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Strata169
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post about good bourbon here.

i like my bourbon with water over ice.


my favorites are:

1. makers mark -my all around favorite- spice/cinnamon, light oak

2. my second place favorites in no particialr order
bulleit - to me the flavor is of earthy leatherness
knob creek - maple and brown sugar
woodford reserve - slightly sweet with nice caramel a vanilla notes

3. honorable mentions
elijah craig 18 year old - like sucking on an oak stave

8/25/2007 7:48:23 PM

OmarBadu
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i agree - bourbon is served best on the rocks with a splash of water

my favorites are similar - maker's mark / woodford reserve at top (i drink more maker's though) followed by knob creek

4 roses folllows those

8/25/2007 7:54:09 PM

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elijah craig is my usual favorite

8/25/2007 8:39:41 PM

hydro290
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when im an old man, i'm going to bourbon fest and getting hammered

http://www.kybourbonfestival.com/

[Edited on August 25, 2007 at 8:45 PM. Reason : :]

8/25/2007 8:44:33 PM

markgoal
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Mint juleps ftw

8/25/2007 8:46:40 PM

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Bourbon and Blenheim's Hot Ginger Ale. Mmmm. . .

8/25/2007 10:45:30 PM

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^ I love those. I make them with Basil Hayden's.

8/26/2007 1:06:24 AM

Strata169
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i havent tried basil haydens yet. how does it compare?

i need some fresh to mint to make some mint juleps.

the hot ginger ale things sounds good. ill have to try that too.

8/26/2007 11:21:38 AM

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Beam 8 year reserve, got some that was bottled in the mid 70's and before. Def a special occasions only bottle though, no water needed, ice optional.

8/26/2007 11:50:42 AM

cheezcurd
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evan williams single barrel is a favorite and a great deal

for a step down i like dickel 12

8/26/2007 2:16:48 PM

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I really like Southern Comfort.

That probably means I'm not much of a bourbon connoisseur

8/26/2007 2:26:31 PM

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1. Booker’s
2. Woodford Reserve
3. Pappy Van Winkle

Of course the EW black is fine for anytime drinking.

I just throw in 3 ice cubes and wait five minutes.

I’d really recommend going to KY and hitting all the distilleries, it’s a lot of fun.

Oh and the magic ingredient if just can't resist the urge to mix such a great beverage - Bojangles' tea. You can also mix it half and half in the tea container and sneak it into any event on the planet.


[Edited on August 26, 2007 at 2:47 PM. Reason : mix tip]

8/26/2007 2:41:07 PM

Strata169
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evan williams single barrel is too sweet for me.

manhattans are good.

boubons i want to try soon:

pappy van winkle
bookers
george stagg

8/26/2007 2:46:44 PM

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Quote :
"i havent tried basil haydens yet. how does it compare?
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Basil Hayden's is VERY spicy and it bites hard. The flavor is wonderful - everything you could want your bourbon to have - but you'll be assulted with fire on every sip. If you like your bourbon to have bite, Basil Hayden's is great. You can temper it a bit with some water, or you can do it like I do and mix in with Blenheim's Hot Ginger Ale. The spice of the Blenheim's and the fire of the Basil Hayden's are a absolutely perfect match.

[Edited on August 26, 2007 at 6:49 PM. Reason : can't type]

8/26/2007 6:49:04 PM

BobbyDigital
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Last time we had one of these threads, we had half of the people posting about how jack daniels was their favorite bourbon. I'm really glad that nobody has dropped that kind of ignorant shit in this thread.

As for my votes, my all-time favorite is still Elijah Craig Single barrel 18yo. Bulleit is another favorite, and as cheap as it is, you can't beat it.

Other favorites:

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel
Knob Creek
Woodford Reserve
Baker's
Bookers

I mean, I'll pretty much drink anything single barrel, i haven't had a bad single barrel bourbon that I can recall.

I bourbon.

