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Any Bourbon Drinkers??

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Airman1030, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Zappa

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    Think I'll pass. I've whiffed a few beavers in my day that I would not want to smell again.
     
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  3. bigblue

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    Dafuq?

    And by that they mean “rotten fish flavored”?
     
  4. rchoui

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    I tried bottle of Trader Joe’s bourbon as a flyer. For $16 it is a steal. Better than some at twice the price.
     
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    What does it compare to?
     
  6. MarkT

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    Excellent bourbon, especially for the price ≈$35. Can be hard to find though.
     
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    See I never would've known that. I'm sure the experts say it's rated highly (and it is very good), but I keep going back to Maker's Mark. As mainstream as it is, everything about it I love: the smell, taste, smoothness, goes down very easy. Goes to show that ratings isn't everything.
     
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    I have a couple mainstream "go-to's", but lately I've liked exploring other options, for variety, based on reviews or recommendations. Its good to have a go-to though and Maker's Mark is definitely a solid choice.
     
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    I would say one of the better Old Forresters or Four Roses.
     
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    "Redemption Bourbon." 75% corn mash, 21% rye, 4% barley. <$30/750Ml. A relatively low 84 proof, good sippin', not for you freaks who love a crazy high ABV! The rye hangs back enough for those who prefer bourbon. Very tasty!
     
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    Not a Bourbon but Canadian whiskey, you guys might appreciate that I literally witnessed a friend of mine and his brother crack open a bottle of Seagrams from 1968, they bought a bunch of stuff from an estate sale and this was part of it. I can’t say that it tasted anything great, it was a tad bit stronger tasting maybe but nothing crazy, just pretty cool that it was an unopened bottle from 1968 that got cracked open for the first time tonight.
     

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    I was given one of those bottles from the 70's. Sadly, whiskey does not really improve over time in a glass bottle....so it was not like they handed you a 60 year old scotch that was aged in the barrel(s). but still a cool thought when drinking it
     
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    Sipping on some Jim Beam 12 year. It's pretty smooth. They try to make it high end but it's really not. Very woodsy.
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    Issac Bowman Port Barrel Finished happening now.
    Yum yum
     
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    The longer it’s been aged, the more wood flavor you’re going to get. Unless the mash bill is super high in corn and wheat, the whiskey will definitely start to lose its sweetness. This one is 77% corn, and no wheat, which is about average.

    That’s the rub about the bourbons that have been aged for a long time (I’m looking at you, Pappy Van Winkle)...most people think they’re going to get richer and sweeter, and they end up disappointed. The sugars from the wood being toasted/charred impart the caramel/vanilla flavors that everyone loves, but eventually the liquid will pass through those wood layers into the part of the staves that is untouched. Then comes the law of diminishing returns.

    There is a vast number of char/toast combinations as well, which play a vital role in the flavor profile of the finished product, and many distilleries have a house style.

    And, because the American palate tends to favor sweeter flavors, many whiskies are coming to market with a secondary barrel finish (mostly Port, but there’s some experimentation with Oloroso and PX Sherry casks as well).
     
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    + Van Winkle 23 year old.
     
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    Looked interesting. Good price too. The tag says “All men are created equal. The same can not be said about bourbon.” :emoji_thumbsup:
     
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    I can personally vouch for Jeffersons. It’s some good shit.


    Although today, I’ve been imbibing generously from the following...

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    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but Netflix has a documentary called Neat about bourbon. Very informative and interesting.
     
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    Had a different drink last night. A Fathoms Fashioned. Woodford Reserve, Cointreau, and splash of Ginger Beer with muddled orange and cherries.Not bad.
     
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    Stopped at Yankee in Sturbridge. The Wild
    Turkey shares its bottled on date with my daughters b-day. Different year though.

    Also have Eagle Rare and Hudson Maple Rye which are both almost gone.

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    +1 on Jefferson's. Haven't had it for a few years but it's a solid bourbon.
     
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    Sipping some Weller Antique tonight. Good stuff!
     
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    I have some higher end bourbons I’m looking to move. PM me if interested.
     
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    Apparently, I was drunk posting pics of my bourbon last night.
     
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    Just had it last night. It's average smooth, taste a bit on the wheat side. Wish it were a tad darker. Otherwise for $27, it's a very solid bourbon to drink neat.
     
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    I know I'll probably be ridiculed for stating it. "and" I'm usually not into flavored spirits.

    But
    Jim Beam Apple is really tasty!
     
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    Jefferson's is a good "intro to bourbon" or "intro to whiskey" option. The entry-level bottling is fine for cooking and cocktails or drinking neat. I personally cannot get into bourbon over $30: that's what Scotch (or Scotch-style whisky), cognac, and brandy are for. I've also had the Jefferson's Reserve but I found it to be beyond the point of diminishing return.
     
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    Jefferson's +1
    Woodford +10
     
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    We took a cocktail making class this weekend and I got to talking to the instructor/bartender about bourbons. He recommended T.W. Samuels as one of the better ones he knows, and says it's only $19 for a handle. I've never had it or even heard of it but I'm going to look for some next time I'm at ABC.

    I haven't found anything I like better than Woodford. I got a taste of Pappy 10-year a while back and was not impressed. The instructor says the 25-year stuff is really good, and probably worth the MSRP, but absolutely nowhere near as good as the insane prices people pay on the secondary market.
     

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