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Bourbon advice needed

Postby Drammer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:32 pm

Hi there,

I started a little discussion in another thread, but I think this needs its own thread because the other was drifting oof-topic because of me.

Anyway, I want to get stuck into bourbon, and I've narrowed my choice down to a few bourbons, I'd like some advice on which one (or maybe 2) bourbon would be best to try at first. I'm not scared of heavy bourbon or anything, so I don't think I'll be needing a soft introduction.

Anyway here are the choiches:

Elijah Craig 12 YO 28.95
Blanton's special Reserve 29.95
Woodfort Reserve Distiller's Select 36.95
Eagle Rare 10 YO 30,95
Wild Turkey 8 YO litre 32,95
Makers Mark 5 YO litre 35.95

All prices are in euro.

I think makers mark is too young, but I think it deserves a chance, also: I've heard that Wild Turkey Rare Breed is supposed to be really good, but the best offering here seems to be the 8YO, so it will have to do.

I'm particulary interested in the top three, I think I'm gonna buy woodfort, and either blantons or elijah craig, but I'm not sure yet and maybe one of you can change my mind on this.

Looking forward to read some interesting idea's.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:50 pm

Hello,

I quite enjoy Blanton's, it isnt as dry as Wild Turkey and is a well-rounded bourbon.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:09 pm

You might try browsing here:

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/index.php

Register for complete access, and use the search engine.
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Postby jimidrammer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:41 pm

I agree, Maker's Mark to be too young, but "wheated " Bourbon is the best fit to a Scotch drinker, IMO. I like the Old Rip or Pappy Van Winkle line, or WL Weller. As for the others, I didn't like Elijah Craig 12 at all. and Wild Turkey is "rye heavy" and such a huge flavor it makes it hard for me to enjoy. The Eagle Rare I have is the 17yo and it is a little too oaky for me and Woodford Reserve gets mixed reviews. I will be trying Blanton's eventually. As Tim says try Straightbourbon.com. Everything you ever wanted to know those guys know it. I read their forum alot, but rarely post. Still learning myself. Depending on your cost you'll want to try George T Stagg or Booker's for sure.
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Postby Thesh » Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:37 pm

I'm not really a fan of Woodford. Blanton's and Eagle Rare are pretty good, and I do like the Wild Turkey line. WL Weller is good stuff if you can find that as well.
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Postby Drammer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:22 pm

Hmm, interesting, I though woodfort was supposed to be really good.

The opinion on blanton's is the same for most, I think i'll try that for sure, i'll just wait what the guys over at straighbourbon.com have to say... :D
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:07 am

I would get the Elijah Craig 12. One of my favorite bourbons.
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Postby tinman1819 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:26 am

Go for the Elijah craig 12YR.
the nose; smoky, bitter sweet
the taste; oak, vanilla, honeycomb
the finish; dry vanilla, spice
the balance; amazing
a wonderfull buy for the price.
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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:56 am

I really liked the Blanton's when I tasted it in September, very good! It might have been because I was in New York, sitting in a friend's upper west side backyard, with another friend of his who was telling us all about bourbon! (Might have to do with that "mood" thing.) Maker's Mark is also very nice, a bit softer, very cherrywood like nose.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:10 pm

They have back yards on the upper west side?
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Re: Bourbon advice needed

Postby bamber » Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:34 pm

I would rank those:

Elijah Craig 12 YO 28.95
Wild Turkey 8 YO litre 32,95
Eagle Rare 10 YO 30,95
Makers Mark 5 YO litre 35.95

However, I drink a lot more of the WT as I prefer it :D

The way I see it you have to try the EC 12yo, MM and WT 8yo as they are flagship bottlings from three big distilleries. I would go for plain old Buffalo Trace over the Blanton's Special Reserve (the budget Blantons) and Eagle Rare (as BT representatives). Woodford Reserve is the bringing up the rear IMO. All nice though.
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Bourbon Choices

Postby vanekth » Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:32 pm

This past September I drove down to the bourbon festival in Kentucky. I had the opportunity to visit a number of distilleries and try upwards of 25 bourbons. Here are my top pics:

-pappy Van winkle's Family Reserve 15 yr
-Four Roses Single Barrel
-Elijah Craig 18 yr Single Barrel
-Booker's
-Baker's
-Maker's Mark
-Knob Creek
-Blanton's (only tried the 40%, there are 3-4 varieties)
-Woodford Reserve

Enjoy![/list]
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Postby bamber » Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:40 pm

C_I wrote:How about Evan Williams (Single Barrel), I have seen this one actually for a mere 24 euros (but haven't actually tasted it). Personally I am not a big fan of the Elijah Craig 12, bit too oaky and a tad too dry.


You should give it a go - EW SB is a less oaky, lighter Heaven Hill expression.
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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:13 pm

MrTattieHeid wrote:They have back yards on the upper west side?


Not sure how common they are, but my friend's was nice, almost tree covered. And great with the good weather too!
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Postby Drammer » Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:27 am

Now I have absolutely NO idea what to do, too much information almost.
Mind you, all your input is very appreciated of course!

I'll just go buy gut instinct and but blantons and Elijah Craig first, and I'll see where I go from there :D
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Postby EdipisReks » Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:51 am

if you like the Elijah Craig, i would get a bottle of Elmer T Lee next. it's a single barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace. not quite as sweet as Elijah Craig, to my senses, but deeper and more complex. i find it to be quite elegant. i like it a lot. it's not terribly expensive, either.
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Postby Richiyaado » Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:19 am

Elijah Craig would be an excellent choice... one of my favorites, too. Another I've not tried (but have heard/read good things about) is George T. Stagg... can't seem to find it anywhere around New Orleans, unfortunately.
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:52 pm

Yes, if you can find the George T Stagg for an affordable price where you are, get one, or more!!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:57 pm

Di Blasi wrote:Yes, if you can find the George T Stagg for an affordable price where you are, get one, or more!!


:lol: Life has little trade-offs, does it not?! I can find the last three bottlings of Stagg (Spring and Fall 2005, and the current Fall 2006) on retail shelves around here at reasonable prices -- but it's a state felony for me to ship it to all y'all and make a killing off of it!
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