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Posted: 6/19/2020 7:28:29 PM EST
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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Link Posted: 9/8/2022 10:12:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Local Total Wine had a few bottles of Eagle Rare at MSRP (limit 1), so I was able to pick one up.  It's always a good day when I can find one on the shelf.
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I didn't realize it was quite that rare. It took me awhile to find some, but one of my local stores had them in stock the last two times I was there. Bought some each time.
Link Posted: 9/8/2022 8:16:09 PM EST
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Anyone tried any of this Wild Turkey product….? I just picked up the only (2) bottles I’ve ever seen.
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Link Posted: 9/8/2022 8:39:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bondservant2:
Anyone tried any of this Wild Turkey product .? I just picked up the only (2) bottles I've ever seen.
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oh yeah. Had my first bottle of that back in 1995. Love it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2022 8:45:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bondservant2:
Anyone tried any of this Wild Turkey product .? I just picked up the only (2) bottles I've ever seen.
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Link Posted: 9/8/2022 9:28:56 PM EST
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Kentucky Spirit is among the best. I haven't had it for a few years but it's excellent bourbon.
Link Posted: 9/9/2022 3:28:08 PM EST
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Just had the neck pour, but I like it so far. Complex flavors for sure.
Link Posted: 9/9/2022 4:25:08 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Local Total Wine had a few bottles of Eagle Rare at MSRP (limit 1), so I was able to pick one up.  It's always a good day when I can find one on the shelf.
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Care to share which TW it was?
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 3:15:55 PM EST
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Meeting with a good friend I haven’t seen for awhile and want to bring a gift. He’s a Michters guy.,,.but I’d like to bring him something different.
Any suggestions…?
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 5:07:04 PM EST
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Shenandoah River - Harper's Ferry WV
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 6:55:24 PM EST
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Trying this one out tonight. Pretty tasty.

Link Posted: 9/10/2022 7:11:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By t75fnaco3pwzhd:
Trying this one out tonight. Pretty tasty.

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I would but that for the packaging alone.  That's a really neat looking "bottle"?
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 7:35:36 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Libertas:
I would but that for the packaging alone.  That's a really neat looking "bottle"?
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Originally Posted By Libertas:
Originally Posted By t75fnaco3pwzhd:
Trying this one out tonight. Pretty tasty.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/513127/45956EEC-1E39-41FC-8D01-374888D5578C-2521540.jpg
I would but that for the packaging alone.  That's a really neat looking "bottle"?


Yeah that was half the reason I bought it 🤣. Tastes kind of like a lower octane rare breed or a long branch. Good flavor and quite smooth
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 7:55:08 PM EST
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Killed a bottle of Blade and Bow with two huge pours.
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 8:36:14 PM EST
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Some GT Stagg for me tonight. An excellent 2014 bottle
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 8:48:33 PM EST
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Some GT Stagg for me tonight. An excellent 2014 bottle
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Another one I’ve never seen in person
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 8:54:13 PM EST
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Decided to try out a bottle of Old Grand-Dad Bonded tonight,   I’m pretty impressed. Definitely a bit of a sleeper at the price, $29 at my local shop.

Took a nip off the top of the bottle and it was way better than I was expecting for such a cheap bottle. Bit of burn, not much going on in terms of “extra” flavoring, but the biggest win is no “cheap booze” aftertaste.

First drink was an old fashioned, since I figured it would mix well. Sure enough, makes a solid old fashioned. Again, nothing special in terms of extra flavor notes, but mixing it smoothed out the burn a bit and still no offensive notes.

Next drink was adding a big cube to the glass, tossing in a sugar cube and a few dashes of bitters, then the bourbon and stirring. So a very low effort “old fashioned”, which ends up being more bourbon forward. Still solid.

Just about finished up with that drink, next pour will be just the bourbon with a fresh cube. Expecting it to go down smooth since I have a slight buzz, will make for a nice nightcap.

Overall, very impressed for the price. I’ll definitely keep a bottle around for mixing, it’s probably the best bourbon that I’ve tried at this price point. Cheers!
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 9:13:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ArrowheadBulldog:
Decided to try out a bottle of Old Grand-Dad Bonded tonight,   I’m pretty impressed. Definitely a bit of a sleeper at the price, $29 at my local shop.

Took a nip off the top of the bottle and it was way better than I was expecting for such a cheap bottle. Bit of burn, not much going on in terms of “extra” flavoring, but the biggest win is no “cheap booze” aftertaste.

First drink was an old fashioned, since I figured it would mix well. Sure enough, makes a solid old fashioned. Again, nothing special in terms of extra flavor notes, but mixing it smoothed out the burn a bit and still no offensive notes.

Next drink was adding a big cube to the glass, tossing in a sugar cube and a few dashes of bitters, then the bourbon and stirring. So a very low effort “old fashioned”, which ends up being more bourbon forward. Still solid.

Just about finished up with that drink, next pour will be just the bourbon with a fresh cube. Expecting it to go down smooth since I have a slight buzz, will make for a nice nightcap.

