Chuckles, I don't think that is an erroneous description of the stock ETL. It is smooth, sometimes bordering on too smooth. It is delicious, and very pleasing, but sometimes a bit "flat". There is some barrel variation, but I don't think there is too much difference between the standard ETL bottles out there.

That is why I bought a few bottles of a store bottling by me. I have a standard ETL bottle around that I should open to compare, but when I tasted the store bottling, it struck me as a decent amount more flavorful and complex than what I recalled of the last standard ETL that I had open. I would hope that both BT and the store selectors do make an attempt to pick out some exceptional barrels for their barrel selects.

Either way, it is darn good bourbon for under $30, and quite good when you get an excellent barrel.