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Re: The Bourbon Thread

#3551 Post by ERPark » February 9th, 2020, 8:34 am

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch for $35.99 is a great price.

1792 Full Proof has seen increased demand due to acclaim from a certain critic/influencer.
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#3552 Post by Andrew Kotowski » February 9th, 2020, 9:42 am

Was not as impressed with the Blanton’s gold as I thought I would be. Had to add an ice cube to tone down some of the heat and keep from singing the nose hairs.

On the flip side, was surprised at how well the Michters American showed.
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#3553 Post by JulianD » February 9th, 2020, 11:30 am

Might just needs some air-looks like it was a new bottle?
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#3554 Post by cjdelaney » February 10th, 2020, 7:52 am

Daniel Mattisson wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 8:00 am
Anyone up for giving some PA (www.finewineandgoodspirits.com) recommendations? Right now I'm looking at:
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (I think this is the C919 lot)
Old Forester 1920
Midwinter Nights Dram

Anything else that looks good on the site in the sub $100 range?

Thanks in advance.
Recently picked up MWND. Great pour.
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#3555 Post by ERPark » February 10th, 2020, 8:22 am

Had the last two pours of 2019 Old Forester Birthday. While solid, the 2018 OFBB was much more to my liking.

Then tried to get an Elmer T Lee. Was informed that they only had the ETL 100th bottle, and it was $30 for a pour. Of course I had to give it a whirl, and glad I did. While I wouldn’t drop the coin to scoop one up on the secondary market (cuz I’m Asian frugal), the ETL100 was noticeably better to my palate than the OFBB.
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#3556 Post by cjdelaney » February 11th, 2020, 4:57 am

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February 5th, 2020, 5:45 am
Can anyone tell me the difference in Weller Antique between the red and gold tops? Is it just cosmetic?

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Did some research and found that they changed the packaging from a screw on lid to a cork. The gold tip is the corked top.
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#3557 Post by Dave McCloskey » February 13th, 2020, 5:16 am

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I recently picked up a bottle of Wellers 12 year old Bourbon. For Bourbon connoisseurs, you know how hard it is to land Wellers 12 year old. Maybe harder than finding Pappy Van Winkle.
Where? Maybe we should start a thread to help fellow bourbon brothers find bourbon?
My wife got it from a co-worker, who bought it from a liquor store in North Georgia. He's not saying where! Total Wine carries it, the problem is the second it arrives their supply is out the door. You can try calling them, but I doubt they'll reserve it.

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#3558 Post by Steven King » February 13th, 2020, 5:27 am

Anyone have access to Uncle Nearest 1820?

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#3559 Post by Kris Patten » February 14th, 2020, 3:23 pm

Just sold our last bottle of a 22 case lot.
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#3560 Post by bradkaplan » February 14th, 2020, 5:04 pm

I'm not sure I understand the demand for Uncle Nearest - isn't it Dickel juice? (nothing against Dickel, but you can get the Dickel barrel select for half the price, right?)

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#3561 Post by Andrew Kotowski » February 14th, 2020, 6:49 pm

One more for the shelf.
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#3562 Post by JulianD » February 14th, 2020, 8:21 pm

Going to be in Dallas & Austin over the next few weeks - anyone know how availability of blantons/stagg/weller is over there? (AKA things I can't get in Cali for less than 3x markup)
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#3563 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 15th, 2020, 3:57 am

Wine searcher shows some weller 12 at some total wines in the area, no idea how accurate that is, though.

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#3564 Post by K Krahenbuhl » February 15th, 2020, 3:35 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Wine searcher shows some weller 12 at some total wines in the area, no idea how accurate that is, though.
Not accurate.
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#3565 Post by JulianD » February 15th, 2020, 10:14 pm

ah well, would seem too good to be true
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#3566 Post by JulianD » February 20th, 2020, 1:05 pm

FWIW, I went to a few Total Wines- manager said most are done by lottery or you have to show up at like 8am when they get their shipments (last wed/thurs of the month)
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#3567 Post by cjdelaney » March 4th, 2020, 7:27 am

Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is ETL distributed once a year in the fall or is it distributed regularly throughout the year like Blantons? I see Blantons about once a month but never come across ETL.

