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#4301 Post by Adam Noble »

Thank Kris. Haven’t seen it either. Heard mixed reviews.

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#4302 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Ezra 7 was fantastic, imho, and is up there with EC BP for me. Not as excited about the Blood Oath 7, all things being equal (specifically the price point).

Continue to find EHT Small Batch in Amazon for $49 on a weekly basis. Barrel proof appears to be all over OR, but it’s a ghost in WA state… and I’ve been looking pretty aggressively :(

Have been more focused on drinking down inventory, rather than buying lately. Picked up a 13 year Bull Run conditioned in cab barrels (Westmoreland store pick) that has been my pour of the month.
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#4303 Post by Mike Maguire »

Kris Patten wrote: August 16th, 2021, 3:20 pm
Adam Noble wrote: August 16th, 2021, 11:48 am
Kris Patten wrote: August 16th, 2021, 9:06 am

Still not cool...we get Blanton's monthly allotments, EH Taylor quarterly, harder to find EH a couple times a year, Weller 2-3x a year, and BTAC 1x a year.
Kris-separate question. Have you tried the Russell’s Reserve 13?
Have not, don't think I have seen one in wild, will see what I can find.....been busy setting up Luxco, so now I have Old Ezra 7, Rebel, Minor Case, Blood Oath, Yellowstone, and the MGPI brands like Remus and Rossville. Trying to taste all of them is my priority in August.
Have some Remus coming this week, reg. Bourbon and Repeal Res. V. Can’t wait to try them.

Opened the entry level bourbon $40, a little hot initially but mellowed quickly into a brown sugar forward pour, rea lily nice.I would recommend letting it sit in the glass for a few minutes til the alcohol blows off, you will be rewarded with a delicious bourbon.Solid buy!
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#4304 Post by S.Swingle »

Mel, that's my usual selection as well. It's great value for the price but browsing everyone else's picks has me itching for something new.
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#4305 Post by Kris Patten »

Grabbed a Sagamore Cask Strength and Double Oak today to try....grabbing Remus tomorrow, will try to report back soon. The color on the Sagamore is crazy, so have high hopes.
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#4306 Post by Mike Maguire »

Haven’t popped the cask strength yet, but really like the double oak Sagamore.

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#4307 Post by Scott Jameson »

What sources do folks use for current values for "scarcer" Bourbons ? BottleBlueBook seems pretty outdated, with listings (at least those I was browsing) more than a year old. Wine-searcher shows some retail offers but I'm guessing those are likely inflated, otherwise the bottles would have sold. I've seen 1000corks mentioned here and it seems similar to Wine-searcher. Any other suggestions ?

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Scott Jameson wrote: August 25th, 2021, 5:25 am What sources do folks use for current values for "scarcer" Bourbons ? BottleBlueBook seems pretty outdated, with listings (at least those I was browsing) more than a year old. Wine-searcher shows some retail offers but I'm guessing those are likely inflated, otherwise the bottles would have sold. I've seen 1000corks mentioned here and it seems similar to Wine-searcher. Any other suggestions ?
Recent auctions, try HDH?

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Facebook group BSM - Value Reference

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#4310 Post by Scott E. »

Total Wine Fall "Rare Whiskey" raffle is on. Here in NV it is all Weller and Blanton's. What's available in other states?
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#4311 Post by Benny P »

Scott E. wrote: September 1st, 2021, 1:02 pm Total Wine Fall "Rare Whiskey" raffle is on. Here in NV it is all Weller and Blanton's. What's available in other states?
In Southern CA, it was Old Fitz 8 Years, Old Forrester 150th, Weller 12, EH Taylor Barrel Proof, Blanton's, and Yamazaki 18.
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Kris Patten wrote: August 18th, 2021, 10:16 pm Grabbed a Sagamore Cask Strength and Double Oak today to try....grabbing Remus tomorrow, will try to report back soon. The color on the Sagamore is crazy, so have high hopes.
Sagamore's were really good. Deep amber hue, the Double Cask had a touch more sweetness than the Cask Strength....both had rye spice but the texture and richness was what really grabbed me, to many higher end rye end up being a bit thin and green as they don't take the oak as well.

