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Whisk[e]y
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:53:08 AM »
I've always been a Jack Daniels fan, I like the other obvious big name bourbon brands like Knob Creek and Makers Mark. Tonight I bought some Bulleit which I'm enjoying neat.  (don't worry, everything in moderation)*

Its been a while since I've had Scotch, I've tried red and black jonny walker and dewers but I'm not really a fan.

What about you guys? recommendations?

*edit (an hour later): i'm not good atmoderation
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 06:08:14 AM »
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 11:32:51 AM »
Double Oak Woodford Reserve, no need to drink anything else.

But if you do, Bulleit Rye is better than their bourbon and great for mixing. Angel's Envy is pretty good and on a budget Four Roses Single Barrel can usually be had pretty reasonably. Regular Woodford is fine and I used to drink it often until I focused on the double oak. Old Forester is a pretty good value as well.

In the scotch world, if you're coming from bourbon, I'd go with something like Aberlour 12 or maybe Balvenie Doublewood if you can find it for a just a bit more than the Aberlour, they're both pretty similar profiles IMO.

And if you like the spicier knob creek, then old grand dad (100 proof bonded) might be a good change, heck in that spirit even the Trader Joe's Bourbon isn't terrible.

I've been through quite a few Bourbons so if you have a price range and profile you're looking for (what your favorite is) I can make some more targeted suggestions.
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 11:42:16 AM »
Also, I recommend the Old Grand Dad with some water or on ice since it's pretty hot neat. McKenna was pretty good when I tried it too but I also preferred it on ice.
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 04:37:00 PM »
That one that taste like cinnamon
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 09:10:17 PM »
Never been a fan of whiskey/bourbon.  Not huge on beer either but I will drink it socially.  I prefer to wine.
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2018, 09:35:46 AM »
That one that taste like cinnamon

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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2018, 08:55:03 AM »
Yeah, no to cinnamon.

My price range generally is whatever is affordable. I like the $25-$35 price range but I'm willing to go a bit higher I think to try something that is noticeably better.  I should point out that I'm a fairly sporadic drinker, maybe once a month I'll have a few drinks. I only buy liquor a few times a year; mostly because I'm too cheap to justify the cost.

@tgm, I read up on that double oak woodford you mentioned. I might try that next time.  I generally don't mix whiskey in drinks, I prefer to sip it as is (usually on the rocks).  Gin and tonic, Rum and coke (kraken and rootbeer!), vodka and olive juice; all great mixes but for some reason I like whiskey as is.

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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2018, 01:15:31 AM »
the problem with expensive whiskey is that, if you drink a half bottle in one night, you're out a lot of money. like, you could just buy a 12pack of beer for $15 but if you buy a $45 bottle of whiskey and drink half of it, it likes you spent way more money.  On the other hand, its a lot less carbs then the equivalent amount of beer so I guess maybe its worth the extra cost.

My local store didn't have the "double oak" woodford reserve that tgm recommended but they had regular woodford reserve so I got that. I like it, very smooth and lots of distinguishable flavors. I'll have to shop around to see what I want to try next.

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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018, 03:02:55 PM »
Regular Woodford is great, and for the $25-35 range (around here it's $23-$30 depending on the store) I think it's the best value. Double Oak is definitely worth it though, but probably better suited for a weekend sipper due to the price.

And man, if you're drinking half a bottle of 90 proof whiskey in a night, that might be a bit much. My preference is to treat Bourbon as a take your time kind of drink. Sip and enjoy.

If you like the Woodford, you might consider the slightly cheaper yet similar Old Forester 86.

And if you prefer on the rocks, consider something 100 proof. Generally I've found those open up nicely with with the ice.

I've been getting into Rye's lately and Woodford makes a good one of that too, but Bulleit is great value for money. And I've been experimenting with blending my Rye with Bourbon and so far I've been enjoying the results. I had a bottle of Hudson Bourbon (once again their Rye is much better) that's way too sweet corn for normal drinking but adding a bit of Bulleit Rye with it gives it an interesting character. I say don't be afraid to try blending a bit either.
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 04:44:42 PM »
Oh and if you haven't already found it:
The Whiskey Vault is a fun channel for reviews, more scotch I'd say but lots of whisky in general.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCElm866_W5r1eg8VjhFNARw/videos
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2018, 06:25:01 PM »
to clarify, it apparently wasn't a half bottle - I was going to keep it to the neck and shoulders but over the course of a few hours had at least 1/4 of the bottle.  That was apparently enough though for me to misjudge how much I had  :D

my bottle of woodford was $39.99+tax at the place I usually go because I trust their prices.  I might shop around though next time.

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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2018, 06:51:31 PM »
Wow, that's really high relative to my area. What are are you in again? If you have a Total Wine anywhere around I know they're the cheapest around here. I know some areas are higher priced but that seems steep and I'd probably see about some other options maybe then. The Double Oak in my area is $43 - $52 so I'd definitely shop around.
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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2018, 07:07:56 PM »
I'll be damned, I got ripped off.  I just checked my receipt and it was actually $37.99 I paid (plus tax) but there is a total wine & more about 20 minutes from me and, according to their website, the sell it for $26.99.

Oh wait, they say they don't have it in stock there... the next closest store has it for $33.99.  So thats $4 cheaper.  I guess I only got ripped off a little bit.  :dunno:

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Re: Whisk[e]y
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2018, 12:57:18 AM »
Well, been sipping a bit more than usual tonight and have been trying the Knob Creek 120 proof, which while I can appreciate the taste better now than when I started drinking bourbon is still not really my thing. But coming off that to the Old Grand Dad 100 proof I get a lot of corn out of it and it's actually pretty nice for a budget one. Not nearly at sweet corn as the Hudson Baby but definitely in that same area. My first impressions were much spicier but I guess coming off the Knob Creek that mellows it out quite a bit. It's interesting sometimes how your palate can change like that based on what you've been drinking before. It'll be interesting to come back to it on its own or from something else next time.
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