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  1. #121
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    WTKS and then a glass of FRSB... need to try the small batch first... did not taste good tonight

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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Last night it was Bakers and then some OFBB '07.
    Whisk(e)y - a bargain at any price !!!

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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Quote Originally Posted by spun_cookie View Post
    WTKS and then a glass of FRSB... need to try the small batch first... did not taste good tonight
    Spun - I had the same reaction when I first opened my FRSB. I went back to it the other night and enjoyed it quite a bit. I've found that some bourbons need to be opened....let breath a little and let it open up. I'm not saying that FRSB is the tops for me but something I would definitely pull down and drink again.
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Recently, I sampled some superb Jack Daniels Single Barrel and it was so good I thought it merited a note.

    The taste of regular JD has never appealed to me particularly except when mixed with cola, but that makes it a different drink. The Single Barrel versions, while better, seemed not all that different from regular Jack apart from the spike in proof although of course bottles did vary. Silver Select was always good yet all these seemed to disclose what I'd call the Jack signature of ripe banana and anise.

    However, sampling recently a Jack Daniels Single Barrel bottled on February 1, 2008 I was struck by the richness and extra-fine quality of this drink. It is from rick 19, barrel 8-0350. I saw on the shelves similar-looking (i.e., quite dark) bottlings also bottled on February 1, 2008 from ricks 14 and 15 but haven't tried those.

    The R-19 barrel 8-0350 has a deep, dark purplish color (almost like a California cabernet sauvignon), a rich sweet medicinal taste, and lingering notes of bramble or dark cherry. The banana-like notes I associate with Old No. 7 are there but quite subdued and perfectly in balance. I tasted this with some experienced tasters who all admired it and said it gave them a new appreciation for JD. Think of the whiskey equivalent of a big, small estate California cab.

    I know some bourbon fans are not enamoured of Jack Daniels but I believe it would open their eyes to try this winter bottling from Rick 19.

    I wonder if the fact of bottling in the dead of winter produces on average a richer drink. Since whiskey contracts in the barrel in cold weather, maybe more of the wood sugars and gums stay in the liquid than in other seasons when they reverse back into the wood frame. This is simply an hypothesis and I could be completely wrong. Maybe I just hit a great bottle. Or maybe B-F is putting a new focus on the single barrels (and regular JD too, perhaps?).

    Whatever the explanation, this is a complex, rich bottle of whiskey, world class in every way.

    I've got more than one and I am thinking of bringing it to Sampler upcoming. I'm limited in what I can bring but I think this may open peoples' eyes.

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    Last edited by Gillman; 04-10-2008 at 09:54.

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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Thanks Gary, I look forward to trying it.
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    As some have said, JD is not a drink of choice but for me when I tried the Silver Select, it gave me a new appreciation of Jack Daniels. To me the Select at 100 proof was exceptional. Now I'll just have to find out if VA carries the single barrel as mentioned above.
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Thanks, and Jeff I will definitely bring this to Sampler.

    This whiskey tastes like one aged at least 8 years. I think that may result from the "jump-start" of charcoal mellowing plus the fact that it is (like all SBs I understand) 6 years old at bottling. And once again dumping in cold weather may do something to ramp up the richness. Even if cycling is done in the warehouses they are, I believe, colder in winter than other seasons all things considered.

    Extra aging plus hand-selection probably does a lot for JD Single Barrel. It does for other whiskeys, too. A recent bottle of Knob Creek impressed by its round, complex, even-tempered taste. You can taste faintly the roots of the drink such as are still apparent in Jim Beam White and Black Labels. But that extra bit of TLC seems to put KC - recent bottlings in particular - into the front division, shall we say.

    Yet this current R-19 seems to stand out amongst all the JD Single Barrels I have had - I am hoping it heralds a new focus by B-F on this traditional American drink.

    Gary
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Started this afternoon with some AAA 10 year, moved to an '07 Handy (cut to about 100p) and then stepped it down with a late 70's Early Times.
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Weller Special Reserve... first time trying it ... wow for $13 this is some decent bourbon.
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    Re: What are you drinking tonight, Spring '08

    Started with a shot of W. L. Weller which I thought I enjoyed very much. Second glass was a shot of 15 year old Pappy Van Winkle. Man what a bourbon Pappy is! It isn't fair to drink anything with this Pappy. It made the Weller seem tasteless by comparison. I vote the 15 year old Pappy as best in show. It is in a class by itself.
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