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Post by andrema » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:05 pm

This is going to sound strange, but my wife just discovered that she likes bourbon and is looking for suggestions (bourbon, not naked selfies).

Being a rhum guy, I don't know "jack" about bourbon. This is what I know...she likes single barrel.

Budget is fairly open, just looking for good single barrel suggestions for her to try.


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Re: Bourbon

Post by Seppia » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:21 pm

Wild Turkey rare breed, Blanton's single barrel, Elmer T Lee.
I'm a big fan of almost anything that comes out of Buffalo Trace distillery, but it might be spicy for a rhum taste.
The best of the three above in my opinion is the Wild Turkey, but Blanton's is more accessible.
A good gateway drug is Maker's Mark, it's too sweet for me but it has proven to be a good initiation to bourbon for people used to mellow stuff. So is Woodford Reserve.

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Post by Seppia » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:23 pm

WT rare breed is a single barrel. So is Blanton's. Not sure about Elmer T Lee, but I think it's not.
I'm not sure single barrel matters though to someone completely new to the category.
I've been a very big whisky fan for more than a decade and it doesn't matter to me

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Post by Seppia » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:25 pm

To give you an idea these are literally sitting in a corner of my apartment
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Post by matt.wu » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:53 pm

As I found when starting out, there are a variety of flavor profiles out there, and people generally tend to have a preference within one vein or another.

Matt from Australia shared this graphic in this bourbon thread: http://www.thedivewatchconnection.com/f ... 3&p=943427

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I knew I liked Evan Williams, so this tree helped me find Elijah Craig which is my standard nightly.

Tons of good info in that thread from folks much more experienced than I.
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Ooo that a good tree

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Post by andrema » Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:12 pm

She has Four Roses so far


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Post by mfxr » Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:18 pm

Blantons beige label, and Eagle Rare 10y are my first recommendations when people ask, but that is what I like as a regular drop.

As Matt said If she likes something already then follow the Distillery / Mashbill (high rye, wheat etc) to find others she might like.

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Post by BSears » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:05 pm

If you can find E H Taylor single barrel, it's very good and fairly well rounded. Another good single barrel is Rock Hills Farm. Certain larger retail liquor stores source or select their own barrel(s) from distillers and you can find really good single barrels that way. One is Old Forester 90 proof. Very smooth, nice nose and plenty of oak, dried fruit or sometimes floral flavors, just depends on what's in that barrel. If you can't find any up your way Mark and want to try one, let me know.

Other solid suggestions in this thread too. Especially Elmer T. Lee.
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Post by BSears » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:09 pm

I'll tell you another one that is not a single barrel, but is bottled in bond (100 proof) and is fantastic, cheap as hell, and should be readily found... Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond. Buy it while you still can as word on the street is Heavenhill Distilleries is going to discontinue it in favor of Larceny. I'm none too happy about that so I've been buying handles of the stuff. :lol:
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Post by gonzomantis » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:11 pm

I've been looking for Elmer T Lee and Blantons for months. One liquor store said I could put my name in a lottery (no charge) to be eligible to buy a bottle. Demand is way outpacing supply.

Eagle Rare is one of my favorites that is a good balance of price and taste.

For single barrel, seen you can find Willett Family Reserve.

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Post by BSears » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:22 pm

Hey Mike! :drinkingbuddies:
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Post by MikeyLikesIt » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:23 pm

My rotation of daily drinkers is Old Grand Dad 114, Old Forester 100, Old Weller Antique and Henry McKenna Single Barrel. These can be found pretty easily for under $30 here in TX.

Blanton's is tougher to find and pricier but pretty good. I also love most of what High West puts out, although not sure it's considered "bourbon".

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Post by JP Chestnut » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:31 pm

I've never had an alcoholic drink that tastes good. Do people who drink not to get hammered (which I certainly don't do) actually like the taste? Or is it more like coffee - gross at first and then you "develop a taste for it", e.g. get used to the gross taste.

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Post by Panerai7 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:12 pm

You develop a taste for bourbon, at least I have , I didn't like it at first

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Post by HapaHapa » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:14 pm

It's like coffee and beer. First taste is yuck, but soon enough you progress to 'man I need a beer' or 'don't talk to me yet I need a cup of coffee'.
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Post by BacoNoir » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:15 pm

Another vote for Buffalo Trace.

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Post by JP Chestnut » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:22 pm

As expected. Thanks guys.

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Post by mfxr » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:30 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:I've never had an alcoholic drink that tastes good. Do people who drink not to get hammered (which I certainly don't do) actually like the taste? Or is it more like coffee - gross at first and then you "develop a taste for it", e.g. get used to the gross taste.

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I guess it is an acquired taste :shrug:

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Post by JP Chestnut » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:42 pm

mfxr wrote:
JP Chestnut wrote:I've never had an alcoholic drink that tastes good. Do people who drink not to get hammered (which I certainly don't do) actually like the taste? Or is it more like coffee - gross at first and then you "develop a taste for it", e.g. get used to the gross taste.

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I guess it is an acquired taste :shrug:
I've drank tons in my life, but not for the taste! Maybe I'll try a fancy bourbon next time I tie one on.

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Post by Seppia » Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:46 pm

I've liked good whiskies and bourbons from the first sip.
The ones I tried and did not like at first were the shitty ones

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Post by jimyritz » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:06 am

I find Bourbon and Scotch to be like coffee- more of a learned taste.
That being said, Jefferson Reserve has become a favorite- smooth and well balanced. Woodford Reserve
is a good one. I like to stay in the 80-90 proof range. My next putchase is something from the High West Distillery in Utah- check out Campfire...

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Post by Grahamcombat » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:15 am

Seppia wrote:I've liked good whiskies and bourbons from the first sip.
The ones I tried and did not like at first were the shitty ones
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Post by JP Chestnut » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:21 am

Has anyone tried this:
http://www.oakandgloryspirits.com

My buddy from undergrad started this place, I think.

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:21 am

mfxr wrote:
JP Chestnut wrote:I've never had an alcoholic drink that tastes good. Do people who drink not to get hammered (which I certainly don't do) actually like the taste? Or is it more like coffee - gross at first and then you "develop a taste for it", e.g. get used to the gross taste.

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I guess it is an acquired taste :shrug:
hahahaha great gif :salute:, that is probably what I look like every time my wife decides to ask me a question

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