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Originally posted by BRR:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Went to a tasting at the 2bar distillery tonight. I already have a bottle of their bourbon, but tried their vodka and moonshine whiskey. Much smaller operation than I thought, considering the local press it's been generating, but have to say, both were top notch.

Good to know. Which would you buy if only buying one bottle?

Depends on what you are in to.
My vodka days are mostly behind me, but, as explained to me, vodka made before the 60's actually had some flavor to it. Unlike most vodkas today (unless they have some horrible, ungodly flavoring mixed in) which are distilled and filtered so many times they are nearly tasteless. 2Bar only filters it twice, so you can actually taste the grain in the product. It's quite interesting.
I'm not really qualified to judge moonshine, but their's was good, and I did not go blind.
I bought the bourbon, based mainly on recommendations by Seattle bartenders, and it's rarity. They haven't made much to date, but they are increasing production. It's aged 9 months in 15 gallon barrels, but it is more mature tasting than you might think. I don't think Pappy is running scared yet, but this is proof that decent bourbon can be made outside Kentucky.

Tomorrow, I'm off to SODO Spirits for a shochu tasting.
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