You have to keep in mind that these were really a fluke to happen, it wasn't a planned event, and it was luck that the barrels were as good as they were to bottle.
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I do not think the Rittenhouse 25 was a fluke - although I think you are right and the 21 was. I think the thought with the 25 was if they let the initial releases age longer, they could charge a lot more. The funny thing is though, the 21 was great, the 23 sucked (like drinking lumber), and the pour of 25 I had was simply OK.
I have it on good authority (from a shop owner that tasted a few bottles with workers and received feedback from other enthusiasts) that there were some very good bottles/barrels of 25, but a lot of mediocre and not so good too. With the seemingly inconsistent nature of the 25, I have never felt like gambling almost $200. In my opinion, the only mistake that happened was not bottling a great whiskey before it went downhill.
Last edited by LostBottle; 06-09-2012 at 21:27.
not sure if it was a good buy, but purchased a WLW for $90 the other day.
Went our during lunch looking around and passed up some Ky Vintage 17 today.
Elmer T Lee 20 year & Willett 18. I need another $100+ bottle of booze like a hole in the head. Did stop and look at them for a minute though.
Hirsch 25 year old rye $159
PHC GA $169
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Pappy 20 for $130
WTR101 for $26.99. Really wanted to bunker another bottle or two, but thought the price was a little salty.
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