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    Post help complete my 1st Binny's order

    oh sages and worldly experts of all-things bourbon, help a brother out... I'll be out of bourbon by tomorrow (gasp) so I'm about to make my 1st order from Binny's and want to make the best of it.

    as I've mentioned in other threads, I've had, liked, and would definitely buy again (in the following order):

    * Booker's
    * Van Winkle Lot B
    * Eagle Rare 10yr Single Barrel

    and after talking w/ Brett & reading things here, I'm definitely getting one bottle of each of these in this order:

    * Four Roses Small Batch
    * Weller 12yr
    * George T Stagg

    so with all of that in mind, help me spend pick another couple of bottles (~$70 cap in addition to the 3 bottle above) to best complement what I've already decided to order, had previously and liked, ought to try, etc:

    * Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
    * Buffalo Trace
    * Four Roses Yellow Label
    * Four Roses Single Barrel
    * Blanton's Single Barrel
    * Jefferson Reserve Very Old Bourbon

    Thanks.

    D
    Last edited by DowntownD; 04-24-2008 at 18:56.

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    Of those you mentioned, the FR single barrel is definitely worth having. As is the Elmer T. Lee (a Binny's barrel pick). I'd skip the FR yellow label and the Jefferson's Reserve (IMO).
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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    Quote Originally Posted by DowntownD View Post
    oh sages and worldly experts of all-things bourbon, help a brother out...
    Well, okay -- never-was/has been here, but I'll chime in anyway:
    • Forget Blanton's (an acquired taste, which I've never gotten...), or Jefferson's Reserve: waaayyy overpriced for any bottling beyond the original 15yo, glass-stoppered!..
    • Now, ETL and Buffalo Trace are very similar or, at least, enough so that one will do. Ditto Four Roses Single Barrel and Yellow Label, though from different mashbills, admittedly.
    • Thus, you can get one of each for close to your ~$70, or you could just grab either of the BT offerings and double up on the FR Yellow -- I think everyone ought to have a top-flight mixing bourbon...
    • So, I'd buy either of the BT bourbons, and 2-3 of the FR Yellow (keep in mind that I like the FR1B! -- but I think the Yellow Label is exceptional all-purpose bourbon).
    Tim

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    thanks much for the feedback, especially re the Blanton's and Jefferson's...

    I ordered:

    * Four Roses Small Batch
    * Weller 12yr
    * George T Stagg
    * Elmer T Lee Single Barrel

    since I'm still exploring and not really stocking deep or making any mixers/cocktails, I'm going to skip most of the ~$20 group for now.

    I'm now, I think, on the hunt for some ORVW 10/107 and BTAC WLW.

    thanks again.

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    I would skip the Blanton's Single Barrel, Van Winkle Lot B.

    I would look to get some Van Winkle 107p 10y in the fall, or some of their 13y family rsvp rye.

    and would change the Weller 12yr for Weller 7y 107p...

    get the Buffalo trace and the E. T. Lee.

    I also like all the 4 roses products.


    when i seach their website.. i dont see that they have any Stagg available??




    Quote Originally Posted by DowntownD View Post
    oh sages and worldly experts of all-things bourbon, help a brother out... I'll be out of bourbon by tomorrow (gasp) so I'm about to make my 1st order from Binny's and want to make the best of it.

    as I've mentioned in other threads, I've had, liked, and would definitely buy again (in the following order):

    * Booker's
    * Van Winkle Lot B
    * Eagle Rare 10yr Single Barrel

    and after talking w/ Brett & reading things here, I'm definitely getting one bottle of each of these in this order:

    * Four Roses Small Batch
    * Weller 12yr
    * George T Stagg

    so with all of that in mind, help me spend pick another couple of bottles (~$70 cap in addition to the 3 bottle above) to best complement what I've already decided to order, had previously and liked, ought to try, etc:

    * Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
    * Buffalo Trace
    * Four Roses Yellow Label
    * Four Roses Single Barrel
    * Blanton's Single Barrel
    * Jefferson Reserve Very Old Bourbon

    Thanks.

    D
    Last edited by drli; 04-24-2008 at 20:35.

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    Quote Originally Posted by DowntownD View Post
    I ordered:

    * Four Roses Small Batch
    * Weller 12yr
    * George T Stagg
    * Elmer T Lee Single Barrel

    since I'm still exploring and not really stocking deep or making any mixers/cocktails, I'm going to skip most of the ~$20 group for now.

    I'm now, I think, on the hunt for some ORVW 10/107 and BTAC WLW.
    Your choices are all outstanding - really nice mix of styles. Four Roses is rich, fruity, rye-oriented mashbill. Great bourbon. Weller 12yr is jeff's favorite, and a very pleasant, always friendly wheater. GTS is a god among bourbons - it's one of the bourbons you have to try before you die. Preferably many times. ETL is one of the sweeter bourbons out there, although the regular off the shelf version is only so-so. Some of the "honey barrel" picks out there are very good, and binny's is supposed to be one of those.

    I'm a huge fan of ORVW 10/107, but don't shy away from the 7/107 just because it's inexpensive. It's an outstanding wheater easily worth more than what they charge for it. Just do a search here and you'll see it's one of the most respected whiskeys out there. WLW is like GTS, you gotta try it.

    However, you'll have a wheat-heavy mix if you follow through with your plan. Is there a reason Ryes have been omitted?

    Mark

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    Quote Originally Posted by jinenjo View Post
    Of those you mentioned, the FR single barrel is definitely worth having. As is the Elmer T. Lee (a Binny's barrel pick). I'd skip the FR yellow label and the Jefferson's Reserve (IMO).

    I have not opened my Binney's yet... how is it compaired to other "non-binney's" picks?


    And I agree with Greg, nice diversity....

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    thanks, mark, everyone...

    like the kid in that old anti-drug/marijuana tv commercial...

    I learned it from watching you guys.



    this place is a great resource.

    fortunately, sort of, I'm taking a break from consulting to work on some personal projects and let my fractured left elbow heal from a longboarding crash - the same elbow has already been broken once and has a steel plate and 5 screws in there from a prior surgery. this break leaves plenty of time and motivation to drink bourbon as though on vacation for a month. great time for a new hobby.

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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    Looks like you have things pretty much set. I have always preferred Makers Mark, Knob Creek, and Woodford Reserve. Lately, I've been leaning more towards the Buffalo Trace bourbons: Elmer T. Lee, Buffalo Trace, Weller 12 yr. old, and Eagle Rare 10/90. ER has pretty much become my standard pour, especially since polishing off a bottle this week while on vacation. I picked up a bottle of ORVW 10/90 this week and hope to try it when I get home tomorrow. I live about 60 miles or so from Chicago and we only have a couple of quality liquor stores in the area. Both of these are half an hour away. I might have to take the extra 45 minutes and check out Binny's. Have a good one, Joe.
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    Re: help complete my 1st Binny's order

    Quote Originally Posted by DowntownD View Post
    help a brother out...

    * Four Roses Small Batch
    I'd skip that Four Roses Small Batch.
    I have had two bottles and I don't care for it and I am a big 4R's fan.
    Go with the Single Barrel.
    ovh

 

 

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