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Straight Bourbon Of The Month Latest Topics

Straight Bourbon Of The Month Latest Topics
  • 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

  • Once again I've gone back into the past and decided to revisit something that hasn't been the BOTM in a while. I'm pretty sure at least a couple of members will be happy with my pick this month.   Sad to say that I've never bought a bottle of OGD BIB. I have sampled it a few times, but it's been a while. I feel anything I might have to say would be somewhat irrelevant, so I'll just let y'all take over from here. Let's here what y'all have to say about OGD BIB.  Cheers and happy posting.   Joe  

  • Once again, I've decided to revisit a bourbon that hasn't been the BOTM in a while. It's hard to believe it's been over 7 years. Besides, since last months BOTM was Weller 12, I figured I might as well do OWA this month since it's the other half of our world renowned SB Blend.  For the longest time, I preferred Weller 12 over OWA. Well, OWA has grown on me quite a bit in the last year or so. So much so in fact, that my "preference" gap between the two has narrowed significantly. It's pretty much a neck and neck race now. FWIW, I actually have the same number of bottles of each.  Well, at least until I put the finishing touches on my OWA blend for the Sampler.  My notes: The combination of age and proof really hits a good spot. The nose on the bottle I'm sampling from now is absolutely wonderful. Caramel nuttiness with a touch of spicy fruit. I know the spicy fruit description may sound a bit odd, but I swear I smell something akin to brown sugar/cinnamon and raisin. The legs are medium and evenly spaced, and take their time returning down the sides of the glass. The taste mirrors the nose, although the caramel nuttiness is way more prevalent in the taste. Nice and warm on entry, warming a bit more on the mid-palate, and the finish stays warm and lingers for a good bit. Overall a very, very nice bourbon. Like I said, OWA has kinda grown on me.  Now, let's hear what y'all have to say about OWA.  Cheers and Happy Posting! Joe

 

 

General Bourbon Discussion Latest Topics

General Bourbon Discussion Latest Topics
  • Has anybody spotted Christmas gift sets in their favorite purveyors of fine spirits? Last year I saw Woodford Reserve had a set that included a Glencairn glass and KC's set had a couple of easy to grasp glasses.  So far, all I've spotted is a Crown Royal offering that includes a glass with a laser etching inside the base. I need something stylish to replace errors made over the last twelve months.

  • Heard there are now 1.75 ltr handles of this at my local Tallahassee ABC.   Have not seen it here at any of the shops in N. Florida at all.   Was priced @ $27.  I enjoy all in the EW line (Black Label, 1783, and their annual single barrel release) but haven't tried this yet as I hadn't seen it here.  Any thoughts?  Might pick a bottle up this weekend.  

  • So I thought this was an open forum to talk about Bourbon. Not sure why a post would be deleted at all unless it was derogatory in some manner. No matter the subject. Thanks for deleting my post. Guess I'll have to find another forum to chat on.

  • Well a lot. Just finished Fred Minnick's new book last night. I think it would be hard to read this without a good pour at hand. Fascinating history of American Whiskey-from the late 1700's through 2016. If I'm not mistaken it came of the presses in October. The only thing I'll quote (and that's from memory) is that in 1936, several years after prohibition, over $500,000,000 in federal taxes came from the whiskey industry. That was 13% of the entire Federal Tax haul for the year! And that figure doesn't include any state and local tax. The book was very informative, interesting, and broad enough to discuss the entire spirits business over the past few centuries. Both historic and modern research at it's best. Congratulations on a fine read Fred. 

  • Hi there, I'll be traveling to Cincinnati in a couple months and, as things go in this hobby, I'm researching liquor stores in the area. Do any of you have recommendations? Any Ohio-only products I should look for? Thanks, Nate

  • I just booked my flight next week to Cincinnati and will be driving into Kentucky to tour around. Does anyone have any experience or tips for shipping bottles home?   So excited! 

  • Kpiz and Steve had an interesting discussing on one of the other threads about OGD and the Beam funk.     I have often wondered why I get the Beam funk (which to me tastes like peanut) in OGD when from what I understand, it has a different mash bill and uses a different yeast.  I remember someone on SB a while back attributing the Beam funk to the yeast but this seems unlikely since, again as I understand, OGD uses a different yeast than the other Beam products.     Any one out there have any insight on this?