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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsfan32 View Post
    Recently got Whistlepig as a gift: so damn good!! Also just saw it at Costco at the District in Tustin. Only $60/bottle there!
    That's a nice gift! The 10/100 I presume? I still haven't tried it, but got one in a box o' goodies from SoCal last week:



    Since I missed out on the Pappy and BTAC, I used the funds to buy a few that aren't available here. So far I've only opened the High West Rendezvous, which is a blend of 6 and 16yr ryes. As expected from H.W. it's excellent. The Whistlepig is next to be sampled... maybe tonight? Also stoked to try the Jefferson's as recommended by Azagthoth. What's interesting is that both Whistlepig and Jefferson's source their 10 yr rye from the same place--Alberta Distillers in Canada. Add to that they are both 100% rye. Really curious to see how similar they are--or aren't. At a glance there's an obvious difference in hue as well as price--the WP costs triple the other!

    The Stagg Jr. Bourbon was the clear winner at the dinner/tasting I attended with Harlen Wheatley (Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace) as the speaker and guest of honor. It was a fun night and he is definitely one cool dude with one highly enviable occupation. But man, this whiskey is a BEAST. Look at the color! I think it's 136proof, but smooth as silk in spite of that. Can't wait to try it along side my George T. Stagg from last year's antique collection. At around $50 the Jr. is a STUPENDOUS value and is already becoming scarce. Shocking.
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    The Whistlepig 10/100 was great. Not your typical rye whiskey. I am going to get a bottle if HW Rendezvous as well with some gift cards I received. I have heard nothing but great things.

    My father got a bottle of Hirsch Small Batch. Very different. Great bourbon taste initially but with a very scotch-like finish. Great deal for only $35/bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsfan32 View Post
    The Whistlepig 10/100 was great. Not your typical rye whiskey. I am going to get a bottle if HW Rendezvous as well with some gift cards I received. I have heard nothing but great things.

    My father got a bottle of Hirsch Small Batch. Very different. Great bourbon taste initially but with a very scotch-like finish. Great deal for only $35/bottle.
    Agreed on the uniqueness of the Whistlepig. It's delicious and easy to drink with some great and typical nuances of rye, but on the mid to back palate I get this fleeting and impossible to ignore note of Concord grape which is one of the most bizarre things I've ever tasted in a whiskey. I thought it might subside with the bottle being open a while but it's still there. The only thing I can imagine it coming from would be if they finished the whiskey in wine casks. If this were the case it may be Muscat which can be pretty grapey. If not this scenario, then ???

    Interesting description of the Hirsch. I wonder if they finish it in sherry casks? That would give it a direct relation to some scotch bottlings.
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    I finally opened the Jefferson's 10 year rye as recommended by Azagthoth, and man, you were NOT sh**ting. For the $25 I paid its an absolutely stupendous value. Where the Whistlepig is unique and a bit of a headscratcher (a delicious one though), the Jefferson's is a textbook rye, with loads of warm sweet spice up front; that lovely dry grassiness that spikes up the mid palate; and a respectable bready-yeasty medium+ finish that begs you to take another sip. Sadly, I sat on it too long and OF COURSE it's already getting scarce as the word is out. DAMMIT. I would've liked to grab a handful from that particular retailer but they've sold out their stock with nothing on the horizon. I've found a few bottles in SoCal for around $40 which is still fair, but there's a lot more competition at that price point. I may still jump on it.
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    That's it. I need a bottle of Whistlepig. I like whiskeys that have been finished in wine casks (like Big Bottom's port bourbon).

    I have a question for the rest of you drinkers, though: WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR STOCK? All I've got is a little liquor cabinet I had built into our kitchen when we remodeled in 2006. Now, it isn't nearly big enough. What I want (and don't have room for) is to find a nice-sized antique art-deco-style liquor cabinet (or something that could be turned into one).

    We have an old apothecary cabinet at my wife's mom's place that we won't have room for until we move to AZ. We were thinking of having that converted...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    That's it. I need a bottle of Whistlepig. I like whiskeys that have been finished in wine casks (like Big Bottom's port bourbon).