8/26/2007 6:56:29 PM

GREEN JAY
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fighting cock

8/26/2007 10:16:16 PM

Toyota4x4
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What a great thread!

I haven't tried most of the more expensive or less popular ones listed, but I do enjoy a glass of bourbon and water.

I mostly drink Jim Beam or Wild Turkey.

8/26/2007 10:16:41 PM

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^ Drink better bourbon. You'll be happy. At least in that price range, drink Elijah Craig. It's worlds better. The Whiskey Bible gave Elijah Craig either 94 or 96 points out of 100. That's rock star level right there.

8/26/2007 11:48:12 PM

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Old Grand Dad. I don't know why I like it so much, but I do. It's probably a memory association thing. Hell, at least it's better than evan williams.

also, Bulleit wins my vote for best bottle.

[Edited on August 27, 2007 at 12:07 AM. Reason : ..]

8/27/2007 12:06:57 AM

Walt Sobchak
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Bought a fifth of Eagle Rare the other day. Very nice, highly recommend it.

8/27/2007 12:31:10 AM

darkone
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^ I've had eagle rare. Good stuff.

8/27/2007 12:50:43 AM

AndyMac
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Jim Beam Black is pretty good, but I prefer rum.

8/27/2007 1:01:03 AM

zxappeal
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Quote :
"for a step down i like dickel 12"


Dickel 12 isn't Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It's a Tennessee whiskey. One of my favorites, I might add.

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"Last time we had one of these threads, we had half of the people posting about how jack daniels was their favorite bourbon. I'm really glad that nobody has dropped that kind of ignorant shit in this thread."


Ha ha ha...See Dickel 12 for an explanation.

I like Maker's Mark, and haven't really had the opportunity to try anything else on the better end of bourbon.

8/27/2007 1:23:03 AM

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Everyday whiskey: Early Times.

Special occasions and holidays: Crown Royal.

But I mostly drink beer these days and a good Bloody Mary once in a while.

8/27/2007 2:05:58 AM

cheezcurd
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"Tennessee Whiskey"


i was waiting for that, the shame

[Edited on August 27, 2007 at 2:31 AM. Reason : l]

8/27/2007 2:20:02 AM

MetalRed
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Black Maple Hill 21 yr. Fucking $120 and cant get it in this state, but the two times i had it, i wanted to make love to the bottle.

8/27/2007 2:39:28 AM

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Quote :
"Special occasions and holidays: Crown Royal.
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again,

not a bourbon

8/27/2007 9:45:14 AM

evan
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maker's mark is definitely a good choice

8/27/2007 9:49:31 AM

BobbyDigital
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This thread has made me pour myself some Elmer T. Lee.

Maybe i'll be a little nicer on this conference call in 15 minutes than I was last time.

8/27/2007 3:19:19 PM

Strata169
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Quote :
"Quote :
"Special occasions and holidays: Crown Royal.
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again,

not a bourbon"



yeah keep that blended canadian shit out of my thread.

i shall have to try this elmer t. lee as well. please tell me more about it flavor characteristics.

8/27/2007 4:44:37 PM

BobbyDigital
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I'm really bad at articulating these things properly, so i'm gonna borrow:

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"Amber gold. Delicately complex teasing aromas, with a potpourri of spices, floral notes, and complex fruit (oranges, plum, pineapple, coconut). Soft and smooth in texture. Impeccably balanced flavors and subtly complex, with notes of exotic fruit, subtle spices, almonds and soft honey tones.
"


the first thing I notice is the smooth texture, followed by the "complex fruit" (It doesn't even really make sense in words, but when you drink it, that's spot on), as well as the honey undertones. I didn't really get the almond taste, but i'll have to try again and see...

8/27/2007 10:42:19 PM

hooksaw
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Um. . .the Crown Royal was posted as an "FYI" after the main entry, which was Early Times. And bourbon, also called bourbon whiskey, is a straight whiskey distilled from a mash having 51 percent or more corn. Originally, corn whiskey was produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and Kentucky happens to be where Early Times whiskey comes from.

