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    Mr. Anal Retentive Bourbon Drinker
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    Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    They list George T. Stagg 15 Yr. Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon as the 4th best spirit for the year of 2003.

    Full list is at: 2003 top spirits


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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    Normally I would have a lot to say there, but since Georgy T is their first Bourbon choice in the line up.............

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    I used their spirits search on Bourbons. Here are their top dozen. Not that my list would be the same, but I would find this list respectable.

    98 Old Rip Van Winkle 12 Year Old Special Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

    95 George T. Stagg 15 Yr. Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

    94 Old Rip Van Winkle 15 Year Old Handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $40.

    94 Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    93 Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    93 Jim Beam Black 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

    92 Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    92 Jim Beam Distillers Masterpiece 20 Year Old Port Finish Bourbon Whiskey

    91 W. L. Weller 12 Yr. Old Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

    91 Eagle Rare 10 Yr. Old Straight Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

    91 Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whisky

    91 Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky


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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    I agree...I would have nooo problem making these my next dozen bottles....but is #91 the best any of them can muster? I think not....but it is always an interesting list.

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    Note that the Beverage Institute only offers ratings on spirits submitted to them -- for a fee, of course -- generally by the producer. Thus, any list they produce, while generally reasonable, will be incomplete. Many bottlings just never get rated.

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    It still boils down to quality vs. price. Sometimes a 98 rated bourbon at $75 is not quite as acceptable as a 94 rated bourbon at $35, for an example. Are four (4) points worth $40? I usually say, NO! But I may say YES, in some cases. That has been my dilemma.

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    I'd pay a $99 for a bottle rated at "99" but I wouldn't pay $91 for a "91".

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    with a price/value ratio applied, the following are the best for the money IMHO...
    in no particular order:
    Buffalo Trace/$18 a great whiskey
    Ancient Ancient Age 10YEAR/$12 can anything match this price/quality ratio?
    Weller 12/$18 another VERY good whiskey
    VeryOldBarton/ $12 a steal
    Elijah Craig12 /$16 as stated elswhere, the "star" of HH
    Old Charter 12/ $15
    Old Forester/ $12 a real deal and former "go to bourbon"
    Wild Turkey 101/ $17 not often on my buy list but crowds swear by it...
    ...all of these and others I have missed for under $20 bucks...I agree it is pretty tough to justify spending 2 or 3 times this price for that diminishing difference in quality.

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    Not everybody is searching for a bargain all the time. Some of us are willing to spend a little more because we can appreciate those few extra points. Is it worth the extra $20 for that nicer bourbon? I say there are times when the answer is a definite YES.

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    Re: Beverage Tastings Institute - top 2003 spirits

    I appreciate your comments and bourbon price/value list. I will take these into consideration! Thanks.

 

 

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