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    #91
    Dickel 15 year in the glass
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      #92
      Another good one from the distillery of Wild Turkey. 10yr bottle that is an amazing buy for the price!

      Prost - and Happy Father’s Day!

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        #93
        Went with a suggestion from the bourbon guy at Total Wine while I’m in Denver for the week. A Colorado distillery, 51% corn and 44% malted barley. This bottle isn’t really in my flavor profile, as it has that Scotch vibe without the peat. so it’ll be nice to have this for someone who enjoys that profile, and every so often, I’ll get this out. I wanted to give it a taste test prior, and had I, I probably would have passed on the bottle. Oh well….

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        • SheilaAnn
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          But tasting out of a hotel coffee mug is surely the way to go to determine the flavor profile and subtle nuances of the product. (Ducking) 🤣🤣🤣🍻

        • Huskee
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          This is exactly why I don't trust 'the guy at the store'... they pretend, or maybe some truly try, to understand what you want but ultimately their main goal is for you to just buy a bottle. TW will occasionally let you sample stuff, and I will ask if by chance I can try that bottle that they recommend.

        • barelfly
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          SheilaAnn 🦆

          Nothing but the finest tasting mugs at a hotel I almost bought a GC so I could properly drink this.

          Huskee - I meant to go back in on Thursday to taste, he let me nose the bottle a few days ago but they are only allowed to sample on Thursdays for some reason. The one thing about this guy, he didn’t try and sell the TW bottles once. Saw him do the same with a few other people. At my local TW, that’s all they do is push the Spirits Direct stuff.

          Oh well, I swung and missed…

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        Here's my current stash. The Walcott I just bought at Total Wine as the clerk told me it was from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The J.Henry is a favorite from near Madison WI, The Evan Williams and Wild Turkey I've had on hand and I'll call them both easy sipping Bourbon. The Macallan 12 year is for me to try a high end Scotch to see if I can handle it.

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        • Huskee
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          I thought the Wolcott was really good. In fact last time I bought it it had a sign next to it saying "If you like EH Taylor, try this". I don't think it's as good as Taylor, but it's pretty good. And it's not really from BT, but instead from a distillery owned by BT, (splitting hairs, sure) and from what I was told it's made specifically for Total Wine.

        • RustyHaines
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          Skip thumbs up on my local distiller J.Henry. Hope you have had the chance to try their Patton Road Reserve . . . . excellent.

        • Skip
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          I've had a chance to try the Wolcott...not bad at all.

        #95
        If you like a double oaked bourbon, this is a good. Although it’s up there in price compared to other double oaked bottles. Woodford Double Oaked is a good alternative to this, but I really like this one. I’ll pour a Woodford next and do a little side by side and report back.

        did the side by side - Woodford is much more pronounced on the oak - wow is it ever. It’s good, but the Peerless is smoother on the oak but still has the same oaked flavor. The proof of the Peerless does stand out more as well, given it’s 18 points higher than Woodford, so a little burn coming on the back end.

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          #96
          Just for show, never tasted. Airborne all the way!!
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            #97
            Second pour for this MM BEP edition - it’s better than the initial pour I had from it. Smoother with it open for a few weeks now. I forgot how good Maker’s is.

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              #98
              What are your top 10 bourbons at = < $50

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              • Skinsfan1311
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                There are a ton of great bourbons in that price range and I'm hard-pressed to whittle it down to the top 10....off the top of my head... Wild Turkey 101, Maker's Mark, Maker's Mark 101, Old Grand Dad 114, Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond, Russel's Reserve 10 year Single Barrel, Old Forester 100, Knob Creek 9 year, John J.Bowman, every iteration of 4 Roses, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig, Jack Daniel's Bonded, New Riff bottled in bond and the list goes on and on...

              #99
              Richard Chrz , most everything at New Riff $49.95. Some much better than others, Nice Ryes as well.
              They must be getting out there, seeing more dist other than just NR.

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              • Richard Chrz
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                Thank you Bruce

              • Alan Brice
                Alan Brice commented
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                There are many bourbons out there for half what you are willing to pay. This site is a great place to get the names you may want to try. I recently have been enjoying Larceny. It is a wheated variety, not inexpensive.
                Last edited by Alan Brice; July 5, 2023, 05:31 PM.

              • Richard Chrz
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                And I would prefer to spend 25-30, then I could afford a few bottles at a time to build my collections with,

              Here you go Richard Chrz no particular order, but these are all bottles I have currently or would buy without hesitation to restock. A few can be a bit of a hunt to find, but are really good.

              These are scores if you can find them
              • Buffalo Trace
              • Colonel EHT

              the rest are readily available for your enjoyment
              • Wild Turkey 101
              • Wild Turkey Rare Breed - For $4 over your budget, it’s a great bottle!
              • Angel’s Envy
              • Woodford Reserve - regular or Double Oaked
              • Russel’s Reserve 10yr
              • Elijah Craig - I have a variety of EC bottles, enjoy them all
              • 1792 Full Proof
              • Michter’s
              • Jack Daniels Single Barrel - the single Barrel Barrel proof is even better, but above $50.

              Also, if this is for you, do you prefer a higher proofed bourbon, or do you prefer lower? That can help point you in a good direction as well. I think most of what I have listed here are in the range of 90-100, minus the 1792 which is 125, but I don’t think it drinks that high.

