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  1. #1
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    trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Hey all!

    Just joined up a little while ago, I'm a New York City bourbon drinker, new to the boards, and want to learn more about bourbon... Was a pretty steady Knob Creek drinker for a while, also have liked Woodford Reserve and have been really enjoying the Michter's Bourbon as well.

    I think I prefer a little more of a sweeter bourbon, but want to branch out, enjoy more of them, and learn more about them.

    any suggestions on where to start?

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    1) You've already done it. Just read the posts and you'll pick up a lot of good information.

    2) Go buy a bottle of W. L. Weller 12-year-old.

    3) Go over to Brooklyn, Red Hook specifically, and visit LeNell's.

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    1) You've already done it. Just read the posts and you'll pick up a lot of good information.

    2) Go buy a bottle of W. L. Weller 12-year-old.

    3) Go over to Brooklyn, Red Hook specifically, and visit LeNell's.
    1) Cool. I have been, been lurking for a bit.
    2) Thanks for the recommendation!
    3) Already have been and am on her mailing list for her next bourbon class. :-)

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Ruby,

    Chuck gives great advise. Essentially, anything that has Weller or Van Winkle on the label is a great pour.

    I'm very partial to the Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B when I want to treat myself.

    I wish W. L. Weller 12 year was available in MI (I can get it in Chicago). Eagle Rare Single Barrel is a favorite as well. I've come to the conclusion that I like bourbon at about 90 proof.

    By the way, welcome to the board.

    Will

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Ruby,

    Welcome to SB. Take advantage of the search function here and you'll fine a treasure trove of information that will help in answering many of your questions. I was going to suggest you go to LeNell's but you beat me to it. She's got a great selection and can also give you alot of help. I'll throw a couple of my personal favorites in the mix here......

    Old Rip Van 10 year 107
    Weller Antique 7 year 107
    Pappy Van Winkle 15 year
    Rittenhouse BIB
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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Another vote for Weller 12 yr. It's one of the few Weller products available in Fla, and at $21, it's becoming my everyday pour.

    -Kevin

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    1) You've already done it. Just read the posts and you'll pick up a lot of good information.

    2) Go buy a bottle of W. L. Weller 12-year-old.

    3) Go over to Brooklyn, Red Hook specifically, and visit LeNell's.
    You missed one:

    4) Buy a copy of Straight Bourbon, Cowdery's excellent book which will answer all of your questions (and then some) about Bourbon. I just recently read it and it's really a teriffic book. Lots of stories about the big Bourbon families, info on bourbon and its production and some of the best tasting notes I've ever read.

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    You need to go visit LeNell.
    Joel

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    Already been. Was kinda overwhelmed by the number of choices, actually. Am on her mailing list and hope to get in on the next bourbon tasting class she does.

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    Re: trying to learn more than "casual bourbon drinker"

    I would suggest Van Winkle Lot B.
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