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    $#@!, there goes my afternoon, but here are some of my favs for drinking neat, or maybe with 1 ice cube.


    Willet Pot Still Reserve
    Stranahan - Diamond
    High West - Yippee Ki-Yay
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jymmijamez Click here to enlarge
    Hibiki Japanese Harmony
    Underrated and fantastic.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jymmijamez Click here to enlarge
    $#@!, there goes my afternoon, but here are some of my favs for drinking neat, or maybe with 1 ice cube.


    Willet Pot Still Reserve
    Stranahan - Diamond
    High West - Yippee Ki-Yay
    Hibiki Japanese Harmony
    Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban 12 yr Port Cask Finish
    Bowmore 15 Sherry Cask
    Dalmore 12
    Grangestone 12 ($30)
    GlenRothes 12 ($45)
    Highland Park 12
    Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
    Interesting to see Stranahans on there - they’re a Colorado distiller. If you like Stranahans (and can find it) try AD Laws. He’s the original distiller at Stranahans and founded his own distillery. Fantastic bourbon.

    -Rich

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    For Christmas, my wife put a wood plank made out of a stave from a bourbon barrel in my stocking. The idea is you char it with a torch (I use the same one I use to torch steaks after sous vide). You then put a glass over it to put out the flame and catch the smoke. You then end up with a smoked glass that you can make a smoked old fashioned, etc with. It’s awesome. Always fun to play with the torch Click here to enlarge

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    Left = tastes like campfire. I do not taste toffee as suggested. Mostly smoke, and reminds me of a scotch I had in NC.

    middle= sweet , almost like a port wine. Does have a peanut flavor. I need to try this with some peanut flavored treats like Reese’s peanut butter cups, peanut butter cheesecake or similar

    right= I used smooth ambler and added a few drops of the black walnut to add a nutty flavor. I tried it on ice , room temp, and as an old fashion. Of course the old fashion would be my go to. I don’t know what else I would pair it with but I had so much of all the whiskey that I got tired . Zzzzzz. Very good recommendation. Thank you for suggesting!

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    Interesting to see Stranahans on there - they’re a Colorado distiller. If you like Stranahans (and can find it) try AD Laws. He’s the original distiller at Stranahans and founded his own distillery. Fantastic bourbon.


    -Rich

    I used to live in Denver, so Stranahan's was a found every where. Suprisingly enough, I see it fairly regularly now that I live in Florida. AD Laws was also good, I only went to their tasting room once so don't really remember which whiskeys I liked.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Underrated and fantastic.
    Nah, Nikka from the Barrel has more punch and fruitier

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F16HTON Click here to enlarge
    I'm a Four Roses Single Barrel kind of guy

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
    Nah, Nikka from the Barrel has more punch and fruitier
    I love them all! Click here to enlarge
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    Wild turkey Master's Keep

    Excellent!!!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
    Excellent!!!

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    Ooh - nice!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
    Excellent!!!
    I'd love to try that...
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    Need to drink more to describe in detail...only had two sips as we were leaving for a bd party. First impression was amazing, bold and that oloroso magic! I'm going to get another bottle and stash it or just put it on our in-progress shelf. Already regret that it's a bit small for my inventory lol

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    Blind tasting Van Winkle vs W.B. Saffell

    Got an allocation for Van Winkle from Total Wine. Unfortunately I didn't get the 15y nor the 20/23 but the 10. While it's not the same goodness as the 15 but i was shocked after blind tasting them, I would pick W.B. Saffell which has more depth in the pallet and more floral on the nose. Thanks to the tip from Fred Minnick, one of the judges from San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

    Sucks for the guys keep buying Van Winkle 10 at $699 retail price. As posted a few threads above, if you could find W.B. Saffell, which is $50 or lesser for 350ml at local stores, highly recommended.

    After all when Pappy got 99 points at Beverage Tasting Institute's panel, Julian III bought the juice from Wild Turkey which was also acquired from Old Boone. So, if next year I will win the allocation again, i will pass unless it's a 15y so I could compare again. Can't wait!

