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  1. #1
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    Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    You've just been awarded the 2005 maintenance contract for the Ushuaia Lighthouse in the Bay of Cape Horn. Lucky you!

    Not only that, but your employer has allocated $600 to bourbon provisioning. No more than 18 bottles may be provisioned, however.

    The company guidelines are strict. Your employer will provide you with one bottle of bourbon for each month of duty, providing none of the 12 costs more than $20 U.S. ($240 allocation).

    In addition, your contract provides for one pricier bourbon per season, providing none of the 4 costs more that $40 U.S. ($160 allocation).

    Finally, you are permitted 1 or 2 additional bottles for special occasions, provided the additional bottle or bottles total no more than $200 U.S.

    Cape Horn Bourbon Provisions

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr
    May
    Jun
    Jul
    Aug
    Sep
    Oct
    Nov
    Dec

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)
    Summer (Jan-Mar)
    Fall (Apr-Jun)
    Winter (Jul-Sep)
    Spring (Oct-Dec)

    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    1.
    (2.)

    P.S. Your bourbon will travel via company jet. Since the unscrupulous TSA inspectors won't get anywhere near your bourbon, HazMat is permitted and all of your bottles will arrive in Patagonia!
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    Cape Horn Bourbon Provisions

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan - Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 yo
    Feb - Old Forester 100 Proof
    Mar - Ezra Brooks Single Barrel 15 yo
    Apr - Buffalo Trace
    May - Elijah Craig 12 yo
    Jun - W.L. Weller 12 year Old
    Jul - Makers Mark
    Aug - Old Commonwealth
    Sep - Evan Williams Single Barrel
    Oct - Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
    Nov - Virginia Gentleman
    Dec - Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yo

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)
    Summer (Jan-Mar) - W.L. Weller 19 yo
    Fall (Apr-Jun) - Sazerac 18 yo
    Winter (Jul-Sep) - Eagle Rare 17 yo
    Spring (Oct-Dec) - A.H. Hirsch 16 yo

    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    (1.) - George T. Stagg
    (2.) - Pappy Van Winkle 23 yo

  3. #3
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    I like this exercise! The challenge is going to be keeping some variety and keeping satisfied on the <$20 monthly bottle.

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan EC12
    Feb Buffalo Trace
    Mar EC12
    Apr Old Forester
    May EC12
    Jun Buffalo Trace
    Jul EC12
    Aug AAA 10yo
    Sep EC12
    Oct Buffalo Trace
    Nov EC12
    Dec Wild Turkey 101

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)
    Summer (Jan-Mar) OFBB (any of 'em!)
    Fall (Apr-Jun) Eagle Rare Single Barrel
    Winter (Jul-Sep) Blanton's (send the buying crew to Montgomery County...they'll get it for $29.99 on sale!)
    Spring (Oct-Dec) OFBB (preferably the new '05, as it should have just been released)

    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    1. Pappy 23 (because I've never tried it!)
    (2.) A.H. Hirsch 16yo

    As you can see, I've gone heavily with the EC12. While it's not my overall favorite, it is a definite 'go-to' bourbon for me, as it always seems to satisfy when nothing else sounds good.

    Also, I've had a recent change of heart with Wild Turkey 101. I actually bought some for the first time in years, and it's infinitely better than I remember.

  4. #4
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    Cape Horn Bourbon Provisions

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan EC12
    Feb Buffalo Trace (Binny's Hand Picked)
    Mar EC12
    Apr Weller12
    May EC12
    Jun Buffalo Trace (Binny's Hand Picked)
    Jul EC12
    Aug Weller12
    Sep EC12
    Oct Buffalo Trace (Binny's Hand Picked)
    Nov EC12
    Dec Old Commonwealth (thought I was gonna say Weller12, didn'tcha)

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)
    Summer (Jan-Mar) EC SB 18yr
    Fall (Apr-Jun) Blanton's (Binny's Hand Picked)
    Winter (Jul-Sep) Weller Centennial
    Spring (Oct-Dec) Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B

    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    1. Pappy Van Winkle 23yr

    Kind of get the idea that I like EC12? You betcha! Also, used Binny's page to make sure I keep to my budget as well as insuring that I get their hand picked selections.

