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    Plastic cap/cork

    This is probably a very dumb question to many of you, but my curiosity has been piqued. Does a plastic cap instead of a cork mean that the bourbon is lower quality than a bottle that comes with a cork?

    I just bought a bottle of Old Weller Antique that came with a plastic cap and I thought that it was pretty good bourbon and have heard/read here that it may even be better than Maker's Mark.

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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    The purpose of a seal is to keep out the air, nothing more or less. If real cork is used, I hate it when it crumbles. Synthetic cork can be a pain when they're tough to remove or put back in. Haven't seen any Bourbons using glass stoppers(Vino-Lock), but I love 'em. Screw caps, while not sexy to most, are very reliable.

    As for quality of the contents, it has no bearing, although natural cork is used more on the high-end.

    And I agree that Weller spanks MM right off the table.

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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    Thanks for the reply. Since this is my thread and I mentioned the Old Weller Antique I would like to also ask which would be considered better (general consensus since it is entirely subjective), the OWA or the Special Reserve. I had both in my hand last night and settled on the OWA.

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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    Quote Originally Posted by bgast1 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Since this is my thread and I mentioned the Old Weller Antique I would like to also ask which would be considered better (general consensus since it is entirely subjective), the OWA or the Special Reserve. I had both in my hand last night and settled on the OWA.
    It's the exact same bourbon at different proofs.

    I think Bradley C's comments on plastic vs. cork are spot on. I mean, these are sub-$25 bottles, but some of my favorite bottles in the world (RittBIB, OGDBIB and Weller 12) are plastic screw top.
    Last edited by Parkersback; 06-14-2011 at 10:40.
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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    Quote Originally Posted by bgast1 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Since this is my thread and I mentioned the Old Weller Antique I would like to also ask which would be considered better (general consensus since it is entirely subjective), the OWA or the Special Reserve. I had both in my hand last night and settled on the OWA.
    If BT is telling the truth when they say Antique is still a 7yr, then the only real difference is proof. Sometimes I take my Antique neat, and sometimes I cut it a bit. I never cut SR, but I love both. If you can find Weller 12, buy it. Outstanding value, although I'm sure that every SB'r wishes it was 107, or at least 100 proof.

    But the only way for you to really know is to buy every damn Bourbon, and Rye, and try them all. That's what I do.
    Last edited by White Dog; 06-14-2011 at 10:41.

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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    The idea of stuffing a piece of tree bark in a bottle of anything is an idea that needs to go away. It's bad for wine and for spirits. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

    So There.

    Okay...I'll climb down from my soap box.
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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    Quote Originally Posted by mrviognier View Post
    The idea of stuffing a piece of tree bark in a bottle of anything is an idea that needs to go away. It's bad for wine and for spirits. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

    So There.

    Okay...I'll climb down from my soap box.
    I seem to remember your Craic Syrah being sealed with tree bark.

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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    I seem to remember your Craic Syrah being sealed with tree bark.
    NEVER was. Must've been someone else's Craic.
    Mat Garretson
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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    I'll second the mention of OGD BIB and 114. Both are great value pours. As to a screw cap or cork give me a cap as I have had too many corks crumble on me in the past. When I tried to open a bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel I thought I was going to have to use a pair of channel lock pliers to get the synthetic cork out of the bottle.
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    Re: Plastic cap/cork

    I'll third the OGD 114 suggestions. Best barrel proof bourbon you'll find for $25-ish. Even with a natural cork, my bottle opened easily and with no signs of damage to the cork. Never had a problem with corks in whiskey. Wine, on the other hand...

    Eric

 

 

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