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Re: Bourbon

Post by MonkeyFinger » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:49 am

Went looking for some Blanton's last night on the way home, didn't realize it was going to turn into a bit of a treasure hunt, turns out that it is the bourbon that John Wick drinks. :lol: Picked up some Four Roses Single Barrel (barrel strength OBSQ) "Rally Juice" while I was there. Oh, and yeah, that Redbreast 12yo is a favorite as well.
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Post by msteelers » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:39 am

Blantons is supposedly very difficult to find, at least around here. I casually look whenever I’m in a liquor store, and I’ve never seen it. A buddy picked up a bottle once on a whim. He went home and researched it a little, and decided to go back to the store to buy more. But by the time he got back they were all sold out.

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Re: Bourbon

Post by MonkeyFinger » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:15 am

So.. backed the Norlan whiskey glasses sometime back and just got an email about their new product called "DRAVE" which is all about being able to add water drop-by-drop to help with your "whiskey ritual". You can pre-order the pipette for a measly $65 or you can get it right now with a crystal carafe for the water for only $350. :shock:
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Re: Bourbon

Post by Xmann » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:43 pm

Law's Distillery in Denver.

I liked their Four Grain Straight Bourbon but not enough to purchase any. The wife actually enjoyed the Rye Whiskey and I did not. Tomorrow we are doing Stranahan's which I'm really looking forward to.


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Re: Bourbon

Post by McNutt » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:46 pm

Cool!
I reallyike Stranahan's. Looking forward to your review.

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Re: Bourbon

Post by Xmann » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:56 pm

Being new to this was very informative and helpful for the both of us. My wife is such a champ, she really doesn't like it, but she'll come along and try anything I'm drinking.

Really looking forward to Stranahan's. Law's tour today was primarily because Stranahan's was booked until tomorrow. It was great, but not really all that much a fan of their whiskey.

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Re: Bourbon

Post by Xmann » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:45 pm

Stranahan's Distillery tour today.

Wow, what a great tour and educational experience. No offense to Law's, but the whiskey at Stranahan's blows Law's completely out of the water.

The tour itself gave us a sample of their original Single Malt Whiskey and their black label Diamond Peak whiskey (which I ended purchasing a bottle of).

In their bar I had a dram of Snowflake Whiskey which is a limited release that sold out in 3 hours this year. This year's release was aged in a Syrah and Muscat cask both from Balisteri, a port cask, a California Merlot cask and Old Vine Zin cask from Spero, a Chocolate Stout cask finish, two Madeira casks and a rum cask. A bit unique that had distinct chocolate notes.

Additionally I had their Sherry Cask Whiskey. Some notes of cherry and more of a sweet taste. I enjoyed it but nothing I wanted to pay $80 for a bottle of.

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Re: Bourbon

Post by mori » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:15 pm

Xmann wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:45 pm
Stranahan's Distillery tour today.

Wow, what a great tour and educational experience. No offense to Law's, but the whiskey at Stranahan's blows Law's completely out of the water.

The tour itself gave us a sample of their original Single Malt Whiskey and their black label Diamond Peak whiskey (which I ended purchasing a bottle of).

In their bar I had a dram of Snowflake Whiskey which is a limited release that sold out in 3 hours this year. This year's release was aged in a Syrah and Muscat cask both from Balisteri, a port cask, a California Merlot cask and Old Vine Zin cask from Spero, a Chocolate Stout cask finish, two Madeira casks and a rum cask. A bit unique that had distinct chocolate notes.

Additionally I had their Sherry Cask Whiskey. Some notes of cherry and more of a sweet taste. I enjoyed it but nothing I wanted to pay $80 for a bottle of.

We had a great time, super tour and great whiskey's. I put our name of the VIP tour wait list.Image
Not to be snide, but nothing you described is Bourbon. Looks like a cool place to visit.

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Re: Bourbon

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Re: Bourbon

Post by McNutt » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:19 pm

I'm somewhat of a purist and like leaving aging in used barrels to the Scots. However, I'd definitely be interested in tasting some of that.

I'm glad you had a good time at Stranahan's. I'd really like to do that tour.

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Post by msteelers » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:28 am

Looks like I'll be able to get my hands on a bottle of Blanton's here soon. It runs out so quickly that you have to be lucky and happen to get to the store within hours of it being placed out. Or, you know someone at a liquor store who can hold some bottles for you. A buddy of mine spoke with a liquor store nearby, and they purchased a barrel of the stuff that should be coming in in three weeks. They told him they would pull some bottles for him, so I'm making sure to grab a bottle of the stuff while I can.

