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Discussion in 'Community Center' started by ShannonSteelLabs, Sep 8, 2019.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Knob Creek.
I have tried knob creek but wasnt a fan when I tried it.
But that was probably 4 years ago and I wasnt into whiskey then.
I will have to revisit.
Also I have recently tried Michters single barrel. And was very pleasantly surprised. Affordable and VERY tasty.
Re: Knob Creek
Not really a fan of the standard version... but the single barrel (120 proof) is good stuff!!
Michter's single barrel is affordable again? Last time I saw it, it was over $400/ bottle
Ahh I had a pour of it at a bar and it was only 15 or so bucks.
I've got 2 bottles of Michters SB, purchased before things went crazy around here. (I used to buy BTAC & Parker Heritage releases for $75/ bottle, and Pappy 20 for $100, etc... then, I think I might have missed a year; but, the next time I saw them, prices had gone insane - $400-500 for the former, $2000 for the latter. Weller and a few other other names went along for the ride. I don't know if it's the distributors or the shops; but, that first year, I was in communication & assured that it wasn't the manufacturer that raised the prices.
I had a friend who was buying Weller for like 30 bucks. Somewhere in Rhode Island.
Then POOF. It's nearly impossible to find and at least 60 plus. I've never even seen it in MA.
As for pappy, I've never even bothered looking for it. $1,800 is just insane. Our local store had one bottle listed at that. Sold in 2 days and then had a raffle for the second bottle. *stumbled across the post on their Instagram one day*
Just picked up a bottle of Weller's Special Reserve, at $28 price-point! Damn good bourbon... regardless of price.
My short list of favorites:
Lagavulin distillers edition port
Whistlepig sherry finished
Local to me I have Hennebery, Cutwater spirits, BNS
whiskey and knives, motorcycles, hunting, and fishing (and a little football and hockey watching) - other than work, thats what I do these days.
whistlepigs 10 year rye is one of my new favorites.
as a more budget friendly alternative - James E Pepper 1776 Rye is very drinkable - maybe too drinkable based on the last bottle I shared with a friend
forty creek barrel select is an interesting canadian whisky that won't break the bank.
really local to me is Filibuster - their bourbon, rye, and gin are all good enough - but they have the Boondoggler, which is "finished" in several different barrels - including some from local wineries.
Woodford Reserve Double Oak is worth mentioning as well.
Pappy is an odd bird, and I don't mean that in any sort of negative way at all.
I've gotten my hands around some less than half dozen times in the last few years.
the first was the 15 year, they had it in a resort casino bar, i mentioned it, and one of the guys bought us a round - $100 for an ounce. too much for me, at that rate, but...
here in VA, the only way to get Pappy is by lottery (or knowing the right person). the 15 year runs about $140, if you are selected, and I'll pay it all day long.
A friend has a connection and has shared with us some 12, 15, and 20 year. I'd be happy to win the lottery on any of these as well.
I could sip pappy every evening, and twice on sundays - but who knows when I'd ever be able to replace it if the opportunity came up.
I've been purposely avoiding this thread thus far, I can't afford it!
Watching a new documentary available on Amazon Prime, titled "Scotch: A Golden Dream"
Well done, I'm very much enjoying it, about halfway through and I'd highly recommend it!!!
FEW is a great craft distillery. Of course I live in Evanston, IL and have gotten to know the owners a little, so I might be slightly biased. I'm actually enjoying their bourbon as I type. Have you heard of Koval Distillery? They're another excellent craft distillery in Chicago.
My tastes definitely lean more towards traditional Kentucky Bourbons. Single malts are just too grown-up for this simple small town kid. They can be a lot of work. That said, I can appreciate the complexity and weight of a Lagavulin 16 on occasion. And if pressed, I'd say that Oban 14 probably sits squarely in my single malt wheelhouse.
So let's see ... What have I purchased and enjoyed recently? Hmm, ok, looking at the shelf: Blanton's Single Barrel (amazing stuff); Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye (4 year); Rowan's Creek Bourbon from the excellent KBD (Kentucky Bourbon Distillers), which is a true gem; Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey--a solid offering from Colorado (obviously); WhistlePig 15 yr Rye, and High West Rendezvous rye.
If you can stomach a Laga 16, I'd say your'e pretty grown up already.
Personally I love it, but it ain't kind.
FEW makes an excellent bourbon.
I loved it. And it's very reasonably priced. I think it paid 42 or so for it.
As a side note I have high west Double Rye. And it's awesome.
I'd like to try the Rendezvous again soon.
Any one have any new whiskey as of late?
I tried a new brand to me somewhat recently.
Oppidan smoke and sea.
Pretty damn Good. So good I'd like to try it again. And contemplate grabbing a bottle.
I'd love to find this one:
Traverse City Straight Rye. Barrel Proof.
I saw it on the tribe and the review was incredible. So much so... that I'm beginning a quest to find it in San Diego.
I thought I did not like Wild Turkey, but the Wild Turkey 101 over a ball of ice has been hitting the spot.
Buffalo Trace is a safe and cheaper bet.
Despite what some people think Jack Daniels is a solid whiskey. I usually shoot it (which is why it has a iffy reputation) but it is a decent sipping whiskey.
For the most part I like bourbons, but I should try some Canadian whiskeys.
Thank God I don't like Scotch. A good bourbon is 50-90 mostly. A good Scotch whiskey seems to be125-300
You can definitely find good bourbon under 50. But it's got all kinds of price points.
I havent gotten into scotch lol. Its pricey like you said!
Buffalo trace is good for the price. Same with Four Roses products. If you can snag a single barrel, store pick you are in for a treat. (Barrel proof) amazing stuff.
Oppidan is local to me. Just 26 miles away.
I bought my brother in law a bottle of their four grain straight bourbon.
Very nice stuff. At 50% alcohol I expected it to be a bit coarse. It wasn’t at all.
Oh wow that's awesome!!
That's pretty cool that it's so close.
I will have to try the 4 grain bourbon when I can.
It's a little on the low end for this thread, but Old Forester is my go-to bourbon (their rye is pretty good too). Woodford Reserve is another favorite, when I want to spend a little more. I've found I mostly prefer the high rye varieties of bourbon. Back when I was living in Massachusetts, one of my favorites was Nor'easter Bourbon, it was aged on Nantucket and had a distinct salty-oaky taste.
I also like Irish whiskeys too, Tullamore Dew Rum cask, Jameson Caskmates, and The Sextant are all great.
My wife likes the oakier bourbons, but her favorite whisky is Ardbeg. She's a bit odd.
I'm definitely not a fan of the traditional bourbons like Jim Beam, Wild Turkey or the other high corn varieties. If they smell remotely like Jack Daniels (not a bourbon. I know) it just turns me off.
I try but I just get this burnt popcorn smell and it's too sweet.
EDIT - My wife thinks Ardbeg smells like a tire fire. to yours.