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On the subject of Booker's, picked up a bottle of the "Teresa's Batch" . Six years old, bottled at 126 proof.

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First tasting, hot without water. Big nose, long finish. I didn't get much until I added some water. With a few drops, get nice peanut and toffee. Lots of spice. The grain comes out on the finish, with dry vanilla. The texture is nice and solid, even with water.

It's definitely in the "good stuff" category, which is rare enough these days. I saw the "Shiny Barrel" variety as well, might have to pick that one up too for comparison.
I’m surprised these haven’t fallen victim to scarcity, even at these prices. Might be the next shoe to drop.
 

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I saw two bottles of "The Shiny Barrel" yesterday at $100. each but did not kop. Now have two bottles of the McKenna 10, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12, and Old Forester 1920. Would pour a glass today but am sick as a dog and don't feel like it.
 

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I saw two bottles of "The Shiny Barrel" yesterday at $100. each but did not kop.
That's a little steep. I got that one at $65, assume the "Shiny" was the same price. Have to go back and check this week sometime.
 

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Has anyone on here tried the 2017 Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye? I'm debating keeping it or selling it.
 

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Booker’s has great marketing, but I honestly feel like the QPR isn’t there for a 6 year bourbon.
 

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I keep meaning to try it but haven’t yet. I take it the Little Book is similarly overpriced in your view?
 

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Had to drive to Tennessee for work last week so I picked up a few goodies on the way. Made a pretty good dent in the Dickel Single barrel over the holiday weekend. Very excited about trying the Makers as well.
That Maker’s line is my new favorite. I had one from a local store that was called “Mocha Wheater”. Tasted real close to some Pappy. And for $70 or so, I went back and got like 6 bottles. I’ve had a few others and some were close but not quite my Mocha Wheater.
 

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Booker’s has great marketing, but I honestly feel like the QPR isn’t there for a 6 year bourbon.
To me, age is a number. I’ve had some unaged tequila that was as tasty as 90% of the aged bourbon and single malt out there. Bookers is a delicious, complex and very deep whiskey that is worth the slight upcharge when you compare it to other bourbons in the $50 to $75 price range.
 

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To me, age is a number. I’ve had some unaged tequila that was as tasty as 90% of the aged bourbon and single malt out there. Bookers is a delicious, complex and very deep whiskey that is worth the slight upcharge when you compare it to other bourbons in the $50 to $75 price range.
You're comparing apple and oranges. (I prefer my tequila unaged, and don't drink anejos.)

You cannot say 6 years isn't young for a bourbon. Even within the Jim Beam label, you can get barrel proof bourbons with (IMO) much better value: Knob Creek single barrels are often aged 12-14 years and are <$50
 

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I’m a fellow George T Stagg owner, a small club. I won my bottle at the BTAC raffle at my local warehouse store. It’s the 2017 release (129.2 Proof). I was one of two winners that raffle that went home with a bottle of GTS. I paid $98. There were around 100 people in attendance, although many were probably chasing Pappy’s. I’ve tried a sample of Pappy 23...let’s just say it’s ranked outside my top 5, so it wasn’t that good. Certainly not worth $300 or $3000 to me

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I see you finally cracked it. Nice. I’d like to try gts someday.

Picked up a E.H. Taylor small batch this week along with a blanton’s. Unsure on opening the blanton’s as I might be able to trade up for something with it.

I found small batch, rye and single barrel for Taylor and since I haven’t tried it yet, I figured I’d start at the ground floor.
 

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I like the rye. The small batch is ok - I’d say “good” even but probably won’t seek out again.
 

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You're comparing apple and oranges. (I prefer my tequila unaged, and don't drink anejos.)

You cannot say 6 years isn't young for a bourbon. Even within the Jim Beam label, you can get barrel proof bourbons with (IMO) much better value: Knob Creek single barrels are often aged 12-14 years and are <$50
No, I’m comparing things based on my tastes, which is really all that matters. Just because Booker’s is < 10 years old doesn’t mean I don’t find it much better (to my taste) than an older Knob Creek. I would urge anyone to taste for themselves by getting a pour at a well stocked bar and go from there and not make the mistake of buying Knob Creek just because it has been aged longer than Bookers. They may find they prefer Bookers even at the younger age, and find the slight upcharge worth it for something that to them, is better. Case in point. There was a Dickel 17 year old released a few years back that was far more expensive than the barrel picks that were widely available from the same distiller. Personally I felt the extra $$ were not worth it to me, and haven’t bought it since.
 

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No, I’m comparing things based on my tastes, which is really all that matters. Just because Booker’s is < 10 years old doesn’t mean I don’t find it much better (to my taste) than an older Knob Creek. I would urge anyone to taste for themselves by getting a pour at a well stocked bar and go from there and not make the mistake of buying Knob Creek just because it has been aged longer than Bookers. They may find they prefer Bookers even at the younger age, and find the slight upcharge worth it for something that to them, is better. Case in point. There was a Dickel 17 year old released a few years back that was far more expensive than the barrel picks that were widely available from the same distiller. Personally I felt the extra $$ were not worth it to me, and haven’t bought it since.
I compared two things by the same producer.

Obviously I’m not saying to buy Knob just because it’s older. I stated that booker’s (due to marketing) is expensive for the stated age. This is true.
 

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