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  1. #21
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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    Today I opened a bottle of 10 Yr EW Single Barrel. It is nothing if not smooth, ie. not harsh, but that is all I can say is positive about this pour. I am afraid the smoothness comes at the expense of taste in this case.

    I find that the most drinkable bourbons I have tried are any of the VanWinkle bottles, at any price point.

    Just the ramblings of a novice!!

    Tim (Seems to be a popular name around here)

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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    For a bourbon novice, I always recommend Ancient Age. For $10-12, you can't go wrong, and it has a nice vanilla taste.

    The discontinued Eagle Rare 101 is very smooth also.

    Without a doubt, the smoothest bourbon I've ever had was Weller Antique 107 with 10-15% WT Rye mixed in. It was so smooth, it was dangerous.

  3. #23
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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    are you saying that bottom shelf Ancient Ancient Age? I know there are different offerings.

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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    EWSB 10 yr olds, from years 1989 to 1995 smooth and enjoyable. You have to agree with that choice.

    "Don't give up don't ever give up"

    Mike

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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    Right on for the Evan Williams Single Barrel! It's hard to beat the smoothness, taste, and depth of just about any of the iterations of EWSB. The 1995 is very good. My favorite is the 1994, followed by the 1987, but all are terrific. And to top it off, you can get this World Class Whiskey for $20. Amazing!!

    JOE

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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    EWSB must be popular because it is sold out in my liquor store. Will have to check another store.

  7. #27
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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    Smoothest/Most Drinkable...?

    Hands down... Old Rip Van Winkle 15 yr 107.
    I have to agree with that, always will be my favorite!

  8. #28
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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    IMHO, Basil Hayden is the smoothest....and I believe this is the reason it is somewhat maligned on this board. It isn't a "bad" bourbon by any means but to me it is too smooth.

  9. #29
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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    Four Roses SB 43% is light and fruity.
    Evan Williams SB 1994 was quite light I seem to remember

    I have to disagree about Pappy 15yo. Delicious, fantastic and flavour packed, but not easy drinking IMO. I'm not sure a barrel proof 15yo bourbon is the way for a beginner to go ....

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    Re: Smoothest / Most Drinkable Bourbons

    I have to disagree about Pappy 15yo. Delicious, fantastic and flavour packed, but not easy drinking IMO. I'm not sure a barrel proof 15yo bourbon is the way for a beginner to go ....
    Actually, what we said was the Rip Van Winkle 15 yr 107 not the Pappy... ....is it really barrel proof?

 

 

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