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#3568 Post by Leonard Taylor » March 4th, 2020, 9:20 am

cjdelaney wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 7:27 am
Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is ETL distributed once a year in the fall or is it distributed regularly throughout the year like Blantons? I see Blantons about once a month but never come across ETL.

Thanks for any info.
Neither one is ever seen in NC. If you are at the store the minute the truck arrives you might get Blantons.
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#3569 Post by cjdelaney » March 4th, 2020, 11:54 am

Leonard Taylor wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 9:20 am
cjdelaney wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 7:27 am
Sorry if this is a dumb question. Is ETL distributed once a year in the fall or is it distributed regularly throughout the year like Blantons? I see Blantons about once a month but never come across ETL.

Thanks for any info.
Neither one is ever seen in NC. If you are at the store the minute the truck arrives you might get Blantons.
The store I frequent in KS seems to have Blantons about once a month, you just have to ask. ETL I’ve never seen though, and when I ask they just say they don’t have it. I’ve been trying to catch the owner, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.
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#3570 Post by AlexS » March 5th, 2020, 6:01 pm

Was visiting a customer today and one of the brewers unexpectedly gave me a small glass of bourbon...turns out, it was from a bottle of Old Grand Dad from 1962 that he scored at an estate sale - holy crap was it amazing!! Last thing I was expecting today, can still taste it...

I have literally no experience with really old bourbon -- was this experience an anomaly??
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#3571 Post by ERPark » March 6th, 2020, 6:54 pm

AlexS wrote:
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Was visiting a customer today and one of the brewers unexpectedly gave me a small glass of bourbon...turns out, it was from a bottle of Old Grand Dad from 1962 that he scored at an estate sale - holy crap was it amazing!! Last thing I was expecting today, can still taste it...

I have literally no experience with really old bourbon -- was this experience an anomaly??
You’ve discovered the joys of “dusty” bourbon! As the saying goes.......”they don’t make them like they used to”.

Now not every bourbon from decades ago is going to be as magical. But the success rate for me has been pretty phenomenal. Too bad dusties are so hard to find nowadays.
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#3572 Post by Jesse Koehn » March 14th, 2020, 3:44 pm

Weller 12

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#3573 Post by Jesse Koehn » March 14th, 2020, 3:44 pm

And Weller Antique

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#3574 Post by ERPark » March 14th, 2020, 5:40 pm

Had a pour of 2019 Old Forester Birthday with another forumite. I’m giving up on it. This is the 3rd different bottle of the 2019 I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t do it for me. It’s missing the richer and smoother profile that the 2018 version had/has. Ah well.......
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#3575 Post by Michael S. Monie » March 19th, 2020, 3:16 pm

Knob Creek small batch 12 year old 100 proof: damn good stuff.
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#3576 Post by ERPark » March 19th, 2020, 3:45 pm

Bourbon blend dusty haul today.......

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#3577 Post by cjdelaney » March 20th, 2020, 2:45 pm

ERPark wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Had a pour of 2019 Old Forester Birthday with another forumite. I’m giving up on it. This is the 3rd different bottle of the 2019 I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t do it for me. It’s missing the richer and smoother profile that the 2018 version had/has. Ah well.......
I appreciate this post. I had a chance at a 2019 bottle and decided to pass based off this. I don't want to be disappointed in something that is going to set me back a decent amount.
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#3578 Post by Leonard Taylor » March 20th, 2020, 2:47 pm

I just don't see how you can beat the 1920. Damn, it is incredible.
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#3579 Post by cjdelaney » March 20th, 2020, 2:53 pm

I've really been a fan of the 1897. Haven't had the 1920 yet but I like the 1897 better than the 1910, which I know will not be a popular opinion.
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#3580 Post by ERPark » March 20th, 2020, 3:39 pm

cjdelaney wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 2:45 pm
ERPark wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Had a pour of 2019 Old Forester Birthday with another forumite. I’m giving up on it. This is the 3rd different bottle of the 2019 I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t do it for me. It’s missing the richer and smoother profile that the 2018 version had/has. Ah well.......
I appreciate this post. I had a chance at a 2019 bottle and decided to pass based off this. I don't want to be disappointed in something that is going to set me back a decent amount.
If I could get the OFBB for something reasonably near MSRP, then it’s still worth it as trade bait for something I would prefer. But if it’s closer to secondary market pricing, I wouldn’t go anywhere near it.

