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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    I second SMOWKs advice and look for things you can't find back home (and if you haven't tried them before, check if they have half-pints or pints first). And - oddly enough - don't be afraid to check Krogers. I am NOT kidding - I drove by one without giving it a second thought as we hit 2 or 3 other stores - only to later to check it out and find they had two of the drams we were hunting! AND better prices on many labels! Not sure how many of the stores sell liquor (technically, they are in space adjacent to the store with a separate entrance), but the one in Bardstown had a decent selection.
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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    I second SMOWKs advice and look for things you can't find back home (and if you haven't tried them before, check if they have half-pints or pints first). And - oddly enough - don't be afraid to check Krogers. I am NOT kidding - I drove by one without giving it a second thought as we hit 2 or 3 other stores - only to later to check it out and find they had two of the drams we were hunting! AND better prices on many labels! Not sure how many of the stores sell liquor (technically, they are in space adjacent to the store with a separate entrance), but the one in Bardstown had a decent selection.
    I am following along this thread because I am also going to be in KY next week. The advice has been great as I am also looking for stuff not carried on the west side of Indy. Kroger is an interesting suggestion. I find the Kroger in my area carries a decent selection of bourbons at solid prices.

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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    I traveled through Kentucky last Fall, and this was what came back with me:

    3x HH BIB 6yo
    2x HH BIB Gold
    3x VOB BIB
    2x AAA 10yo
    1x OF Signature
    1x JTS Brown BIB

    My only regret was not buying more of the 6-year-old HH BIB. Tastes may vary, but next time I'm coming back with a whole case of that.

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    Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Richnimrod View Post
    You might want to taste JTS Brown BIB before you buy a whole bottle. The profile is, shall we say; not for everybody. IMO not a particularly good pour; but, of course others may disagree. I still have a half bottle I've been using exclusively for sours for a year (I don't make many sours). Just sayin'....
    I, for one, prefer JTS Brown BIB to most other current HH bottles. I usually switch off between JTSB and Virgin 7/101 as my house whiskey. Decent enough to sip with a cube in the summer. Cheap enough for guests to mix with soda. I recently had a bottle of EW 1783 that a friend brought over that was so bad it ruined perfectly good mixers. Even the drain tried to spit it up.

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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    Well, from another Indy resident I can tell you that I usually stock up on AAA 10yr, VOB BIB, and HH BIB Gold Label when I go to KY. You might also give Old Ezra Brooks 7yr 101 a try since we can't get it here. It's a decent pour, though I prefer the ones I mentioned before. Those are about the only things available there that we can't get here. The HH 6yr BIB is available here, though sporadically. It's also available to the east and south of us as I've seen it in numerous stores outside the city. W12 used to be on my list but it is now readily available here. If you make it to TPS, check out some of their private selections. Some are very good. Liquor Barn has private selections as well, though I haven't tried any. Can anyone comment on the recent CNB picks?
    There are also gift shop exclusive bottles at the distilleries if you get a chance. I highly recommend the Four Roses exclusives.
    Last edited by mosugoji64; 05-22-2013 at 22:06.
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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    Rather than look for things available ONLY in Kentucky, take the approach of finding things that AREN'T available in Indy. If you visit your local stores often, it should be pretty easy to spot new labels.
    Good point.

    I suggest Mellow Corn BIB and JTS Brown BIB
    I'm not familiar with Mellow Corn. Is that a white dog?

    Quote Originally Posted by bllygthrd
    Check the "high priced spread" sections of TPS and Liquor Barn
    Is there a TPS location anywhere near Louisville or is it just the one location near Cincy?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbroo5880i
    Kroger is an interesting suggestion. I find the Kroger in my area carries a decent selection of bourbons at solid prices.
    Kroger has really good deals if you mix & match 6 bottles. If you're just buying a single bottle, it seems like Meijer has better prices (or at least here on the NW side). Plus, Meijer carries quite a bit of the single barrel offerings.

    Quote Originally Posted by mosugoji64
    The HH 6yr BIB is available here, though sporadically.
    Really? I wasn't aware of that! Do you happen to remember which store you've seen it?

    It sounds like VOB BiB is a must-add to my KY shopping list.

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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackinbox View Post
    Good point.

    I'm not familiar with Mellow Corn. Is that a white dog?

    Is there a TPS location anywhere near Louisville or is it just the one location near Cincy?

    Kroger has really good deals if you mix & match 6 bottles. If you're just buying a single bottle, it seems like Meijer has better prices (or at least here on the NW side). Plus, Meijer carries quite a bit of the single barrel offerings.

    Really? I wasn't aware of that! Do you happen to remember which store you've seen it?

    It sounds like VOB BiB is a must-add to my KY shopping list.
    1. Mellow Corn is a corn whiskey, not a white dog and is very tasty. I forgot about that one not being here.
    2. You're correct - there is only one TPS location
    3. HH 6yr shows up at Kahn's occasionally. I can't remember seeing it anywhere else in the city.
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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    Sometimes you will find a whiskey which is available in your area but significantly cheaper in KY. Hancock's single barrel is 45-50 dollars here in MO, but I picked it up for $28 at Liquor Barn. If you've never had it, it's very similar in profile to ETL, and well worth $30 a bottle or more.

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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    At $30 dollars, yes. Hancocks is one of those that when you drink it you say, that's nice, I like that, then you forget about it. There are simply too many other plain vanilla Bourbons out there that cost less.

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    Re: Bourbons Available Only In Kentucky

    I would like to try a case of Ale 8 also. Is that readily available in the Louisville-Lexington areas or am I going to have to do a little hunting?

 

 

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