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    Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    So what is on your radar screen for the next time you wander into the liquor store? For me it is the following:

    Weller 12. I really enjoy Weller Antique so this has to be in my wheelhouse.
    Larceny. Ok, so I admit it, I'm a Wheater, from the reviews this sounds good to me.
    Four Roses Small Batch. Much loved here on Straight Bourbon, to have that many people agree they must be doing something right.
    Jefferson's 18 year. Had this in a bar & was very impressed. I figure this is sold out so I will look for their Reserve bottling.

    That should keep me busy for awhile. How about you guys?

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    I'm going to pick up some WT Rare Breed today, I'm just in the mood for it. BTW, I don't find Jefferson's Reserve to be much like Jefferson's 18, so if you are expecting something similar you might be let down.

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by RT Fan View Post
    So what is on your radar screen for the next time you wander into the liquor store? For me it is the following:

    <snip> Ok, so I admit it, I'm a Wheater, from the reviews this sounds good to me.<snip>
    Jefferson's 18 year. Had this in a bar & was very impressed. I figure this is sold out so I will look for their Reserve bottling.
    Quote Originally Posted by qman22 View Post
    <snip>BTW, I don't find Jefferson's Reserve to be much like Jefferson's 18, so if you are expecting something similar you might be let down.
    As noted the Jeff Reserve is not likely to have much in common with the Jeff Presidential Select 17/18 yo bourbons.

    The Jeff Reserve began life as a 15yo bourbon and seemed to be well regarded (I never had the chance to try it) but it is sourced bourbon (and the source of their bourbon, like most sourced bourbon, seems to be a huge hairy assed secret) and the original bourbon has run out. Now it is NAS so you really have no idea what it is. Don't even know if it is all 15yo+ now. Some of the blend may be, most probably isn't. And it may well be a ryed bourbon. My guess based on a occasional sample (I don't currently have a bottle of the Reserve, just the standard bourbon) is that it is.

    What we do know is that the Jeff bourbons are all blends of different bourbons. That much they do tell you.

    Jefferson's Reserve: The first bourbon released by Jefferson's, the Reserve is a complex, yet balanced combination of 3 different bourbons, including whiskey aged up to 20 years in American Oak. The result is a medium-weight bourbon with a dry, robust palate that fills with the mouth with flavors of roasted corn, caramel, toffee and oak.

    Jefferson's Bourbon: Similar to the Reserve, Jefferson's is a marriage of a number of bourbons of different recipes and ages. Profiling younger than the Reserve, at 8-12 years of aging, Jefferson's still brings in large bourbon flavors to this relatively inexpensive offering . The flavors of vanilla, caramel and assorted fruits assure an incredibly smooth taste and finish.

    Jefferson's Presidential Select: A limited offering, the Presidential Select is a premium blend that has been aged for 18 years. Bottled from the last year in operation of Louisville's renowned Stitzel-Weller Distillery, the Presidential Select is the premier bourbon in the Jefferson's line. The richly textured bourbon boasts a robust nose and taste balanced with the trademarked Jefferson's smooth finish.


    Which is not to say they aren't necessarily good. You just won't know until you try it. And if you look there is a decent chance you will find the Jeff Pres Select 18yo as it still seems to be around. Although it seems to be a bit of a crap shoot depending on batch. Even the 17yo pops up now and again, albeit less frequently, and I think it is generally better regarded over the 18 by many reviewers.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    Most likely another wheater, or possibly a bottle or two of the EH Taylor Small Batch.
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    EH Taylor Small Batch will most likely be my next purchase.

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    I'm also discovering that I really enjoy wheat bourbons, having always liked Maker's Mark and now Larceny. I might grab a bottle of Bernheim Straight Wheat.

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    Some fruit brandys are on my list but if my bag doesn't get too heavy I might throw in a Grand Dad 114.

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    I'm taking a road trip to TPS with some friends at the end of the month. It's about 3 hours away, but it's a decent way to waste a day with the guys. I've been revising a "wish list" for the trip over and over for a few weeks. I'll definitely be looking to pick up some TPS exclusive bottles of Buffalo Trace and OWA, as well as cask strength Old Scout, the new Evan Williams 2003, and whatever scotch I can talk myself into once I'm that deep into the wallet.

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    I am probably going to go with OGD 114 next time I get anything instead of restocking on Weller 12, it gets great praise on this forum and I am looking forward to giving the Jim Beam family of whiskey another shot after not being impressed by any of their other stuff (Jim Beam White Label, Knob Creek, Bookers).

    In terms of "If I had money to spare what would I buy" I came accross 3 of the Parkers Heritage 2012 in a random, corner shop liquor store in the area selling for $89.99. I haven't really thought of snagging one up mainly because I don't think many people going into that store will end up taking a PHC, but still, from what I have heard I should get all 3 if I could afford them.

    Cool thread topic, a good contrast to "What Bourbon did you purchase today?"

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    Re: Your Next Bourbon Purchase

    Knob Creek Single Barrel is next on my list. I haven't been too impressed overall with the Jim Beam bourbons (the OGD line is a whole 'nother story). I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Knob Creek, though. Looking forward to seeing how it's big brother tastes.

 

 

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