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  1. #11
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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Well, I was gonna name a few but looks like they're already listed. I had to post though....if only in reply to this:

    I have to ease Mrs. TexasPride into understanding the benefit of having a lot of whiskey around the house.


    Good luck!

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    I doubt a respectable establishment would water down WT 101. I often have suspected that I got Jim Beam and not Makers when ordering at a bar but have never complained.

    As far as the 375ML question goes I must say 750 is a better buy and should offer a good selection at a fair price.

    Elijah Craig $13.00
    WT 80 proof $13.50
    Ezra Brooks $9.00
    Old Forrester$14.00
    Evan Williams Bottled in Bond $12.00

    For about $60 you will have a nice start. Take a few weeks to build it up and you will not feel the pinch at all.

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Okay, I'll post 5 'must tries' for you, but I simply HAVE to change your criteria, because most of the bourbons you HAVE to try don't come in 375ml bottles. I could easily cut my collection/bunker to 5 'desert island' bottles:

    1. Everyday pour---you need to try Buffalo Trace. It's a 'double duty' bourbon good enough to drink straight, but cheap enough you won't cringe when your neighbor pours it in Diet Coke.
    2. Premium pour---Pappy 20. (yeah, I know, this is pricey, but it's worth it, and it's simply a MUST TRY if you're a bourbon lover!)
    3. Single Barrel/Small Batch---Blanton's. I have yet to taste anything better in the price range, period.
    4. Rye---Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13yo. Absolutely spectacular, and it's a bargain!!
    5. High Octane--Booker's. But only because I can't get George T. Stagg without a long journey, and I can't recommend it if I haven't tried it.

    Try these, even at full price and in 750ml bottles. You won't be disappointed.


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    Re: 5 To Start With

    even Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve for about $23 is a great bourbon. (though even that will be debated by some haha)

    only the crazed would debate that!



    TomC

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Call me crazy then, but RR is the red-headed stepchild of the Wild Turkey line. It would be a nice pour at $15, but I would still probably prefer WT101 at that price. And at only $6 more is Rare Breed, which is a far superior bourbon. Although, you really shouldn't bother with anything less than Kentucky Spirit anyway, because once you've tried the "Big Bird" all others are just chicks and hens

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    I guess I'm crazy, too, because there are several bourbons sold at RR's price point that I would rate as superior to RR. I agree with Jeff's opinion on the RR.

    Jeff: Have you tried WT 12yo? It's definitely NOT a chick, nor a hen. In fact, it may just rule the roost. The 12yo, Rare Breed and Kentucky Spirit are all superior bourbons. To choose one as the best WT is difficult, to say the least. The big strike against the 12yo is that it's nearly impossible to find in stores (but, thankfully, easy to find at my house). I find the quality of RB to be ever-so-slightly more consistent from bottle to bottle than KS. RB never fails to amaze and delight me. But, when you get a top-notch bottlng of KS, nothing beats it. Again, I agree with you on the Russell's Reserve: it's good, but not equal to the best WT has to offer.

    My Wild Turkey pecking order:

    1. Wild Turkey 12yo
    1a. Rare Breed
    1b. Kentucky Spirit
    4. Russell's Reserve (and a distant fourth, at that)
    5. WT 101 (nipping at RR's heel)


    SpeedyJohn

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Jeff: Have you tried WT 12yo
    Here is a tasting I did on WT 12yo a while back.

    I really enjoy WT12 a lot . I did not mention it because of the limited availability. I am hard-pressed to pick a favorite between it and KS, but KS probably gets the edge due to the price difference and availability.

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Haha, how did I know it would be you Jeff to chime in about RR. Rare Breed, as good as it is, is still $12 more here than RR... I love the whole WT line, but RR is still a good pour for the price. Hey, opinions opinions, they're like holes, right?

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Here in Lexington, RR goes for about $24 and RB for about $29, so that's really only a $5 difference. $12 is a bit of a bigger jump, but still worth it to me. How 'bout I give you $24 not to make me drink RR

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    Re: 5 To Start With

    Wow, that's weird. The place around from where I live has RR for only $21 right now but RB is $33-$34 I forget... RB and KS are way overpriced here in NY, but I am still shocked that this store is selling RR for that price. Hey, send that $24 on over, it'll buy me another bottle of RR ! But I'm not arguin' with ya', for the price difference you pay in KY between the 2, I'd probably sway towards Rare Breed as well.

 

 

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