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Title: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 01:02:51 AM
I just finished a trip to Lewis-ville Kentucky. I was able to sample several local bourbons at the hotel bar. The bartender was quite the bourbon connoisseur so he suggested
several great sippin' whiskeys along with a local package store carrying regional spirits. I picked upa few bottles of bourbs that aren't available in my area. I'll have to sample each and report back my thoughts. If you guys are every in the Louisville area hit up the Brown Hotel downtown, great hotel with a super bar downstairs.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 01:18:51 AM
Do let us know.  Would be curious.  Also, I don't know what part you are from, but do yourself a favor and pick you up a bottle of Elijah Craig 18 yr Single Barrel.  You will not be disappointed.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 01:38:46 AM
Do let us know.  Would be curious.  Also, I don't know what part you are from, but do yourself a favor and pick you up a bottle of Elijah Craig 18 yr Single Barrel.  You will not be disappointed.

I'll keep you guys posted as I sample each. I'm from the Montgomery area but currently live in Columbia,SC. The local package stores offer up a pretty good variety of bourbons but nor quite at the level that I found in KY. I had the Elijah Craig 12yr while I was here and it was very nice. Nice light amber color with oaky and almondy notes. I'm sure the 18 yr gains a little more complexity, I'll see if it's available back home. The Booker's single barrel is kickin my ass right now, 128 proof is no joke! Pretty smooth for that strength though.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:33:03 AM
I'll keep you guys posted as I sample each. I'm from the Montgomery area but currently live in Columbia,SC. The local package stores offer up a pretty good variety of bourbons but nor quite at the level that I found in KY. I had the Elijah Craig 12yr while I was here and it was very nice. Nice light amber color with oaky and almondy notes. I'm sure the 18 yr gains a little more complexity, I'll see if it's available back home. The Booker's single barrel is kickin my ass right now, 128 proof is no joke! Pretty smooth for that strength though.

I know some on here will rave about Bookers, and don't get me wrong, it's like you said, smooth for that strength, but it's expensive.  It cost me about $3.50 to $3.75 a shot out of a 750ml bottle and I can drink Eagle Rare or Makers Mark (booth smooth, enjoyable bourbons) for around $1.50 to $1.75 a shot out of a 750ml bottle.

The Craig 18 year is expensive as well.   I am a budget drinker.  I want the best bang for my buck, that is why I drink so much Eagle Rare and Makers Mark.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:43:47 AM
Speaking of good, but expensive, I just finished a bottle of Basil Hayden.  Very solid.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:50:05 AM
Speaking of good, but expensive, I just finished a bottle of Basil Hayden.  Very solid.

Yes, yes it is.  I have a bottle that I need to get to work on.  Just finished off a bottle of Eagle Rare the other night. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:50:51 AM
Speaking of good, but expensive, I just finished a bottle of Basil Hayden.  Very solid.

 Basil is a damn fine drink, one of my favorites. It is probably the smoothest bourbon I've tasted so far. Back in South Carolina a bottle of Basil is $57, the store we went to in Kentucky had it for $40. I started to pull the trigger but I wanted to get a few bottles that I cant get back home.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:51:10 AM
Also, on the Elijah Craig 18, I got a bottle of that a few weeks ago at a privately owned lick her store.  It was about $28.00 and the owner said he had reduced it to get the only bottle he had off his shelf.  I asked him WTF because this is smooth stuff.  He said he ordered it because he loved it himself but apparently none of the burrbinz drinkers that frequented his store knew about it.   
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:53:11 AM
Basil is a damn fine drink, one of my favorites. It is probably the smoothest bourbon I've tasted so far. Back in South Carolina a bottle of Basil is $57, the store we went to in Kentucky had it for $40. I started to pull the trigger but I wanted to get a few bottles that I cant get back home.

It was $48.00 at the store I go to.  Probably less in the ABC store but that's way out of my way to go get my drink on.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 12:57:01 PM
Evan Williams 10 year Old Single Barrel's great for the price, I couldn't believe it was Evan. I love the Craig 18 very nice.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 01:00:20 PM
Evan Williams 10 year Old Single Barrel's great for the price, I couldn't believe it was Evan. I love the Craig 18 very nice.

Evan used to be the burrbinz of choice for a long time.  Decent taste...mixes well with coke product....and didn't kill the wallet.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 02:30:03 PM
Evan Williams 10 year Old Single Barrel's great for the price, I couldn't believe it was Evan. I love the Craig 18 very nice.
and here I thought you were a KY Gentlemen kind of man.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2011, 11:23:52 PM
Assuming by no response that teh Burbbinz has kicked the ass of one MarkChand.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 09:31:10 AM
If you guys would use a little judgement and buy whiskey not made in the US, you wouldn't have to sift through 90% riff raff for diamonds in the rough and overpay for it. Just saying....the American whiskey market is saturated with a lot of crap forcing the consumer to look hard for anything decent. Most is very young stuff. The minimum aging on a non-US whiskey, meaning Canada, Scotland, Ireland - is much higher than the US minimum. They also tend to be made with better ingredients (corn vs malt, barley) and quality. Its an entirely different process. Its like looking at the plant that makes a Ferrari vs the plant that makes the Chrysler Sebring.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 11:28:59 AM
Assuming by no response that teh Burbbinz has kicked the ass of one MarkChand.

I didn't have the stomach to break the seal on one of the new bottles last night. The Booker's from the previous evening was still weighing heavy on my stomach and intestinal track all day yesterday. I'll break one out tonight and report back.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 11:33:00 AM
If you guys would use a little judgement and buy whiskey not made in the US, you wouldn't have to sift through 90% riff raff for diamonds in the rough and overpay for it. Just saying....the American whiskey market is saturated with a lot of crap forcing the consumer to look hard for anything decent. Most is very young stuff. The minimum aging on a non-US whiskey, meaning Canada, Scotland, Ireland - is much higher than the US minimum. They also tend to be made with better ingredients (corn vs malt, barley) and quality. Its an entirely different process. Its like looking at the plant that makes a Ferrari vs the plant that makes the Chrysler Sebring.


Scotch fudgeing sucks.  Jameson is the only Irish whiskey worth drinking.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 12:30:36 PM
I didn't have the stomach to break the seal on one of the new bottles last night. The Booker's from the previous evening was still weighing heavy on my stomach and intestinal track all day yesterday. I'll break one out tonight and report back.

We done warned you bout' that damn Bookers, boy.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 02:00:15 PM

Scotch fudgeing sucks.  Jameson is the only Irish whiskey worth drinking.
I dont care for Johnny Walker much but Glen Fiddich is decent. Most of it is 8 years by standard. They have some 18 and 24 yr stuff like Jameson. Believe it or not, Crown is one of the better whiskeys for the price. I have some Crown Reserve yet to be cracked at the house.

Have you ever tried Red Breast, Powers or Michael Collins? All better than Jameson to me. And I love Jameson.

Those whiskeys are made the way they are supposed to be made. Not cheapskating it with fudgeing corn. :poke poke: 

I keed though. We'll have to exchange a few glasses at a game one day AUT1.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 02:09:43 PM

Scotch fudgeing sucks.  Jameson is the only Irish whiskey worth drinking.

Pell City Tiger would like a word or three with you.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 02:27:47 PM
I dont care for Johnny Walker much but Glen Fiddich is decent. Most of it is 8 years by standard. They have some 18 and 24 yr stuff like Jameson. Believe it or not, Crown is one of the better whiskeys for the price. I have some Crown Reserve yet to be cracked at the house.

Have you ever tried Red Breast, Powers or Michael Collins? All better than Jameson to me. And I love Jameson.

Those whiskeys are made the way they are supposed to be made. Not cheapskating it with fudgeing corn. :poke poke: 

I keed though. We'll have to exchange a few glasses at a game one day AUT1.

Gotdamn, everyone know good whiskey is made with at least 51% corn.  God intended it to be made in Kentucky, everyone else is just pretenders.

I have tried Michael Collins, and Bushmills, it's not bad, I still like Jameson a lot better.  Not a Walker, Fiddich, Regal, fan.  If Scotch was any good, they wouldn't have to use old used bourbon barrels to age it in.  :)

Not much on the Canadian Blends either.  I do enjoy a shot of cold Crown from time to time and I do enjoy a 7&7 as well, but not to often. 

TN Whiskey: Only richardel no.12 is worth drinking to me, and I am also not much on the Rye's but for a few.

I am just a Burbbinz kind of guy.  If I do manage to get to a game this year, I will take you up on that offer for a drink.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 02:28:07 PM
We done warned you bout' that damn Bookers, boy.

I like to learn lessons the hard way. Have you ever tried to pet a bobcat with a fist full of briars?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 02:29:58 PM
We done warned you bout' that damn Bookers, boy.
They don't listen to us do they?

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 03:45:30 PM
They don't listen to us do they?

I chortled.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 20, 2011, 08:43:09 PM
Broke the seal on Noah's Mill: 12 year old 114.3 proof burb.

Tried to tackle this beast neat, bad call. Intense oakiness and burn like a hot oak ember on your tongue. The peppery fire from the alcohol kicked like a 3-legged ninja all the way down. I applied a thin coat of vagasil to my tender area and dropped 2 ice cubes into my glass. Completely different drink. The flavors really opened up, nice sweetness with a hint of vanilla, some tobacco notes also. The alcohol burn relaxed quite a bit too. I'm working on glass #2 right now.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 11:21:58 AM
So last night, I picked up a bottle of Basil Hayden. Upon opening the bottle, I immediately detected a hint of cinnamon and polmegranite.  It poured up in the Auburn stadium cup a deep golden brown and seemed to take on a more oreganoey aroma. As I added the coke product, the color turned a more chocolatey doo doo brown, but lightened as the ice cubes kerplunked in.  I shook the cup lightly and was pleasantly surprised by a fizzy, sort of bubbly popping, crackling noise.  Of course, the added coke product produced the wafting scent of a young school boys soiled undergarments.  The first sip started smooth but then exploded into a cornucopia of carbonationey meat marinades.  The finish elicited fond memories of afternoon showers with the football team. 

I'd have to give it a solid B+       
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 01:18:37 PM
So last night, I picked up a bottle of Basil Hayden. Upon opening the bottle, I immediately detected a hint of cinnamon and polmegranite.  It poured up in the Auburn stadium cup a deep golden brown and seemed to take on a more oreganoey aroma. As I added the coke product, the color turned a more chocolatey doo doo brown, but lightened as the ice cubes kerplunked in.  I shook the cup lightly and was pleasantly surprised by a fizzy, sort of bubbly popping, crackling noise.  Of course, the added coke product produced the wafting scent of a young school boys soiled undergarments.  The first sip started smooth but then exploded into a cornucopia of carbonationey meat marinades.  The finish elicited fond memories of afternoon showers with the football team. 

I'd have to give it a solid B+     

 :bugs:

If you hadn't used coke product you would have given it an A.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 01:37:00 PM
:bugs:

If you hadn't used coke product you would have given it an A.

You should see what Knob Creek does for me.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:29:56 PM
You should see what Knob Creek does for me.

Knob Creek is good, overrated and overpriced, but good.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:39:13 PM
Knob Creek is good, overrated and overpriced, but good.

Overpriced, I agree with.  But because of the rest of your post, you need to shut your dirty Whorish mouf.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:42:02 PM
Overpriced, I agree with.  But because of the rest of your post, you need to shut your dirty Whorish mouf.

I said it was good!  I am thinking at that price though it should be something that I can't get enough of.  It didn't "WOW" me like I thought it would. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:52:34 PM
I said it was good!  I am thinking at that price though it should be something that I can't get enough of.  It didn't "WOW" me like I thought it would.

Damn it...coke product, man...coke product.


I have all but stopped buying it unless I'm somewhere other than the high priced likker store on the way home. It's run by a friend of mine and I think you saw a pic of the "Help".  Knob is frickin' $48.00 there.  Down at the beach, I can get the same bottle for $32.00 - $36.00.  Been hitting a lot of Woodford lately.  Sweet stuff.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:53:19 PM
Knob Creek is good, overrated and overpriced, but good.

THIS ^^^^
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:56:18 PM
THIS ^^^^

Ahem....is Snags gonna' have to slap some bitches around here?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 02:59:25 PM
Coke product may be the missing ingredien............wait, what the fudge am I saying?

Now see, $32-$36 is more like it.  I can't find it that cheap here.  More around $40.  At that price the Makers Mark and the Eagle rare at $26-$30 just seem to pull me in, every once in a while I am strong and hit a bottle of Basil Haydens or Woodford.   God how I love those two.  It's unhealthy, it really is, but I digress.  If I could find teh KC that cheap, it would be a staple.

Yes, I saw a picture of the help.  Love lickher stores like that.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:02:44 PM
My fav is the Craig. Just some damn fine tasting whiskey to me. I likes me some Wild Turkey but that shoot kicks my ass. My uncle gave me some Johnny Walker once....I'm glad I didn't pay for that shoot. Typically I reach for Evans though.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:06:30 PM
Much to my dismay, she left to pursue other career opportunities.  Damn fine woman, she was.  I did grab some Basil last night.  I was wrong earlier as it was $44.00.  Still, I have to be in the mood to splurge before I eclipse the $40.00 mark for whiskey drinks.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:16:36 PM
Not withstanding the vagina jokes, any wine drinkers on board?  I am and usually start the night with a glass before or during supper. It took many years of experimenting before I landed on a type that I like.  Just wasn't in to wine but on occasion, would try something different when I didn't feel like anything heavy.  Was down in Destin several years back and tried a Chardonnay that made me go, that's it.  That's what I've been looking for.  Then I started trying to find Chardonnays with similar tastes and have really gotten into them.   
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:18:02 PM
My fav is the Craig. Just some damn fine tasting whiskey to me. I likes me some Wild Turkey but that shoot kicks my ass. My uncle gave me some Johnny Walker once....I'm glad I didn't pay for that shoot. Typically I reach for Evans though.

Gotdamn! And you drink Jack Black too............ I like the Craig, but for the love god man...........Evan Williams????  I know you got 47 kids and they are expensive, but damn!  Just damn!

Much to my dismay, she left to pursue other career opportunities.  Damn fine woman, she was.  I did grab some Basil last night.  I was wrong earlier as it was $44.00.  Still, I have to be in the mood to splurge before I eclipse the $40.00 mark for whiskey drinks.

If it's over $35 then 9 times out of 10 I am not buying unless I know that only myself will be partaking.   I never share my top quality with folks unless they are "special guest".   Ex.  My neighbor comes to my house, I offer him the house bourbon, if it's someone that I don't particularly like, he gets offered "cooking bourbon".  If it's someone new or someone I haven't seen in a while, then I will go to the top shelf...........and the new person better mind his fudgeing manners or he will soon be demoted to something lesser.

