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Bourbon

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by John in Covina, May 23, 2012.

  1. kyboots

    kyboots Practically Family

    Unfortunately I believe " Animal House " could document most fraternities of the 1960's mine included. We even had the old delapidated house. How it survived the smoking of the time I really don't know. I did claim a bedroom on the third floor that had it's own fire escape. I do have to comment on the Jim Beam discussion above as it is still a good decent bourbon. I like Makers and Jack Daniels ( owned by a Ky. company ) but Jim Beam brands and their black label are very good. Costco sold an excellent bourbon with their house brand name a couple years ago that was actually Jim Beam black label. Jim Beam had it to sell and made a deal with Costco. Great bourbon at a great price but with the Costco housebrand. The best price ever for a good bourbon. Unfortunately they are no longer selling black label. I don't care as much for Four Roses or Wild Turkey taste, but that is just personal choice. There are still some decent bourbons out there at good prices. Don't be afraid to try some different brands. You might be surprised.
     
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  2. 1mach1

    1mach1

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    A few nights ago, my in-laws tried to pass on some Jim Beam green label to me. :yuck:
    I had gin and tonics instead.
     
  3. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

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    Buffalo Trace? Value for the $$$...?
     
  4. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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    I'm a fan of Buffalo Trace. I was able to pick up a Large bottle (1.75L) at Costco for ~$35 after the holidays. Last year I was able to pick up a bottle of Knob creek for similar price point. If cost is an issue, Evan Williams is a reasonable low cost alternative. Cheers
     
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  5. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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    It makes a really good white elephant gift...
     
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  6. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

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    $35! is an incredible price for BT and KC.
     
  7. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

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    Regift that ...and the fruitcake.
     
  8. Peacoat

    Peacoat My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I have recently (4 or 5 months ago) discovered Angels' Envy. In addition to the bourbon, they also do a couple of runs a year of a finished rye, which is quite good. At my store it usually sells out within a week of hitting the shelves.
     
  9. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter New in Town

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    I suppose in regard to the first part of this question is Why? I personally don't see the point as I assume quality Bourbon is readily available. I am A Scotch drinker, but the difference between a good and bad Scotch is huge. You could blend it by why bother. A Gentleman is judged by the quality, not quantity of his liquor cabinet. Frankly I'd die of thirst before imbibing a cheap Scotch. I'd think it should be the same with a Bourbon drinker.
     
  10. O'Sully

    O'Sully Familiar Face

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    The joy of bourbon drinking is not the pharmacological effect of the C2H5OH on the cortex but rather the instant of the whiskey being knocked back and the little explosion of Kentucky U.S.A. sunshine in the cavity of the nasopharynx and the hot bosky bite of Tennessee summertime—aesthetic considerations to which the effect of the alcohol is, if not dispensable, at least secondary. - Walker Percy
    as I sip Old Rip Van Winkle
     
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  11. Macbeth

    Macbeth One of the Regulars

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    Yes indeed! One should drink a Bourbon equal to the Scotch he drinks.

    So. I'm sipping 20 year old Pappy Van Winkle now.

    I have 2 bottles of Pappy 15 year old in the closet waiting. If someone were to offer me the right price I may let them go since I'm mostly a Scotch Single malt guy now.
     
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  12. Hats Matter

    Hats Matter Familiar Face

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    Interesting Thread and comments on Bourbon. I am an infrequent drinker so I do not have vast experience on the subject but I know what I like and I like to have a Manhatten. Many bartenders these days have no idea how to mix a Manhatten as they seem to forget about the bitters. When I go into a bar I like to see which Bourbons they have in stock and get an idea of the quality of the establishment. My preference is Bookers which is bottled by the Jim Beam distillery. Absent the Bookers I will go with Maker's Mark or Knob Creek. If one of these 3 is not in stock I will go to another bar.
     
  13. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    Those who like Buffalo Trace bourbon should try Benchmark. It's made by the same people, is is quite respectably good and under $10.
     
  14. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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    Yes, it is the same. Cheep is cheep...
     
  15. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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    Bookers is "Hot." If I were to choose a case of bourbon to be ship wrecked with it would be Bookers. It base more shunshine per bottle.
     
  16. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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    Very fine products!
     
  17. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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  18. Chase_999

    Chase_999 New in Town

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    Let's discuss what it would take for you to part with a bottle of Pappy. Name you Scotch, and perhaps we could work out a trade?
     
  19. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    I assume you're talking a pint? $10 for a fifth sounds like lighter fluid.

    And I'm sitting here drinking Jim Beam Black.


    Sent directly from my mind to yours.
     
  20. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    I would have assumed lighter fluid, too. But I find it to be quite good (that's a fifth).

    Evan Williams, I tossed after a sip. Awful stuff.
     
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