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Straight Bourbon Of The Month Latest Topics

Straight Bourbon Of The Month Latest Topics
  • This is another bourbon that's had some discussion here lately, so I thought we should revisit it. Why not?  It's been quite a long time since I've had a bottle of this, but I do have to say that with what some folks have posted here recently, I've been tempted.    Not much from me again. The last time I purchased RR 10/90 was probably six or seven years ago. I was on a mission out of town, and had enough time to stop at a couple of liquor stores on the way. One place had it on sale for $19.99.  Of course I bought a couple of bottles. From what I remember, I thought it was a pretty decent bourbon. The problem for me back then was, I came into possession of a couple of bottles of RR 10/101 at the same time. No comparison. While the RR 10/90 might be pretty good in and of itself, there's pretty much no comparing it to the old 10/101. 'Nuff Ced.   To borrow from a Thanksgiving saying, "Gobble till ya' wobble!"  Let's here what y'all have to say about Russell's Reserve 10/90.     Cheers! Joe  

  • Well, after a month hiatus, I'll try and get things back on track.    I have to admit I have yet to see, let alone try this one. Yet it intrigues me a little. Here's why.   My first taste(s) of bourbon was many, many years ago (early 1970's, and yes a little underage ) when I had no clue what bourbon even was. A few of my buddies and I would pool what little money we had, and get an older friend to buy us some whiskey.  He bought either Rebel Yell or Yellowstone. Needless to say, we had some good times.    My personal history with Rebel Yell aside, there's been a lot of discussion about it here lately, so I figured it would be a good BOTM.    Cheers and happy posting! Let's here it for Rebel Yell 10 yr old Single Barrel.    Joe

  • Trick Or Treat!  I'm on time for a change.   I saw this on sale for $19.99 a few weeks ago, so I bought a bottle. I figured what the heck. After trying it, and reading the thread about it, I thought I'd give it a go for this months BOTM.    I don't quite know what to make of Beam Double Oak. It seems to taste different every time I have a pour. One time it's dry with a heavy wood flavor and the Beam "funk" right up front. The next time it tastes better. A bit of the Beam "funk" is still there, but not quite so apparent. Nutty with, as others have said, vanilla and spice. Add a cube or two, and it's different yet. With some ice, it seems more earthy, with mint and a musty, grassy flavor almost reminiscent of BT from a few years back. A different bird for sure. It's a tweener for me. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It's decent enough, but I doubt I'll buy another bottle. One real positive for me at least. Like I posted in the regular thread about Beam Double Oak, I really do like the new bottle.    Cheers and happy posting!   Joe

  • Howdy y'all. I know I'm late by a couple of days, but I did come up with a BOTM. I'd been contemplating a BOTM for the last couple of weeks or so. I had a couple in mind, but had my reservations about those. I even thought about skipping a BOTM this time around. But…...   I decided to open a bottle today. I've been extremely busy with a lot of things recently, so I decided to treat myself to something a little out of the ordinary. Besides, I only had four bottles open. I reached in the back of my cabinet and pulled out an old label/bottle of ORVW 10/107. I opened my bottle of ORVW 10/107 today and had a couple of pours while slaving in the kitchen over my first batch of chill for this season. Then it hit me. I had this month's BOTM.     For once I have some things to say. I like ORVW 10/107. It's one of my favorite bourbons. I've had many bottles over the last number of years, and I never had a bad one. I finished a new bottle a couple of weeks ago, and as I said, I just opened an old label. While I perceived a difference in the two, it was minimal. The newer bottle seemed a bit richer and sweeter. The old bottle I just opened has just a little more depth of character to it, for lack of a better term. It seems to have a tad more "oomph" to it. Unlike the wheater it is, there's a nice, slightly spicy edge to it. To me, the old bottle drinks like it's 107 proof, while the newer bottle belies it's proof somewhat.   Just a couple more things. I still remember the first bottle of ORVW 10/107 I bought. I found it while on vacation in Florida. My buddy and I, okay, well mostly me, finished it off mid week. Of course I went back and bought another to bring home with me. (pics below) And finally, IMHO, I believe that ORVW 10/107 has probably been the most consistent of the Van Winkle bourbons over the years. There's been times that after tasting them, I turned down Pappy 15 & 20 and LotB, and bought ORVW 10/107 instead. Just my thought. YMMV.   Cheers and happy posting! Joe   About the pics. I thought it would be kinda interesting to make it seem like we found the bottle on the table by the pool with a note inside. Just my way of having some fun. 

