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Premium Bourbons/Specialty Bottlings Latest Topics
  • Not too many stores around here carry any high end bourbon.  I went it to this one store and they had Forged Oak or $85, Barterhouse 20 for $95, Rhetoric for $125 and one I never heard of, Gifted Horse for $65. Any of these worth trying at those prices.

  • Has anyone had Wild Turkey Master Keep Decades? It is a blend of 10-20 year old whiskey that was bottled at 54% ABV and is NCF.  I've found a couple of reviews, but I wondered if any member of this forum had an opinion.    It seems likely that younger barrels were blended with some of the old stock that was previously used for WTMK17 in order to get the proof above 100.    I know WTMK Decades been released in Japan and Australia, but I'm not sure if it has been in the US.   

  • This bottle just started popping up around here ($109.99).  I know there were very mixed reviews on the 20 +21 versions.  However, I was wondering if any of our SBer's had taken the plunge and would like to share their thoughts?   Thanks....  

  • Willett has greatly increased their prices of their WFE products at the gift shop.  It started with a 25yr rye that they released a few weeks back that use to be about $350 but they increased that price to $750.  Then my buddy picked up a 13yr there two weekends ago and paid $175 which is about $50 more than what they were just a month prior and then they released a 14yr this past weekend priced at $285!  I don't know if they are just trying to maximize the profit on their remaining aged inventory that they purchased in the past or trying to price flippers out of the game.  At $285, I won't be buying very many unless I know for sure that particular release is REALLY good.  I'm not angry at the price increases as its their product and their business and they can do as they wish but it sucks as I've enjoyed the majority of the bottles I've been lucky to get from them and at this price I won't be buying nearly the same amount. 

  • Looks like I  might have a 'chance', and chance being the operative word, to pick up one of the following, which would you choose, and to add, I have never had any of these before,   Michters 20yr Pappy 20yr Pappy 23yr William L Weller   And its for drinking, albeit a special occasion, not to bunker.

  • Anyone had this and have any thoughts on it? I was gifted a bottle and only just had a small pour last night. Pretty tasty, with an excellent mouthfeel (very thick ala my bottle of FR LeSmB). 

  • You may have read something about the upcoming release of these OFC vintages that will be gifted to 200 charities.   We were notified today that my girlfriends very worthwhile charity,  was awarded one.  We are working out details to pick up now.  It is very important to her charity to raise as much as possible, like all charities I suppose. BT requires that the auction be completed by March and we have to report back the amount of the donation at that time.  So we have some time to plan and execute.    I was looking for some ideas on how to best approach this. I believe an online auction will cast the widest net.  Hoping a few of you had some creative ideas?   Any thoughts? Cheers!

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics
  • Sorry to start a new thread and clutter the rye board but I'm very inexperienced with ryes. The only one I own is Crown Royal Northern Harvest and from what I've gathered reading here it's not well liked. I have all the ingredients to make a Vieux Carre(actually my wife bought them and I'm hoping to make a good one to wow her) what rye would be a good starter for me and the recipe. Thanks!  

  • First, I have a very uneducated palate and nose. To me, most whiskey tastes like whiskey. I have never tasted tobacco, black raspberry, cardamom, toffee, cherry, nuts, etc. Yesterday my local store had Colonel  E.H. Taylor straight rye, so I bought a bottle for $69.99. Last night I had two pours over about two hours, sniffing, tasting and trying to determine what flavors were there and my overall impressions. I concluded that the CEHT was very similar to regular Bulleit Rye. So tonight I did a side by side comparison of the two ryes. The CEHT has a slightly darker color. The nose on both are very much the same. I thought I detected very slight chocolate and very slight vanilla when I sniffed very lightly. Both smelled like typical whiskey with a deep sniff. Both had mostly a pepper taste and finish. The CEHT maybe was slightly stronger and longer on the finish.    My final impression is that the two ryes are very similar, I could barely tell the difference. I am sure that I couldn't determine which was which in a blind taste test.   A more educated taster would most likely say that I am full of s....   Anyway that is my opinion. I won't be buying any more $69.99 CEHT rye.   Best regards, Jim          

  • So I have a decanter that stays full of Baby Saz. I've been lucky enough to find plenty in stores around me. So far this it one of Mt favorite whiskeys. Aside of blantons, which it a world away in flavor really. My question is the comparison of these two Rye's. A friend of mine suggests I'm missing out. I haven't found the rye in local stores yet. I'll keep looking. What do you all think?

  • High West has a white rye called OMG rye. I think the mash bill is 80% rye, 20% rye malt. I heard that they were aging some, but I haven't heard anything about it lately. Does anyone have any info?   Regards, Jim 

  • Hello All,   Anyone had the pleasure of trying this yet?  I just saw this on the shelves and almost pulled the trigger but, I hit my spending limit.  I wanted to circle back and do some research before diving into a bottle.  I ended up going home with a 4R Private Selection, Russells Reserve Single Barrel and a couple Weller Special Reserves.    Any thoughts on this?  I am pretty sure curiosity will get the better of me and I will end up grabbing one.

  • I don't see, hear, or read much about smoked Rye?  Any insights, recommendations of thoughts?  I would think the smokey earthiness would be a great compliment to a spicy earthy Rye?

  • Hi all,   New member from Utah here. I have been sampling rye for about three years. And I have done quite a bit of research about rye. I currently classify rye into three categories,  One is MGP rye. Way too much rye on the market is from MGP Distillery. Another is Kentucky rye. Unfortunately, most of the rye coming from Kentucky has a pretty low rye content. Third is 100 percent rye. Very hard to find. The only I have found is Old Potrero Straight Rye, 100 % malted rye, which I find to be excellent  Another is Woodinville Micro Barreled Rye. This rye is 20 % malted rye and 80 % un-malted rye. It is aged in eight gallon mini barrels. I find this rye to very good, but it could use more time in the barrel.   Anyway, I think rye should be 100 % rye with at least 20 % malted to please my taste. For me, the MGP stuff is all very similar. And to me, the Kentucky rye seems to be just a dry bourbon.   Please be gentle, I am new to this forum and these are just my opinions.   Best regards, Jim