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OT - Bourbon

SWMBO and I took a trip down on the Bourbon Trail last week.  We hit up Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, and Wild Turkey.  Now that it is starting to cool off a little bit my seasonal transition from beer to bourbon is picking up.  Being that I live in Pittsburgh, PA... land of the prudes it is difficult to get some good bourbons without special ordering them through the state store.  That leaves it up to picking up a bottle or two every time I travel... which isn't a problem.  What are your favorites?  Here are my top 3... and I drink them neat.

1) George T. Stagg (I was lucky enough to find a couple of bottles of this a few years back)
2) Russel's Reserve Single Barrel
3) Four Roses Single Barrel

If you can't tell, I like the barrel strength...
Pittsburgh, PA

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  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,204
    Sounds like a fun trip...

    Based on a lot of great information I found out on here, as well as extensive taste testing...

    Either with a few cubes of ice, or 3 stones

    Woodford Reserve Double Oak
    Woodford Reserve
    Jefferson Small Batch

    And sometimes Jim Beam, Markers...
  • I had the Woodford Double Oak for the first time... I was impressed with it.  It has much more body/character.
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • AcnAcn Posts: 1,077

    I really like the Jefferson - the very small batch is a great everyday bourbon, it is very tasty on its own, and it is not so expensive that making an old fashioned feels like a waste.  I really like their Reserve as well.  I go back and forth on whether or not I want to get a bottle of their 21 year old presidential select; probably as close to owning a bottle of Pappy I'd get.

    Speaking of Pappy - I'm currently listening to the end of the Alton Brown Podcast, his guest interview was Julian Van Winkle.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 4,996
    My favorites would be

    1- Blantons single barrel
    2- Woodford Double Oaked.
    3- Jack Daniels as my everyday go to.

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  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    1 Pappy Van Winkle 20 years old. Good luck finding this and if you can it's well north of $100 2 Blantons 3 Jefferson reserve. Although I'm really starting to dig Rye and Knob Creek makes a damn good one.
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  • @Seanr7 I picked up a bottle of High West Double Rye! the other day.  I highly recommend it if you are interested in Ryes, it has a nice spice to it.  The other Rye you can't go wrong with it Sazerac Rye.
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,896

    My top three (actually it's a bit of a distance from #2 to #3):

    1.  Woodford's Double Oaked

    2.  Van Winkle's 12 year old (It is available here for around a week as most is now exported to the rest of the country).

    3.  Four Roses single barrel.

    Louisville   L & S BGEs 
  • Scott805Scott805 Posts: 176
    1.  Pappy's
    2.  Wellers
    3.  Two Stars
    4.  Southshot

    I am cheap except for No. 1.

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  • GK59GK59 Posts: 501
    I'm making my own with the help of a kit I got from Grand Traverse Distillery. They have a Makers Mark blend that I'm aginging now. Should be ready for Thanksgiving.

    Smitty's Kid's BBQ

    Bay City,MI

  • I have toyed around with aging my own as well.  Instead of barrels i'll use toasted / charred wood varieties and put them in mason jars with white whiskey/rye.  We have a local distillery in pittsburgh, Wigle Whiskey.  It has come out quite well so far.  The woods I have done include Apple, Peach, Pecan, Black Walnut, Maple, Oak and Cherry.  It is interesting to try different toast and char levels and see their impact on the flavor... if you can't tell I am an engineer.
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • GK59GK59 Posts: 501

    trup

    I'll never question an engineer. I'll just do it my way. It's the builder in me.

    What type of booze did you start with.

     

    Smitty's Kid's BBQ

    Bay City,MI

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,360
    I've made moonshine before and stored it in glass bottles with home made charcoal to give it color, flavor and remove the fusel oils, which make you sick.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusel_alcohol
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  • HankyorkeHankyorke Posts: 146
    I like
    Basil Hayden's
    4 Roses small batch
    WH something reserve from Indiana

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  • @GK59
    I primarily use a White Rye Whiskey, it is the first one in this link.  I have done their wheat whiskey before, but I like the spice of the rye better.  The most surprising one I did that I was pleasantly surprised with was Hickory.  I toasted the hickory in the big clock in the kitchen at 400 F for 60 minutes (I didn't char this one).  I used 2 ounces of wood (no bark) and 2 cups of white rye.  Aged it 15 weeks and the filtered/bottled it.  I has a crisp flavor unlike any whiskey I have had before.

    Touche... it is just bad when you are in the office and it is before 7 and you can't stop thinking of bourbon and egging... happens every work day :(

    I have a batch of moonshine (sugar base... I know it was cheated) that is currently aging with Peach.  I drew a sample last week, it has removed a little of the heat and added a ton of flavor.
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,098
    I want to hit the bourbon trail one day,

    I keep trying different brands but for me, nothing beats Woodford.  I do love the marketing hype around Pappy and that is good bourbon, but Woodford is available, cheaper and better in my opinion.  I'm looking for a less expensive "everyday" bourbon that I can live and then breakout the Woodford for special occasions.   Leaning toward Bulleit right now but only a 3 or 4 $ savings.    
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    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,370
    I only cook with bourbon. Something about it gives me a short guy's complex. Love the flavour but too old to fight all the time. :(

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • @4Runner My two "everyday" bourbons are Elmer T. Lee and Eagle Rare, the Eagle Rare at least around my parts is about $10 cheaper than Woodford

    Tonight I made pork chops marinated in Cheerwine and Bourbon, but since I don't have pictures it never happened so take that for what it is worth.  It was delicious, a cherry flavor and the spice of the bourbon... mmmm.

    Pittsburgh, PA
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,896
    @4Runner-I agree that Bulliet is an eggcellent bourbon.  I have recycled many empty bottles and all were better than I can recall I'm sure :)>-
    Louisville   L & S BGEs 
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,370
    trup0241 said:
    @4Runner My two "everyday" bourbons are Elmer T. Lee and Eagle Rare, the Eagle Rare at least around my parts is about $10 cheaper than Woodford

    Tonight I made pork chops marinated in Cheerwine and Bourbon, but since I don't have pictures it never happened so take that for what it is worth.  It was delicious, a cherry flavor and the spice of the bourbon... mmmm.

    Pork and bourbon are a perfect pairing. Try marinating ribs in it sometime.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,360
    trup0241 said:
    @4Runner My two "everyday" bourbons are Elmer T. Lee and Eagle Rare, the Eagle Rare at least around my parts is about $10 cheaper than Woodford

    Tonight I made pork chops marinated in Cheerwine and Bourbon, but since I don't have pictures it never happened so take that for what it is worth.  It was delicious, a cherry flavor and the spice of the bourbon... mmmm.

    Pork and bourbon are a perfect pairing. Try marinating ribs in it sometime.
    Just like salmon and rum.   I soak salmon in rum before curing. 
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,545
    trup0241 said:

    @4Runner My two "everyday" bourbons are Elmer T. Lee and Eagle Rare, the Eagle Rare at least around my parts is about $10 cheaper than Woodford


    Tonight I made pork chops marinated in Cheerwine and Bourbon, but since I don't have pictures it never happened so take that for what it is worth.  It was delicious, a cherry flavor and the spice of the bourbon... mmmm.

    Cheerwine AND Bourbon? I'm in love.
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,030
    I think this thread is on topic...just sayin.

    I'm into bulliet, as said on the aa thread. Ha!

    Sounds like a fun trip.
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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,817
    Check out WL Weller 12 year. Very cheap and good

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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,008
    Tonight it is Old Forester 12 year Birthday Bourbonimage

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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