Bourbon Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by Old Mariner, Apr 17, 2021.

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  1. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom Call Me a Cab

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    So. I was recently given a bottle of Jack Daniels old no. 7.
    I may have tried it thirty years ago, but I really don’t remember it.
    Because I over-think everything, I approached it with some trepidation. I researched it before cracking the bottle and basically learned that there are two camps…

    1. Like Levi’s, Harley-Davidson, and Jazz, Jack Daniels is a great American Classic. It was famously Frank Sinatra’s favorite tipple. It’s reasonably priced and is an excellent bang for the buck and a sturdy example of a good whisky.

    2. Jack Daniels is too big and too popular and too mass produced. It’s a cliche. It is watery, too mellow, yet the alcohol is too sharp. JD is basically cheap whisky that is better avoided.​

    Before I sampled the product, I had to be in a frame of mind where I was neither unduly influenced by “the legend” or by the anti-legend haters.

    I poured two fingers, neat, with maybe a teaspoon of water, and took my time as the sun went down.

    My verdict? I think it is good stuff. I picked up toasty caramel, nut, and wood flavors. Also a little fruit. It’s got some bite but is also pretty smooth. I can see it becoming a regular item on my shelf. The fact that it is reasonably priced does not hurt.
     
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  2. Boyo

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    ^ I'm with you 100%.. I enjoy it every time.
     
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  3. Turnip

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    Right now I enjoy a nice mug of hot Arabica with an even nicer splash of Elijah Craig 12…:)
     
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  4. TREEMAN

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    Smooth… maybe too smooth
     

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  5. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    I stick to low brow bourbon like Evan Williams, both price and palate sate my thirst.
     
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  6. Turnip

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    In lower shelf range I prefer Wild Turkey (101) since I was a kid and Jimmy Russell is nothing less than a true legend.
     
  7. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    I favor Wild Turkey 101 as an excellent rye.
    The bird is a smooth kick sip, poured double shotgun over rocks
    with Etta James or Billy Eckstein serenading background after a hard week.
     
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  8. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    MM tonite …
     
  9. Tiki Tom

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    Wild Turkey 101 is indeed good stuff. (I hate the whole business of judging quality by price point. There are many high quality/low cost products and many over-rated/high cost whiskeys. Just my humble opinion.)
     
  10. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Low end glass hold elixir equivalence to upper crust bourbon, and, to be honest my plebeian palate
    is sated all the same but occasional curiosity does prompt a richer nip now and then or a much heralded
    moniker might be gifted and sampled. Though if it ain't broke don't fix it, works fine when looking over the
    parade shelf and price tags.:)
     
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  11. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Looks like Makers tonite…
     
  12. Hayes Nash

    Hayes Nash Familiar Face

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    Sipping on Old Elk this fine Sunday eve. Twas a gift from a good friend - and it sure is a dandy. I highly recommend, if you'd like to try a really nice bottle at some point and it will not disappoint. I do agree with points made above; it is hard to beat the Wild Turk, as a staple. I'm on the hunt for WT Rare Breed and will pick up a bottle next time I see one - it will be nice to try that out as it gets really good reviews and I already know I like the WT sandard.
     
  13. Turnip

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    Especially as not too few of those „craft“ bottlings are nothing more but sourced LDI (or how that distilling giant might be named meanwhile) booze from one of their cubic meter lines with a fantasy label and the only things real crafted are the „background story“ and the profit.
     
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  14. TREEMAN

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    Bulleit + me tonite....
     
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  15. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Bite the Bulleit tonite …..
     
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  16. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Bulletitz limestone flavor taste is a tad too much for me but mine palate is plebeian. ;):)
     
  17. TREEMAN

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    Buffalo Trace tonite … hard to get hold of this good stuff …
     
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  18. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Bulleit is hitting the target…
     
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  19. Edm1

    Edm1 Familiar Face

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    Bulleit
    Buffalo trace
    Knob creek
    Jeffersons Ocean
    Woodford

    Of course I live in KY so if it isn't from here it isn't bourbon.
     
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  20. Boyo

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