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  1. #11
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    My understanding is a number of barrels of Louisville-made and Versailles-made whiskey are mingled for a particular bottling and this batch gets a number. All the whiskey is aged in Versailles. In each batch, there are varying amounts of the whiskey from the Versailles stills (pot stills), anything from only 25% to half or more. The idea is not to work to fixed proportions but to get rather a certain taste profile. This is a quality whiskey any way you look at it, which is not to say that each batch tastes exactly the same, in my view there is some variance but this is to be expected with bourbon (any bourbon which is partly a natural product and can't be standardised 100%) and a WR offers a particular craft approach. Anyway this is my take on it.

    Gary

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    Wathen's renumbered, too

    I noticed in Chicago stores this week that Wathen's, too, is back to Barrel 1 with its San Jose-bottled issue. I'm assuming, till someone disabuses me of the notion, that that means it's not the same whiskey it used to be.
    Tim

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    Wathen's Numbering

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon
    I noticed in Chicago stores this week that Wathen's, too, is back to Barrel 1 with its San Jose-bottled issue. I'm assuming, till someone disabuses me of the notion, that that means it's not the same whiskey it used to be.
    Wow,
    My local liquor store just got Wathen's (only the second store I've seen in California to have it) and received bottles from Barrel number 256, bottled just over a month ago on 2/17/06. Did you notice the bottling date in Chicago?

    I also have Wathens #228 barreled 3/21/05 and #203 barreled on 10/4/04 (my birthday!). So it appears that Frank-Lin of San Jose has been bottling about 25 barrels every 6 months to a year. I wonder if a new numbering system implies greater availability as well as perhaps a new source for the whiskey...

    Roger

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Rughi
    ...Did you notice the bottling date in Chicago?...
    Roger
    Roger, I'm afraid all I checked was the label to note the bottling location -- just in case it happened to be a 'real' Barrel 1 from Owensboro. They had a row all the way to the back of the shelf -- I didn't check every one of them, but I DID reach back to pluck a single rear one and confirm it said the same thing.
    Tim

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    I was at my local liquor store yesterday and they received a case of Woodford Reserve 1.75's. They are batch 1 and had Chris Morris signature on them. They also had some 750's that were from batch 194 and had Lincoln Hendersons signature on them. Maybe they start over when they have a new master distiller. Just a thought. They also received some 1L bottles that honor this years Kentucky derby and these did not have a batch number on them.

    Thomas
    Last edited by ThomasH; 05-03-2006 at 08:10.

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    I ran into a couple of woodford reserve 750ml that are signed today. I came back and found this thread to try and figure out if this was something that generally thought of as a better bourbon others here on the board and if the signatures were somewhat rare. Both bottles had Chris Morris's signature, one had 2005 written on it and the name of the city here along with the signature. Would be curious to know what you guys are seeing these for in your area of the country. The shelf tag here said $29.98. That seemed reasonable if this is better grade of bourbon.

    Mark/Nebraska

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    Today was really bizarre. I went back for the two bottles I saw (I also figured out the signature all of you were talking about and the signature I'm talking about are completely different). Turned out there were actually three bottles signed in some kind of white permanent marker on the back, Council Bluffs, 2005, Chris Morris, Distiller. I might go back and get the other, depends on if I actually like the stuff or not. Either way, it will be kind of fun to have with the master distiller's autograph.

    The bizarre thing was that I stopped at another place and picked up two more bottles for $19.99 each. I asked if the price was right, the store owner pointed to a big orange sign that said 750ml/$19.99 SALE. I figured for that price, why not.


    Mark/Nebraska

 

 

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