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    Whiskey sipper in VA

    I was thinking of starting this off with a dumb joke about needing help with that ďhard to findĒ stuff, but Iíll spare everyone that and just introduce myself.

    My whiskey (and whiskyÖto a lesser extent) back story is that I started getting into it late last year. I was a beer and wine drinker, and was looking for something a little more ďconcentratedĒ to carry when I go backpacking. I started off with Everclear, but soon decided that itís probably better served as a fuel source for my alcohol stove rather than an evening drink. So that brought me to exploring the more flavorful brown liquids, where I got my start with scotch. After buying several 750ml bottles and realizing scotch is fairly expensive compared to the homegrown stuff, I thought Iíd try some bourbons. I really got into the flavor profile of bourbon, and fast forward to present it turns out Iím a lover of bourbon, rye and Islay scotches.

    Iíve been working my way through many lower to midrange bourbons and ryes as well as a few higher end ones, and so far am a big fan of EWSB, FC, VOB BiB, ETL, FRSB, OWA, RR and WTR 101 amongst others. As a matter of fact, I really havenít tried anything that I havenít liked with the exception of Buffalo Trace. I need to give it another try though (I have a TPS bottle I havenít opened yet) because I think I got one of the ďmustyĒ bottles. Oh yeah, and the Heaven Hill white label 80 proof didnít really impress me either.

    As part of this new found hobby I have accumulated a bunker (or collection if you prefer). I donít remember the term that I assume was coined here for the person that gets nervous and has to make sure they have at least one of everything (Whiskirexia Nervosa or something like thatÖlove that term by the way), but I seem to be that guy. Iím mainly bunkering one or two bottles of any hard to find and limited release/allocated stuff just to get a hold of it while itís available so that Iíll have some in the future when I get around to actually opening itÖand yes, I do plan to open and consume all of it at some point (i.e. rather than trying to sell it) just in case you were wondering.

    Iíve also done my share of hunting for allocated items, and I have to say that after a year of it I have become quite discouraged by the whole thing to where I think Iím just gonna quit hunting that crap. I have managed to get a bottle of just about everything I wanted to try, but have yet to obtain a PVW product (i.e. the 15 or 20 year old onesÖnot too interested in the 23 year old). I thought I had done the appropriate amount of leg work to obtain at least one of these this fall after getting snubbed last year, but alas I have been snubbed thus far this year too. The good thing is that outside of those ridiculously hard to get allocated items (PVW and to a slightly lesser extent BTAC) I do travel occasionally (business and pleasure), and that has allowed me to obtain lots of stuff I canít get here in VA as well as ďcatch upĒ on getting some one time releases that were out before I got into whiskey.

    Ok, this got a bit too wordy so Iíll wrap it up. I just wanted to add that I love these forums, on which I have been lurking for quite some time, as a resource because I have gleaned a bunch of great info from here. Some of you guys have probably forgotten more than I will ever know about whiskey. If it werenít for these forums Iíd probably still be drinking just EC12 and ESWB, and never would have tried such gems as FC, VOB BiB, and AAA 10 year to name a few. There is one negative to these forums though, and that has to do with the amount of cash Iíve spent on whiskey so far .

    At any rate, thatís a bit (or maybe a lot) about me. Iím looking forward to hanging out and hopefully making some useful contributions.

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Great introduction and welcome to the site,sounds like you already have yourself headed in the right direction as way of your selections so far.Enjoy your time here and don't be afraid to ask questions,lots of great info here on SB.BTW don't get too frustrated with the low volume allocated releases that will come in due time.
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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Welcome to the journey. You are wise to collect the allocated expressions early in your hobby. You'll appreciate it later! As for "chasing Pappy", being a fellow Virginian, you'll have to be vigilant thru out of state sources. The only PVW product available thru VA-ABC is the 20yo, and that is by special order only and with a $25 price increase from last year.
    "There's nothing better than a fine dinner, a good bottle of whiskey and a bad girl"

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Quote Originally Posted by HP12 View Post
    Welcome to the journey. You are wise to collect the allocated expressions early in your hobby. You'll appreciate it later! As for "chasing Pappy", being a fellow Virginian, you'll have to be vigilant thru out of state sources. The only PVW product available thru VA-ABC is the 20yo, and that is by special order only and with a $25 price increase from last year.
    Yeah, I've got mutiple sources I've been pursuing to try and score a bottle of the 15, but none of them have come through thusfar. Frankly I'm tiring of the whole thing, and I figure I'll either get one at some point by sheer luck, or I just won't get one and life will go on. As for the VA ABCs, I put in for a 20 at several stores and haven't heard back from a single one. I did have one store throw me a bone last May though, and they got me 2 VWSR Lot Bs.

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Welcome! Stick to the stuff u can find easy theres plenty to be had. Get yourself some 4 roses limited release (twice a year), wild turkey RB you will enjoy it as much as the papppy and dont have to beg for it . You will get a cance to taste all of the pappy stuff from your friends on this board you may even get to the point where it's one of the last things you sample on the table. Its been known to happen. And lastly, i Like your handle.
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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Good afternoon, welcome aboard.

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Quote Originally Posted by Restaurant man View Post
    Welcome! Stick to the stuff u can find easy theres plenty to be had. Get yourself some 4 roses limited release (twice a year), wild turkey RB you will enjoy it as much as the papppy and dont have to beg for it . You will get a cance to taste all of the pappy stuff from your friends on this board you may even get to the point where it's one of the last things you sample on the table. Its been known to happen. And lastly, i Like your handle.
    What he said.

    Welcome to the board. If you ever make it over to DelMarVa I would be glad to let you sample all kinds of stuff.

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Quote Originally Posted by Restaurant man View Post
    Welcome! Stick to the stuff u can find easy theres plenty to be had. Get yourself some 4 roses limited release (twice a year), wild turkey RB you will enjoy it as much as the papppy and dont have to beg for it . You will get a cance to taste all of the pappy stuff from your friends on this board you may even get to the point where it's one of the last things you sample on the table. Its been known to happen. And lastly, i Like your handle.
    Yeah, I love FRSB. I’ve probably tasted something along the lines of about 40 whiskies or so now, and FRSB is in my top 3 at this point. I did obtain a FRSB LE 2012 and should be getting 2 FRSmB LE 2012s (assuming they make it through the mail ok) in the next day or two. I also got a Binny’s OBSQ when I was driving through Chicago last summer…oddly enough it’s buried in my basement and I forgot about it till just now…looks like I need to dig that thing out and pop it open.

    As for the RB (and many other whiskies for that matter), it’s funny because I jumped into this so full bore (that’s my style) that I focused on buying stuff out of state that I can’t get locally, and have overlooked things like RB that are available here. I’ve read some good stuff on it, so I may have head on down and grab a bottle here at some point in the near future. Heck, I think I’ve even seen some 375ml bottles here locally so it wouldn’t be a huge investment.

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    If you ever make it over to DelMarVa I would be glad to let you sample all kinds of stuff.
    I'm not familiar with DelMarVa, I've only lived in VA for about 5 years. Is that a city or a nickname for an area?

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    Re: Whiskey sipper in VA

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourserker View Post
    I'm not familiar with DelMarVa, I've only lived in VA for about 5 years. Is that a city or a nickname for an area?
    Delaware Maryland Virginia

 

 

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