    Cheers!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
    Sucks for the guys keep buying Van Winkle 10 at $699 retail price. As posted a few threads above, if you could find W.B. Saffell, which is $50 or lesser for 350ml at local stores, highly recommended.
    W.B. Saffell is on my radar now, thanks for the information. I was recently at Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland and talked to the bartenders about Papi, and neither bartenders were that impressed given the prices out there for variations of Papi.

    On another note, I was fortunate to find Blantons in Whitefish, MT while on vacation and picked up a bottle. Plus I got this amazing pour for $11.50 at one of the restaurants.Attachment 60308
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    Willowbank New Zealand whisky

    @Jymmijamez

    That's a very generous pour! Got the regular Blanton (first row pic below to prove ;-) ), not too impressed. Good but not wow. It's just too damn smooth/fine. I need a little kick. Haven't tried the Gold yet.

    The library definitely my kinda place!!! That paté and bone marrow!!! We have one similar around here https://www.whiskeycake.com/about/ where I bought Pappy Rye 13 which was very good for $180 1.6oz lol Definitely not worthy it but didn't ask the price first.

    I promised the wife I will stop buying whisky until summer time will start or I would owe her $6k. Tho I quietly bought the last one, for now, Woodinville Whiskey Co. Port Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Heard it's delicious!!!

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    Last but not least....this one is so good and it deserves a separate post. Sadly the distillery, Willowbank, closed it door back in 1997. It won the best New Zealand whisky in 2019 from World Whisky Award. Poached pear at the nose, full flavor/very complex in the palate, almost close to a great rum but not quite as it has that kick once sipping down. LOVE it!!! I got bottle 217 out of 307 made (see the stamp). Not cheap and can't tell you where I got it from as I might have to k you lol

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    Came across this article discussing alternatives to Pappy: https://hiconsumption.com/best-wheated-bourbon-whiskey/

    One of the most popular styles in recent days is wheated bourbon. What differentiates wheated bourbon from its brethren is that, after corn, wheat is the secondary flavoring grain — rather than rye or barley — in the recipe. The result is a smoother spirit with less harshness and bite that allows many of the other flavors and aromas to come through a bit more. The most popular (or at least most fabled) label to specialize in this style is Pappy Van Winkle. Owned by Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (which isn’t actually a distillery) but actually produced by Buffalo Trace, Pappy is widely considered the wheated bourbon that set the standard in the industry.

    There’s no denying that Pappy’s recipes certainly set them apart from their competition, as does the label’s rigorous aging standards, which starts at a minimum of 15 years (twice as long as, say, Jim Beam). However, there’s also another significant determining factor in what makes Pappy cost sometimes in the thousands of dollars: rarity. The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery actually only produces a few thousand cases per year. For reference, a case has 12 bottles in each. Jack Daniel’s, by contrast, produces over 100 million bottles a year. It’s so rare, in fact, that the brand uses a lottery system just to select people who have the opportunity to buy it. These alternatives, by contrast, are much easier to find and purchase, as they’re not as sought-after and are widely available for purchase off-the-shelf.
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    WL WELLER SPECIAL RESERVE WHEATED BOURBON

    The first wheated bourbon alternative to Pappy on our list might seem too good to be true, as it certainly seems a bit questionable with a price tag of just $20. But before you look past it, there’s one very important fact that makes this spirit such a bargain: it’s actually made using the exact same mashbill and in the same distillery as Pappy. Granted, this particular bottle is only aged for seven years (as opposed to Pappy’s bottom line of 15), but the prospect of getting something even minutely similar to Pappy for just $20 is too good to pass up. Of course, if you want a version of this that’s even closer, the brand also makes a 12-year version.
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    LARCENY JOHN E. FITZGERALD WHEATED BOURBON

    Originally produced in 1870, Old Fitzgerald is one of the oldest American whiskey brands around and was, in fact, purchased by the now-legendary Heaven Hill company in 1999. To celebrate the history and legacy of “Old Fitz,” they decided to put out Larceny as a tribute to the wheated bourbons that came before it — including the original Pappy recipe. And while they’re keeping their recipe a bit close to the vest, they have unveiled that Larceny has approximately 1/3 more wheat in its recipe than its competitors. That means, while this wheated bourbon whiskey has plenty of spice and a kick at 80 proof, it’s also a bit smoother than its similarly-priced counterparts.
    PURCHASE: $30
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    MCKENZIE BOTTLED-IN-BOND WHEATED BOURBON WHISKEY

