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Our Bourbon Of The Month

  • BOTM 07/20 Russell's Reserve 10yr - A tribute to Vosgar July 13, 2020
    Sorry for the late entry this month. Between some travel and the holiday I've been pretty dang busy. This month we are revisiting a bourbon a little sooner than normal because we are paying tribute to our dear friend Vosgar. Gary was one of the few members here I can remember consistently sticking up for […]


  • Uncle Jack's July 22, 2020
    From Fawn Weaver, the CEO and founder of Uncle Nearest Whiskey. Thought it was worth sharing:   "Hey @jackdaniels_us, how about you guys bring this early 1900s bottle back? I understand from your historian that it’s the only Jack Daniel’s bottle to contain both his name and picture. I’ve been trying to get my hand on […]
  • A bit of SB's history June 9, 2020
    It's interesting what a walk down memory lane moving one's collection can be. Pictured are what remains of the six samples I had from the PVW23 barrel selections (2) we made back in 2007. I consumed my (750ml) bottles long ago, but I haven't the courage to finish these off; something about posterity, no doubt.   The bottles […]

General Discussion


  • Buffalo Trace Mashbill #2 August 4, 2020
    I live in Virginia, but I also buy bourbon out of state, online, etc.  Just about 10 years ago or so, you could still buy Elmer T Lee for about 30-ish dollars at the VA ABC store.  I have a pretty sizable bourbon collection, but I used to do a lot of entertaining, so I'd […]
  • If I don't like 'plain old" Buffalo Trace, should I avoid the rest of the lineup? August 3, 2020
    I know BT is a fan favorite, but I'm not a fan.  It's not bad, I just find it dull and uninteresting.  So I have been a bit cautious about stretching into some of their other highly-regarded offerings:  Eagle Rare, Stagg Jr, Blanton's, and maybe some of the Weller offerings.  I know the Wellers are […]
  • Whiskey "Spam" Emails August 3, 2020
    Does anyone else get emails like this sent to them?  To me, they make me laugh and cause me to appreciate being in a community like SB that will tell you straight (pun intended) and keeps it simple.  Hope some of you can get a good laugh out of this "Masterclass" and share any other […]
  • So how do you monitor your intake? August 2, 2020
    I'm new to Bourbon as a drink to be enjoyed.  Many years ago, if I was drinking Bourbon I probably didn't even know or care that it was Bourbon.  If I was drinking hard liquor, it was in shot form and done quickly and usually wasn't an enjoyable experience. Well, now that I've discovered Bourbon, […]
  • Batch Preferences (A120 vs B520) vs Barrel Preferences? August 2, 2020
    Discussing small batches, there is often a lot of hype or preference about one batch or another (like Elijah Craig C919 or A120) being much better than other batches.  So one might pass on one batch but search out another.  But when gushing over Single Barrels, I don't see much consensus or even discussion over […]

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Premium Bourbon / Specialty Bottlings

  • Bulleit Single Barrel July 27, 2020
    So far I've seen it at Costco ($50), a local grocery ($60) and fosmith here bought a bottle. All three are store picks, I think.  From what I read so far, they all look to be store picks.    I had a friend buy the Costco pick for me, but she's out of town for a bit, so […]
  • Willett WFE finally arrived! July 18, 2020
    Here are the WFE bottles I picked up today from Eric at Packages and More.  This is the end product of a barrel selection back in November of 2019 that I participated in (full story, see:  Anyway here are some photos:  
  • Wild Turkey Masters Keep Bottled in Bond July 14, 2020
    Can’t believe there is no thread for this one yet.
  • New Bourbon to look for.... June 25, 2020
    I could not help it, I had to put this topic under premium Bourbons. Found this in the Whiskey Advocate....   
  • New CEHT “18 year marriage” June 24, 2020
    Got to try this today. My store got ONE bottle of it so the owner did the only logical thing (well second logical thing. The first logical thing would be to sell it to me! ) and opened it up to let good customers (and his spirits consultant of course!) Get a chance to at […]