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    Must Buy Boubons

    Keeping personal tastes in mind, what are the limited production, rare, and hard to find boubons that should be considered "must buys" if found while out and about? Some that I think apply are: 2012 FRSB LE, Old Charter 13yr. Proprietors Reserve, Woodford Reserve Four Grain (batch #2), EWSB 2000, and any Van Winkle product.
    Last edited by BB Slim; 05-14-2013 at 18:24.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    I suggest you go back to the store where you found the Old Charter Proprietors Reserve and see if they have any more.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    Get some of the regular 4R Small Batch; while not rare, it is certainly a very good one.

    Old Forrester Signature is also very good.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    I had a early 90's bottle of Wild Turkey 12 year old this weekend. I bought it as a dusty this winter. It was so dark and full of flavor. I was so glad I got to share it with my dad.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I suggest you go back to the store where you found the Old Charter Proprietors Reserve and see if they have any more.
    I wish I had found some Old Charter Proprietors Reserve. I didn't mean to suggest that I had already purchased the bourbons I mentioned but that I should jump on the chance to buy them if I were to come across them. I was also hoping to generate some discussion on what the bourbon lovers here felt shouldn't be passed on if found.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    Get some of the regular 4R Small Batch; while not rare, it is certainly a very good one.

    Old Forrester Signature is also very good.
    Thanks for the suggestions Alden but I guess I was too vague in my original post. FRSB and OFS are very good but fairly easy to find. I was hoping to identify bourbons that shouldn't be passed on if found because they are so highly sought after.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    Quote Originally Posted by BB Slim View Post
    Keeping personal tastes in mind, what are the limited production, rare, and hard to find boubons that should be considered "must buys" if found while out and about. What I have so far are: 2012 FRSB LE, Old Charter 13yr. Proprietors Reserve, Woodford Reserve Four Grain (batch #2), EWSB 2000, and any Van Winkle product.
    If you focus on the high end, limited production bottlings, you will realize very quickly that this line of thinking leads to an empty bank account and a lot more bourbon than you probably wanted. It's always exciting to scoop up a hard to find bottle, but be fairly sure that you are going to enjoy drinking what you buy. Your list does include mostly no-longer-available-at-retail labels, but if you add up everyone's "must buys" with out of production selections, it will likely be a very long list and you'll eventually come across enough that you'll have the same empty bank account problem.

    Also keep in mind that some regions (and people) potentially have access to a lot more (or less) variety and rare bottles than you might be accustomed to, so your "hard to find bourbon" list might be their "walk to the nearest liquor store and it will likely be available" list, and visa versa.

    Personally I wouldn't include "any Van Winkle product". There is a considerable difference between the ORVW 10 to the PVW23 (not to mention the rye) that doesn't make them automatic buys for me, even at a reasonable price.

    I would add your preferred BTAC style to that list... not the entire collection, but the style(s) that you prefer. BT does a good job of highlighting the strengths (pun intended) of the mashbill with each label. I would also add OWA gold vein and possibly Weller Centennial. And PHC cognac.

    Dusties are another subject altogether and can have their own threads that you can search for. I'll admit, I haven't ventured into the yesteryears of bourbon that was released before I could legally drink in 2000, but I hear some of it can be pretty tasty.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    This reminds me of the guy that started a thread wanting a list of all the best dusties, which put off some people in the collectibles section...including me...and I'm a novice!

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...bie-dusty-list

    SmokinJoe put it quite elegantly...

    How 'bout you fellas use the search function, and play around on the site for a few days? Do some of your own research? Maybe, come to a Sampler, Fall Festival, or two? You'll learn a TON about dusties.

    Y'all need to put a little more into it than just asking for a list...
    Trust me...you'll appreciate the hunt a lot more.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    BB I noticed in your opening post you listed any Van Winkle product which is a bit more broad than I would reach. While they have an undeniable appeal to the label conscious they are only wheat recipe whiskys which is just one variety of Bourbon.

    The exception is the Family Reserve Rye which is the only one of the line I would consider buying.

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    Re: Must Buy Boubons

    If you have and are willing to spend enough $, I would suggest buying a bottle of each locally available bourbon that looks even remotely promising (taking care not to ignore bottom shelfers). Open said bottles and sample the contents repeatedly. At some point you will come to a conclusion about which if any are the must haves, the ones you would be very upset to learn are suddenly not available anymore. Bunker a few extras of each, and read up on all those exotic bourbons you have not yet seen in light of your personal opinions about the bourbons that are more easily available to you. Your experience with the "locals" should give you a decent idea as to which you are most interested, and which you can feel safe passing on despite any hype. At least, that is how I am going about it.

 

 

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