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Re: Bourbon

Post by Xmann » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:23 pm

I gotta say, I'm loving having a drink of bourbon or whiskey in the evenings. I bought a bottle of Eagle Rare I'm looking forward to trying this evening.

My collection now has Woodford Double Oak, Eagle Rare, and Stranahan's Diamond Peak.

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Re: Bourbon and Whiskey

Post by Xmann » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:53 am

Eagles Rare 10 is really good

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Post by Chaz » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:09 am

I've been liking scotch over the last year or two, but I'm a cheapskate, so whenever I do manage to convince myself to spend fifty bucks on a bottle, I only drink it occasionally. I usually manage nursing a single bottle for six months, with beer as my everday drink, because it's cheaper.

I started dabbling in bourbon last summer, because it's cheaper. I like it, though I don't love having to be careful about not getting a brand that buys their booze from the one major distillery and sticks it in a fancier bottle. I've also been looking at some "best cheap bourbon" lists, and wound up finding that Evan Williams Bottled in Bond is actually really damn good, and at fifteen bucks a bottle, I don't mind it as an everyday drink. I don't even mix it, it tastes fine neat.

Otherwise, I got a bottle of Auchtenochan Three Wood for Christmas that I like a lot. Jameson's Caskmates, both IPA and Stout are really good too, if I'm in the mood for something more mellow.
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Post by RunningMn9 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:00 am

Just be careful out there as sometimes you start with one bottle and then you have four bottles and then you are trying to figure out where the hell to put 70 bottles of whisky. ;)

Speaking of tours though, one of the most fantastic experiences of my life was the “Water to Whisky Experience” at the Laphroaig distillery on Islay in Scotland. It took about four hours, but in addition to the normal facilities tour they take you out on a short hike across Islay to the water source that they use to feed the distillery (with an amazing lunch). And that is followed up with a trip to their peat fields to learn how to cut peat. At the start they give you a mini Glencairn glass that hangs around your neck, and they give you drams to sample throughout the tour.

The tour culminated with a private viewing of the warehouse (they don’t tour through there), where they pull a barrel out for the group and you can draw a sample to take home.

At the time it was also the only place you could buy Laphroaig 21yo which was in a 350cl bottle for like $150.

Overall experience was 10/10 and I highly recommend.
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Post by McNutt » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:25 am

That sounds pretty damn fun.

So did you buy the bottle?

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Post by RunningMn9 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:41 am

McNutt wrote:That sounds pretty damn fun.

So did you buy the bottle?
Absolutely. Once my money as converted from USD into GBP it was like I was playing with Monopoly money. Who would want to go through the hassle and expense of changing that back to USD? :)
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Re: Bourbon and Whiskey

Post by noxiousdog » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:37 am

Crowd-sourced Beginner Whisk[e]ys. This is from the youtube channel I mentioned earlier. I'm going up to their distillery this weekend. While they are getting the distilling part up and running, they are blending some MGP whiskey and aging it locally.

There was a recommendation on the channel the other day for blending 2 parts Elijah Craig Bourbon with 1 part Laphroig and it was really good. Gave a sweet start with a smokey finish.
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Post by RunningMn9 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:49 pm

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There was a recommendation on the channel the other day for blending 2 parts Elijah Craig Bourbon with 1 part Laphroig and it was really good. Gave a sweet start with a smokey finish.
I have both, but cannot imagine a scenario where I would mix them. It's like a psychological block.
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Re: Bourbon and Whiskey

Post by noxiousdog » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:33 pm

RunningMn9 wrote:
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noxiousdog wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:37 am
There was a recommendation on the channel the other day for blending 2 parts Elijah Craig Bourbon with 1 part Laphroig and it was really good. Gave a sweet start with a smokey finish.
I have both, but cannot imagine a scenario where I would mix them. It's like a psychological block.
Since neither are expensive, I didn't mind. I certainly didn't use my quarter cask though!
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Re: Bourbon and Whiskey

Post by Xmann » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:19 am

Finished off my bottle of Woodford Reserve tonight. Really enjoyed it and with my very limited exposure, it's my favorite thus far.


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Post by noxiousdog » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:10 am

I had some Balcones Single Malt a couple days ago. It was one of the best whiskey's I've ever tasted. Spicy without the rye funk.

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Post by mori » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:18 pm

Bought a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. Not as good as the Four Roses Single Barrel but it was almost $10 cheaper a bottle.

I was at an upper end bar in downtown Minneapolis and was looking at their whisky selection. I noticed a brand called Whistlepig. Searched Google for it and holy crap is that high end for a rye whisky. Their lesser end product is almost $80 a bottle if you can find it. They do not even distill their own whisky but get it sourced from other distilleries and blend and age it at their site.