Overall, very impressed for the price. I’ll definitely keep a bottle around for mixing, it’s probably the best bourbon that I’ve tried at this price point. Cheers!
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The best at that price point I’ve found is Neversweat from headframe spirits in Butte, MT. It’s also $29 but punches way above its weight. It’s actually a shame to use it as a mixer. Tons of flavor, depth, and very smooth. I haven’t tasted a bottle of whiskey yet at any price point that is definitively better. The only reason I buy anything more expensive is variety.

I shared a bottle with my uncle a couple years ago and he said he thought it was the best bourbon he’d ever had. I always have at least one bottle around.

ETA: this one
Link Posted: 9/10/2022 9:32:34 PM EST
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Just finished up a Bourbon trail tour with the wife-and a visit to Buds

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Link Posted: 9/12/2022 7:36:57 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/12/2022 7:40:45 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/12/2022 8:25:02 PM EST
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Just wanted to post a pic of a bottle I found a while ago that I've only ever seen in real life once (and I bought it). Cracked it somewhat recently. It's good but, I couldn't honestly say it's worth the price tag (I paid $160 for it IIRC).

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Still cool to find though, and I'm glad I was able to get it and try it.
Link Posted: 9/13/2022 5:14:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By UTex86:
Just wanted to post a pic of a bottle I found a while ago that I've only ever seen in real life once (and I bought it). Cracked it somewhat recently. It's good but, I couldn't honestly say it's worth the price tag (I paid $160 for it IIRC).

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/161410/Screen_Shot_2022-09-12_at_8_17_33_PM_png-2524173.JPG

Still cool to find though, and I'm glad I was able to get it and try it.
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It was in stock here for $180, couldn't justify it when Bookers was $80
Link Posted: 9/16/2022 6:50:17 PM EST
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Local Costco offering today:
Elijah Craig Small Batch $46.99
Elijah Craig Straight Rye $29.69
Jefferson's Ocean $69.99
Wild Turkey Longbranch $29.99
Wild Turkey Rare Breed $56.99
Calumet Farms 15 $106.99
Calumet Farms 8 $43.99
Maker's Mark 46 $29.99
Angel's Envy $44.99
Angel's Envy Rye $79.99
Four Roses Single Barrel $39.99
High West Double Rye $29.99
also Kirkland, Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Evan Williams, Basil Hayden, Four Roses, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve and maybe one or two more I missed.  Seemed to be a wider selection than they normally have.
Link Posted: 9/17/2022 4:40:21 PM EST
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Picked this up today fro $45.  Don't know ANYTHING about it, other than it's supposed to be good.


Link Posted: 9/17/2022 4:51:04 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Trumpet:
Picked this up today fro $45.  Don't know ANYTHING about it, other than it's supposed to be good.

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I think you’ll be pleased with your purchase.  Let us know what you think.
Link Posted: 9/17/2022 4:59:05 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Trumpet:
Picked this up today fro $45.  Don't know ANYTHING about it, other than it's supposed to be good.

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Can't go wrong with 4 Roses Single Barrel.  Now if you can get a barrel strength  That's where the magic happens


Link Posted: 9/17/2022 5:06:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Libertas:

Can't go wrong with 4 Roses Single Barrel.  Now if you can get a barrel strength  That's where the magic happens

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I’ve never seen that many barrel strengths on a shelf.
Link Posted: 9/17/2022 5:21:25 PM EST
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Not the real thing, but not entirely bad either.
Link Posted: 9/17/2022 5:25:04 PM EST
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Couldn't find any Double Oaked on the shelf and asked if they had any. They said nope, but we have this.

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I've never seen that many barrel strengths on a shelf.
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Originally Posted By Libertas:

Can't go wrong with 4 Roses Single Barrel.  Now if you can get a barrel strength  That's where the magic happens

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I've never seen that many barrel strengths on a shelf.
3 of those were just acquired earlier this month.  The Distillery did a release for Kentucky Flood Victims as a Fundraiser (you could buy max of 2) then they later put out just one of the gift shop releases when the 16YR ran out, so I went back and got that too






Then in March I think it was, they did a release for Mellow Moments Members only



Link Posted: 9/17/2022 8:15:18 PM EST
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I think you’ll be pleased with your purchase.  Let us know what you think.
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Originally Posted By Trumpet:
Picked this up today fro $45.  Don't know ANYTHING about it, other than it's supposed to be good.

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I think you’ll be pleased with your purchase.  Let us know what you think.


It's damn nice!  Definitely, a lot of "vanilla" (at least to me) which I really like!
Link Posted: 9/17/2022 8:16:13 PM EST
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Local Total Wine had a few bottles of Eagle Rare at MSRP (limit 1), so I was able to pick one up.  It's always a good day when I can find one on the shelf.
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Indeed…Wish I had a Total Wine near me, closest one is out of the way.
Link Posted: 9/17/2022 11:32:31 PM EST
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Went to my local store today and they had a set up where you could spin a wheel and taste what you landed on.  Pappys was one of the chances.  I tasted something by Elliott.  Can’t remember the exact name.  

