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  1. #51
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    Re: Are you guys STILL drinking tonight??

    Hey its my new BEST FRIEND, Mr ED!!




    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm BDay Bourbon. . .

    TomC

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    Re: Are you guys STILL drinking tonight??

    I'm sipping on Sazerac Rye at the moment. It's been awhile since I've had this...When I've been in that "rye mood" I've been reaching for the Van Winkle Family Reserve recently. The Sazerac Rye is very distinct from the Van Winkle ryes, but still excellent. I wish there were more makers of great ryes out there.

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    Just tryin\' to dry out!

    Well, after researching (ie. constant tastings) for three months prior to my bourbon tour of KY, then 4 days of non-stop tasting, sampling and side by side shoot-outs, it's been a fine and bourbonous few months. I've been home a week now and every night was another taste-fest.

    So yesterday I chose the path of sobriety and decided to take the day off, despite the beckoning calls from my freshly uncorked bottle of Eagle Rare 17 and WTRR. So, I'm going to give it one more day off.

    Why, you might ask? I have no specific reason, but I can hardly wait until tomorrow night.


  4. #54
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    Re: Are you guys STILL drinking tonight??

    I had a wonderful pour of the 2002 Birthday Bourbon this evening. Very fine indeed, and it makes me look forward to getting to try the '03 variety, hopefully very soon.

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    taste-off

    Dave, since you mentioned one of my favorite brands -- Eagle Rare, I am curious how you compare that to the WTRR you list in the same post. For some reason it is the only Turkey product I don't recall having. Love to see your comment.

    Greg

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    Re: taste-off

    Hey Greg. Now this is all from memory, you understand, as I have promised not to imbibe this evening.

    First off, I'm a big fan of most of the bottlings from BT. The ER17 is no exception although I wish it was slightly higher proof (I think it could stand it). Have you tried the 17? It's the closest thing I've tried to a straight rye. Very lucious.

    The WTRR was a tourist treat as I can't get it anywhere here, and Eddie Russell suggested that it was Jimmy's favourite expression. I'm a WT fan too, when it comes to what a real bourbon should taste like (that might get me in trouble!). The RR is very approachable and at best I would be happy to serve it to new bourbon drinkers looking for a simple, yet powerful pour. The nose is very full and distinctively WT (vanilla?). There's absolutely nothing wrong I can say about it. It's perfectly suited to it's 101 proof and has a marvelously long finish. All we can get here on a regular basis is the WT 80 proof which, although it's one of my regulars, has since given way to Buffalo Trace.

    I'm thinking of purchasing the Eagle Rare 10 or their barrel proof. What do you think? (ie. what's your favourite ER).


  7. #57
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    Re: Are you guys STILL drinking tonight??

    If you guessed OFBBSP03, while that would have been terrific, you'd be wrong. I'm enjoying the company of an old , Dear Friend, George. Mr George T. Stagg!I was rooting around in the Bunker, of course Mr. Stagg resides Front, center. I was trying to decide a fitting offering to bring to the Gazebo next week. I'm sort of bouncing around the idea of 12 VanWinkle Rye, ( especially if the 13 shows up) Maybe the Jefferson's. Anyway I saw ol' Georgy there all alone . It's not as if I could forget it for long but there is a reason I like this stuff so well!

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    Re: taste-off

    I LOVE the Eagle Rare 10 -- 101 proof. I particularly like its price compared to the single barrel or 17. But I really like the flavor. I get a strong caramel. I really like the ER Single Barrel, too. At a lower proof some might say it is smoother.


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    Re: Just tryin\' to dry out!

    Dave,

    Why, you might ask?
    Perhaps you hear the same little voice that sometimes speaks to me.

    It says, "Dave, You're enjoying this too much. Are you sure it isn't becoming a problem?" (I always reply, "Buzz off, fella!")

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: taste-off

    I really like the flavor. I get a strong caramel.
    If it's the caramel you like in the 10yr., the 17 may not please you as much 'cause the caramel isn't up front IMHO. It's very mellow, and not too woody. I'll have to try it again tonight.

 

 

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