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  1. #1
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    Little diversity in bourbon

    I do run some bourbon tastings with different groups in my neighbourhood, and sometimes they come back and ask for more

    I have one huge problem and that is a little selection. I do know the selection here is smaller than other places, but I figure this is the same problem all over the world, some places are just worse than others

    I also do scotch tastings

    I reckon I can do a scotch tastings every week and present new quality bottlings each and every week forever


    I reckon if I do the same with bourbon I will run out of things to present in a month

    Steffen

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    Re: Little diversity in bourbon

    Where is this neighborhood?

    I've been nothing but swamped with choices since I started buying bourbon more aggressively about a year ago.

    Now that I've learned about dusties and the variance of taste within brands as a result of production changes, it's kind of gone exponential.

    I can't imagine running out of options for exploring bourbon. I've got too many to deal with, and have to be content with doing what I can.

    Tell us more.

    tbt

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    Re: Little diversity in bourbon

    I live in Europe but travel to US about once a year. Even in the US I find the selectiom limited. You can get some diversity by getting shop bottlings

    Just to relate things, whiskybase just hit 50000 listwd bottlings. We had a discussion recently how many single cask scotch is bottled annually (mainly by IB) and the number was suggested to be more than 2000.

    At tastings I like to present some bottlings that are a bit special so no Jack Daniels or Jim Beam White

    Steffen

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    Re: Little diversity in bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by macdeffe View Post
    I live in Europe but travel to US about once a year. Even in the US I find the selectiom limited. You can get some diversity by getting shop bottlings

    Just to relate things, whiskybase just hit 50000 listwd bottlings. We had a discussion recently how many single cask scotch is bottled annually (mainly by IB) and the number was suggested to be more than 2000.

    At tastings I like to present some bottlings that are a bit special so no Jack Daniels or Jim Beam White

    Steffen
    Ahh in Europe. I just got into bourbon and was confused as there is so much variety in learning what I like already. I can see being short on options across the pond though. I see and hear about so many I cant even find being only in Pennsylvania, fairly close to bourbon utopia, I imagine your choices are more limited than mine. I think some people in the heart of this delicious nectar producing area dont realize how lucky they are to have so many private locally available brands that we arent able to access.

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    Re: Little diversity in bourbon

    Europe's a big place, and so is the US.

    What country/area are you in, and what US cities are you visiting?

    tbt

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    Re: Little diversity in bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Tot View Post
    Europe's a big place, and so is the US.

    What country/area are you in?

    tbt
    With a name like macdeff, I'm going way out on the limb and say Luxemburg.
    Or, to paraphrase, Lay on Macdeff and damned be he who first cries 'Hold, enough!'
    I would hesitate to claim that my Scotch tastings are boring because of the limited options in Ohio. The irony is, even though the US is huge compared to "Luxemburg," there are unfortunate limitations based on local regulation and distributors' who do not "hold enough" variety. In Macdeff's case, he can only taste what is available to him. That's true of all of use, everywhere. Running out of tasting options in a month is not a function of how many bourbons are made but of how many are available in a given market. Some of us have been tasting for decades and have still not made it through our wish list of bourbons. Four Roses alone could keep you busy for quite a while--if you could get all the iterations.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

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    Re: Little diversity in bourbon

    At the end of the day, bourbon will always be more homogenous than Scotch. The regulations ensure that. Plus there are simply many more Scotch distilleries.
    Jim

 

 

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