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    Hello

    Just thought I would check in and say hello as a new member. I have read many of the posts and feel I have received a wonderful education already...and it's FREE! Well except for the bottle I just went and bought...My Bourbon history is very brief, I have never been a wine or spirits drinker (just beer), then my Father in law gives me a taste of Makers Mark, and hmmmmmm, thatís pretty good.....I want more! Iím not a cigar smoker, but I do find the taste of Whiskey goes well while BBQ'ing (one of my passions). My only experience has been with Makers. Prior to discovering this cite I purchased a bottle of Basil Haydens. Today I went and purchased a bottle of Elijah Craig 12-year-old. My local liquor store has a very poor selection I now know, so I will have to drive in to Seattle to find some of your other recommended Brands. This is a great site, and I have been entertained and educated by your many posts. So thanks to all of you, I look forward to learning more.

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome to the forum. It's a great place to share a common passion. Reading the older post is a wonderful place to start and a way to get to know some of the more knowledgable folks around here. They are a wonderful resource!

    Enjoy

    Ken

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    Mr. Anal Retentive Bourbon Drinker
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    Re: Hello

    Welcome from another WA state resident! There are about 4 of us on this board. FYI - the liquor store on 4th Ave in Seattle near the stadiums generally has the best selection.

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    Bourbonian of the Year 2010 and Guru
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    Re: Hello

    Welcome.

    Before you take the drive to Seattle, make sure you spend some time in your local liquor store, although many of the standard bottlings don't get much coverage(even here) there are many jewels to be discovered. Just because it's cheap and not the most highly recommended bottling doesn't mean it isn't good. The fact that you've had EC 12 and Basil means you've got a good start and a chance to discover some more before even leaving town to find more whiskey.

    I look forward to seeing your discoveries-it's always fun to see people grow in their desired pursuits

    Best of luck, and....

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    Re: Hello

    Hi, and what does your local stores have available?

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    Re: Hello

    Greetings from Chicago, and welcome! You're already making a good start with your selections (but I haven't yet tried Basil Hayden's). You'll find that each different bourbon out there has its own things to offer - and sometimes, different bottlings of the same brand (e.g. George T. Stagg) can be very different from one another.

    One thing I love about forums like this is that we can compare notes, and come to a consensus (or not!) on whether the hype surrounding something is justified or not.

    So far, in my own experience, I've never run across something that I'd say I wouldn't ever buy again - but, nonetheless, there are some bourbons (and other whiskeys) that I like better than others...

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    Re: Hello

    Hi, and what does your local stores have available?
    Oh yes, if they have any of those nasty old bottles of Tribute, just mail them to me. Horrible stuff, trust me

    Ken

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    Re: Hello

    I live in Issaquah and work in Seattle, so it will be easy to stop down there and see what they have. My father-in-law lives in AZ and always brings me back 1/2 gallonís of Makers that he gets at Costco down there (its almost 1/2 price of what it is here!). I just thought it would be interesting to branch out a little. I would like to add a Straight Rye to my shelf next (Old Overholt 4-year-old is at my store).
    I guess I should say, of the posts I have read, I have found only a few of the mentioned brands available at my nearest store and started with that. I will listen to the wisdom of Barturtle and give a try to the other brands as well, most I think are familiar commercial brands. Thanks again for all of you so willing to share your experience!

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    Bourbonian of the Year 2010 and Guru
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    Re: Hello

    I will listen to the wisdom of Barturtle
    It's very rare that people refer to me as wise...at least not without following it with ass Thanks

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    Re: Hello

    ...I have read many of the posts and feel I have received a wonderful education already...and it's FREE! Well, except for the bottle I just went and bought...
    Ah -- so you've already figured out the 'catch' in all this .
    I suggest an attempt to try a representative sample from each distillery as a good starting goal -- and you've already got a good and varied start: Maker's Mark (though, technically, now owned by Jim Beam/Fortune Brands), Basil Hayden's (Jim Beam's high-rye recipe) and EC12 (Heaven Hill).
    So, you're lacking Brown-Forman (Old Forester, Woodford Reserve), Wild Turkey (the 101, any version), Four Roses (may be out of luck here without either leaving the country or visiting Kentucky), Barton (Very Old Barton, Ridgemont Reserve 1792), Jim Beam (low-rye: try JB Black) and Buffalo Trace (W.L. Weller, Old Charter, Buffalo Trace, Blanton's, et al). And, by all means, try a straight rye.
    There are things to like about each, and your own personal favorite(s) will evolve out of them.
    Welcome.

 

 

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