    For those not familiar, bottled-in-bond whiskeys are special and especially American. These government-regulated spirits must come from a single distiller during a single distilling season, have to be aged for a minimum of four years in a government-approved facility, and must be bottled at 100 proof. McKenzie’s Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon Whiskey meets all that criteria and also happens to be an exceptional alternative to Pappy at a much lower price point. It’s got spice, just enough kick to let you know what you’re getting yourself into, and it works just as well on-the-rocks as it does neat or mixed into a classic cocktail.
    PURCHASE: $45
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    1792 SWEET WHEAT BOURBON

    The first wheated bourbon to come out of the 1792 lineup, this particular expression, as you might have guessed from its name, is a bit on the sweeter side of the spectrum — marked by notes of vanilla and caramel with subtle flavors of dried fruit. However, that sweetness is balanced out by an abundance of oak tannins, which helps round it out a bit. And while this one might not be a mindblowing revelation of a spirit, it’s still very drinkable — even when put up against some of the industry’s longtime staples, like Maker’s Mark. And that’s not a bad place to shine, as the price point is more than a bargain for what you get out of this whiskey.
    PURCHASE: $49
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    WYOMING WHISKEY WHEATED BOURBON

    When people think of Wyoming, they might think of cattle ranchers, ski resorts, and vast plains. What you probably don’t think of is wheated bourbon whiskey — but that’s about to change, as Wyoming Whiskey’s Wheated Bourbon should absolutely be on your radar if you’ve got even a passing interest in figuring out what all the hype is surrounding Pappy Van Winkle. Though admittedly on the more expensive side of the spectrum, this is a spirit that’s unique, even when put up against those with similar recipes. It’s sweet but not too sweet, smooth without being forgettable, and still has a prominent flavor profile despite its relatively-low proof of 88. It might not quite qualify as a unicorn whiskey, but it’s absolutely worth a try if you haven’t had it before.
    PURCHASE: $52
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    REDEMPTION WHEATED BOURBON

    Considering that Redemption is known for their rye bourbons, it’s quite interesting to see them come out with a wheated option, especially considering that this spirit is so exceptional. Its mashbill contains a whopping 45% winter wheat (higher than most of its competition) and is aged for a minimum of four years in charred oak barrels. Pair that with a 96 proof, floral notes alongside touches of vanilla and walnut, and a score of 91 (exceptional) at the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge make this a wheated bourbon you’ll not what to pass up.
    PURCHASE: $55
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    MAKER’S MARK PRIVATE SELECT WHEATED BOURBON

    It’s important to note that all of the available Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskeys are, in fact, wheated. And while the brand’s standard offering is both popular and widely available (and actually pretty damn good for what you’ll pay), their Private Barrel Select is just better by all accounts. And that’s due to a couple of noteworthy differences. For starters, this expression starts out as a cask strength version of regular Maker’s Mark. But then each barrel has 10 custom wood finishing staves added to them, before being sent to age in the brand’s limestone cellar. With 1,001 possible combinations, each expression of this liquor is unique — meaning you might just have to try a few to find your favorite.
    PURCHASE: $80
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    GARRISON BROTHERS TEXAS STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY

    The first legal bourbon distillery in the state of Texas, Garrison Brothers was founded in 2006 and has very quickly built up an impressive reputation. In fact, next to Pappy, Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey might just be the most sought-after wheated bourbon around — or at least it should be because it is just that good. What’s even more interesting is that, up until recently, you couldn’t get your hands on it unless you actually went to Texas yourself and picked up a bottle or twelve. It also garnered the brand a silver medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which is no small feat, as that’s one of the stiffest competitions in the entire spirit industry.
    PURCHASE: $86
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    Garrison Brothers is fantastic if you can find it. They used to offer it in Colorado, but now it’s difficult to find, so I always buy a bottle while I’m in Texas.

    -Rich

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    Speaking of the above, my buddy brought me a single barrel Garrison Brothers. Amazing.

    -Rich

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    Agreed. But I definitely wouldn't put it to Pappy equiv as it tates nothing like or close to it, Garrison. I don't think there's any bourbon that tastes similar to Garrison.

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