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Bourbon.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by The Wayfarer, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. STK_astoria

    STK_astoria Well-Known Member

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    ^ If you have Eagle Rare, then going with Buffalo Trace and Sazerac lets you explore the same distillery. Rittenhouse and Old Olverholt are both classic American rye at great prices. Around $40 for bourbon opens up solid choices like Michter's, Four Roses and Russel Reserve. Enjoy the hunt.
     
  2. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    i also actually like whistle pig for rye despite the price.

    i would look for some elmer t lee in the city but I'm also in love with elijah craig 12 if you can't find elmer t lee
     
  3. joelscott7

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    I would recommend something that you can't get at the lcbo. I have yet to try them, but would look to angels envy or mitchers or a four roses single barrel. There are so many bourbons available that we don't get in Ontario, it would be worth trying one of them.
     
  4. denning

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    It's not bourbon, but the LCBO has Masterson's rye which is quite nice.
     
  5. Master-Classter

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  6. bdeuce22

    bdeuce22 Senior member

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    tonight's first pour is '13 ER17. like this year's Stagg, I like this one a lot more after the first couple pours.
     
  7. NewYorkIslander

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    I have mine up on the block...I've heard its the best of the BTAC this year, but I just so much prefer a good Barrel Proof.
     
  8. indesertum

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    Maybe it's from drinking so much stagg but the Thomas h handy hides its alcohol a lot better. I like it better than the sazerac 18 even diluted. I like stagg even better tho
     
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  9. indesertum

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    Parker's heritage 7th really reminds me of pappy 15. It's a 10 yo but was placed higher up in the warehouse. I think I might buy a bottle for myself. I've seen it for $90 a bottle which seems like a lot for a 10 yo but IMO it's worth it.
     
  10. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    My partner enjoys a cocktail as much as I do -- our current bar is in a huge china cabinet in the dining room, because why not? It is overflowing rather a bit into the sideboard. Maybe the worst pics ever:

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  11. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Senior member

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    Nice! I just found a 1986 distillation of Mac 18.

    My collection is embarrassingly huge.

    Sipping on 4R 2012 Small Batch tonight...delicious!

    The Promise of Hope is nice, though it doesn't taste much like a wheater to me, though in its smoothness I can see what you mean by comparing it to the ORVW 10. I like the ORVW10 very much this year...last years, not so much.
     
  12. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    Really? I thought it was very much a wheated. I didn't get the bad reviews for 10. I thought it was delicious

    Huntsman didn't you have a bar in your garage with hundreds of bottles?
     
  13. indesertum

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    How does dusty hunting work? Visit a ton of shops and look for bottles with older labels?
     
  14. NewYorkIslander

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    Pretty much...but do it in bad neighborhoods.
     
  15. bdeuce22

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    i know a few guys that go into the depths of Detroit. they find some crazy stuff like bottles from the 80s, but also some new(ish) stuff like parkers heritage 5th etc.
     
  16. NewYorkIslander

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    Detroit would scare me. The closest I've come to Newark has been Elizabeth...and I've found cool stuff there. I can imagine what Newark holds...
     
  17. Huntsman

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    I think Rambo started the meme that I had a bar in the garage, nope, just cars. My old bar took up a wall of the den, though, and had just topped out a hair over 280 bottles, not including wine. I was rather proudest of the well, with three gins, two whiskies, brandy, cognac, vodka, Cointreau and Woodford in 1L or 1.75L, all on shallow shelves behind where the door opened. That was pretty awesome. Here's the last pic I took. Storage, the lamer modifiers, and dupes were below, with mixers and such:

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    I have been most lucky in neighborhoods that were nice, but took a dive in the last decade or so. NYI, have you ever been uncomfortable leaving places? I've been harangued twice, and was followed out of a shop by a guy who was yelling at me once.

    ~ H
     
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  18. indesertum

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    That is a nice collection. Didn't you also have a ton of mini bottles? Some pretty rare stuff too iirc
     
  19. Huntsman

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    I have a lot of minis -- largely inherited from my father who flew a lot in the '60s and collected them on flights. It you blow up that pic you can see them all in the foreground of the shelves. I had a goodly amount (to me) of rare things, especially when I was really collecting like 5 years ago. Still have some because I am reticent about opening bottles - Rit 25, Port Ellen, various other old scotches, my beloved old Campari, some decent cognac and armagnac. But these days the selection has really exploded, making the meaning of rare somewhat.....unclear. Especially with stuff like Pappy, which isn't actually rare, its just controlled in the face of largely ignorant demand.

    These days I am largely into odd and high quality modifiers, and especially vermouths -- very inexpensive, fun to seek out, and great payback in terms of cocktails.

    ~ H
     
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  20. NewYorkIslander

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    Just once...in Queens. Was like a scene from a bad movie...bunch of guys drinking 250 ml booze on the street next to a guy in a wheel chair...just talk as we left, nothing much else. There was a strong police presence there though, which may have saved us. I try not doing those places alone.
     

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