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Re: The Bourbon Thread

#3101 Post by Kris Patten » November 15th, 2018, 9:09 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 15th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Well if anyone has any extra old fitz 9 let me know.
Come to WA, as Adam knows, I'll pull a sample and give you a flask of it....
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#3102 Post by Adam Noble » November 15th, 2018, 9:12 pm

That would be flask. And it's darned tasty.

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#3103 Post by jhemming » November 24th, 2018, 5:48 pm

Mike Maguire wrote:
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Todd F r e n c h wrote:
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Old Forester 1920 'Prohibition Style' (115 proof) - awesome stuff. Find it.

This could EASILY be relabeled as some of the BTAC bottles, and frankly wouldn't surprise me if it was. Spectacular - better than Weller 12 by a long shot, to me. I may go buy several more just in case this gets 'discovered' and goes up in price, but Old Forester doesn't (yet) play in that game.


Nice call boss, tried some tonite, really special stuff.
Does anyone know how it compares to the 1870 which I have seen locally?
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#3104 Post by AlexS » November 24th, 2018, 6:07 pm

1920 is better
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#3105 Post by Craig G » November 24th, 2018, 6:36 pm

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#3106 Post by Mike Maguire » November 24th, 2018, 9:12 pm

Picked up a bottle of the 1910, I think it is the double barrel effort, Will report back.

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#3107 Post by ERPark » November 24th, 2018, 10:17 pm

With all the chatter about various Old Forester bottlings, I'll add that I had a fair bit of the 2018 release of the Birthday Bourbon earlier this week. The higher proof does sneak up on you (in a good way). Tons of caramel and honey on the palate, with citrus lurking beneath. Veddy tasty, to say the least. My friends and I killed the OFBB bottle, and were sad to be informed that our watering hole was out of it.......
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#3108 Post by Adam Noble » November 25th, 2018, 7:56 am

The Birthday Bourbon is apparently nowhere to be found in Seattle.

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#3109 Post by Adam Noble » November 25th, 2018, 7:58 am

I just overpaid for a bottle of High West Midwinter's Dram last week. Haven't cracked it yet but I have high hope.

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#3110 Post by Andrew Kotowski » November 25th, 2018, 8:15 am

Adam Noble wrote:
November 25th, 2018, 7:58 am
I just overpaid for a bottle of High West Midwinter's Dram last week. Haven't cracked it yet but I have high hope.
I overpaid in Sammamish, of course, so am curious to read your thoughts.

OF 1920 has been great. 115 proof is noticeable.
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#3111 Post by Alan Rath » November 25th, 2018, 9:30 am

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I just overpaid for a bottle of High West Midwinter's Dram last week. Haven't cracked it yet but I have high hope.
I'll be interested in someone else's opinion. I have a bottle I bought at Whole Foods (who knew?). Tasted it, but now I'm waiting for midwinter to drink it, and searching on Amazon for a "dram" glass. So far no luck...
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#3112 Post by NickRut » November 25th, 2018, 7:51 pm

I was really impressed with the midwinter dram. Very tasty stuff.
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#3113 Post by Adam Noble » November 25th, 2018, 8:07 pm

I tried Midwinter Dram this afternoon. I was quite pleased. There was a pleasently boozy nose, not too hot on the palate. Spicy and grainy without being overly hot. With a touch of water, the nose did pick up a bit of medicinal note, but the palate smoothed out and picked up a little vanilla sweetness. Not disappointed with the purchase, though it was $50 cheaper in Portland v Seattle. I don't have much experience with straight rye, so my opinion may be suspect.

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#3114 Post by John Osburn » November 29th, 2018, 1:05 pm

Adam Noble wrote:
November 25th, 2018, 7:56 am
The Birthday Bourbon is apparently nowhere to be found in Seattle.
Not in store, eh? Had a glass at Damn the Weather yesterday, pretty tasty.

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#3115 Post by Brandon R » November 29th, 2018, 1:15 pm

Finished a bottle (over a few months) of Willett Pot Still Reserve. It was a very cool bottle, but I wasn't particularly impressed. It seemed a little angular and harsh to me. I won't buy that particular bottle again.
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#3116 Post by Adam Noble » November 29th, 2018, 1:17 pm

John Osburn wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Adam Noble wrote:
November 25th, 2018, 7:56 am
The Birthday Bourbon is apparently nowhere to be found in Seattle.
Not in store, eh? Had a glass at Damn the Weather yesterday, pretty tasty.
Never been there but have been meaning to try it.

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#3117 Post by Scott Butler » November 30th, 2018, 6:24 am

I love Midwinter Night's Dram. I just finished off Act 5 Scene 3, have another Act 5 unopened. Also have 1.5 bottles of Act 6 Scene 1, I buy it whenever I can find it. I've paid anywhere from $79.99 to $104.99, which I am good with.
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#3118 Post by Rajesh P a r i k h » November 30th, 2018, 6:53 am

Pretty good pricing Scott!

