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    2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    No reason for the whiskey writers to have all the fun. Here is my winner for "Whiskey of the Year" for 2012, as well as other awards:

    Bourbon of the Year: 2012 Parker's Heritage 6th Release
    --Stunningly delicious whiskey, that now represents the greatest whiskey I have ever had.
    Runner up: CEHT "Tornado".

    Best New Standard Release Bottling: Larceny by HH
    --Wonderful addition to a lean wheater line-up. Well priced, amply available, and delightfully drinkable.

    Best Distillery: Heaven Hill
    --These guys are hittin' on all cylinders, and continually offer high quality products at reasonable prices. With the PHC and Larceny offerings, they won by a nose over BT, in my book.

    Best Foreign Whiskey: Redbreast 12 yr. Cask Strength
    --The best whiskey I tasted in 2012, after the PHC.

    So, these are my choices. Let's hear yours.

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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Very good thread Joe. We know better then most what is the best, Lol.

    Bourbon of the year: '12 FR's LE SmB. Four Roses continues to impress every year with their 2 LE's. This year was no different

    Best new standard release : Larceny by HH. Heaven Hill continues to put out kickass budget pours, this wheater adds to that tradition.

    Best Distillery : Four Roses. They continue to put out 2 fabulous LE's every year, and their single barrel program is 2nd to none. 'Nuff said
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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Bourbon of the Year - My vote goes to the Four Roses 2012 LE SmB. PHCs 6th nabs second for me.

    Distiller of the Year - Four Roses. Two stellar LEs, single barrel program, and some superlative gift shop offerings puts them over the top.

    Standard New Release - High West Campfire by a wide margin. Can't get enough of this totally unique and tasty whiskey.

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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Great idea Joe!

    Bourbon of the Year:
    2012 Four Roses Ltd Ed Small Batch
    Runner up: Four Roses Ltd Ed. Single Barrel
    Best New Standard Release Bottling: Knob Creek Rye
    Best Distillery: Four Roses (see above), Heaven Hill- runner up (for the reasons Joe mentioned)
    Best Foreign Whiskey: Balcones Single Malt (It's a whole other country)
    Enough Already Award: Anything Van Winkle
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    2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Bourbon of the Year - Parker's heritage, I am abed get buyer but this one I tributes me. Glad I bought it and will be looking for some more.

    Distiller of the Year - so many to choose from but still have to go with BT. They put out most of my everyday pours and all quality products. If they ever pull the Weller line or screw with it much more I will have to knock them down. 4R'd and HH are very close 2nd's right now.


    New Release: Larceny. To be honest this products is what brings Hhto the close 2nd.




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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Bourbon of the Year: FR SmB 2012 LE
    --Elegant & complex; a whiskey to contemplate. Everything else is a very distant second.

    Best New Standard Release Bottling: Larceny by HH
    -- Your comments nailed it.

    Best Distillery: Four Roses
    --Jim Rutledge and Company are making the best bourbon... do any of their single barrels miss the mark?
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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    I'm not sure how we're defining "new standard release", but if it just means continuous availability, I'll throw in a vote for Woodford Double Oaked. This grows on me a little more each time. I'm not going to argue against Larceny for value, but on sheer quality, my vote goes to the gentleman in Versailles.

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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Bourbon of the Year-FR SmB LE

    Bourbon of the Year Runner Up-PHC 6th 4 Grain,short finish hindered this one just a little to an otherwise nearly perfect pour

    Best New Standard Release-Larceny,by way of sheer value

    Best Foreign Whisky-Redbreast Cask Strength

    Distillery of the Year-Buffalo Trace,they produce such a wide array of my day to day pours that are always of great quality and the BTAC line is always stellar year after year.
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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    I'm not sure how we're defining "new standard release", but if it just means continuous availability, I'll throw in a vote for Woodford Double Oaked. This grows on me a little more each time. I'm not going to argue against Larceny for value, but on sheer quality, my vote goes to the gentleman in Versailles.
    Exactly BB. "Continuous availability" is what I was meaning.
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    Re: 2012 Bourbon of the Year---and other shout-outs...

    It was actually a pretty boring year for whiskey. These are my picks:

    Best Bourbon/Rye of the Year: Sazerac 18
    In another year where overall borbon/rye quality continued the slow decline, the Saz 18 continues to shine. Thank goodness this beauty is tanked, because I am losing faith in the other BT offerings. Please note that I may have nominated the 4R LE SmB, but I did not have a chance to try it.

    Worst Bourbon/Rye of the Year: Pappy Van Winkle
    Not the same whiskey. Not as good as it was. Not worth the new prices. Not worth fighting cool-seeking young hipsters and status-seeking aging middle managers for. The overpriced CEHT releases get an honorary mention for a lousy QPR.

    Best New Standard Release: High West Campfire
    It's a bourbon, a rye, and a Scotch! High West did what they do best, experimented, and came up with another winner. Kudos for a great product and for continuing to shake things up - as much as it raises the hackles of the stodgy geezers who pump out the status-quo, this kind of work is what the industry needs more of.

    Worst New Standard Release: Wild Turkey 81 Rye
    This sucks so bad, it was not even worth someone else paying.

    Best Foreign Whiskey: Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #3
    No question. If you didn't nominate it, you probably didn't try it.

    Distillery of the Year: Four Roses
    This distillery keep churning out great special releases, and most importantly, really solid standard offerings.

    Pseudo-Distillery of the Year: Michter's
    Here is some history you may have missed: if you take the name Michter's and add a few letters, then take some away, it spells bullshit.

    Bourbonian of the Year: BarrelChar
    Seriously.
    Last edited by LostBottle; 12-26-2012 at 20:51.

 

 

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