YMMV, of course....... [cheers.gif]
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#3581 Post by Edward H. Earles » March 20th, 2020, 5:13 pm

Leonard Taylor wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 2:47 pm
I just don't see how you can beat the 1920. Damn, it is incredible.
Enjoying that now, as we speak (er, type)...... [cheers.gif]

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#3582 Post by Mike Maguire » March 31st, 2020, 9:30 pm

Picked up FR small batch select, 1792 BIB and Rowans Creek at Costco this afternoon, they had 2 cases of the Four Roses [wow.gif]

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#3583 Post by ERPark » April 4th, 2020, 12:12 pm

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#3584 Post by William Segui » April 5th, 2020, 10:46 am

BC pick Weller Barrel Proof - drinks easily for 114 pf.

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#3585 Post by Mike Maguire » April 6th, 2020, 7:35 am

William Segui wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 10:46 am
BC pick Weller Barrel Proof - drinks easily for 114 pf.
Thanks or the note Will, haven’t opened any of mine yet.

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#3586 Post by NickRut » April 6th, 2020, 5:31 pm

William Segui wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 10:46 am
BC pick Weller Barrel Proof - drinks easily for 114 pf.

Strong bottle.
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#3587 Post by Brandon R » April 7th, 2020, 8:54 am

ERPark wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Bourbon blend dusty haul today.......


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Not familiar. Can you expand? TIA [cheers.gif]
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#3588 Post by Michael Bowden » April 7th, 2020, 11:41 am

Brandon R wrote:
April 7th, 2020, 8:54 am
ERPark wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Bourbon blend dusty haul today.......


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Not familiar. Can you expand? TIA [cheers.gif]
Perhaps his earlier post explains a bit?
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#3589 Post by Brandon R » April 7th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Thanks, Michael. I *think* it does.
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#3590 Post by Michael Bowden » April 7th, 2020, 1:25 pm

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Thanks, Michael. I *think* it does.
It's an assumption - but I'd like to know the "official" version also.
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#3591 Post by Brandon R » April 7th, 2020, 2:25 pm

Same here. I've never heard of Sunny Brook whiskey and those bottles don't look terribly old, but I'm curious nonetheless.
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#3592 Post by ERPark » April 7th, 2020, 3:32 pm

Brandon R wrote:
April 7th, 2020, 8:54 am
ERPark wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Bourbon blend dusty haul today.......


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Not familiar. Can you expand? TIA [cheers.gif]
Sure. Here’s the easy part. These bottles contain a blend of 20% bourbon aged a minimum of 4 years, and 80% neutral grain spirits. So these aren’t “Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey”, but instead a Kentucky blended whiskey.

Dates on the bottoms of the bottles in this haul are a mix of 1978 thru 1983. Those years are actually when the bottle was manufactured. But realistically, distillers weren’t stashing away empty bottles for any length of time. They’d take delivery, and almost immediately start to fill them up and get them out the door.

Sunny Brook was originally known as Old Sunny Brook back in the pre-Prohibition days. When Prohibition hit, they went into bankruptcy like many other distilleries. They ended up getting acquired by National Distillers during the Great Depression. ND also acquired brands/distilleries such as Old Grand Dad, Old Overholt and Old Taylor.

The Sunny Brook label eventually was shuttered by
ND in 1975, right at the beginning of the so called “Glut Era” when bourbon production outpaced consumption (a lot of consumers shifted to clear liquors like vodka and rum). I have a lot of bottles of Sunny Brook Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey (which have a white label rather than the yellow label of their blended whiskey) from the same timeframes.

