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  1. #1
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    Voting results on Forbes site

    Which is your favorite Bourbon?
    Baker's 7 Year Old
    26 votes (2%)
    Booker's
    99 votes (6%)
    Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old
    45 votes (3%)
    Evan Williams Single Barrel 1994
    41 votes (2%)
    Gentleman Jack
    168 votes (10%)
    Knob Creek 9 Year Old
    198 votes (12%)
    Maker's Mark
    497 votes (29%)
    Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Old
    13 votes (1%)
    Van Winkle 15 Year Old
    43 votes (3%)
    Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old
    110 votes (6%)
    Woodford Reserve
    215 votes (13%)
    None of the above
    246 votes (14%)

    Comments?

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    Re: Voting results on Forbes site

    This shows people don't like rye-flavor bourbon as much as wheated, which has less taste. And people don't like aged wheaters as much as young wheaters which have ... less taste. And they like sweetish, uncomplex drinks like Gentleman Jack, which are less challenging (relatively) than many straight whiskeys. I sense a theme here... As Jackson wrote in '88, it is "Fear of Flavour".. But this is no surprise, same deal in beer, cheese, coffee, whatever. It doesn't matter: as long as the specialty market is catered for, we can't complain. And there is a plethora of products in this area to satisfy aficionados. Then too, those who like Maker's (and they are certainly entitled to, I like it too) may learn one day to appreciate more complex bourbon. There were good tips just given on the board on how a newbie might approach some of the more challenging products.

    Gary

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    Re: Voting results on Forbes site

    I'm somewhat shocked at the EWSB 94' and the EC 12 year old, and Bookers ( which we are enjoying very much). As Woodford, Creek, and Gentleman jack are alright. Out of these six my vote (and future stockings) go to the first three I mentioned................

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    Re: Voting results on Forbes site

    Obviously, I donīt know anything about this poll or site, but isnīt the most likely explanation that all these people who voted for Makerīs or Woodford have never tasted EC12, EWSB or Bookerīs?

    This is normally the typical weakness for polls of this kind...

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    Re: Voting results on Forbes site

    This was probably not a random survey - so many factors could influence the results to introduce systematic biases.
    Availability and cost are likely important factors in addition to those already mentioned.

    Craig

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    Re: Voting results on Forbes site

    (WARNING: Soap Box Rant Coming.)

    I hate the media's use of so-called "polls" in which participants self-select. Every expert on market research and "real" polling will tell you that such exercises are absolutely meaningless. There should be a truth-in-labeling law that prevents them from even calling them polls or surveys. Because the poll's participants self-select, the results tell you absolutely nothing. Trying to parse them beyond that is a waste of everyone's time. The real crime is when the media reports the results of these things alongside legitimate surveys and polls as if they have equal merit. It's just plain dishonest. Whenever you see a "poll" or "survey" in which the participants called a phone number or went to a web site to "vote," turn the page. You're being duped and your intelligence is being insulted.

    (End of Rant.)

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    [slight hijack] Did the Forbes author even taste the bourbons?!?

    How can anybody taste Pappy 15yo and think it's "so refined that it has lost almost all its bourbon character." !!?!

    Unbelieveable.

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    Re: Voting results on Forbes site

    You may be ranting but you are, of course, absolutely correct.

    Tim

 

 

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