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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    it was indeed her. she had a fernet. (surprise!) i had some single malt, i forget which. after i was all served up, i spied the whistlepig but i couldn't stay long so i didn't order another. :((((((((((((((((((((((((((
    if i hang with her again in the near future (you know how busy at the bikini factory she is), i'm for sure seeing if they still have any left before i go shopping for a bottle of my own.

    Apparently it was available here for retail purchase until just recently (the distributor is currently sold out) so it's likely at the better bars. I'm also hoping to try first so hopefully can order one up soon. The tasting notes around the web sure sound nice.


    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    I've been working on the Jefferson's 100% Straight Rye - DELICIOUS! Drinks incredibly well for 100% Rye. Doesn't really need anything to open it up, but 1/2 an ice cube goes nice. Haven't touched the Jefferson Bourbons yet, and probably wont need to considering how perfect the 100% Rye is.

    We've got plenty of Jefferson's bourbon around here but I've never seen the rye. I'll keep my eyes open for it. What's the proof on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo View Post
    We've got plenty of Jefferson's bourbon around here but I've never seen the rye. I'll keep my eyes open for it. What's the proof on it?
    Pretty sure its 94 Proof

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    Pretty sure its 94 Proof

    That'll work just fine. Anything under 86 just don't sate thine brutish palate.

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    Just got done with an awesome tasting:

    Eagle Rare 17 yr.
    Sazerac Rye 18
    Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye
    William Larue Weller
    George T. Stagg
    Stagg Jr.

    The gems of the bunch for me are the Larue Weller (friggin awesome stuff), Handy and the Stagg Jr. This year's George T. Stagg was not terribly great and 64.1% ABV, which by Stagg's standard is very low. The Stagg Jr. had much more punch to it than the Stagg Sr.

    All in all, very good stuff here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcheck View Post
    Just got done with an awesome tasting:

    Eagle Rare 17 yr.
    Sazerac Rye 18
    Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye
    William Larue Weller
    George T. Stagg
    Stagg Jr.

    The gems of the bunch for me are the Larue Weller (friggin awesome stuff), Handy and the Stagg Jr. This year's George T. Stagg was not terribly great and 64.1% ABV, which by Stagg's standard is very low. The Stagg Jr. had much more punch to it than the Stagg Sr.

    All in all, very good stuff here.

    Wow.... the entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection in one lineup is a helluva tasting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They used to be around, but since the hype found'em they're becoming almost as rare as Pappy. I've only owned the Handy (spectacular) and the Stagg sr. (142.6 proof--side-by-side equals Pappy 20yr. in quality and taste), but I'm looking (ok, begging) this year to procure a Weller and another Handy. Being a rye fan I'd grab a Saz 18 if it were available, but I've never tried it so am curious, what was your impression? The "baby" Saz is decent enough for a $20 bottle but is MUCH sweeter than a rye should be IMHO. Does the 18yr lean toward being over-candied? Also: noted on the Stagg jr. Very interesting. This I have seen available recently and would love to try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo View Post
    Wow.... the entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection in one lineup is a helluva tasting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They used to be around, but since the hype found'em they're becoming almost as rare as Pappy. I've only owned the Handy (spectacular) and the Stagg sr. (142.6 proof--side-by-side equals Pappy 20yr. in quality and taste), but I'm looking (ok, begging) this year to procure a Weller and another Handy. Being a rye fan I'd grab a Saz 18 if it were available, but I've never tried it so am curious, what was your impression? The "baby" Saz is decent enough for a $20 bottle but is MUCH sweeter than a rye should be IMHO. Does the 18yr lean toward being over-candied? Also: noted on the Stagg jr. Very interesting. This I have seen available recently and would love to try.
    Go for the Stagg Jr. I hear its only $50 or so. For that price its worth it.

    Saz overcandied? I didn't take very close notes; contrary to my usual tasting attendance. From what I recall, it tastes like Saz. If you like Saz, then the 18 is for you. I did not find it particularly exciting.

    This grouping of whiskies was next to impossible to find. It was put on by the Southern California Whiskey Club. Check it out at Southern California Whiskey Club
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    THAT is a tasty rye. Tried it the other night at the bar in IND.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcheck View Post
    Go for the Stagg Jr. I hear its only $50 or so. For that price its worth it.

    Saz overcandied? I didn't take very close notes; contrary to my usual tasting attendance. From what I recall, it tastes like Saz. If you like Saz, then the 18 is for you. I did not find it particularly exciting.

    This grouping of whiskies was next to impossible to find. It was put on by the Southern California Whiskey Club. Check it out at Southern California Whiskey Club

    As ubiquitous as baby Saz is on the mainland, it's availability in Hawaii is completely non-existent. Even in bars. I've only tasted from a bottle that was hand carried at my local purveyor a few weeks back, and on that day in that lineup it shocked my palate with an absurd sweetness. I tasted it again at the end to make sure, and it was the same. But I'll concede that it was likely a reaction to what else was tasted, because I hit that same bottle again a few days ago and the sweetness was very much in check. I enjoyed it, especially the bright minty note that I love in rye, although the high corn content does make it more bourbon-like than higher content ryes on the market.

    Looks like I'll finally have a chance to buy a bottle, as the shop had a few six-packs sitting in the back for a whiskey dinner featuring Harlan Wheatley who is the master distiller for Buffalo Trace which I'll be attending. Always nice when anyone of distinction makes the long trek out to slum with us, and will be even nicer if his visit prompts a long-deserved allocation of some of Buffalo Trace's better bottlings. One can dream.


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    THAT is a tasty rye. Tried it the other night at the bar in IND.

    Never heard of or seen this, but from Bardstown, KY. means its likely sourced from KBD which is very solid rye stock. Non-chill filtered is a plus, but only 84pf scares me a little. I'd sure as hell try a glass if had the chance though.
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    My latest sweetheart:



    I'm powerless to keep my hands off this bottle. It's half gone after a week (alot for me), and is an absolute beauty and a steal in the ultra-competitive $40 range. I wasn't too impressed with the Four Roses small batch, but the single barrel is f***ing GORGEOUS from nose to finish. Crafted by the ex-master distiller of Maker's Mark, the mashbill is 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley, and is simply a perfect balance of juice; wood; age; and proof. It's warm, fruity, sweet, spicy, deep, complex, and admirably smooth for its higher proof. There's so much going on on the nose I could just sniff it longingly for days, but from that first sip it becomes hard as hell to keep any in the glass.

    A side-note that's a little shocking and certainly worth mentioning: along with Wild Turkey, Four Roses is the only other Bourbon producer that refuses to use GMO corn in their product. Respect, and hats off to you, men. Keep fighting the good fight.
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    Recently got Whistlepig as a gift: so damn good!! Also just saw it at Costco at the District in Tustin. Only $60/bottle there!
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