    I have a question for the rest of you drinkers, though: WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR STOCK? All I've got is a little liquor cabinet I had built into our kitchen when we remodeled in 2006. Now, it isn't nearly big enough. What I want (and don't have room for) is to find a nice-sized antique art-deco-style liquor cabinet (or something that could be turned into one).

    We have an old apothecary cabinet at my wife's mom's place that we won't have room for until we move to AZ. We were thinking of having that converted...
    FBJ, I can't guarantee that the Whistlepig was finished in wine casks, but since there is no other logical explanation for the grape nuance I can only assume with some degree of confidence. I thought perhaps it was muscat casks, but since it's Canadian rye, ice wine casks (Riesling or Vidal) which could also lend that high-toned grapiness would be a better guess.

    The apothecary cabinet sounds awesome and right up my alley. I'd love to see it if you get a chance. When we were building our house there was one smallish wall space between the kitchen and dining table that was designated for the bar. I spent a solid couple of months searching for a killer antique furniture piece or cabinet or even reclaimed stuff from closed or closing establishments, but never scored. Also knew I'd need a countertop for mixing-even if it was a pullout or fold down. Ended up biting the bullet and went with built-ins that matched the kitchen cabs with the same granite top, but at least I could custom it to make a nice functional bar area. Doesn't have the old-timey look I was after, but pretty happy with it.

    Now, if my wife would kindly remove all of her s*** from the countertop I might actually be able to post a decent picture. For every two purses and stack of mail I remove to mix cocktails she adds THREE purses and THREE stacks of mail with a side of various cosmetics the next day. Haha, dear.

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    The plague of the horizontal surface...same here in my house.

    The apothecary cabinet is down in Escondido, so no pics. It's MASSIVE, though, with probably seventy drawers. I know it would be a time-and-money-consuming task to convert it and do it right so that it still looks like an apothecary cabinet when we're done, but I really think it'd be sweet when it gets done. At any rate, won't be doing it until we move it.

    Another thing that might be really cool were it to be converted into a liquor cabinet would be an older dewey decimal card file cabinet from a library. You know, one of those big twelve-drawer high by six-drawer wide deals that used to be in every school library when we were kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    The plague of the horizontal surface...same here in my house.

    The apothecary cabinet is down in Escondido, so no pics. It's MASSIVE, though, with probably seventy drawers. I know it would be a time-and-money-consuming task to convert it and do it right so that it still looks like an apothecary cabinet when we're done, but I really think it'd be sweet when it gets done. At any rate, won't be doing it until we move it.

    Another thing that might be really cool were it to be converted into a liquor cabinet would be an older dewey decimal card file cabinet from a library. You know, one of those big twelve-drawer high by six-drawer wide deals that used to be in every school library when we were kids.
    Wow.... there's a nostalgia blast! My only remaining vivid memory of libraries is the smell. Curious, what would you do with all those little drawers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo View Post
    Wow.... there's a nostalgia blast! My only remaining vivid memory of libraries is the smell. Curious, what would you do with all those little drawers?
    Actually, what I'd do with them (as if I had the woodworking skills to pull this off...because I don't) is I'd basically pull the drawer fronts off each individual drawer, then remove the face frame from the entire cabinet. I'd re-design the insides, installing shelving and such. Then I'd use the face frame to create door frames and place the original drawer fronts back on them (for aesthetics rather than function). Hang the newly-created doors with euro-style hidden hinges and add a solid keyed lock. The idea is to keep the thing look exactly like a card cabinet while converting it to a two-door liquor locker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    Actually, what I'd do with them (as if I had the woodworking skills to pull this off...because I don't) is I'd basically pull the drawer fronts off each individual drawer, then remove the face frame from the entire cabinet. I'd re-design the insides, installing shelving and such. Then I'd use the face frame to create door frames and place the original drawer fronts back on them (for aesthetics rather than function). Hang the newly-created doors with euro-style hidden hinges and add a solid keyed lock. The idea is to keep the thing look exactly like a card cabinet while converting it to a two-door liquor locker.
    Ahhhh. Got it. Man that would be a helluva project like you said, but it's certainly possible--and when finished would be absolutely stupendous.
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