So--technically--my Early Times is the real bourbon whiskey here. In addition, you didn't take issue with me posting that I "mostly drink beer these days and a good Bloody Mary once in a while," did you?

8/27/2007 11:31:30 PM

Strata169
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no bloody marys allowed either. happy now?

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"Early Times is a brand of "Kentucky Whisky" which was first distilled in 1860. The brand became popular during 1920s. During the prohibition in the US, this whiskey was an exempt from the law, having been designated as "medicinal whiskey".

The brand is currently owned by Brown-Forman Corporation and is produced at a downtown Louisville, Kentucky distillery. Early Times which is now sold in the U.S. is not a bourbon whiskey, and labeled as "Kentucky Whisky", because 20% of the Early Times whiskey is aged in used charred oak barrels. However, Early Times which is sold at the export markets is fully aged in new charred oak barrels and is a true bourbon, 40% Abv. This bourbon has an old oak color, close to brown-sherry, a dominant vanilla aroma, and a smooth taste."

8/27/2007 11:50:10 PM

hooksaw
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^ This is heresy! In any event, the Early Times that I drink is made in Kentucky, which is home to Bourbon County, dammit!

Concerning the "medicinal" qualities of Early Times, I quite agree that the whiskey possesses same. And I think I need some "medicine" right now--you people will make somebody drink!

8/28/2007 12:03:24 AM

BobbyDigital
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I just want to re-iterate the wonderment of Elmer T. Lee. My overmatched taste buds can barely grasp the delectable intricacies of what is clearly a recipe written by the one true God himself.

but goddamn, can you beat a bourbon drink at 3p.m. on a friday at work?

I'm a very happy Indian right now.

8/31/2007 3:36:30 PM

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Quote :
"but goddamn, can you beat a bourbon drink at 3p.m. on a friday at work?
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yes, it could be a scotch drink!

8/31/2007 3:45:28 PM

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"Bulleit wins"

8/31/2007 3:46:43 PM

Solinari
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i don't like ice in my bourbon - to me, it seems to hide some of the more complex flavors

a little bit of water really opens it up, though

8/31/2007 3:58:49 PM

Strata169
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i have purchased some elmer t. lee. i will report back later on my findings.

8/31/2007 4:27:05 PM

ViolentMAW
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as i grew older my tastes started leaning towards bourbon

then i found out it's all my dad drinks

runs in the family i guess

8/31/2007 4:43:12 PM

Strata169
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elmer t. lee and water. not to shabby. slightly sweet. spicey. fruity kind of has a candied pineapple/pineapple upside downcake thing going on. nice oak... i like it.

9/13/2007 9:56:59 PM

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i like wild turkey

9/14/2007 11:25:39 AM

ssjamind
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i drink Beam like water.

...also, just finished a bottle of 1792 Ridgemont

9/14/2007 11:49:07 AM

Boone
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http://www.kybourbon.com/english/pages/trail.html

I read about this a while ago. Apparently it's becoming Napa-esque

9/14/2007 12:24:36 PM

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damn, if "early times" gets thrown into this thread then Kentucky Gentlemen should get mentioned too... gotta love a $9.99 half gallon

9/14/2007 12:34:23 PM

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went to the ABC store over on walnut the other night and Eligah Craig was on sale for $15.95 for a fifth. It is so delicious.

9/14/2007 1:35:54 PM

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^ yeah i just bought one of those too. can't wait

9/14/2007 2:03:42 PM

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I much prefer Irish whiskey to bourbon

9/14/2007 2:15:49 PM

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9/14/2007 2:51:31 PM

Walt Sobchak
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first post of this thread:

Quote :
"post about good bourbon here.
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life is too short to drink bad bourbon.

[Edited on September 15, 2007 at 8:36 AM. Reason : see the gentleman from kentucky]

9/15/2007 8:35:56 AM

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