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#1 Tick

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 02:11 PM

What bourbons do you like?
Best on a budget?

I really dig Knob Creek when I can afford it.

Jim Beam Black is nice for a bit less.

Evan Williams, is a great cheap bourbon!

Lets talk bourbon, bitches!

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 02:37 PM

I used to kind of like bourbon many years ago (usually Jack Daniels), but lost my taste for it. My friends who like bourbon now speak highly of Knob Creek and especially Maker's Mark.

I was at a wedding yesterday and the groomsmen were drinking bourbon martinis. Never heard of such a thing, but they were commenting on how smooth they were.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 02:46 PM

Buffalo Trace is my go to bourbon.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 02:47 PM

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 01 August 2016 - 02:37 PM, said:

I used to kind of like bourbon many years ago (usually Jack Daniels), but lost my taste for it. My friends who like bourbon now speak highly of Knob Creek and especially Maker's Mark.

I was at a wedding yesterday and the groomsmen were drinking bourbon martinis. Never heard of such a thing, but they were commenting on how smooth they were.
Jack Daniels might be the reason you lost your taste!

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 02:52 PM

View PostReRushed, on 01 August 2016 - 02:47 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 01 August 2016 - 02:37 PM, said:

I used to kind of like bourbon many years ago (usually Jack Daniels), but lost my taste for it. My friends who like bourbon now speak highly of Knob Creek and especially Maker's Mark.

I was at a wedding yesterday and the groomsmen were drinking bourbon martinis. Never heard of such a thing, but they were commenting on how smooth they were.
Jack Daniels might be the reason you lost your taste!
Since it isn't actually Bourbon.

I'm all aboot Bib &Tucker lately, tasty and reasonably priced. I tried Basil Haydon for the first time recently. I found it smooth but kind of weak.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:04 PM

View PostJohnRogers, on 01 August 2016 - 02:52 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 01 August 2016 - 02:47 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 01 August 2016 - 02:37 PM, said:

I used to kind of like bourbon many years ago (usually Jack Daniels), but lost my taste for it. My friends who like bourbon now speak highly of Knob Creek and especially Maker's Mark.

I was at a wedding yesterday and the groomsmen were drinking bourbon martinis. Never heard of such a thing, but they were commenting on how smooth they were.
Jack Daniels might be the reason you lost your taste!
Since it isn't actually Bourbon.

I'm all aboot Bib &Tucker lately, tasty and reasonably priced. I tried Basil Haydon for the first time recently. I found it smooth but kind of weak.
55.00 for a 750 is too rich for my blood.

I'm sure its good but Knob Creek is as expensive as I go.

I was treated to The Macallan 12 year this weekend(which I'm well aware is scotch) but I quite enjoyed it. It just happened to be with a very cool member of this board!

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:36 PM

View PostJohnRogers, on 01 August 2016 - 02:52 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 01 August 2016 - 02:47 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 01 August 2016 - 02:37 PM, said:

I used to kind of like bourbon many years ago (usually Jack Daniels), but lost my taste for it. My friends who like bourbon now speak highly of Knob Creek and especially Maker's Mark.

I was at a wedding yesterday and the groomsmen were drinking bourbon martinis. Never heard of such a thing, but they were commenting on how smooth they were.
Jack Daniels might be the reason you lost your taste!
Since it isn't actually Bourbon.

That's a fair point. I don't know why I considered it a bourbon (I'm a beer and fledgling wine guy), but I'm thinking that's a mistake other people make about JD, too.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:52 PM

I'm not a bourbon (or whisk[e]y/scotch - they all taste the same to me) drinker, but I do really love bourbon balls, and bourbon sauce on bread pudding.  Do those count? :D

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 04:08 PM

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View PostJohnRogers, on 01 August 2016 - 02:52 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 01 August 2016 - 02:47 PM, said:

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 01 August 2016 - 02:37 PM, said:

I used to kind of like bourbon many years ago (usually Jack Daniels), but lost my taste for it. My friends who like bourbon now speak highly of Knob Creek and especially Maker's Mark.

I was at a wedding yesterday and the groomsmen were drinking bourbon martinis. Never heard of such a thing, but they were commenting on how smooth they were.
Jack Daniels might be the reason you lost your taste!
Since it isn't actually Bourbon.

That's a fair point. I don't know why I considered it a bourbon (I'm a beer and fledgling wine guy), but I'm thinking that's a mistake other people make about JD, too.
Yes many mistake JD for bourbon. The main thing is Bourbon needs to be made from at least 51% corn mash. its all whiskey from the same region. There is a Texas whiskey called TX that tastes more like Bourbon than the Basil Haydon.

