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Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby LagaDrinker » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:46 pm

Really must try some of the Stagg! Went everywhere looking for it when I was in NY recently - drew a blank though!
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby lohssanami » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:00 am

I'll work on procuring enough Stagg for those without access.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:26 am

Ras has mentiond having an Elijah Craig 12 available, I would think that this one certainly provides for a good baseline, actually it's quite good, and I can find it for under $20. :D

Given the quality of the George T Stagg, I'd say this one is a must have as well.

The US group can talk about this more and figure out exactly what we'll be needing. In the meantime any other suggestions are welcome. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:56 am

I say yes on the single malt bourbon cask, but lets make it a quite simple one, where the bourbon would show thru really well.

Suggestions anyone?
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:46 pm

Haven't tried it but Springbank Bourbon cask 12yo 58.5% sound like a bourbon whisky.
But, not mundaine.
Glenfiddich 10 (latest edition) has a strong bourbon influence imho.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:08 pm

Ganga - Have fun at the House of S'tan! Be sure to report back on your findings.

At the tasting itself we may want to skip the bourbon casked single malt, because I'm sure we'll be going thru quite a range of bourbons as it is. But I'd say it's definitely something we can reflect on, either while finishing off samples after the tasting, or even at a later time.

This tasting is going to be a fun one! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:48 pm

Ganga, SC = A Single Cask Scapa, or something else? Is that readily available? If so based on your experience, maybe we should add it to the lineup. I have no problem adding another sample to the lineup... :D :D :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:33 pm

Who are interested in joining in Europe?
If it's only going to Willie, Lagadrinker and me then the EC12 is going to be no problem since there is a third left in the bottle.
I have a few more on the shelf just in case there are more enthusiasts:
EC18
Buffalo Trace
Forester
Old Overholt Rye
Virginia Gentleman
Corn whisky less than 30 days old :mrgreen:
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:36 pm

Ras Mazunga wrote:Who are interested in joining in Europe?

I am! I'm also far too unreliable to commit, 'specially this early on. But I'd like to join in. I've a few bourbons open, and I'd welcome the excuse to get some more :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:39 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:
Ras Mazunga wrote:Who are interested in joining in Europe?

I am! I'm also far too unreliable to commit, 'specially this early on. But I'd like to join in. I've a few bourbons open, and I'd welcome the excuse to get some more :D


Sounds good TreacleSponge, keep an eye on this thread. If you need samples of what's being tasted, let us know. We haven't come up with a complete lineup yet, but feel free to add notes on any and all bourbons you may have. :D :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:42 pm

At the moment I've got open:
EC18
EC12
Stagg 2007
Four Roses Single Barrel
Woodford Reserve
Bulleit

There's not much choice round here but I'm off on me jollies soon, so I might come back with something nice :thumbsup:
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:29 pm

It looks as though I can get 4/5 of these, and at some good prices too. Ganga, please compare with your prices and availability and let me know.

Eagle Rare 10yo $19.99
Elijah Craig 12yo $17.99
George T Stagg (any) (Not avail here yet)
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 $19.99
Wild Turkey Rare Breed $31.99

All prices are shown tax inc (gotta love the state of NH). A couple of these reflect October Sales Pricing, so let me know and I can work on it.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:03 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Ryguy's prices

Eagle Rare 10yo $19.99
Elijah Craig 12yo $17.99
George T Stagg (any) (Not avail here yet)
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 $19.99
Wild Turkey Rare Breed $31.99

RMW prices
Eagle Rare 10yo £29.99
Elijah Craig 12yo £24.95
George T Stagg £100.89
Ridgemont Reserve 1792 £36.00 (at TWE)
Wild Turkey Rare Breed £38.85

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OMG Willie!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

That's just crazy! We'll work something out with you, I'll talk with Ganga and see what's going to work best.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Wave » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:37 pm

George T Stagg (any) (Not avail here yet)

The one shop left in town that still has it is selling the Stagg 2007 for $68.99

(Sorry Willie, I couldn't help but to rub that in! :mrgreen: )


Cheers!
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ras Mazunga » Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:40 am

Wave wrote:
George T Stagg (any) (Not avail here yet)

The one shop left in town that still has it is selling the Stagg 2007 for $68.99

(Sorry Willie, I couldn't help but to rub that in! :mrgreen: )


Cheers!