I have rules dammit! And no alligators!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:20:21 PM
So if I come to your house and get richardel....
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:28:57 PM
Gotdamn! And you drink Jack Black too............ I like the Craig, but for the love god man...........Evan Williams????  I know you got 47 kids and they are expensive, but damn!  Just damn!

Jack Black not really that often but I have bought it at times. Not really bad at all in my opinion but usually if I go that route I'll get the Craig, its cheaper. Funny thing is I originally bought the Craig because I wanted to try something different and it had a cool bottle. Wonderful surprise inside. As for the Evans, yeah I like it.

By the way, thats 46 thank you.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:42:49 PM
So if I come to your house and get richardel....

You really have to step on your own richard and make an ass of yourself, but then again I usually don.............check that, I do keep richardel no.12 on hand for things like coffee, but not in massive amounts.  Only buy it in a pint.   
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:44:21 PM
Much to my dismay, she left to pursue other career opportunities.  Damn fine woman, she was.  I did grab some Basil last night.  I was wrong earlier as it was $44.00.  Still, I have to be in the mood to splurge before I eclipse the $40.00 mark for whiskey drinks.

$40 is my threshold for pain too when it comes to buying a bottle. If I spend more than that I get that "You're fudgein' drunk and you spent too much money" look from the skirt. Most of the stores keep handles of the good stuff on sale right around the $38-$40 range. I'm still working my way through the handle of Maker's I got at the beginning of the season. It tends to last a little longer when I mix it with my coke product of choice, Sprite Zero.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:52:17 PM
$40 is my threshold for pain too when it comes to buying a bottle. If I spend more than that I get that "You're fudgein' drunk and you spent too much money" look from the skirt. Most of the stores keep handles of the good stuff on sale right around the $38-$40 range. I'm still working my way through the handle of Maker's I got at the beginning of the season. It tends to last a little longer when I mix it with my coke product of choice, Sprite Zero.

I think you and Sanggletiger just became best friends.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 03:58:05 PM
I think you and Sanggletiger just became best friends.

For heavy drinking days, like every Saturday during the fall, I have to cut the burbz a little bit. Never do I mix the primo burbz or scotch. I have limits.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:06:00 PM
For heavy drinking days, like every Saturday during the fall, I have to cut the burbz a little bit. Never do I mix the primo burbz or scotch. I have limits.

 :kimclap:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:17:16 PM
Alright, I do have a bottle of teh Haydens I picked up last night.  But, I need to know what is going to bring the mojo for the game tomorrow.  Not sure if I can risk Auburn game mojo on an untested burrbinz.  Going by the lick her store when I get off so I need suggestions.  I've done good and bad this year on Makers and you can't go wrong there.  But what particular batch will push me and Auburn towards winning tomorrow?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:20:59 PM
Alright, I do have a bottle of teh Haydens I picked up last night.  But, I need to know what is going to bring the mojo for the game tomorrow.  Not sure if I can risk Auburn game mojo on an untested burrbinz.  Going by the lick her store when I get off so I need suggestions.  I've done good and bad this year on Makers and you can't go wrong there.  But what particular batch will push me and Auburn towards winning tomorrow?

Tough call.  It has been Eagle Rare on Friday night and Makers Mark on game day for me this year.  Last year I drank a lot of "Apple Pie" during the season.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:22:35 PM
Tough call.  It has been Eagle Rare on Friday night and Makers Mark on game day for me this year.  Last year I drank a lot of "Apple Pie" during the season.

Apple pie...please to be extrapolating.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:22:49 PM
Alright, I do have a bottle of teh Haydens I picked up last night.  But, I need to know what is going to bring the mojo for the game tomorrow.  Not sure if I can risk Auburn game mojo on an untested burrbinz.  Going by the lick her store when I get off so I need suggestions.  I've done good and bad this year on Makers and you can't go wrong there.  But what particular batch will push me and Auburn towards winning tomorrow?

My bottle of Maker's and Trotter have us at 5-2 this year. I say Woodford for a change of pace, the wood can be the Moseley of bourbon.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:34:14 PM
My bottle of Maker's and Trotter have us at 5-2 this year. I say Woodford for a change of pace, the wood can be the Moseley of bourbon.

Man makes a strong point.  I may be sipping on Woodford tomorrow.

Apple pie...please to be extrapolating.

Apple Pie, 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider, 1/2 gallon of Apple Juice, pour in a stock pot add about 6 to 10 cinnamon sticks, bring it to a boil, when it starts to boil add a 750ml bottle of Everclear and remove from the heat and stir it up real good.   Strain to get the trash created from the cinnamon sticks, pour back into the bottles and let it rest in the fridge for a couple of days.  shoot taste delicious, a lot like an apple pie, hence the name, but be careful, you can't taste the Everclear and it will get you in shootloads of trouble if you let it get out of hand and make you wonder why you woke up in a chair on the patio at 6AM as you are still dizzy and sick <----- speaks from experience. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:45:00 PM
Man makes a strong point.  I may be sipping on Woodford tomorrow.

Apple Pie, 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider, 1/2 gallon of Apple Juice, pour in a stock pot add about 6 to 10 cinnamon sticks, bring it to a boil, when it starts to boil add a 750ml bottle of Everclear and remove from the heat and stir it up real good.   Strain to get the trash created from the cinnamon sticks, pour back into the bottles and let it rest in the fridge for a couple of days.  shoot taste delicious, a lot like an apple pie, hence the name, but be careful, you can't taste the Everclear and it will get you in shootloads of trouble if you let it get out of hand and make you wonder why you woke up in a chair on the patio at 6AM as you are still dizzy and sick <----- speaks from experience.

In his best Homer Simpson voice...MMMM...apple pie.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 04:49:06 PM
Woodford it is.  Brisket it is.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:02:27 PM
In his best Homer Simpson voice...MMMM...apple pie.

I was extremely hungover and sick on Tuesday Jan 11, 2011.  2 of us polished off half a gallon of it, then decided since we were out we needed to drink up what was left of the Makers Mark..........I remember waking up at 3AM and the room was spinning as fast as the ceiling fan.   Damn good thing it snowed enough that I had a valid excuse for not going to work. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:10:41 PM
Damn it...coke product, man...coke product.


I have all but stopped buying it unless I'm somewhere other than the high priced likker store on the way home. It's run by a friend of mine and I think you saw a pic of the "Help".  Knob is frickin' $48.00 there.  Down at the beach, I can get the same bottle for $32.00 - $36.00.  Been hitting a lot of Woodford lately.  Sweet stuff.

Ummm, where would I find this pic you are talking about?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:17:41 PM
Ummm, where would I find this pic you are talking about?

In best Homer Simpson voice....MMMMM...hotties.

AU1 had sent me a pic of a bottle of burrbinz beside a glass of ice.  Something like, "About to have some fun".

Next day I stopped by my lick her store and had the little vixen hold up a bottle of Maker's. Isent it to him with the same caption.

Then I deleted. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:20:18 PM
I may have that saved.....let me look real quick.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:24:09 PM
Damn, I can't find it.  I thought when I backed up my SD card on my phone that I had saved it.  Then again it could be at home.

Trust us ssg, she was hawt! 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:33:05 PM
Damn, I can't find it.  I thought when I backed up my SD card on my phone that I had saved it.  Then again it could be at home.

Trust us ssg, she was hawt!

I wanted to stir her collards
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 21, 2011, 05:44:14 PM
I wanted to stir her collards

She was hawt!  Did I mention she was hawt.

I remember it now, I told you "this is how I take my Makers" making fun of the fact that you use Coke product and then you sent that back with "THIS, is how I take my Makers" and then you deleted.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 23, 2011, 02:30:50 PM
if you take out the words bourbon, scotch and whiskey in the thread it sounds like a bunch of dudes discussing knobs...and what they like to do with guys named evan, mark and booker. 

don't forget your supplies @ :hop:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 24, 2011, 12:02:57 PM
We aren't talking about knobs?

Despite how terrible the game turned out, the Woodford was the right choice. Eggzalent.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 02, 2011, 12:47:08 PM
So I assume that MarkChand drank himself to death or is still passed out?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 04, 2011, 01:53:23 PM
Picked up my second bottle of Jefferson's in the last couple of weeks.  $33.00 at the Lick Her store I go to.  Probably $25.00 at an ABC.  I have a new entry into my top 5.  Very impressed. 

Yes, I know, I have to qualify my list as being those that play well with Coke product.  Have no idea about over teh cubes but I can't imagine it not being impressive to those that love the burn.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 05, 2011, 08:48:48 AM
So I assume that MarkChand drank himself to death or is still passed out?

I'm still alive, just spent a week a rippin' and a tearin' across the volunteer state for work.

Still working my way through the 3 bottles.

Noah's Mill- still my favorite. Relatively smooth at 114.3 proof. I would buy it anytime I find it.

Rowan's Creek- Noah's little brother, they are from the same distillery. My second favorite. It's a nice, sweet boubon. Reminds me of Basil with a little more fire at 100 proof.

Michter's US1: Meh, decent whiskey, but not up to the price. It's a more bitter bourbon, I can definitely detect sour notes in it. Reminds me of Knobb with a heavier price tag. Not on my try again list.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 11:26:23 AM
Here's something I know you guys can't wait to try.  Non-alcoholic whiskey in a can!

http://www.geekosystem.com/alcohol-free-whiskey/

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Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 11:33:32 AM
Im gonna go cliche here and ask "Whats the point?"

This sounds like some bullshoot that found origins in China or India. Where is this from?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 11:36:39 AM
Im gonna go cliche here and ask "Whats the point?"

This sounds like some bullshootake that found origins in China or India. Where is this from?

The only place that could make something so frivolous and unnecessary.  USA! USA! USA!

http://www.arkaybeverages.com/contact_us.aspx

Ft Lauderdale, FL - I know this is probably not where it is made, but it is the location of their business office.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 03:41:11 PM
Here's something I know you guys can't wait to try.  Non-alcoholic whiskey in a can!

http://www.geekosystem.com/alcohol-free-whiskey/

(http://static02.mediaite.com/geekosystem/uploads/2011/11/ArKay-whiskey-550x314.jpg)

The fudge?  Blasphemy!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 03:49:11 PM
The fudge?  Blasphemy!

Yeah, I was too mad to comment. Had to calm down before posting.  I......oh damn it, I'm still not over this.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 04:27:34 PM
Yeah, I was too mad to comment. Had to calm down before posting.  I......oh damn it, I'm still not over this.

Come on now, you know you would mix that with your favorite coke product
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 04:29:43 PM
Come on now, you know you would mix that with your favorite coke product

 *snicker*
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 08, 2011, 04:36:59 PM
*snicker*

Both of you close your filthy, whoreish rooster holsters.  I wouldn't taint fine coke product with that shoot. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 12, 2011, 01:26:34 PM
 I had to follow AUT1's lead. Picked up a bottle of Eagle Rare today. I'll break it open during the UGAy game.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 12, 2011, 01:28:34 PM
I had to follow AUT1's lead. Picked up a bottle of Eagle Rare today. I'll break it open during the UGAy game.

You won't be disappointed.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 12, 2011, 04:22:26 PM
I had to follow AUT1's lead. Picked up a bottle of Eagle Rare today. I'll break it open during the UGAy game.

You will like it......you may need it for this game.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 01:27:36 PM
Went to my lick her store and decided on a bottle of Eagle Rare to get me through the weekend.  The owner gives me a bottle of some brand of corn whisky, free.  He said they had ordered a case to see how it sold but no one had touched it yet, so he asked me to try out a bottle.  I said "Some brand" because I honestly don't recall and I don't want to know.  I tried a sip straight....I mixed it with delicious coke product....I believe I might just bring the unused portion (3/4 of the bottle) back to him and cuss his ass out for asking me to try it. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 02:07:55 PM
Went to my lick her store and decided on a bottle of Eagle Rare to get me through the weekend.  The owner gives me a bottle of some brand of corn whisky, free.  He said they had ordered a case to see how it sold but no one had touched it yet, so he asked me to try out a bottle.  I said "Some brand" because I honestly don't recall and I don't want to know.  I tried a sip straight....I mixed it with delicious coke product....I believe I might just bring the unused portion (3/4 of the bottle) back to him and cuss his ass out for asking me to try it.

Pussy, just drink it.

Sounds like Fighting rooster or Kentucky Tavern.  Destroyed what was left of the Woodford last weekend.  Glad I have a hefty supply.

So I assume the Eagle Rare was too much for poor ole MarkChand? 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 02:41:05 PM
Pussy, just drink it.

Sounds like Fighting rooster or Kentucky Tavern.  Destroyed what was left of the Woodford last weekend.  Glad I have a hefty supply.

So I assume the Eagle Rare was too much for poor ole MarkChand?

It made his nutz fall off. 

This whiskey is a light yellow gold color.  Looks just like corn syrup.  Just something about it that ain't right. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 03:27:24 PM
It made his nutz fall off. 

This whiskey is a light yellow gold color.  Looks just like corn syrup.  Just something about it that ain't right.

Nothing is right about any corn whiskey. I keep trying to tell you fudgeers this.

Fermented corn syrup....i'm good thanks.

Sounds like piss and honey. Probably tastes like it too.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 03:33:43 PM
Nothing is right about any corn whiskey. I keep trying to tell you fudgeers this.

Fermented corn syrup....i'm good thanks.

Sounds like piss and honey. Probably tastes like it too.

If it's not made in KY, with at least 51% corn and aged in charred oak barrels, then it sucks.   

Hell, it's so good that the Scotch and Irish have to buy old bourbon barrels to help it get some bourbon in it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 03:56:33 PM
If it's not made in KY, with at least 51% corn and aged in charred oak barrels, then it sucks.   

Hell, it's so good that the Scotch and Irish have to buy old bourbon barrels to help it get some bourbon in it.

They actually started using corn here because the immigrants were as poor as a jaybird and corn was the only cheap, available grain in the area. It was makeshift...and inferior, just like it is today. Suck it AUT1!! Oh, and Duane Allman is a homo! Ok, ok I went too far.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 03:58:05 PM
They actually started using corn here because the immigrants were as poor as a jaybird and corn was the only cheap, available grain in the area. It was makeshift...and inferior, just like it is today. Suck it AUT1!! Oh, and Duane Allman is a homo! Ok, ok I went too far.

Uh-oh, trouble
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 04:02:00 PM
Uh-oh, trouble

Sorry.....







WAS a homo!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 06:12:12 PM
Nothing is right about any corn whiskey. I keep trying to tell you fudgeers this.

Fermented corn syrup....i'm good thanks.

Sounds like piss and honey. Probably tastes like it too.