  • There's been some chatter about this one on the site, so I thought it might be a good BOTM.    I have noticed that it may have been called Russell's Reserve SmB Single barrel or Russell's Reserve Single Barrel SmB as well as Russell's Reserve Single Barrel. Whatever you choose to call it, it's the BOTM this time around.    I've seen this in a few places, but for some unknown reason I've never pulled the trigger on one. In other words, since I haven't had it before, I can't comment on it.  Although…………… I do happen to know someone that has a couple of bottles. Maybe before the month is out, I might just git a lil taste. (Hint Hint)    Cheers ya'all, and happy posting. Joe

  • Well, we're back at it this month.  Thanks to a suggestion from a fellow member, the BOTM this time around is Bowman Brothers Small Batch.   I don't have much to say about this one. I have had a couple of bottles of this in the past, but it's been quite a long time. From what I can remember, I thought it was a fairly decent bourbon. Of course I may be slightly biased because it was first distilled at BT before being sent to A. Smith Bowman for a second distilling and storage.  Maybe a wee bit high on the price, but other than that, pretty good stuff as I recall.   Cheers and happy posting.   Joe

  • Well, it's BOTM time again, and for once I ain't late.     As has been the case with many of the more recent BOTM's, we're gonna go back and revisit another one. The last time Booker's was the BOTM was way back in September of 2010. Below is what I wrote back then.    I can't add much as far as my own tasting notes go. I have only tasted this bourbon a few times, and the one bottle I own hasn't been opened yet. I did like it okay and was a bit surprised that the higher proof didn't overpower the flavor too much. From what I can remember, there was smoke, wood, tobacco, leather, and maybe a hint of nuttiness. Walnut?    All that pretty much still stands, but…., since 2010 there's been a couple of special releases, new named batches, and the price has dropped. FWIW, the price was what partly kept me from buying Booker's. It used to be anywhere from low to mid $50's to over $60 a bottle in some places around where I live. Now that it's at a more reasonable price, at least at one store near me, (mid/upper $40's IIRC) I just might have to buy myself a bottle.    Let's hear what y'all have to say about Booker's. Cheers and happy posting!   Joe



General Bourbon Discussion Latest Topics

General Bourbon Discussion Latest Topics
  • All three are still listed at the Beam Suntory website - Old Grand-Dad, Old Overholt and Old Crow.  But only two "Old's" at  the Beam Global website:  https://www.theoldswhiskeys.com/         Old Grand-Dad and Old Overholt.  Is this new?  Could have sworn all three were on the "Old's" website at one time?  Not that big a deal, but given the other statements and retractions, I'm interested in changes in marketing strategies and branding, and wondered if they are trying to distance themselves from Old Crow or something, before its retired or sold? 

  • Saw this on FB tonight. Almost enough to make run out and start buying Blanton's! Very cool.

  • Greetings my friends,   I am heading to Orlando next week for my bachelor party. I heard down south it can be a little easier finding things like OWA and ETL. If you know of any decent liquor stores that may have something unique to take to the party I would appreciate the tip!   JD

  • We spend so much time waxing poetically on our favorite pours and our top value picks.   But what are your top 3 "Most overrated" bourbons (or Ryes)??  [I'm talking currently available juice only -  not old versions]   Mine are 1.  Weller Special Reserve 2.  Old Weller Antique 107 3.  Blanton's (I actually really love Blanton's but still think it's overhyped and doesn't merit being allocated)   Honorable Mention:  OGD (I actually have acquired a dedicated taste for this stuff now, but still think it's a bit over hyped on these pages anyway ;-)      

  • Went to a liquor store if hit every once in a while and they a featuring a store select KC SB 120 saying it came from a 15 YO barrel. Is this legit? Another reason I'm asking is because this guy decides what whiskeys are allocated and keeps them behind a glass door and charges a premium over state minimum -- like $70 for a $50 bottle of YR 10. And if this is legit, just wondering how oaky this might be...I can only handle so much.

  • So I'm in MN and know that it doesn't rate too high on the bourbon allocation list.  I am headed to New Orleans in late March and have some family heading to Florida next week.   Is it worth asking them to maybe peek into a store or two in hopes of finding like Weller 12?  The BTAC is out of the running by now.   I was curious if some of the harder to find ones are any easier in other states, or if I shouldn't really make an attempt.

  • Back before chromatic tuners and robot tuning pegs, bands would tune to a 440hz tuning fork -- 440 is an "A" note all over the world.  (Well, almost everywhere.)   What's your tuning fork bourbon?   When you are starting to taste or need to get your bearings -- what's the bourbon that tastes like BOURBON to you?   Mine is OF SIG -- and I think the reason why is that Squire so eloquently testified about it in the BOTM thread for it.  I scored some, read his testimony and thought: this is true!  This stuff tastes like...BOURBON.          Also curious if you have only one -- or if you're one of those folks that has an A = 444 bourbon too.