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Old 05-25-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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Whew.. bourbon should almost be illegal..

I seldom drink enough at home to catch buzz.. Tonight was an exception.

I am definitely buzzing... all from bourbon... I have been taste testing different bourbons( I love good bourbon).

All I can say if you haven't tried the various bourbons you haven't experienced the wonderful and varied flavors(thank goodness for spell check tonight!!)...

I had 3 partial bottles of different types..Jim Beam black label, Makers Mark(always a favorite) and Walthens... a single barrel special...

The beam black label... Very nice, good edge to it, perhaps a bit sweet at times...

Makers Mark.. as always, nicely smoky, not too sweet, very smooth.

Walthens... interesting. Not my favorite single barrel unblended but still very nice. It has a unique edge to it, but lacks a bit of depth.

If you haven't tried single barrel unblended bourbons.. You should give a few different ones a try. Totally different drinks than blended bourbons or other whiskies....

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Old 05-26-2008, 02:07 AM   #2
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sounds like a good time and noble experiment, to me.

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Old 05-26-2008, 10:32 AM   #3
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I have detected a slight vanilla flavor to the Makers Mark.
Wait for Uncle Bob he knows a thing or two about bourbon.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:36 AM   #4
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Since we live in Kentucky, well, we HAVE to drink bourbon. It's a tough job, but someone has to to it.

We like Maker's Mark, but you might try Woodford Reserve, too.

Love bourbon. As a matter of fact, Buck and I are going to have some mint juleps at cocktail time today.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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Uncle Bob should be along shortly!!!
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Whew.. bourbon should almost be illegal.

In some states, and in some counties within some states, it is!
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Since we live in Kentucky, well, we HAVE to drink bourbon. It's a tough job, but someone has to to it.

We like Maker's Mark, but you might try Woodford Reserve, too.



Love bourbon. As a matter of fact, Buck and I are going to have some mint juleps at cocktail time today.
I have had many bottles of Woodford.. along with Knob Creek, Bakers, Elijah Craig(12 and 18yo), Blanton's, etc. I am kind of a bourbon nut..

Its still interesting taking the time to do side by side comparisons...
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When doing comparisons have a plan of sorts....maybe try three different bourbons from one distillery or...You might taste Old Charter, which has a very high corn 86% in it's mashbill, thus a low percent of rye. Then Old Grand Dad with a higher than normal rye content... about 27% Then maybe Evan Williams which has about 13% Rye in it's mashbill...So the tasting order would be OC-EW-OGD...see if you can taste the increasing rye influence, or you could do it in reverse to see if you can detect the rye going away, and the increasing influence of the corn...Or do a blind taste test to see if you can ID them from the rye influence....A fouth item would be to have a simple straight rye on hand...Old Overholt. .....Three or four is all I would do at a tasting...Use good palate cleansing between samples...room temperature water, bread, or unsalted crackers will work....If tasting samples with wide proof content, don't hesitate to to dilute the higher proof selection down to the lower ones. If you don't do this you will mostly just be tasting the difference between 80..90...and 100 proof bourbon...

Or maybe do a blind taste between....EC 12 & 18....or Knob Creek & Beam Black label...See if your wife can trick you....Say giving you two samples of the same bourbon.
or being really sneaky, and slipping one in that's not on the table...Anyway just have plan of what you are doing....Enjoy moderation and....

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yum....... I went for years thinking I didn't care for Bourbon. Then my friend Lynne Talley, the great grandniece of Jack Daniel, introduced me to Single Barrel Jack! ooooo weee Baby!

next came the Woodford Reserve. I liked it so much the barrel master gave me six glasses!

just don't mix my Bourbon with any Coke!
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:52 PM   #10
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just don't mix my Bourbon with any Coke!
Truer words have nver been spoken.........

Miss June if you liked the Single Barrel Jack...next time try some George Dickel Barrel Select. Of the two Tenneessee Whiskeys (not bourbons) The Dickel is pure nectar...You'll be pouring the JD on fire ant hills...


Cheers...

Just a little bit longer till Cocktail hour....
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