It’s ME….The New Guy that did the Nutty Taste Test about a year ago.
I’ve been in & out of here quite a bit since then but have chose to hold off posting…until now.
Anyway, it’s getting to be that time again….time for my annual trip and I wanted to check in with the knights of the round table once again & gather some info before setting out on my journey. This is my yearly trip with my closest friends that started out over 10 years ago camping in the middle of nowhere sitting around a fire so big you could see it from orbit drinking anything friends brought around said fire until almost dawn laughing & attempting to figure out the meaning of life.
Fast forward a decade + and we’ve made our way to Lake Powel on a Houseboat for the trip as well as a KILLER house on the sand in southern California.
Now….this year we’re stepping it up….I have found and rented us a 6000 sq. ft. house a little ways off the Las Vegas Strip~!
It’s the same group for a full week and it should be a great time.
AND I have an idea….instead of the regimented, organized, detailed almost militant type test conducted last year, I wanted to try something different.
I wanted to do a more casual week long type evaluation. Given these folks have now been introduced to the wide world of bourbon
I wanted to see what progress if any they have made. I would like to bring 5 or 6 bourbons max and casually see which one goes first or is most favorably commented on or is just flat out not liked for that matter.
Just in day to day life. No detailed score sheets, just me taking a few notes and asking a few questions as the week goes on.
This is where is gets dicey and why I need your help.
First…what to bring? Well here’s what I will be bringing for sure:
Maker’s Mark 23 – WINNER of last year’s taste test (it’s earned it)
Pappy 20 - My personal favorite (my game my rules)
J.D. Single Barrel – A must have quality item for mixing
Other than these 3, I was hoping you might offer some suggestions…
OTHER THAN ANY OF THE BOTTLES BROUGHT FOR LAST YEARS TEST. (listed below)
See there, just when you thought it would be easy I go and toss a Monkey in the wrench.
I’m nowhere near an expert. Hell I barely feel qualified to post in this place. Hence the reason I am asking you.
The Qualified Good People of Straight Bourbon .com
What 3 bottles MAX would you bring to the festivities in addition to the ones already in above?
As usual price is not a huge concern, but quality IS. The purpose is to kind of flesh out in a week long casual environment with a couple basic questions to mostly entry level bourbon folks which is most to their liking. Not while sitting at a table struggling to sort thru “is that Caramel or Coconut I smell” like last year, but while they are hanging out watching a movie with a glass, or out by the pool at noon or in the Jacuzzi and 2 am. Which one in the course of normal life will get the most favorable review? I am working diligently on the questions in my spare time and want to keep them basic and to a minimum.
Maybe only 2 or 3 questions. Of course I am open to suggestions for those as well.
I am well aware this is quite a bit off the beaten path and to many might seem like the same thing done last year.
It is not. Having had a front row seat for last year’s test and making sure it was accurate and all details were followed was a real job. The testing was so regimented it became a serious challenge to complete. And while everyone went along and seemed to enjoy it, it was in fact a bit tedious.
This will be the exact opposite of that. A week in a kick ass house to sample as much or as little as they want 24 hours a day all for the cost of telling me what they think as they do it. I am also really interested to see if peoples opinion of a certain bourbon might change by the end of the week?
Who knows…timing is everything in life.
So feel free to call me whacko and make fun of me all ya want…my skin is thick.
And thanks in advance for any help.
Last Year’s Bottles tested:
Black Maple Hill
Four Roses Single Barrel
Jack Single Barrel
Woodford Reserve Maple Wood Finish
Makers Mark 46
Wild Turkey Rare Breed