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#1 Post by Alex G »

Just tried Old Forester 1920 Prohibition for the first time and found it exceptional. As good a bourbon as I've had, and totally unique tasting.

I realize what's "widely available" can differ from one location to another, but my question is:

What's your favorite domestic whiskey that's easy to find on a store shelf?
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#2 Post by Jorge Henriquez »

Bourbon: Wild Turkey 101

Rye: Old Forester 100°
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#3 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng »

Eagle rare or of 1920

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#4 Post by Adam Noble »

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: March 19th, 2021, 3:16 pm Eagle rare or of 1920
Same. For Rye Pikesville and Michter’s Straight Rye.

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#5 Post by Mike Maguire »

Woodinville barrel proof bourbon
Woodinville Rye

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#6 Post by Adam Noble »

Mike Maguire wrote: March 19th, 2021, 8:21 pm Woodinville barrel proof bourbon
Woodinville Rye
I really ought to give Woodinville a try. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a dram from them.

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#8 Post by Josh Grossman »

Adam Noble wrote: March 19th, 2021, 4:11 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: March 19th, 2021, 3:16 pm Eagle rare or of 1920
Same. For Rye Pikesville and Michter’s Straight Rye.
I do like Heaven Hill for rye, but slightly prefer Rittenhouse. It is the same mash bill and distillery. The main difference is Pikesville is bottled at 55% instead of 50%. Both are great for cocktails.

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#9 Post by Josh Grossman »

Alex G wrote: March 19th, 2021, 2:01 pm Just tried Old Forester 1920 Prohibition for the first time and found it exceptional. As good a bourbon as I've had, and totally unique tasting.

I realize what's "widely available" can differ from one location to another, but my question is:

What's your favorite domestic whiskey that's easy to find on a store shelf?
I've done most everything on the Bourbon Trail, and my farvorites were Old Pogue, Labrot and Graham (Woodford and 1920), and Wilderness Trail; least favorite is Bulleit (very industrial) Do you know what mash bill and age you like?

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Alex G wrote: March 19th, 2021, 2:01 pm Just tried Old Forester 1920 Prohibition for the first time and found it exceptional. As good a bourbon as I've had, and totally unique tasting.

I realize what's "widely available" can differ from one location to another, but my question is:

What's your favorite domestic whiskey that's easy to find on a store shelf?
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#11 Post by T. Kaplan »

Rittenhouse Rye is my go-to. Delicious, relatively easy to find, and given the price point ($21 at my local Trader Joe's in California) it punches far above its weight.
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#12 Post by CGlescher »

I am not a rye person, nor do I like the high proof ones either, so Michter’s US*1 Bourbon for me.
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#13 Post by Peter Hirsch »

4Roses single barrel
Noah's Mill
Rowan Creek
Eagle Rare

All pretty easy to find...

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#14 Post by Doug Schulman »

I like Eagle Rare and Basil Hayden's quite a bit. Very different styles. Sadly, Eagle Rare has gotten difficult to find in this area.

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John Bowman Single Barrel
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Eagle Rare 10 Year

Old Fo Rye 100 Proof
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#17 Post by Chris.Martin »

Old Forester 1910
Old Forester 1920
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#18 Post by Dave McCloskey »

T. Kaplan wrote: March 24th, 2021, 11:24 pm Rittenhouse Rye is my go-to. Delicious, relatively easy to find, and given the price point ($21 at my local Trader Joe's in California) it punches far above its weight.
I second that choice for a Rye based bourbon.

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#19 Post by TGigante »

Dave McCloskey wrote: April 9th, 2021, 10:37 am
T. Kaplan wrote: March 24th, 2021, 11:24 pm Rittenhouse Rye is my go-to. Delicious, relatively easy to find, and given the price point ($21 at my local Trader Joe's in California) it punches far above its weight.
I second that choice for a Rye based bourbon.
20% more corn in the mash bill would get it to a bourbon.
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#20 Post by William Segui »

Eagle Rare on the bourbon side, Rittenhouse/Sazerac for Manhattans

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#21 Post by T Fletcher »

A whole lot of similarity here for sure!

Bourbon, served with a cube or two of ice and a dash of bitters....Old Forester 1920
Bourbon, for use with Old Fashioneds or Manhattans...Weller Special Reserve
Rye, Rittenhouse...also for use in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan
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T Fletcher wrote: April 15th, 2021, 8:43 pm A whole lot of similarity here for sure!

Bourbon, served with a cube or two of ice and a dash of bitters....Old Forester 1920
Bourbon, for use with Old Fashioneds or Manhattans...Weller Special Reserve
Rye, Rittenhouse...also for use in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan
Wouldn't think Weller as "widely available" these days.
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#23 Post by Troy Stark »

I can't believe no one has mentioned WT Rare Breed.
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#24 Post by Doug Schulman »

Jorge Henriquez wrote: April 16th, 2021, 7:21 am
T Fletcher wrote: April 15th, 2021, 8:43 pm A whole lot of similarity here for sure!

Bourbon, served with a cube or two of ice and a dash of bitters....Old Forester 1920
Bourbon, for use with Old Fashioneds or Manhattans...Weller Special Reserve
Rye, Rittenhouse...also for use in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan
Wouldn't think Weller as "widely available" these days.
I was about to say the same thing.

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Jorge Henriquez wrote: April 16th, 2021, 7:21 am
T Fletcher wrote: April 15th, 2021, 8:43 pm A whole lot of similarity here for sure!

Bourbon, served with a cube or two of ice and a dash of bitters....Old Forester 1920
Bourbon, for use with Old Fashioneds or Manhattans...Weller Special Reserve
Rye, Rittenhouse...also for use in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan
Wouldn't think Weller as "widely available" these days.
Really? Maybe I just get lucky. Each of the last two visits to Total Wine I've seen handles on the shelf. I only go 4-5 times/year but it was there two weeks ago.
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#26 Post by Jorge Henriquez »

Handles?!?!!? As in 1.75L?!?!?!
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Jorge Henriquez wrote: April 16th, 2021, 9:35 am Handles?!?!!? As in 1.75L?!?!?!
Si...this is the green label bottle...it actually doesn't have a handle but it's what I call it.
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#28 Post by Jorge Henriquez »

Jeez Trent, what was the price on that bottle?
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#29 Post by K Krahenbuhl »

Jorge Henriquez wrote: April 16th, 2021, 10:04 am Jeez Trent, what was the price on that bottle?
Total Wine in TX frequently has these available @ $39.99. The last time I was in I picked up a .375 of the same for $10.
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#30 Post by Sean Devaney »

FWIW Texas and Florida get huge allocations of Weller's line up. I can't remember the Berserker who post here a few years ago about being able to purchase 750, 1.0 and 1.75's while visiting. About 4-5 years ago my cousin in Austin could always find Weller there.

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#31 Post by T Fletcher »

Just to be sure we're all talking the same bourbon here's a pic...and yes, it runs around $38/1.75.
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#32 Post by Mike Maguire »

I’ve been pretty lucky on finding the Special Reserve in Colorado when my son travels
there for work and visiting his in laws in Vail. $38 for a handle sounds about right.

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#33 Post by Jorge Henriquez »

T Fletcher wrote: April 16th, 2021, 10:58 am Just to be sure we're all talking the same bourbon here's a pic...and yes, it runs around $38/1.75.

Weller SR.jpg
Ok gents, you have it good in TX then. Around the metro NYC area, the 750ml is clocking in close to $100 territory.
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