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Did a blind tasting of some mid-range (for whatever that means) bourbons and tasted:

Basil Hayden (consensus least favorite)

Weller Special Reserve (2nd but nose to nose with the Four Roses)

Four Roses Small Batch Select--fairly new bottling from Four Roses, different from their regular Small Batch (1st)

Old Forester Prohibition Style 1920. (3rd)

Finished it off with the Weller 12 year.  I'm a huge fan of the 12 year, but  the Four Roses Small Batch Select isn't too far behind and at 115$+ cheaper (depending on how much you can get the 12 year for), it's quite a nice surprise.  

winetarelli posted:
csm posted:

So much Blanton's.  

I can never find Blanton’s anymore. It was featured in John Wick and now everyone knows about it. Always been my favorite Bourbon. 

Winetarelli, if you have trouble getting Blanton's, you can can also look for Rock Hill Farms or Hancock's Reserve,  with both also being from Buffalo Trace and sharing the same Mashbill #2. Rock Hill Farms has higher proof at 100, Hancock's Reserve is lower than Blanton's 93 at 88. Higher proof equals bigger flavor and longer finish, so recommend the higher one. Not as many know the connection, but still hard to come by.

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vinole posted:
winetarelli posted:
csm posted:

So much Blanton's.  

I can never find Blanton’s anymore. It was featured in John Wick and now everyone knows about it. Always been my favorite Bourbon. 

Winetarelli, if you have trouble getting Blanton's, you can can also look for Rock Hill Farms or Hancock's Reserve,  with both also being from Buffalo Trace and sharing the same Mashbill #2. Rock Hill Farms has higher proof at 100, Hancock's Reserve is lower than Blanton's 93 at 88. Higher proof equals bigger flavor and longer finish, so recommend the higher one. Not as many know the connection, but still hard to come by.

Noble sentiment.  Problem is RHF is a once in a blue moon sighting in retail stores in many areas of the country, per a thread on a bourbon aficionado message forum I frequent.  I’ve only seen it at a “honey hole” dive bar I got to a couple times a month.  

HR is a bit easier to find, but it’s typically priced at or close to Blanton’s MSRP.  I’ve yet to take the plunge, based on multiple sentiment that B is better than HR.  

I stocked up pretty well on B when it was in the mid $30 range.  Crazy to look at bottles of bourbon like shares of stock.......

winetarelli posted:
csm posted:

So much Blanton's.  

I can never find Blanton’s anymore. It was featured in John Wick and now everyone knows about it. Always been my favorite Bourbon. 

Used to be readily available here, but now it comes out about once a year.  Still a good price at $65 CAD, but I suspect that will go up in the near future.  I grabbed 18 bottles since who knows when it's coming back and, when it does, what the price will be. 

csm posted:
winetarelli posted:
csm posted:

So much Blanton's.  

I can never find Blanton’s anymore. It was featured in John Wick and now everyone knows about it. Always been my favorite Bourbon. 

Used to be readily available here, but now it comes out about once a year.  Still a good price at $65 CAD, but I suspect that will go up in the near future.  I grabbed 18 bottles since who knows when it's coming back and, when it does, what the price will be. 

The best price I have seen for Blanton's is $60 US.  $65 Cdn would be a very good deal.

thistlintom posted:
csm posted:
winetarelli posted:
csm posted:

So much Blanton's.  

I can never find Blanton’s anymore. It was featured in John Wick and now everyone knows about it. Always been my favorite Bourbon. 

Used to be readily available here, but now it comes out about once a year.  Still a good price at $65 CAD, but I suspect that will go up in the near future.  I grabbed 18 bottles since who knows when it's coming back and, when it does, what the price will be. 

The best price I have seen for Blanton's is $60 US.  $65 Cdn would be a very good deal.

Suspect that won’t be the case much longer.  The monopoly buys stuff well in advance. With the sun-70 cent loonie I envision $100 and up. 

mneeley490 posted:
longboarder posted:

Elijah Craig 18

Elijah Craig 23

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C919 release

Stagg Jr. 

Rock Hill Farms

1792 Sweet Wheat

WhistlePig 15

Son-in-law and his best friend shared and I brought a few to help my daughter move into their new home. We social distanced 😁

 

Nice lineup!

Indeed, that is an all star lineup of bourbon (and one whiskey).  Nicely done!

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