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Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:21 pm

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:02 pm

I'd like to thank Matt for setting this up once again! :thumbsup:

I plan to sample a few of the bourbons tonight starting at roughly 7 PM PST. I'd appreciate some company if anyone is available later on. :mrgreen:
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:58 pm

I'd like to help but that's 3am here which is maybe a bit late to be starting.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby mikeymad » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:57 am

Willie JJ wrote:I'd like to help but that's 3am here which is maybe a bit late to be starting.


I would just consider that an early start to your Saturday.. :-)

Hope to be able to start up this evening...

Cheers,
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:37 am

I'll catch up with you tomorrow then. :)

Cheers
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:43 am

I would have thought it would just be a continuation thing with Willie. :P

Well, I'm here a little early but not quite ready to start. A glass of water first to clear the palate.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:11 am

I am here as well, getting ready to pour a 1792 ridgemont reserve. I will be in and out all night as I am cleaning my house as I my parents are visiting this weekend. I will try to taste 3 or 4 tonight and then 3 or 4 on Sunday night.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:20 am

Sean, I'll join you in the RR 1792. See what we can find in the depths of this whiskey.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:22 am

Ridgemont Reserve 1792

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Caramel, wood, a hint of rye, and vanilla
Caramel, grainy, some wood, vanilla, and some citrus.
Tangerine, and the caramel again. Pretty long though, getting slightly dry and bitter but in a good way
Pretty good, seems to be a little better now than when I opened it.
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8 Years Old
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A nice way to start it off, I am thinking of goint to the EC 12 next.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:27 am

Ganga wrote:Sean, I'll join you in the RR 1792. See what we can find in the depths of this whiskey.


Ganga, it is nice to have someone else here. What are you getting fromt he RR 1792?

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:30 am

Enjoyment. :D

Oh you mean flavors. Definitely a rye component on the nose, palate and finish. Also, kind of a honey/caramel thing on the nose.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:36 am

1792 Ridgemont Reserve

Ridgemont Reserve
Barrel Select
Rye underlies it all. Buttery creamy vanilla. Honey/caramel like Bit O'honey.
Rye, rye and rye. Cornstalks and fresh crushed mint. Light caramel toffee.
Pleasantly long with the rye and mint doing a two-step
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8 Years Old
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:38 am

This is fantastic stuff. May have to start stocking this on a regular basis.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:40 am

Off to pour some EC 12.


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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:47 am

Elijah Craig 12

Elijah Craig
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Orange, sweet corn, some vanilla, and a hint of iced tea
orange iced tea with a hint of vanilla, and some oakiness.
Lots of orange, and some balancing oak. maybe a dusting of vanilla.
A little thin, but good bang for the buck for about $20.
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A good whisky, and hard to beat for the price, but a tad thin.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:50 am

Hm, what to try next. I'm thinking a little Old Charter.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:58 am

One other thought on the 1792, the rye component became stronger and stronger the longer it sat in the glass. I'm curious if anyone else experiences this.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:04 am

Ganga wrote:One other thought on the 1792, the rye component became stronger and stronger the longer it sat in the glass. I'm curious if anyone else experiences this.


Sorry Ganga, mine didn't sit in my glass very long but maybe I will try it again Sunday night and leave it in there for a while. Up next is the EC 18.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:11 am

Old Charter 13

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Proprietor's Reserve
Carmel chews, buttered corn, vanilla extract
Toffee, melted butter, rough grains-rye, green straw
Long. It's like playing in a bin of rye with straw dust floating in the air.
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Reddish Gold
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13 Years Old
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:21 am

Up next the IW Harper 15.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:25 am

Elijah Craig 18

Elijah Craig
18yo Single Barrell
Orange, mint, bitter cherry, and a hint of oak
orange, bitter cherry, and some oak for balancing. Much thicker and oilier than the 12yo.
now the mint and oak really come through and it gets very dry. still some bitter cherry during the medium length finish.
A very good bottle of whisky that is rather oaky but balanced by a fair amount of sweetness.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:28 am

IW Harper 15

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15 yo
sweet corn, cinnamon?, vanilla, peanuts?, some greenery
an oaky caramel, more of a wheat than a rye-grains are much lighter in this one, little nutty, citrus-unripe oranges
short, caramel and rye but light
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old gold
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:34 am

Boy, rye content must be much lower in this. It really hasn't developed a strong rye component. I'm starting to get that Huck Finn thing going-long blade of grass hanging from the mouth. I am enjoying this one.


Od Fitzgeral 12 to follow.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:42 am

Hey...I think I may join in on this.

Let me see what I'll do first.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:44 am

Just about to pour some Pappy Van Winkle Family reserve 20yo. Probably my last of the evening. I will finish the rest of my bourbons on Sunday with the Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and GTS 07, and 08.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:45 am

O Fitzgerald 12

Old Fitzgerald
12yo
caramel topping for ice cream, light grains, butterscotch
very light rye, lots of liquid toffee with almonds, touch of underripe tangerines
short, light with mixed grains
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dark amber
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:46 am

Hey Tim. Good to see you here. 8)
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:46 am

Ganga wrote:

IW Harper 15

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15 yo
sweet corn, cinnamon?, vanilla, peanuts?, some greenery
an oaky caramel, more of a wheat than a rye-grains are much lighter in this one, little nutty, citrus-unripe oranges
short, caramel and rye but light
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old gold
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15 Years Old
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IW Harper

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Sounds really good Ganga. Very different from some of the bourbons out there.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:49 am

lohssanami wrote:Hey...I think I may join in on this.

Let me see what I'll do first.


Good to see you Tim. Thank you for joining.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:51 am

Agreed Sean. I like the fact that the rye didn't beat down everything else and allowed some more delicate flavors to come forward.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:52 am

The O Fitz is probably the sweetest of the group. It actually benefits from having a stronger rye flavor to offset some of the sweetness.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:03 am

Joshua Brook 8

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8 yo
carmel (artificial), green rye, menthol (Ben Gay), cereals (more like scotch whisky)
more menthol, very light rye, corn cob, some oak sawdust
moderate, mild minty grains
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Reddish bronze
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8 Years Old
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Frank-Lin Distillers

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:07 am

Pappy Van Winkle 20yo

Pappy Van Winkle
Family Reserve 20yo
Mint, sage, some leather and hints of cherry
bitter cherry and wood. In fact very woody. A hint of vanilla.
More wood, bitter cherry and the mint and leather come through. Medium finish
A good whisky but a touch woody. Though not as dry as you would expect considering the amount of wood
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20 Years Old
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A nice bourbon though just a little too woody. I am considering pouring some WT Kentucky Spirit.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:09 am

Very interesting Sean. I've tried the Pappy 23 and it is woody. Reminds me a bit of old Longmorns. Wood in a good way though.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:09 am

Michter's US No. 1

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Unblended American Whiskey
Sweet Butterscotch and Vanilla
Weak with not much to taste.
Gone in 60 nano-seconds!
Nose if perfect for me, but it's all gone after that.
Dirty Bronze
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NAS Years Old
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41.7%
Michter's

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