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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    jan -- WTRR
    feb -- KC
    mar -- EC12
    apr -- BT
    may -- Old Forrester 100
    jun -- ERSB
    jul -- Weller 12
    aug -- MM
    Sep -- Old Commonwealth
    oct -- WTRR
    nov -- VG90
    dec -- EWSB

    Spring -- OFBB
    Summer -- WTKS
    Fall -- VWSR 12 'b'
    Winter -- Stagg

    Special occasions
    Pappy 20
    Black Maple Hill 16 (or older )
    WT12 (if I can cheat and split my budget 3 ways)

  6. #6
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    Mark,
    I've never tasted Virginia Gentleman, Sazarac 18 or Pappy 23 but, the rest of that list was damnear perfect...
    Yepper, I think we could work together...
    Bj

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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan: Weller 12
    Feb: Old Forester 100
    Mar: Wild Turkey 101
    Apr: AAA 10yo
    May: Buffalo Trace
    Jun: Maker's Mark
    Jul: Virginia Gentleman
    Aug: Old Charter 12yo
    Sep: Elijah Craig 12yo
    Oct: Evan William's Single Barrel
    Nov: Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
    Dec: Weller 12yo

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)

    Winter: Stagg '03
    Spring: Eagle Rare 17yo
    Summer: Elijah Craig 18yo
    Fall: Kentucky Spirit


    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    1. Pappy 20yo
    2. Pappy 20yo

  8. #8
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    MONTHLY ALLOCATION
    jan- Old Forester 100
    feb- EC 12
    mar- Buffalo Trace*
    apr- Makers Mark
    may- Elmer T Lee SB*
    jun- Kentucky Vintage
    jul- Evan Williams SB*
    aug- WT RR*
    sep- Old Charter 10
    oct- Old Fitz 100
    nov -Weller 12
    dec -ORVW 10yr 90

    SEOSONAL ALLOCATION
    spring- OFBB , any
    summer- Stagg , any
    fall- VWFR 12yr lot b
    winter- ORVW 15yr 107

    SPECIAL ALLOCATION
    1- Pappy 20- old
    2- Pappy 20- new

    *provided I drive to Montgomery County,to get their
    ridiculous sale prices.Plus this is where I found
    the old version of Pappy 20 yr for $53 last year.

  9. #9
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan - EB101
    Feb - VG90
    Mar - WT80
    Apr - JB BLACK
    May - EB101
    Jun - OF
    Jul - OGD
    Aug - EB101
    Sep - EC12
    Oct - OW12
    Nov - EB101
    Dec - OW107

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)
    Summer (Jan-Mar) ORVW LOT B
    Fall (Apr-Jun) ORVW 15
    Winter (Jul-Sep) ORVW LOT B
    Spring (Oct-Dec) ORVW 15

    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    1. PAPPY 20
    (2.) PAPPY 23

    This is fun. If I could have my way, I'd just wallow in Van Winkle stuff all year long, but it doesn't fit the $20 or below requirement.

  10. #10
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    Re: Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year

    This was tough! In provisioning my own allocation, I realize that a good number of fine $30 bourbons fell through the cracks. They were too expensive to be a monthly, but couldn't knock out the seasonals. It was tough to leave Baker's, Blanton's, Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve, and Ridgewood Reserve 1792 off the list, but that was a consequence of the price points, not the bourbons. I've also restricted my allocation to bourbons still available: no Henry Clay, Martin Mills, or Mellow Mash here. In any event, these are my selections, varied by distillery and mashbill to keep things interesting thoughout the year!

    Cape Horn Bourbon Provisions

    Monthly Allocation ($20 max each)
    Jan - Old Charter "The Classic" 12yo
    Feb - Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
    Mar - Old Fitzgerald BIB (Cracker Jack)
    Apr - Knob Creek
    May - Ezra Brooks Single Barrel 15yo
    Jun - Old Commonwealth
    Jul - Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
    Aug - Johnny Drum Private Stock 15yo
    Sep - Evan Williams Single Barrel
    Oct - Old Grand Dad 114
    Nov - Old Forester Pendennis Club Special Reserve
    Dec - Four Roses Single Barrel

    Seasonal Allocation ($40 max each)
    Summer (Jan-Mar) - Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 1989
    Fall (Apr-Jun) - Wild Turkey 12yo
    Winter (Jul-Sep) - Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18yo
    Spring (Oct-Dec) - George T. Stagg 2002

    Special Allocation ($200 max total)
    1. A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16yo
    2. Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23yo

 

 

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