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kentuckey straight bourbon preferences?

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by punkture, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. punkture

    punkture

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    my significant other and i embarked on a similar mission last year with pinot grigios and it looks like this time we're looking for good bourbons. so far i like:

    -bulleit frontier bourbon
    -wild turkey 80,101, rare breed
    -buffalo trace
    -old charter 10/12 year
    -ancient age

    of these, so far bulleit is the taste to beat (for me).

    i've been suggested and plan on trying soon:

    -ridgemont reserve 1792
    -maker's mark
    -knob creek

    so now i ask, what is your preference? i'm looking to stay in the same price bracket if possible as the above bourbons. thanks! :drink:
     
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    I see Maker's Mark is already on your list to try. That has been my favorite.
     

  3. GlockWurst

    GlockWurst ...Est. 1968

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    Woodford Reserve.

    My favorite.

    Also, +1 for Knob Creek.
     
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    mouser CLM

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    Run with GlockWurst's suggestion - both of those are in my cabinet.
    When you are ready to spend just a bit more, and are willing to be a little adventurous, try Booker's... Each bottle has a slightly different alcohol strength, but the average is about 126. Once you can "look" behind the extra alcohol, you'll find that there's a fantastic flavor.
     
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    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

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    Buffalo Trace is what we usually have in the house, but we also like Woodford Reserve. For a real treat, get some Pappy VanWinkle 20 year old Bourbon--it ain't cheap, but it's very good. If you have a couple hundred bucks burning a hole in your wallet, go for the Pappy VanWinkle 26 year old Bourbon--without a doubt, the best bourbon I've ever tasted.

    Others we like:
    1792 Ridgemont Reserve
    Wild Turkey
    Makers Mark
    Knob Creek

    If you're ever in Kentucky, take a tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery :thumbsup:
     
  6. punkture

    punkture

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    thanks for the feedback guys. i picked up some ridgemont reserve 1792 today. i stopped by two stores, neither of which had woodford reserve, although my "to try" list is now to:

    knob creek
    woodford reserve
    makers mark
    pappy vanwinkles
    bookers

    knob creek and makers mark aren't hard at all to find, but i may have to dig around for the others.
     
  7. BL33D 4 M3

    BL33D 4 M3 SDMF

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    Wow...some awesome suggestions already. I second the Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark, Knob Creek suggestions and I add to the list Blanton's.

    Now this next one might throw some of you for a loop, but Early Times is fantastic. Its not expensive, but a guy I know turned me on to it. He can afford anything he wants without a second thought. He prefers Early Times. I tried it and its damn good and I've had every bourbon mentioned in this thread (more than once). $.02
    :supergrin:
     
  8. punkture

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    i've added these two new suggestions to the list, but not before i cracked open the 1792. i must say, i'm impressed. this may very well be my new taste to beat. bulleit and 1792, to me, have about the same smoothness, but 1792 is a touch sweeter.
     
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    since my last post, i've had a chance to try knob creek, makers mark, woodford reserve, and in a bit different category than i've been trying, gentleman jack. knob creek, while rather smooth was a bit too bitter for me. makers mark was too harsh, but it did have a decent flavor. woodford reserve was smooth (its no 1792 by any stretch), but had an offsetting wood-like finish due to the #4 char oak.

    i've been able to put my hands on early times, bookers, blantons, sazerac, basil haydens, and bakers (although i've read this is a pretty harsh bourbon). i can't seem to find van winkle anywhere though. i plan to give these a try one at a time. now that i'm up to trying $40-50 bottles, i'm having to take it week at a time.
     
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    Glockerel Got Mojo?

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    Buffalo Trace and George Dickel!
     
  11. D25

    D25 The Quick

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    Bookers!

    It's the best. And it is soooo smooth, especially when you consider that it's around 125 proof, depending on the batch you get. Plus Booker Noe is one hell of a nice guy.

    Knob Creek, Basil Haydens, Bakers, Woodford Reserve, and the Turkey are good too.
     
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    Rob96 Millennium Member

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    I like Wild Turkey.
     
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    .45MoonClip NRA Life Member

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    I think some of the mystique about bourbon is the distinctly American character of the whisky. I like Maker's Mark and I'm going to try some Early Times.
    I recall an interesting antecdote from a long dead Congressman who knew Harry Truman and claimed Early Times was his drink of choice. Does anyone know if this is true?
     
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    after yet another lengthy conversation with a local liquor store owner/bourbon connoisseur, i decided on bernheim original kentucky straight wheat whiskey. we discussed my likes and dislikes of various bourbons and settled on this to try. its remarkably smooth and has a similar finish as woodford reserve. looks like bookers and blantons will have to wait until next week.
     
  15. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    Wild Turkey 101.

    Throw it in a glass with a handfull of ice cubes, let it "mellow" for 5 minutes. Slowly enjoy.......

    I need a nice cigar right about now.....
     
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    picked up a pint of blantons and for fun some elijah craig since it was cheap and thus far untried by me.
     
  17. KYglockers

    KYglockers A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

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    I am a Kentuckian, this picture shows some good staples of KY Straight, I will add Early Times and of course the Staple Jim Beam to the list... ---KYGlockers
     
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    domzilla9 Phone Flinger

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    Jim Beam Black Label - the most under-appreciated bourbon there is.
     
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    Pappy Van Winkles 20 year for me. My fav and a great sipper.
     
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    LBTRS NRA Patron Life

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    Regular old Jim Beam isn't bad. I can't seem to keep from having to buy a new half gallon every couple months. I have never found the need for the more spendy stuff.