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  1. #51
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Most new stills, like ours, is stainless stripping section, all vapor section and whiskey section is copper. Copper in beer section just causes more cleaning.

  2. #52
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Just as a side thought. I really don't care about still construction, what the distillers are doing (or not), that may be different from times past. All that I think about, is current product, and do I like it or not.

    To answer the OP question, I can not answer to the original question, but the current version is quite good and a steal at $30
    The liver is evil. It must be punished...

  3. #53
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    That's my understanding as well and unfortunately the all copper column still is a remembrance of the past.
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    So, copper stills are Proustian technology. Squire, you just get more erudite every day.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

  4. #54
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfish View Post
    So, copper stills are Proustian technology. Squire, you just get more erudite every day.
    I believe there is a bit of Candor in him as well. Maybe he is Divergent.

    Ha, ha. Couldn't resist.

  5. #55
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Anglican actually but I get around.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

  6. #56
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Anglican actually but I get around.
    Reference was to the one of the latest book series, Divergent, which has factions of society. One of them is Erudite; Candor is another. Divergent people have multiple characteristics. Sorry to get off topic, but it just jumped out at me. The first movie from the series comes out next month. I rather enjoyed the books, and, back on topic, read several chapters while enjoying WT 101!

  7. #57
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Quote Originally Posted by Oboe Cadrobro
    Is there any way to discern later batches of "WT 03RB" from earlier releases? Laser code on bottle, for example?
    Quote Originally Posted by gblick View Post
    There are codes, but I don't know anything about them. One thing I do know is that the shrink wrap of the WT-03RB bottles used to be dark brown, then it changed to clear, so the ones with the dark brown shrink wrap will be older than the ones with the clear shrink wrap.
    Here are some pictures I took awhile back (but have yet to post anywhere) comparing an older and a newer bottle from batch WT-03RB. Note that the open bottle originally had clear shrink wrap and is newer than the bottle with dark brown shrink wrap.
    01 WTRB WT-03RB - Front (brown vs clear shrink wrap).JPG
    Here is a comparison of the tops...the older one is smooth, and the newer one has the engraved turkey (as well as a slightly different shape).
    02 WTRB WT-03RB - Top Comparison 1.JPG03 WTRB WT-03RB - Top Comparison 2.JPG
    Here are the rear labels...the older one has a laser code printed on the rear label..
    04 WTRB WT-03RB - Rear Labels.JPG05 WTRB WT-03RB - Code (on brown shrink wrap bottle).JPG
    ..and the newer one has a laser code etched onto the glass.
    06 WTRB WT-03RB - Code (on clear shrink wrap bottle).JPG

  8. #58
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    I thought the bottle I picked up the other day was an older one. Has the black shrink-wrap and the code on the back label. 30 bucks out the door. Had to do it.
    "This is the real article. It is double-rectified busthead from Madison County, aged in the keg. A little spoonful would do you a power of good."

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  9. #59
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    Quote Originally Posted by scratchline View Post
    30 bucks out the door.
    Old or new, at that price it was a no-brainer!

  10. #60
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    Re: Rare Breed used to be better

    For my personal tastes out of all the $50 or less bourbons I have, Rare Breed is the best and is regularly available unlike alot of the barrel proofs. I would love to be able to find a bottle from way back that everyone says is better!

 

 

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