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Posted: 6/19/2020 8:28:29 PM EDT
It seems that nearly every week someone starts a thread asking for a bourbon recommendation, to ask what others are drinking, etc. I thought it would be nice to have an ongoing thread where people can ask questions, post pictures, share information, reviews and more.

Tonight, I’m starting off by finishing off the last of a bottle of an entry level bourbon, Old Forester 86 proof. I keep quite a few varieties on hand including a couple lower proof budget bourbon for making cocktails for my wife and guests.

I bought a couple of bottle today and needed to make room in my cabinet so I’m emptying these last of a couple of these basic pours. For a $20 bourbon, OF86 is not bad at all. Nice spicy vanilla on the nose with a hint of floral. Smooth and slightly sweet on the tongue as you might expect from the lower proof. Very short finish with a bit of lingering cinnamon.

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I was just sipping some Henry McKenna
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My first love!

20 years later I still almost always have a bottle of Woodford on hand. The Double Oaked might be the best smelling liquor on earth and my favorite drink to pair with a rich dessert.
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Yes please!


Link Posted: 6/19/2020 8:57:57 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:04:42 PM EDT
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I will rep Old Crow on this board until I die. For $23 1/2 gal its the best deal around if you have a serious bourbon habit.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:06:41 PM EDT
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This. Good whiskey without being ridiculously priced.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:09:49 PM EDT
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Recently acquired a bottle of Elijah Craig 18 and Willet 12. Also have a shot at Knob Creek 15 to add to my rare stocks. However I’ve been enjoying Eagle Rare primarily.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:10:52 PM EDT
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OF86 tastes like Robotussin to me.

Here’s what I have on the bourbon shelf right now.

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Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:11:00 PM EDT
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We have a Wine Cellar/Spirit forum you know....

Anyway, picked these up today from Binny's! Buffalo Trace store pick, El Tesoro Reposado Single Barrel store pick, and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B520 batch. Sipping the BT now...
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:11:02 PM EDT
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Just poured some George Dickel.
ETA: technically a Tennessee Whisky. Whatever, we're gonna drink it.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:14:01 PM EDT
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Drinking Larceny tonight, but I also like Rebel Yell and Old Crow Reserve.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:16:21 PM EDT
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Blantons and Woodford are 2 of my faves.  Evan William's for every day drinking.

I know it's not technically Bourbon, but I've really been digging Bulliet Rye recently.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:20:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By HeyCoach:
OF86 tastes like Robotussin to me.

Here’s what I have on the bourbon shelf right now.

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Nice selection. I have all of those but the Old Granddad.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:22:58 PM EDT
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I really like OF
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STOP...  I cant afford another bourbon thread.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:23:33 PM EDT
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Drinking Larceny tonight, but I also like Rebel Yell and Old Crow Reserve.
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I bought a bottle of Larceny and a bottle of Elijah Craig at Heaven Hill distillery last weekend after sampling both on the tour. Also picked up a bottle of Elijah 18 for my Dad for Father’s Day.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:27:34 PM EDT
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Was drinking Heaven Hill BiB, might switch to something from Wild Turkey. Either Russell's Reserve single barrel store pick or Rare Breed..
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:29:45 PM EDT
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Here is my blantons collection.  The green and gold were very hard to come by.  

I’ll have to post a Weller pic next
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:34:40 PM EDT
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I was happy to find this earlier this week.


Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:35:00 PM EDT
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I really like old forester .  I think it ranks up with Woodford or basil.  It used to be really cheap (like 16 dollars) I think people discovered how good it is.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:36:06 PM EDT
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"an entry level bourbon, Old Forester 86 proof"

It may be an "entry level bourbon",  but Old Forester is a solid bourbon that has been well received at competition tastings over the years.

2020 San Francisco Spirits Competition

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B- Bronze  S-Silver  GG-Double Gold

The OF 86 proof is my house bourbon. Fortunately my palate doesn't require Van Winkle and I don't seek self-affirmation.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:36:37 PM EDT
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Second bottle down. Four Roses Small Batch. Another bargain bourbon. Definitely more complex than the OF with a nice cherry cinnamon spice finish.

I do t know WTF is up with the sideways photo. It’s not sideways when I upload it.

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Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:36:55 PM EDT
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I like Evan Williams. Poor, but not a pussy.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:38:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By triburst1:
Second bottle down. Four Roses Small Batch. Another bargain bourbon. Definitely more complex than the OF with a nice cherry cinnamon spice finish.

