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    Which one would you choose, and why?

    A number of the people coming to Gazebo have posted what they will bring or may bring.

    Which, a "prospective" basis, would you choose to try if you could only have one, and why?

    This may interest those who can't go this year but also those who are going.

    I would try an early 70's or older Old Grandad to determine if the whiskey of the era was really as different as many here believe from the current issue.

    Gary

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    I think an early Old Grand Dad or Old Crow would be interesting. I have a curiosity to try some of the very early Bourbons someday.

    Cheers,

    Ken

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    I recently had an I.W. Harper from the "fifties". It was from an old decanter. It was cloudy, but it was one of the best bourbons I've ever had.
    Joe

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    Gary,

    My choice has already been noted on the "what ya bringin'?" page...but I'll put it here to boot. I'm heading to where Dave unloads his offerings, 'cause in his bag is a Maryland Rye!

    At this time, in my exposure and tasting ability, I have come to the conclusion that Rye Whiskey or rye influenced Bourbons are of the type that express the most complexity, nose, mouth feel, palate and have the widest flavor profiles and longest finishes. Kinda sounds like someone is describing S#@%ch. (After all, that's where I came from)

    That should suffice for your original question.

    On a second note, I just couldn't resist...you wrote...

    I would try an early 70's or older Old Grandad to determine if the whiskey of the era was really as different as many here believe from the current issue.

    My response could easily be taken to another spot on the website. Also, I hope I don't run over Roger or Tim's posts regarding the last study group....but....Last Saturday evening we were lining up a row of Old Grand-Dads' and when we got to the current version of the 100 proof "Bonded" it felt like time hadn't moved for a month. The taste of that current version reminded me exactly of the disappointment of the BIB Old Forester current edition, when we did a flight of that brand. Again, as before, the contents of that glass went right into the dump bucket and the glass loaded in the dishwasher. Thankfully, when the dishwasher was emptied, the glass was fresh and clean saving it from being discarded as so much trash. There is no doubt in my mind today that the current versions of a least two whiskies are not what they once were. The hunt continues for one that is...I remain a hunter!

    BTW, I think Rogers'list has some of that good 100proof OGD

    Best regards, dougdog

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    And, Gary, Roger, Doug, I have a 'tweener' I'll bring -- an OGD BIB which states it is distilled at OGD, as BIBs must (DSP-KY-14) -- but is from the early-Beam era (1992).

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    Actually, Tim,
    The ND/Beam transition era is the time of OGD Bond that I have - unless some dusty ol' shelf comes through in the meantime. I have earlier 86proof that I could bring to stand in for the early '80.

    It's the Old Forester Bond that some of us Eastbayers have from the early '70s era.

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    ...Which, a "prospective" basis, would you choose to try if you could only have one, and why?...
    What? The old and/or defunct stuff, whether it be Dave's Maryland rye and '40s Beam BIB, or your Port Ellen 24yo, or Ed's Weller 19.

    Why? In most cases, either just because I may never get another chance, or to compare to its present-day equivalent. In some cases, like the Weller 19, because I have only a single bottle and don't want to open it.

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    I choose them all! Why? Because I am who I am and that's all that I am. Seriously though, I haven't really paid a lot of attention to what everyone is bringing because I love surprises. That was part of the charm of the Gazebo my first time. Every time I returned to the table there was something else I had never tasted before that had appeared as if by magic. And at the end of the night (which is beyond hazy to me) I was told by Chuck Cowdery that I walked up to the table, inspected the contents closely and announced "when you've had everything on the table it's time to go to bed". And I did. With a little help from my friends I should add....

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    Hey gang, in addition to our new 6 - 7 year old rye, I will bring the new member of the Antique Collection. It goes by the name of William Larue Weller (W.L.Weller) and is a 12 year old, uncut/unfiltered wheated bourbon. The proof was about 124.

    Ken

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    Re: Which one would you choose, and why?

    Hey gang, in addition to our new 6 - 7 year old rye, I will bring the new member of the Antique Collection. It goes by the name of William Larue Weller (W.L.Weller) and is a 12 year old, uncut/unfiltered wheated bourbon. The proof was about 124.

    Ken
    Ken, You the man!

    Ken

 

 

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