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#4313 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Making Benton’s bacon infused bourbon. Will filter in a week and try with some Carpano Antica :)
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#4314 Post by Mike Maguire »

Andrew Kotowski wrote: September 1st, 2021, 9:52 pm Making Benton’s bacon infused bourbon. Will filter in a week and try with some Carpano Antica :)
Can’t wait to hear, also a great use for the Willet neener

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Benny P wrote: September 1st, 2021, 1:32 pm
Scott E. wrote: September 1st, 2021, 1:02 pm Total Wine Fall "Rare Whiskey" raffle is on. Here in NV it is all Weller and Blanton's. What's available in other states?
In Southern CA, it was Old Fitz 8 Years, Old Forrester 150th, Weller 12, EH Taylor Barrel Proof, Blanton's, and Yamazaki 18.
That's just wrong... They need to do a better job of spreading the wealth. [smileyvault-ban.gif]
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#4316 Post by Monte Mast »

If you are looking for a solid bourbon raffle, I am the Executive Director of an organization that is holding one that has some really nice prizes, some of which are very unique (Mount Rushmore Presidential Collection). The top prize is:

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 years old
Van Winkle FR "Lot B" 12 years old
Van Winkle FR Rye 13 years old
Pappy Van Winkle FR 15 years old
Pappy Van Winkle FR 20 years old
Pappy Van Winkle FR 23 years old
Blanton's Gold Edition
Stagg Jr Barrel Proof
Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled in Bond
Eagle Rare
Sazerac Rye Whiskey
Weller Antique 107

The raffle supports The Cavaliers AP&E (Arts, Performance & Education), an organization that supports multiple music and education initiatives including the seven time Drum Corps International champions, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Here is the link if you are interested.

https://cavaliers.org/events/2021/8/12/ ... bon-raffle
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#4317 Post by Kris Patten »

A few newer Bourbons to me as we are now selling the MGPI portfolio partnered with Luxco that I was impressed with that may be a bit more limited.

Old Ezra 7 Year
George Remus - MGP 36% Rye mashbill
Remus Reserve V - 13-15 year old MGP 36% and 21% Rye mashbill

In the value category, Rebel 100 Proof wheater showed well as a cocktail bottle.
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#4318 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Drinking the Old Ezra 7 as I type; definitely have enjoyed. I picked up one of the Remus Vs, as well, but need a good excuse to open it, past “it’s a day ending in ‘day!’ “
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#4319 Post by Adam Noble »

I picked up a Remus 2 a while back in Portland-I’d grab a V if I came across one. MGP has to be saving some hood stuff for themselves, right?

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#4320 Post by Adam Noble »

And hope to try the Volstead sometime.

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#4321 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Adam Noble wrote: September 9th, 2021, 7:18 am I picked up a Remus 2 a while back in Portland-I’d grab a V if I came across one. MGP has to be saving some hood stuff for themselves, right?
Pine Lake QFC had several sitting on the shelf... has been a bit so they might be gone. Call over and ask for Lee or John.
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#4322 Post by Ed Steinway »

Has anyone tried the 2007 George Dickel 13 Year Old Bottled in Bond Whisky? $45 here in the Bay Area. Thanks!

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Scott Rutkay wrote: August 14th, 2021, 9:03 am
Christos M. wrote: August 14th, 2021, 7:26 am
Scott Rutkay wrote: August 11th, 2021, 4:10 am

I literately just got a text from my local wine store that they have a bottle for me. I am in western NJ.
I'll be picking it up Friday.
I've never had it before - what should i expect?
Did you try yet??

From a friend’s tasting, “Incredible complex oaky nose, a little sweetness on the palate and a long finish that was maybe lacking a little but overall an excellent drink.”
Not yet - I plan on having some this weekend though - I actually wasn't able to pick it up until last night. Looking forward to it, thanks for the notes.
LOL, I sure hope it was the best stuff you've ever had, rec'd an ad from Nestor for the 13-year old Russel's Reserve at only $700 per bottle!! [rofl.gif]
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#4324 Post by Kris Patten »

Oddly in almost 8 years our downtown store is next to 2Bar and I hadn't really tried the liquid. Had some free time and met Nathan, and tried the 80 proof, Amaretto, and Wine barrel finishes and they were some of the better Bourbons distilled and aged in WA in my opinion, especially being distilled here vs. purchased liquid. The Amaretto was really unique as it added a tinge of spice and a touch of sweetness to dull the edge. Will stop by and try his BiB, but if you are a WA local give them a try, love to see other thoughts.
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Ed Steinway wrote: September 10th, 2021, 6:13 am Has anyone tried the 2007 George Dickel 13 Year Old Bottled in Bond Whisky? $45 here in the Bay Area. Thanks!

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IMO, one of the worst whiskies I've ever had. A very prominent Flintstone vitamins note that lingers.
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#4326 Post by Ed Steinway »

RDHudak wrote:
IMO, one of the worst whiskies I've ever had. A very prominent Flintstone vitamins note that lingers.
Thanks for the feedback, Richard. I saw this at Costco for $38 and passed. For what it is worth, they do not seem to be flying off the shelves here.

