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  1. #1
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    Cool New from NoVA/DC/MD

    Hello, all!

    So, first post here! My name is Mike, and I'm SUPER new to bourbon, though I've had whiskey before (jameson/JD) My first drink ever was actually Jameson, and I didn't really like that so much. No offense to fans of the stuff, but it just came through as kerosene to me.

    So, yesterday, I went out and bought a bottle of EW BIB 100p White Label and like it quite well. It is very mellow and not too sweet or sharp. At least to me. I was wondering what others here think of it?

    Also, I've been wondering for a while what the general consensus is on Matterly & Moore (Heaven Hill) and Eagle Rare. I've had recommendations on both, but decided to go for the EW at first. All info on good starters in the $20 or less range would be appreciated.

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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    IMO the EW BIB for about $12.50 in Va. is a great value.... the best of the 3 you mentioned to my palate.
    "The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"

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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    welcome to the forum!
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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    Welcome!

    I lived in Arlington for a few years and that area will always feel like a second home.

    EW BiB is a permanent favorite of mine. It's got a unique flavor, and is loved by several members here. It's also very hard to find outside of the south, so many members never get a chance to taste it.

    Another recommendation you'll get with good reason is Very Old Barton, both 90 and 100 proof.

    And I think George Dickel 12 (parchment label), while not technically a true bourbon (labelling laws being what they are) is basically a delicious <$20 Tennessee bourbon with much to recommend it.

    It's common, on these forums, to leap up into the expensive whiskies before you're educated yourself. There's a lot of great bourbon down around knee-height. Fish through the miniatures at the liquore store, take home a dozen, and do some tastings in a quiet environment. Buy slowly, buy what you've tasted, buy what you truly like.

    Enjoy!
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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    Hi there and welcome. You'll find so many varying degrees of opinions on here that your head will spin . I can't say what I think of EW BIB because I can't get it here (Ohio), but I do like EW black label. I also really like Eagle Rare quite a bit. There are some here that don't care for it much, but that's what keeps things interesting. Enjoy your time here and keep on experimenting with different Bourbons.

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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    Thanks, Flint! That helps a lot.
    Unfortunately, the minis around here are a bit limited to vodka and rum, with the only whiskey entry being JD which I know I'm not fond of.

    Having been in VA have you tried Virginia Gentleman? I'm curious and might go grab a small bottle of it should it be deemed worthy.

    I've noticed that folks here seem to jump prices rather quickly, but I can't afford to do that. For now, I'm content to spend about $40 a month to try 2-3 different options. Slowly, but surely.
    "They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don't win many ball games." - Casey Stengal

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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    Greetings, Photodudems, Welcome aboard!

    I wish I could get EW BIB: I like the 86 well enough (though I think liked it more pre-NAS).
    There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. - GK Chesterton

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    Re: New from NoVA/DC/MD

    I don't really have anything to compare it too, but I like it. Very smooth and not too sharp. This may not be the proper term, but I also find it creamy. Almost like Bailey's. Good stuff, and a pleasant introduction to bourbon.
    "They say some of my stars drink whiskey. But I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don't win many ball games." - Casey Stengal

 

 

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