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    Most Memorable Pour

    I know many of us have had some standout or higher end bottles in our bourbon careers, but I'm always curious to find out what others consider their most memorable pour(s). It doesn't have to be the best or priciest, just whatever stands out to you.

    For me, I'd say I have two pours that are more distinctly more memorable than any other:

    1. My first 'enthusiast' pour from a bottle of ER10. It was a number of years ago and really turned me from a Jack & Coke drinker to where I am now. It was what really made the lightbulb go off in my head. I still have the bottle saved.

    2. My initial encounter with George T Stagg at a whisk(e)y bar in Milwaukee. At that time, I hadn't really had many higher proof bourbons, especially not something like GTS. Decided to put my big boy pants on and give it a whirl. Has consistently been my favorite ever since.
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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    Jefferson's Reserve (15yr.) sometime in the late 90's. It was the first time I had a bourbon that I didn't think needed a chaser or mixer. More recently, Randy Blank's "Van Blankle". Damn good stuff!
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    I cant remember the exact date, but it would be nearly two years ago. In a bar with the girlfriend, about to go out to dinner. The bar was predominately a Scotch bar and as I hate Scotch I asked what Bourbon they had. I cant remember all the choices he offered, but PVW15 was one of them. Even back then I had heard of the name and figured I would give it a shot. That is when my eyes opened and I saw the potential of the spirit I didn't know much about past Jim Beam or Wild Turkey with Coke. It also helped that when I went back to the bar, intending for a refill, the guy told me to try GTS as I might like it as well.

    My tastebuds and wallet has never been the same and I still go to that bar on special occasions and order the exact same two drinks.

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    I'll violate a bit here and name two; for two different reasons....
    1) For the way it opened my eyes to Bourbon with age and character and wood: Henry McKenna BIB, SB, 10-years old
    2) For the way it changed my opinion of NDP Bourbons: Ezra B Single Barrel, 12-years old, 99-proof.
    I still don't like many NDP's much, in fact most are less than stellar, and often seem to be trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public.... but, it doesn't mean that a few aren't worth a try.
    Both are a kind of definition of the type of Bourbon I've come to really appreciate after being a Jack drinker for much of my life.

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    Couple different memorable pours that stand out:

    I tracked down a few bottles of PVW 20s one year and gave one to my dad for his birthday. He didn't even open it for several months, when we both had a pour at Christmas. Nice father / son moment.

    Another albeit different memorable pour was after I got a rave review at work - not an annual, formal review, but an ad-hoc, random email from a client to my bosses raving about me, which was forwarded to me one evening as I was at home. I read it to my wife who said that deserved a pour. She doesn't drink bourbon, mostly just wine, and she went to the bourbon decanter and poured a glass like she would a glass of wine. When she handed it to me, I had about 6oz of Buffalo Trace to attack and said "That's a healthy glass of bourbon!" It still makes me laugh picturing this glass almost filled to the brim with bourbon.

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    When my little boy was born, cracked open my first Pappy 20 ('11 bottling). Other than that, I already forgot what I poured yesterday? Thanks goodness for the "What bourbon are you drinking now" thread!
    "The Road goes on Forever and the Party never ends!"
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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    I was house sitting for a law school professor and he had an open bottle of George T. Stagg from 2008. I hadn't ever heard of it but a buddy had. I had about a 1 oz pour of it and that started this obsession.

    I also had an early 80s pour of OC10 that turned me onto dusties in a big way.

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    I'm going to cheat and go with a list. These are not the best, but the ones that are seared into my memory, with every vivid detail intact. Normally only specific details make it to my long term memory, so anything where the entire experience sticks around kind of stands out.

    Russell's Reserve, the one that opened my eyes to the potential of bourbon as more than a mixer.

    Booker's, my first barrel proofer.

    William Larue Weller, which went on to become possibly my favorite bourbon. (excluding things I have only had a sample of, and will never realistically have a chance to taste again)

    OFBB 13, on nose alone. First taste wasn't too shabby either.
    "Unless it survived a tornado, weathered a snow storm in Scotland, and then spent a year on boat before returning home, I'm not really interested."

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    ORVW 10 90proof changed the way I thought about bourbon. Under $40 at the time too and available year round.

    Basil Hayden's for how absolutely terrible it is. All burn and no flavor, surprising for it's low proof.(I drink stagg jr neat so high proofs don't scare me away). I've tried again and still feel the same.

    POH, grabbed this as a consolation for driving way too far to find 1000% mark up on PVW. Stopped at a different liquor store on the way back. Saw it in a case. Figured what the hell. It's probably my favorite bourbon. I've grabbed a few more bottles.

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    Re: Most Memorable Pour

    The two most memorable for me were first, BMH 16 yo at a friend's house about 6-7 years ago. At the time I was primarily a scotch drinker, and had tasted very few top tier, extra-aged bourbons. As a scotch drinker, most bourbons tasted too sweet to me, but the shellac nose and drying finish of the 16 yo BMH was a revelation to me, and continues to be my favorite flavor profile to this day.

    The second was my first bottle of PVW 20 yo, a 2009. The same type nose and finish as the BMH16, but even more richness. To this day, the best bottle of bourbon I've ever had.

 

 

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