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  1. #1
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    Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    I'm not sure how everyone else feels, but I'm thankful for the tips I've received from Straightbourbon.com regarding tasty Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, Straight Rye, and even Tennessee whiskeys.

    But I've noticed recently that my palate has been moving from the complex to the simplistic. For example, the whiskey I've been drinking almost every day is the $15/btl George Dickel No. 8. That doesn't mean that I don't appreciate more flavorful, more complex whiskeys, like Four Roses Small Batch or Black Maple Hill, or Bulleit Rye. But, when I finish a 9-hour bartending shift, I find myself craving something simple and honest, like Dickel No. 8 and the music of Tom Petty.

    Anyone else with me here?
    "Suppose he's got a pointed stick!?!"

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    Yes, there are certainly times when I pass right by the various high proof and high end bottles and grab something easy drinking and light.

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    Of course.
    There are situations for everything.
    All depends on mood and enviroment.
    For example I love a good micro IPA like Founders Double Trouble.
    But I also like a good cheeseburger and a cold Bud.
    ovh

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    Agree - all depends on my mood. I love EWB, and think that is a great drink for the money (better than JB White or JD black IMHO). If I want smooth, I'll grab MM. While I'm trying to whittle my collection down to something like 25 bottles, I absolutely intend to keep some from across the spectrum. If I only drank the high end stuff . . . I'd have to adjust my monthly budget (and if I'm that tired at the end of the day, I probably don't appreciate the complexity of something nice).
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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    Compare it to music.
    What's the best rock and roll song ever recorded? No single answer is possible - it's the same with whiskey. There is a time and place for most whiskies and there is a time when simple and delicious fits the moment perfectly.
    We "play" our whiskies the same way a good DJ plays the right cut for the moment.

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    I'm in a similar boat. Though I still appreciate and love my top shelf pours, my buying habits have come full circle and I now tend to seek out the quality "value" bourbons in the sub-$35 dollar range. That gives me quite a range to choose from (VOB, Rittenhouse BIB, WT101, OGD114, FRSmB and a slew of other fine whiskies) and doesn't break the bank. That's why I always tell new-comers not to head straight for the top shelf when quality whiskey can be found down around knee-high in your favorite liquor store.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    My "sweet spot" has always been between $30 - $55 retail. I have traditionally thought that the step up in quality to this level from $20 was tremendous, and the the advancement in quality when reaching for a $80 bottle was present but much more subtle. I now finding myself more likely to go lower than higher, but that's probably because I've really been able to focus on 2-3 cheaper products that I really enjoy. 1792, EC12, and KC can fill about 70% of my whiskey cravings.

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    I'm afraid that I've gotten bored with bourbon, to be honest. I hope it's just temporary because it's the middle of summer. But I've just lost the enthusiasm for seeking out rare bottles and bunkering them and all that jazz. I just want to drink some decent bourbon that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and is readily available. I don't see myself hunting for PVW/BTAC this fall. For sure, it's good stuff. I'm just tired of all the nonsense required to get some. And hell, I work in a liquor store!

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    Gotta agree with those who say its all about finding the right one for othe mood you're in.

    Some nights an $11 bottle will suit me just fine. Some nights it's considerably pricier than that.

    And some nights (such as this) it's every stop in between.

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    Re: Coming down from "Whiskey Snobbery"

    I certainly have lowbrow bourbon evenings. I have bottles in every price range. I usually purchase the under $15 bottles for the purpose of making cocktails or cooking, but there are some nights I want a pour of something I don't have to pay attention to. Fighting Cock usually costs me about $16 or so and I have always found it to be pretty nice for the price.

 

 

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