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Finally scored a bottle of my favorite Rock Hill Farms which is made by Buffalo Trace. None of the big boys ever have it. Found it sitting alone all dusty in a small Mom and Pop shop. Told me it had been there for about six month! Sipping slowly

Nice! When Elijah Craig announced the end of their 12-year statement, coincidentally right after I discovered it I enjoyed it, I scoured every Mom & Pop shop within 30 miles looking for more. Found less than a case, but I still have a couple.

On the subject of Wheaters, a friend and I had a blind tasting this weekend of Old Rip 10 vs 3 different cask strength Maker's Mark (regular CS, 46, Private Select). I picked my favorite two, correctly guessed what they were, and preferred the MM46 CS over the OR 10.  The latter was obviously older, but I preferred the flavor profile of the 46 CS due to the spiciness from the French Oak staves (my wine geek side showing up). My buddy picked the OR10 as #1, but said all were surprisingly close.  Just pointing out that available, reasonably priced whiskey (or whisky in the case of MM) can compete with ones that can command a secondary price of $500 (I paid $80). The MM's were 110-1 proof, and the OR was 107.  I am admittedly not a big wheater fan, and will take rye over wheat nearly every time. The only Weller I've had is the Special Reserve and don't care for it and would not personally chase that line as the OR 10 is essentially an older Full Proof or Antique 107.

The MM Cask Strength came in third for both of us, and you can buy that here for $40.  I would try the regular MM46 at low 30's and 94 proof if you like some spice. The 46CS is the best thing I've had from MM, and have had the RC6 and a couple of Private Selections. The 3 MM's we had came from a gift set bought in December at Costco for $70 for 3 375's, so if you see one, grab it.  Money well spent even for one lukewarm on wheaters.

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@azwiese posted:

What’s your take on that one? I’m a Weller fan, but looking for another producer of the wheated bourbon. This product and the cask strength Larceny are the two I was interested in.

I really enjoy wheated bourbon and the 1792 Sweet Wheat is one of my favorites. IMHO it is a little better than the regular Wellers, especially the Special Reserve or the Antique 107. My favorite bourbon is the William Larue Weller but we all know that has become somewhat of a unicorn. I am milking my last bottle which is the 2017 release.

Between reading the book Pappyland (by Wright Thompson...good book, super easy read) and just getting in a bit of a wine funk, I've drank a little bourbon every night (maybe a lot when I fancy myself a guitar player at 11pm).  I've been cycling through:

Weller Special Reserve and Weller Antique

Four Roses Small Batch Select (my new favorite bourbon that is easy to find)

Wilderness Trail 6yo Kentucky Straight (given as a gift and pretty good)

Old Bardstown Estate

Makers Mark 2020 Limited Release Wood Finishing Series (pretty good, but I think I'd just by the 46 for half the price)

Moutai (or Maotai) is distilled from fermented sorghum.  It's similar to soju (Korean) and shoju (Japanese).  The most famous Moutai is Kweichow Moutai.  I have a dozen or so bottles at home.  Moutai originated, I believe, in the 17th century.

I only drink it when I am in China (a very common ceremonial drink; and I usually over-consume!) or when Chinese friends are visiting.  Interestingly, I have never had a hangover when drinking it, although I do drink a lot of water.

As for the moutai at Costco, I have not seen it before.

My daughter came by the other day (when I wasn't home) to grab a Bailey's that I had bought her, but when she couldn't find it, she helped herself to one of my remaining Elijah Craig 12 Years. Decided she didn't care for it and brought it back (I assume, because there was no cinnamon flavoring in it.)

So now, since it's already opened...

Larceny bourbon - there's a Youtube channel called "How to Drink" where the guy did a 10 bottle blind tasting:  a $3000 Pappy Van Winkle and nine other similar bourbons (ranging in price from about $30 to $200).  The Larceny (about a $30 bottle) came in second place; the Pappy was way down in the ranking.

Anyways, I tried the Larceny, and it was pretty darn good.  Certainly an inexpensive alternative - but since I've never had Pappy, I'm just relying on the "How to Drink" dude.

I usually have a bottle of Larceny sitting around.  It's a good everyday sipper.  It's a wheated bourbon, so a bit of a sweeter finish than most bourbons.  Both Larceny and Makers are good wheated alternatives to the fancy (and now overpriced) Weller bottles.  Also, there is a book about the Van Winkle family, and its an easy and enjoyable read, but my main takeaway was that the family patriarch-who kept the Pappy line going and brought it back to prominence-likes to drink his bourbon with a twist of lemon on the rocks.  I started to add a twist to my bourbons, and dang if it isn't delicious.  

I'm drinking a 1 ltr. bottle of Kirkland Small Batch Straight Bourbon at 92 proof. It was reasonably inexpensive (under $40 in WA, and we have one of the highest liquor taxes in the country), and made by Barton 1792 distillers, so I thought it was worth a shot. It's not on a par with my regular sippers, but certainly more than adequate for mixed drinks. I saw yesterday that Costco also has 100 proof bottled in bond, also made by 1792, out now for about the same price.

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We had some cool, rainy weather recently that made me glad I recently bought these peated scotches that I highly recommend.

Port Charlotte 10 (Bruichladdich's peated line) - had this last month while in the Finger Lakes for a wedding and really enjoyed and bought some when I got home. Full bodied from being 100 proof and well balanced with the peat.

Ledaig 10 - not an Islay, but from the Island of Mull.  I get a bit of honey sweetness on the front end that compliments the peat really well. So nice.

Hmm. I could have sworn that I posted this on here before, but I'm not seeing it now.

About a year back I bought an old bourbon, a Jim Beam clear bowling pin bottle from a private party nearby. This was/is my first "dusty". It was clearly unopened (old tax stamp intact), and in good condition; the gold lettering had worn in a few places. Even had the little marketing tag hanging on it. Guy said his father bought it, and it had been sitting in his basement for about 30 years.  From the markings on the bottle, and the tax stamp, as near as I could figure it had been made sometime between 1961 and 1973. A little more research showed it going at auction for about 15 times what I paid for it.  No, I didn't flip it. Opened it with some good friends, and found it to be a very good sipping whiskey. Still have about an inch left in the bottle.

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