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  • Had a couple Blanton's last night. Finished off a STFB and a regular.

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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    engtaz wrote: »
    What your opinion of Bookers?

    The best of the Best!

    When years ago Booker Koe ( the head master distiller from Jim Beam) created "Bookers" he said: lets give them the bourbon at foof proof and let them cut it to what ever they wanted!

    and he started the foof proof legacy...I really like the CH Taylor I have tried.. but they have always been the Bond in bond..at 100 proof and I like them but never felt they were special... but I think the bookers were always better.

    I collect the Bookers and have everyone since 16-06 and now they are up to 19-03 and each is different from the others!

    I love the hell out of Todd .but have to disagree about some of the bourbons mention!

    So if you find the Bookers a waste.. that is so cool as it saves more for me and it your lost not mines :p

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    For fool proof bourbon's I recommend!

    1. Bookers..from Booker Noe!
    2. Stagg Jr.
    3. 1792 Fool Proof
    4. Ejiah Craig Fool Proof
    5. Wild Turkey Rare Breed Fool proof!
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    for me anything over $80 is hard to handle when I know I can buy Bookers for $79 :)

    bust he best price on a full proof bourbon is Wild Turkey's Rare breed for like $40

    the best bourbon at my local store for under $30 is Elijah Craig for $23 and that my friends is the best deal ever offer in The World of Bourbon

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  • voltz wrote: »
    engtaz wrote: »
    What your opinion of Bookers?

    The best of the Best!

    When years ago Booker Koe ( the head master distiller from Jim Beam) created "Bookers" he said: lets give them the bourbon at foof proof and let them cut it to what ever they wanted!

    and he started the foof proof legacy...I really like the CH Taylor I have tried.. but they have always been the Bond in bond..at 100 proof and I like them but never felt they were special... but I think the bookers were always better.

    I collect the Bookers and have everyone since 16-06 and now they are up to 19-03 and each is different from the others!

    I love the hell out of Todd .but have to disagree about some of the bourbons mention!

    So if you find the Bookers a waste.. that is so cool as it saves more for me and it your lost not mines :p

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    For fool proof bourbon's I recommend!

    1. Bookers..from Booker Noe!
    2. Stagg Jr.
    3. 1792 Fool Proof
    4. Ejiah Craig Fool Proof
    5. Wild Turkey Rare Breed Fool proof!

    I knew you really like the bookers. That’s a nice collection of them. Don’t get me wrong I would really like to add all of those to my collection but when I have my choice it’s not the tops.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    I understand Todd :)

    But I have never found a bottle of Taylor's fool proof in my area! or I buy it instantly :)

    I do love there RYE! my Favorite Rye for some reason is Willet's Special Reserve's Rye which is better then all the RYE's I have tried in my taste buds opinion LOL.. it my go to ;)

    I have now over maybe 55+ Bourbons in my collection..still have no taste for Scotch..I like it but prefer the old Bourbons better!
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  • Yep. Same for me bourbon is my drink. The Willet rye is really good. I have 2 sealed and one about half gone.

    My coworker picked up 2 willet purple foils today. I think he paid about $700 for both of them. I am hoping to get a sample.

    Enjoy whatever you have tonight.

    If we meet up at skips I’ll bring us something good.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    Have you ever tried "Jim Beam's Distillers PX in sherry cast" before?

    I brought it to skips last year and will ring it back if you haven't tried it :)]

    it pretty dang good ;)
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  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,575
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

    Then Bookers probably won't be to your liking.
  • engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

    If this is true then I doubt any we have been discussing would be to your liking. The full proof/cask strength varieties with high proof tend to be more hot.

    More of the standard varieties might be what you are looking for. Eagle Rare, buffalo trace, EH Taylor and Blantons...

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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,214
    engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,155
    engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

    I had some Four Roses a couple of weeks ago and it meets your criteria. I’d never had it before, but I really enjoyed it.
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  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,575
    edited September 2019
    tratliff wrote: »
    engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

    If this is true then I doubt any we have been discussing would be to your liking. The full proof/cask strength varieties with high proof tend to be more hot.

    More of the standard varieties might be what you are looking for. Eagle Rare, buffalo trace, EH Taylor and Blantons...

    Had Buffalo Trace and loved it. Hard to find.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    edited September 2019
    engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

    I think Kerri and Todd both nail this perfectly..try something at a lower Proof..
    At first I thought Blantons was the best then realized it was too smooth for me and like most bourbons a t90 proof or below

    but Higher proof bourbons can be watered down a bit by adding like 5-7 drops or water to them....then it opens up and has a new smell and taste...

