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  1. #1
    Bourbonian of the Year 2009 and Virtuoso
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    How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    I have enjoyed bourbon for a long time but really caught the fever this year. So I decided to list the different bottles I've purchased and consumed over the last four months. I had no idea of the answer until I made the list as follows:

    Kentucky Spirit
    ER 17yo 2002
    ER 10yo SB
    EWSB 92
    EWSB 93
    EW 7yo
    Ezra Brooks 15yo
    EC 18yo
    Weller Centenial
    ORVW 10/107
    RVW Special Reserve 12yo
    RVW Rye 13yo
    Pappy 20yo
    BT
    GT Stagg 2003 (half consumed)
    ER 17yo 2003 (half consumed)
    RR

    Wheh!!! I didn't realize the breadth (and volume) I had consumed over four months. What a journey! Several observations 1) there are only two of them I wouldn't purchase again and even they weren't bad, just not to my liking and 2) the quality/price ratio for bourbons in general is very high. We are indeed very lucky.

    My question is this....do most of you stick with a couple of favorites for your go-to bourbon....or do you keep a dozen bottles open like me and choose your drink each day based on the "moment" (ie outdoors/indoors, weather, having a cigar, company or solo, etc.) Just curious.

    DoubleBlank

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    I only have five bottles of bourbon going at the moment. I'm sure that will increase. To answer your question, I like to switch it up. Variety is the spice of life, and my bottles don't seem to get consumed very fast that way.

    My favorite at the moment is the Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10yo. I pour it over a couple rocks to dillute and chill it just a tad. Maybe someday I'll get up the gumption to drink it neat.

    I like to drink bourbon with my cigars, but lately I've been smoking a pipe too. I try to select a drink that I think will match the tobacco.

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    I like to keep a nice variety on hand at all times so I can choose something to fit my mood. Without counting I would guess I have about 30-35 bottles going at the moment, plus the unopened bottles that I have bunkered away for a rainy day. I built my bunker mostly one bottle at a time, usually a new bottle to reward a hard week's toils. I'll consume about half of it then start backing off a bit to conserve, then I'll move on to something else.

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    These are the bottles I've drawn from within the last 4 months:

    Buffalo Trace
    Pappy 20
    Woodford Reserve
    Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve 13yo
    Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yo
    Ancient Ancient Age 10yo
    Old Forester 86
    Elijah Craig 12yo
    Booker's
    A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16yo
    Blanton's
    Old Forester Birthday Bourbon '02

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    In no particular order since Jan '03:
    Stagg
    Weller Centennial
    VanWinkle Rye 13
    Elmer T. Lee
    Blanton's
    Old Forester 86
    Old Forester 100
    Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year
    Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star
    Buffalo Trace
    McAfee's Benchmark
    Sazarac Rye 18
    WT 80
    WT 101
    Rare Breed
    Maker's Mark
    Jim Beam Black
    Evan Williams 7
    Evan Williams SB 90
    Elijah Craig
    Booker's
    Basil Hayden's
    Baker's
    Knob Creek
    Jim Beam Rye
    Kentucky Tavern
    Jack Daniels 7
    Gentleman Jack
    George Dickel 12
    Bulleit
    Woodford Reserve
    Old Fitzgerald 1849
    Old Grand Dad
    Some of these have been pints or even half pints...I frequently buy small the first time if the reviews here on SB have been mixed. Only one I would never buy again...the Ky Tavern, and it was a "gift"...several others were "thin", and while not frequent purchases I would gladly take in a pinch....but of all of these, I could buy only the Buffalo Trace whiskeys and be a happy man. (well, add Woodford and Old Forester)....the ones I have not tried and can't wait to taste are any Birthday Bourbon, ER17, Weller 12, VOB, 1792,Kentucky Spirit and any additional VanWinkle...a mighty strong list in itself.(apparently I have missed my chance for Weller 18)

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    A trip to Ky might yield a Weller Antique Collection. No idea where to look , High rent side of some town. It's nice, others here like it more than I do. When I had the chance I only bunkered 1 bottle , so I have 1-1/2, if I never get any more of that. I wouldn't leave Stagg or Birthday Bourbon in the store for it. For what it's worth $0.02.


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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    I just can't imagine bunkering bottles myself. I'm like a kid coming home from the toy store in that once the door shuts in the house, I just have to open it up. Currently I have on my bar's shelves:
    Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr
    Hirsch 16 yr
    Bookers
    Woodford Reserve
    Jefferson Reserve
    Rock Hill Farms
    Blantons
    Wathens
    Elmer T Lee
    Knob Creek
    WT101
    ORVW 10/90
    Buffalo Trace
    Old Whiskey River
    Peter Jakes
    WT RB

    Each has a place and time, and only a couple are less than half full. As far as I'm concerned, when they put me in the ground, I'm leaving all my stock to three friends. Two of them get to split the bourbon, the third gets everything else (mainly because he ran over my dog).

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    How could I forget that Hirsch 16 was one I have had!! and Wathen's is one I want to definately try. Ezra 15 also interests me as well.

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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    I open a new bottle and try it as soon as I can. Pours are free and generous to anyone willing to try, but when it gets down to about 1/3 then I HOARD it. Here's a list of my open bottles, in no particular order of course.

    AH Hirsch 16
    Van Winkle Reserve 12
    ORVW 10yr 90
    ORVW 10yr 107
    ORVW 15 yr
    WT 4yr
    WT 101
    WT Ky Spirit
    WT RR
    WT Rye (woops, not a bourbon)
    ER 17
    ER 10 single barrel
    Blanton's
    BT
    Weller Antique
    Weller Centennial
    Wathens SB
    EWSB '90
    Elijah Craig 12
    Bookers
    JB Black
    Knob Creek
    OF 86
    Maker's

    not bad for a Canadian, eh?


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    Re: How Many Different Bourbons Lately?

    I currently have a bunch of different ones, but I've been thinking of paring down to a favorite 4 or 5 and sticking with them. Maybe a couple of those would change on an ongoing basis.

    Tim

 

 

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