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  1. #1
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    Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    I came across both of these bottles recently and was wondering if the SB community has a strong preference for one over the other. The EC18 was priced a little high--$55--might could get it for a little less but given it's lack of availability for the next few years might be a good pick up. But the 2012 OFBB seems an improvement over the 2011. So both seem to be very good, bold bourbons with somewhat similar traits... So I am curious which would people choose. Thanks!

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    Buy both of them. Sample them blind, and see which one you prefer the best. Then bunker what you like.

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    I'll echo what Rod said. Buy them both. I enjoy them equally. I had a pour of the '12 OFBB last night and to me it's one of the better years. The EC18 can be outstanding if it's a good year and like you said it's all gone for now.

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    While EC18 has it's share of haters, I would grab that. It'll never be back at that price, and you'll have an affordable, over-aged Rye-recipe Bourbon to taste. Many believe it's aged too long, and that's fine, as that bottle may serve that argument. How does one know they don't like Bourbon over the age of 10 or 12yrs, if they've never had any?

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    Ditto others. Both. The EC18 has been off the shelf for at least six months .. goning on a year .. and the last of the stuff on the shelf was likely bottled at more than 18 years .. to later become the EC20 that people are now paying $140 for. While I've heard of some people getting some they didn't like .. the vast majority of it .. and all that I've had (10-12 bottles) have been dynamite. Likewise .. have not had a bad OFBB .. some may be better than others ... but all good.

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    I love the OFBB 2012. It is simply terrific with a great "smokey" finish. I think one of the best OFBB examples.

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    Really didn't care for my particular bottle of EC20 but have never tried the EC18. Most seem to have good experience with it even though some of it may be closer to 20 than 18. As for OFBB 2012 I have 4 bottles of it so that pretty much tells what I think of it!

    If I didn't have any OFBB and not having tried the EC18 I would buy both if I could afford to. If forced to choose between them I would probably choose the one I know I like over the one that is a bit of a crap shoot.
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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    Buy both, always buy both.

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    Re: Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    This may be your first test to see if you have whiskirexia nervosa like the rest of us. I'm guessing you gots it...Here's what happens...You want to only choose one. You even ask for advice on which one to pick. Of course, our advice is to get both. But, you think that's silly. You're not as sick as "those people" on SB. You make up your mind, and choose "the one" you're going to get. You get to the store, and see them both there. Confidently, you reach for your choice...but something whispers in your ear, and gives you doubt. You lustily look at the other bottle. Now, back to your first choice. You begin to try and add quickly in your head...$38 plus...$55...plus tax...Dammit!! You start to perspire. You now can't make that decision you were so sure was "right". You begin to pace. You divert your attention to the bottom shelf in a feeble attempt to stem the tide of Temptation. You look back up...it's worse...You begin to justify that you can, and should, get both. Yeah. What to tell the wife? Figure that one out later. You tell yourself, "I deserve these!!" Plus, you figure you can just leave one in the car, and only take one into the house....yeah, that's what you can do. Then. Then, you notice that other...THIRD bottle you didn't see before...a CEHT, or a 2012 PHC, or possibly a 2012 4RSmB LE??? Maybe, you should get that one, too. You know, there's only one on the shelf. It might be gone when ("if" is not in the equation) you get back there...You have to do it. Get it...NOW...Then, you figure, you might as well get your "everydayer pours", while you're there. Sure, why not? An OGD here . An Evan Williams, there. What's that? Never seen the OWA??? EVerybody raves about it...$24. Not bad, you say, and drop it in the buggy, too. You reason that you can drink those, and not rip through the expensive bottles you just talked yourself in to. Makes perfect sense. Doesn't it? So, when you get to the register, instead of one bottle in a bag, the checkout guy begins looking for a Svedka Vodka box to put your collection in, and offering to help you carry it to your car...

    Don't resist. It's futile.

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    Which one: EC18 or OFBB 2012?

    Resistance is futile :-)
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