Scotland - circa: A long time ago

"This whiskey that we made not using corn tastes god awful!"
"Hey!  Maybe if we set fire to the peat bog under it people won't notice!"
"Great idea!"

circa: 2 weeks later

"Hmmm....still taste like shootake!"
"Hey!  Maybe if we buy some used bourbon barrels from America and put our whiskey in it people won't notice!"
"Great id....What the fudge is America?"
"Just go with it man!"

circa: 10 years later

"Hmmmm...  This still tastes like shootake!"
"Hey!  Maybe if we put a fancy name on it like Single Malt and charge people $50 bucks a bottle, they'll think it's good and buy it anyway."
"Brilliant!!!"
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 06:59:50 PM
They actually started using corn here because the immigrants were as poor as a jaybird and corn was the only cheap, available grain in the area. It was makeshift...and inferior, just like it is today. Suck it AUT1!! Oh, and Duane Allman is a homo! Ok, ok I went too far.


(http://memeshack.com/shootjustgotreal/shootJustGotReal_1289957788066.jpg)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 18, 2011, 07:16:40 PM
Pussy, just drink it.

Sounds like Fighting rooster or Kentucky Tavern.  Destroyed what was left of the Woodford last weekend.  Glad I have a hefty supply.

So I assume the Eagle Rare was too much for poor ole MarkChand?

I've punished the bottle of Eagle Rare I bought last weekend. I've got about 1/8 of a bottle left. Damn fine drink! Great bourb for the price, probably my new go to drink.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 19, 2011, 12:25:54 AM
Good deal  MC.  It's my go to for the price as well.  Now.............

GH, get yourself in here and explain your blasphemy?  I will feed your ass to the gators!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 21, 2011, 10:45:56 PM
I see GH is avoiding this thread like the plague now.................................
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 22, 2011, 07:36:45 AM
I see GH is avoiding this thread like the plague now.................................

 Typically a criminal will return to the scene of the crime. Hopefully he won't come back and bludgeon corn whiskey or Duane once again.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 15, 2011, 11:28:32 AM
I think his ass knows better MarkChand.

So it is that time again.  I am having a co-worker who is headed to hotlanta this weekend make a run for me. He stops at a place over there called Total Wine or something like that.  Getting a 1.75 ML bottle of Makers, .750 of Buffalo Trace, .750 of Elijah Craig 12 year 94 and I told him to get me a liter of George richardel #12 since it was cheap and the holidays are coming up.   I need some nasty TN shoot to give to visitors. 

Damn, and it just seemed like not too long ago I bought up a bunch of bourbon.   :(
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 15, 2011, 12:13:00 PM
My strategic bourbon reserve is tapped out as of last night so I have to make a shopping trip also. My wife and I each had a Basil last night polishing off the bottle. For my second drink I had to lower myself to drinking freakin Bushmill's Irish whiskey that has been hiding at the back of my liquor cabinet for 10 years now.

I'm wanting to try a few new things this time. I've never had the Buffalo Trace, any good?

Other suggestions besides Rebel Yell and Fightin rooster?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 15, 2011, 12:57:06 PM
I have never had the Buffalo Trace.  I know that Eagle Rare is part of their product line which is why I am anxious to try it. 

Any of the Pappy Van Winkle family is god tier bourbon.  I wish I could find it here.  :(
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 16, 2011, 05:24:33 PM
Ever had one of those shootty weeks you want to forget? 128.6 proof Booker's should do the trick! I also picked up a bottle of Bulleit for good measure...
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 17, 2011, 01:06:41 AM
Ever had one of those shootty weeks you want to forget? 128.6 proof Booker's should do the trick! I also picked up a bottle of Bulleit for good measure...

Yeah, like this week.  I have been in the Makers and Elijah Craig tonight.  Going to sleepy land in a few.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 17, 2011, 03:40:18 PM
You suckas been in a bottle of Beam Black? I likey.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 17, 2011, 06:41:18 PM
You suckas been in a bottle of Beam Black? I likey.

Haven't tried it. I'll have to add it to the list next time. I haven't tried Crown Black yet either. My bro in law loves the Crown Black I just haven't had the urge to try it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 11:02:24 AM
I have never had the Buffalo Trace.  I know that Eagle Rare is part of their product line which is why I am anxious to try it. 

Any of the Pappy Van Winkle family is god tier bourbon.  I wish I could find it here.  :(

Ive had Buffalo Trace a few times....not that good to me. Granted, I am not a Bourbon fan either, but I have had much better in the category.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 11:17:17 AM
Haven't tried the Beam Black, but I will give it a shot in the near future.  They were out of Buffalo Trace, but they had everything else, so it's ok.  I can find the BT somewhere else, but not that cheap.

Interesting to hear that about it.  I have never tried it so I was looking forward to it, but I live to drink another day.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 11:23:15 AM
Haven't tried the Beam Black, but I will give it a shot in the near future.  They were out of Buffalo Trace, but they had everything else, so it's ok.  I can find the BT somewhere else, but not that cheap.

Interesting to hear that about it.  I have never tried it so I was looking forward to it, but I live to drink another day.

Beam Black and Eagle Rare are better than BT IMHO.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 11:31:45 AM
Beam Black and Eagle Rare are better than BT IMHO.

Eagle Rare is a part of their small batch line, so that doesn't surprise me.  have never been a fan of Jim Beam other than their small batch and with simps taste in alcohol, well it scares me.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 11:57:52 AM
and with simps taste in alcohol, well it scares me.

Just try it fudgeer, you'll thank me later.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 12:43:38 PM
Never been a huge fan of Beam.  Picked up a bottle of Basil Thursday night and worked on it some more last night while grilling.  Fine stuff....especially when properly mixed with delicious coke product. Oh and Tiger1....guess who starts back at my favorite lick her store today? 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 19, 2011, 01:56:28 PM
Never been a huge fan of Beam.  Picked up a bottle of Basil Thursday night and worked on it some more last night while grilling.  Fine stuff....especially when properly mixed with delicious coke product. Oh and Tiger1....guess who starts back at my favorite lick her store today?

 :tongue:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 22, 2011, 05:14:49 PM
Finally decided to treat myself to a bottle of Elijah Craig 12 year. I must say this is a damn fine bourbon! The local lick-her store had it on sale for $27.99(reg $32.99), not sure how that compares price wise to your loal markets but I may have to pick up another one before the sale ends.

I spotted another bottle, Old Whiskey River, that was on sale too but I didn't bite. It had a Wille Nelson guitar pick hanging from the bottleneck. I guess ole Wille is a fan, anyone had this?

There was also a massive display of Crown 750ml bottles on sale for $19.99. I may have to get one of those since I am the suxxor at picking freakin' bowl games...not looking like I'll get a free bottle this year.


PS Snag, please to be sharing pictures of the hot lick her store chick, my favorite store only hires the old heffers
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 22, 2011, 05:36:17 PM
Finally decided to treat myself to a bottle of Elijah Craig 12 year. I must say this is a damn fine bourbon! The local lick-her store had it on sale for $27.99(reg $32.99), not sure how that compares price wise to your loal markets but I may have to pick up another one before the sale ends.

I spotted another bottle, Old Whiskey River, that was on sale too but I didn't bite. It had a Wille Nelson guitar pick hanging from the bottleneck. I guess ole Wille is a fan, anyone had this?

There was also a massive display of Crown 750ml bottles on sale for $19.99. I may have to get one of those since I am the suxxor at picking freakin' bowl games...not looking like I'll get a free bottle this year.


PS Snag, please to be sharing pictures of the hot lick her store chick, my favorite store only hires the old heffers

I don't believe this.  :high:

He once said that his worst tour ever was in Japan b/c he had to drink the whole time and couldn't score the finest of herbs.

Careful on the Craig, it will thump you in the teeth.  The 94 creeps up on you,  then it kicks your ass and laughs at you.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 23, 2011, 12:07:33 PM
Careful on the Craig, it will thump you in the teeth.  The 94 creeps up on you,  then it kicks your ass and laughs at you.

Dis is true. Craig has a little bite to it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 23, 2011, 02:36:31 PM
Dis is true. Craig has a little bite to it.

The Elijah Craig is in my little flask to help me get through Christmas at a couple of different places we have to go.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 23, 2011, 03:03:58 PM
I hope to be sharing lick her store chic pic in the near future.  Trying to work up something for AU1.  I hinted at it last night whilst picking up a couple of Christmas gifts and a bit of the Knob for meself.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 23, 2011, 07:47:22 PM
Santa(my father in law) came early this year. Took him to the local beverage emporium for a shopping trip. He picked us up Buffalo Trace, Old Weller Antique Borbon, Basil, and Cask Strength Macallan. Shaping up to be a very drunk Christmas this year. The Macallan is damn fine for some your-o-peein whiskey. I'll tap into the new bourbons a little later tonight.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 25, 2011, 01:20:00 PM
The Elijah Craig is in my little flask to help me get through Christmas at a couple of different places we have to go.

Started sippn on mine last night. Down to 1/4 left. Dis some good shoot. Got a glass in hand now.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 25, 2011, 03:43:14 PM
 :vn:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 25, 2011, 07:57:01 PM
Ambassadors
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Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 26, 2011, 10:19:40 AM
Ambassadors
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 :bar:

How long until your barrel is ready?  I've still got five years of waiting time left.  I am planning on going back up there when it is ready and getting a bottle from my barrel.  Single barrel Makers Mark, that will be some good licker!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 26, 2011, 12:25:35 PM
I haven't had a change to break into the cabinet the past few days.  One of the complaints I have about Christmas is there is too much travel involved for me and I don't have the time to sit down and enjoy a drink and a nice cigar.  I may have to change that tonight although I do have to go to work tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 26, 2011, 12:38:30 PM
I haven't had a change to break into the cabinet the past few days.  One of the complaints I have about Christmas is there is too much travel involved for me and I don't have the time to sit down and enjoy a drink and a nice cigar.  I may have to change that tonight although I do have to go to work tomorrow.

No travel for me except last Saturday to Monkeytown. My buddy and me exchanged our usual.  He got Crown and I got Woodford.  One thing that I noticed was several of the gifts I got centered around lick her.  Two people gave me wine bottle openers.  I got 2 bottles of wine and one big bottle of Woodford.  Not complaining but I think it kind of says something about what people view as being my interests.  Hey, Snags is an alcoholic...he's easy to buy for.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 26, 2011, 12:43:34 PM
Hey, Snags is an alcoholic...he's easy to buy for.

I managed a bottle of Gentlemens Jack and a new Auburn shot glass.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 26, 2011, 01:26:28 PM
:bar:

How long until your barrel is ready?  I've still got five years of waiting time left.  I am planning on going back up there when it is ready and getting a bottle from my barrel.  Single barrel Makers Mark, that will be some good licker!
I was able to hand dip 2 bottles from my barrel. They also print your name right on the label, it's a very cool trip. I'm now a Senior Ambassador.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 27, 2011, 11:53:29 PM
No travel for me except last Saturday to Monkeytown. My buddy and me exchanged our usual.  He got Crown and I got Woodford.  One thing that I noticed was several of the gifts I got centered around lick her.  Two people gave me wine bottle openers.  I got 2 bottles of wine and one big bottle of Woodford.  Not complaining but I think it kind of says something about what people view as being my interests.  Hey, Snags is an alcoholic...he's easy to buy for.

I feel the same way here.  Several gifts of mine centered around alcohol.  Of course so did what I exchanged with those, maybe it's because we are alcoholics.

I was able to hand dip 2 bottles from my barrel. They also print your name right on the label, it's a very cool trip. I'm now a Senior Ambassador.

Tell me more?


So I was able to dip into the bottle of richardel No.12 tonight.  I remember now why I save that for guest and why I might use a little sprite product with it.  Jesus, TN whiskey is rank for the most part.  Burrbinzz in still king.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 09:51:06 AM
Jesus, TN whiskey is rank for the most part. 
You are getting there. This makes me think there is hope for you.....


Burrbinzz in still king.
But then you say some shoot like this.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 09:57:33 AM
I tried some new shoot they had in last night, some Four Roses Single Barrel. Didn't like.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 10:59:38 AM
You are getting there. This makes me think there is hope for you.....

But then you say some shoot like this.

TN whiskey is not that good. 

If burrbinzz wasn't king then the Irish and Scotts wouldn't need their leftover barrels to get some of the bourbon in their product to make it drinkable.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 02:43:51 PM
TN whiskey is not that good. 

If burrbinzz wasn't king then the Irish and Scotts wouldn't need their leftover barrels to get some of the bourbon in their product to make it drinkable.

That sounds like a nice marketing catch phase for Bourbon makers. Too bad that ain't why they buy them.

They do buy and use the barrells from Kentucky for Scotch and Irish Whiskey but its only to meet demand in those countries. Their whiskey is typically aged longer on average. Realtive to the size of those 2 countries, the amount of whiskey made there is astronomical. Bourbon, by law has to be aged in NEW American White Oak barrels. Since it typically doesn't age nearly as long as the other 2 styles, turnover is a lot higher. The reality is, America has a shoot ton more wood and barrels at their disposal than does Ireland or Scotland as well. It makes perfect sense really.

International Whiskeys:
JAMESON = 30 million bottles sold yearly.
Johnnie Walker = 130 million bottles sold yearly. (biggest selling spirit in the world, period)
Chivas Regal = 55 million bottles sold yearly.

Thats a LOT of demand coming out of 2 countries that have less than 10 million people combined. And those are just the Big 3.


Other notables from a 300 million people populated country (US) for comparison sake:
Jim Beam =  72 million bottles sold yearly (biggest selling Bourbon in the world)
Jack Daniel's = 120 million bottles sold yearly (biggest selling United States whisky)


Some rarer ones:
Knob Creek = 2.5 million bottles sold yearly.
Woodford Reserve = 1.9 million bottles sold yearly.


Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:09:10 PM
I bought 1.7 million of the Knob Creek and 957,000 of the Woodford.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:11:21 PM
I bought 1.7 million of the Knob Creek and 957,000 of the Woodford.

This may surprise Duane Allman Jr., but I happen to think those 2 are decent. And I fully agree with him on the TN whisky.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:14:08 PM
And I fully agree with him on the TN whisky.

I managed to get the wife detached from JD. Now she has moved to Beam. Baby Steps.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:15:55 PM
This may surprise Duane Allman Jr., but I happen to think those 2 are decent. And I fully agree with him on the TN whisky.

Now granted, my evaluation is based around mixture with delicious coke product, but I think Woodford is one of the mildest, sweetest tasting burrbinz out there.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:19:26 PM
I managed to get the wife detached from JD. Now she has moved to Beam. Baby Steps.

Frying pan to the fire eh?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:26:50 PM
Frying pan to the fire eh?

I'm trying to pull here along to Craig. She just doesn't like Craig too much.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 03:42:25 PM

Tell me more?



Go to Makers Mark dot com, and click on the ambassador link.  You can sign up from there.  Your name will be put on a barrel and you can track your barrel over the six years it is in the distillery.  They also send you a gift each Christmas.  Once your barrel is ready you will get an invite to come up and get a bottle (or two in Jumbo's case) of single barrel burbinz from your barrel.  You also get to dip your own bottle.

