Bourbon.

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  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Alright. So I've kind of browsed through a lot of this thread. A know wine and not so much about bourbon. I want to build up my bourbon palate and am about to go to the store. What's a good bourbon to start with to learn what a real bourbon should taste like? I'm thinking Maker's but I dunno. Maybe Woodford Reserve?

    What's your price range?

    < $20, probably Wild Turkey or Jim Beam

    < $30, Eagle Rare, Bulleit

    < $40, Knob Creek, Noah's Mill, Baker's

    < $50, Michter's

    < $60, Booker's, anything Van Winkle

    < $80, see Piobaire's post

    < $100, see Piobaire's post but add 5 years to the age
     
  2. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Having a Wild Turkey Rare Breed on ice, with a Padilla Miami 8&amp;11 (Pepin made) right now.. Do iGents drink Wild Turkey and smoke obnoxious cigars? Obviously, yes..
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    gnatty, so Michter's is worth it? I keep seeing it, but for some reason, never buy.
     
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    King Francis Senior member

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    < $40, Knob Creek, Noah's Mill, Baker's

    Don't forget the Black Maple Hill small-batch ($32.99 at K&L Wine Merchants).
     
  5. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    gnatty, so Michter's is worth it? I keep seeing it, but for some reason, never buy.

    Yes, absolutely. There are two basic Michter's out there, one is Michter's American Whiskey:

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    This one is not a true bourbon, only because it is not aged in new oak. It's a fantastic whiskey though, mainly for the price (under $40 for this one) and consistency.

    There's also this:

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    Which is more expensive, but still under $75 IIRC. I have a bottle at home, and it's a very good bourbon. Michter's also makes a rye whiskey that is fantastic as well, but in the $80 range. I am a relative rye no0b, so cannot offer too informed an opinion, but I like it. Much less "grass" than some of the other ryes I have had, which may be why I like it.
     
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    ama Senior member

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    There are a couple different kinds of Mitchers Rye. One that is about $45 and decent, and one that is around $80 and phenomenal. Its floral and peppery. Very worthwhile.
     
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    gnatty8 Senior member

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    There are a couple different kinds of Mitchers Rye. One that is about $45 and decent, and one that is around $80 and phenomenal. Its floral and peppery. Very worthwhile.

    Yes. I was referring to this one, which is the phenomenal one:

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    I've never had the other one..
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Gnatty, pr0n this weekend?
     
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    ama Senior member

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    Yes. I was referring to this one, which is the phenomenal one:

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    I've never had the other one..


    Yes, that is the one. Its a hard bottle to find though, they don't make that many of them.
     
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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sidebar tip:

    When making ice, use distilled or bottled water. Use metal ice trays, not plastic. And clean out your freezer. Ice can pick up flavor/odors from old stuff in there. There's nothing worse than a bad tasting cube diluting a good bourbon.

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    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Some fast pics:

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    Some of the recent rye finds:

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    Have my doubles stored in a storage closet, so these are only active bottles. Our bar is a corner affair that closes, so I took these out and set them on a piece of furniture to snap pics, I don't leave my booze sitting out..
     
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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Holy crap, gnatty! You are a straight up baller.
     
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    Thats amazing gnatty!
     
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    I am going to purchase this tomorrow and post a review. Thanks for reminding me that it was on my list. [​IMG]
     
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    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Holy crap, gnatty! You are a straight up baller.

    Actually, no, I am a semi-functional alcoholic.. [​IMG]
     

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