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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

Welcome to the Bourbon Live Forum Tasting.

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  • Friday 6th March 7:00pm GMT - Sunday 8th March

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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 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 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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Antique Brass
0

8 Years Old
0
46.85%
Barton Distilling

Bourbon
Kentucky
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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 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 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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45%
Old Charter

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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 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
0

15 Years Old
0
40%
IW Harper

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Kentucky
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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 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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12 Years Old
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45%
Old Fitzgerald

Bourbon
Kentucky
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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 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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45%
Frank-Lin Distillers

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Kentucky
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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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41.7%
Michter's

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

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:12 am

Hey...thanks for the welcome Sean and Rich.

My first tasting note here. I love the nose on this Michter's, but absolutely nothing left after first whiff.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:13 am

Interesting to see something that isn't that impressive Tim. Really is that bad?

BTW, there are some samples with Mikey that you should be able to add to this topic when you get them. 1792 RR and Joshua Brook-plenty of both for the two of you.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:25 am

Ganga...I wouldn't say it can be termed bad...just very weak after the nose. I really loved the nose, but the flavors are just bland. It doesn't taste bad, just doesn't have much taste. If that makes sense!
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:27 am

lohssanami wrote:Ganga...I wouldn't say it can be termed bad...just very weak after the nose. I really loved the nose, but the flavors are just bland. It doesn't taste bad, just doesn't have much taste. If that makes sense!

It does. I had one whisky in a bar in which it had been open too long. Tasted like water; smelled like water. It's not that it tastes/smells bad; it's just bad because of the lack of anything.

I guess the palate should be termed "very thin". :P
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:34 am

Now on to Booker's...tasting notes to follow.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:43 am

Weller 10

WL Weller
Centennial 10 yo
vanilla and Valencia oranges, caramel, unfinished oak furniture, mixed grains
Loads of caramel, honey and rye-like a nature bar mix. There are some other grains in there too.
Long, beautiful. Rye declines as the sweet caramel increases. Always changing.
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Amber gold
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10 Years Old
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50%
WL Wellers and Sons

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:56 am

I've decided to add a few non-bourbons here as a comparison. First the Sazerac Rye, barrel 37 for Beltramos Wine & Spirits.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:03 am

Sazerac Rye Beltramos

Sazerac
Beltramos barrel 37
minty rye, nutty toffee, harvest straw
very course rye grain, thrashed straw
moderate, mellowing into a caramel cream. I'd suggest a creamy chocolate appears as the whiskey spends time in the glass.
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Gold
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NAS Years Old
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45%
Sazerac

Rye
U.S.A.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:05 am

I found the WT Rare Breed to be exceptional. If you like Kentucky Spirit, it's likely that the Rare Breed will be enjoyed.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:09 am

Booker's

Booker's
Bourbon
Hot on the nose with light vanilla and wood.
Heat...maybe some fruit and a little smoke.
...more vanilla and wood on the finish...long too!
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Light Red
86

7 Years Old
0
62.85%
James B. Beam Distilling Co.

Bourbon
Kentucky
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Glencairn
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby lohssanami » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:16 am

Ouch...I had an unexpected hiccup in the middle of my Booker's sample...ended up going down the wrong pipe!
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