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  1. #41
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    Sorry to dredge up an old post...

    I read through this thread and smiled. You guys dug in on the 1835 "Texas" whiskey pretty hard. Earlier this year, I had to call the local Spec's staff out on it. Everytime I walked down the whiskey isle, I was asked by an employee (more often the same guy) if I had tried the new 1835. I finally asked why could I not stand in this isle without being asked about the 1835. I asked him where it was distilled. I pointed at real KY bourbons and told them where they were distilled. I even told him where the Garrison and Balcones was distilled. Now when he sees me, he just says "Hi!" and we shake hands. I know the staff is just doing their job. What bothers me is when I see people asking for help on selecting their first bourbon and the 1835 is what is put in there hands.

    ....and I guess I was a little bothered that as a customer that visited the store weekly (sometimes twice a week) the same clerk put more effort into pushing the 1835 on me vs. recognizing me as a repeat customer that has told him no several times.
    Last edited by buoy37; 12-11-2013 at 20:51.

  2. #42
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    Quote Originally Posted by buoy37 View Post
    Sorry to dredge up an old post...

    I read through this thread and smiled. You guys dug in on the 1835 "Texas" whiskey pretty hard. Earlier this year, I had to call the local Spec's staff out on it. Everytime I walked down the whiskey isle, I was asked by an employee (more often the same guy) if I had tried the new 1835. I finally asked why could I not stand in this isle without being asked about the 1835. I asked him where it was distilled. I pointed at real KY bourbons and told them where they were distilled. I even told him where the Garrison and Balcones was distilled. Now when he sees me, he just says "Hi!" and we shake hands. I know the staff is just doing their job. What bothers me is when I see people asking for help on selecting their first bourbon and the 1835 is what is put in there hands.

    ....and I guess I was a little bothered that as a customer that visited the store weekly (sometimes twice a week) the same clerk put more effort into pushing the 1835 on me vs. recognizing me as a repeat customer that has told him no several times.
    This is also a Specs "house" brand. What I mean by that is Specs and wholesaler (Texas is 3 tier state) have a very friendly (and IMHO possible illegal) relationship, where this brand is practically sold exclusive in Specs. They probably pay their sales people on commission to push this brand.

  3. #43
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    That explains a lot.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

  4. #44
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    I was gifted a bottle of 1835 last year around this time. I have family members that are quite proud of their Texas roots. I can't say that I blame them. But after we all shared a pour of this "bourbon", they considered becoming Mississippians.

    I can't say I blame them for that either.

  5. #45
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    I have to weigh in here - traveling in Houston this week and a Specs showed up on the service road, went it, not a great selection, I was about to pick up an ER10 when they started pushing 1835. I relented, for $25 it was worth a try. I took it back to hotel to share with my travel group. Overall I have to say we enjoyed it. A high rye, spicy in flavor and relatively smooth. I've tasted much much worse. I've been known to throw bottles I don't like down the sink or use them for fire starter. After reading all this post I have to suggest it is an LDI juice with a Texas label.

  6. #46
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    LDI/MGP makes a decent grade Bourbon but I would've chosen Evan Williams or Jim Beam at half the price. I mention those because they are usually available in limited stock stores.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

  7. #47

    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    I was in Houston this past week on a business trip, and was staying across the street from a Spec's. I was talked into a bottle of 1835. Why they call this "bourbon," I have no idea. I've always been skeptical about anything labeled bourbon that isn't made in KY, but I was overly unimpressed with this stuff. I found it to be horribly sweet with something else in there that I couldn't place, real heavy cheap liquor smell to it, and a weak finish. Now, I normally drink Bulleit, Knob Creek, and recently got into Maker's, and from the description I got of 1835, I was really supposed to like it. Overall, I'd only call it ok, maybe on par with Beam white label.

    I didnt even even bother bringing the bottle home.

  8. #48
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    Chalk it up to experience Jp, I won't buy a bottle of Bourbon unless I know enough about it to make an informed choice, starting with who made it.
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  9. #49
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    Strange, I go into Spec's often, and they never tried to push the 1835 off onto me.

  10. #50
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    Re: "Texas Made" Bourbon 1835

    Quote Originally Posted by gblick View Post
    Strange, I go into Spec's often, and they never tried to push the 1835 off onto me.
    Have you ever asked for help finding a bottle of bourbon at Specs? and not I'm looking for xyz specific bottle, just I'm looking for a bourbon?

 

 

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