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  1. #1
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    Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Almost one year ago today I started a new job with someone (a fellow SB member) who clued me into this obsession. I had always liked bourbon but knew nothing about it. I've had a chance to enjoy some terrific bourbons and ryes, mostly thanks to this great community. Here are my top 5:

    1. Wild Turkey 8 Year
    2. GTS 2012 (the one that started it all)
    3. WSR7 from 1990 or so
    4. ER101 NOLA
    5. WLW 2012

    Honorable Mention: High West Rendezvous Rye, Old Charter 10 (Louisville)

    My list of 5 to try for the first time in the next year:

    1. Van Winkle Rye
    2. Saz 18
    3. The old RR everyone raves about
    4. Some higher age WT products
    5. Parker's Heritage (never had any, all different)

    Thanks to everyone for a good year. I'd like to hear some of your favorites from the last year if y'all wanna share.

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Imbibed for the first time in the past year:
    1. Rathskellar Rye
    2. VOF
    3. ER101 L'burg
    4. WT12 Gold Foil
    5. Four Rose 120th Anniversary Single Barrel
    (Honorable mention: PHC 1st ed. 1st pour)

    Five I'd like to try in the next year:
    1. Doug and Neal Willett 22 rye, but any DougDog Willett rye really.
    2. LeNell's Red Hook Rye
    3. Bowman Rye - CS
    4. BMH18 rye
    5. Weller Centennial Louisville

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    This could be a really fun thread,so here we go!

    1)Rathskellar Rye
    2)Hirsch 16yr.Blue Wax
    3)Weller Centennial
    4)WT12"Gold Foil"
    5)ER101

    I would like to say the first list is all compiled thanks to the more than generous offerings of people here on the board.


    Things I would love to try over the next years time.

    1)Dougs Willett Rye"Everyone says it is the best they ever had.
    2)VOF or VVOF"Yeah I know,good luck on that one as well"
    3)Redhook
    4)ORVW 23"Since I was a jackass and never bought one"
    5)JB Distillers Masterpiece 18 yr Cognac & 20yr.PW"I actually own these,so it'll will happen eventually"

    I know it's a steep list to tackle,but even one or two would be an experience in itself.
    "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    It does look like fun though my list would have only two.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Not gonna rank 'em but...

    Really old OGD BIB decanter
    Rathskeller Rye
    Bowman Rye
    Weller Centennial
    WT12 gold foil

    Gazebo's a hell of a place.

    Next year I'd like to try... Let's see...

    BMH 23 Rye
    Pre-fire EWSB
    Blanton's Straight from the Barrel
    AE Rye
    WT American Spirit
    Jim

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Top 5 tasted:
    1) WLW '06 129.9 proof.
    2) Neal/Doug Willett Rye
    3) ORVW 15/107
    4) WL Weller 19
    5) GTS '02


    Hit List:
    1) Rathskeller Rye
    2) Vintage 17
    3) FRSmB '12
    4) FR Mariage '08
    5) Red Hook Rye


    (and thanks to Jon and Dawn for giving me the opportunity to compile the first list.)
    They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don't win many ball games-Casey Stengel

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Okay, I'll play...

    1) Doug's Green Ink Rye
    2) Rathskeller Rye (I'm noticing a trend here)
    3) Abraham Bowman 18 year "gift shop" 138.6
    4) Reid and Emerald Willett 17 wheater (forget which one it was unfortunately)
    5) Wild Turkey Tribute (American Release)

    Honorable Mention

    WTRR 10/101, WT12 split label (preferred to the GF), WT Tribute (Japanese Release), Classic Cask 21 rye, Hirsch Blue Wax, ND OGD 114

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    It does look like fun though my list would have only two.
    VOB BIB and OGD BIB?




    to me, #1 has still got to be Booker's. the next few are in no particular order.....KC120, OGD 114, and im thinking id even put Charter 10 on my list of 5, or, 4 here....

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    Good guess there Doug.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Top 5 Bourbons I've Had In The Last Year

    My guess for the past year:

    1. ECBP
    2. WT12 "Gold Foil"
    3. FRSmBLE 2012
    4. ETL (GBS pick)
    5. JPS17
    Honorable mention: Joe's Weller Batch 1 at the Sampler

    On my wish list for the next year:
    1. VSOF (ideally from 1986-1988?)
    2. Ritt 25yr Rye
    3. Rathskeller Rye
    4. PHC 2013
    5. Vintage 23 Rye
    Gary
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