Jumbo, did you drink one and hang on to the other?  What changes as a Sr ambassador?

Four Roses single barrel is kinda rough stuff.  The Four Roses small batch is pretty good though.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 28, 2011, 04:26:31 PM
Four Roses single barrel is kinda rough stuff.  The Four Roses small batch is pretty good though.

Agreed. I might try the small batch at some point.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 29, 2011, 12:17:47 AM
This may surprise Duane Allman Jr., but I happen to think those 2 are decent. And I fully agree with him on the TN whisky.

Nah, not a surprise.  If you notice, I don't ever talk about Jim Beam, or anything like that.  I want my bourbon to be aged, which is why I like the small batch stuff and the smaller distilleries.  Aged and single barrel if available.   Which would be why I rave over the Eagle Rare so much.  10 years and single barrel..... Makers Mark is about the only "mainstream bourbon" I drink and it is still a small batch.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 29, 2011, 09:48:39 AM
Nah, not a surprise.  If you notice, I don't ever talk about Jim Beam, or anything like that.  I want my bourbon to be aged, which is why I like the small batch stuff and the smaller distilleries.  Aged and single barrel if available.   Which would be why I rave over the Eagle Rare so much.  10 years and single barrel..... Makers Mark is about the only "mainstream bourbon" I drink and it is still a small batch.

I do want to go to the Maker's distillery just for the experience like Jumbo and ssg have spoken about. Actually most southern distilleries are pretty cool culturally, regardless of taste buds.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 29, 2011, 10:27:03 AM
I do want to go to the Maker's distillery just for the experience like Jumbo and ssg have spoken about. Actually most southern distilleries are pretty cool culturally, regardless of taste buds.

Makers is a good distillery.  Knob Creek was another one I enjoyed.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 29, 2011, 10:12:19 PM
Go to Makers Mark dot com, and click on the ambassador link.  You can sign up from there.  Your name will be put on a barrel and you can track your barrel over the six years it is in the distillery.  They also send you a gift each Christmas.  Once your barrel is ready you will get an invite to come up and get a bottle (or two in Jumbo's case) of single barrel burbinz from your barrel.  You also get to dip your own bottle.

Jumbo, did you drink one and hang on to the other?  What changes as a Sr ambassador?

Four Roses single barrel is kinda rough stuff.  The Four Roses small batch is pretty good though.

Done.  As much of this stuff as I have drank, I never knew about it.  I knew about the squires club with Jack Daniels, but fudge that, it's a shoot product and I don't want to be associated with it.  I can't even drink Gentlemen Jack or the Single Barrel much anymore.       

 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 30, 2011, 09:22:42 AM
Done.  As much of this stuff as I have drank, I never knew about it.  I knew about the squires club with Jack Daniels, but fudge that, it's a shoot product and I don't want to be associated with it.  I can't even drink Gentlemen Jack or the Single Barrel much anymore.       

 

I've done the Kentucky Bourbon Tour, but I have never been to the Jack Daniels distillery and it's the closest one.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 30, 2011, 03:25:31 PM
I've never heard of the Maker's Mark deal either. Just went and signed up also. That will give me a great excuse to go visit in a few years.

Just made it back from my Christmas trip back home to Alabama so I've been away from my boubon stash for a few days, my grandam doesn't approve of teh drinkin'. I tried several new bourbons before I headed back to home for the holidays.

Buffalo Trace- Very nice drink for the price. Similar taste to Eagle Rare(I think they are from the same distillery)

Old Weller Antique Bourbon- This gets a big ole meh. Nothing special at all, this is destined to meet a nice coke product... It's only real benefit is the 107 proof

Elijah Craig- Mighty fine sippin' bourbon. Can't believe I haven't had this before

I just stopped by the store for something new today, picked up Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Whiskey. I had to try it because the bottle said it was Alabama style whiskey made from Clyde's secret recipe. Also picked up a bottle of Ezra Brook's 12 Year Single Barrel. I'll give them a taste tonight and report back.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 31, 2011, 02:04:25 PM
I've never heard of the Maker's Mark deal either. Just went and signed up also. That will give me a great excuse to go visit in a few years.

Just made it back from my Christmas trip back home to Alabama so I've been away from my boubon stash for a few days, my grandam doesn't approve of teh drinkin'. I tried several new bourbons before I headed back to home for the holidays.

Buffalo Trace- Very nice drink for the price. Similar taste to Eagle Rare(I think they are from the same distillery)

Old Weller Antique Bourbon- This gets a big ole meh. Nothing special at all, this is destined to meet a nice coke product... It's only real benefit is the 107 proof

Elijah Craig- Mighty fine sippin' bourbon. Can't believe I haven't had this before

I just stopped by the store for something new today, picked up Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Whiskey. I had to try it because the bottle said it was Alabama style whiskey made from Clyde's secret recipe. Also picked up a bottle of Ezra Brook's 12 Year Single Barrel. I'll give them a taste tonight and report back.

Grandmomma don't allow no drinking round here.

Eagle Rare is a part of the Trace Small Batch.  I love some Elijah Craig.  I broke into the Basil Haydens last night.  Paying for it today. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 13, 2012, 03:35:10 PM
I do want to go to the Maker's distillery just for the experience like Jumbo and ssg have spoken about. Actually most southern distilleries are pretty cool culturally, regardless of taste buds.

We took some family up for the tour of JD in Lynchburg.  The tour guide could not have been any better if he was pulled out of central casting.  Around 65, overalls, flannel shirt, straw hat, 6'5" and 300lbs.  Talked out of the corner of his mouth with the thickest drawl these south Alabama born ears have ever heard.  Imagine a human version of Foghorn Leghorn.  Told us that on the last Friday of every month all the employees get a pint of JD to take home.

"We cawwwlllll that Friday, 'Goood Friday'......to be follerred hard upon by 'Baaad Saturday'"

The only person I have ever seen who fit in better for his job was the lead singer for a blues band at Fat Matt's Rib Shack in Atlanta.  Looked like BB King's and Howlin' Wolf's love child and his first song was "My Baby's Love is Better Than Collard Greens".
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 26, 2012, 10:23:02 AM
If any of you get the chance you need to try Moose Drool.  It is an brown ale that is from Big Sky brewery in Montana.  It is one of the best beers I have ever drank.  Kansas is the only place I have seen it though. 

From their website,

That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana.

 It's chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and WILLAMETTE HOPS. It has an original gravity of 13 degrees Plato, and is 4.2% alcohol by weight, 5.3% by volume.

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 26, 2012, 01:19:07 PM
Oh and while I'm thinking about it, Snaggle this is the only time I should see wild turkey with a splash of coke.


Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 26, 2012, 01:23:07 PM
If any of you get the chance you need to try Moose Drool.  It is an brown ale that is from Big Sky brewery in Montana.  It is one of the best beers I have ever drank.  Kansas is the only place I have seen it though. 

From their website,

That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana.

 It's chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and WILLAMETTE HOPS. It has an original gravity of 13 degrees Plato, and is 4.2% alcohol by weight, 5.3% by volume.

I'll have to look for that.  I don't normally care too much for brown ales but if this one has a little more hops to it it might be good.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 02, 2012, 01:30:09 PM
I normally would stay away from Jim Beam but this intrigues me.  Anybody have any yet?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOemLJ-GLJg#ws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOemLJ-GLJg#ws)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 02, 2012, 10:08:04 PM
I normally would stay away from Jim Beam but this intrigues me.  Anybody have any yet?

Haven't had any of this yet but it seems like an interesting drink. I have to agree that I normally steer clear of the standard Beam products. Beam does do a nice job on their small batch products. Booker's has kicked my ass on several occasions. I'm sipping on Baker's right now, it's pretty damn good!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 03, 2012, 09:50:21 AM
I normally would stay away from Jim Beam but this intrigues me.  Anybody have any yet?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOemLJ-GLJg#ws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOemLJ-GLJg#ws)

It does look intriguing. But I also think its good marketing. I saw some of it at the Lick-her store this past weekend when I was picking up some Crown Reserve.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 06, 2012, 07:01:30 PM
I fell victim to the clever marketing and picked up a bottle of Devil's Cut. It's bitter as hell! Save yourself the time and money and steer clear of this crap. This bottle is destined to meet a fine Coke product to make it palatable.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 06, 2012, 07:35:00 PM
I fell victim to the clever marketing and picked up a bottle of Devil's Cut. It's bitter as hell! Save yourself the time and money and steer clear of this crap. This bottle is destined to meet a fine Coke product to make it palatable.

I war afraid that snaggle would be a fan.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 09, 2012, 10:58:33 AM
I fell victim to the clever marketing and picked up a bottle of Devil's Cut. It's bitter as hell! Save yourself the time and money and steer clear of this crap. This bottle is destined to meet a fine Coke product to make it palatable.

Thanks....saves me the temptation. Should have known with that name it would be edgy.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 09, 2012, 07:34:39 PM
Thanks....saves me the temptation. Should have known with that name it would be edgy.

If you can find it in a mini or pint bottle you might want to try it for yourself. I found it to be much too harsh, the heavy oak flavor was too much for me. The real pisser is that I bought a fifth for $23. Hell, I couldn't had a much better bourbon or whiskey in that price range.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 03:05:55 PM
So either MarkChand is on the wagon or he has died from too much consumption.

I know I have mentioned it here before, but I haven't had any Makers or Eagle Rare in a while now.  Elijah Craig has been my go to bourbon here recently.  12 year is mighty tasty.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 03:15:17 PM
So either MarkChand is on the wagon or he has died from too much consumption.

I know I have mentioned it here before, but I haven't had any Makers or Eagle Rare in a while now.  Elijah Craig has been my go to bourbon here recently.  12 year is mighty tasty.

Took a bottle of Jefferson's to the lake this weekend.  Didn't come back with any.  Can't take credit for consumming all of it, though.  Poured out two good stiffies.  Once because I had mixed one up, went outside to grill and by the time I got everything all set up and the fire going, the 96 degree weather had melted all the ice and it weren't fit to drink.  The other was Saturday night.  We had kind of sort of been drinking most of the day and night.  Late that evening, there was a gathering of some friends a couple of cabins down.  In my wisdom, I thought I needed one more, so I mixed one up and headed down there.  20 minutes later, I'm falling asleep on their porch..full drink in hand.  I went to bed.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 03:35:43 PM
two good stiffies

Even with no nuts?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 04:44:07 PM
So either MarkChand is on the wagon or he has died from too much consumption.

I know I have mentioned it here before, but I haven't had any Makers or Eagle Rare in a while now.  Elijah Craig has been my go to bourbon here recently.  12 year is mighty tasty.

I'm still around and kicking. Haven't been able to sample anything new in a while. I recently moved up to North Carolina leaving behind my favorite beverage emporium in Columbia, SC.  The local liquor stores only carry the basics. I have to scout around Greensboro(25 mile south of here) to find a new hotspot.

One interesting fact, about 5 miles from my front door is the joint: http://www.catdaddymoonshine.com/ (http://www.catdaddymoonshine.com/)

You can't buy direct from the distillery, but the package store a few blocks away usually has their goods.

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 04:50:28 PM
I'm still around and kicking. Haven't been able to sample anything new in a while. I recently moved up to North Carolina leaving behind my favorite beverage emporium in Columbia, SC.  The local liquor stores only carry the basics. I have to scout around Greensboro(25 mile south of here) to find a new hotspot.

One interesting fact, about 5 miles from my front door is the joint: http://www.catdaddymoonshine.com/ (http://www.catdaddymoonshine.com/)

You can't buy direct from the distillery, but the package store a few blocks away usually has their goods.

Well...................Have you tired it yet?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 04:57:55 PM
Well...................Have you tired it yet?

I'm scared.....I'm actually holding out for a bottle of Junior Johnson's shine. The local shop was out of the plain last time I was in there. They had the fruit flavored versions but I want to try regular stuff first, although it is cut down to 80 proof.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 05:01:58 PM
I'm scared.....I'm actually holding out for a bottle of Junior Johnson's shine. The local shop was out of the plain last time I was in there. They had the fruit flavored versions but I want to try regular stuff first, although it is cut down to 80 proof.

Simple solution.  Buy a bottle of both.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 29, 2012, 06:16:52 PM
Simple solution.  Buy a bottle of both.

Solid advice! They had the JJ regular today plus I grabbed a jar of blueberry. The blueberry actually checks in at 100 proof. I'll test drive them after the chilrens hit the bed.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on May 30, 2012, 10:01:08 AM
The Junior Johnson Midnight Moon was nice and smooth but really lacked any distinct flavor. There was the faintest hint of corn but for the most part it was like a nice vodka. On the other hand, the blueberry was mighty tasty! A good three finger pour put me right to bed last night.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 22, 2012, 01:17:20 AM
The Junior Johnson Midnight Moon was nice and smooth but really lacked any distinct flavor. There was the faintest hint of corn but for the most part it was like a nice vodka. On the other hand, the blueberry was mighty tasty! A good three finger pore put me right to bed last night.

I started to pick up a bottle today of the Midnight moon and remembered what you said.  I just went with a standard stop of Elijah Craig 12 year and Eagle Rare.  The Jefferson's Reserve caught my eye, but at $50 a 750ml made me rethink that decision. Had a bottle of Bulleit not long ago.  Not bad stuff, not bad at all.

Here lately I have been drinking a lot of the Craig.  So smooth for a 94 proof. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 22, 2012, 02:49:55 PM
I started to pick up a bottle today of the Midnight moon and remembered what you said.  I just went with a standard stop of Elijah Craig 12 year and Eagle Rare.  The Jefferson's Reserve caught my eye, but at $50 a 750ml made me rethink that decision. Had a bottle of Bulleit not long ago.  Not bad stuff, not bad at all.

Here lately I have been drinking a lot of the Craig.  So smooth for a 94 proof.

Elijah Craig is 12 year is now my go to bourbon, you just can't go wrong with it. The guy at the local liqour store said the E. Craig 18 year was the best bottle of bourbon they have in the store. I haven't pulled the trigger yet, it's in the $50 range also. Why pay $50 for one great bottle when you can get two very good bottles for the same price?

Another bourbon that I tried recently, quite similar to E. Craig, is 1792 Ridegmont Reserve. Same price point as Craig. Give it a shot if you ever see it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 22, 2012, 03:51:27 PM
I started to pick up a bottle today of the Midnight moon and remembered what you said.  I just went with a standard stop of Elijah Craig 12 year and Eagle Rare.  The Jefferson's Reserve caught my eye, but at $50 a 750ml made me rethink that decision. Had a bottle of Bulleit not long ago.  Not bad stuff, not bad at all.

Here lately I have been drinking a lot of the Craig.  So smooth for a 94 proof.