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              • Alan Brice
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                Buff Trace nice, hard to find, in Cincy, WT 101 was my go to for many years. WTRB very nice. Woodford easily obtainable very nice. These all sound great, I have not enjoyed them all. Some are really hard to find. Colonel, JDSB barrel proof. Happy hunting!

              • Richard Chrz
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                I currently have a bottle of Makers mark, buffalo trace, now the four roses single cask 100 proof. I’m going to add whiskey back into my rum collection,

              • Alan Brice
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                Just my opinion, the rums are a tad too sweet, unless you are mixing of course.

              So last night I had my second pour of Four Roses Single barrel 100 proof. I picked that up last weekend and thought I would enjoy a pour.

              It seemes like everything I have read on Bourbon lately, is that the entry level Four Roses is under valued, and should be a must, according to reviewer’s at least. So I thought I would dig higher up in there blends, common sense would say start where the reviewers were saying. But yes, I went higher.

              When I sampled it last week, I was a bit disappointed in my purchase, my wife did not care for it either, I was now super bummed in my direction.

              Last night’s pour was so very different, my wife agreed. Some how even just breaking the seal open, or more likely, I read some of the tasting notes on front and the long linger while I was sipping it. So it is likely reading those notes about the pour is a pretty good way to enjoy the pour. Knowing what you are looking for, and seeing if they hit it. It’s likely that I buy their entry level blend, to help me wait a month for this to come around in rotation again.


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              • Richard Chrz
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                I do believe in the first pour theory. Never heard it called the neck pour.

                So, I’m guilty of buying more bourbon / whiskey today. I’ve found that I do want a few big bottles of bourbon and rum, that could be for mixers, or still be enjoyed neat as mid week pours or the extra pours. One of the bottles I picked up was the 1.75 of four roses, also the 1.75 of makers mark. Plus a few to add into my rotation. I;ve spoiled myself a bit over the last few weeks.

              • Alan Brice
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                Good on ya Richard! Try a pint of BenchMark. If you enjoy that, you can typically get a 1.75 for the mid twenties. That would be a great mixer. I just had their Full Proof, pleasant surprise. Very hard to find.

              • Alan Brice
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                Huskee helped me on the "bubblegum" flavors in Rye. Never really thought about it before but yes, it is there.

              Well, my spending this year on bourbon at Total Wine got me something….ha! I’m at a spot where I get to participate in my local Total Wine’s bourbon lottery selection. I have never been a Grand Reserve member (AKA spends too much money on bourbon and wine) so wasn’t aware of this. Well, this year I was and really have only purchased at TW to see what benefits I would get.

              And, in my first lottery chance, I was selected and had the option to purchase this WL Weller Single Barrel. It was one of bottles available, along with the Weller 12yr, Weller CYPB, Weller Full Proof, as well as a few types of Blanton’s and an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. I forget how I ranked these for the lottery, but I’m happy that I won the option to buy!

              While there, TW must have received an allocation of a few other sought after bottles, and with the Limit One Per, I picked up the Weller 107 to go with the Single Barrel. I don’t have a bottle of 107, so went with that rather than EHT…hopefully I don’t regret that!

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              And before I realized the hard to find stuff was available, I tried a new Wolcott selection, Wolcott Rickhouse Reserve. They had a bottle out for sampling, so I tried it - and wow! Was it good. 120 proof that has cinnamon on the front that moves towards cherries in the middle. But so much flavor to this. I like the Wolcott BIB, so wanted to try this and for the same price, it’s a great bottle that is proofed higher but doesn’t necessarily drink like 120proof bottle. Huskee

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              So, that’s what I’ll be sampling this weekend!

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              • Huskee
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                It's interesting that one says distilled by Barton 1792, so that's a different distillery than their standard Wolcott? I thought standard Wolcott was distilled by a Buffalo Trace-owned operation.

              • barelfly
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                Huskee - the parent company, Sazerac, owns both from what I understand and have read.

              • Buckeye1
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                Weller 12 is amazing

              I'll be sampling this tonight

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              • Alan Brice
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                Very Nice!

              • Huskee
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                Those are usually grrrreat!

              If you're not a rye fan, or don't know if you are, I highly suggest you give this one a try. Approachable, gentle but with kick, almost cotton candy/bubblegum kind of vibes. Their 4 yr is even gentler. And if you do like rye, then this is a must try!

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              • Soonerpop
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                Bought a bottle of this the other day, haven’t cracked it yet. I usually use the 4-year for Manhattans. I think the six will be a little spicier for cocktails. Toured the distillery in Templeton, Iowa, after a visit to some Iowa friends. Bought a bottle of their Templeton Corn. I believe it has a very high corn mash bill (obviously), 80% as I recall. They can’t call it bourbon since it aged in barrels that aged the ryes. I think they will get into the bourbon bidness eventually.

              • Huskee
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                Soonerpop Very neat, that would be a fun tour. I didn't know they had a corn whiskey, I'd love to try that. I think you will like the 6 if you like the 4!

              • Soonerpop
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                Ok, I opened it and made a Manhattan. Very tasty and more going on than the 4-year. Really liked it.

              John J. Bowman in the glass....
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              • Skinsfan1311
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                It's a very good whiskey and, at $49.99, it's very reasonably priced. I'd venture to say that it's is much better than a lot of pricier whiskeys.

              • Alan Brice
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                How's the availability? Cannot say I have seen that one on the shelf.

              • Skinsfan1311
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                I guess that depends on where you live. It's available around here, Baltimore metro area

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