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    What to buy in Kentucky

    If you are coming to the bourbon festival, coming from out of state, and driving, you don't want to miss the stock-up opportunity. Depending on where you live, prices may be better in Kentucky, but more importantly you probably can find things there that you can't find back home.

    In my case, Chicago prices are pretty comparable to Kentucky prices, so my motivation is mostly availability. Long at the top of my list for whenever I visit Kentucky is Very Old Barton. I favor the 100 proof expression, but it is available in 80, 86 and 90 as well. It is very good and very cheap.

    Another must-have is Four Roses Single Barrel. It is not cheap but is simply a terrific bourbon.

    I usually pick up some of the Heaven Hill brand bottlings when I'm there, as they are usually a very good value, but I noticed that none of them have age statements on them anymore. Neither does the Evan Williams black label, which used to make much hay about its seven years of aging. No more. There is a bit of a bourbon shortage going on right now. Maybe this is another result.

    Many places can't get Buffalo Trace, so that might be on your list.

    Although Eagle Rare Single Barrel is pretty widely available, I've only seen the 1.75 liter size in Kentucky. Really a stunning bottle and something special for your bunker display.

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    Re: What to buy in Kentucky

    Thanks Chuck, very good recommendations. They were all on my list (except the 1.75 ERSB - wasn't aware of that bottling). Buffalo Trace is the one I'm most looking forward to.

    Cheers,

    Ken

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    ERSB 1.75

    Here's a picture.
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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    Wow... It's ERSB all growed up!

    Thanks!

    Ken

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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    Oh please,Ken, bottle a small run of Stagg in the 1.75! I just need 1 for the visual effect alone!

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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    Yeah, and do it as a preorder only, you know like buying a Ferrari Enzo, not available to the general public, just the people who really want it and are willing to pay in advance..in other words the StraightBourbon.com members...matter of fact how about it says StraightBourbon.com Special Edition.

    Might be asking a bit much here...but its fun to wish

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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    Damn! That's purdy! I ain't ever seen one that big!

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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    It's a thing of beauty. Really stops you when you see it in a store. Thanks for the picture, Jeff.

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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    I ain't ever seen one that big!

    I get that all the time!

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    Re: ERSB 1.75

    Jeff,
    You must be doin' a heap of drinkin' if your poundin' them babies.
    Joe

 

 

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