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Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 20th, 2020, 10:25 am
by RDHudak
Michael S. Monie wrote: November 19th, 2020, 2:45 pm Any thoughts on the new release of Elijah Craig's C920 Barrel Proof?
I thought it was very good and among their best releases. I've heard a lot of raves about the B520, but I didn't like the grassy note it has. I've never tasted that in an ECBP.
I think the C920 is as good as the A117.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 20th, 2020, 12:22 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?
Yes - Believe it was $70 OTD at BevMo. Batch 12 was supposed to be the stuff dreams are made out of, but I didn't get to try that one :D Believe they're on 14 now, and mine should be showing up on the doorstep momentarily!

Re: grassy note in ECBP B520 - will try some more tonight. I do not recall that descriptor.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 20th, 2020, 4:42 pm
by Keith_B
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?
Never had it, but also interested in feedback.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 20th, 2020, 6:03 pm
by TGigante
Keith_B wrote: November 20th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?
Never had it, but also interested in feedback.
Me too. Saw it locally for $99 but wasn’t sure high proof bourbon is in my wheelhouse. Clocks in at 120 I believe

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 6:45 am
by Dave McCloskey
James Lyon wrote: November 18th, 2020, 10:59 am
Dave McCloskey wrote: November 18th, 2020, 10:27 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: November 18th, 2020, 6:42 am

New Pappy or stitzel-Weller juice?
New Pappy? [scratch.gif]
New Pappy = Buffalo Trace distillate. Pappy garnered cult status on the basis of Stizel-Weller distillate. All Pappy has been without SW for a few years now. The ultra limited Pappy 25 that was released a few years ago was probably the last of the SW stock.

James
Roger, thanks for the info.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 9:03 am
by Andrew K.
Looks like I ended up with a bottle of GTS this year. $107. Sadly no Pappy it appears.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 9:16 am
by Adam Noble
Andrew K. wrote: November 21st, 2020, 9:03 am Looks like I ended up with a bottle of GTS this year. $107. Sadly no Pappy it appears.
That’s a hell of a good score nonetheless. I’d be thrilled with that.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 9:53 am
by jbray23
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?

For my lame taste it’s a yes, it’s more of a Cali Cab Bourbon though.... I like it a ton or by the 6 pack!!

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 9:56 am
by jbray23
Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 20th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?
Yes - Believe it was $70 OTD at BevMo. Batch 12 was supposed to be the stuff dreams are made out of, but I didn't get to try that one :D Believe they're on 14 now, and mine should be showing up on the doorstep momentarily!

Re: grassy note in ECBP B520 - will try some more tonight. I do not recall that descriptor.
Sorry, had to run to the lower portion of the state or as someone put it ‘North Portland’, you’ll get it on Monday

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 10:01 am
by jbray23
James Lyon wrote: November 18th, 2020, 7:23 am
jbray23 wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote: October 27th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Talk to Jason Bray re: Willett. 185 bottles is a lot of bottles ...
Late to reply, but yeah Willett ain’t never gonna happen. Sorry all.
Yeah, perhaps not for the wineberserker pick, but single barrel picks are available through Willett. My best buddy back home in TN was able to get a Willett barrel last year. Granted, he's in the industry, somewhat local and has a working relationship with Drew, so a few steps ahead.
Well yes, we get 1-4 barrels a year, I would love for it to go to WB’s... but I would probably be out of work if that happened

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 1:07 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Adam Noble wrote: November 21st, 2020, 9:16 am
Andrew K. wrote: November 21st, 2020, 9:03 am Looks like I ended up with a bottle of GTS this year. $107. Sadly no Pappy it appears.
That’s a hell of a good score nonetheless. I’d be thrilled with that.
+100

Grabbed an EC Toasted Barrel and another 1792 FP. Should get me through... Tuesday :)

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 21st, 2020, 4:58 pm
by H. N o w b a r
TGigante wrote: November 20th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Keith_B wrote: November 20th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Brandon R wrote: November 20th, 2020, 9:23 am What's everyone's take on Stagg "Jr."? Good stuff?
Never had it, but also interested in feedback.
Me too. Saw it locally for $99 but wasn’t sure high proof bourbon is in my wheelhouse. Clocks in at 120 I believe
The batch 14 bottle in my hand says 130.2! I've had a few drams. It's a full bodied bourbon (deep dark flavors) that requires ice for my palate. Recommended if you can get it close to retail.
Cheers,
H