Looking forward to sipping on some fine whiskey on July 4th. Haven't had a lot of alcohol lately due to it being running/race season, but I think I'm gonna not worry about that for one day. That is if Simp doesn't drink it all up before I get to it. Because he damn sure about did it Iron Bowl 2010. Fun night.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 22, 2012, 03:53:04 PM
Elijah Craig is 12 year is now my go to bourbon, you just can't go wrong with it. The guy at the local liqour store said the E. Craig 18 year was the best bottle of bourbon they have in the store. I haven't pulled the trigger yet, it's in the $50 range also. Why pay $50 for one great bottle when you can get two very good bottles for the same price?

Another bourbon that I tried recently, quite similar to E. Craig, is 1792 Ridegmont Reserve. Same price point as Craig. Give it a shot if you ever see it.

An 18 year whiskey for only 50.00? Damn. Thats a steal. Most of the ones I drink are well over 100.00 per bottle for 18 yr and up.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 11:50:38 AM
Elijah Craig is 12 year is now my go to bourbon, you just can't go wrong with it. The guy at the local liqour store said the E. Craig 18 year was the best bottle of bourbon they have in the store. I haven't pulled the trigger yet, it's in the $50 range also. Why pay $50 for one great bottle when you can get two very good bottles for the same price?

Another bourbon that I tried recently, quite similar to E. Craig, is 1792 Ridegmont Reserve. Same price point as Craig. Give it a shot if you ever see it.

The 18 year Craig is the best bourbon that I have ever sipped for the price.  It's in the same price range as Bookers, Bakers, Knob, Makers46, Jeffersons and a couple of others at the lick-her store I frequent.  But Craig 12 year is going to be in my cabinet at all times.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 12:11:36 PM
The 18 year Craig is the best bourbon that I have ever sipped for the price.  It's in the same price range as Bookers, Bakers, Knob, Makers46, Jeffersons and a couple of others at the lick-her store I frequent.  But Craig 12 year is going to be in my cabinet at all times.

yeah, for 50 bucks I would agree. That's pretty damn thrifty for 18 year.

Ive bought 8 and 12 years for more than that. There is a reason I buy 18 yr Glenfidditch and Jameson sparingly. I may actually try some of this 18 yr Craig you speak of.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 12:17:04 PM
yeah, for 50 bucks I would agree. That's pretty damn thrifty for 18 year.

Ive bought 8 and 12 years for more than that. There is a reason I buy 18 yr Glenfidditch and Jameson sparingly. I may actually try some of this 18 yr Craig you speak of.

If you want to dog cuss bourbon, then Craig 18 year is not for you.  It will make you like my Scotch drinking boss.  I offered him a shot of it, he hates most bourbon, took one sip and said "DAMN!" with a pissed off look.  I asked him "Do you not like it" and his response was "No, I like it but it goes down way to smooth and it's at a good price."  He adds it to his collection now days.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 12:23:23 PM
If you want to dog cuss bourbon, then Craig 18 year is not for you.  It will make you like my Scotch drinking boss.  I offered him a shot of it, he hates most bourbon, took one sip and said "DAMN!" with a pissed off look.  I asked him "Do you not like it" and his response was "No, I like it but it goes down way to smooth and it's at a good price."  He adds it to his collection now days.

Anything that is 18 yr, whether its Bourbon, Tenn or Irish/Scotch whiskey better go down smooth. At that age, it really doesn't matter as much, as its all good quality. Never had Craig, but I can assure myself blindly that 18 yr Craig will not resemble Beam in the least bit.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 12:25:19 PM
Anything that is 18 yr, whether its Bourbon, Tenn or Irish/Scotch whiskey better go down smooth. At that age, it really doesn't matter as much, as its all good quality. Never had Craig, but I can assure myself blindly that 18 yr Craig will not resemble Beam in the least bit.

You take that back!  Beam Devils Cut and Red Stag are the two best whiskey's eva!     :puke:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 12:27:13 PM
You take that back!  Beam Devils Cut and Red Stag are the two best whiskey's eva!     :puke:

If it tastes good to me, I'm down with it. So if Craig 18 yr is good n smooth for 50.00? Great. That said, I am not down with anything Beam.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 01:09:10 PM
If it tastes good to me, I'm down with it. So if Craig 18 yr is good n smooth for 50.00? Great. That said, I am not down with anything Beam.

Small Batch only when it comes to Beam.  Have you ever tried the Woodford's Reserve?  Another fine KY product.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on June 25, 2012, 02:30:08 PM
Small Batch only when it comes to Beam.  Have you ever tried the Woodford's Reserve?  Another fine KY product.

You said KY...huh huh. 

                       
                           :haha:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on July 18, 2012, 09:54:00 AM
Why AUT1's teeth are so sparkly.

(http://www.toothpasteworld.com/images/Alcohol_toothpastes/Scotch+Bourbon.jpg)

Quote
Manufactured by Poynter Products, Inc., Cincinnati, OH. in 1954
SIX PROOF toothpastes. Contain real alcohol - no more than 3% alcohol by wt., 2.6 oz

This toothpaste was invented by Don Poynter and was his first big novelty product. He needed $10,000 to start manufacturing this toothpaste. His fellow alum Bob Boeh gave him a bank loan, although Bob's father, who also worked at the bank, nearly killed him. It turned into the country's biggest novelty seller at the time. Life magazine ran photos, and Don Poynter was featured on "What's My Line?"
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 15, 2012, 04:01:22 PM
MarkChand must be drunk again.  Not one update in a while.

I have drank the Pappy Van Winkle 12 and 15 year and they are delicious.  I had the privilege of trying the 20 year for the first time every last week and..................Jesus De Christos!  That is by far the best bourbon I have ever had.  Snaggle, you wouldn't even need coke product.  Smoothest by far.  I have got to get my hands on a bottle of that!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 15, 2012, 04:05:18 PM
MarkChand must be drunk again.  Not one update in a while.

I have drank the Pappy Van Winkle 12 and 15 year and they are delicious.  I had the privilege of trying the 20 year for the first time every last week and..................Jesus De Christos!  That is by far the best bourbon I have ever had.  Snaggle, you wouldn't even need coke product.  Smoothest by far.  I have got to get my hands on a bottle of that!

I think my Lick Her store might have it.  Not sure what year.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 15, 2012, 04:23:52 PM
I think my Lick Her store might have it.  Not sure what year.

If it's the 20, get ready to lay a Benjamin and then some on the counter.  It's not cheap. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 15, 2012, 08:08:05 PM
MarkChand must be drunk again.  Not one update in a while.

I have drank the Pappy Van Winkle 12 and 15 year and they are delicious.  I had the privilege of trying the 20 year for the first time every last week and..................Jesus De Christos!  That is by far the best bourbon I have ever had.  Snaggle, you wouldn't even need coke product.  Smoothest by far.  I have got to get my hands on a bottle of that!

I've been searching for Pappy but have never ran across it in any store or restaurant. That stuff is as elusive as Jim and his damn dream catchers.

I haven't had anything new in a while, my local store doesn't have anything super rare, I've been sticking with Elijiah Craig recently. I did pick up a new bottle of Booker's a few weeks back. This batch checks in at 130 proof and you feel every bit of it!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 12:56:59 AM
I've been searching for Pappy but have never ran across it in any store or restaurant. That stuff is as elusive as Jim and his damn dream catchers.

I haven't had anything new in a while, my local store doesn't have anything super rare, I've been sticking with Elijiah Craig recently. I did pick up a new bottle of Booker's a few weeks back. This batch checks in at 130 proof and you feel every bit of it!

Bookers is a little rough for me.  The Pappy is about $110-$150 a bottle for the 20 year.  Not something you want to sit there and pound on, but it's so smooth you could easily go through a bottle before you knew it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 09:59:23 AM
If it's the 20, get ready to lay a Benjamin and then some on the counter.  It's not cheap.

What 20 year is? If you get a 20 year for under 100 bucks you may want to question whats in the bottle.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 10:42:05 AM
What 20 year is? If you get a 20 year for under 100 bucks you may want to question whats in the bottle.

None that I know of, I just don't know if any other burrbinz partakers know this or not.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 10:52:05 AM
None that I know of, I just don't know if any other burrbinz partakers know this or not.


I've never had a 20 year bourbon, but I can understand the Benjamin+ price tag that it would sport. This makes the 18 year Elijiah Craig seem like a steal, @ $50-60 depending on the store.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 10:57:57 AM

I've never had a 20 year bourbon, but I can understand the Benjamin+ price tag that it would sport. This makes the 18 year Elijiah Craig seem like a steal, @ $50-60 depending on the store.

That IS a steal. Ive bought 12 yr whiskeys for more than that. I will try some Craig one day.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 11:01:44 AM

I've never had a 20 year bourbon, but I can understand the Benjamin+ price tag that it would sport. This makes the 18 year Elijiah Craig seem like a steal, @ $50-60 depending on the store.

The 18 year Craig is a steal.  I think the 12 year is a steal as well.  For the price, those two are hard to beat.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on August 16, 2012, 03:11:14 PM
Anyone have any delicious coke product I could borrow?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 25, 2012, 05:00:11 PM
Found out some interesting news today.  I always thought that Old Rip Van Winkle was it's own distillery but was not.  It was a company owned by Van Winkles and was distilled and bottled by Stitzel-Weller.  Stitzel-Weller closed it's doors in 92 and this is the last year you can get the "original" 20 year and 2015 for the 23 year.  The releases after that will be from Buffalo Trace and they will replace the rye with wheat.

This is a good and bad thing.  Bad b/c I want a bottle for a mantle piece so I can look down on people like the asshole I am, and good b/c trace products are easy for the stores around here to order.  Also bad that they are replacing the old recipe, which is up for debate as well, and I don't know if it will be the same.

Supposedly the originals came from a stock from distilleries that Old Van Winkle company bought up and used.  Took all the reserves and mixed them together to make the special reserve line.  So truly the "original" will be gone before too long.  Also "experts" are thinking the new line from Buffalo Trace will be very good, just not God Tier whiskey like the current line.   
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 25, 2012, 05:15:57 PM
Also disappointed in the lack of updates from a couple of fellow burrbinz lovers......Looking at you Snaggle and Mark Chand.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 26, 2012, 10:09:41 AM
Also disappointed in the lack of updates from a couple of fellow burrbinz lovers......Looking at you Snaggle and Mark Chand.

I have a confession to make, I haven't had the first burb since football has started..... :facepalm:

Game 1 we were flying to beach, didn't arrive to the condo until kick off, no time to make a bottle pick up
Games 2 & 3, too early for me to partake in the the sweet corn nectar. Went with Bloody Marys.
Game 4, Played 18 that afternoon, heavy beer drinking that day and stuck with beer for the night.

So you can put the blame for the piss-poor performance of our team squarely on my shoulders, I've broken the mojo...

My bourbon reserve has been sparse as of late, I'm sitting on a bootle of Booker's(can't indulge in that too often), Baker's (Booker's little brother, still ass kicking at 107 proof), and a bottle of pure piss water they call Devil's Cut, I share that with people I don't really like.

I still haven't located a proper bourbon honeyhole in the area where I can pick up really nice stuff, the search will continue....
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 26, 2012, 10:10:45 AM
Also disappointed in the lack of updates from a couple of fellow burrbinz lovers......Looking at you Snaggle and Mark Chand.

As a matter of fact, stopped by my lick her store last night and the owner....as he is apt to do...let me sample 3 different burrbinz he got in that day.  Over ice and no delicious coke product.  Wish I had on the first one.  Burned so bad I forgot the name of it.  One called Sam Houston was quite nice and the third, Stetson, was pretty meh.  Enjoyed the Sam Houston.  Drove home wondering what my blood alcohol was.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 26, 2012, 10:49:22 AM
I have a confession to make, I haven't had the first burb since football has started..... :facepalm:

Game 1 we were flying to beach, didn't arrive to the condo until kick off, no time to make a bottle pick up
Games 2 & 3, too early for me to partake in the the sweet corn nectar. Went with Bloody Marys.
Game 4, Played 18 that afternoon, heavy beer drinking that day and stuck with beer for the night.

So you can put the blame for the piss-poor performance of our team squarely on my shoulders, I've broken the mojo...

My bourbon reserve has been sparse as of late, I'm sitting on a bootle of Booker's(can't indulge in that too often), Baker's (Booker's little brother, still ass kicking at 107 proof), and a bottle of pure piss water they call Devil's Cut, I share that with people I don't really like.

I still haven't located a proper bourbon honeyhole in the area where I can pick up really nice stuff, the search will continue....

What area are you in?

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 26, 2012, 11:28:50 AM
What area are you in?

Just north of Greensboro, NC. I work over the border in Virginia, prime moonshine country. I've been promised fine Franklin county shine but no one has delivered just yet.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 01:19:54 PM
So last night, I picked up a bottle of Basil Hayden. Upon opening the bottle, I immediately detected a hint of cinnamon and polmegranite.  It poured up in the Auburn stadium cup a deep golden brown and seemed to take on a more oreganoey aroma. As I added the coke product, the color turned a more chocolatey doo doo brown, but lightened as the ice cubes kerplunked in.  I shook the cup lightly and was pleasantly surprised by a fizzy, sort of bubbly popping, crackling noise.  Of course, the added coke product produced the wafting scent of a young school boys soiled undergarments.  The first sip started smooth but then exploded into a cornucopia of carbonationey meat marinades.  The finish elicited fond memories of afternoon showers with the football team. 

I'd have to give it a solid B+     

I am catching up on this thread as I have been exploring the burbonz as of late. 

Question to the esteemed counselor from Dothan.  Why do you spend so much on stuff like Basil Haydens if you are going to mix it with Coke?   

Seriously, though.  I have always been a huge rum drinker.  Sometimes I want a cuba libre...but I am not going to pour coke into my Zaya, that is when I'll pull out the Captain.  Zaya only gets a couple of ice cubes. I have had all different types of rum mixed with coke product and for the most part unless it is spiced or clear rum there is not a huge difference.  So I ask again, why an (more) expensive bottle of  Whiskey if you are going to mix it?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 01:50:50 PM
I am catching up on this thread as I have been exploring the burbonz as of late. 

Question to the esteemed counselor from Dothan.  Why do you spend so much on stuff like Basil Haydens if you are going to mix it with Coke?   

Seriously, though.  I have always been a huge rum drinker.  Sometimes I want a cuba libre...but I am not going to pour coke into my Zaya, that is when I'll pull out the Captain.  Zaya only gets a couple of ice cubes. I have had all different types of rum mixed with coke product and for the most part unless it is spiced or clear rum there is not a huge difference.  So I ask again, why an (more) expensive bottle of  Whiskey if you are going to mix it?

