Premium Bourbons/Specialty Bottlings Latest Topics

Premium Bourbons/Specialty Bottlings Latest Topics
  • Does anyone have tasting notes on this.?   is it a buy or pass?    

  • I know the general consensus is that this was distilled by Bernheim as Cream of Kentucky, but is that true? In the George T Stagg post, Chuck quotes Mark Brown as stating that the Sazerac 18 came from rye that they (Age/BT) distilled under the CoK DSP in the early 80's.   And the back label does state "distilled, aged and bottled by..." is it possible that Saz 18 was distilled by Age/BT?  Or is there evidence that it was distilled elsewhere?

  • Went up for auction and sold for $17k.  Whaaaaaaaaatttttt?!!   It it that much rarer than ORVW23 Decanter?  Seems like the price is too insane.  What has the world of bourbon become?   Old Rip Van Winkle 18 Years Old    

  • This has been out for a few days now. Any reviews? 

  • Hey guys, It's been a while since I've been on here. Since then, I've tried a good amount of bourbons, so thank you all for the recommendations. Anyways, to the topic...Anyone receive an email from total wine regarding the van winkle line and stores having limited availability? I received the email yesterday along with a couple friends who don't drink bourbon, so i used their vouchers. I paid $79.99/each. I do realize it's probably not the best bourbon out there and is more of a trophy for Bourbon drinkers.   Anyone here able to take advantage of this?

  • Earlier this week, I learned that a new limited edition of 1792 was released. It is called Full Proof and the proof is 125. It is little less than 9 years old and was not chill filtered. The name suggests that it may not be barrel proof; however, it is reported to be the same proof as the barrel entry proof. I look forward to tasting it but since I live in a bourbon wasteland, I can only hope to find it in Kentucky during my next visit.

  • I have been looking for a list of Abraham Bowman releases in order but haven't been able to find them anywhere online, including here. I have some info but it's incomplete. Does anybody have any info to add? Abraham Bowman #2 Cask Strength 18y 138.6 pr Abraham Bowman #3 Cask Strength 17y 147.5 pr Abraham Bowman #4 Port Finish 8yr 100 pr Abraham Bowman #5 Last Millennium 16yr 100 pr Abraham Bowman Coffee Finish 11y 134.6 pr Abraham Bowman Double Barrel 7yr 100 pr Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean 7yr 6m 90 pr Abraham Bowman #12 High Rye 100 pr Abraham Bowman #13 Touriga & Merlot Wine Finished 100 pr              

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics
  • So I picked up a 50ml of Winchester Rye one time while I was at a local total wine store. I believe it is their store brand. I took a vacation to Tennessee last week, and decided to bring a few of my 50ml bottles along for the ride, and this one came with. The bottle was either $1.99 or $.99. I can't remember. The 750ml were somewhere around $20. My initial reaction was that it smelled pretty good. Lots of Rye. It reminded me (a little) of a 95% MGP from the nose. First taste, and I immediately thought of CRNHR. It had that same young Rye flavor, just without some of the bananas foster taste. It tasted very young. Very little complexity or depth, but I liked it, and I was pleasantly surprised with it. If you like northern harvest Rye, this will probably tickle your fancy. If you like HW double Rye, also give this a try. It is 90 proof. The bottle lists SC on the label, and it is produced by Terressentia. I've never heard of them before.

  • I recently toured Mount Vernon, the gristmill and distillery. I did some searches for tasting notes on the rye sold there but didn't find much. At Mount Vernon you can only sample the 2 they are serving with a steep payment, which i refused to do. It's a bit of a runaround if you expect things to work the way they do at most distillery tours. (was told it was because we were in Virginia, not Kentucky) You can't visit the distillery while it's up and running. That's only done when Mount Vernon is closed to the public off season, and when it's cooler I would imagine. There are no tastings at the distillery, only at the restaurant 3 miles back at Mount Vernon and good luck with that if they are over crowded . I recommend only visiting Mount Vernon early spring and fall. I was not given straight answers to any of my pointed questions at the distillery. For example, when I asked if their aged barrels were keep in their own rack house? I was told yes but no one knows where that location is on the property, for whatever reason. When asked if they use their own gristmill grains for distillations and I was told yes, but then later I asked the mill operator and he said no, because the equipment does not meet FDA specifications.     So anyway what I was wondering if anyone has any comparisons or if they have any tasting notes on any GW versions dating back to 2010? If this is all very much legit as it is purposed to be should it be good? I know the price is all about collectibility, charitable proceeds, limited editions, and the so-so GW connection means nothing to the outcome of the final product. I'm sure most of the purchased bottles have never been opened. So if you're one of the few people who have bought a bottle or two and drank enough to give it a good review I'd like to hear about it. I really am a huge history buff but also one with a limited budget and at these price points, $89 and $189, if I buy a bottle it's only going to be cracked on a super special occasion. I want it to be at least good, if not great for that day.

  • I figured a new thread was in order for the warm months    Picked up a few Pikesville at Costco for $44. Also got a 1L WT101 Rye for $35 after not being able to find it anywhere, only the 81 proof.

  • A 6 y/o Templeton Rye popped up on the Michigan new items list a few days ago. Has anybody seen a label for this or heard anything?

  • Since my son and his family live 400+ miles away from us and he's not a whiskey drinker, I always keep a bottle at his house for when we visit. Right now it's a Ritt DSP-1, my first one that's not a DSP-354 and I have to say it's been a hit or miss pour for me. I've been working on it for probably 8 months (we try to get out there once a month). This last Friday it was harsh and nasty, Saturday it was OK but certainly nothing to get excited about. All is well though.......came home tonight and brought out the Ritt 23yr. Damn this is delicious!  

  • This just showed up in Virginia so I picked one up even though I'm not a huge Rye guy.  70% Rye mashbill, 4 years old 94 proof.  This surprised me a little because I wasn't a big fan of the rested rye from a couple years ago.  That had tons of banana in it and this has none.  It's nice and spicy with a hint of cherries.  Some nice oak and a tiny bit of vanilla.  Good long finish with a little kick to it.  No Dill pickle or mint to be found (which is one reason I don't like many ryes).  Very enjoyable

  • Probably going to rankle a few feathers, but this one has me interested (depending on the price). What do you think the going price will be these days? An age stated 7 year rye - something around $80?? Thoughts?