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  1. #1
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    Which direction do you lean?

    Are you a wheater or a rye?

    For me, currently anyway, I'm liking the ryed bourbons and rye, in general. Hopefully, that changes with the arrival of my PVW15's!

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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    For my own use everything I buy nowadays is a rye recipe. Oh, I'll occasionally pick up a bottle of 107 Weller Antique, but thats about the only wheat version I keep on hand.

    Having said that the very best whiskey I've ever tasted was the archetypal wheat whiskey, the Very Very Old Fitzgerald made in the 50s and bottled in the 60s.

    I'm confident in my decisions here, firm in my convictions and will not be swayed by argument no matter how artful or well reasoned.

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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    After having many of each, I have concluded that I lean toward the wheaters, especially the good ones.
    Joe
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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    To answer my own question, I haven't a clue. Currently, I like the rye'd bourbons. However, what got me stared in bourbon was a wheater (PVW20). So, let the confusion begin.

    Let me say this, though, variety is the spice of life. If I had to choose one bourbon to drink the rest of my life, I really couldn't choose. If I did, in a month's time, I'd be sick of that bourbon. Just like my favorite food, beer, etc.

    I love variety. Right now, I guess I'm a rye guy but that will certainly change.

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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    I love variety. Right now, I guess I'm a rye guy but that will certainly change.[/QUOTE]

    I second that idea. I will drink Ryes and Rye recipe bourbons, then change to wheaters. It seems to me when ever I switch back, I appreciate the wheat or rye so much more.

    They are so different, yet so much the same.
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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    I think I am a Ryeater
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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    My true passion is Straight Rye. I have made friends with quite a few bourbons though, but I can't say I have a preference for any one type of bourbon. My favorite bottlings run the gamut of rye mash, high rye, low rye and wheaters.
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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    I definitely prefer wheat recipe to rye recipe. Iím not knocking the rye recipe bourbons, several are among my favorites, but I'm starting to think I prefer straight rye to rye recipe bourbon (but not to wheat recipe bourbon).
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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    I hope to claim that I have experienced fabulous bourbons/whiskeys in every form (including -- Heavens!-- Scotch), from rye-recipe to wheated, straight rye and, even, barley (Irish and 'that other place'). I have a special fondness for Stitzel-Weller, wheated bourbon, but not universally -- I haven't found a Cabin Still bottle that I care to drink from a second time. My favorite "Pappy 23" is the Lawrenceburg 1999 issue -- which was bottled from rye-recipe bourbon. I love Wild Turkey 12yo and Kentucky Spirit, notable rye 'monsters'. Best bourbon I've ever had was a '40s-era, wheated Weller.
    Best I can answer, thus, is that I like what I like.
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    Re: Which direction do you lean?

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    I hope to claim that I have experienced fabulous bourbons/whiskeys in every form (including -- Heavens!-- Scotch), from rye-recipe to wheated, straight rye and, even, barley (Irish and 'that other place'). I have a special fondness for Stitzel-Weller, wheated bourbon, but not universally -- I haven't found a Cabin Still bottle that I care to drink from a second time. My favorite "Pappy 23" is the Lawrenceburg 1999 issue -- which was bottled from rye-recipe bourbon. I love Wild Turkey 12yo and Kentucky Spirit, notable rye 'monsters'. Best bourbon I've ever had was a '40s-era, wheated Weller.
    Best I can answer, thus, is that I like what I like.

    I had no idea there was a rye'd PVW 23. Shocking, it is.

    Ut oh, Yoda, I am talking like. Too many drinks, I have to tonight.

 

 

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