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  1. #1
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    Derby Mint Julep

    I took two bourbons out for watching the Kentucky Derby. (1) VanWinkle Special Reserve 12 and (2) Knob Creek -- if I had not run out of Buffalo Trace I'd have that one out, too.

    We used Knob Creek for the Mint Juleps (and, Chuck, we downed them quickly to follow tradition).

    As the band played My Old Kentucky home I nearly got misty eyed thinking of all of my wonderful friends in Kentucky! So-- I drank a toast to my Kentucky Friends. I'll drink a second toast to all of you on sb.com.

    Knob Creek and Buffalo Trace make great mixer bourbons and are wonderful consumed straight.

    The VanWinkle SR 12 is saved for toasting the Derby Winner. I do love Churchill Downs -- We try to get there for a race at least once a year. Maybe one these days I will get to good seats at the Derby.

    Oh, and I know many of you don't know me these days. I just get so busy I don't stop by as I used to.

    Well, I'd write more but... gotta go pour some bourbon for sipping during the Derby.

    Greg
    Greg Kitzmiller

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitzg
    I took two bourbons out for watching the Kentucky Derby. (1) VanWinkle Special Reserve 12 and (2) Knob Creek -- if I had not run out of Buffalo Trace I'd have that one out, too.

    We used Knob Creek for the Mint Juleps (and, Chuck, we downed them quickly to follow tradition).

    As the band played My Old Kentucky home I nearly got misty eyed thinking of all of my wonderful friends in Kentucky! So-- I drank a toast to my Kentucky Friends. I'll drink a second toast to all of you on sb.com.

    Knob Creek and Buffalo Trace make great mixer bourbons and are wonderful consumed straight.

    The VanWinkle SR 12 is saved for toasting the Derby Winner. I do love Churchill Downs -- We try to get there for a race at least once a year. Maybe one these days I will get to good seats at the Derby.

    Oh, and I know many of you don't know me these days. I just get so busy I don't stop by as I used to.

    Well, I'd write more but... gotta go pour some bourbon for sipping during the Derby.

    Greg
    Greg, did you see Chris Morris there mixing $1000 Juleps?? Woodford (of course) in a gold glass with a silver straw. They made 50 of them to benefit retiring horses.

    Close race, huh?? (not!) But, as always, a lot of fun.

    Ken
    "Wealth can be wonderful, but you know, success can test one's mettle as surely as the strongest adversary. "

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    Derby Juleps

    I had more than my share yesterday. Makers versions ala Bill Samuel. I like 'em once a year.

    I had the pleasure of seeing Barbaro in person at the Florida Derby. Strong colt and his win was quite impressive. I love bourbon and horse racing and I hope he makes a run at the Triple Crown as it would be great for the sport.

    Oh...anyone hit that TRI? I had the 8 on top and the 2 on bottom, but I didn't have Bluegrass Cat in 2nd! I had half the field but not 13! ARRRRGH! That $5500 would have bought some nice bourbon!

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    I was watching when a man made one of thoese $1000 Mint Juleps. The ice from the Artic Circle, mint from Moracco, and Woodford Reserve Bourbon in a solid gold cup, and silver drinking straw, I know it looked pretty tasty! Too bad I passed out before the race and missed the whole thing! After watching two and a half hours of pre-race!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asnigro
    I was watching when a man made one of thoese $1000 Mint Juleps.
    That was Chris.

    Chris Morris

    Ken
    Last edited by kbuzbee; 05-08-2006 at 06:29.
    "Wealth can be wonderful, but you know, success can test one's mettle as surely as the strongest adversary. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbuzbee
    Greg, did you see Chris Morris there mixing $1000 Juleps?? Woodford (of course) in a gold glass with a silver straw. They made 50 of them to benefit retiring horses.

    Ken
    I did see Chris. Good cause -- and good publicity for BF.
    Greg Kitzmiller

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    I had a Knob julip Saturday afternoon as well.

    While I am still a novice, having only polished off ten or twelve bottles from various houses, and sampled a few others, I must say that Knob Creek never disappoints. I know we (I) have a tendency to think of the Beam small batch line as overmarketed and less "sexy" than some harder to find offerings, but Knob really is a solid pour. Pretty full flavor, sweet but not cloyingly so, good mouth feel, with a bit of spice kick (though, again, I know from other threads that people think it's lost its punch over the years). And all this for twenty bucks. Pretty dang good.

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    You'll find a lot of agreement on Knob Creek here- it's good stuff. The only small batch bourbon that gets criticized much is Basil Hayden, and that's just based on the price/proof of that one.
    I bet you had a fine julep with that KC as well- it's a great whiskey what also happens to be publicly known.
    I used OGD 86, another Beam product (but quite cheap here), and had good results. The rye from the OGD cut through nicely. Tonight I'll make one with the OGD 114, I think, just to see what I come up with.
    -Sam

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    I made a mint julip with manuka honey instead of sugar and VW Rye (sunny day on Saturday). I thought it was delicious and sat smug in the garden feeling quite the bartender.
    Cheers,

    Sion (AKA Bamber).

 

 

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