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  1. #11
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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    BTAC:

    I'm going to get either the Stagg or the Weller. Sounds like you guys are prefering Stagg over the Weller. Is this correct? Any one else wanna sound off? Cause I'm going to get one of them tomorrow.

    BTW...I have never tried any of the BTAC's.
    Last edited by Everman75; 11-10-2007 at 04:30.
    -James

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    Don't fire a torpedo just yet Phischy, fwiw, my sources tell me the California allocation kicks in today.

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phischy View Post
    (STAY TUNED! WILL THE USS PHISCHY AQUIRE ITS BOUNTY? WILL THE CAPTAIN GO MAD? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK!)
    Phischy - Go buy those BTACs!!!!!

    All except Handy available TODAY at a Bevmo - and hopefully a liquor store near you. Ken clued me in that their website has a real-time inventory for each store. You can purchase online and pick it up.

    I don't want to hype Bevmo over independents, they're not perfect and try to monopolize goods from other retailers, but their online inventory is pretty, errr, Handy.

    Roger

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    Question Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    ok.......it's almost 8pm

    the store closest to me has 6 units (according to the PLCB site) of new STAGG on hand...

    do i run out NOW NOW NOW and grab one of those $53.99 bottles?

    or am i safe waiting until sunday...........

    since they are within reach, i am psyched...but is it really REALLY really
    worth the price?

    i know, i know....it is IS is
    HUP!

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    I picked up some at BevMo today. And they do have the Handy although I was unable to find it in their Web Storefront. They don't even have them locked away. Just proud soldiers all lined up on the shelf and ready for battle.

    I will add based on what they had listed for quantities online and what was in the store the WLW and Handy are probably the ones there are the least of. I believe another post also referenced there was not as much of the WLW. They had twice as many Sazerac as Handy and WLW. And 3-4 times the quanities for ER17 and Stagg. But the Qty listed for Stagg has decreased by half since I first looked from 24 to 12 at the online virtual store. So they are going fast.

    A tip for those of you who do occasionally purchase from BevMo they do seem to favor certain stores and not all will get the limited bottlings. And as others I believe have pointed out in the past their online inventory listings for each store are not perfect. Sometimes ahead or behind. The ahead being sometimes they are listed before they actually make it to the shelf. And store employees usually can't locate them. That happened to me today so I ended up having to go a little further to get them after they called and let me know they could not find it.

    Watching my budget closely I only got WLW, Stagg, and the Handy. I have not been impressed enough with the ER17 to justify the price and the Sazerac will have to wait since I recently picked up some Van Winkle Rye.

    Oh, and one side note I stopped at a couple places on the way to pickup the BTAC bottles and did find a Kentucky Spirit Pewter top bottled in 2000 for $29.99. Too good to pass up so it came home with me also.

    I will agree with Roger in I prefer to deal with a particular independent store over BevMo. But my normal store still has previous issues of WLW, Stagg, and ER17 so I am not certain when and if they will be getting any of the 2007 issues.

    Ken

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    Buy the barrel-proofs. Unless they are significantly cheaper, the Saz 18 and ER17 are poorer values, relatively. Frankly, the Saz is likely to be the highest of the five. Ignore the previous, of course, if you're planning to sell them on eBay and alienate the rest of us.
    Tim

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    i am seeing a few Staggs on ebay, says 144 proof (so that's the latest, right?) and already going for $60+ and more on another that sold last night. someone in Kentucky.
    HUP!

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    My interests are in the barrel proof versions, with Handy leading the pack. I'm nursing a 2006 bottle while I wait for the new bottles to arrive. I hope the 2007 is as good as last years! Any thoughts from those who have tasted it??
    Chris/Oregon

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    Make sure you check the labels/proofs. Just b/c a store just got it in doesn't mean it's an '07. I bought '07 Stagg/Handy/Saz/ER and the ER17 label says Fall '06. I kept it anyway since I only have 1 bottle bunkered...now I can do side by side tastings!

    Larue Weller is by far the shortest in supply, my Bevmo didn't get it in, but there are others...some only recieved 3 bottles if any. My Bevmo guy rocks...while he can't do anything about people buying it online, he did not shelve any of the BTAC until I came to pick some up! Gotta love that!

    I really like the Saz...Drinking any of the barrel proofs is just a bit too strong so I'm learning to cut them down a bit. It seems the alcohol in Handy/Stagg 'flashes' off the tongue. Interesting expierence!
    The avatar is me as a little tyke.

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    Re: Antique Collection - What to buy/not to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkluna View Post
    My interests are in the barrel proof versions, with Handy leading the pack. I'm nursing a 2006 bottle while I wait for the new bottles to arrive. I hope the 2007 is as good as last years! Any thoughts from those who have tasted it??

    I've learned with the new '07 BTAC that barrel proof is not the be all, end all. What I've found with the Stagg is at 144+ proof, it has a tendency to numb my tongue. Granted, there's a bunch of flavor at barrel proof but what good is it when you lose half your tastebuds after the first few sips?

    So, what I decided to do last night, after having lost 5,000 tastebuds, was water down the Stagg to around 120 proof. By deluting the bouron, I was able to keep my remaining tastebuds and, at the same time, maintain the integrity of the flavor.

    By the way, I've had no problem with the '07 WLW. My tastebuds remain intact throughout.

 

 

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