Last year I was traveling to SLC frequently and picked up a few at the distillery. I should have stocked up more because it’s super allocated around here. Really good, but like with anything bourbon there’s too much hype.

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#3119 Post by Scott Butler » November 30th, 2018, 6:56 am

Yeh, I went to the release party last month and got 2 for $99.99 each. Total Wine gets it sometimes for $79.99 and I have a local guy with this liquor store / gas station who for some reason is the top High West seller in SC. He tends to have it stashed in the back, never on the shelf for $105. You need to know to ask about it.
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#3120 Post by Adam Noble » November 30th, 2018, 7:43 am

More like $130-150 here in Seattle for it. I love this city and state, but damn is our liquor (and everything else) expensive.

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#3121 Post by jbray23 » November 30th, 2018, 9:20 pm

Does anyone have experience with pinhook? Just started selling it and would like any feedback...

I sold high West a couple of years ago, since they sold the prices and availability on their higher end stuff have become ridiculous. I like mid summer, but at $100+ they’re just raking the public...
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#3122 Post by Andrew Kotowski » November 30th, 2018, 10:16 pm

Adam Noble wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 7:43 am
More like $130-150 here in Seattle for it. I love this city and state, but damn is our liquor (and everything else) expensive.
I got it for $119 at Met Market. Total Wine in Bellevue has it in the $90s.
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#3123 Post by Adam Noble » November 30th, 2018, 10:21 pm

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Adam Noble wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 7:43 am
More like $130-150 here in Seattle for it. I love this city and state, but damn is our liquor (and everything else) expensive.
I got it for $119 at Met Market. Total Wine in Bellevue has it in the $90s.
I assume those are pretax numbers.

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#3124 Post by Albert_H » December 5th, 2018, 12:56 am

I know it’s not technically considered a bourbon but the Jack Daniels Heritage Single Barrel is an awesome pour. Purchased one bottle after Fred Minnick rated it 3rd best American Whiskey of 2018, tasted it and bought 3 more. Found out today that Whisky Advocate named it their #3 Whisky of the year as well. If you like rich vanilla bombs, this one is worth finding.
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#3125 Post by Alan Eden » December 12th, 2018, 5:34 pm

Was offered the 4R 130th LE small batch and a Bookers 30 th anniversary.

Either worth picking up ?
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#3126 Post by RDHudak » December 12th, 2018, 7:08 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
December 12th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Was offered the 4R 130th LE small batch and a Bookers 30 th anniversary.

Either worth picking up ?
I haven't had either, but I'd be interested in both based on reviews and reputation.
If you're not interested in the Booker's, I'd love to have it.

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#3127 Post by Rajesh P a r i k h » December 12th, 2018, 8:00 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
December 12th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Was offered the 4R 130th LE small batch and a Bookers 30 th anniversary.

Either worth picking up ?
The 130th is delicious if you like Four Roses.

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#3128 Post by Robert M yers » December 12th, 2018, 10:15 pm

Picked up a Little Book vol 2 today, for some reason I think got sucked in by the 40 yr old Canadian whisky in the blend, has anybody had it yet?

I realize there is no bourbon here...probably should have put it in the rye thread as it at least has a large percentage of that.
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#3129 Post by Blair Ridley » December 13th, 2018, 8:34 am

I picked up a 18 year Elijah Craig recently and oh boy...it's delicious. So complex and relatively smooth. It's a nice detour from the recent usual pours of Elmer T. Lee, Blantons, and Michter's 10.

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#3130 Post by JeromeHan » December 14th, 2018, 2:03 pm

Finally got a call from my local that they had put aside a bottle of GTS for me at retail. Pays to create relationships with local stores. Can't wait to get home and open it.

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#3131 Post by jhemming » December 18th, 2018, 1:19 pm

jhemming wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Mike Maguire wrote:
October 23rd, 2018, 8:08 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 12th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Old Forester 1920 'Prohibition Style' (115 proof) - awesome stuff. Find it.

This could EASILY be relabeled as some of the BTAC bottles, and frankly wouldn't surprise me if it was. Spectacular - better than Weller 12 by a long shot, to me. I may go buy several more just in case this gets 'discovered' and goes up in price, but Old Forester doesn't (yet) play in that game.


Nice call boss, tried some tonite, really special stuff.
Does anyone know how it compares to the 1870 which I have seen locally?

Found 2 bottles of the 1920 locally for $62 so excited to try later tonight.
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#3132 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 18th, 2018, 2:05 pm

Flatiron sent out an email with some crazy unicorns on it for any hardcore collectors, with stuff like 60s era stitzel-weller very old Fitzgerald... pretty cool.

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#3133 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 21st, 2018, 10:54 pm

Had the fitz 9 year bib and 2018 gts tonight. Brief thoughts are that the fitz is real smooth, and held its own against the gts, although the stagg has some serious flavor.

