Yet another new guy...
Lurked for some time before joining, and have posted a time or two...
Really enjoy the site and check it out almost every day - my compliments and thanks to all.
Have always enjoyed craft brewed beer and while in college, had direct access to one of the best in the land (at least in my opinion) at the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado - Fat Tire Amber Ale!
Developed an interest in Single Malt Scotch, however became frustrated with the prices vs. availability - make a decent living, but some of those Scotch prices are just plain silly.
And then The Bourbon... an accidental, yet oh-so-happy-new-found-joy.
Since finding this site several months ago, I have read and read and read some more, and managed to do a bit of successful hunting along the way.
This has lead to the humble beginnings of what I think is and will continue to become a fairly decent bunker as it were. Being a married (14+ years now ...) guy, I have also been forced to duck and dodge the wife's "Fuzzy-Eyeball" (thankss ggilbertva - too funny!!!) on several bunker-stocking missions. Some of my recent noteworthy finds include...
~a few bottles of the 2005 BTAC WLW.
~One "case" of the 2006 BTAC WLW.
~a few bottles of the 2005 BTAC ER17.
~Several bottles of WT RR101 - I really, really like this stuff!
~Two bottles of WT 12 yr with split label (and, if anyone has a few "spares", I am definitely interested in one more as well as continuing to look for the elusive gold label version).
~A few bottles of PVW 15 and PVW 20.
~A few bottles of VWFR 12 yr Lot B.
~A few bottles of ORVW 10 and 15 year.
~and last, but not least, I have my eye on two that are gonna "hurt" a bit at the register... a PVW 23 and a few WT Tributes - should have those safely tucked-in by the end of January assuming all goes well.
A busted cork...
Recently found a bottle of WT Rye with a date stamp of 1997 and brought it home. Well, apparently Mr. Murphy likes this too, and when I went to pull the cork, it snapped off, leaving about half inside the neck. Obviously, the cork's gonna crumble so here's what I'm thinking: attempt removal with a corkscrew and assuming failure, pour the contents thru a coffee filter into a stainless mixing bowl, clean the bottle out and return the contents thru another filter and top off with a Haley's Corker (winecorker.org). Comments, feedback, suggestions and/or insults all very much appreciated.
~After the cork episode (see above), I'm a bit concerned about this happening with some of my more valuable finds as well as any older bottles in general. What, if any, are the methods to prevent this from happening in the future? Definitley still in the novice arena here and will be most appreciative of any Cork / Bottle advice.
~Does anyone use the Haley's Corker routinely? Seems like a really nice stopper and nary-a-drop spilled from my current bottle of regular 'ole WT 101.
~Currently drinking everything neat and using the Riedel Ouverture Bourbon glass. Considering a set (4-pack) of the Riedel Vivant Cognac glasses at Target - they're 21.13 ounce, lead-free Tyrol crystal... any thoughts here? Or, maybe just pick-up a few mid-size cognac glasses made by Libbey (specifically the Libbey Embassy 9 oz. Brandy Glass), they seem pretty stout and are relatively inexpensive locally.
~Finally, I can say without reservation, that I'm a fan of Wild Turkey and all things Van Winkle too. Just opened my first bottle of Weller 12 yr and am liking it after a few pours. Always open to suggestions... recently finished a bottle of EC 12 and can honestly say that I enjoyed it about half the time and found it a bit too bitter at others... seemed strange to me anyway and don't think I'll be going with that one again anytime soon.
Wow, this post turned out much longer than I anticipated... so if you've read it this far and are now bored beyond tears, my apologies .
Again, thanks to all and I really appreciate having "someone" to blame whenever the "Fuzzy Eyeball" catches me in action!