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Bourbon again

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  1. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    Ok, I'm performing a blind taste test with four inexpensive pours. When I say inexpensive I mean about $20 or so, per 750ml. I know there are higher end brands but I'm looking for hidden value. (In today's market you don't have to break the bank to find a solid bourbon.}

    I poured equal amounts in matching tumblers, with one cube and a few drops of Dasani purified water to "open up" the Bourbon.

    Today we are tasting:

    Wild Turkey 81

    Ancient Age

    Buffalo Trace

    Rebel Reserve

    Turkey was peppery and slightly raw but fairly mellow. Ancient age was light in color and very raw, still palatable for a $12 bottle.

    Buffalo Trace is very smooth with hints of fruit and oak with a nice finish.

    Rebel Reserve really comes on quickly as a super mellow and slightly smokey pour, then warms up on the palate for a very nice bourbon flavor and finish.

    It's a close tie with Buffalo Trace and Rebel Reserve, but I think I like the wheaty Rebel best!

    Thank You for tuning in, we will sample some other makers soon. Drink responsibly!
  2. dmarbell

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    Ha, I was doing the same thing with a few "better" bourbons. (For those who know I'm a CPA, don't worry. The numbers get bigger after a few belts.)

    Makers Mark

    Eagle Rare Single Barrel

    Knob Creek Single Barrel

    Wild Turkey Rare Breed

    Because I am working "after hours," the ice is melting and ruining the test. I will report back on sipping them neat.

    Danny
  3. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Active Member

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    This is not a bourbon but a blended whiskey. try Canadian Hunter. Half Gal is $17 and the best I have found
  4. fssberson

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    Some of the terms confuse me: What is "nicely finished? "slightly raw, but fairly mellow" and "hints of fruit and oak". I like my Makers Mark which is just good "s--t". Fred
  5. sixten38

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    Can you get Ancient Ancient Age where you live? It is in the gold label bottle rather than the cream colored one and is the best value bourbon I have found. In North Carolina it sells for $24 for the 1.75L bottle. On the rocks or mixed with Ginger Ale cannot beat it for the money.
  6. Loyac

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    Woodford Reserve... Oh my...
  7. shannon391

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    Fssberson,

    I could simplify some of my descriptions to simpler terms like "yummy" and "yucky" if it helps you?
  8. shannon391

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    fssberson,

    I could simplify my descriptions for you, with terms like "yummy" and "yucky" if it helps?

    Makers is pretty good s--t!
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    I really like Ezra Brooks (90 proof) for the money. Around $13.00 for 750ml here in Bourbon Country (KY)!
  10. CharlieAMA

    CharlieAMA Well-Known Member

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    We drink WINDSOR here at my house. Canadian Blend-about $14.99 on sale at M+R Liquors in Amarillo. Decent stuff. I like Pendelton also. I love Crown, but the purple bag is expensive. I tried some Captain Meyers last week. Not bad rum. Charlie
  11. deercreek

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    We recently toured Woodford Reserve and the Buffalo Trace Distilleries in KY. Both were very enjoyable and very informative. One of the highlights of the tours was being able to drink straight from the still---that was like fire that took my breath away. While not a big Bourbon fan at all, an occasional gulp with friends is ok, but I found that you cannot leave that open bottle with those friends. I recently tried a brand named Bulleit that we stumbled across while on a short trip in FL. From what I remember, it was what I think people mean by "smooth".
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    We recently toured Woodford Reserve and the Buffalo Trace Distilleries in KY. Both were very enjoyable and very informative. One of the highlights of the tours was being able to drink straight from the still---that was like fire that took my breath away. While not a big Bourbon fan at all, an occasional gulp with friends is ok, but I found that you cannot leave that open bottle with those friends. I recently tried a brand named Bulleit that we stumbled across while on a short trip in FL. From what I remember, it was what I think people mean by "smooth".
  13. BAD 303

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    Best at any price is Alberta Springs. Only available in Canada but damn that stuff is so smooooooth. At least that is what several of us have agreed on when we make the northern trek each year. The stuff is amazing. Costs about 40.00 for 750ml.
  14. BARTMAN

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    Makers Mark here.
  15. Oscar Ray

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    Woodford Reserve is really top notch!

    Oscar
  16. SlowArrow

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    Okay, now you got me thinking and I really need something to sip. Got a couple bottles of Pappy's that should cure that need.
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    When I drank, I liked Ancient Age and branch water. Tim
  18. fssberson

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    Does anyone remember I.W. Harpers from the 60's? That was a really nice bourbon. Fred
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    15 year old, 107 proof Pappy over ice, very sweet.
  20. RED Z06

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    Another vote for Woodford Reserve.
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