    Booker Noe who came up with the Bookers line told his son Fred Noe..who now runs the Jim Beam and is there head Distiller...Don't let them ruin my Bookers line.. and booker said: "Give them the Bourbon full strength and let them cut it (by adding Water) to the level they want ;)

    so start with 80-90 proof like "Basil Hayden" or Buffalo Trace" or Ejiah Craig" or Jim Beams Devil cut o:)

    after each year in a barrel - what evaporates is called "Angel's Share" (it evaporates and goes up to heaven) All bourbon except full proof is cut with water)

    What soaks into the Barrel is called the Devils cut" so they found if you put water into the empty Barrel's and shake it around you can draw out some of the whiskey that had soaked into the Barrel-- so Jim Beam's Devil cut is watered down not with normal water but the Devils cut they stole back from the barrel :smile:
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,620
    I think I will stick with beer. This bourbon stuff can get you inebriated. :)

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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    The Best price on a Full proof is Wild Turkey's Rare Breed...it is only 115 proof...and like $39 bucks :) so thry it full proof and then and some water and stir and let it sit for 10 minutes and know you have a wild turkey 101 :) or atleast a new bourbon to taste with buying just one bottle...

    Jim Russell from Wild turkey said he doesn't like to make bourbon at those higher proofs like stagg Jr (132 to 135 proof) or Jim Beams Bookers (125 to 128 proof)

    So their Rare Breed is only 115 proof! and he doesn't like to age bourbons over 8 years as he think this is the sweet spot in aging..(but I have many over 14-18 years ages and love how mellow the older stuff is)
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  • CGTIIICGTIII Posts: 665
    Buffalo Trace is the smoothest I've tried.
    Elijah Craig Cask Strength and Widow Jane 12 Year are the best I've tried.
    Old Tahoe Straight Rye is smooth, inexpensive, and subtle.
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  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,575
    thanks you all helping me sift through the 100's of brands out there. might be 1k's lol
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    edited September 2019
    Try the Basil Hayden, its has a much lighter character. I would keep a bottle on hand for a hot summer day drink.

    E.H. Taylor has a few labels, the original I don't care for, the uncut/unfiltered is among the best I've ever had. Just because they're barrel proof doesn't mean their perfect, some still benefit from a couple of ice cubes thinning it out as they warm up. The great thing about the barrel proofs is you get all the flavor components at full strength and you can decide the perfect cut for your taate.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,286
    engtaz wrote: »
    I like smooth bourbon with very little bite. Volt how does you list meet that criteria.
    Thanks

    TX bourbon is very smooth vanilla goodness, I really liked it as an entry into decent bourbon. Now I find it a bit boring, very one dimensional with no complexity or bite. But man is it smooth...
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,329
    I agree with what Kerri said, as we added some Water to Stagg Jr. which was like 133 proof and it opened up and the smell was better (as the higher alchol sort of masked what it can be) and it Tasted as good or better then most bourbons I tried.

    So that is the fun of high proof, taste it at full strength then water it down an try it again...like have 2 different bourbons B)
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,452
    I’ve found with high proof/cask strength whiskey, it’s best to let it sit and breathe for 5-10 minutes before enjoying it.

    Then add a bit of water if you want, then add more if you want...

    I love high proof stuff because it can be so versatile and tailored to fit your individual tastes.
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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,155
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    TX bourbon is very smooth vanilla goodness, I really liked it as an entry into decent bourbon. Now I find it a bit boring, very one dimensional with no complexity or bite. But man is it smooth...

    Love me some TX, but dang it’s gotten expensive...relative to what it used to cost.
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  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,575
    kharp1 wrote: »
    Try the Basil Hayden, its has a much lighter character. I would keep a bottle on hand for a hot summer day drink.

    E.H. Taylor has a few labels, the original I don't care for, the uncut/unfiltered is among the best I've ever had. Just because they're barrel proof doesn't mean their perfect, some still benefit from a couple of ice cubes thinning it out as they warm up. The great thing about the barrel proofs is you get all the flavor components at full strength and you can decide the perfect cut for your taate.

    I have Basil Hayden and yes it is very light. compared to others
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    bump for some good booze
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  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,575
    retried Basil Hayden. I like it but pairing the right food with bourbon it very important.
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  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,575
    Picked up some Buffalo Trace but was price gouged, but it is very hard to find around here.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,214
    I'll be spending the better part of today painting the barn. Plan to reward myself sippin' some Makers 46 at the campfire tonight. Painting party anyone?
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  • muncybob wrote: »
    I'll be spending the better part of today painting the barn. Plan to reward myself sippin' some Makers 46 at the campfire tonight. Painting party anyone?

    Sounds like a great plan. MM46 is a great everyday drinker.

    I have spent the week in Grand Cayman and purchased a bottle of Eagle Rare locally. Paid a bit to much for it but I really enjoy it.
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