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Barrel Proof I thought was unimpressive and overpriced (at $70; I prefer Bookers over this one every time). Tornado was pretty great stuff. I thought the rye was decent, but perhaps too pricey for my palate. Obviously, YMMV
Gary (aka 'Country')
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." - Mark Twain
"Because Whiskey Matters!" - David Perkins
How is it that you believe the rye is a different recipe than baby saz?
Bourbon only requires a glass.
The other night I did blind side-by-sides of the Small Batch, Old Tub BIB, Old Heaven Hill BIB, and VOB BIB.
Pretty, pretty interesting. If what you're looking for is value, clearly it was the loser, as it was only incrementally better than any of the other participating whiskies. It kind of makes sense as a brand addition though, putting out a Buffalo Trace BIB might have been a good idea before the explosion in interest in bourbon, but not now. Buffalo Trace BIB with a fancier label and price-tag? You bet your britches.
I've had the rye a few and like it--has some real nice spice to it but maybe a tad too much heat. But the price point does make it difficult with other items out there.