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More bourbon is coming of age.  I have enjoyed several bottles of "craft" bourbons that are becoming competitive with legacy distillers.  Prices are still slightly higher but not outrageous based on the quality and enjoyment. 

 

Craft bourbons, I enjoy (in no particular order) include:

 

Woodinville

New Riff

Chattanooga Whiskey and Rye

Still Austin

Hard Truth

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I've mostly avoided the "craft" stuff.  On the other hand, I do like to try new things.  My criteria for considering: must use full size 53 gallon barrels, some good reviews (besides the people selling it), price can't be crazy (not more than twice what legacy brand would charge relative to age and proof).

I've enjoyed Nelson's Greenbrier from TN, and Green River from Owensboro, KY.

The Green River is from the renovated location that used to be Medley.  Also recently acquired by Bardstown Bourbon Co.  So, not sure it still counts as craft, maybe when they started.

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So far, New Riff is the only one that has stuck with me.  I'll drink the rest if someone else is buying though.

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On 5/23/2023 at 10:37 PM, PaulO said:

I've mostly avoided the "craft" stuff.  On the other hand, I do like to try new things.  My criteria for considering: must use full size 53 gallon barrels, some good reviews (besides the people selling it), price can't be crazy (not more than twice what legacy brand would charge relative to age and proof).

I've enjoyed Nelson's Greenbrier from TN, and Green River from Owensboro, KY.

The Green River is from the renovated location that used to be Medley.  Also recently acquired by Bardstown Bourbon Co.  So, not sure it still counts as craft, maybe when they started.

 

Aging in 53 gallon barrels is a must.  Same thing with price.  I can get plenty of great bourbon and rye in the low to mid-$20s.  I have yet to buy a craft or even see one in that price range.

 

I have bought Woodinville for $28 on sale.  I can find it everyday for $36.  I really like it but not at $36.  Of course, economies of scale is beyond their control.  

 

I paid $45 for a bottle of Chattanooga 111.  I recently bought a second bottle for $40.  It is a buy for me at $40 but not as a regular sipper.  A special treat.  I really like it.  I have never tried the 91 proof version.  I bought one the other day for $28.  No brainer for me.  I have read there is a difference in the flavor even though the same profile. 

 

New Riff.  I never met a bottle that I didn't enjoy.  Costco used to stock this stuff regular but I haven't seen in there in a while.  An easy buy at $32.  A decision at $40.  Anything above $30 competes with KC9.  

 

I really like Hard Truth but even the 4 year rye is $40.  Tough sell.  I can grab WTR101 for almost half that price.  

 

Yet, if the product is good, I will pay a little extra if to support the brand. 

 

 

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On 5/19/2023 at 10:08 PM, mbroo5880i said:

Hard Truth

 

Any you in particular? Tried some Old Fashioned's at their restaurant in Indy if memory serves, but have not tried their stuff straight. Will have to go back when visiting my Leetle Seester.

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