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  1. #11
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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    I don't know that I've ever had a "bad" bourbon in terms of a bottle I thought was just rotten. I've certainly had some that I disliked, but I didn't have the impression that they were toxic swill - just too young and aged on top floors to try to accelerate flavors. I have not found a lot of craft distillers products I thought were great (I'm not counting HW in this category), although I did really like some of Corsair's offerings that they had at KBF in September. Unfortunately some of those were not being sold retail yet - but their "Old Punk" (a pumpkin spiced flavored whiskey) was amazing. Or maybe it just lined up with that early fall weather. The Balcones stuff I've tried I would not bother with (but again, I don't think it was "bad" - just not my thing).
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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Gary did you like the HW own make or their sourced whisky?

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    Re: What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    Pretty much my same list from the "Down The Drain" thread. Only with a couple of additions.


    My original list: Gran Legacy and Old Crow Reserve

    Additions:
    Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Sonoma Cutrer and Cody Road

    Maybe one other too, but I won't go into details. Jury is still out.
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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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!
    "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
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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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    What is on your list of bad bourbon?

    I once had a bottle of Basil Hayden that I just couldn't choke down. I can only describe it as tasting like what I would imagine liquid mercury tastes like. The contents of that bottle ended up fowling the sewer system. Just the thought of giving that brand another chance makes me retch.

 

 

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