Honestly, I guess that's just the way I was raised. My mom and pops always came home from work, turned on the 6:00 news and eased back with a CC and 7.  If they drank anything else, it was something like a screwdriver or a Bloody Mary.  You just mixed stuff.  I never really took the time to try and develop a taste for any liquor straight up.  In college, it wasn't about enjoying the flavors or intracasies of a fine bourbon or rum.  It was about making it taste good so you could get toe up from da' flo up.

Over the last year or so, I've been going to a lick her store a friend of mine opened.  A couple of times a week, he'll pour us up a glass or 3 over ice.  Mostly different bourbons he's gotten in and wants to try.  I'll admit, I've found a few that are fairly enjoyable with nothing more than a melted cube or two to dilute it.  But I still find about 3/4 or 67% of them too harsh to make me want to sit down and enjoy sipping on them. One that stood out the other day was a Woodforde Double Oak.  Actually had real flavor and no burn on the finish.     
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 03:03:01 PM
Honestly, I guess that's just the way I was raised. My mom and pops always came home from work, turned on the 6:00 news and eased back with a CC and 7.  If they drank anything else, it was something like a screwdriver or a Bloody Mary.  You just mixed stuff.  I never really took the time to try and develop a taste for any liquor straight up.  In college, it wasn't about enjoying the flavors or intracasies of a fine bourbon or rum.  It was about making it taste good so you could get toe up from da' flo up.

Over the last year or so, I've been going to a lick her store a friend of mine opened.  A couple of times a week, he'll pour us up a glass or 3 over ice.  Mostly different bourbons he's gotten in and wants to try.  I'll admit, I've found a few that are fairly enjoyable with nothing more than a melted cube or two to dilute it.  But I still find about 3/4 or 67% of them too harsh to make me want to sit down and enjoy sipping on them. One that stood out the other day was a Woodforde Double Oak.  Actually had real flavor and no burn on the finish.   

A thread about drinikng and this^^^^^  Explains a lot of stuff.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 03:14:04 PM
A thread about drinikng and this^^^^^  Explains a lot of stuff.

My mom and dad always diluted the bourbon in my baby bottle with delicious coke product or sprite.  You really expect a 6 month old to hit Jack Daniels straight up?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 03:30:49 PM
My mom and dad always diluted the bourbon in my baby bottle with delicious coke product or sprite.  You really expect a 6 month old to hit Jack Daniels straight up?

A real baby man would have.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 03:32:06 PM
A real baby man would have.

Whathefudgeevah. I'll bet you didn't even start til you were 2.  So there.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 04:14:57 PM
Honestly, I guess that's just the way I was raised.

Cheers sir for keeping traditions alive!

I assumed it was the lack of balls that lead to the mixing with fine coke products....

Currently enjoying a fine glass of Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, on the rocks of course
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 04:19:57 PM
Cheers sir for keeping traditions alive!

I assumed it was the lack of balls that lead to the mixing with fine coke products....

Currently enjoying a fine glass of Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, on the rocks of course

This is also known as "doing it correctly."  I do not deduct points for ice, some are better on ice others are better neat.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 04:30:58 PM
Cheers sir for keeping traditions alive!

I assumed it was the lack of balls that lead to the mixing with fine coke products....

Currently enjoying a fine glass of Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, on the rocks of course

It's 3:26 you damn alkey. 


And I'm stuck at work...not drinking.  Damn it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 04:39:04 PM
It's 3:26 you damn alkey. 


And I'm stuck at work...not drinking.  Damn it.

It's 4:26 eastern time, I love short Fridays!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 09:24:08 PM
I have no problems with you mixing.  To each their own. I'm just curious as to why you would go high end with a mixer involved.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 28, 2012, 11:47:21 PM
I have no problems with you mixing.  To each their own. I'm just curious as to why you would go high end with a mixer involved.

I used to mix when I was in college. Granted I was drinking KY Gentlemen and Old Crow at $13 for half a gallon.  I remember waking up one morning hungover so bad that I told myself, "once you get out of school and get a real job, no more cheap shoot." and I have kept that promise to myself.  I haven't bought a bottle of cheap shoot other than to cook with.

I am kind of like Michaleen Flynn from Quite man: "When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water. "  I love the taste of the charred oak, the burn of the spices and the nutty, toffee flavors that you get from your higher end bourbons.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 01, 2012, 09:49:28 AM
I used to mix when I was in college. Granted I was drinking KY Gentlemen and Old Crow at $13 for half a gallon.  I remember waking up one morning hungover so bad that I told myself, "once you get out of school and get a real job, no more cheap shoot." and I have kept that promise to myself.  I haven't bought a bottle of cheap shoot other than to cook with.

I am kind of like Michaleen Flynn from Quite man: "When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water. "  I love the taste of the charred oak, the burn of the spices and the nutty, toffee flavors that you get from your higher end bourbons.

The sticky sweetness of the high fructose corn sugar goes well with all the above - signed Snaggie.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 01, 2012, 09:59:15 AM
The sticky sweetness of the high fructose corn sugar goes well with all the above - signed Snaggie.

You get me
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 01, 2012, 05:42:50 PM

I am kind of like Michaleen Flynn from Quite man: "When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water. "  I love the taste of the charred oak, the burn of the spices and the nutty, toffee flavors that you get from your higher end bourbons.

I don't drink water.  People wash their feet in that shoot.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 02, 2012, 07:31:40 PM
Currently drinking a Blanton's bourbon down on Bourbon Street as I watch the freak show go by.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 12, 2012, 09:48:19 AM
I ran across this recently, I think it could be a worthwhile project:

http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/products/age-your-own-whiskey-kit/ (http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/products/age-your-own-whiskey-kit/)

Rather than using the supplied whiskey, I would prefer to find some local shine to add to the barrel. Also they will not ship this product to North Carolina or Alabama, fudgeers.... However, I can have it shipped to friends in South Carolina and arrange a pick up.  Thinks it's worth $150 smackers?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 12, 2012, 11:14:03 AM
I ran across this recently, I think it could be a worthwhile project:

http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/products/age-your-own-whiskey-kit/ (http://www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com/products/age-your-own-whiskey-kit/)

Rather than using the supplied whiskey, I would prefer to find some local shine to add to the barrel. Also they will not ship this product to North Carolina or Alabama, fudgeers.... However, I can have it shipped to friends in South Carolina and arrange a pick up.  Thinks it's worth $150 smackers?

A few months, no, a few years, yes.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 12, 2012, 11:29:22 AM
A few months, no, a few years, yes.

Agreed, I would let it sit for a bit longer.

Snag could age his with a delicious coke product already mixed in...
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 12, 2012, 11:45:40 AM
Agreed, I would let it sit for a bit longer.

Snag could age his with a delicious coke product already mixed in...

I pour no delicious coke product before its time
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 15, 2012, 05:31:09 PM
Have a buddy that is closing on his house and will be having a house warming party coming up.  Called the lick-her store earlier to see if they had and when they would be having some more Pappy 20 year in.  Said it would be there the first weekend in Nov and I would be #37 on the waiting list and that unless about 15 people canceled there would be no way I could get a bottle.   He said once people figured out this was the last run of the "original" that people want it.   :sad:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 17, 2012, 04:19:01 PM
Honestly, I guess that's just the way I was raised. My mom and pops always came home from work, turned on the 6:00 news and eased back with a CC and 7.  If they drank anything else, it was something like a screwdriver or a Bloody Mary.  You just mixed stuff.  I never really took the time to try and develop a taste for any liquor straight up.  In college, it wasn't about enjoying the flavors or intracasies of a fine bourbon or rum.  It was about making it taste good so you could get toe up from da' flo up.

Over the last year or so, I've been going to a lick her store a friend of mine opened.  A couple of times a week, he'll pour us up a glass or 3 over ice.  Mostly different bourbons he's gotten in and wants to try.  I'll admit, I've found a few that are fairly enjoyable with nothing more than a melted cube or two to dilute it.  But I still find about 3/4 or 67% of them too harsh to make me want to sit down and enjoy sipping on them. One that stood out the other day was a Woodforde Double Oak.  Actually had real flavor and no burn on the finish.   

This used to be me, but now I enjoy the taste. I started on Knob Creek and Makers, with a splash of water to cut the taste a little. You can still taste the bourbon but it is not as strong. Once you start acquiring a taste for that, you don't dilute it as much. Then you can move to other bourbons and really figure out what you preferences are.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 16, 2012, 04:58:56 PM
Decided to try something a little different, Bernheim Original wheat whiskey produced by Heaven Hill distillery. Nice, smooth little drink. The additional wheat cuts down on the typical alcohol burn. If you ever spot it locally it is definitely worth a try.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 16, 2012, 05:01:38 PM
Decided to try something a little different, Bernheim Original wheat whiskey produced by Heaven Hill distillery. Nice, smooth little drink. The additional wheat cuts down on the typical alcohol burn. If you ever spot it locally it is definitely worth a try.

Russell Reserve, you tried it yet?  It's not bad, but it's not something that makes me go, wow!, either.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 16, 2012, 05:19:41 PM
Russell Reserve, you tried it yet?  It's not bad, but it's not something that makes me go, wow!, either.

Haven't tried it, that is a Turkey(Nichols) product right?


I'm currently trying to find something new for our Thanksgiving drink. My BIL and I have
a tradition of frying the turkey and consuming large quantities of some sort of whiskey. Still looking searching for this years selection. At the moment Craig is in the lead.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 16, 2012, 06:34:00 PM
Haven't tried it, that is a Turkey(Nichols) product right?


I'm currently trying to find something new for our Thanksgiving drink. My BIL and I have
a tradition of frying the turkey and consuming large quantities of some sort of whiskey. Still looking searching for this years selection. At the moment Craig is in the lead.

It is an Austin Nichols product.  It's not bad. 

Craig isn't bad but neither is Woodford.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 01:08:37 PM
The lick-her store had something new today that I thought I would try, Larceny bourbon. It's produced by Heaven Hill. Price tag was $24 but it had a $10 mail-in rebate attached. Can't wait to get home and try it out!                                                                                                                           
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 01:50:49 PM
The lick-her store had something new today that I thought I would try, Larceny bourbon. It's produced by Heaven Hill. Price tag was $24 but it had a $10 mail-in rebate attached. Can't wait to get home and try it out!                                                                                                                         

I can't wait to get home and try whoever that is in your avatar out. 

Report back with the details of this whiskey.  I would like to know more about it.  What did you go with for Thanksgiving?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 02:04:47 PM
I can't wait to get home and try whoever that is in your avatar out. 

Report back with the details of this whiskey.  I would like to know more about it.  What did you go with for Thanksgiving?

That lovely lady is Gemma Atkinson, I'll see her this afternoon and send your regards.

I brought a bottle of Bulleit and a liter of Crown down with us. My BIL(lives in Nashville) brought a bottle of a TN Whiskey distilled in Nashvegas, Collier & McKeel. Pure piss-water...I tried to drink it on the rocks and it was a no go. Snags would be proud, I added some Coke Zero to the mix to make it palatable. I didn't touch that shoot the rest of the day.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 02:17:15 PM
That lovely lady is Gemma Atkinson, I'll see her this afternoon and send your regards.

I brought a bottle of Bulleit and a liter of Crown down with us. My BIL(lives in Nashville) brought a bottle of a TN Whiskey distilled in Nashvegas, Collier & McKeel. Pure piss-water...I tried to drink it on the rocks and it was a no go. Snags would be proud, I added some Coke Zero to the mix to make it palatable. I didn't touch that shoot the rest of the day.

atta-boy :thumsup:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 02:21:51 PM
I can't wait to get home and try whoever that is in your avatar out. 

Happy Friday
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 02:35:02 PM
Happy Friday

I'd be more than willing to help clean that dirt off of her. :tongue:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 02:35:38 PM
Happy Friday

Wait....you're gonna' see HER this afternoon?  I'll PM you my cell #
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 04:53:17 PM
Larceny gets the Markchand stamp of approval! Very nice, robust type of bourbon. I would compare it to Eagle Rare or Craig. Definitely worth picking up if you run across it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 30, 2012, 05:01:26 PM
Happy Friday

GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY!

Larceny gets the Markchand stamp of approval! Very nice, robust type of bourbon. I would compare it to Eagle Rare or Craig. Definitely worth picking up if you run across it.

Will see if I can find some.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on December 21, 2012, 03:20:23 PM
Just got a bottle of Jack Daniels single barrel select as a Christmas gift, and I am impressed with how smooth it is.  I usually don't even look at the Jack section, but this is worth a look if you haven't tried it yet.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 02, 2013, 01:20:56 PM
Just got a bottle of Jack Daniels single barrel select as a Christmas gift, and I am impressed with how smooth it is.  I usually don't even look at the Jack section, but this is worth a look if you haven't tried it yet.

I've never tried it. I usually steer right past the Jack section also, but I might have to give shot next time around.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 02, 2013, 01:28:16 PM
Got a bottle of teh new crown maplez. Thought I would hate it. Thought it would be too rich. I thought wrong. I love it. I don't say that about many but I really liked it. It's gone now.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 02, 2013, 03:17:51 PM
Got a bottle of teh new crown maplez. Thought I would hate it. Thought it would be too rich. I thought wrong. I love it. I don't say that about many but I really liked it. It's gone now.

I tried one of the maples a few weeks ago. Can't recall the brand because the owner of my favorite lick her store let me sample it.  Thought I would spew. It was like turning up a bottle of Mrs. Butterworth.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 02, 2013, 06:45:55 PM
Why are we talking about Canadian blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey in a thread titled small batch bourbon?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 03, 2013, 09:51:21 AM
Why are we talking about Canadian blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey in a thread titled small batch bourbon?

burrbin snob
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 03, 2013, 11:21:16 AM
burrbin snob

Oxymoron If there ever was one


Snags I figured you wouldnt notice the sweet maple taste with all of the coke product mixed in.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 03, 2013, 11:28:29 AM
Oxymoron If there ever was one


Snags I figured you wouldnt notice the sweet maple taste with all of the coke product mixed in.

On our "tastings" at my lick her store, we always start out letting the caramel colored liquid socialize only with ice.  If it's pleasing to the palate, we continue that monogomous relationship. If not, then it becomes a threesome as we introduce some form of delicious coke product to the mix.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 03, 2013, 09:41:30 PM
Why are we talking about Canadian blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey in a thread titled small batch bourbon?

Cause this thread was dead damn it.

I bought a bottle of the Crown Maple, and I'm not a big fan of it.  Makes me look for bacon and eggs to go with it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on January 04, 2013, 09:47:51 AM
Cause this thread was dead damn it.
Just like most burbinz....what do you expect being named after French aristocracy.