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Post by McNutt » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:25 pm

I've been experimenting with ~$20 whiskeys. The other day I bought Jim Beam Devil's Cut. It's a pretty solid every-day bourbon. Not a bad way to spend $20.

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Post by RunningMn9 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:41 pm

I’ve got a friend whose a rye whiskey fan, and he has declared loudly that WhistlePig is the best rye you’re going to find. I’m not a rye guy, so I can’t really verify that though.
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Post by Xmann » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:28 am

I don't really like Rye either.

I was browsing the liquor section as my wife was shopping for dinner and I almost bought the Four Roses or the Elijah Craig, but I passed on both. They had the Whistlepig there as well. I also noticed the Devil's Cut and it's inexpensive price.

Went home empty handed. Still working on my Eagle Rare and Stranahans.

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Post by RunningMn9 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:52 am

I’ve got a bottle of the Elijah Craig (picked up on my trip to Louisville a few years ago), and it’s pretty good.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:16 am

I have a box from Whistlepig in my house. The wife brought the box home full of other stuff, but seeing as I have no taste for whisk(e)y, I’m fine with that.
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Post by Ænima » Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:27 pm

I like ryes quite a bit. Whistlepig is good, but not worth the price except on rare occasion. My go tos are Rittenhouse on the cheaper side, and Willett on the pricier.

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Post by McNutt » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:01 pm

I just bought a bottle of Jim Beam Repeal Edition for $13. I'm excited to try it as the reviews are really good.

I was sad to see that Booker's, which I used to get for $40, is now selling for $80.

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Post by Kraken » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:59 pm

I'm not a fan of flavored spirits but today someone at my packie was giving out tastes of an Irish whiskey infused with cinnamon, clove, and something else. It tasted like Red Hot candy, if Red Hots were made with whiskey. Sadly, their shipment has been tied up in Customs since December and he only had nips for sale. It was unexpectedly good.

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Post by MonkeyFinger » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:34 pm

I'm not that big of a Rye fan either and I thought WhistlePig was just in the "blending" business but in diving into their website today, it seems they're a distiller as well. For a cinnamon whiskey I tend to keep some JD Tennessee Fire on hand in the freezer for that. :ninja:
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Post by Kraken » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:12 pm

It wasn't just the cinnamon, it was cinnamon + clove that made it remarkable. Ordinarily I assume that flavorings are added to cover up inferior spirits, and that might have been true here. But oh my, that one sip had such a nice burn that it stayed on my tongue for an hour.

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Post by McNutt » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:50 am

The Repeal Batch wasn't bad. My friend liked it a lot. Definitely tastes better than $13. It's a bit too sweet for me. One of the sweetest bourbons I've tried actually.

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Post by MonkeyFinger » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:51 am

Kraken wrote:
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It wasn't just the cinnamon, it was cinnamon + clove that made it remarkable. Ordinarily I assume that flavorings are added to cover up inferior spirits, and that might have been true here. But oh my, that one sip had such a nice burn that it stayed on my tongue for an hour.
Of course, was just throwing that out there. Be curious if you know the name of it as it sounds very interesting but a search only seems to turn up cocktail recipes or how to infuse your own. :?
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Post by Kraken » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:03 pm

MonkeyFinger wrote:
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It wasn't just the cinnamon, it was cinnamon + clove that made it remarkable. Ordinarily I assume that flavorings are added to cover up inferior spirits, and that might have been true here. But oh my, that one sip had such a nice burn that it stayed on my tongue for an hour.
Of course, was just throwing that out there. Be curious if you know the name of it as it sounds very interesting but a search only seems to turn up cocktail recipes or how to infuse your own. :?
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Post by mori » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:07 pm

I wonder if it was Flaming Pig.
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Post by Kraken » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:53 pm

mori wrote:
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I wonder if it was Flaming Pig.
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The description sounds right, but I think the dude said they import the whiskey and infuse it themselves.

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Post by noxiousdog » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:24 pm

RunningMn9 wrote:
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I’ve got a friend whose a rye whiskey fan, and he has declared loudly that WhistlePig is the best rye you’re going to find. I’m not a rye guy, so I can’t really verify that though.
It's definitely the best rye that I've ever had. I typically only use them for manhattans, but I got a whiskey advent calendar last year, they mixed a number of ryes in with the bourbons so I tried a few. WhistlePig is worth drinking straight.

Elijah Craig is on the too sweet side for me, but it's drinkable.
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Re: Bourbon and Whiskey

Post by Xmann » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:24 pm

Bought a bottle of Basil Hayden's last night. A little too much pepper for me, so i had to add some ice.

Friday night at a company party there was some Elijah Craig at the bar and i really really liked it. That's high on my wish list now.

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