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RWBadley
1 hour ago, Jazz June said:

 Likely the best bourbon I have ever had from the Beam distillery. It’s not cheap but I’m considering how many to pick up while I still can.

I agree with this. I was able to add one to the stash, but at the rate the first one is disappearing maybe I should see if there is another on the shelf 

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Jazzhead

I was able to bunker one bottle in addition to the one that's open,  but it appears to have disappeared from the shelves in these parts.    Looks like the word is out that this one's special.  

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ABVT
23 hours ago, Jazz June said:

I cracked one of these and it is very good. I’d also expect it to improve with air being BP and all. Lot of Basil Hayden flavor on entry and a big cherry cola sweetness on the finish. Likely the best bourbon I have ever had from the Beam distillery. It’s not cheap but I’m considering how many to pick up while I still can.

Same. Got this a few weeks ago and it really stands up. Wish it wasn't so pricey. Not sure if I should go out any get another. 

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EarthQuake

I keep going back and forth on whether I should pick this one up.

 

I tend to really, really like Knob Creek store picks in the 14-15 year range (I like drier, oakier bourbons). Two of which I can get in the $40-50 price range at couple local stores right now.

 

I don't tend to like Booker's very much. It always seems a bit young, and highlights some of the flavors I don't like in Beam, like the weird nuttiness. I have not had Baker's, and Basil Hayden is 80 proof so who really knows there, but I do like high rye bourbon in general.

 

Knowing my preferences, does it make sense to drop $120 on one of these?

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BottledInBond
2 hours ago, EarthQuake said:

I keep going back and forth on whether I should pick this one up.

 

I tend to really, really like Knob Creek store picks in the 14-15 year range (I like drier, oakier bourbons). Two of which I can get in the $40-50 price range at couple local stores right now.

 

I don't tend to like Booker's very much. It always seems a bit young, and highlights some of the flavors I don't like in Beam, like the weird nuttiness. I have not had Baker's, and Basil Hayden is 80 proof so who really knows there, but I do like high rye bourbon in general.

 

Knowing my preferences, does it make sense to drop $120 on one of these?

Personally I’d say yes. Your concern if youngish Booker’s is not a concern here as the Booker’s component is 11 year. The Basil Hayden’s 80 proof is not a concern as this is all barrel proof (~122 Proof which is close to the 120 KCSB you like). It includes some KC which you know you like. Baker’s I think is considered to be an underrated pour by many here. $120 is a little higher than I paid (grabbed 2 @ $100 each) but I think this stuff is good, and a complex pour to work through slowly. 
 

Everyone’s preferences are different though and maybe you won’t get as much enjoyment out of a bottle of this as you would 2-2.5 bottles of KCSB picks. But I really doubt you’d buy this and not think it was good whiskey and unique.
 

cheers

 

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Marekv8
22 hours ago, EarthQuake said:

I keep going back and forth on whether I should pick this one up.

 

I tend to really, really like Knob Creek store picks in the 14-15 year range (I like drier, oakier bourbons). Two of which I can get in the $40-50 price range at couple local stores right now.

 

I don't tend to like Booker's very much. It always seems a bit young, and highlights some of the flavors I don't like in Beam, like the weird nuttiness. I have not had Baker's, and Basil Hayden is 80 proof so who really knows there, but I do like high rye bourbon in general.

 

Knowing my preferences, does it make sense to drop $120 on one of these?

 

Seems to me that the blend is very Basil-forward, so this comes across as an extremely well-aged OGD114 seasoned with the other components. I'm going to try bringing it down to 51% ABV with a 50/50 blend of BH10 just for grins. The average price of my two bottles was $74.99, so it was an easy call based on the listed build bourbons.

 

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tascabe
2 hours ago, Marekv8 said:

 

Seems to me that the blend is very Basil-forward, so this comes across as an extremely well-aged OGD114 seasoned with the other components. I'm going to try bringing it down to 51% ABV with a 50/50 blend of BH10 just for grins. The average price of my two bottles was $74.99, so it was an easy call based on the listed build bourbons.

 

 

 

 

Ok - now I am intrigued - OGD114 is a go to for me so...

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Bob_Loblaw
On 11/17/2019 at 10:01 AM, EarthQuake said:

I keep going back and forth on whether I should pick this one up.

 

I tend to really, really like Knob Creek store picks in the 14-15 year range (I like drier, oakier bourbons). Two of which I can get in the $40-50 price range at couple local stores right now.

 

I don't tend to like Booker's very much. It always seems a bit young, and highlights some of the flavors I don't like in Beam, like the weird nuttiness. I have not had Baker's, and Basil Hayden is 80 proof so who really knows there, but I do like high rye bourbon in general.

 

Knowing my preferences, does it make sense to drop $120 on one of these?

I also recommend picking it up.  FWIW I like KC picks very much.  I rarely buy BH.  I do not like OGD114 on its own and only buy to blend into GW4G.  I also do not care for regular Booker's at all.  I agree that it is too young and ends up being a hot mess.  I like the description of weird nuttiness.  I revisit every so often and same results.   That said, I really enjoyed this bottle and would buy another if I say it. Probably more than one if I see in under $100.

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EarthQuake
6 hours ago, Bob_Loblaw said:

I also recommend picking it up.  FWIW I like KC picks very much.  I rarely buy BH.  I do not like OGD114 on its own and only buy to blend into GW4G.  I also do not care for regular Booker's at all.  I agree that it is too young and ends up being a hot mess.  I like the description of weird nuttiness.  I revisit every so often and same results.   That said, I really enjoyed this bottle and would buy another if I say it. Probably more than one if I see in under $100.

Oooh I think you pretty much nailed my palate here. I do not care for OGD114, it's far too young, I mean for the price it's not bad but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it. Very tempted but I think I'll try to find one at closer to $100 or so if I can.

 

@Marekv8 at $75 I would be all over it too! 

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marshall9779

Saw a store near my parents had some. Told them would be an awesome Christmas present. Told them they wouldn’t be around long. Hopefully they are quick enough. Imagine they will be gone either tomorrow or Saturday.

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Swamp55
2 hours ago, marshall9779 said:

Saw a store near my parents had some. Told them would be an awesome Christmas present. Told them they wouldn’t be around long. Hopefully they are quick enough. Imagine they will be gone either tomorrow or Saturday.

When first reading this, I believed it was your parents that you were judging "wouldn't be around long".  I thought that was a rather forceful argument for you to make in order to convince them to get you an expensive Christmas gift this year.  Sorry, my mistake.

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Harry in WashDC
On 11/18/2019 at 9:53 AM, Marekv8 said:

 

Seems to me that the blend is very Basil-forward, so this comes across as an extremely well-aged OGD114 seasoned with the other components. I'm going to try bringing it down to 51% ABV with a 50/50 blend of BH10 just for grins. The average price of my two bottles was $74.99, so it was an easy call based on the listed build bourbons.

 

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A purveyor near me (from whom I buy regularly but USUALLY only when stuff is on sale) sold me several things at 20% off and then tried to recover the discount by offering me one of these at ONLY "20% above my cost - you can have it for $158."  I passed.

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Clueby
48 minutes ago, Harry in WashDC said:

A purveyor near me (from whom I buy regularly but USUALLY only when stuff is on sale) sold me several things at 20% off and then tried to recover the discount by offering me one of these at ONLY "20% above my cost - you can have it for $158."  I passed.

I paid $109.99 plus tax.

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