I joke aboot it but wine has ruined beer for me. I still enjoy a beer on occasion like Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout with a robust cigar but I can only drink one or two now. I find beer too heavy and filling now.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 05:49 PM

I'll drink scotch, Irish whiskey or Canadian rye, but bourbon just doesn't taste good to me these days, even the high-end stuff.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 08:26 PM

The Middle Daughter went hiking with Boyfriend through Kentucky not too long ago, and on the way home stopped at the first distillery they chanced upon to buy a gift for her Old Man. It turned out to be Town Branch, which I had never even heard of. She chose the single barrel, cask strength, which is a very, very nice addition to the ol' collection here, but at $70 I wouldn't recommend it to the newbie or casual bourbon drinker. Plus, at 121.8 proof it's got a monstrous bite that I have to be in the just the right mood for!

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 11:32 PM

Well god damn... this is MY thread right here. Never developed a taste for beer or wine.

I've been drinking Jack Daniel's for 28yrs. Usually neat. I REALLY wanted to like Macallan 12+ because of Neil but it really just tastes like vomit to me, along with Jim Beam and all the others. Love my Jack. I can take or leave Gentleman Jack but the Single Barrel Jack Daniel's is to die for IMHO. Again, I drink it straight at room temp... usually to excess. :)

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 06:39 AM

OMG a thread made just for me! Man-O- Man do I love me some bourbon! I can honestly say my favorite Bourbon is my next one.
As far as brands go my favorite top shelf would be Makers Mark. Knob Creek is Good but a bit to powerful but tasty. My favorite cheap Bourbon is believe it or not Early Times. Early times is for all intensive purposes is Bourbon but since it is not aged in "new" charred oak barrels it needs to be called "Kentuckey Whiskey"
The very strict criteria for whiskey to be called Bourbon is as follows.
Grain Mixture has to be at least 51% corn
Aged in new charred oak barrels
Distilled at no more than 80% alcohol (160 proof)
Entered in barrel for aging at no more than 62.5% alcohol (125 proof).
Also Jack Daniels is for all intensive purposes Bourbon. The seperating division is that Jack Daniels is finished by a unique process of filtering with charcoal which is a characteristic of a Tennessee whisky. I prefer Jack Daniels over Jim Beam if given the choice.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 02:27 PM

I never met a bourbon I didn't like.

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 07:09 AM

There is also a type of mystique regarding how Bourbon came in to existence. Reverand Elijah Craig was the king of corn liquor (whiskey) in the region of old Bourbon County. A region just east of Luisville. Elijah made the storage barrels out of the plentiful indigenous wood Oak. The aging process was well lets say an incidental benifit as the shippers usually waited for the spring rains to float their goods down the Ohio river then on to the Mississippi to New Orleans which also took some time. Legend has it just as a large batch of product was ready to be barreled there was a terrible fire in the barn that stored the Oak barrels. Although some barrels were destroyed most survived but were charred on the inside. Elijah didn't have the resources or time to replace them so he used the charred oak barrels. Well some time went by and Elijah started getting request for that golded smooth "Bourbon County" whiskey or appropriatly nick named "Red Liquor" He put one and one together and tapped one of the charred barrels he held back. To his delight what flowed out was the best whiskey he had ever tasted :drool: From that point on every oak barrel was intentionally charred before the corn liquor is added. This is also a manditory process for a whiskey to be called bourbon.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 03:46 PM

Four Roses is great cheap bourbon!

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:58 AM

Knob Creek, Buffalo Trace, and Maker's are about as expensive as I go. I usually just drink plain ol' white label Jim Beam though.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 08:44 AM

View PostStormtron, on 17 August 2016 - 09:58 AM, said:

Knob Creek, Buffalo Trace, and Maker's are about as expensive as I go. I usually just drink plain ol' white label Jim Beam though.
Try Four Roses Yellow, its cheaper and better than Jim Beam White, imo.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 09:36 AM

View PostTick, on 18 August 2016 - 08:44 AM, said:

View PostStormtron, on 17 August 2016 - 09:58 AM, said:

Knob Creek, Buffalo Trace, and Maker's are about as expensive as I go. I usually just drink plain ol' white label Jim Beam though.
Try Four Roses Yellow, its cheaper and better than Jim Beam White, imo.

I like Four Roses too but it's more expensive here. If I'm really just trying to get drunk or my friend is coming over I'll buy a 1.75 L bottle of Evan Williams Green. Only $20 and it's actually good! :hail:




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