Any more info needed? If it’s not apparent, I love dusties and their history...... flirtysmile
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#3593 Post by Brandon R » April 8th, 2020, 9:04 am

Ha! Awesome! That's great info...I hope there are going to be TNs soon! Will you drink it neat, or use it in cocktails?
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#3594 Post by ERPark » April 8th, 2020, 9:52 am

So I consumed a 500ml bottle of the blended whiskey, each time neat. It’s not as good as 100% bourbon, but it’s better IMO than the likes of Kessler (which I’ve had the misfortune of consuming several times with a good friend who actually likes the stuff).

I should do a SBS tasting of Sunny Brook bourbon and the blend. Should also do a comparison of the later year bottles, as the 1975 closing of the distillery means the bottles from the early 80s contained bourbon that was older than 4 years old.
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#3595 Post by Al Ehrhardt » April 27th, 2020, 7:43 am

PSA...

Jacob Bromwell has a flask sale. 35% off plus BOGO. The $300 Vermonter hand crafted copper flask, which I own and cherish, is now $195 and BOGO. So, basically a $300 flask for $100 which now puts it into the price range of many other nice flasks. I also have the very cool hand-crafted copper funnel.

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#3596 Post by Richard T r i m p i » May 2nd, 2020, 1:08 pm

I don't do Bourbon...but was gifted a bottle of Bulleit a few years ago. Figured today was the right time to open it, in honor of the Kentucky Derby's first missed May start since 1945.

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#3597 Post by ERPark » May 2nd, 2020, 4:35 pm

Recovering today from having a friend/client over yesterday for a social distancing lunch. Sushi, sake and champagne morphed into afternoon happy hour, then an evening dinner of homemade dumplings. Finished up by dipping into the stash of dusties, which was a very enjoyable first experience for my friend.

Sunny Brook 1980, Old Forester 86pf 1983, Hiram Walker’s Ten High 1992

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#3598 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » May 2nd, 2020, 5:13 pm

ERPark wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 4:35 pm
Recovering today from having a friend/client over yesterday for a social distancing lunch. Sushi, sake and champagne morphed into afternoon happy hour, then an evening dinner of homemade dumplings. Finished up by dipping into the stash of dusties, which was a very enjoyable first experience for my friend.

Sunny Brook 1980, Old Forester 86pf 1983, Hiram Walker’s Ten High 1992


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Fun. What’d you think of the whiskeys? I have no experience with these sorts of finds.

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#3599 Post by ERPark » May 2nd, 2020, 5:40 pm

Ryan Kilkenney wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 5:13 pm
ERPark wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 4:35 pm
Recovering today from having a friend/client over yesterday for a social distancing lunch. Sushi, sake and champagne morphed into afternoon happy hour, then an evening dinner of homemade dumplings. Finished up by dipping into the stash of dusties, which was a very enjoyable first experience for my friend.

Sunny Brook 1980, Old Forester 86pf 1983, Hiram Walker’s Ten High 1992


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Fun. What’d you think of the whiskeys? I have no experience with these sorts of finds.
They showed great. These were all consumed neat, and there was zero need for any water or ice to open them up or tone down any harshness.

All were smooth drinkers with interesting nuance and layers. Sunny Brook had the famed butterscotch note that aficionados associate with brands owned at the time by National Distillers. It was like a bourbon that had been finished for the last year in Armagnac barrels. Old Forester was a tad oakier, but it had a sweet note like maraschino cherries finished in bourbon. The Ten High was closer to the flavor profile of modern bourbon, but none of the harsher aspects you typically find with bottom shelf or low middle-tier bourbon.
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#3600 Post by Dave McIsaac » May 8th, 2020, 4:16 pm

Al Ehrhardt wrote:
April 27th, 2020, 7:43 am
PSA...

Jacob Bromwell has a flask sale. 35% off plus BOGO. The $300 Vermonter hand crafted copper flask, which I own and cherish, is now $195 and BOGO. So, basically a $300 flask for $100 which now puts it into the price range of many other nice flasks. I also have the very cool hand-crafted copper funnel.

This is an heirloom that you will pass down to your children.
Ok, Al, you hooked me! I got 2 Vermonters, but skipped on the $50 funnel and $150 engraving. I ordered some funnels from Amazon for $7.

Is yours engraved? How do you clean the flask?
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