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    What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    I know this is purely opinion, but I find it interesting that I don't see any comments on bourbon that is simply bad - poorly made, off putting flavors, undrinkable at any price - a bottle that will find the sink after an attempt to drink it.

    Do any bourbons make this list for you? Is the bourbon industry so mature that bad bottlings don't often make it to market?

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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    You don't see many threads like that here because what one person may dislike, another may enjoy.

    If you're looking for a guide on what to avoid, how will you know if you don't try some yourself?

    Disliked bottlings will likely fall into these categories:

    Too young (easy to list)
    Finished whiskey that misses the mark (WR and BT have candidates here)
    House styles that some dislike (BT grassiness, Beam yeast funk, metallic Woodford, HH mint)
    Gimmicks (quick aged, etc)

    An off bottle from any distillery is possible but not very common.
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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    You don't see many threads like that here because what one person may dislike, another may enjoy.

    If you're looking for a guide on what to avoid, how will you know if you don't try some yourself?

    Disliked bottlings will likely fall into these categories:

    Too young (easy to list)
    Finished whiskey that misses the mark (WR and BT have candidates here)
    House styles that some dislike (BT grassiness, Beam yeast funk, metallic Woodford, HH mint)
    Gimmicks (quick aged, etc)

    An off bottle from any distillery is possible but not very common.
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply. My intent was to ask if BAD bourbon makes it to market. Stuff that doesn't taste like bourbon. Swill. Backyard spirits that don't deserve to have "bourbon" on the label. Not dislike, but bad. Mogen David wine bad. Vodka that makes rubbing alcohol a better alternative bad.

    I can walk down the Total Wine pallets and see handles of vodka that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, but it's easy to produce cheap vodka that tastes terrible. I wonder if bourbon producers recognize the investment that needs to be made and simply avoid the lowest-end production.

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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by DBM View Post
    I can walk down the Total Wine pallets and see handles of vodka that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, but it's easy to produce cheap vodka that tastes terrible. I wonder if bourbon producers recognize the investment that needs to be made and simply avoid the lowest-end production.
    Remember every straight bourbon is born with a silver spoon in its mouth, next to vodka, based on mashbill and maximum distillation proof (160 proof). Add the minimum 2 years in wood and it's a knockout in the first 10 seconds of the first round .

    The only bad bourbon (from the majors) I've had in the last several years is a current 86 proof Old Fitz Prime bought at a RiteAid in Kentucky. My wife wouldn't even cook with it, but...it cost me a whopping $8.49. The most current 4 year Heaven Hill BIB I picked up last spring (not the 6 year) was awfully doggy too. That one put me back $9.49.
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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Quote Originally Posted by T Comp View Post
    ?..The most current 4 year Heaven Hill BIB I picked up last spring (not the 6 year) was awfully doggy too. That one put me back $9.49.
    this made me think, it seems like some of the Small Batch, or Single barrel, or specially offerings can be like a wine vintage, I.e. "2010 was great, 2011 wasn't as good, etc....
    with that in mind, are there some of these that people have tried and wondered what happened with that particular "vintage".
    Well, how can it not be McCormick's, the $7 well bourbon of the finest dive bars? Tastes like kerosene and sadness.

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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    The only one I'd say was absolutely terrible was some Hudson bourbon or rye that I had. Tasted like crap tequila and raisins.

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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    You guys have already put a pretty comolete list together.I will second the notions on Cody Road,Hudson Baby Bourbon,Old Crow and add the current Rebel Yell to the list,damn is this stuff bad!
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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    This is one very informed post. Just sayin'.

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    You don't see many threads like that here because what one person may dislike, another may enjoy.

    If you're looking for a guide on what to avoid, how will you know if you don't try some yourself?

    Disliked bottlings will likely fall into these categories:

    Too young (easy to list)
    Finished whiskey that misses the mark (WR and BT have candidates here)
    House styles that some dislike (BT grassiness, Beam yeast funk, metallic Woodford, HH mint)
    Gimmicks (quick aged, etc)

    An off bottle from any distillery is possible but not very common.
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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Not a bourbon, but Wild Turkey Rye 81 is f*ck*ng horrible.

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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Thank you to everyone who responded to my question with engaging, thoughtful responses. I'm relatively new to bourbon (long time scotch and wine fanatic) and was puzzled by the almost universal acceptance and respect of bourbon at every level of quality and price, and now I know why.

    While I did not intend it to be a personal preference thread, I have to give LostBottle credit for the most direct and amusing response.
    Quote Originally Posted by LostBottle View Post
    Not a bourbon, but Wild Turkey Rye 81 is f*ck*ng horrible.
    Even if I liked WT Rye 81, I can't argue with this.

 

 

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