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Originally posted by billhike:
Evan Williams
Elijah Craig 12
Rip Van Winkle 10
Pappy 23


Nice! No way were you disappointed. SD-Wineaux poured some Pappy at his bday, and it was amazing.

Can you pick out some of your favorites during your trip? Eagle Rare 10 year is my bourbon of choice, but I'm currently finishing a bottle of Rowan's Creek, and I just picked up a bottle of Old Bardstown Estate.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by billhike:
Evan Williams
Elijah Craig 12
Rip Van Winkle 10
Pappy 23


Nice! No way were you disappointed. SD-Wineaux poured some Pappy at his bday, and it was amazing.

Can you pick out some of your favorites during your trip? Eagle Rare 10 year is my bourbon of choice, but I'm currently finishing a bottle of Rowan's Creek, and I just picked up a bottle of Old Bardstown Estate.

The Pappy was one of the few times that a beverage experience easily outweighed my expectation. Absolutely fantastic and maybe my favorite alcohol experience to date.

Of the visits we made, Maker's Mark might have been our favorite for the combination of tour quality, setting and tasting lineup.
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Originally posted by billhike:

The Pappy was one of the few times that a beverage experience easily outweighed my expectation. Absolutely fantastic and maybe my favorite alcohol experience to date.

Of the visits we made, Maker's Mark might have been our favorite for the combination of tour quality, setting and tasting lineup.


Did you do the bourbon trail? We were out in Elizabethtown for a wedding and ran up to the Beam distillery. Tour was informative, but man, maybe its our background with wineries, but the whole two "one ounce tastes" sure puts a damper on getting to try a whole lot. I'd rather post up at a bar and try a bunch rather than drive 30 minutes between distilleries.
We just decided to take a weekend in the area. My wife found out about a dinner theater event that was taking place at Buffalo Trace. It included a tour beforehand, bourbon cocktail, the play, and a three course dinner with some bourbons for $60 all-in. Good value and a fun time. We didn't keep a passport and get it stamped. However, we also fit in visits at Four Roses, Wild Turkey, Maker's and the Evan Williams Experience in downtown Louisville. At the latter, the "speakeasy tasting" was fun. Like you mentioned, I also ordered pours on my own at a couple of local bars that had nice selections. The Pappy was available at a nice restaurant called Bourbon's Bistro in Louisville.

Side note - just about everyone we came across in the area was extremely polite, friendly and fun. We had a very enjoyable weekend all around. Louisville Slugger factory tour was cool. I would definitely visit the area again without hesitation. It is an easy six hour drive from where we live.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Redbreast, 12 Yr.

I really like this whiskey.


Steve, one time after an offline you and I walked to a pub near the restaurant and you insisted on treating me to a shot of something you were surprised to see. Any chance you recall what that was?


It might have been Midleton Irish Whiskey, but not certain.
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Originally posted by Azwiese:
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Originally posted by mpls wine guy:
Auchentoshan 12 year.


I was turned on to that in Edinburgh. I really enjoy the 3 Wood as well.


I didn't try that one, but we visited The Whisky Castle in Tomintoul in the central highlands. After tasting several rare bottlings, I picked two to bring home and I still haven't opened them. I'm waiting until I have a wider experience with single malts.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Redbreast, 12 Yr.

I really like this whiskey.

+1

It's been my go-to since I was introduced during a trip to Ireland in 2011.


Different strokes....

It's one of my least favorite, along with Bushmills 18 yr old.

Agreed as far as different strokes. Have you tried The Irishman?
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Originally posted by Wino805:
Did anyone else pick up a bottle of the Makers Mark Cask Strength bourbon? I purchased 2 bottles but haven not opened one yet. At 375ml per bottle I'll open one at a small dinner party to share and polish it off in one night and save the other for the home bar.

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1178092

Thought about it, but the price up here is prohibitive. That is a good price, though.
Originally posted by DeMarco:
Bunnahabhain 12 yr old. Straight up after a short swirl with an ice cube. Amazingly complex and satisfying. Has me seriously considering the 18 yr old available at the local monopoly.


Ice cube in a single malt !? Ack

Not what you think ML.

"Short swirl with an ice cube" as in 3 seconds and then remove the ice. I find it doesn't dilute the flavour yet enhances the aromatics. Works really well with cask strength single malts and can help some other higher alcohol ones as well. Works for me.
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Originally posted by DeMarco:
Originally posted by DeMarco:
Bunnahabhain 12 yr old. Straight up after a short swirl with an ice cube. Amazingly complex and satisfying. Has me seriously considering the 18 yr old available at the local monopoly.


Ice cube in a single malt !? Ack

Not what you think ML.

"Short swirl with an ice cube" as in 3 seconds and then remove the ice. I find it doesn't dilute the flavour yet enhances the aromatics. Works really well with cask strength single malts and can help some other higher alcohol ones as well. Works for me.


Sounds better Smile , i was terrorized by the thought of an ice cube swimming in a single malt, like in a Bourbon, even more terrorized by the thought of an ice cube swimming in a Bunnahabhain 18. That's a fantastic malt, you'll surely enjoy if you like the 12yr
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
birthday festivities called for opening a special one:
Highland Park 25, bottle bought directly at the distillery, some 8 years ago, lots of memories related to that bottle.


For similar reasons, I am holding onto 2 limited production bottlings I bought in Tomintoul at The Whisky Castle.

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