Sounds like the barrel proof is going to be an adventure to try to break down? I, like the
rest of you, will try to find the sweet spot!
Let the games begin!
Didn't realize there were so many. All I have so far is the rye and I like it. Now a new challenge of buying them all and comparing side by side.
Loved Sour Mash, thought Tornado was okay, single barrel was meh.
What really strikes be about CEHT, is that just like Stagg Jr., BT has figured out the surge in premium Bourbon, so they're using fancy packaging/marketing to pass off $20-$30 Bourbon for $50 and up. I feel that any new "premium" labels that BT puts out going forward will be even bigger rip-offs.
They understand the market better than all the other majors, IMHO, and they're taking advantage of that. I'm not blaming them for making a buck, but think about this: If the BTAC didn't already exist, and it was being launched tomorrow, the suggested retail would be $150, and they'd probably sell out, except for Handy, which always hangs around.
One man's opinion:
I think anybody that hasn't tried it this way yet needs to give the Barrel Proof a few slow, really small sips NEAT!
I found it to be lovely and complex that way, and the finish lasts and lasts. I know drinking a dram of that strength neat isn't everybody's cup of tea, but for the sake of adventure; try it that way. I love it! I'd even say it's my favorite of the Brand-Family.
Barrel Proof, 9 yr old whiskey for $20-$30? 50 bucks seems reasonable for that...
"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama
Last night I had the last pour of my CEHT rye, and am still smacking my lips. Bottle had been opened a while, and I remember thinking it was pretty pricey for what it delivered during earlier pours. Now I may get another if I have the chance. I've been happy when there is a Handy left on the shelf after the rush, as I've always enjoyed them. Lucked into a VWFRR a couple of years ago, and wasn't wowed. And I love my Pappy. Go figure. Good thing RIT BIB is always around when I need a rye fix.
If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.