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Old 08-25-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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Default Bourbon Lovers

What do you drink?


My daily drink is Jim Beam fairly cheap and good flavor. If I splurge I go with Pappy Van Winkle's 20 year reserve...if I can find it. I also like Bookers for a good second. If I am making a manhattan I prefer either makers mark or buffalo trace a bit of a sweeter flavor. When I am feeling for something really different I will go with a Sazarc...made with rye whiskey and jim beam makes a pretty good one.

How about you?
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Durham
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I'm a long time bourbon fan, and I've tried many. My "daily" pour (which is closer to 2 or 3 a month anymore) is usually Wild Turkey 101 or Elijah Craig 12yo.

The best bourbon I've tried is also a Van Winkle; I have a bottle of the Family Reserve 15 that I save for special evenings. I've heard both sides on the 20; one saying it's a little too old, the others claiming it's the 2nd coming. I can't wait to try it someday.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed is another great one in my book; I was very happy after being very disappointed in a Russel's Reserve - gave that one to my dad.

In my opinion you could do a lot better than Jim Beam for a daily; have you tried either Old Forester or Elijah Craig Black? Both are probably cheaper than Beam and blow it away for flavor.

I've also been into rye lately. I heard about a rye that got some spectacular reviews that was also quite cheap - fortunately I wa able to find a bottle and the reviews were spot on; Rittenhouse Rye, Bottled in Bond 100 proof. Wow it's good. That let me to try some other ryes. I didn't care for Old Overholt, but Wild Turkey's rye wa good, and I picked up a Michter's single barrel that's pretty good.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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We have a Manhattan every night and prefer Maker's Mark, but, alas, it gets a bit pricey. Our current favorite for a cheap substitute is Ancient Age (the older one, dark label). We really like it. To me, Jim Beam has too strong a nutty flavor.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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Maker's mark and Woodford Reserve are my bourbons of choice, but I'm perfectly happy drinking the cheap stuff too. I'll have to try Ancient Age.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Life is too short to drink cheap bourbon!
I used to think Rebel Yell was THE thing. Now...give me Jack Daniel's...or Wild Turkey...or Maker's Mark.
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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Life is too short to drink cheap bourbon!
I used to think Rebel Yell was THE thing. Now...give me Jack Daniel's...or Wild Turkey...or Maker's Mark.
Jack Daniels isn't bourbon; it's Tennessee Whiskey.

Differences are minor (it's charcoal filtered before bottling, bourbon is not), but still not the same thing.

And if that wasn't enough trivia for you, there are only 2 distilleries that make Tennessee Whiskey; of course Jack Daniels, and the other - George Dickel.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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Jack Daniels isn't bourbon; it's Tennessee Whiskey.

Differences are minor (it's charcoal filtered before bottling, bourbon is not), but still not the same thing.

And if that wasn't enough trivia for you, there are only 2 distilleries that make Tennessee Whiskey; of course Jack Daniels, and the other - George Dickel.

Yep to be bourbon has to be made in Kentucky....just like Champagane vs Sparkling Wine. Bourbon makers claim it is the lime stone in the water that gives bourbon its special flavor.

The charcoal filtering of Jack doesn't always agree with me but then again back in 1993 when i was in going through the US Army Airborne School Jack and I had a little disagreement and the Black Hats had fun with for about 24 hours. Never been back :-)
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Yep to be bourbon has to be made in Kentucky....just like Champagane vs Sparkling Wine. Bourbon makers claim it is the lime stone in the water that gives bourbon its special flavor.
Actually, that's not entirely correct either. You can make bourbon in any state, but only Kentucky can make bourbon with "Kentucky" in the name.

There's Smith Bowman's "Virginia Gentleman" bourbon, and there's a distillery in Cincinnati making bourbon called "Woodstone Creek".

But something like 95% of the bourbon made in the US is indeed made in Kentucky. Limestone water makes for strong bones in racehorses and good bourbon. Kentucky's climate (hot summers, cold winters) are also ideal for aging bourbon.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:52 AM
 
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...So if I keep drinking Kentucky bourbon I'll have strong bones?
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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Beam Me Up
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