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    The Bourbon Thread -reviews & more...

    As many of you know I like my bourbon, but I also take it seriously. Many of you also know I have a bourbon bar in my home theater, and I'm currently at around 100 bottles of Kentucky Straight, mainly small batch or single barrel. I'll post reviews, historical info, and feel free to add yours, as well as any local price alerts and hard to find bourbons in local stores!



    Bourbon Whiskey. America's Native Spirit. The BBQ of liquors; smoky, woodsy, and strong.
    Aged in charred American White Oak barrels in the glorious land of Dixie.


    Legend has it that when critics of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant complained to President Abraham Lincoln about Grant's drinking, Lincoln replied, "I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals." Grant's favorite brand is said to be Old Crow, a Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey that is still sold today.

    Kentucky Straight Bourbon (from Kentucky, none of these new yuppie so-called "bourbons" from other locales that jumped on the ultra premium Bourbon bandwagon). A part of Americana, the spirit was actually identified by congress in 1964 a uniquely American product.

    I drink my bourbon, neat, with a glass of room temperature water on the side. If you ever drink flavored whiskeys (sacrilege!) or mix your Bourbon into a drink, don't drink with me. You want a Jack and coke, fine, but that ain't bourbon. Preferably single barrel, small batch.

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  • mossy930spx
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    Originally posted by Mrprovy View Post
    My list of likes is similar to mossy's; I did not like the elija Craig at all. Might I suggest getting a bottle of Blackened to try first (I love it!); it's a little different being a blend, but delicious.
    I too have an unopened bottle of Blanton's, but waiting for the right time to crack it open (whatever that actually means)
    Yeah I'll give it a shot. Got to put down a couple of bottles first.

    Have to kill this Russell's and the knob creek to make some space. Then restock the four roses.

    Blantons im gonna wait till my bday and probably kill it after my second elbow surgery at the end of this year.

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  • Mrprovy
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    My list of likes is similar to mossy's; I did not like the elija Craig at all. Might I suggest getting a bottle of Blackened to try first (I love it!); it's a little different being a blend, but delicious.
    I too have an unopened bottle of Blanton's, but waiting for the right time to crack it open (whatever that actually means)

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  • mossy930spx
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    Russell's wasn't as sweet as I was lead to believe but it does have a decent spice and flavor. Finish is quick and smooth.

    Tag liquors in holbrook in the meat farms and Joe's pizza shopping center has a decent selection of high and low end bourbons and the only place I found to stock Russell's. Russell's was $41 and change out the door.

    Compared to bulleit its way better. Has a better all around body of spice and maple/vanilla flavor.

    edit: looks like I got the regular Russell's and not the single barrel. Probably why it was a bit of a let down compared to destro's review. Jury is still out on this one.

    So far four roses single barrel is heads above the others I've tasted. What I like in the following order:

    four roses single barrel
    knob creek special reserve single barrel
    Russell's reserve - regular
    woodford reserve
    bulleit

    gonna try elija Craig next. I have blantons but probably not going to crack it till my birthday in December.
    Last edited by mossy930spx; 03-17-2019, 03:46 PM.

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  • mossy930spx
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    Scored. Lucky walk in at tag liquors in holbrook next to Joe's pizza. Got a decent selection.
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  • mossy930spx
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    Originally posted by Exonautic View Post

    Think vanilla. I always found it to be a vanilla bomb
    I smell the vanilla but I get more of a maple nose.

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  • Exonautic
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    Originally posted by mossy930spx View Post
    Wife and her friend killed most of this. Having at it now. It's ok. Easy drinking.

    Im really trying to get a nose for the different aromas. Smelling some maple and brown sugar on this. At least what I can gather.

    Not much of a finish. Probably a good mixing whiskey.

    Overall.... bland but good for a cheap pinch.
    Think vanilla. I always found it to be a vanilla bomb

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  • mossy930spx
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    Wife and her friend killed most of this. Having at it now. It's ok. Easy drinking.

    Im really trying to get a nose for the different aromas. Smelling some maple and brown sugar on this. At least what I can gather.

    Not much of a finish. Probably a good mixing whiskey.

    Overall.... bland but good for a cheap pinch.
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  • Mrprovy
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    I find that bookers goes down much smoother than you'd expect a 129 proof whiskey to go down...love it! Gotta pick up 02 & 04 batches from 2018. Each one has a different nose and taste.

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  • Exonautic
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    Four roses single barrel is my favorite bourbon so far. followed closely by the standard Buffalo Trace. If i am in the mood for a kick in the teeth i reach for the bookers though.

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  • mossy930spx
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    Originally posted by ZachP View Post
    Picked up a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch over the weekend for my cigar locker. The stuff is crazy smooth and delicious.
    its on my list to try along with Buffalo Trace. Still trying to find my favorite. But so far Four Roses Single Barrel is on top.

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  • ZachP
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    Picked up a bottle of Elijah Craig Small Batch over the weekend for my cigar locker. The stuff is crazy smooth and delicious.

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  • mossy930spx
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    I shoot, I score - Blantons at swiftway wine & liquor. $79

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  • FDEMTNYC
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    I had some Woodford Reserve Double Oaked last night at my friends house. Took a liking to it, and will pick up a bottle when I get a chance.

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  • Exonautic
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    Originally posted by Huntington Guy View Post

    I don’t make the news, only report it (fake news?).
    Maybe there are less technical industry standards that the makers adhere to for premiums? Honestly, I couldn’t tell you if they used tennis balls and soap to make it, not a drinker and not well versed. Seemed like an interesting article.
    definitely is. just pointing it out. it seems like every person or outlet has their different definition of what the stuff is but what i said is the official legal standings.

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