I'm very new to bourbon, but I'm an astute learner.
It all began this past April when I travelled to Tennessee to visit relatives I hadn't seen in 30 years. Cecil, a husband of one cousin in Hendersonville, introduced me to "evening sipping". A lot of fun sipping various whiskies. I had no idea so many Scotch whiskies stated with "Glen-something-or-other". My taste buds liked none of them. Jack Daniels was OK, Rare Breed was better, but my tastes really liked Dickel #12 - I even drove the back roads and visited the George Dickel distillery.
I should have bought more bourbon in Tennessee - there are a lot more labels available than in Oregon. You can check out what bourbons are available in Oregon at this link: http://www.olcc.state.or.us/pdfs/cat...price_list.pdf
The state of Washington is just across the river, but their selection isn't much better. The People's Republic of Kalifornia has a GREAT selection of bourbon - and they have the Van Winkle family of bourbon!
Anyway, on my return home I've sampled Gentleman Jack - not impressed; Knob Creek - I think this bourbon may be over rated, this is according to my taste buds; Elijah Craig - very well received by my taste buds; I have a bottle of Russel's Reserve on order for next Friday, but no body could tell me if it is the 90 or 101 proof. In the meantime, on a whim, I just grabbed a bottle of W.L. Weller Special Reserve - WOW!!! This is GOOD bourbon!!!
So I got on the internet and discovered that Weller is a "wheated" bourbon. Oregon brings in 4 wheated bourbons: Rebel Yell, Maker's Mark, Weller Special Reserve, and Old Weller Antique (I think these are all wheated bourbons). Washington also carries Cabin Still, Old Fitzgerald Prime, and 4 of the Van Winkle labels - but all state "supplier out of stock".
I'm 2 months new to bourbon and open to suggestions ..... like is there an internet seller of Van Winkle bourbon?
Someday I may make it down to the Liquor Barn in Redding, Ca. and find out if the Van Winkle bourbons are available.
Again, a big NorthWest Greetings from Oregon!