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I did buy a gift basket with some Blantons in it and giving it to my son tomorrow

Link Posted: 9/18/2022 10:23:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 77Bronc:
Went to my local store today and they had a set up where you could spin a wheel and taste what you landed on.  Pappys was one of the chances.  I tasted something by Elliott.  Can't remember the exact name.  

Here is a picture of the set up

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/16476/0F46BE70-3A9F-4443-A742-C8E1A966F508-2530251.jpg

I did buy a gift basket with some Blantons in it and giving it to my son tomorrow

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Good old Rouse's.  

It was old faithful for me last night......Wild Turkey 101.  


Link Posted: 9/18/2022 11:06:58 AM EST
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My girlfriend gave me this for my birthday and I'd never heard of it before. When I asked her why she picked that one she said because she loved their story and knew I would too and she was right. I haven't tried it yet though. Anybody here have it before?

Link Posted: 9/18/2022 12:21:05 PM EST
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Originally Posted By gomulego:
My girlfriend gave me this for my birthday and I'd never heard of it before. When I asked her why she picked that one she said because she loved their story and knew I would too and she was right. I haven't tried it yet though. Anybody here have it before?

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I'm not overly impressed with the shelfer, however, I've had some store picks that were absolutely amazing!
Link Posted: 9/18/2022 5:44:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Libertas:
3 of those were just acquired earlier this month.  The Distillery did a release for Kentucky Flood Victims as a Fundraiser (you could buy max of 2) then they later put out just one of the gift shop releases when the 16YR ran out, so I went back and got that too
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/75325/20220829_184737-2508050.jpg

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https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/75325/20220829_184821-2529810.jpg

Then in March I think it was, they did a release for Mellow Moments Members only

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Now that’s being on the ball.

Cheers. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Link Posted: 9/18/2022 5:45:35 PM EST
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It's damn nice!  Definitely, a lot of "vanilla" (at least to me) which I really like!
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Cheers.
Link Posted: 9/18/2022 5:46:33 PM EST
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Good old Rouse's.  

It was old faithful for me last night......Wild Turkey 101.  


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Never lets me down
Link Posted: 9/19/2022 4:53:44 PM EST
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Good old Rouse's.  

It was old faithful for me last night......Wild Turkey 101.  


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Originally Posted By 77Bronc:
Went to my local store today and they had a set up where you could spin a wheel and taste what you landed on.  Pappys was one of the chances.  I tasted something by Elliott.  Can't remember the exact name.  

Here is a picture of the set up

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/16476/0F46BE70-3A9F-4443-A742-C8E1A966F508-2530251.jpg

I did buy a gift basket with some Blantons in it and giving it to my son tomorrow

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/16476/FC5F1238-E238-4DFE-9684-CC477990DFCD-2530253.jpg


Good old Rouse's.  

It was old faithful for me last night......Wild Turkey 101.  




@2xsl_1998

Rouses for the win...yes!!!
Link Posted: 9/19/2022 4:55:27 PM EST
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Going to Fredricksburg, TX in the near future and planning to go to Garrison Brothers Distilery.    Looking forward to that visit

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Going to Fredricksburg, TX in the near future and planning to go to Garrison Brothers Distilery.    Looking forward to that visit

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It is such a good time. Enjoy it.

We went during COVID-19. Were selling premade old fashioned drinks in these adult Capri sun looking pouches. I swear there was 2 or 3 old fashioned in one pouch. I had two pouches.  Then we went to Luckenbach and listened to live music and drank shiner beer

Enjoy. Fredericksburg is a lot of fun. Awesome German beer and food too in the area.
Link Posted: 9/21/2022 7:54:06 PM EST
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Today the local Specs (major liquor chain in this region) told me regular old Buffalo Trace is considered allocated now and is kept behind the counter, limit 1 per customer

Always been readily available, so I don’t get it.
Link Posted: 9/21/2022 9:10:55 PM EST
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Well, summer is over boys.  But I still have shandy left!   Oh well.  Good night for a bottle kill and maybe a cigar

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Link Posted: 9/22/2022 10:50:46 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/22/2022 10:57:18 AM EST
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Been drinking Old Forrester lately.  The regular 86 proof which I can get a liter bottle for 20 dollars and the 1870 which is around 50.  Solid stuff.
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I picked up my first bottle of the Colonel today myself. Can’t remember ever seeing in the store here before.  They also had some Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, some 1.75 liter Weller Special Reserve and a lone bottle of Baker 7 all at MSRP limit (1).
I only bought the EH Taylor and a Blanton’s but might go back for a bottle of Weller since I’ve never had it.
Link Posted: 9/22/2022 10:15:04 PM EST
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I've come full circle on my bourbon journey over the years

Jack Daniels
Maker's Mark
Knob Creek
Four Roses
Maker's Mark
Woodford Reserve
Buffalo Trace
Maker's Mark

And I've finally settled back on Jack Daniels. It's just hard to beat
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