I bought a bottle of the Crown Maple, and I'm not a big fan of it.  Makes me look for bacon and eggs to go with it.
You got issues with Bacon and Eggs? Mmmmm mmmmmm
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on February 14, 2013, 07:50:09 PM
Just sampled Knob Creek Single Barrel. It's a much stouter version of the original at 120 proof. Quite nice, I've never seen it at the store though.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on February 23, 2013, 07:13:24 PM
I found something new this week, Angels Envy. Bourbon finished in port wine barrels. This burb was a little bit sour, possible from the port barrel? All in all it was quite good. The closest comparison it can draw would be Blantons. The Blantons I've tried had a bit of the tartness similar to this. Definitely worth trying if you see it.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on February 23, 2013, 09:18:07 PM
Fireball Whiskey mixed with Angry Orchard Hard Cider makes a nice Angry Beaver shot.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 03, 2014, 09:54:51 AM
I have a bounty on this for anyone that can find it.

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/2/26/im-on-a-boat-says-jeffersons-ocean-bourbon?xid=blog_20140303_19334584 (http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/2/26/im-on-a-boat-says-jeffersons-ocean-bourbon?xid=blog_20140303_19334584)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 03, 2014, 01:40:54 PM
I have a bounty on this for anyone that can find it.

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/2/26/im-on-a-boat-says-jeffersons-ocean-bourbon?xid=blog_20140303_19334584 (http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2014/2/26/im-on-a-boat-says-jeffersons-ocean-bourbon?xid=blog_20140303_19334584)

Now that looks intriguing.  I'll keep an eye out for it...can't promise that it won't get opened and sampled first before I claim the bounty.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 03, 2014, 01:44:18 PM
Now that looks intriguing.  I'll keep an eye out for it...can't promise that it won't get opened and sampled first before I claim the bounty.

Excuse me, sir.  Just who are you and how the hell did you get in here?

Srsly, where you been?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 03, 2014, 03:08:57 PM
Excuse me, sir.  Just who are you and how the hell did you get in here?

Srsly, where you been?

Oh, I've been around; just busy with work, family, social/ fraternal organizations, and more work (and it's college basketball season).  About the only social media that I have time for is Twitter anymore especially when it comes to the world of politics; Brevity is the soul of wit as far as I'm concerned.  "Ain't nobody got time" to read a Thesis.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 10:35:14 AM
Excuse me, sir.  Just who are you and how the hell did you get in here?

Srsly, where you been?

He has been busy with nude gay art shows and midnight rapings.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 10:36:50 AM
Get some of this.

It is good...That is all.

(https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/sites/default/files/EHT-smallbatch.png)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 11:33:32 AM
Oh, I've been around; just busy with work, family, social/ fraternal organizations, and more work (and it's college basketball season).  About the only social media that I have time for is Twitter anymore especially when it comes to the world of politics; Brevity is the soul of wit as far as I'm concerned.  "Ain't nobody got time" to read a Thesis.

Priorities........this man has them wrong.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 11:46:32 AM
Get some of this.

It is good...That is all.

(https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/sites/default/files/EHT-smallbatch.png)

This is really good.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 12:14:11 PM
He has been busy with nude gay art shows and midnight rapings.

Well, as Oscar Wilde wrote; 'art is the most intense mode of individualism the world has known.'  So don't judge.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 12:19:57 PM
Priorities........this man has them wrong.

Just trying to do my part to help pull the loaded cart of entitlements...and considering going John Galt...
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 12:24:19 PM
Get some of this.

It is good...That is all.

(https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/sites/default/files/EHT-smallbatch.png)

That's some excellent Kentucky bourbon; this man knows.

And I'm pretty sure that Col. E. H. Taylor sent a number of Yankees to meet their Maker...
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 12:39:52 PM
Another interesting small batch bourbon that I've been enjoying lately, Winchester Bourbon:

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 12:41:08 PM
Another interesting small batch bourbon that I've been enjoying lately, Winchester Bourbon:
Ok but Dogs can look up.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 01:12:29 PM
Get some of this.

It is good...That is all.

(https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/sites/default/files/EHT-smallbatch.png)

That is good stuff right there. Had a sample with friends a few months back but I cant find it in my local stores.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 01:15:26 PM
Ok but Dogs can look up.

Well, your mum rang about going out tonight, then Liz rang about the two of you eating out tonight, and then your mum rang back to see if I wanted to eat her out tonight.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 01:22:39 PM
Well, your mum rang about going out tonight, then Liz rang about the two of you eating out tonight, and then your mum rang back to see if I wanted to eat her out tonight.
Ah, hello.

Who's a pretty boy then?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 04, 2014, 02:03:32 PM
That is good stuff right there. Had a sample with friends a few months back but I cant find it in my local stores.

I had a sample of this with friends just a week or so ago and finished the bottle...

Ah, hello.

Who's a pretty boy then?

...how's that for a slice of fried gold
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 11:10:36 AM
(http://caskers.com/wp-content/uploads/rye9.png)(http://caskers.com/wp-content/uploads/bourbon10.png)

Had a taste of both of these at a Cigar Event.  I preferred the Rye, Uncle Sani preferred the bourbon.  I am probably going to grab a bottle.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 11:52:29 AM
(http://caskers.com/wp-content/uploads/1178-256x350.png)

Also on the lookout to try this one.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 12:33:29 PM
(http://caskers.com/wp-content/uploads/1178-256x350.png)

Also on the lookout to try this one.

That bottle makes it look like the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 12:36:35 PM
That bottle makes it look like the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon earned the Chairman’s Trophy as the world’s best bourbon at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012 and 2013, scoring three points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Old Bourbon in 2012 and two points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 20 Year Old Bourbon in 2013. In addition, the bourbon earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012 and was said to be “liquid gold” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 12:41:00 PM
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon earned the Chairman’s Trophy as the world’s best bourbon at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012 and 2013, scoring three points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Old Bourbon in 2012 and two points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 20 Year Old Bourbon in 2013. In addition, the bourbon earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012 and was said to be “liquid gold” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

So you should count to three before drinking it?  Not four?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 01:34:15 PM
So you should count to three before drinking it?  Not four?

'Five is right out!'

Book of Armaments, Chapter 2
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 11, 2014, 01:35:51 PM
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon earned the Chairman’s Trophy as the world’s best bourbon at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012 and 2013, scoring three points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 23 Year Old Bourbon in 2012 and two points higher than Pappy Van Winkle’s 20 Year Old Bourbon in 2013. In addition, the bourbon earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2012 and was said to be “liquid gold” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

I'm intrigued by the credentials; I'll be on the lookout as well.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 12, 2014, 07:09:15 PM
Definitely a different taste, but I like.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 13, 2014, 08:12:21 AM
Definitely a different taste, but I like.

Blanton's is definitely a quality bourbon. It's a bit on the pricey side around these parts, @$50 for a fifth. It's not in my regular rotation, it's more of a splurge for me.

There are 6 or 8 different corks to collect that have the horse and rider in different riding positions. If you get drunk enough, or perhaps ingest a hallucinogen, your cork collection will appear to trot across the room.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 13, 2014, 10:50:21 PM
Since you all are the gurus of bourbon -

When does Pappy Van Winkle release its product?  And where could I grab a bottle?  I'd be willing to drive anywhere.

I've grown in love with bourbon.  I have not yet tried anything high end though.  Jim Beam is my drink of choice because I can afford it regularly.  They had a sample of Devi's Cut with the bottle I bought yesterday.  It's incredible and is making drinking regular Jim Beam seem less enjoyable. 

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 06:54:58 AM
I contend that this is one of the best cheaper bourbons made.  $190 a case

(http://www.sklep-domwhisky.pl/images/produkty/A-F/old_forester.jpg)

Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 09:07:07 AM
I contend that this is one of the best cheaper bourbons made. $190 a case

(http://www.sklep-domwhisky.pl/images/produkty/A-F/old_forester.jpg)


I am not a big liquor drinker but do you really by this stuff by the case?
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 09:10:23 AM

I am not a big liquor drinker but do you really by this stuff by the case?

Yea.  Six bottles to the case and usually save about 10% - 15% in doing so.  If I am going to buy it anyway might as well save $ doing so.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 09:15:41 AM
Yea.  Six bottles to the case and usually save about 10% - 15% in doing so.  If I am going to buy it anyway might as well save $ doing so.


Did not know that part. All my cases contain 24.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 09:27:06 AM

Did not know that part. All my cases contain 24.

Ok so to expand you knowledge base...

Case of beer = 24

Case of wine = 12 or 6 depending on who packages it.  Which means you need to ask when you are buying it this way because what you think is a good deal may not be.

Case of bourbon = 6
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 10:27:31 AM
Ok so to expand you knowledge base...

Case of beer = 24-Because of this I can't do this^^^^^^^^^^^



 :bar:
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 11:21:02 AM
I contend that this is one of the best cheaper bourbons made.  $190 a case

(http://www.sklep-domwhisky.pl/images/produkty/A-F/old_forester.jpg)

This is pretty good for the price as well.  Never priced a case but is usually $25/bottle.

(http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server4600/57a31/products/12632/images/85616/buffalotrace_bourbon175__51282.1353106626.1280.1280.jpg?c=1)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 11:24:28 AM
Have never had that.  Need to give a try.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 11:28:57 AM
Since you all are the gurus of bourbon -

When does Pappy Van Winkle release its product?  And where could I grab a bottle?  I'd be willing to drive anywhere.

I've grown in love with bourbon.  I have not yet tried anything high end though.  Jim Beam is my drink of choice because I can afford it regularly.  They had a sample of Devi's Cut with the bottle I bought yesterday.  It's incredible and is making drinking regular Jim Beam seem less enjoyable.

Usually March and November.  Good luck finding any.  I got a call from the ABC store telling me that they had zero bottles and that private liquor stores got all the stock.  Called one of them up and they started selling at noon on a Tuesday and to get there early.  I got there at 11:45 and was one of many who didn't get there in time to get a bottle.  I was probably 40th or so inline and getting only 3 cases of each they sold out before I could get any.  Luckily the ABC store called me back and said they got 3 bottles of the 10 year Old Rip Van Winkle and the 12 year Van Winkle Special Reserve.  She held one of each for me long enough for me to drive from work and pick them up.  The 15, 20 and 23 is hard to get and I have never seen the Family Reserve Rye at any place in Alabama. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 11:30:32 AM
Have never had that.  Need to give a try.

I like it.  It's smooth and cheap.  I have been on a Elijah Craig kick here lately and has been my go to for about three or four months now. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 14, 2014, 01:29:13 PM
This is pretty good for the price as well.  Never priced a case but is usually $25/bottle.

(http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server4600/57a31/products/12632/images/85616/buffalotrace_bourbon175__51282.1353106626.1280.1280.jpg?c=1)

Appreciate the recommendation; I'll look for it at Total Wine & More tomorrow...or tonight...always like to try a new bourbon and I'm in agreeance with Uncle Sani about Old Forester; very good quality for the price.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 17, 2014, 09:04:06 AM
I have had the 10 year Pappy Van Winkle. It is no better than Woodford in my opinion. Hype!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 17, 2014, 09:37:32 AM
I have had the 10 year Pappy Van Winkle. It is no better than Woodford in my opinion. Hype!

The 10 year isn't one from that line that gets talked up too much.  Mostly the 15, 20 and 23.  I agree it is about the same level as Woodford.  It's a good 10 yr bourbon for $42 (what I paid for it), nothing more, nothing less. 

Out of the Van Winkle line I would much rather have the 15 than any of it. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 19, 2014, 04:28:30 PM
We got some of the Pappy 20 in Vegas a couple of trips ago...while St. Richt was choking away the SECC. 

It was delicious awesomeness.

But I was pretty fudgeing drunk by then.

I got a bottle of Blanton's on Saturday and man, oh, man...that is some smooth drinking goodness.  Really nice stuff, but at that price it fudgein oughtta be.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 19, 2014, 04:39:01 PM
We got some of the Pappy 20 in Vegas a couple of trips ago...while St. Richt was choking away the SECC. 

It was delicious awesomeness.

But I was pretty fudgeing drunk by then.

I got a bottle of Blanton's on Saturday and man, oh, man...that is some smooth drinking goodness.  Really nice stuff, but at that price it fudgein oughtta be.

And when you factor in the price of the DCP, man that is some bank.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 19, 2014, 05:33:55 PM
I got a bottle of Blanton's on Saturday and man, oh, man...that is some smooth drinking goodness.  Really nice stuff, but at that price it fudgein oughtta be.
How much you pay?  Should have been around $50.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 19, 2014, 06:09:59 PM
And when you factor in the price of the DCP, man that is some bank.

If I ever witness you mixing DCP with Pappy Van Winkle.........I will cut you on the spot, no questions asked.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 19, 2014, 07:22:40 PM
How much you pay?  Should have been around $50.

$52.95
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 21, 2014, 03:09:28 PM
Tried a new one last night and actually drank it without DCP.  Angel's Envy.  Let it socialize with a few cubes first.  Smoothest bourbon I've evah tasted.   
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 30, 2014, 10:44:01 PM
The state of Alabama sucks monkey balls for many reasons and I have another one to add to the list. 

It doesn't have these:

(http://brownkubican.net/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Liquor_Barn_004.24871050_std.jpg)

Purchased two 4-packs of Kentucky Barrel Ale, a bottle of Bulleit, and a bottle of Jameson - not the small bottles mind you - and only spent $71 total. 

It didn't really hit me how cheap the prices were until I had already left.  I didn't get a chance to go back. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 31, 2014, 03:21:41 PM
(http://www.tigersx.com/images/yummy.jpg)

Holy shoot...Blanton's, well worth the $50, smoothest Whiskey i have ever tasted.  Very dangerous how good it is.

Michter's is also very solid!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on March 31, 2014, 09:42:17 PM
Just opened the Bulleit. 

I now understand the difference between bourbons that mix and bourbons that are straight.  Jim Beam may never spend an evening alone with me again. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 01, 2014, 08:47:38 AM
(http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb392/markchand/OldScout.jpg) (http://s1203.photobucket.com/user/markchand/media/OldScout.jpg.html)

New to the liquor store this weekend, I had to try it. Quite smooth for 99 proof.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 01, 2014, 08:58:47 AM
(http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb392/markchand/Bourbontree.png) (http://s1203.photobucket.com/user/markchand/media/Bourbontree.png.html)

Interesting graphic showing distilleries, aging and grain blends

Found the article: http://www.gq.com/life/food/201311/bourbon-whiskey-family-tree (http://www.gq.com/life/food/201311/bourbon-whiskey-family-tree)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 01, 2014, 09:46:07 AM
(http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb392/markchand/Bourbontree.png) (http://s1203.photobucket.com/user/markchand/media/Bourbontree.png.html)

Interesting graphic showing distilleries, aging and grain blends

The fact that chart has "Four Roses" anywhere on it makes it invalid.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 02, 2014, 09:52:10 AM
Just opened the Bulleit. 

