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  2. Harry in WashDC

    9 Bottom-Shelf Bourbons That Are Actually Worth The Buy

    4R YL (bought two on sale today for $22 each), OGD BIB (bought two on sale today for $23 each). Like B1C, I don;t consider basic BT as a bottom shelfer any more. Benchmark 8, VaGent, Old Tub - yeah, but I only buy the VaG in 375s to give to folks and pass on the others. Bulliett and EC to me are not bottom shelf - B being too expensive for what it tastes like to me and EC being too old. Bottom Shelf to me means something like HH's 3+ YO 80 proof rail or even JB White - OK for mixing not so hot for sipping neat is one BS category, the other being cheap sippers like 4R YL. WT 101? No, but maybe the 81 is bottom shelf. And, for years and even now, I keep one EW Black (86 proof) on hand to give to people curious about my bourbon obsession. As I type this, I'm finishing off a Bernheim wheat whiskey I opened a couple weeks ago. Cannot consider it a bottom shelfer even though I think it is a bargain for what it is. Uh, I may be overthinking this bottom shelf category.
  3. Today
  4. For me it was yesterday, but... 1) WRDO 2) Fireball Cinnamon 3) Buffalo Trace Std. Doing a little taste testing.
  5. b1gcountry

    9 Bottom-Shelf Bourbons That Are Actually Worth The Buy

    I hate lists and this one didn't disappoint. Nobody considers Buffalo Trace or Jim Beam Single Barrel to be bottom shelf. The lowest tier bourbon there is EW. Sometimes that is on the bottom shelf. Best actual bottom shelf whiskey: JW Dant BIB OGD BIB Old Fitz BIB Very Old Barton BIB Fighting Cock What else?
  6. Another interesting article about bourbon. I can’t argue against any of the bourbons named being worth the buy. I will however raise an eyebrow as to the classification of a few of these as being “bottom shelf”. Hmmmm. https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/cocktails/9-bottom-shelf-bourbons-that-are-actually-worth-the-buy/ss-BB1o1214?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=af91ff4fb4c84a02b97015efc298164c&ei=22#image=1
  7. Enjoying Glenallachie 12yr and 15yr tonight while watching some late night baseball.
  8. Hitting a little Broken Barrel Cask Strength KSBW 115 proof. Finished with broken barrel staves. Mash bill is 70/21/9 (Corn/Rye/Barley) and the "Oak bill" is 40% ex-bourbon barrels, 40% new french oak, and 20% sherry cask oak. I forgot how good it is.
  9. Richnimrod

    OGD 16yr

    Ahhh! To have the unflagging loyalty of friends like this, eh?!?! smokinjoe, you must be livin' right!
  10. Yesterday
  11. Sticking with WT post-dinner, Generations in the glass.
  12. EHT SmB today. Hit the spot.
  13. Keep. Her. And insure her too!
  14. JakeySnakes

    What did you purchase this Spring? (2024)

    Have heard good things, so decided to pick one up.
  15. aquavite

    WAL-MART Liquors.... worth it?

    OK the results of my taste test. I "tandem tasted" Woodford Reserve regular with the double oacked (2 half shots, side by side). And, as a "chaser," I rinsed my palate with some "Fireball" Cinnamon. In general, it seemed like all the notes, fragrance wise were all the same... like they were all mixed together. I smelled Vanilla, Butterscotch, maple syrup, etc. etc.), all mixed into one. The aroma seemed stronger in the regular WR than the double oaked. The taste in the double oaked was stronger than the regular WR. The Alcohol was precisely the same, I don't know why, but, for some reason, the regular WR seemed a little easier to go down than did the Double oaked. The Fireball was a hoot! Very sweet.... very "cinnamony." Maybe a bit too cinnamony. The aftertaste had remnants of that bitter cinnamon powder flavor (i.e if you put a pinch of cinnamon powder on your tongue). But, otherwise, very good. I hope I have similar luck when I can get a bottle Virgil Kaine ginger bourbon. About 1hr later, i tried some Buffalo Trace for the first time. I dunno.... it seemed a bit "weaker" than WR regular. The same aroma was there, but not as strong. And the taste was not as strong/bitter, either. Very easy to swallow and, therefore, very easy to drink a lot of it if I so choose. At this point, though, I choose not. I'll come back to it for sure. But I have other things to do now. I need to find some ECBP and maybe a 1792 bonded. We'll see.
  16. Special Reserve

    WAL-MART Liquors.... worth it?

    In my city, Livonia, Michigan, only liquor stores can sell liquor. Costco can't sell Kirkland liquors, but the party store down the street does have Kirkland liquors for sale. Unfortunately, the liquor stores pressured the city counsel to pass a law that made this possible. While I'm not much of a buyer these days, my favorite party store is not in my home city.
  17. I decided to have a pour of WT Cornerstone before dinner.
  18. Davesnothere

    What did you purchase this Spring? (2024)

    We're still kind of in disbelief. We assumed we would sit there until the end and either not get called or get called and only have a pick of something we don't really like. We had just settled in and her number was called. Two hours for a wfp isn't bad. It was a pretty nice hang with lots of samples.
  19. troyce

    OGD 16yr

    You're not a plastic salesman, you sell condoms...
  20. This fellow Buckeye will accept this solution.
  21. Okay, now I get it. It contains the 10 y/o Barton and 15 y/o HH. That makes sense. Sorry I misread your post. That review and your recommendation are good enough for me. if I see it, I will get two. Finished bourbon is yet another category into which I have not yet ventured. Thanks for the information!
  22. aquavite

    WAL-MART Liquors.... worth it?

    Well, my first encounter with WAL-MART Liquors proved successful! Three acquisitions including: 1) Buffalo Trace 875ml for $23.95; 2) Woodford Reserve Double Oaked for $52.95 (believe it or not, they had a "security device" around the neck of this bottle which the clerk had to cut off); 3) Fireball "Six Pack" of 200ml bottles, $9.95 (it's weaker than I thought.. only ABV 33%). The BT was allocated but they said they get a shipment every Thrs, and they had plenty of it on the shelf. Everything else was on the open shelves. The only thing missing (which I expected) was ECBP. Even their advertised B523 was also out of stock. 'll be back to you later this evening with my first "taste test."
  23. The 4R Small Batch really is a sleeper. So well done and balanced. Often overlooked in their lineup, but it’s top notch.
  24. On Sunday, I picked up a bottle of Four Roses Small Batch. Opened on Sunday and sipped neat (no ice or water) for the last couple of days. Definitely smooth with nearly no burn and lots of varied flavors. I noticed the flavors are varied but not quite as intense as some other bourbons. A good go-to for a calm and mellow evening with flavor...
  25. kcgumbohead

    What did you purchase this Spring? (2024)

    The breakdown of the contents is not listed on the bottle, that's detailed in bottle reviews such as this one: https://thebourbonculture.com/whiskey-reviews/copper-kings-bourbon-finished-in-american-apple-brandy-barrels-review/ Slainte! Kevin.
  26. b1gcountry

    WAL-MART Liquors.... worth it?

    I'm not impressed by Walmart liquor's selection. The prices are not amazing either.
  27. PaulO

    WAL-MART Liquors.... worth it?

    The Walmart near me has a booze section. They recently moved it to the back corner when they remodeled. The prices and selection are nothing to brag about. They even sell their own brand of Bourbon - Stedman's (young Barton). If a second stop was way out of your way, well I guess you could pick up a mid shelf bottle there.
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