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Reply to "What distilled beverage are you drinking?"

thistlintom posted:
ProSys posted:
With TPEwinedrinker a few days ago:
Knob Creek rye (from menu)
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year Lot B (from menu)
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year (his bottle)
Old Fitzgerald 6 year Bottled in Bond, Stitzel-Weller distillery (my bottle, barreled in 1950 and bottled in 1956)

So do you think the Van Winkle's are much better than other bourbons?

I had heard that years ago, Buffalo Trace had a hard time selling the Van Winkles but then people discovered them and they shot up in popularity and now they are a prized possession.  

They’re better, but not commensurate with the multiples higher in price they are on the secondary market.  

Bear in mind that bourbon having any sort of “premium tier” is a fairly recent phenomenon.  Go back to the 80s and prior, and you’d find the top shelf of bourbons didn’t cost significantly more than the bottom shelf.