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  2. Harry in WashDC

    What Bourbon Did You Pass On Today (Fall 2019)

    For some 40+ years, our local deli has been selling a house brand KSBW 80 proof. About 20 years ago when the founding family sold the deli, I learned that their bourbon was from HH. The new owners (Hi, Bill) continued selling this house brand, and it still is (or so I am told) HH 80 proof 4/4+ years. THIS post encouraged me to buy my FIRST bottle of it. So, THANKS.
  3. kevinbrink

    What bottle(s) did you open today? (Summer ‘19)

    Didn't actually know that, still learning things here!
  4. Kpiz

    What Dram Are You Enjoying Fall 2019

    What can I say, I know what I like! They are all actually solid picks, but the Ben Nevis and the Blair Athol are the fruitiest of the bunch and very enjoyable.
  5. Harry in WashDC

    Liquor Store "Huh?" Moments

    Yup. and if you hadn't told me about it, I'd have been too slow to discover them on my own. As it was, I only got four. They, too, ended up going to newbies.
  6. smokinjoe

    Ice...Ice...Baby?

    Undiluted high proof alcohol will deaden a palate every bit as quickly as a lower temp. Pick your poison.
  7. The Black Tot

    What bottle(s) did you open today? (Summer ‘19)

    Well, the old Beam's Choice, if that's what you're thinking about, was filtered with maple charcoal, Tennessee style... Definitely get it there.
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  9. kevinbrink

    What bottle(s) did you open today? (Summer ‘19)

    I don't know that I've ever gotten it in modern Beam but it's definitely a prominent note to me in dusty Beam.
  10. The Black Tot

    What Bourbon Did You Pass On Today (Fall 2019)

    Dier god...
  11. The Black Tot

    What bottle(s) did you open today? (Summer ‘19)

    Maple. Hmmm. I'm gonna have to apply my Canadian tastebuds and start looking for that in my Beam...
  12. Richnimrod

    Ice...Ice...Baby?

    While I totally support your decision to limit the options you offer out of your own whiskey cabinet according to a prescribed dilution (or lack of any dilution at all?); I do wish to point out that some folx with amazingly sensitive palates can determine differences among whiskeys even at very highly diluted levels... and maybe very low temperatures as well. I don't believe I know any such folx; but they're reputed to be out there. Maybe your F-i-L is one?
  13. kevinbrink

    What bottle(s) did you open today? (Summer ‘19)

    Decided to open this bottle which has been a Christmas decoration the last few years for me, I have a few of these liberated from a local store, 1990 Beam is much more like 1970's beam than 2010's Beam, heavy on the maple not so much the peanuts.
  14. GoCubs85

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Fall 2019)

    MWND, 1792 FP, Basil Hayden's 10yr, Laphroig 10yr Cask Strength and a Bad Sweater Whiskey....
  15. DCFan

    Crystal City ABC Sites?

    https://www.abc.virginia.gov/ Plug in your zipcode and do some searching of the stores nearest to your hotel. Some stores will have better selections than another. Unfortunately there's a Costco right in Crystal City but they only carry beer and wine in Va. You could hop a cab or uber to the Costco in DC which does sell liquor. The ABC stores do carry a very small selection of Va wines so if you wanted to take home a bottle from the Trump vineyards you'll be in luck.
  16. Awesome! How many different recipes?
  17. They know the name and that's what they're counting on to drive sales.
  18. FasterHorses

    What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today (Fall 2019)

    Weller Full Proof PS..wife was at right place right time!
  19. FasterHorses

    What Bourbon Did You Pass On Today (Fall 2019)

    Isnt it Dickel.. i passed on same
  20. tascabe

    What Bourbon Did You Pass On Today (Fall 2019)

    Oh - there are initials in the name - that HAS to be good then...
  21. I've been posting here about my #6 a lot lately. I've never had different releases SBS, but this one was the first to truly leave an impression and beat my favorite CEHT BP. Inconsistent it is, but at ~msrp no release (but the first) felt like a waste of time to me.
  22. Guss West

    The Vatting Thread 2018 and beyond

    I have been finishing up a bottle of Timorous Beastie that is good but not particularly interesting. A good tuition whiskey I'm not compelled to replace. It is a really solid blend of single malts, though, so I suspected it might serve well as a scotch blending base. It takes anywhere from a smidgen to a dollop of peated whiskey beautifully; I tried with young Caol Ila, Lavagulin, and Laphroaig. The last dram became a double with 2 parts TB to 1 part Benriach Peated Port and 1 part Balvenie 15 Sherry Cask. Hum-ah-nah-Hum-ah-nah!!
  23. Not to be outdone by @JCwhammie, I passed on these two gems today.
  24. Helped a sales team close a deal worth tens of millions of $, they treated me to steak and drinks. Papiez and BTACs were had. Man, I'm an engineer, I'm not used to hanging out with finance and marketing and sales. It all felt like a scene from the American Psycho to me.
  25. BigSkyDrams

    Ice...Ice...Baby?

    Interesting topic. Personally, I prefer anything over ~110 to be proofed down a bit, and am a big fan of the big ice ball that makes the pour a slowly evolving journey. It’s been a few years since I’ve cracked a GTS or WLW, but the last bottles I had I drank neat. At this point in my journey though, I will feel no shame in proofing them down a bit after the first couple sips. I don’t doubt those of you in the “always neat” camp, but I’m my experience, I get more flavor out of many barrel proof offerings with a bit of dilution than I do keeping them at full strength. On the other hand, I do take some issue with others’ preferences, at least when it comes to drinking from my cabinet. Namely, my father-in-law comes to visit several times a year, and we enjoy sipping whiskey together and chatting. My problem, though, is that his preferred method is to basically fill a rocks glass with crushed ice from my fridge and then add ~2-2.5 oz of whiskey, making for a sort of whisk(e)y slushee. While I’m glad to indulge him of that, I have trouble with the notion that he can taste any difference whatsoever between my casual stuff and higher shelf offerings when consumed in that manner. Over the past year or so, he did it with some Lot B, Nikka Coffey Grain, and some pricey Balvenie I had. So I’ve selfishly stopped offering up my better stuff (e.g. Blanton’s, W12s, RBs, etc.) when he comes to visit. If it’s all going to taste the same through that much dilution and temperature reduction anyway, he can get by with my bottles in the $20-30 range. Edit: a little too loose between my use of “bourbon” and “whiskey” interchangeably, particularly in talking non-bourbons.
  26. BMartin42

    What Bourbon Are You Drinking Today (Fall 2019)

    This is great to know. Thanks! Never seen it downstate but can have family nab it for me up there. Da Bears
  27. BottledInBond

    What Bourbon Did You Pass On Today (Fall 2019)

    Passed on Bib & Tucker 12 year for $135. Laughable
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