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marshall9779
It was about 25 degrees and icy rain here last night so can't imagine camping out.  I camped out overnight one time in the 80s for concert tickets. I don't know if I"d camp out now even if I was guaranteed a bottle of PVW23 at retail.  Hope you got something more than an RC6.  They were stacked 10 deep on the shelf at TW in KY.

I did get an ORVW. Unfortunately even the RC-6 is allocated and the only way to get a lot of allocated stuff in my county are their whiskey events by either camping out or their lotteries.

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StarSurfer55

Had a mixed bag of a week.  Found out that a good friend has thyroid cancer.  THis is his third go around with cancer after colon and skin cancer in the past few years. WIfe had a good outcome with the cardiologist.  SHe has lost 60 pounds over the past year and is in great shape now (I have lost 40 pounds but have another 30 to go).  She also got her delivery date for her new car this week so she is very excited.  Having a bit of Legendarry Duke.  Not a great bourbon but certainly an easy drinker.

 

 

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TwoFingers
7 hours ago, marshall9779 said:


I did get an ORVW. Unfortunately even the RC-6 is allocated and the only way to get a lot of allocated stuff in my county are their whiskey events by either camping out or their lotteries.

Glad you got something.  I was a annoyed that they held that event on a Friday.  People do work for a living.  I figured that I did well enough in the county lottery that I wasn't going to stress over the event.  

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Obeezy1Kaneezy

I really like this stuff...

 

 

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FasterHorses

1792 FP.. man talk about banana taffy.. thats an odd phenomenon.  Is that a  fairly regular thing with these?

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smokinjoe
5 minutes ago, FasterHorses said:

1792 FP.. man talk about banana taffy.. thats an odd phenomenon.  Is that a  fairly regular thing with these?

The banana note is something I get to varying degrees in the standard 1792 line-up.  

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fishnbowljoe
22 hours ago, FasterHorses said:

Weller 12 while getting the silent treatment.  Win/win😎

I let out a small laugh when I read this. My wife asked what I was laughing at. I told here just the usual stuff on the site.  Her response accompanied by the “wife look”,  “Uh huh.” <_<
 

Biba! Joe

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FasterHorses
2 hours ago, smokinjoe said:

The banana note is something I get to varying degrees in the standard 1792 line-up.  

I didnt find it very appealing. Dont think Ill buy another Of these. Never detected it in other offerings. Undeniable banana though. Very strange.

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smokinjoe
1 minute ago, FasterHorses said:

I didnt find it very appealing. Dont think Ill buy another Of these. Never detected it in other offerings. Undeniable banana though. Very strange.

Jack Daniel’s whiskies exhibit the similar banana note, and I’ll even catch it in other Brown Forman Old Foresters, at times.  
 

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Clueby
23 minutes ago, smokinjoe said:

Jack Daniel’s whiskies exhibit the similar banana note, and I’ll even catch it in other Brown Forman Old Foresters, at times.  
 

JD has it in spades. The difference us that Barton tastes like fresh bananas or bananas Foster while JD tastes like overripe or almost rotten bananas to me.

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Obeezy1Kaneezy
2 hours ago, FasterHorses said:

I didnt find it very appealing. Dont think Ill buy another Of these. Never detected it in other offerings. Undeniable banana though. Very strange.


I get banana a lot in 1792 

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Wedelstaedt

Wild Turkey night. Several RRSIB PS tonight, followed by WT101.  Not much difference between the RRSiB's. But, I must say the RRSiB from the "B" warehouse was more interesting than "A" or " F" for me. 

 

Cheers 

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lcpfratn
I'd never admit to it Steve, but only because it would mean that "other guy" would then be my brother as well [emoji14]
 
Just typing those words sent a cold shiver down my spine...... [emoji3]

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0895
16 hours ago, FasterHorses said:

1792 FP.. man talk about banana taffy.. thats an odd phenomenon.  Is that a  fairly regular thing with these?

 

I'll add that it also depends on if it is a single barrel pick or not.

I've had some store pick full proofs that have almost no banana flavor, and others that are as you describe.  If they dodge the banana, they usually seem to take on a strong caramel and or molasses note.

 

The "regular" releases from the distillery almost always have some sort of banana, regardless of the product (FP, BiB, SmB, SB, etc.)

The exception being the "aged twelve years" national release, which tasted of cherry and oak (in an Eagle Rare kind of way) to me.

 

My general take on full proof private picks is to try before you buy... unless it has a cool aftermarket sticker applied to the bottle.... then you know it has to be good! ;)

 

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Phil T
16 hours ago, FasterHorses said:

1792 FP.. man talk about banana taffy.. thats an odd phenomenon.  Is that a  fairly regular thing with these?

I have a friend who absolutely loves Gentleman Jack. I can't drink it because of the overwhelming banana flavor. However, I have never tasted any banana in a 1792 iteration. Interesting how palates differ. 

