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  1. #11
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    Keep going, Gary. I think it's fair to include Woodford as a separate distillery. Although there is BF whiskey in WR, there is no Woodford whiskey in Old Forester.

    Also, Daniel's, Dickel and Virginia Gentleman.

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    Gary--I'd say your summaries are dead-on, with the exception of BT. I don't believe ETL would be their signature whiskey. If you're going for their high-end offering that is most representative of the distillery, I believe Blanton's better represents their lineup.

    But their namesake Buffalo Trace standard bottling is probably the most taste-centric of all, and I'd even argue it's a premium in midshelf's clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pabourbongal
    Black,
    You are the second person today to inspire me to try OGD 114.

    Maker's Mark was one of the first bourbon's I tried, and I really didn't care for it. This surprised the heck out of my husband, who thought its mildness would be a good "chic bourbon".
    OGD 114 is warm, but smooth. I think it;s all about what you like.

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    I'll take a shot:

    • Buffalo Trace -- fruit over spice, 'wry' over rye? Eponymous Buffalo Trace would be their quintessential pour if more widely available. Could it be, in practice, Ancient Age, or AAA?
    • Heaven Hill -- Motto: Millions are enough! Thank God for family. Stockholders would ruin this company's value-priced lineup. Evan Williams Black Label sells like the Dickens in our store.
    • Beam Brands -- Do we make good money, or do we make good whiskey? The anti-HH. Okay, I understand it. JB Black shows they could be like Heaven Hill if that was their profile.
    • Four Roses -- the best whiskey you've never had. Any era, any style, a Four Roses label will stoke your curiosity. The Single Barrel is today's tease.
    • Barton Brands -- The corporate version of Heaven Hill. Remember that Ridgemont barrel sample, folks? These guys make superb whiskey! Then they dilute it in lesser labels in order to improve them. And sell a lot of it. The 1792 is they best they bottle, not the best they make, alas.
    • Wild Turkey -- Wild card! I suspect this label will wilt when Jimmy retires. I hope it is not so. But the 'in-your-face' attitude of WT products is the antithesis of what the 'suits' are looking for these days. Without Jimmy's authority behind production, the suits will win (they always do!). The bourbon will lose. Russell's Reserve 90 may be the most meaningful.
    • Maker's Mark -- Do you know that MM raises its prices every time Jack Daniel's does? They want to be in the same 'premium' niche -- overpriced young whiskey that people can't get enough of. Jeesh! Great work if you can find it. Looks like life-time bachelor Jack Daniel finally got caught by the Redhead.
    • Brown-Forman -- Who are these guys? They can sell mediocre product gussied up as JD or Woodford Reserve (we won't even mention Early Times!), but have to celebrate a Birthday or create a Signature to get folks to notice the star of their lineup. Then they double the price. Seek out the old labels, folks -- save some money AND a fine whiskey tradition.
    Tim

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    Hard to beat Tim's poetry!

    I agree with Gary that ETL might be slightly off-center for BT, Blanton, which is an elegant and balanced whiskey, may be the best representative and to me is a premier "city" whiskey - ETL may be its surburban cousin (stockbroker belt!). BT (the brand) is good but needs more time to establish itself I would say.

    Chuck is right of course, there are others I did not include. I intentionally excluded WR because it does not seem to me a signature of B-F (not in the sense I meant of both quality and house style). However different whiskeys have emerged from Versailles so I'll include it below.

    I excluded JD and Dickel because they are not bourbon, but will include them following Chuck's suggestion (see below).

    In truth I forgot about Virginia Gentleman, however since it is essentially a product now of a Kentucky distillery (Buffalo Trace) with some processing in Virginia, I think I can omit that one because while a BT emanation it is not a signature of BT.

    Here are the additions:

    Woodford Reserve Distillery: Different styles have emerged: all B-F Louisville production aged at Versailles, a 4-grain all-pot still that was, um, interesting, and the current WR which marries all-pot still and some Louisville-distilled whiskey. Signature is the current WR with its coppery and flowery notes.

    Jack Daniels: Charcoal filtering before barreling is its distinguishing feature. Of the different iterations, the Old No. 7 is the classic: out there with its anise and frank distillery notes. A classic for mixing with cola where it comes into its own.

    Goerge Dickel: Good lighter-styled whiskey with an interesting "vitamins"-like taste. The Old No. 12 is the signature with its dry, smooth interpretation.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 08-29-2006 at 04:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman
    Goerge Dickel: Good lighter-styled whiskey with an interesting "vitamins"-like taste. The Old No. 12 is the signature with its dry, smooth interpretation.

    Gary
    The "vitamins"-like certainly captures my impression very accurately. A very peculiar after-taste that hampers my enjoyment of this whiskey.
    Craig

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    Tim,

    Yeah you are right about Maker's and J Daniels, great line.

    And I hope and pray you are wrong about the future of Wild Turkey.

    Oscar

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneCubeOnly
    Gary--I'd say your summaries are dead-on, with the exception of BT. I don't believe ETL would be their signature whiskey. If you're going for their high-end offering that is most representative of the distillery, I believe Blanton's better represents their lineup.

    But their namesake Buffalo Trace standard bottling is probably the most taste-centric of all, and I'd even argue it's a premium in midshelf's clothing.
    Well, I would say you would have to choose one from each mash bill they use. Buffalo Trace and Blanton's would serve, nicely.

    Tim
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    Van Winkle: superbly crafted whiskeys that show (a) wheaters can be a lot more interesting than they're given credit for, and (b) well-aged and cared-for rye is awesome.
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

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    [quote=CrispyCritter]Van Winkle: superbly crafted whiskeys....quote]

    ... from people who love to drink well crafted whiskey."

    I may be giving Julian (and associates) more credit than they desrve but I don't think so. The Van Winkle pours are uniformly very good to great. I like / love some better than others but have never been disappointed or feel that I didn't get (more than) my money's worth from any of their offerings. Always an outstanding value!

    This is high praise in today's over-hyped, promise a lot and deliver less, world.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

 

 

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