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#3134 Post by JeromeHan » December 22nd, 2018, 7:36 am

Finally got the call from my local telling I can come pick up a bottle of GTS if I want it. Of course I do.

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#3135 Post by JulianD » December 24th, 2018, 10:35 am

For the booker special releases, are those done in the same style each year? (ex: ‘Kathleen’s batch’ will always feature the same type of flavors while ‘kitchen table’ will specialize in something else)

Or is it just ‘we thought this was the best blend for this quarter so we’re putting this out’
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#3136 Post by Mike Maguire » December 24th, 2018, 12:06 pm

jhemming wrote:
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Nice call boss, tried some tonite, really special stuff.
Does anyone know how it compares to the 1870 which I have seen locally?

Found 2 bottles of the 1920 locally for $62 so excited to try later tonight.
Tried the 1910 last night,lower proof and a bit sweeter to my palate.Had a nice wood note on the finish, overall really good bourbon for$50

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#3137 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 24th, 2018, 6:54 pm

Bourbon of the year for me is probably the fitz 9.

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#3138 Post by Adam Noble » December 25th, 2018, 8:19 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Bourbon of the year for me is probably the fitz 9.
Me, too!

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#3139 Post by Albert_H » December 25th, 2018, 10:16 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Bourbon of the year for me is probably the fitz 9.
Dang, I passed on the old fitz 9 hoping to find the 11 year :(

I got to try some incredible stuff this year.... pappy 23, 20, 15, lot b, 18 GTS, 18 ofbb, Parker’s heritage 24, cowboy bourbon, various Booker’s, Belle Meade Reserve, Belle Meade single barrel picks, four roses picks, batch 2 ko rye, ehtbp and the list goes on...

My bourbon of the year is easily the four roses 130th, then trailing a little far behind would be the Jack Daniels heritage barrel.
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#3140 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 25th, 2018, 10:24 am

The 11 is substantially worse imo. Other things I liked, 4 grain, 2018 GTS, pappy 20 (sw juice)

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#3141 Post by Adam Noble » December 25th, 2018, 11:41 am

I would mildly disagree that the Fitz 11 is substantially worse. It's not as good, but it's still a nice enough Bourbon. Hotter seeming (same proof).

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#3142 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 25th, 2018, 12:27 pm

I found it underwhelming but really liked the 9. I drank it in the same session as weller 12 and preferred the weller.

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#3143 Post by Kris Patten » December 27th, 2018, 6:36 pm

Weller 12 is pretty great liquid for $35 a bottle. The bottle of OF 11 I shared with Adam was/is, really opulent for me, very fruity while having good body and heat your expect from BIB. Wonder if it was bottled it batches.
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#3144 Post by Adam Noble » December 27th, 2018, 6:51 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
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Weller 12 is pretty great liquid for $35 a bottle. The bottle of OF 11 I shared with Adam was/is, really opulent for me, very fruity while having good body and heat your expect from BIB. Wonder if it was bottled it batches.
Kris, I'm 90% sure it was the Fitz 9 you shared with me rather than the 11. But I could be wrong. I now have a bottle of each and the 9 is indeed better than the 11.

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#3145 Post by Kris Patten » December 27th, 2018, 7:30 pm

neener I'm 100% sure it was 11.
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#3146 Post by Adam Noble » December 27th, 2018, 7:39 pm

Possibly because you're looking at the bottle?

It's good either way.

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#3147 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 28th, 2018, 6:44 am

The 11 wasn’t bad, it was just unremarkable.

I had it btg in Chicago and wouldn’t order it again. The 9 was fresh and lively and very very smooth.

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#3148 Post by RDHudak » December 28th, 2018, 2:47 pm

Albert_H wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 10:16 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 6:54 pm
Bourbon of the year for me is probably the fitz 9.
Dang, I passed on the old fitz 9 hoping to find the 11 year :(

I got to try some incredible stuff this year.... pappy 23, 20, 15, lot b, 18 GTS, 18 ofbb, Parker’s heritage 24, cowboy bourbon, various Booker’s, Belle Meade Reserve, Belle Meade single barrel picks, four roses picks, batch 2 ko rye, ehtbp and the list goes on...

My bourbon of the year is easily the four roses 130th, then trailing a little far behind would be the Jack Daniels heritage barrel.
Very interesting to hear as I just bought a JD Heritage last night and have several Four Roses 130th.
What were your thoughts on the Parker's 24?

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#3149 Post by Adam Noble » December 28th, 2018, 2:59 pm

I suppose it's highly possible I've been mistakenly singing the praises of the OF 11 v OF 9. Another side by side tasting is needed asap.

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#3150 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 28th, 2018, 3:32 pm

Has anyone had the Old Fitzgerald 12 year? They had it at chestnut, but I wanted to try the GTS 18 after the fitz 9.

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