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    BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Well, we're getting a late start again this month, and for that I apologize. What I thought might be fun is to begin a discussion comparing and contrasting this year's (2007) list of bourbons deemed worthy of the BOTM title. Would you consider one as Bourbon of the Year? If we can come to a consensus on a few, maybe we'll vote on a finalist. This year's list included (in no particular order):

    Basil Hayden's
    VOB BIB
    Jim Beam Black
    Blanton's
    VW 12yo Lot "B"
    Pappy Van Winkle 20yo
    Four Roses Single Barrel
    William Larue Weller
    Old Pogue
    OGD BIB
    EC 18

    Also, we've been at this for 2 1/2 years now, and while there are still quality bourbons left out there to showcase, as you can imagine the list is not infinite and we cannot continue on forever, while trying not to duplicate and maintaining a list of bourbons that are easily available to most of our members. We are open to hearing ideas for how you would like to see this continue, assuming you find it a valuable resource. What do you like, what would you like to see changed? Really we are just brainstorming here, but you guys provide most of the content, so it only seems right to get your input. Let us know what you think!

    Sound off
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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Of these, I think one of the best and most distinctive is W.L. Weller. It has a close connection to the barrel source because of its proof, has a rich, pure taste, and just stands above the others generally in my view. If we were to vote from a group I would include EC 18, Pappy 20 and FRSB.

    As for the future, I would consider doing 12 months of vatted bourbons. You, Jeff, might take suggestions from those interested during the month for selection in the next.

    E.g., say Four Roses Small Batch and Bulleit were vatted 50/50, as I did the other day. People who have those bottles could make it in the glass, thus no big investment is required. We would re-use the resources of the past, in other words, but in a different way. VOTM, in a word.

    Gary

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    I'm a newbie here, and don't yet have a good sense of what might and might not work. And much of what follows amounts to little more than some brainstorming of my own. With those things said:

    Some years ago I participated on a guitar forum that had a "Lunch Report" program. Each day, Mon-Fri, the current week's Lunch Reporter would start a new thread on the subject of his choosing, and the other members would discuss it. Each Lunch Reporter was also charged with appointing a new Lunch Reporter for the following week.

    A variation of this might work here ... some member would announce his choice for BOTM and explain why he chose it. Discussion would ensue, pretty much as it does now. The BOTM designator would moderate the discussion, asking follow-up questions to keep things moving; at some time during the month, he would arrange for someone else to take over the BOTM job next. Basically, any participating member should be eligible: while there is much to be learned from the veteran members, the "out of the mouths of babes" factor could be refreshing, too.

    As for "rules," I can think of only two to propose: whoever chooses the BTOM should basically take one turn only (there could be notable exceptions); and while the choice of any given BOTM ought to be left as wide-open as possible, perhaps there should be a stipulation that no BOTM choice should repeat within, say, any 12 month period.

    Gary's vatting idea is intriguing, and could be easily incorporated. If he was chosen to select the BOTM and wanted to talk about a vatting, that'd be perfectly okay.

    Lastly, again because I'm new, I don't know how much emphasis has been placed on choosing bourbons that are widely available. That's obviously a good idea, whenever possible; but I for one don't at all mind reading about some slightly-hard-to-find bottling that might be worth seeking out.

    Just an idea. I won't necessarily say it's a good idea.

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Maybe BOTM could be a competition, with a pair of bourbons going head-to-head. Choose two bottlings, that are direct marketplace competitors, and give half the month to discussion between the two and the second half of the month to voting. Divide up the year into price categories, starting out low and working your way up to the Unlimited Division. A previous years' winner or loser could be paired up with a different bottling in its class in the future(possibly several years down the line) allowing it to defend its title or avenge its loss against another bottling.

    As far as bourbon of the year, I'm always willing to support the underdog (I am a Bengals fan, after all) and place a vote for VOB BIB. But would also give nods to FRSB and Blanton's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Of these, I think one of the best and most distinctive is W.L. Weller. It has a close connection to the barrel source because of its proof, has a rich, pure taste, and just stands above the others generally in my view. If we were to vote from a group I would include EC 18, Pappy 20 and FRSB.

    As for the future, I would consider doing 12 months of vatted bourbons. You, Jeff, might take suggestions from those interested during the month for selection in the next.

    E.g., say Four Roses Small Batch and Bulleit were vatted 50/50, as I did the other day. People who have those bottles could make it in the glass, thus no big investment is required. We would re-use the resources of the past, in other words, but in a different way. VOTM, in a word.

    Gary
    i like this idea alot. the possible permutations will certainly allow for more (qualitative AND quantitative) reviews. whether as an extra ("VOTM") thread...or as an occasional thread between BOTM threads.
    HUP!

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Of these, I think one of the best and most distinctive is W.L. Weller. It has a close connection to the barrel source because of its proof, has a rich, pure taste, and just stands above the others generally in my view.Gary
    For the reasons stated above, I am in agreement with Gary and my vote goes to WLW. In addition, like the other member bottles of the Antique Series, a bottle of WLW will go a long, long way if consumed under normal operating procedure for a high proof......which makes it much more economical than one might think when laying down the bucks at the point of purchase. Lot B would be a close second in my book.

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Lot B is a high quality drink. I not only enjoy sipping a glass, I also enjoy the residual smell on the glass the following morning.

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    WLW-06

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Like many others I have learned a great deal from BOTM. It appears that no one favors doing away with the thread entirely - but that is simply because you haven't asked the right people. I am sure my wife would be overjoyed to retain at least a portion of the money you guys cost her every month.

    I am intrigued by the idea of starting a VOTM thread. It would really expand the number of options available to all of us. I have been a little afraid to try it out because I figure I will take two good bourbons and make one bad one. But with the expertise some of you have it might be possible to turn two or more average bourbons into something good. I am still looking for a way to put that bottle of Basil Hayden's to use.

    As far as BOTY, I would have to vote for FRSB followed by WLW and Lot B. Thanks Jeff you did a great job with the selections. There really wasn't a bad bourbon among them (with the possible exception of BH) IMO.

    Roger

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    Re: BOTM, 12/07: The Year in Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Bailey View Post
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    I am intrigued by the idea of starting a VOTM thread. It would really expand the number of options available to all of us. I have been a little afraid to try it out because I figure I will take two good bourbons and make one bad one. But with the expertise some of you have it might be possible to turn two or more average bourbons into something good. I am still looking for a way to put that bottle of Basil Hayden's to use.
    Roger
    I think a "what are you vatting now" thread would be a good thing to have in the tasting section, but as much as I like the concept of a vatting thread, a vatting of the month seems overly limiting to the concept. There are so many possible combinations that only one a month seems overly limiting. Maybe it could be called "Gillmanization of the Moment".

    As far as turning two good bourbons into one bad one, while it could happen, I haven't had it occur. If you have two bourbons you like, vatting them is unlikely to turn ugly, it may take a bit of time to get the proportions worked out, but it'll likely be favorable from the start. The best part is, it only takes a half ounce or less to give it a shot, not much risk there.
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