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  1. #331
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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Did a 3 way blind tasting of AAA 10 Star, VOB BIB, and WT 101. I'd never had VOB BIB before, and not had much WT 101 (in fact, only threw it into the tasting as I had half a 50 ml bottle left to kill). If someone had asked me how I would rank them prior, I would have guessed my preference would be AAA 10 Star, VOB BIB, and WT 101 - or maybe VOB BIB, AAA 10 Star, and WT 101. Ironically - I was sure that the Turkey 101 would be my least favorite based on my last recollection and hearsay. I was surprised to find that I liked the WT101 the best of these three, followed by AAA 10 star and VOB BIB the least (although I thought it had the best nose of the three, but the least character). I was really disappointed when I learned which was which, as I hadn't been able to pick one of them correctly.

    The AAA 10 Star tasted much younger than I recall, with more corn sweet than caramel/vanilla, while the VOB BIB was unimpressive (the alcohol was most prominent on this one). The WT 101 also was strong on the corn sweetness, but with more vanilla and char than I got from the others.

    Lesson for today - just because you didn't like something before or have heard other opinions on a bourbon, give it a second shot sometime - you might be surprised! Now just disappointed that I don't have any more WT 101 (not that I've a shortage of good bourbon by any means!)
    A brilliant post. Absolutely sums up how everyone should approach their whiskey drinking. Throw the preconceived notions, expert ratings, board "consensus", flavor of the month ravings, etc, right out the window. Pour it, try it, and make your own determination. And, have the guts to tell it like it is. Well done, Gary.
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  2. #332
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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Quote Originally Posted by RobP_n_TN View Post
    A couple of pours from a freshly opened new label WT 101.
    Not loving it.
    I'll come back to this one in a month or so and see if some air-time helps.
    Rob
    When I opened this bottle, it has been a couple of years since I had some 101. I'm trying again a week later and it is much better but not as good as I remembered from two years ago. When I had the 101 last week I sampled other bourbons at the same time. The others tasted fine, so I don't think my taste was off that day.

    A while back I opened a Weller 12 that was so funky, I was ready to pour it out. It settled down after a month or so and has been a delight ever since. Just goes to show - don't pass judgement on the first pour out of a newly opened bottle.
    Rob

  3. #333
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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Enjoyed some ORVW 10/90 and Four Roses OBSV tonight and going to finish the night off with some Saz 18
    "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."
    -Frank Sinatra

  4. #334
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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Watching Bama and LSU with some PHC 2010-12.

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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    TPS II wheat on rye and the remainder of a JPS SB 18yr outside by the fire pit

    after a 70hr work week, this is what I need!

  6. #336
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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Celebrated getting our power back last night after 6 days without (due to Hurricane Sandy) with a nice pour of Blanton's. It was very nice for a variety of reasons.

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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Sitting down and listening to the Pack with a pour of BT.

  8. #338
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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Pleasant surprise today. I am visiting my parents and was perusing their liquor cabinet and found an old, dusty bottle of Ancient Age. Has to be about 15 years old. About a third gone. I've never tried AA and I know it's a less expensive bottle. I poured just a taste and holy cow, it was really tasty. Am I crazy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowes View Post
    Pleasant surprise today. I am visiting my parents and was perusing their liquor cabinet and found an old, dusty bottle of Ancient Age. Has to be about 15 years old. About a third gone. I've never tried AA and I know it's a less expensive bottle. I poured just a taste and holy cow, it was really tasty. Am I crazy?
    Not crazy at all. AA is still a good pour for the price. Dusty AA was even better. Enjoy!

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    Re: What bourbon are you drinking today? Autumn '12

    Unlooked for day off thanks to Sandy. So the smoker has been fired up since last night. Into the 17th hour on 2 pork butts and still not ready to be pulled. Fortifying myself with Old Rip 15 and Old Forester Bond from way back. Bourbon and pigskin is the plan for the day. And bbq too once it decides to show up.

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