The Euro-members want to order one bottle each. Thank you. :mrgreen:
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ras Mazunga » Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:42 am

No objections, go for it. :thumbsup:

Having a Bakers 7 now, realising how good bourbon can be.
Vanilla, cream, pistache, rum, maple syrup, toffee, coffee, chocolate, tea and a finish with dark red fruits with hibiscus.
I'm not kidding. :thumbsup:

edit: now I seem to get only oranges. marmelade finish. Also good. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:47 am

I'm game for sending packages onward to the UK, I have no problem with it at all. Depending on how many people partaking, I can do it in 1 or 2 packages tops I think.

In the flat rate int'l box, and I can easily fit 14-16 50ml samples in there I'd say. I think it would be easiest for me to ship them to Willie or someone else who'd be willing to split the box up and foward samples to the rest of the group, does that sound ok?
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby lohssanami » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:33 am

Collector57 wrote:Unfortunately I can't do any sample swapping this time around. I'll pop in for the couple of samples I have already though!


I don't think you have to worry about returning samples right now, and I'm sure we can ship enough so they can be dispersed.

Count me in for the tasting, and I should know in 2-3 weeks if I can get some 2008 Stagg. I hear the US price is going up, but I'll let you know when I see it.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:52 pm

Of course I join.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Secesh » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:52 pm

Without knowing just what you're talking about I offer this:

I have unopened bottles of Wild Turkey Rare Breed & EC 18.

For a basic bourbon, if desired, I would suggest Old Grand Dad or Rebel Yell. I've never tried the later but it is cheap around here. Jim Beam White is horrible and would be a waste I think. The Black is a bit better and also inexpensive.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:56 pm

Secesh wrote:Without knowing just what you're talking about I offer this:

I have unopened bottles of Wild Turkey Rare Breed & EC 18.

For a basic bourbon, if desired, I would suggest Old Grand Dad or Rebel Yell. I've never tried the later but it is cheap around here. Jim Beam White is horrible and would be a waste I think. The Black is a bit better and also inexpensive.


Secesh, remind me later to talk to you about this. Also whatever you do please don't be wearing a Rays shirt... :P :P :P
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:18 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
Ryguy wrote:I'm game for sending packages onward to the UK, I have no problem with it at all. Depending on how many people partaking, I can do it in 1 or 2 packages tops I think.

In the flat rate int'l box, and I can easily fit 14-16 50ml samples in there I'd say. I think it would be easiest for me to ship them to Willie or someone else who'd be willing to split the box up and foward samples to the rest of the group, does that sound ok?

I'm quite happy to redistribute samples. :thumbsup:


Ok sounds good Willie. I'll talk with Ganga and we'll work it out. We do need to get more of a list of interested particpants for both US/Can and the UK going.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:54 pm

Ganga, we can discuss this tomorrow night, and work out more of the details. As far as the date, it's a bit far in advance, but looking at it quickly, Feb 14th is Valentines Day, so that day could possibly cause problems.

Tasting list so far:

Eagle Rare 10yo
Elijah Craig 12yo
George T Stagg (any)
Ridgemont Reserve 1792
Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Plus whatever other bourbons you may have. :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:46 pm

Ganga, what are you thinking of as a possible additional/replacement bottle?

January is good for me because (a) I don't like waiting for anything and (b) I think of bourbon as sweet and strong and big flavours, so it would be nice to have the tasting in January when it's so dark and dreary and you want something to help you feel snug and warm.