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 5:44 am
by JC J o u a s
Here is a link with a running list of all of the Stagg Jr release batch info.

https://www.bourbonex.com/forums/topic/ ... fo-batches

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 1:45 pm
by TGigante
TGigante wrote: September 29th, 2020, 11:52 am
Leonard Taylor wrote: September 29th, 2020, 11:39 am That's funny Tony. If you ask me I find Eagle Rare 10 year incredible and very hard to beat for a daily drinker. Around $30 IIRC. My tastes just cannot justify spending over $100 for anything. It is mostly just hype and demand from trophy hunters after that. There are some people that spend ridiculous amounts of time hunting for stuff and then take a picture of the bottle as soon as they get back to their car to show off.
Thanks Leonard
This thread is helpful to guys like me as I don’t drink often and only know the banter from friends and acquaintances
Tracked down some Eagle Rare 10 -$55 and some EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel bottled in bond -$100

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 2:04 pm
by Brent C l a y t o n
$55 is pretty high for eagle rare 10.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 4:22 pm
by TGigante
Brent C l a y t o n wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 2:04 pm $55 is pretty high for eagle rare 10.
I though so too but I went to about 6 stores and was only able to locate this lone bottle. Grabbed it figuring the surcharge translates into a convenience charge as I was running out of options.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 5:02 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Pricey weekend for me :0

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 6:50 pm
by TGigante
Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 5:02 pm Pricey weekend for me :0
Nice haul
Elija Craig Superfecta

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 23rd, 2020, 2:33 pm
by Kelly Walker
Just upped another bottle of this. Made using the classic sherry solera process with sherry barrels. Deep and rich. Not too sweet. A bit pricey but worth the cost IMHO. Made in the Hudson Valley.

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Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 23rd, 2020, 4:54 pm
by Mike Maguire
PSA
Eagle rare at BevMo for $35 before taxes, my son said they had a few cases in Tacoma

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 23rd, 2020, 5:36 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Mike Maguire wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 4:54 pm PSA
Eagle rare at BevMo for $35 before taxes, my son said they had a few cases in Tacoma
I can generally find it for $31-$34 all over the eastside. Come visit the sticks, Mike :D

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 6:08 am
by TGigante
What would be the best vessel to use to distribute some pours of whiskey to use in a virtual tasting? What size should each pour be and how many pours per serving?

Should there be a small taste of the featured whiskey and then everyone breaks out their own bottle of what ever they have on hand for follow up pours?

Looking for some suggestions on how to set up a format for a rotating virtual tasting where one party provides pours of the feature to the others via drop off or pick up of the tasting pour

TIA

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 6:26 am
by ClarkstonMark
TGigante wrote: November 24th, 2020, 6:08 am What would be the best vessel to use to distribute some pours of whiskey to use in a virtual tasting? What size should each pour be and how many pours per serving?

Should there be a small taste of the featured whiskey and then everyone breaks out their own bottle of what ever they have on hand for follow up pours?

Looking for some suggestions on how to set up a format for a rotating virtual tasting where one party provides pours of the feature to the others via drop off or pick up of the tasting pour

TIA
I would go with mini bottles.
Either buy new, or go to wherever you buy liquor and get however many you need (filled with whatever liquor), dump out or use, and re-fill with your tasting.
If you want bulk, case of 48 2oz bottles with cap....
https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S- ... ttles-2-oz

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 6:57 am
by Mike Maguire
Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 5:36 pm
Mike Maguire wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 4:54 pm PSA
Eagle rare at BevMo for $35 before taxes, my son said they had a few cases in Tacoma
I can generally find it for $31-$34 all over the eastside. Come visit the sticks, Mike :D
It’s scary out there [swoon.gif]

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 7:00 am
by Mike Maguire
Re tasting bottles, our group uses 2 oz and it works great for initial pour and a later follow up taste.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 8:52 am
by Brandon R
Mike Maguire wrote: November 24th, 2020, 6:57 am
Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 5:36 pm
Mike Maguire wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 4:54 pm PSA
Eagle rare at BevMo for $35 before taxes, my son said they had a few cases in Tacoma
I can generally find it for $31-$34 all over the eastside. Come visit the sticks, Mike :D
It’s scary out there [swoon.gif]
Wait a sec...are we really calling Sammamish, "The Sticks?" neener

And I agree, it can be scary up there. You're at pretty high risk to being mowed down by an urban assult vehicle.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 9:48 am
by Andrew Kotowski
LOL! You’re crossing bridges and changing area codes, buddy!

