“ECONOMY, n. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow you cannot afford”
- Ambrose Bierce
I hear you and agree up to a point.
I feel the BTAC is diminishing with quality from year to year. Part of this is probably a reflection of the growing shortage of extra-aged bourbon. I mean, this year's WLW is only ten years old!
Having said that, these are still all seriously good whiskies and I would recommend them (assuming one agrees with the price proposition). Grabbing all you can get? Not me. I'm not much of a "bunkerer". I'll buy what I can drink in a year with an extra bottle or two for trade or as gifts.
Like everything else on this board: to each his own.
"Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."
I'll buy one each of the barrel proofs and that's it.
When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water.
Not diluting the bourbon does not cost Buffalo Trace enough to justify a super-premium price. I do not want to pay for something which is artificially made scarce. Particularly while there are other producers (Four Roses, Wild Turkey) selling quality bourbon at near optimal proof, without demanding extra cash for the lack of dilution.
That said, I hope to purchase a bottle of Stagg, ER, and Sazerac, while passing on the Handy and Weller.
Perhaps I am wrong, and the Handy and Weller represent barrels selected for exceptional quality?
Well, I can't speak for the Weller, but damn if the 2007 Handy isn't one of the best whiskeys I've had. Buy it. Period.
Unless you hate rye. Or unless you're going to get mad at me if you don't like it.
Really. Great stuff.
I plan on getting Saz 18, Stagg, and Handy. I haven't seen any here in Wisconsin yet. And then all of the 13 yr rye I can get. I also want to stock up on any Four Roses I can get in Chitown. My wife will put the breaks on when she notices how much money I will have spent on whiskey. Shh.... don't clue her into my plan.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough". Mark Twain
Since it is Thanksgiving, the wife agreed that it is special occasion enough to open up one of my 2 freshly bunkered bottles of ’07 William Larue Weller. I didn’t purchase any of the past offerings, so this is a 1st taste for me.
I find it very good for a wheated bourbon (I actually prefer Rye). This is by far the best Weller bourbon available and I have tried all the rest. Very drinkable, sweet, great as an after Thanksgiving dinner drink. I dont find it very stong as I am use to the Winkle Family Rye at 95.6.
I just purchased the Stagg, Weller & Handy. I am on vacation visiting the in-laws this week and couldn't wait to open them up until I got home. All three are excellent with the Stagg being the stand out for me. The Stagg was the tops for me last year as well. IMO the Stagg is a must try for a bourbon drinker.