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  1. #41
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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    Tonight's the night for my tasting. The lineup has changed a little:

    Jeffersons Reserve 15
    Elmer T. Lee*
    Hirsch 16*
    Pappy Van Winkle 15
    Buffaloe Trace*
    Basil Haydens

    *1st pours for me

    Being a novice, I really don't know what to expect... I really liked the Jeffersons Reserve when I had that early this year. Basil Haydens is frequently in my house, but most often I have Makers - which I like, but Basil Haydens I like a lot more.

    Any predictions on what will emerge as tonights favorite?

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    ...Any predictions on what will emerge as tonight's favorite?
    Don't know about a favorite, but I suspect your opinion of the Jefferson Reserve might fade a bit in that company.

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    If anyone is intested here are the 10 bourbons that are going to be featured in the "Top Shelf" article. Thanks to all for adding your input. I would like to say I was not the only person picking these, so if you don't like the list don't kill me for it!! Some were chosen almost just based on availability. I added a few notes to give some reasoning. Curious to hear any thoughts or opinions on the 10 chosen.

    1) Baker's (small batch, readily available and young)
    2) Blanton's Original (the ORIGNAL single barrel)
    3) Booker's (small batch, but vastly different from Baker's)
    4) Hirsch 16 (a piece of history)
    5) Pappy 20 (one of the best and my favorite)
    6) Elmer T Lee (unbeatable for the price)
    7) Stagg (the hazmat label and its quality)
    8) Wild Turkey Tribute (arguably best in the WT class)
    9) Eagle Rare 17 (another great one)
    10) Distillers Masterpiece Port finish (why this one? we needed a "WOW" type bourbon for the article in which readers would get a bit mystified by this selection, plus it has a very elegant and photogenic look)

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    Scanning back though the thread I never found the name of the magazine.

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    You have a good list there, Evangelos. Post a link when it's written?

    Ken

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    Thank you, magazine is called the Good Life. Small local magazine at the New Jersey shore. Affiliated with a newspaper. It's fun to do it for them, I get very very very little money to do it. I did a tequila article already (I know more about those than bourbon, but like I said in other posts, I ramp up fast)

    The magazine comes out in Spring 06. I'll post a link when it's posted.

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    I recognize that the selections that make for the ideal magazine article dedicated to a certain theme comprise a different set than one based on a consumer's criteria (flavor, value, availability, etc.).

    On that basis I find your list admirable, with but one exception. I'm disappointed that no bottling from Heaven Hill made your list. After you mentioned an emphasis on single barrel bottlings (IIRC . . .or was it the "top shelf" angle that arrived late?), I assumed that Elijah Craig 18 y/o (my choice) or one of the Evan Williams Single Barrel vintage bottlings would be a slam dunk. The vintage angle would add a unique element to the article.

    I might also quibble, albeit with less fervor, about your inclusion of Blanton's and Elmer T. Lee (from Buffalo Trace) while omitting their best (IMHO), Rock Hill Farms. (At the very least it photographs better than the Elmer T. Lee. )

    Regardless, I look forward to seeing your article, and I'm honored that you considered our advice.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    Honestly I wanted EC 18 and RHF, but other powers wanted Baker's for familiarity and blanton's for aesthetics. (it's good too of course)

    Elmer T Lee was added because it has a great following on this forum and is sub $30. Fits that great buy category.

    I didn't think to try and pick distilleries rather than just picking 10 great bourbons. Maybe next time.

    I have a feeling we'll be doing a followup article on bourbon. I'll make sure to add RHF and EC 18 on those! Perhaps a 4 Roses or Noah's Mill as well. We'll see how this one goes first!

    One question, can someone verify if blanton's was indeed the FIRST single barrel bourbon?

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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    Where did you find the Tribute as you were looking as late as Monday? You can PM me if you don't want to post.


    8) Wild Turkey Tribute (arguably best in the WT class)


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    Re: Hypothetical question about 10 bourbons

    Emailed a fe guys diretly from ebay that sold it in the past. We made a deal. I have a friend in Hong Kong that I just sent a list to of bourbons to look out for. I hope he'll have good news for me soon!

 

 

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