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 5:02 pm
by Mich@el Ch@ng
I got a bottle of the forester barrel strength, we’ll see how it is.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 24th, 2020, 5:17 pm
by Christos M.
Finally came across Booker’s Country Ham 19-03 from last year. Had it once and loved it. Popped open the bottle as soon as I got it home and it was even better than I remember. :)

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 25th, 2020, 2:10 pm
by Robert M yers
Picked up an Old Overholt 11 year old Rye today. Pretty pricey at $75, but as far as older release Rye goes there just aren’t very many. Interestingly they only released this to Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Also came across a small stash Rabbit Hole Boxergrail straight Rye Founder’s collection. Does anybody know of this is a desirable Release? It’s probably above my pay grade to just give a whirl for a 6yr old, but has me curious of course.

(Sorry I know these are two Rye’s but wish we could merge the Rye/Bourbon threads)

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 25th, 2020, 4:01 pm
by Keith_B
Christos M. wrote: November 24th, 2020, 5:17 pm Finally came across Booker’s Country Ham 19-03 from last year. Had it once and loved it. Popped open the bottle as soon as I got it home and it was even better than I remember. :)
I grabbed a Booker's Pigskin 20-03. Never had Booker's so looking forward to popping it tomorrow.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 25th, 2020, 4:38 pm
by Travis Fantz
Any thoughts on the Knob Creek 15 year? Just started popping up around here.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 27th, 2020, 8:27 am
by Christos M.
Travis Fantz wrote: November 25th, 2020, 4:38 pm Any thoughts on the Knob Creek 15 year? Just started popping up around here.
I really like it. Very smooth with a good peanut flavor profile. Very straightforward in a good way.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 27th, 2020, 8:47 am
by Mike Maguire
Travis Fantz wrote: November 25th, 2020, 4:38 pm Any thoughts on the Knob Creek 15 year? Just started popping up around here.
I have a few bottles of the 12 and really like it, I would guess the 15 is even better.
15 seems to be the real sweet spot for most bourbons.As always MHO. [cheers.gif]

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 27th, 2020, 8:54 pm
by Travis Fantz
i've been drinking the 12 over consistently and really like it. I have to look so closely at labels to see how much oak or sticks of oak are added to the aging. For this, I would have to make a special trip multiple time to get a few bottles. I decided about 2 years ago only to drink things I can have when I want. The 12 has fallen into that realm.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 29th, 2020, 8:34 pm
by Robert M yers
For those of you looking to purchase a barrel...

https://vfundraise.com/GIFTS2020/Item?i ... tured=true

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 30th, 2020, 5:37 am
by Mich@el Ch@ng
Robert M yers wrote: November 29th, 2020, 8:34 pm For those of you looking to purchase a barrel...

https://vfundraise.com/GIFTS2020/Item?i ... tured=true
77k and it doesn’t include the whisky, sounds like a fantastic deal.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 30th, 2020, 6:24 am
by Robert M yers
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: November 30th, 2020, 5:37 am
Robert M yers wrote: November 29th, 2020, 8:34 pm For those of you looking to purchase a barrel...

https://vfundraise.com/GIFTS2020/Item?i ... tured=true
77k and it doesn’t include the whisky, sounds like a fantastic deal.
A deal, certainly it isn’t. I thought it was interesting because of the claim that there’s never been a Stagg Jr private barrel. I would guess the folks bidding on this might donate that much to St Judes without the Auction. You would think Buffalo Trace would donate the whiskey, so they At least perceive to have some skin in the auction.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: November 30th, 2020, 1:19 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Robert M yers wrote: November 30th, 2020, 6:24 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: November 30th, 2020, 5:37 am
Robert M yers wrote: November 29th, 2020, 8:34 pm For those of you looking to purchase a barrel...

https://vfundraise.com/GIFTS2020/Item?i ... tured=true
77k and it doesn’t include the whisky, sounds like a fantastic deal.
A deal, certainly it isn’t. I thought it was interesting because of the claim that there’s never been a Stagg Jr private barrel. I would guess the folks bidding on this might donate that much to St Judes without the Auction. You would think Buffalo Trace would donate the whiskey, so they At least perceive to have some skin in the auction.
Wonder if there's a tax different write-off because it's being marketed as an experience, rather than straight alcohol? Gotta believe the secondary mark-up on those bottles will go through the roof, as I'd expect it to be the best barrels they have. Given secondary is $100-$120, I'd bet they could easily get $400/bottle for whatever they walk out with. Still isn't $75k, but you do get a night for 8 on the BT grounds, as well :D

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 1st, 2020, 3:04 pm
by Robert M yers
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Has anyone had this one? Seems like this barrel is an Ohio pick but I’d imagine others are out there?

