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Buffalo Trace OTM, big fan

the last 24hrs worth of posts make me wish I could share this wonderful birthday bourbon I got, the stuff is srsly sublime

dan m, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think people misinterpreted my "sweet" description of bourbon
i am only talking about tastebuds and physical reactions to certain tastes (taste being a neutral/scientific word here)
how one reacts to a certain taste sensation is to a certain extent up to genetics(although cultural influences cannot be dismissed i guess)

i certainly don't think people who like bourbon are into sickly sweet stuff, rather their tastebuds respond to a different end of the taste(bud) spectrum. and yes, single malt scotches are well beyond my income comfort-zone for the most part which is why i like irish whiskies as they seem to hit a nice "sweet spot" between bourbon and scotch and are affordable.

buzza, Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

also i am in no way averse to sweet-tasting alcoholic drinks but i prefer to control the ingredients that go into the drink as opposed to starting out with a base-level sweetness with the main ingredient.

buzza, Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

scotch tastes kind of 'thin' compared to bourbon, for me at least

― flagp∞st (dayo), Wednesday, March 14, 2012 6:15 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the bottling proof of most scotch is one thing that is to blame here

call all destroyer, Thursday, 15 March 2012 12:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Scotch is best neat or with only a tiny splash of water in most cases, though. If I'm going to drink bourbon straight, I usually throw an ice cube in.

mh, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i never put ice in bourbon pretty much (unless it's an old fashioned obv) so i get used to the higher abv

call all destroyer, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like both scotch and bourbon but prefer bourbon. And i dont think it has to do with any relative sweetness, because i dont have a sweet tooth at all.

You're a notch, I'm a legend (Bill Magill), Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

or doesn't have any teeth at all...

Mark G, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Operative word being "relative" sweetness. With bourbon you get hints of caramel. WIth scotch you get hints of, dunno, dirt, I guess. More vegetal vs. spice.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean this all comes down to personal palates but i've had sherried scotches (balvenie doublewood, glenfarclas 12) that seem so sweet to me!

call all destroyer, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have a bottle of rum barrel-aged scotch stashed at a friend's place that is pretty good but not all that sweet, comparatively

mh, Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

buzza otm, thats why i don't really enjoy drinking something like makers mark str8 up, its got that cloying aftertaste

am0n, Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

makers is kind of...not great though

call all destroyer, Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

makers is the attempted platonic ideal of "bourbon." no one is going to say it's the best, no one will say it's the worst, no real complaints from serving it, and it meets all definitions of a reasonable product

mh, Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

also available most places and not embarrassing to shout for across a noisy bar

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's also in the $ sweet spot, too. it's not swilly, but it's not something you're gonna get docked for financially. kind of the '90s RHCPs of bar drinks

aka vanilla bean (remy bean), Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

bottled by anthony kiedis

am0n, Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

sealed with a waxy flea kiss

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

served in a sock.

one dis leads to another (ian), Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Triple sock filtered.

nickn, Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

tried the bulleit rye 95 - pretty sweet tbh

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

sweet sweet

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

i often find cognacs a bit sweet

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

scotch prices in america are alas far more reasonable than those of fancy non-EU liquors here, else i would try more

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Sunday, 18 March 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Has anyone else been following the ongoing Buffalo Trace insanity, not just the Van Winkle stuff but the so-called "Antique Collection" as well? Prices have gone utterly bonkers.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I think it'll sort itself out in the same way Lagavulin did - it gets talked up in a lot of circles, novices seek it out as collection worthy or a name thing, price makes the former core audience move to other comparable products, prices level back out.

Unfortunate that a product with a 4 to 23 year production cycle is so fundamentally ill equipped to ride out supply/demand cycles.

I DIED, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 18:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

to be fair to them, whiskey production has ramped up in the last few years since the trend was anticipated, but demand for bourbon in 2012 is still outstripping the supply

mh, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hear that Knob Creek are launching a rye. Has anyone encountered it yet?

brain (krakow), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone else been following the ongoing Buffalo Trace insanity, not just the Van Winkle stuff but the so-called "Antique Collection" as well? Prices have gone utterly bonkers.

― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:38 PM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh definitely. spring van winkle allocation was pretty rough, i think at least one store owner straight up lied to me about their allocation. btac thankfully is nowhere near as bad, and the only van winkle worth coveting at this point is the 20 year and the rye.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 5 April 2012 00:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to say it was less than a year ago that I was still able to find the 15 for $50. Now it goes for, what, $200+ dollars?

Do any of you have any good recommendation for any of the single barrel small batch whiskeys being churned out, like the Knob Creek single barrel? Has anyone tried the Woodford Reserve Double Oak?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah idk last time i saw van winkle sitting on the shelves around here was winter 2009. it's been a dogfight since then.

knob creek sb is cool if you like knob creek....at 120 proof i thought it was kind of a fatiguing whiskey. i don't like the creek that much.

not tried the woodford yet. at this point i'm skeptical. best sb's imo are still coming from four roses--i haven't checked recently but am guessing binny's carries all the recipes.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I find all the various Four Roses combos kind of exhausting. Too expensive to experiment. I guess the generic sb is around $40, and the small batch $30. But everything else tops $50.

Had Angel's Envy?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 letters for you: OESQ

no angel's envy that i've seen in these parts, unfortunately.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 5 April 2012 02:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I cant find Van Winkle anywhere. Havent had it in years.

You're a notch, I'm a legend (Bill Magill), Monday, 9 April 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can only find Winkle 23, which is priced on a good day what the other bottles go on the secondary market.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 April 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

i picked up a bottle of bruichladdich 10-year and glenmorangie artein yesterday... the artein (a blend of 15 & 21 year finished in wine casks) is really good, and way richer-tasting than the original. not sure about the bruichladdich - may need to try it with water. every review i read RAVES about it, but it tasted kind of waxy and flat to me. it's not bad at all, just not that exciting.

how did we get here how? (ytth), Monday, 14 May 2012 03:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remembered that there was a shortage of rittenhouse 100 so when I saw a bottle today I grabbed it

dayo, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just opened a bottle of Ardbeg 10, hoping that it will considerably improve my quality of life.

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, has it?

navihchkan (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll tell you in the morning...

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rittenhouse abounds here. Amazing how much distro differs from place to place.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

ardbeg 10 is a beast

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ardbeg is my favorite scotch. All the bottlings are great but the Uigeadail's my current preference.

I DIED, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've been wanting to pick up the Uigeadail for a long time, but I've held off until I fly and can get it relatively reasonably at the excellent whisky shop in Glasgow airport; sadly, lack of holidays for several years has made it quite some wait already...

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think it's helping. At the very least I'm not wanting to go to bed and instead am wishing the night were longer, to give more time for enjoying such fine whisky! Maybe that's not a good thing though.

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

i have no whisky tonight and i would suggest your quality of life is better than mine upon discovering that even the shitawful supermarket brandy is all gone too

navihchkan (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

next whisky im gonna get is cask strength tho, probably an islay

navihchkan (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

got a bottle of some family produced stuff from a castle in clare, its good, v irish but soft with it.

pet tommy & the barkhaters (darraghmac), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

buffalo trace is a fantastic bargain for the money imo

Steve Youngblood (dan m), Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:50 (2 years ago) Permalink


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