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I've had good luck with most bottles of Small Batch and also a couple not so great bottles. Generally a really good value though and I continue to buy it.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:45:34 PM EDT
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Anyone have a recommendation for a good and easy to find bourbon?  Virginia’s fine state-run ABC stores near me have been picked dry in recent months, and I feel like I’ve run through all of the usual suspects.  Not picky at all, and doesn’t have to be anything fancy—just would be nice to try something different and not damn near impossible to find.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:46:23 PM EDT
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Fell in love hard for BSB 103.  
Standard fare is Old Grandad BiB or 114, Old forester 100 and rye, Evan Williams white label.
Got some Larceny, old overholt, Henry Mckenna and some EV 1783 on the shelf.


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Jealous as fuck you can find HH BiB.  Only 1-2 places in this state have it.
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Here is my blantons collection.  The green and gold were very hard to come by.  

I’ll have to post a Weller pic next
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A big BT fan I take it?
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My man!

Vegas last week. Had a few glasses of the Van Winkle 12 year, couple of CYPB and a few more Weller 12. It was a good weekend.
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And back in the room...
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And a few recent pics of a few I love...
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Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:50:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By TheSpider:
Anyone have a recommendation for a good and easy to find bourbon?  Virginia’s fine state-run ABC stores near me have been picked dry in recent months, and I feel like I’ve run through all of the usual suspects.  Not picky at all, and doesn’t have to be anything fancy—just would be nice to try something different and not damn near impossible to find.
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What have you already tried?
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I'm drinking Old Forester 100 right now. I hate it. Not nearly enough oak, weird aftertaste.

Soon I'll switch to something from 1792, which I also hate. Too thin and fruity.

Wish I had some WT101, or Ezra Brooks on hand.
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And we tried Old Fitz 10 year and it was good, along the lines of a McKenna or a EC. I still prefer wheated bourbons.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 9:58:34 PM EDT
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Recently, I’ve tried Four Roses Small Batch, Bulleit, John J. Bowman Single Barrel, Woodford, Elijah Craig Small Batch, and Wild Turkey 101.  My favorites of the bunch have been the Bulleit and Bowman, but I’ve honestly enjoyed them all (I don’t think I’ve developed a very refined palate—seem to just enjoy most that I try).
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Recent lucky day at a "Bourbon Drop" at a local store.



Cleaning out my Whiskey cabinet recently

I'm not a collector so don't usually have a huge volume on hand.



Picked these up not long ago and drinking some right now

Link Posted: 6/19/2020 10:07:37 PM EDT
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Jim Beam. I'm not proud.
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Originally Posted By TheSpider:
Anyone have a recommendation for a good and easy to find bourbon?  Virginia’s fine state-run ABC stores near me have been picked dry in recent months, and I feel like I’ve run through all of the usual suspects.  Not picky at all, and doesn’t have to be anything fancy—just would be nice to try something different and not damn near impossible to find.
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I like Elijah Craig or 1792 for easy to find, $25ish bottles. I really like EH Taylor small batch but it's a little pricier and a little harder to find.
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I’m enjoying some bourbon tonight although I’m a scotch guy.

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I like Elijah Craig or 1792 for easy to find, $25ish bottles. I really like EH Taylor small batch but it's a little pricier and a little harder to find.
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I’ll have to give 1792 a try.  It’s caught my eye a few times.  Appreciate the recommendation.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 10:16:28 PM EDT
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The black is best value of any boubon I have ever tasted.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 10:19:55 PM EDT
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Drinking these two right now.  Both quite tasty.  Also very inexpensive if they are in your area.  Early times is around $25 and jts brown is around $15 I think.Attachment Attached File
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Recently, I’ve tried Four Roses Small Batch, Bulleit, John J. Bowman Single Barrel, Woodford, Elijah Craig Small Batch, and Wild Turkey 101.  My favorites of the bunch have been the Bulleit and Bowman, but I’ve honestly enjoyed them all (I don’t think I’ve developed a very refined palate—seem to just enjoy most that I try).
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@TheSpider

You can't go wrong with Eagle Rare 10 year for a $40 bottle you can pick up anywhere. Knob Creek is another good one in that range that's easy to find.
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Agreed.

Oddly though, as much as I like Jim Beam Black and Woodford Double Oaked, I had to force myself to finish the bottle of Beam Double Oaked.
Link Posted: 6/19/2020 10:35:19 PM EDT
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Basil Hayden is pretty smooth!
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