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    Old Charter 12 year old classic 90

    I'm losing my brain. I'm getting ready to try this and for the life of me can not remember what state I purchased this in. I thought it was at Sam's in Ill., but went on line and they don't list it. Is this a Kentucky only product?
    Mark/Nebraska


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    No....its available in many states including here in Texas. Its a pretty good pour as I recall, but haven't had it in several years.

    Randy

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    Well after having it now, I can tell you it's a very agreeable pour. I'm pretty sure it came from Sam's in Chicago. I'm thinking it's just not on the web site. I guess I need to dig up the receipt. I also am thinking it was a very agreeable price.
    Mark/Nebraska


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    I have a couple of liters carrying a Tennessee tax stamp, marking them 1992 or earlier, from Louisville, that I very much look forward to opening (from past experience with the bottling), and know where there are a couple of $50 1.75Ls that likely are ripe for the picking when I want them. No, it's not KY-only, and it IS better-than-average whiskey, especially the older bottlings.
    Let me know if you want to move up my 'plucking'.
    Tim

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    I bought a bottle of OC 12 last year in Tennessee. It is also at a very good price in Kentucky. I admit it is not always easy to find though!

    Thomas

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    It is just about everywhere here in Tennessee. ALthough the tax stamped versions are not that easy found.

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    It's fairly common in GA, although I have noticed it not being replaced in a few stores; I think a new label is coming? At under $20, it is one I keep on hand.

    I don't believe GA stores are allowed to ship.

    Bob

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    Because I've been writing an article for Malt Advocate about Brown-Forman and Old Forester, I've been thinking about some of the oldest brands and how they've evolved. Like Old Forester, Old Charter began in the 1870s, that period right after the Civil War when whiskey started to be shipped all over the country by railroad and brand names were starting to become important.

    Old Charter's "thing," at least in the modern era, has been age. The BT "Great Bourbons" web site shows 8, 10, 12 and 13-year-old versions, and I seem to recall at one time it was 5, 7, 9 and 12.

    We don't often think of Old Charter when thinking of good values in extra-aged whiskey. Most of us think of Elijah Craig 12.

    Part of that is availability. I have been told that Old Charter's biggest market is Little Rock, Arkansas, and its availability declines as you move further away from that one market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery
    We don't often think of Old Charter when thinking of good values in extra-aged whiskey. Most of us think of Elijah Craig 12.

    Part of that is availability.
    Exactly. I find the 13yo all over the place. It is good, but at $34, not a great value. I've found the 12yo only in KY, and at $15 it is a very good value.

    I find the UD bottled 13yo to be much richer, and I still see bottles around, but again at $34, it is a good value, but not a great one.
    Mike

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