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  2. So underrated, but so goood! Will.
  3. Lenient

    Cocktails, 2018

    Tonight I made a couple of gin and tonics with my new favorite gin, Esmé, which is a French gin. Then I decided to go out on a limb and try a bourbon and gin and tonic... 2 oz Esmé gin 1 splash Elijah Craig small batch (I didn't really measure, just splashed it in) Tonic water 1 large slice of lime...which was in the glass from the last 2 drinks I kinda like it; might have to try it again.
  4. I did not like this bourbon the first 3-4 times I tried it, but now it is a favorite of mine. On my 3rd bottle now.
  5. Lenient

    Advice for Napa/San Francisco trip

    If you find yourself in California again, the central coast is also a nice stretch of wine country. There's also Firestone brewery which has some nice and highly popular (here anyways) offerings.
  6. Jfletchgu

    Advice for Napa/San Francisco trip

    Man you guys came through with the ideas. I tried to get into Bourban and Branch, but unfortunately there was no availability for the time I was here. I guess it must be pretty popular. I did visit Napa Valley Distillery and while I normally don't have much high expectations for craft stuff I did very much enjoy their bourbon (big cocoa flavor). I did also come across some Weller while in Napa that I can bring back home (Tennessee has been pretty dry lately). It might not be bourbon related, but I did get in 8 wineries in 3 days in Napa. All in all a successful trip.
  7. lcpfratn

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Spring 2018)

    I can't imagine what the price would be if it was an "unfriendly" notice!
  8. Clueby

    Four Roses 10 Recipes

    The actual roses were a nice touch. Overall I preferred the E mashbill for the softer feel and less spice. However OBSQ was probably my favorite especially after some water. OESV was a close runner up and in the lead until adding a bit of water to the Q. The Os were my least favorite of the bunch with my notes on the the OESO describing it as "soft dirt". The F yeast bottles were distinctly minty. OESF could have passed for Old Fitz BIB. The K bottles were the least unique or distinctive. They were just...bourbon...without anything that really made them stand out. Still good bourbon. The only ones I'd say I didnt actually like were the Os. By the second pass thru the recipes though things were a bit hazy as to what I liked.
  9. I've got a ~10 year OESQ from Binny's open right now that is among the best whiskies I've ever tasted. I did a blind SBS with Stagg Jr Batch 9 the other day and it made the Stagg seem harsh and simple (I think the Stagg is quite good on it's own, it's just that the OESQ is *that* good). I want to find an OBSQ before I finish this so I can do a SBS.
  10. A little sbs with different mashbills, different age, but the same yeast. These are both fantastic, but the OBSQ has that extra OOMPH that just hits the spot. Last year I bought a store pick OBSK that was just flat, and it made me question my cult membership. SBSs like this make me realize that was just a dud of a barrel, and that my place in the cult shall never falter.
  11. FasterHorses

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Spring 2018)

    I think you may be surprised. Very rich tasting for11$. Curious to know your reaction.
  12. Harry in WashDC

    Road trip from VA to NY

    One technique I've used when driving between WashDC and NYC is to use the feature on internet maps allowing me to search for "nearby liquor stores". Some of those with websites do list store picks and do allow inventory searches. For example, last May (2017), I spent three days in Tarrytown. Before I got there, I found a half dozen stores to check out and printed maps from the hotel to them (some on the West side of the Hudson). I picked up some MSRP Rock Hill Farms, a couple of 4R SPs, and some OGD BIB on sale (30% no less).
  13. kevinbrink

    Four Roses 10 Recipes

    Hared to believe they would tank a single barrel.
  14. Clueby

    Smooth Ambler Big Level

    Opened mine up last night. Posted a review over in the "what are you enjoying" thread. I got a much different experience than you although I did get a bit different opinion after letting it sit a bit and going back to it. I definitely got the caramel nose and the "biscuit" thing that to me was more like a sweet bread or cookies. I think I mentioned shortbread cookies. I didnt get much in the way of spice on the finish until the second go where there were some warm baking spices at the end. The one thing I couldn't put my finger on popped up when I read their website description....pecan pie. But it was a bit bitter like when you get some pecans that are little bit old tasting. The thing I liked the best was the mouth coating wheater viscosity which you reviewed as thin. To me this is one of the thicker feeling bourbons I've had in a while. Much thicker feeling than Wellers. I also didnt get a whiff at all of acetone. I get that in Larceny so badly I cant drink the stuff and a tad bit in MM. Palates and noses are interesting things.
  15. kevinbrink

    Smooth Ambler Big Level

    I will buy this not because of SA has built up credibility with me, if anything my appreciation of Old Scout products increases my appreciation for MGP. The truth is I will buy this because curiosity gets the better of me, I will buy the first bottle I see open it and be indifferent about it. It will sit on a shelf for well over a year while I occasionally pour it into a glass that previously held something both cheaper and better, and I probably won't replace it. Prediction, hoping I'm wrong, but doubt I am.
  16. Clueby

    Four Roses 10 Recipes

    The dates are hard to read but I'm having a hard time coming up with 9 years and 6 mos.
  17. Havent tried the 107 yet but I wasn't crazy about the 99 proof version. A local store has it (the 99) on sale for $26.
  18. CardsandBourbon

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Spring 2018)

    Not that I recall. Started with what are considered middle and top shelf bottles. This is only the third what is considered bottom shelf I've purchased (Old Fitzgerald BIB, VOB BIB and now the HH BIB).
  19. Got a friendly notice that the OFBIB11 was available locally....$200!
  20. FasterHorses

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Spring 2018)

    Surely youve had the HH BIB before now? Unbelievably good.
  21. dad-proof

    What Dram are you enjoying? Spring 2018

    This is the one that got me started on my Scotch adventures. Perfect for a rainy evening.
  22. kyrocklover

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Spring 2018)

    Picked up these two along with a 1.75 of Weller SR. I’ll do a side by side of the Old Fitz 11 BIB and a bunkered VSOF 12 one day.
  23. VAGentleman

    BOTM 5/18: Early Times Bottled In Bond

    Was down in KY and find a couple of these at $21 each. Classic bourbon flavor with some nice cinnamon flavor to it. Very nice for a cheap price. I wish this was a permanent bottle. I like it quite a bit!
  24. I went down and picked up my bottles this week. I got 2 A bottles. I also found a C bottle in a local liquor store while I was there. I opened the C bottle and it was pretty decent. No off flavors. It smells like bourbon, is pretty easy drinking and smooth if I dare say s you can tell it is a wheater. Small amount of oak, a little bit of play doh which I find in some younger bourbons. Its decent and I like it but think it could use another year or two of age, which I'n glad they're looking at doing
  25. CardsandBourbon

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Spring 2018)

    Have been staying away from the stores recently, because I had been purchasing entirely too much bourbon, but today I went, just to look, I swear, and was a bad boy and came home with these My wife really likes the ryes and everyone from outside of KY had been extolling the HH BIB for so long that I finally broke down and bought one. They're as thick as flies around here.
  26. scubadoo97

    What Rum/Rhum did you buy today?

    Stopped by TW today while picking up a suit from a tailor near by. Picked up a few Foursquare products. RL Seale which was on sale for $22.99, Dorleys XO and 12 yr
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