Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 58
  1. #11
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Massillon, Oh.
    Posts
    1,242

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    Not sure if the story is true, but I can see the parallels with PVW, as far as the "cult following", "gotta have it" thing. I like PVW, and I think it's a great whiskey, but there is no reason for the circus it has become. I understand what the writer is saying about how the "circus" gets started.

  2. #12
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    1,194

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    So the story is, it's not special. Snoozer or a story for a snoozer of a whiskey
    "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
    T. Durden

  3. #13
    Disciple
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,534

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    BMH 23yr Rye was special. The rest of it is spotty. I think he hurts his credibility by showing such love for the NAS Bourbon.

  4. #14
    Guru
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Commonwealth of KY
    Posts
    3,138

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    It told me a story tonight. Not a classic, but not Twilight either. It's a good enough yarn.

  5. #15
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    458

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    I have a few friends on the retail side of things and they echo the same sentiment as Dave. BMH sells very well and sales keep going up. Marketing is a powerful factor when it comes to sales. BMH has done a good job at that just like the Van Winkles have. Some of the BMH releases have been quite good. They used to be priced much lower than the most recent 16 year, so that helped them sell. The 2 14 years that I have had were good and I really liked the 21. The ryes were excellent. I don't think it is fair to knock BMH for their lack of transparency. I believe it is the producers who don't want them to mention their sources for each given bottling. I can't imagine BMH is tremendously profitable. They just can't do enough volume for that to be the case. That being said, I think Mr. Joseph is just a like minded bourbon nut who runs the BMH line alongside the rest of his portfolio due to his own personal interest in the product. To his credit, he also started doing this before "bourbon was cool." I think he deserves a slight bit of credit for that since he isn't simply trying to cash in on the recent bourbon boom. BMH has put out some worthy bottlings in the past and I fully expect they will continue to do so. Other than the recent price jump the 16 year saw, I am a fan of BMH.

  6. #16
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Dunwoody, GA
    Posts
    684

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    How is the 16 year BMH? I've seen a few bottles lately, but have been mighty reluctant to plunk down $150 especially since $150 could buy you multiple bottles of great bourbons. I may be a sucker ever now and then for some of the tougher stuff to find, but $150 better be heaven in a bottle.

  7. #17
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    458

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by petrel800 View Post
    How is the 16 year BMH? I've seen a few bottles lately, but have been mighty reluctant to plunk down $150 especially since $150 could buy you multiple bottles of great bourbons. I may be a sucker ever now and then for some of the tougher stuff to find, but $150 better be heaven in a bottle.
    To tell you the truth I have not tried the new 16 year small batch. I had the older 16 year single barrel and thought it was great. I don't remember the price I paid for that one, but it was much less than the current small batch 16. As I mentioned earlier I think the new pricing scheme is too high. BMH used to be priced much better than it is now. Someone please correct me but I think the 11 year was roughly $39 and the 21 year was $79-$89. I remember buying an 18 year rye for $79 and the 23 was $125ish. I would for sure buy any dusty age stated BMH's should I find more (especially the ryes).

  8. #18
    Bourbonian Of The Year 2013 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Just East of the Big Chicken, GA
    Posts
    5,862

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    A good job at marketing? Really? Where? Honestly speaking, I wouldn't give most bourbon distilleries better than a "D-" in their marketing efforts, and BMH wouldn't even get a grade.
    JOE

    Wag more.
    Bark less.

    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

  9. #19
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    458

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    Their good job is their do nothing approach, limited distribution, and small production numbers. As human nature states, we want what we can't have. If something is limited or discontinued and it has a fancy label, people flock to it. Look at what sells vodka. I think this is the same consumer group that buys up the BMH Small batch. I'm all for it. Lead the sheep to these products so that the producers have more money to throw specialty barrels at us. It's a win win.

  10. #20
    Bourbonian Of The Year 2013 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Just East of the Big Chicken, GA
    Posts
    5,862

    Re: The Story of Black Maple Hill

    The "do nothing approach...???" Hmmm.
    JOE

    Wag more.
    Bark less.

    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Black Maple Hill...
    By wildcatdon in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 11-01-2007, 06:24
  2. Black Maple Hill Rye 23
    By Sweetmeats in forum American Rye Whiskey
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-28-2006, 15:54
  3. Black Maple Hill 16Y
    By lifeisgood in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 06-18-2006, 17:57
  4. Black Maple Hill?
    By MarkB in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-23-2005, 19:22

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top