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Roost em 1st

Good call on the Beam Black Bloodhound. I have tasted the Four Roses, it aint bad from what I recall, but I'd rather spend $30 on  Old Rip Van Winkle--the baby brother to Pappy. Four Roses had a nice write up in Malt Advocate a coupla of years back when their single barrel was made available to the US; prior to that it was all shipped overseas.

Several distilleries make variations of their bourbon available to the Japanese market (we don't even get to sniff them here), I am trying to track one down now.

I have tended bar for businessmen from different parts of Asia. When they have a business dinner many times they request full bottles of bourbon on the table, like wine. Their dinners were always colorful towards the end of the evening.

There is a Buffalo Trace bourbon dinner in Bowling Green, Ky on Saturday the 31st. It's a three course meal with wine for each course, bourbons tasted prior to the meal. The owner of the restaraunt holding this makes a bird trip about once a year, he aint a bad guy and is decent with a shotgun as well. I'm not certain if the Master Distiller will be there, I wanna say Elmer T Lee was heavily involved with Buffalo Trace. I think he retired from Blanton's but came out of the back pasture to work with Buffalo Trace. Anyway, if anyone is in the area and would like to attend let me know. Its a fixed cost menu $45 a head.

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frak

I've had (have a bottle, now that I think of it) Woodford, and yes, I agree, it's very nice.  

A modest-priced Bourbon that I pick up on occasion, for old time's sake, and when I see it, is Virginia Gentleman.  That was my bourbon of choice in school.  I guess it cannot be called a Bourbon, though.  It's a good bottle to have around if you are in an area where they sell it.  I understand they have a "small batch" version.  I'm not sure if I've ever had it.  Maybe at a restaurant.

There are a lot of good ones out there today.

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Roost em 1st

Virginia Gentleman is indeed BOURBON, Frak. It is a MYTH that Bourbon can ONLY be made in KY. They released VG Gold some time ago, some call it VG 90 as it is 90 proof. It's not bad at all. Any ABC store in VA should have VG Gold. I make enough calls that way I could pick one up and deliver it down to ATL some time, takes me awhile as Polecat will attest.

If you like Woodford, maybe try some Old Forester for middle of the road pricing, the same Master Distiller is over both brands.

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mshowman
I have to tell you, I've been doing some hands-on research on Wild Turkey's Russell's Reserve. It's really good. I'll test it some more this evening.

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Don Steese

I'm proud to say there isn't a brand mentioned on this thread that I haven't become friends with. However, the best, in my opinion, is the Evan Williams single barrel. It's also affordable to a guy like me who drinks a kiddie pool full a week!! :laugh: I'm back from MD. Browndog and the Hobster leave tommorrow for Arizona. Gonna chase quail for a couple weeks. Wish I could join them. I'm off to Mexico for six weeks. Life's tough!!

BTW..Gene Hill favored Virginia Gentleman, and he could afford to drink anything he wanted. It ain't bad.

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Mike Krol

BTW..Gene Hill favored Virginia Gentleman, and he could afford to drink anything he wanted. It ain't bad.

I got tired of feeding all my non-bourbon-drinking-buddies the high-priced stuff at my camp, and seeing them slam back a shot like you do with cheap whiskey... I could buy Virginia Gentleman for $6.95/fifth at my local liquor store, and thought this to be the perfect solution. To my surprise, the stuff is pretty dang good, even taken neat as a sipping whiskey.

Still, my current favorite is Buffalo Trace.  Gonna do some hands-on research on Evan Williams Single Barrel real soon.

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Bloodhound

Scratch made me curios... stoped by a new place tonight, and they had a nice selection...I bought some Evan Williams Single Barrel $29.96...its very nice...been trying it out...better than the regular Evan Williams...I also bought some Ezra Brooks....it was on sale and makes a nice sippin bourbon...as does Henery McKinna.  I don't like em too sweet...it may be time for some Famouse Grouse...a blend....but a very nice scotch!

By the way Scratch...Nice tip...its very very good...Thanks

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Briarscratch

Glad you like it,  but I can't take credit.  That belongs to Mr. Steese who turned be onto the stuff a few years ago.

It's like the old EF Hutton commercial:  When Don Steese talks about corn likker, people listen...   I figure between him and Wyatt there isn't a Bourbon that has gone untasted.   I just do what I'm told by the experts.

I've got a virgin bottle of EW Single Barrel sitting on my book case.  When the light hits it and I see all that coppery goodness inside I think, "now, that's got potential".

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Don Steese

Thanks Scratch! I'm always happy to help my friends destroy their livers! I thought I was the only one who'd admit to drinking Ezra Brooks. It's one of the cheapest brands you can get here in PA, and not bad at all.

My big problerm now is that I do a fair amount of bird hunting in Canada, where Jack Daniels, or if you're lucky, Jim Beam are the only choices. I consider JD rotgut swill, but sometimes in the hinterlands, one must do what one must do.

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mshowman
I consider JD rotgut swill, but sometimes in the hinterlands, one must do what one must do.

Ever try JD's Gentleman Jack?

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Don Steese
I consider JD rotgut swill, but sometimes in the hinterlands, one must do what one must do.

Ever try JD's Gentleman Jack?

I've never bought a bottle but have sampled some that someone brought to camp. Quite nice. The rotgut swill reference had to do with the regular JD, which is about all that's available in some small Canadian booze stores. No wonder people mix it with coke!! :D

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jesse wall
For hunting camp try Evan Williams it is" just right".  You can leave the bottle in camp and your buds will drink all the high dollar  stuff first! IT is just right , any better and they would drink it and any worse you would not!  Really a very good  economy drink !

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Don Steese
Does anybody else out there like their bourbon with a splash of bitters? It's another taste I aquired by reading Gene Hill. Probably not for everybody though. I also prefer a splash of seltzer water as opposed to straight branch. I got a seltzer maker from my daughter for Christmas so I don't have to deal with flat seltzer.

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Hunshatt

I'm proud to say there isn't a brand mentioned on this thread that I haven't become friends with.

Don, sounds like i need to set up a weekend bird hunt with you... You good with a ROTD?? I can't afford one of those fancy dual dog honeyrun Gsp's :<img src=:'>  :<img src=:'>

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Irish Joe

Don, next time at camp we need to drink more Irish whiskey.

By the way, not too long ago I purchased a bottle of rye and is wasn't too bad. It had been a real long time since I drank rye.

The rye seems to have a bolder spicier taste. Anyone else like the change of pace that rye offers?

Maybe it's me, I always like trying new and/or different things that are alcoholic in nature.

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