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  1. #1
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    Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    At our weekly blind bourbon tasting today, an overwhelming majority preferred ETL to PVWFR 12 Lot B. When the bourbon order was revealed, we were all somewhat perplexed. That ETL sure was good, both on the nose and tasted both neat and cut. You just never know.
    Joe

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    I have a bottle of ETL and it is certainly among the very best I have ever tasted. In the top 10 easily, probably top 5.

    Tim

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    I've never had Pappy, but the bottle of ETL I'm working on right now is far better than the ORVW I had last month. Sweeter, smoother, more complex, at least to me.

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    I would probably prefer the Van Winkle but Elmer T Lee is right there...

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    Elmer T. Lee! Elmer T. Lee! Elmer T. Lee! Elmer T. Lee!



    Elmer T. Lee! Elmer T. Lee! Elmer T. Lee! Elmer T. Lee!

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    This invites a direct comparison... and I guess I'll have to do it.
    Craig

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    ETL has become my favorite single barrel bourbon. Given their nature, one can expect some variation in taste and quality of single barrels... but ETL has never disappointed me yet.

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    Wonder what'd come out on top in an ETL against ORVW 10yr 107 or ORVW 15 yr squat bottle? hmmmmm...think I'll do that taste off myself, got the goods in my stash! Tom V

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    Well I took the challenge and did the direct comparison last night. My wife poured me some of each in identical Reidel glasses. Then my 8 year old daughter carried them over and set them in front of me. I tasted each and concluded the one on my left was Elmer T. Lee. My daughter said I was wrong, my wife said I was right. Apparently in the transfer process they lost track of which was which.

    Conclusion: they are both extremely good.

    Craig

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    Re: Van Winkle vs. Elmer T. Lee

    I would suggest next time using a wax pencil to mark the glasses "A" and "B". Or is you're a woodworker make a tray that has cutouts for the glasses.

 

 

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