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  1. #1
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    What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    When I first came to SB, I read some of the "Best Cheap Pours/Bargains" threads, and there I read many folks (not the least of which was Chuck Cowdery) mention JTS Brown and Old Fitzgerald as decent, bottom-shelf bourbons. On a trip through Texas, I picked up a handle of OF and a liter of JTS.

    When I got them home, I was startled at how thin, weak, and bad they both were. I couldn't figure it out. I tried hard to like them, but couldn't. "But Chuck Cowdery likes these whiskeys", I thought. "He has a website. They don't give those out to just anyone!"

    I went back and re-read those "Best Cheap Pours" threads again, and realized my mistake: what everyone was talking about were the bonded/100 proof versions of those whiskeys. I had grabbed Old Fitz Prime, and JTS 80 proof.

    Gosh, they were bad. I ended up cooking with one of them, and infusing the other, I think.
    There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. - GK Chesterton

  2. #2
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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    I used to buy anything on the shelf just to try it....I really regret the purchase of Rebel Reserve. Unimpressive and thin.

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    Beam's version of Old Taylor. C R A P

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    I'll second the Rebel Reserve. Eeesh!

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    I'll second that OF Prime.

    I was out hunting and in a store that was new to me. I bought a pewter WTKS and a Weller Centennial and two Old Fitzgerald Prime.

    It turns out the OF Prime was a new product and comparatively thin. For those who asked for bourbon and coke or ginger, this is what they got in generous proportions. Almost always got the this is really good as a comment. Go figure.

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    EC 12 - 2 times...not gonna be 3, it worked well as a lamb marinade.
    AAA 10 Star - the guy I gave it to drank it so that made me feel better.
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

    GBS Member - 2011 Indoctrination

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    As I've told many people, I know I've got more stuff in my bunker than I will ever be able to drink in my lifetime. As I look on my shelves, I see several bottles that I will probably never open, since I've got too many other bottles that I really enjoy more.

    Things that I wish I had not purchased (or maybe not purchased as many)
    BTAC Sazeracs
    BTAC Eagle Rare (with the exception of the 2008)
    BTEC (at least I finally passed on the latest "lost" barrel set)
    Old Charters 12 (jumped on these when they were discontinued)
    Most of my Turkeys (I bought most of these before I took the time to realize that I'm not really a big Turkey fan)

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    AAA 10 Star and Rebel Reserve.

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    I may be burned alive for saying this on this site, but for me it was AH Hirsch 16 yr gold foil. I read all the hype and finally ran across one at a reasonable price and really looked forward to trying it. When I finally tried it, I was happy because I hadn't caved and bought one off Ebay for even more money. That bottle confirmed that you don't have to spend a bunch of money to get fantastic bourbon. I don't enjoy the bottom shelf as much as some on here do, but that revelation made me much more selective about the bottles I purchased in the future. Now I buy almost exclusively wheaters across the range of pricing.
    Bourbon is sunshine held together by water....

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    Re: What bourbon DO you regret buying?

    I can't exactley say regret because I wanted to try everything so I did.
    But it's like a lot of other things in life as far as the saying goes, if I only knew then what I know now.
    ovh

 

 

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