in Minn (where you are).

    If VROHH 8/86 is what you can get, I'd go for that. I have a feeling you won't be seeing it much longer.
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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    Yes, I'm pretty sure it is the Very Rare Old. I'll check but I probably won't get back over there before Friday.

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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    Quote Originally Posted by CorvallisCracker View Post
    I didn't think it was available anywhere else until Christian reported seeing some there in Minn (where you are).

    If VROHH 8/86 is what you can get, I'd go for that. I have a feeling you won't be seeing it much longer.
    Yes, and apparently I single handedly caused the price to go up a buck or two a bottle at one store.

    Brisko, welcome to the site. The VROHH is a very good deal, I can't recall what the cheapest I've seen it for now but it may have been under $9 at Surdyks. Even at $10-$12 it is a wonderful bargain.

    As Scott mentioned something with an 8 year age statement for that price isn't likely to last in this bourbon boom. We already saw, a few years ago, the 10 year 100 Proof version of it go away so it makes you wonder if the 8 isn't next.

    I can't speak to the 4yo BiB as I don't know when the last time I had it was. I am not going to buy one, but I do have a 6yo BiB sitting in the garage so maybe I'll open that one and give it a taste to comapre.

    Another great deal here in the Twin Cities area is the OGD 114 proof. Joshua and I scouted out a spot that sells that for $18.99, that's a stupid bargain. Send me a PM if you want to know where.
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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    Do you think they are still making it, or I wonder if a local distributor has a bunch of it sitting around-- the various places I see, the stock level seems to stay consistent.

    I've seen it for under $10, anyway.

    I guess you guys confirmed my initial inclination; to go for age vs. proof in this case.

    I will send you a PM because OGD 114 is my new fave.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    If picking between the two HH BIBs, I'd take the 6 year. It's actually quite good and value priced.
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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    Do you think they are still making it, or I wonder if a local distributor has a bunch of it sitting around-- the various places I see, the stock level seems to stay consistent.
    In 2008 I sent a bottle to Scott (Callmeox), who took it to the next sampler. It's my recollection that he told me that when Bettye Jo Boone of HH saw it, she stated that it was one no longer in production.

    Am I remembering that right, Scott?

    (it's also possible that Christian related this to me...I have trouble recollecting at this point)
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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    If they aren't making then some distributor in Minnesota stocked up bigtime because it is very common currently. Or at least was a few months ago, I haven't been out much since Joshua left me.
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    Re: Old Heaven Hill BiB vs. Old Heaven Hill 8 y/o

    Sounds like it's something to get while the getting is good.

 

 

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