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 1:34 pm
by Paul McCourt
Suggestions for a gift? 150ish-200 range.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 2:50 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Paul McCourt wrote: December 3rd, 2020, 1:34 pm Suggestions for a gift? 150ish-200 range.
EC18 is ~$129 and I've seen a couple on the shelves lately.

EC BP has also been really good lately and readily available, believe the price point is ~$55ish here. That said, i'd be really happy to get that one as a gift, especially if you had a bottle of something else. Larceny BP is in the same boat, but probably going to vanish now that Whiskey Advocate named it their bourbon of the year.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 6:23 pm
by Paul McCourt
Thanks Andrew

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 4th, 2020, 11:21 am
by Brandon R
Brandon R wrote: October 27th, 2020, 8:52 am Grabbed a bottle of Belle Meade Bourbon at the Univ. Village QFC (Seattle) over the weekend. Anyone had it?
Opened this. Not impressed. Struck me as a little thin or on the lighter bodied side. I could see it being a decent cocktail Bourbon, but throwing a bunch in with it would be problematic I think. Pass.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 4th, 2020, 11:30 am
by Adam Noble
Paul McCourt wrote: December 3rd, 2020, 1:34 pm Suggestions for a gift? 150ish-200 range.
I like the High West Midwinter’s Night Dram in that range. You might also find Old Fitzgerald 9 in the range but it’s tougher to come by. Michter’s 10 is at the top of that range and delicious.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 4th, 2020, 11:34 am
by Mike Maguire
Brandon R wrote: December 4th, 2020, 11:21 am
Brandon R wrote: October 27th, 2020, 8:52 am Grabbed a bottle of Belle Meade Bourbon at the Univ. Village QFC (Seattle) over the weekend. Anyone had it?
Opened this. Not impressed. Struck me as a little thin or on the lighter bodied side. I could see it being a decent cocktail Bourbon, but throwing a bunch in with it would be problematic I think. Pass.
Haven’t had that one Brandon, but a couple years back I stumbled into a small stash of the 12 yr Belle Meade that is in the top ten bourbons I’ve ever had. [cheers.gif]

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 4th, 2020, 12:44 pm
by Brandon R
Mike Maguire wrote: December 4th, 2020, 11:34 am
Brandon R wrote: December 4th, 2020, 11:21 am
Brandon R wrote: October 27th, 2020, 8:52 am Grabbed a bottle of Belle Meade Bourbon at the Univ. Village QFC (Seattle) over the weekend. Anyone had it?
Opened this. Not impressed. Struck me as a little thin or on the lighter bodied side. I could see it being a decent cocktail Bourbon, but throwing a bunch in with it would be problematic I think. Pass.
Haven’t had that one Brandon, but a couple years back I stumbled into a small stash of the 12 yr Belle Meade that is in the top ten bourbons I’ve ever had. [cheers.gif]
It's possible I read that and remembered you mentioning that fact somewhere here and the name triggered me to buy. It's fine, just not great. Good thing it's also not expensive. Of course, in the name of science, I'll try it again soon.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 7th, 2020, 9:49 am
by Leonard Taylor
Our local county, state owned, ABC is having an email lottery. One of the bottles is 25 year Mitchner's Bourbon (Single Barrel I assume). Selling for MFSRP $1,000. Is this worth it? I am seeing secondary pricing on Wine Searcher for over $5,000. True??

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 7th, 2020, 10:35 am
by Adam Noble
Leonard Taylor wrote: December 7th, 2020, 9:49 am Our local county, state owned, ABC is having an email lottery. One of the bottles is 25 year Mitchner's Bourbon (Single Barrel I assume). Selling for MFSRP $1,000. Is this worth it? I am seeing secondary pricing on Wine Searcher for over $5,000. True??
True. Well over. I’d jump on it if I could. And while I would be forced to sell it for common sense and happy marriage reasons, I’d sure like to try it. I love Michters 10 and have enjoyed every one of the 7 or so whiskies from them I’ve tried. I think they are top tier.

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Posted: December 7th, 2020, 10:39 am
by Leonard Taylor
Thanks Adam. I haven't all the offerings from Mitchner but I love the small batch bourbon and single barrel rye. Almost hoping I don't get picked for this one. I would rather have something to drink instead of something to sell.