Bulleit is good stuff.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 17, 2014, 09:11:07 AM
(http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb392/markchand/elmer.jpg) (http://s1203.photobucket.com/user/markchand/media/elmer.jpg.html)

Found a bottle of Elmer T. Lee on a recent trip to Chesapeake, VA. I had my first sampling last night and it was outstanding. Elmer is made with the same mash bill as Blanton's, only not aged as long. The similarities in taste are undeniable. I paid $27 for this bottle, or roughly 19/32nds the price of a bottle of Blanton's. If you ever see it, buy it!
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 17, 2014, 08:04:45 PM
Just catching up on this thread, but full concurrence on Blanton's.

Same distillery makes Buffalo Trace, which IMO is the best budget bourbon. They also make Pappy's & Sazerac Rye.

My bar's currently got a bottle of Buffalo Trace, Blanton's, Woodford Reserve, & Bulleit. (Also Sazerac & Jack Daniels)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 18, 2014, 06:28:52 AM
Just catching up on this thread, but full concurrence on Blanton's.

Same distillery makes Buffalo Trace, which IMO is the best budget bourbon. They also make Pappy's & Sazerac Rye.

My bar's currently got a bottle of Buffalo Trace, Blanton's, Woodford Reserve,roofies, a really long black rubber dildo, fuzzy velvet handcuffs, gay porn magazines, Trojan rubbers XS, ky warming gel, my ballet tights, Cher c.d. & Bulleit. (Also Sazerac & Jack Daniels)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on April 19, 2014, 08:59:18 AM
Just catching up on this thread, but full concurrence on Blanton's.

Same distillery makes Buffalo Trace, which IMO is the best budget bourbon. They also make Pappy's & Sazerac Rye.

My bar's currently got a bottle of Buffalo Trace, Blanton's, Woodford Reserve,roofies, a really long black rubber dildo, fuzzy velvet handcuffs, gay porn magazines, Trojan rubbers XS, ky warming gel, my ballet tights, illegally-downloaded Cher c.d. & Bulleit. (Also Sazerac & Jack Daniels)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on July 28, 2014, 07:13:14 AM
Went by the liquor store on Saturday to pick up some delicious Old Forester and decided to try a bottle of this.  As you can tell by the picture it was good.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/saniflush/Calumet_zpseb57eabc.jpg)
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on July 28, 2014, 10:57:14 AM
Went by the liquor store on Saturday to pick up some delicious Old Forester and decided to try a bottle of this.  As you can tell by the picture it was good.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/saniflush/Calumet_zpseb57eabc.jpg)
The hand model in this picture appears to hold and caress the top of this bottle as if it were a stubby little richard.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on July 28, 2014, 11:23:35 AM
The hand model in this picture appears to hold and caress the top of this bottle as if it were a stubby little richard.

Well he touches his own a lot so he has experience with stubby richards. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on July 28, 2014, 03:16:24 PM
I would enjoy the hand on my face.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on November 14, 2014, 07:31:59 PM
Did any of you get a bottle of the Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old reserve?  I saw on the news where grown men were lined up outside ABC stores like teenagers trying to get concert tickets.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on February 24, 2015, 10:50:36 AM
Haven't reviewed in awhile been drinking Michters Rye and Bulleit (orange) Bourbon as of late.

Decided to try some new stuff...

(http://whiskeylately.com/wp-content/uploads/bowman-brothers-bottle.jpg?ea6d6d)
Bowman Brothers
Picked this up at ABC in preparation of Uncle Sani and Garman visit.
I give it a solid B+
Cost is $39 decent for the quality.  Smooth, not real strong. Definitely worth a try.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7007/6590955225_c5e4f7197c_z.jpg)
Breaking and Entering Bourbon
Again picked up in preparation of upcoming circle jerk visit.
C+
Again cost was around $33.
Not overly exciting, fairly smooth, I wouldn't get again.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mk-ntQrmpjs/Tv9SacvctZI/AAAAAAAAEOM/b5W_Mx09xPM/s1600/Michter%2527sWhiskey.jpg)
Michter's Unblended American Whiskey (the Blue Label (far left))
I am not a tried and true Rye guy, I usually prefer bourbon. However Michter's Straight Rye is the exception to this.  I have reviewed the rye before and it has become one of my top shelf buys.  Cost anywhere from $39-$45.
Because of this I decided to try the Unblended American Whiskey

I give it a B possibly B+ it's a bit sweeter than the rye and as smooth, but it doesn't have anywhere near the complexities of the rye.  Definitely worth a try if you see it around.

However in my opinion the Rye is still where it is at for this particular label of whiskey's.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 03, 2015, 01:17:18 PM
(http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb392/markchand/IMG_1385.jpg)

While the young Tiger's have been busting their tails on the practice field I have been prepping my liver for the long season ahead.

Bulleit Rye: Primarily used for Old Fashions

Lacerny:  Wanted to try in in the place of Elijah Craig(our house bourbon). Certainly a good bourbon but it will not replace E. Craig in the regular rotation

Willett Pot Still Reserve: Very smooth and tasty drink. This one disappeared quickly. Not quite sure on why my wife insisted on keeping the bottle after it was empty...
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 04, 2015, 09:24:47 AM
While this is not Bourbon, this is my drink of choice these days.



Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on September 04, 2015, 10:47:11 AM
While this is not Bourbon, this is my drink of choice these days.

Need to go to Old Havana with me soon.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 09, 2015, 08:54:25 AM
Did any of you get a bottle of the Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old reserve?  I saw on the news where grown men were lined up outside ABC stores like teenagers trying to get concert tickets.

Sad Story Bro:

My girl loaded up my bday present, a bottle of Pappy (not sure the vintage), a bunch of food and assorted sundries in her dad's Yeti cooler to bring to me for a weekend of debauchery.  Her boss, ignorant fudge that he is, is worried that the cooler might leak on his floors so he insists that the cooler be stashed on the office's back patio. 

Some limp-richard motherfudgeer came by and snatched the cooler (likely with no idea the treasures it held) and now I have no Pappy.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 09, 2015, 09:31:47 AM
Below is part of a piece from the October/November issue of one of my favorite mags, Garden & Gun.  If you've never checked this magazine out, do so.  You'll be hooked.  This is all they put out of the article on the website, but it's a good look into a bourbon I'd never heard of.   

by Wells Tower -  Tennessee -  October/November 2015

What happens when a dozen-odd whiskey aficionados, led by one maniacally obsessed Southern chef and the reigning bourbon king, gather to test twenty-four years’ worth of a legendary brand? Among other things, a hell of a good time.


“I’m not sure we’ve got enough bourbon,” said the chef Sean Brock on the morning of the epic whiskey tasting. Brock was joking. The quantity of bourbon in the room had turned the daylight brown.

Bourbon was not only the dominant decor in Brock’s downtown Nashville loft; it was, by volume, the primary occupant. Crowding Brock’s living room were geriatric gallons of Old Grand-Dad and Old Fitzgerald, enthroned on their own miniature rocking chairs. Imp-scale bottles peeped out from behind cured hams (another form of furniture here). Against the near wall stood a four-shelf bookcase stacked three deep with bottles that would make a bourbon fancier take out a second mortgage. Shelved there were delicious antiques including but not limited to Old Rip Van Winkle, David Nicholson 1843, and Very Very Old Fitzgerald, which Brock sells at his acclaimed restaurant Husk for $240 per pour.

The business at hand, however, was not Brock’s deep holdings but a lately acquired army of fifths, pints, and handles crowding the kitchen island. With the help of his girlfriend, Adi Noe, Brock—known for his Charleston, South Carolina, restaurants McCrady’s, Minero, and also Husk, whose Nashville branch opened in 2013—was draining the bottles into anonymously numbered flasks for the day’s blind tasting.

The collection represented a twenty-four-year “vertical” of W. L. Weller Special Reserve containing a bottle from every year from 1987 to 2010. Vintage Weller is a substance direly coveted by bourbon fanatics. It is a close sibling of Pappy Van Winkle, a bourbon over which the whiskey world has lately gone insane. Empty bottles of Pappy can sell on eBay for upwards of a hundred dollars. A full bottle, when it can be found, will set you back thousands. The good news is that modern-day Weller is a lot easier to find than Pappy, and it is genetically identical to the celebrated stuff. Weller and Pappy enter the world in the same distillation. As they age, the most extraordinary barrels get set aside for the Van Winkle line. The unchosen ones are sent off to market under the Weller label at a bit north of twenty dollars a bottle, within reach of the common man.

In Chef Brock’s unguarded opinion, vintage Weller is “the best damn whiskey ever made in the whole world. You taste it and you have to have it, no matter the cost. Then you become obsessed with different labels and expressions and years, and then you wake up one day and you have way too much whiskey in your apartment.”

The loosely scientific purpose of today’s gathering was to determine which bottlings and distilleries have produced the tastiest Weller. This advance in whiskey knowledge, Brock explained, had come at considerable inconvenience and strain. “This will only happen once,” he said, topping off a taster’s flask. “It’s a pain in the ass and it’s expensive as hell.”

Assembling the twenty-four Wellers took him the better part of a year and the better part of ten thousand dollars. So where did he find all of these obscure bottlings? I asked Brock. He looked at me as though I’d demanded power of attorney. “It’s a secret,” replied the chef, a solid, low-built man of thirty-seven with plentiful tattoos. “If I tell you where I bought it, then you’ll go buy it all, and then I’ll kick your ass, and then we’re not friends anymore.”


Sampling all twenty-four bottles would be a full day’s work running from noon to night in two shifts with a lunch break in between. Right around twelve o’clock Brock’s team of connoisseurs arrived. There were twelve or so of them, I think (soon into the tasting, they became hard to count). Mostly from out of state, they were a disparate bunch of middle-aged men who had intersected over the Internet at a common node of bourbon obsession. There was Mike, a guy from Pennsylvania who, in addition to ransacking “dusties” from the storerooms of rural liquor stores, worked for a water quality bureau and also collected jeeps. There was a hulking man named Jared, the whiskey curator of the Washington, D.C., bar Jack Rose. Rampant peptic ulcers had forced Jared onto the wagon, but his commitment to bourbon was so intense that he had traveled more than five hundred miles merely to smell the Wellers. There were guys who worked in restaurants and residential construction and a guy who claimed to be the campus chaplain at a university in Florida. Beyond maleness, their only ostensible common thread was a nearly hazardous degree of whiskey expertise. To get into conversation with these fellows was to become a receptacle for information about tax stamps, the history of sour mash, Distilled Spirits Plants codes, and the chemistry of barrel char.

Elevating the gathering from an assembly of serious bourbon hobbyists to a conclave of the royal whiskey society was the arrival of Julian Van Winkle III and his son Preston. Julian III is the president of the Old Rip Van Winkle company. He is the grandson of Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr., the late co-owner of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, which sits at the headwaters of the Weller/Van Winkle bourbon streams. It was Julian III who first bottled the Pappy Van Winkle line of whiskeys and who also made a bourbon extremist out of Sean Brock.

“I wasn’t a bourbon fanatic until I drank Pappy Van Winkle, which wasn’t until 2007,” Brock recalled. At that point, he had been confining his culinary relentlessness to the meticulous sourcing of heritage rice strains, cowpeas, grits, and Ossabaw Island hogs. In 2008, Van Winkle collaborated with Brock on a Pappy Van Winkle dinner at McCrady’s. After that, Brock fell into an obsession whose ferocity outstripped Van Winkle’s own.

“Damn,” said Van Winkle, taking in Brock’s bourbon rack. “And I thought I had it bad.” Then Van Winkle turned toward Brock, and in a coals-to-Newcastle gesture, presented the chef with a bottle of twelve-year-old Weller. “What do you want for it?” Brock asked.

“I don’t know,” said Van Winkle, musing. “Let me drink good whiskey all day, I guess.”

By now, the connoisseurs were getting restless. They were up on their toes. They were ready to drink. A visiting journalist, however, was feeling pangs of concern. While the rudiments of bourbon drinking are not lost on me, twenty-four was more glasses of whiskey than I usually have in one go. Grateful though I was to be along for this once-in-a-lifetime binge, I did wonder how much of the vertical I would manage to blind-taste while remaining vertical with sight left in my eyes. The temptation was strong to batten down, to put leashes on my wallet, phone, and keys, to pin to my lapel the address of my hotel. Still, this was anxious expectancy of a pleasurable kind, like anticipating the onset of a sumptuous typhoon.

But in his wisdom Chef Brock had laid in a hospitable array of sobriety preservers: a fleet of deviled eggs, pimento cheese and crackers, ham biscuits with pickled cauliflower, and a saw-your-own hog leg over by the bourbon shelf, a saber jutting from the meat.

There was no spittoon in sight.
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 09, 2015, 05:37:12 PM
Holy shoot!  That's TL;DR
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 09, 2015, 06:16:22 PM
Holy shoot!  That's TL;DR

Yes you did. And you've also already pulled up the W.L. Weller's website. 
Title: Re: Small batch bourbons
Post by: XMember on October 19, 2015, 02:06:54 PM
Spent the weekend roaming the hills of Kentucky touring various distilleries and sampling the wares created from at least 51% corn. We had originally intended on taking in a football matchup in Lexington Thursday evening but with the season in the tanks we diverted funds to a more worthwhile and pleasurable endeavor. We were able to visit Maker's Mark, Willet, Barton's and Jim Beam. Bulleit was on the agenda but they closed for the day just prior to our arrival.

From Left to Right:

1792 Port Finished Bourbon: From Barton's distillery. After aging, the bourbon spent another 2 years in Port Wine barrels. We tried this last night and it was damn fine. You could definitely detect the port flavors very similar to Angel's Envy

Maker's 46: Nothing fancy just a higher end version of Maker's with French Oak wood added during an extra aging process

Maker's 46 Cask Strength: Uncut 46 only available for purchase at the distillery. This batch came in at 109.6 proof. Have yet to try this one

Wathen's Kentucky Bourbon: Never heard of it or tried it. Hopefully it's good

I.W. Harper: This is a 15 year old bourbon once again available in the states as of this year. It was an export only product going to Japan.

Johnny Drum Private Stock: Produced by Willet distillery. Pretty tasty drink, it's a bit fiery due to the high rye content.

Willet Estate Single Barrel: This was aged 13 years and hand selected by the distillery for single barrel bottling. Only 169 bottles from this barrel. May have to save this for a special occasion.

WL Weller Special Reserve: A Buffalo Trace product. This is a very smooth, easy drinker. It is highly wheated making it sweeter versus fiery.

Jefferson's Ocean: This is the fancy stuffed aged at sea as it floats on a cargo ship. Supposedly the rocking back and forth on the ship forces the bourbon in and out of the barrel wood. Haven't opened it yet but it will be on this weekends playlist.

BTW, none of these will ever mingle with DCPs. Maybe a cube or two of ice or a few drops of water but that's it!

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