My open bottles on that list are Eagle Rare 10, EC12, and I've got about 1½ inches of 2007 Stagg left which I'm happy to share. Willie, due to my suffering from acute laziness, is there any chance you would distribute samples if I get some to you?
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:22 pm

I'll be purchasing an Elijah Craig 12yo and also a George T Stagg (2008) for distribution. Ganga and I will probably get together on this and forward a package or two of samples to Willie for distrubution, and we'll be dispersing samples here in the US as well.

Now we just need to get people to sign up here, so that we know who's participating in this one. :D :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby cathach » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:19 am

Willie JJ wrote:I'm not aware that any of those dates are problematic at the moment, but they seem very far away. (I'm really looking forward to this one.)

Is there any real clarity on the numbers for this tasting? Recent history has shown that folks are inclined to pile in at the last minute.



I'd certainly like to pile in now, however the amount of bourbon I can get in Ireland is very limited. Wild Turkey 101proof is about all I could manage.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:37 pm

Ok it's time to revisit this one, and start planning/purchasing bottles. I have a bottle of the George T Stagg 2008 and also Elijah Craig 12yo for sending samples out.

The entire lineup consists of:

Eagle Rare 10yo
Elijah Craig 12yo
George T Stagg
Ridgemont Reserve 1792
Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Plus any other bourbons people may have kicking around. The 5 listed above are intended to be the common bottles.

As far as participants, I'd like to get an updated list going, and also get together to pick a date. I'm thinking early February, possibly Feb 7th if it works for everyone. Suggestions and roll call please. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Currently I have the following people listed as possible participants, if I've missed anyone please do speak up, the more people the merrier.

Willie
Ryan
Ganga
Mikeymad
Lohssanami
TreacleSponge
Collector57
lawschooldrunk
Ras Mazunga
Lagadrinker
Wave
Secesh
Cathach
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby UUNetBill » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:51 am

Well, the only bourbon I have on hand would be a run-of-the-mill Jim Beam (don't ask me why) and a Four Roses Single Barrel.  I have a few American whiskeys, like a Hirsch Reserve 20 yo and a Stranahan's Colorado, but that's about it.  I haven't quite officially branched out yet. . .I've looked around Colorado Springs for a GTS but no one has even heard of it  :shock:   let alone have it in stock.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:13 pm

Bill, if you want to take part, even if it's not on the exact day of the tasting, let me know and I'll make sure you at least get some GTS and EC12. :D :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby UUNetBill » Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:20 am

Ryan, thanks - like with the Irish tasting, I'll know more for sure as the date nears. I'd be happy to swap some GTS and EC for some Four Roses Single and some mystery batches. . .

Will let you know as the calendar counts down - thanks again!

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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby LagaDrinker » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:01 am

Defiantely still up for this one, Some samples of GTS and EC would be very welcome.
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:01 pm

Updated list of particpants:

US:
Ryan
Ganga
Mikeymad
Lohssanami
lawschooldrunk
Wave
Secesh
UUNetBill

Euro:
Willie
TreacleSponge
Collector57
Ras Mazunga
Lagadrinker
Cathach

If there are anymore people that are interested, please let us know here. I know that this tasting is not until Feb, but in order for the US folk to get packages together to send to Willie (who has very generously volunteered to distribute samples), I want to make sure we have enough time to do so. :D
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:37 pm

Collector57 wrote:Ryan

Let me know the US guys who are contributing samples. I'll want to send something over in return....


No worries Nick, we'll figure something out. I'll be in touch. :D
After all, we may need a favor from you someday! 8)
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby randall fairbrook » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:36 am

hey there..sorry i did not respond sooner, i am down for this!

how can i help?
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Re: Bourbon Live Tasting - 1st Quarter 2009

Postby Ryguy » Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:16 pm

randall fairbrook wrote:hey there..sorry i did not respond sooner, i am down for this!

how can i help?


Sounds great! Ganga or myself will be in touch! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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