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Scott E. wrote: September 15th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Scott Rutkay wrote: August 14th, 2021, 9:03 am
Christos M. wrote: August 14th, 2021, 7:26 am

Did you try yet??

From a friend’s tasting, “Incredible complex oaky nose, a little sweetness on the palate and a long finish that was maybe lacking a little but overall an excellent drink.”
Not yet - I plan on having some this weekend though - I actually wasn't able to pick it up until last night. Looking forward to it, thanks for the notes.
LOL, I sure hope it was the best stuff you've ever had, rec'd an ad from Nestor for the 13-year old Russel's Reserve at only $700 per bottle!! [rofl.gif]
Scott- i could probably let mine go for 695 - ill even cover shipping - I never opened it...lol

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#4328 Post by Benny P »

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I just opened up a bottle of Remus V. I think this is incredible. Immediately in the market for a backup bottle.
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#4329 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Benny P wrote: September 18th, 2021, 2:46 pm 7765ED59-9686-4955-84B9-226591089CA1.jpeg

I just opened up a bottle of Remus V. I think this is incredible. Immediately in the market for a backup bottle.
Why are you teasing poor Adam?

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Andrew Kotowski wrote: September 19th, 2021, 2:48 pm
Benny P wrote: September 18th, 2021, 2:46 pm 7765ED59-9686-4955-84B9-226591089CA1.jpeg

I just opened up a bottle of Remus V. I think this is incredible. Immediately in the market for a backup bottle.
Why are you teasing poor Adam?

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Haha my bad! I meant, ehh it’s just okay. But in all seriousness, I was a big fan.
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#4331 Post by Robert M yers »

That Remus V is getting a lot of local love. I’m trying to find a bottle to try. I seems like MGP may actually be actually bottling some of their good stuff now (which makes perfect sense, right)

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Adam Noble wrote: September 9th, 2021, 7:18 am I picked up a Remus 2 a while back in Portland-I’d grab a V if I came across one. MGP has to be saving some hood stuff for themselves, right?
Back in town the 11th, let me know if you want one still.
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Kris Patten wrote: September 25th, 2021, 10:36 am
Adam Noble wrote: September 9th, 2021, 7:18 am I picked up a Remus 2 a while back in Portland-I’d grab a V if I came across one. MGP has to be saving some hood stuff for themselves, right?
Back in town the 11th, let me know if you want one still.
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I met up with some friends from Portland and they brought the outside two bottles. Both were fine, but I was really impressed by the middle one (Doc Swinson), which was recommended to my by someone working at Downtown Spirits last week. Good stuff, but not cheap at about $75 OTD.

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Have heard great things about the Doc Swinson. Have a bottle of the Burnside Garryana Rye and am not overly excited about it.
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#4336 Post by Kris Patten »

Andrew Kotowski wrote: September 27th, 2021, 4:30 pm Have heard great things about the Doc Swinson. Have a bottle of the Burnside Garryana Rye and am not overly excited about it.
It's the ongoing struggle with local distilleries, releasing 2-3 years too young due to cash flow when the whiskey still has that green edge. Rather see it age properly and add in MGP or use it exclusively til ready while being 100%transparent re. origin.
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#4337 Post by Robert M yers »

Did anybody else take the leap and buy the Willett Blackened? I’ve never tried a Blackened (due to the gimmick) but 6.5 year Willett somehow seemed like a good deal [headbang.gif]

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Brandon R wrote: September 27th, 2021, 10:27 am I met up with some friends from Portland and they brought the outside two bottles. Both were fine, but I was really impressed by the middle one (Doc Swinson), which was recommended to my by someone working at Downtown Spirits last week. Good stuff, but not cheap at about $75 OTD.
Costco has the Doc Swinson's for 55$ in socal. Item#1542802.
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#4339 Post by Benny P »

I enjoyed that Calumet 15. Which Costco in SoCal was this one at?
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Benny P wrote: October 3rd, 2021, 12:41 am I enjoyed that Calumet 15. Which Costco in SoCal was this one at?
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#4341 Post by Robert M yers »

That Calumet 15 is ~ $30 cheaper than shelf here. For that price I’d most probably bite.

Has anybody seen or tried the 10 year Jack? (If you see it and don’t want it, please let me trade/buy you for it, as I’ll never catch it here).

