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    Ranking of recent Antique collection

    Whats your ranking from first to last? Include handy of course.

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    I'd rank them against similar whiskeys (mashbill, proof, age) rather than against themselves. So Saz 18 would fall behind VWFRR, Vintage 21/23, BMH 23 and the older Michters 10s (which are really 18) but above any of the older High West ryes.

    But, playing the game as you've laid it out, I'd have to say:

    (1) Stagg
    (2) Saz 18
    (3) WLW
    (4) Handy
    (5) ER 17

    And then, there's what do I PURCHASE (which means what do I DRINK) more often, it's like this:

    (1) Any Saz 18 I find
    (2) Handy (because it's often on sale for $59.99 and great in cocktails)
    (3) WLW (easier to find than Stagg, and Stagg is so intense, I don't like to drink it all that often, plus I prefer wheaters)
    (4) Stagg (see above)

    No ER17 on the list -- tried it in bars and just not worth it.

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    tie- Stagg or Weller
    Saz 18
    Handy
    ER17

    I like darker ryes over Saz 18. Handy and ER17 are tasty but expensive for what they are.

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    Saz 18
    Stagg
    Handy
    ER17

    I haven't opened my WLW yet. I love the Saz 18 and drink it more regularly. I really enjoy the Stagg, but I have to be in the mood for it. The Handy, as someone above mentioned, makes a killer cocktail. The 11 ER17 is much better than the 10 version, but still my least favorite of the line-up, but not in any way bad.
    tl; dnr

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    Weller this year is great !!!
    Cheers,

    Scott

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    Quote Originally Posted by birdman1099 View Post
    Weller this year is great !!!
    Agreed. Haven't had past years, but this bottle is fantastic.
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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    Saz 18
    Weller
    Stagg
    Handy
    ER 17

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    For me, it depends on the year and my changing tastes. It used to be that Stagg always took top honors, but I am not sure that even a stellar release like 2010 can now pass Sazerac 18 which is my new favorite (by a longshot) and, in my opinion, better than VWFRR. Weller will always be the least desirable for me as I just do not like it.

    2011 BTAC
    1. Sazerac 18
    2. George T Stagg
    3. Thomas H Handy
    4. Eagle Rare 17
    5. William Larue Weller

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    Re: Ranking of recent Antique collection

    Weller, Stagg, and Saz 18 could have the top spot for me on any given night. Just depends on my mood. They're entirely different whiskies...

    I am a fan of ER17. I don't think it lives up to the three above and should have a lower price than them, but I appreciate its age and think it does well for the Eagle Rare name.

    I don't get why people pay a premium for Handy. Call me crazy, but I just think it's too young. Being barrel proof doesn't save it for me. Makes a killer ginger and rye, but who wants to pay 70 dollars or more for a mixer?? The 10 year Abraham Bowman LE rye tastes to me like Handy living up to its potential. I'd like to see more of that on the market, because it's one of my very favorite ryes.
    Ryan

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    1. Stagg/Weller
    3. Saz 18
    4. Handy
    5. ER17


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