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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Indianapolis, IN
    I guess this is the best place to make my first post.

    First of all I would like to thank all of the posters on this board for their excellent information. I stumbled on it about a year ago and have been lurking ever since. After over 30 years of being primarily a scotch drinker, its been fun rediscovering bourbon. I've only had a few more than 10 over the year...but thanks to the advice I've received here, most of them have been excellent

    (Like others, these are in no order)
    1) GT Stagg (a search for info on this one is what led me to this board)
    2) Sazarac
    3) Booker
    4) Blanton
    5) ORVW 15/107
    6) Black Maple Hill 21
    7) Pappy 23
    8) Elmer T Lee
    9) William Larue Weller
    10) Rock Hill Farms

    possible future additions.....Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection


  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Oklahoma is OK
    AH Hirsch 16 Blue Wax
    Blantons Barrel Proof
    Elmer T Lee
    George T Stagg (Pick one)
    ORVW 15/107
    Pappy 23
    Sazerac 18
    Weller 12 Van Blankle
    Rare Breed

    Heavily weighted to Buffalo Trace and Stitzel Weller. There are 5 Bourbons in the wings that could substitute for the bottom 5 in this list without any trouble; I can't believe that I have list without Pappy 20 or 15.

  3. #13
    Couldn't argue with this list since I see non of these in North Carolina!

  4. #14
    In no particular order, as they come to mind:
    • Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23yo, Lawrenceburg rye-recipe
    • Wild Turkey 12yo gold-foil label
    • Evan Williams 15yo
    • Rittenhouse 10yo BIB rye
    • ORVW Old Time Rye 12yo/VWFRR 13yo (same rye, different age)
    • ORVW 15/107
    • Single-Barrel VW Lot B (Randy's 'Van Blankle')
    • Heaven Hill/Rittenhouse 21yo rye (to be bottled; tasted at Festival)
    • Original Michter's (Pennsylvania) Sour Mash Whiskey
    • Wathen's Barrel 10, March 1997

    All of these are whiskeys I've been able to taste through an entire bottle with the exception of the not-yet-bottled 21yo HH rye -- one taste was enough of that one to know I'll do whatever I can to enjoy an entire bottle of it.
    There are a number of other 'tastes' I've had that might edge into this list had I been able to enjoy a whole bottle -- for examples, a strip-stamped Old Weller Antique 107 from a specific 375 bottle I found, or the Warehouse Z barrel sample offered during our Barton tour in September.
    And, I'm sure I've forgotten something I'll have to edit in later.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    G'Town, TN

    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by jspero
    Since Iím still fairly new to this, I have a limited number of different brands to choose from
    Well, here goes my cast and in no particular order:

    WT Kentucky Spirit
    VW Reserve Lot B
    WT 12yo
    Eagle Rare 101
    WT Russell's Reserve 101
    ORVW 15yo
    Elijah Craig 12yo
    Elmer T. Lee
    WT 101 - Old No. 8
    WLWeller Antique 107

    Now, that being said, I have several that I have not managed to get opened as of yet which would no doubt displace some of the above selections. These include GT Stagg, WT Tribute, Pappy 15, and Pappy 23.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    Some possible candidates, subject to change, no particular order:

    • ORVW 15/107
    • George T. Stagg (any version I've tried)
    • WLW 12
    • Sazerac Rye (18 or Jr.)
    • Buffalo Trace
    • WTRR 101
    • VW Lot B
    • WT Rye
    • PVW 15
    • VWFR Rye
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

  7. #17
    Bourbonian of the Year 2010 and Guru
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Looking back at my own list I can't believe that I made a list without having anything from BT #1-ER ,BT, GTS, OC. I'm also going to add IW Harper to that list as it was a sibling to OC before UDV sold OC off.

    But which would I use and what would I bump?

    I think I'd have to pick two: ER 101 and OC 13yo

    getting bumped:Old Fitz 1849 and Bakers

    Will this be the last revision to the list....?
    2010 Bourbonian of the Year

    As long as you have good whiskey you're not "unemployed", you're "Funemployed!!!"

    I'm no Pappyophile

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Issaquah, WA.
    Being relatively new to all this, my list is probably much more basic. But here goes.

    Pappy Van Winkle 15
    Makers Mark
    Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
    Buffalo Trace
    WT Rare Breed
    WT Russellís Reserve 101
    Elijah Craig 12
    WT Rye
    Evan Williams Single Barrel

    There are only 4 more that I have even tasted I have lots to look forward to it would seem.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Eastern Pennsylvania

    My Top 10

    This is pretty close:

    Pappy 23 (any iteration)
    Pappy 20 (any iteration)
    Wild Turkey Tribute
    Rittenhouse BIB Rye
    Wild Turkey Rye
    ORVW 15-107
    ORVW 10-107
    J.W. Dant 10-86 (from the '50's)
    Wild Turkey 12-101

    Give or take a couple.
    Colonel Joseph B. "Bourbon Joe" Koch

    "Bourbon.....It's cheaper than therapy!!"

  10. #20
    Bourbonian of the Year 2007
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    NYC, Louisville, Shenzhen

    Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year - Redux

    You may find the "Stationed at Cape Horn for a Year" thread from two years back interesting:

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