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Can cork stoppers in bourbon, rum be corked? I bought a bottle today and I swear it is corked. Does it affect the liquor like it does wine? I didn't taste it because I am taking it back.
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#4343 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Leonard Taylor wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:41 pm Can cork stoppers in bourbon, rum be corked? I bought a bottle today and I swear it is corked. Does it affect the liquor like it does wine? I didn't taste it because I am taking it back.
I have yet to experience it, but that's largely because bourbon should be stored upright, in a manner that does not permit the bourbon to come in contact with cork.

When it does, the consequences can be disastrous. See: my bottle of Pappy 23 :(
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Andrew Kotowski wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:58 pm
Leonard Taylor wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:41 pm Can cork stoppers in bourbon, rum be corked? I bought a bottle today and I swear it is corked. Does it affect the liquor like it does wine? I didn't taste it because I am taking it back.
I have yet to experience it, but that's largely because bourbon should be stored upright, in a manner that does not permit the bourbon to come in contact with cork.
I would think during shipping the liquid would come in contact with the cork frequently.
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Has anyone tried the Whistle Pig 12YR Bespoke Blend and can give feedback/recommendations?

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#4346 Post by Andrew Kotowski »

Leonard Taylor wrote: October 6th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:58 pm
Leonard Taylor wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:41 pm Can cork stoppers in bourbon, rum be corked? I bought a bottle today and I swear it is corked. Does it affect the liquor like it does wine? I didn't taste it because I am taking it back.
I have yet to experience it, but that's largely because bourbon should be stored upright, in a manner that does not permit the bourbon to come in contact with cork.
I would think during shipping the liquid would come in contact with the cork frequently.
More a personal anecdote, after storing a bottle on its side for 2 years. Bourbon a material amount of the cork, leaked out the side.

Hard to learn that lesson with a very expensive bottle.
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#4347 Post by Al Ehrhardt »

Leonard Taylor wrote: October 6th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:58 pm
Leonard Taylor wrote: October 6th, 2021, 2:41 pm Can cork stoppers in bourbon, rum be corked? I bought a bottle today and I swear it is corked. Does it affect the liquor like it does wine? I didn't taste it because I am taking it back.
I have yet to experience it, but that's largely because bourbon should be stored upright, in a manner that does not permit the bourbon to come in contact with cork.
I would think during shipping the liquid would come in contact with the cork frequently.
I have had several bottles of corked bourbon over the years. I've also had bottles that we purchased together, also being corked. Then faced with what to do with the other bottle(s) when I get a corked bottle if I bought more than one? Open it and take a chance? Can't return it. Give as a gift or resell and hope it's not impacted, or the new owner doesn't even notice it? I have poured the corked bourbons to see if others notice it, and usually not, at least until I mention it to them.

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Jeff Wilkinson wrote: October 6th, 2021, 3:24 pm Has anyone tried the Whistle Pig 12YR Bespoke Blend and can give feedback/recommendations?
Jeff, you can always give me a shout if you have a bourbon or rye question. I have a friend with a few bottles. I've heard and read good reviews of the WP 12YR Rye. I'm not sure about the Bespoke Blend. I'm assuming that this is the NC ABC barrel select which is listed on the Meck County ABC website. It's not very clear on the website, but it's probably a blended Canadian Rye Whiskey. At $130, probably a pass without tasting. Be well!

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Benny P wrote: September 18th, 2021, 2:46 pm 7765ED59-9686-4955-84B9-226591089CA1.jpeg

I just opened up a bottle of Remus V. I think this is incredible. Immediately in the market for a backup bottle.
Opened this with some forum friends (Mark Ye, Jim Brennan) and it lived up to the hype, which is pretty rare on boards like this.

Great nose and the finish went on for days. At 100 proof, it landed like a barrel proof without the oak baggage you'd get in a Stagg Jr.

Am now kicking myself in the ass for sending pictures of bottles to friends instead of buying them myself.
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Looks like Caskers has it

https://www.caskers.com/remus-repeal-re ... term=remus
Andrew Kotowski wrote: October 12th, 2021, 10:20 pm
Benny P wrote: September 18th, 2021, 2:46 pm 7765ED59-9686-4955-84B9-226591089CA1.jpeg

I just opened up a bottle of Remus V. I think this is incredible. Immediately in the market for a backup bottle.
Opened this with some forum friends (Mark Ye, Jim Brennan) and it lived up to the hype, which is pretty rare on boards like this.

Great nose and the finish went on for days. At 100 proof, it landed like a barrel proof without the oak baggage you'd get in a Stagg Jr.

Am now kicking myself in the ass for sending pictures of bottles to friends instead of buying them myself.
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