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    Amusing, yet scary...

    I agree with David D. Parker has more power within the booze industry than any other person.

    I can't believe he didn't run his post by someone more familiar with whiskey.

    Let's see how much press gets before we jump to conclusions or declare martial law.

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    Quote Originally Posted by smknjoe View Post
    Thad, I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Can you please elaborate?

    Bourbon (and other wood aged and drunk neat spirits) are difficult for even the more knowlegable American alcohol drink consumer because of its higher proof, lesser amount of liquid per serving and those persisting congener or wood flavor components we love. I expect many will be intrigued by what Parker wrote but after an initial bottle or two they will delegate it to sit besides the Bailey's as an after dinner pour following a special dinner. No different in some respects to the fact that no matter how popular craft beers or double IPAs have become the last stat I saw is that they still make up only 5% of the beer market.
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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    The sky is falling. The baby sharks are circling.

    I may have swum into the deep end of bourbon post-SW, but at least I managed to build a modest bunker pre-Parker!

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    I didn't read the post, just scanned the scores and saw that everything was in the 90's and decided I didn't want to puke tonight, so I'm not reading it.

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    Before we crown Mr. Parker God of all things poured into a tulip glass .. peruse an amusing and, IMO, accurate response to his stumbling entry into bourbon: http://www.scotchandicecream.com/

    What am I drinking tonight? A dram of Rollins and I'll give it a 99!
    Jon

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    This news is really bringing out the worst in our hobby today. Between here and the blogs that have been posting about it there's been nothing but contempt and snark for Parker. As much fun as it is to poke holes in his reviews, and yes he should have researched and got his facts straight, I'm going to welcome him and those he brings with. I didn't know crap when I started drinking bourbon either. If he turns some people onto bourbon and they find something they like because of it that's great news. It's not a secret society any more. The critical mass of public awareness has already passed and this was only a matter of time. We should get ready to welcome some new members.

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    Quote Originally Posted by compliance View Post
    This news is really bringing out the worst in our hobby today. Between here and the blogs that have been posting about it there's been nothing but contempt and snark for Parker. As much fun as it is to poke holes in his reviews, and yes he should have researched and got his facts straight, I'm going to welcome him and those he brings with. I didn't know crap when I started drinking bourbon either. If he turns some people onto bourbon and they find something they like because of it that's great news. It's not a secret society any more. The critical mass of public awareness has already passed and this was only a matter of time. We should get ready to welcome some new members.
    I welcome all of the sheeple he brings in his wake of nonsense. I'm always glad to meet a bourbon fan, but from what I read - he isn't. What I saw (YMMV) is someone with an inflated opinion of their own self importance selling out to certain labels. I honestly got the impression that he seemed slighted that more people might be aware of PVW than some of the wines he raves about, so he felt the need to "get in the game". I personally think PVW is over-hyped, so that part doesn't bother me. Again - I'd love to have folks walk by the 20120 FRSmBLE in order to grab that last Noah's Mill on the shelf as they sing the high praises of Parker the Great. If their research into the matter is to take his word as gospel, they get what they deserve.
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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    "George T. Stagg
    A tall, narrow bottle is striking as is the vibrant stag horn label. I forgot to write down the alcohol of this bourbon, but I assume it is pushing 100 proof given its powerful, rustic and rugged style."

    Wow.

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    Quote Originally Posted by joboyd View Post
    "George T. Stagg
    A tall, narrow bottle is striking as is the vibrant stag horn label. I forgot to write down the alcohol of this bourbon, but I assume it is pushing 100 proof given its powerful, rustic and rugged style."

    Wow.
    That was the highlight for me too. I wonder if he realized it was around 140 if his rating would have been higher. It's a velvet bazooka.

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    Re: Amusing, yet scary...

    Quote Originally Posted by compliance View Post
    This news is really bringing out the worst in our hobby today. Between here and the blogs that have been posting about it there's been nothing but contempt and snark for Parker. As much fun as it is to poke holes in his reviews, and yes he should have researched and got his facts straight, I'm going to welcome him and those he brings with. I didn't know crap when I started drinking bourbon either. If he turns some people onto bourbon and they find something they like because of it that's great news. It's not a secret society any more. The critical mass of public awareness has already passed and this was only a matter of time. We should get ready to welcome some new members.
    So you're surprised that a board that is home to people who make every attempt to expand our knowledge of this spirit would rail against some arrogant guy attempting to parade himself as an expert. He got little right, compliance. So it's not the "news" that brings out the worst in our "hobby" .. it's misinformation from a purported expert. We don't hesitate to call each other out when one of us makes some sort of a mistake. We are quick to point out facts. None of us is free of being criticized so why should Parker be given a pass?

    We're always ready to welcome new members and we do it daily. One thing's for sure though .. those new members coming on to SB will not see a mistake-riddled review of bourbons posted on this board without prompt and well-intended corrections and/or criticism.

    Give Parker a big hug and welcome and a pass if you like. I think he owes his readership an apology. No pass here.
    Jon

 

 

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