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TheNovaMan

I'm with Phil - I've never noticed any banana in Barton/1792 products.  Maybe I'm just not sensitive to it.

 

I'm having my Sunday afternoon coffee, which means there's a splash of Early Times BIB in it 😁

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flahute
27 minutes ago, Phil T said:

I have a friend who absolutely loves Gentleman Jack. I can't drink it because of the overwhelming banana flavor. However, I have never tasted any banana in a 1792 iteration. Interesting how palates differ. 

Like you, I detect a lot of banana in Jack products. For me it's the lower proof and/or age products where I detect it. I don't get it in the barrel proof single barrel.

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scratchline

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I'm not a big Maker's guy.  In fact, I can't remember when  I last bought a bottle of Maker's or had a pour.  But from what I remember this is a big step up.  I remember liking samples of the barrel proof I had at the Gazebo years ago when it was first introduced.  This is very solid whiskey that benefits from the added proof.  The nose is beautiful:  basically transports me to a Kentucky rickhouse on a warm spring day (dust and wood).  And the taste follows with a gentle warmth but a bite that's missing for me at 90 proof.  Tasting it against an old bottle of 8 year WT 101, it shows at a lighter weight class but is every bit as sweet a puncher.  Which is saying a lot for me because I love old WT 101.   Winter baking spices and burnt orange.  The finish is deep  and long lasting.  It is even on the tongue without the sides-of-the-tongue astringency that is part of the WT's appeal.   Well integrated whiskey that fulfills the promise of the nose in the taste and of the flavor in the finish.   The packaging is perfect for Christmas, all Santa red and gold foil.  

 

Highly recommended and arguably an exemplar of the wheated style.  (Care to weigh in about that, Joe?)

 

-Mike

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Harry in WashDC
3 hours ago, flahute said:

Like you, I detect a lot of banana in Jack products. For me it's the lower proof and/or age products where I detect it. I don't get it in the barrel proof single barrel.

Agree wholeheartedly.  The BPSB is the only JD "bourbon" expression I've bought more than once in the last ten years.  I also could never figure out Gentleman Jack.

 

EDIT - oh, yeah, THE THREAD - what I drinking?  VBT 713.  AND THE DAMN SOUND IS STILL NOT BACK FOR THE TENN-KC GAME.  Well, if it were FOX, it could be that Joe Buck guy calling the game in which case I'd have the sound off anyway.  So, maybe I shouldn't complain too much even if it is CBS.

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Areno

I 4th or 5th the banana flavor on 1792.  All day

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smokinjoe

One thing that I think is apparent from discussions I’ve been involved in regarding the “banana note”, is that each of us is hard wired to varying degrees on our sensory perception of it, as well as how it manifests itself from a like v dislike perspective to each.  I know some people who don’t get the note from a given whiskey (and I think that note is perceived in a different way), and some other people who can get it from a bottle opened across the room.  And, the notice/like/tolerate/hate opinions are strong.  It’s an odd bird.  I’m not sure that I can say that any other note in bourbon tasting is more polarizing among enthusiasts...outside of maybe the degree of “ethanol/alcohol” dominance perception.  

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BMartin42

FR SiB. This has always been a favorite of mine with the rye kick. Every time I have it I’m reminded of a conversation I had with Jim Rutledge at a tasting event about the possibility of FR ever making a rye. He desperately wanted to do one but wasn’t being allowed according to him, or at least he strongly hinted at that. This was 2012 so way before the split but makes me wonder if he ever gets his own distillery running if he will put out a rye.

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flahute

 

22 minutes ago, BMartin42 said:

........ makes me wonder if he ever gets his own distillery running if he will put out a rye.

He will.

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Harry in WashDC
5 minutes ago, flahute said:

 

He will.

One can only hope and dream.  Judging from the relatively high rye in the 4R ten recipes, I'd buy a few.

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TheNovaMan
41 minutes ago, smokinjoe said:

One thing that I think is apparent from discussions I’ve been involved in regarding the “banana note”, is that each of us is hard wired to varying degrees on our sensory perception of it, as well as how it manifests itself from a like v dislike perspective to each.  I know some people who don’t get the note from a given whiskey (and I think that note is perceived in a different way), and some other people who can get it from a bottle opened across the room.  And, the notice/like/tolerate/hate opinions are strong.  It’s an odd bird.  I’m not sure that I can say that any other note in bourbon tasting is more polarizing among enthusiasts...outside of maybe the degree of “ethanol/alcohol” dominance perception.  

I wonder if it's genetic, like with cilantro?

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