Bourbon Chase

Discussion in 'The CP Saloon' started by obmike, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. obmike

    obmike New Member

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    I did a 200 mile relay race this past week in Kentucky. It visited about 7 distillers and had a bourbon tasting at the end.

    I've not tried too many different bourbons. I always have a bottle of Makers Mark in the cabinet and usually stick to that. However, I took a shine to the Woodford Reserve. It got me thinking that I might need to try some different brands.

    I want to try the Elijah Craig 18 year. Any others for my must try list?
     
  2. Fatken

    Fatken New Member

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    You might give Booker's a try, one of my favorites. Be careful, it is 128 proof, so a little water or ice might make it right for you. It is also a bit pricey for bourbon, I paid $45 for 750ml yesterday. As a much cheaper alternative, I like Old Weller Antique (107 proof). Not as good, but I like it better than most popular brands (appr. $24 a fifth).

    Ken
     
  3. khari

    khari Active Member

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    There's tons of them out there, but here's a couple that are pretty easy to find.

    Four Roses Single Barrel
    Four Roses Small Batch

    If you haven't tried it, give Maker's Mark 46 a try. If you can find it, Van Winkle 12 year Lot B is very good.

    I personally would recommend Knob Creek before Booker's unless you like bourbons that have a high alcohol content.
     
  4. Knob Creek is very good. :thumbs:

    I'm also partial to 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, a very smooth, wonderful sipping bourbon that sells for about a third less than brands like Knob Creek and Woodford Reserve. BTW, if you like Woodford Reserve, try Old Forester. My understanding is that it's a "young" Woodford made at the same distillery. Not as good, but quite similar, and only $13 or so for a fifth.

    My big bourbon moment every year comes with the BTAC release and my annual case-plus of George T. Stagg cask strength. Oh, my. Bourbon of the gods. :love:

    ~Boar
     
  5. Joebunaga

    Joebunaga Brought to you by Carl's Junior.

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    I drank Makers for years without branching out. Then tried the 46 right around the time I joined CP. Tried a bottle of EC a few years ago but didn't really appreciate it and will likely revisit it. Recently I've branched out and like Woodford Reserve alot and Four Roses Small Batch. Just started some Buffalo Trace that is good as well. They're each a different flavor profile, but all good.
     
  6. DePasta

    DePasta Stop it! That tickles!

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    Old Forrester is distilled by Brown Foreman in Louisville in the same distillery as Early times. Woodford is distilled outside of Frankfort in its own facility, they do not cross blend. In the beginning when Woodford was introduced, obviously they did not have any 7 year old stock to bottle so they purchased their first several runs of stock from Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill.

     
  7. Fia

    Fia New Member

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    EC 18 is good but you have already tried that. Im really digging Blantons Single Barrel right now. Knob Creek single barrel is good too.
     
  8. obmike

    obmike New Member

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    Thanks for the pointers.
     
  9. AVB

    AVB Jesus of cool, I'm bad, I'm nationwide

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    George T. Stagg

    Eagle Rare 17

    Sazerac 18 yo Rye

    Thomas H. Handy Rye

    William Larue Weller

    Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot "B"

    Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

    Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15

    Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20

    Vintage Bourbon 17


    That should keep you busy drinkin' for awhile.
     
  10. carddoug

    carddoug Banned

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    Rock Hills Farm is my favorite.

    Woodford is very good for the price

    Eagle Rare is yummy.

    Eagle Rare 17 is some of the best bourbon i've had.

    If you like regular Knob Creek spend the extra bucks and get the singe barrel version, it's much better!
     
  11. sigar_zealot

    sigar_zealot FattyMcButterPants

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  12. Yojimbo

    Yojimbo Brutish Nubber

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    It was mentioned earlier in the thread, and many months ago, but I can't say enough good things about the Four Roses Small Batch. The Single Barrel is good but inconsistent in my opinion.
     
  13. jayro75

    jayro75 Active Member

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    I've been enjoying Noah's Mill alot lately.
     
  14. Satchmo

    Satchmo Why do they call it a Power Ranger???

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    Dan, you amaze me. You are the Rain Man of bourbon. :)

    I really like Basil Hayden at the moment.

     
  15. DePasta

    DePasta Stop it! That tickles!

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    Ha, I doubt that, it's called over zealous pursuit of information. AVB is waaaaaay more nowledgable than me on the subject.
     
  16. Set-In-Stone

    Set-In-Stone The Dude Abides

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    I agree... I love my Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve ! Delicious...
     
  17. CBoukal

    CBoukal Long time Newbie

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    I wish people would stop mentioning this brand, I have searched high and low and can't find any near me :( reminds me how much I want to try some without giving up my first born :)

    Back on topic sorry - I know a lot of people here like the more "specialized stuff" but Jack Daniels Honey is really good in coke or tonic water.
     

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