June 19th, 2012, 07:44 PM #1
The American whiskey thread
Scotch is magical juice and gets plenty of love here and everywhere which is obviously well-deserved. The history, mystique, complexity, deliciousness.... it's all there in spades. But after drinking it almost exclusively for a decade, I stumbled upon a new found taste and respect for American whiskeys that just kept growing. I still love and buy Scotch, but for several years now I reach for American much more often than their relatives from across the pond.
I have zero interest in stoking the ever boring and pointless "which is better...?" debate. They're both heavenly and too different to compare, and there's plenty of room in the world of spirits for both to be enjoyed and appreciated. So that said, I'm curious to see what you all like, dislike, want, or have on your shelves. I've personally fallen deeply for the spicy dryness of Rye. But the complex and comforting sweet corn nuances of bourbon also warms my soul.
A couple of current favorites:
Wild Turkey Rye 101 (green label). My first ever Rye and house bottle ever since. For $18 bucks the smoothness, balance, and admirable complexity is hard to beat. I've poured through a couple of cases over the years--one or two ounces at a time. Seems to be off shelves at the moment while they roll out a weaker model. I'll cry if the 101 doesn't come back locally.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac rye is one of the most incredible, complex and delicious whiskey's I've ever tasted. Expensive, but still a bargain for this level of pleasure.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon. For $20 it's crazy how rich, long, and delicious this is. My house bourbon now that it's finally stocked locally.
George T. Stagg bourbon is one that I picked up recently and at 146 proof needs to settle into some water, but when it does it's mind blowing. Even more $ than the Handy, but truly special stuff.
June 19th, 2012, 08:09 PM #2
Right now I'm enjoying Woodford Reserve and Bulleit. To me, the WR has a more interesting and aromatic taste than the Bulleit, but both are excellent and well priced. I've yet to try Buffalo Trace, but I've read nothing but good things about it!!!
Here is my small collection:
June 20th, 2012, 01:41 AM #3
i'm a bourbon girl (when i'm not a single malt girl...)
my top 3 are:
i like mint juleps, old fashioneds and plain old sipping.
i'll also take a sazerac though so i guess i can take a rye, too.
i just haven't really invested as much time in rye like i have with bourbon or scotch, but a friend of mine recommended whistlepig if you're looking to try a good rye.
June 20th, 2012, 11:59 AM #4
I drink only Wild Turkey 101. Rare Breed was preferable but can't be easily found anymore.
June 20th, 2012, 12:29 PM #5
Originally Posted by beedee
Oh yes.... my old pal Woodford Reserve! Aside from it being super complex and delicious (and great QPR), it provided a memorable experience that hasn't been duplicated by another whiskey: cigar smokers are familiar with the tobacco aftertaste that saturates your mouth and can last hours (or even days if you puffed a monster) but I had that same lingering smokey aftertaste from the Woodfords. I could taste smoke the next day and remember thinking wow, the cigar is livin' again... but I hadn't smoked one! Realized it was the bourbon and started calling it "liquid cigar". It was like a 24hr finish. Could've been the barrel char or something, but it was pretty wild. Drank two bottles over a few weeks and it was like that every time.
Originally Posted by lunchbox
The dryness and flavor profile of rye is unique and probably isn't for everyone but is certainly worth experimenting. It's incredible in cocktails too. Whistlepig looks interesting and has had positive write ups. Never seen it here but will hit up the local joints with hopes it's hiding on a distributor list. I soap boxed (probably annoyingly so) for Buffalo Trace and it finally worked! It's now local and I'm thrilled. Being annoying can have it's merits.
The Jefferson's is available but I haven't tried. There seems to be different bottlings. Which are you currently drinking?
June 20th, 2012, 12:34 PM #6
Originally Posted by job
As much as I love the 101 rye I've completely ignored this. Probably a mistake, it must certainly have legions of fans for a reason.
June 20th, 2012, 12:42 PM #7
June 20th, 2012, 06:12 PM #8
good for you getting the buffalo to be sold locally!
Originally Posted by OTTo VoN BLoTTo
i'm talking about just the regular old jefferson's (and not the reserve or presidential select, etc). that's the only one i've had. pretty sure the others would be good as well, but i can't speak for them yet.
i got clued in to whistlepig from a guy who knows people at hi times. they keep it in the back for people who ask for it, so i'm assuming it's not something you'll see everywhere, but i don't know.
June 21st, 2012, 12:35 PM #9
Seems to be a good price for a single barrel with this much age. Interesting.....
Originally Posted by BIG JOE
Hi-Times has a great selection and is where I order once or twice a year. There's a dude there named Forrest (sp) that hooks me up, but sadly I just missed the Pappy Van Winkle a few months ago. I may call soon and ask about that and the Whistlepig. Hate the shipping, but whaddyagonnado.
Originally Posted by lunchbox
July 1st, 2012, 12:15 PM #10
I'm new to this whole whiskey thing but I've had a couple of friends get me to try some Whiskeys (Woodford and Eagle Rare) and Scotch (Highland Park 18yr) and I think I'm getting pulled in. I've been finishing a bottle of Eagle Rare and while I have literally zero knowledge to impart on this thread, I thought it was quite smooth and it's the first whiskey that I could actually sip and enjoy. I do thrown in a rock or two and let it open up. Price is usually about $25, usually less than that at Total Wine if I'm not mistaken.
Looking forward to learning more from you guys...
Notes from the Bevmo site:
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