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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-04-2017, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I dated a woman earlier this year who turned me on to Bourbon. I had tried wine but, to me, the whole thing was just too pretentious and over the top. There are reds and whites and everything in between, domestics and European and then from there it is broken down even further and into different varieties. I figured at my age, I didn't want to bother figuring out what paired with what foods and what variety I liked best etc, etc. Bourbon on the other hand is American. There are still different varieties but I am finding that tasting different brands, and different varieties to be quite enjoyable. I have tried quite a few, but I think I have finally settled on a favorite - Four Roses Small Batch. I don't know what it is about, but I enjoy the flavor, especially on the rocks. It gets better as the ice melts. Even straight up it has a pleasant taste. Some of the others I have tried have had a medicinal flavor to them straight up, which I didn't enjoy. All of them tend to taste better on the rocks and even better as the ice or puck melts. Anybody else have a favorite and why? I am open to continue my journey. This summer I plan to take whatever babe I am seeing at the time on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky.

So far I have tried Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Bookers, Evan Williams, Bullit, Old Town Crier, and several others whose names escape me at the moment (as I sip my second glass of the evening)


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Being a local has allowed me to visit a bunch of distilleries. The Four Roses is pretty good, as is Woodford Reserve. There's a lot of small batch distilleries that have truly good stuff. Elijah Craig is pretty good too.

Two places worth visiting are Bardstown and Wild Turkey. Bardstown is home to the college drinking crowd Burnett's vodka (not really connoisseur material but the town itself is interesting) and the other is a space age distillery, huge and modern. Their tour is very educational as they go into detail how it's made, etc and what has changed since the old days. They even run an old still and use it to compare with the modern processes.

And, of course, stop by the Lexington Horse Park and Ramsey's for lunch.
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Angel's Envy - It's an 87 proof artisan Kentucky bourbon whiskey. It's aged four to six years in American oak barrels and then aged in port barrels for four to six months.

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Huh.

When I read the title, I thought this thread was about the historical French royal house.
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If you're living in Texas, or even visiting, and would like a rather nice, satisfying bourbon, then you've got to try Texas' very own bottled specialty called 1835 . Texas own General Sam Houston would have heartily approved and would have proudly placed his own personal seal of approval on it!

It's one of the most succulent, smoothest bourbons that you could ever throw down into a gullet ~ and what's even better, it won't exactly cost you an arm, a leg, or even your first born child!

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Gentleman Jack always hits the spot.Also for some reason Jim Beam Black tastes great to me.I can't drink Woodford reserve without risking a hangover.
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Ahhh! The joy of starting a love affair with whiskey! There are just so many great pours out there, depending on your palate. On the smoother side that I haven't seen mentioned already, John Bowman, Breckenridge, Jeffersons Reserve, Basil Hayden, Eagle Rare. More flavor; Blantons, Bookers, Colonel EH Taylor, Sonoma County West of Kentucky bourbon. If you are adventuresome, try some ryes or blends; Few rye, High West Bourye or Rendezvous Rye, Hudson Manhattan Rye, Sonoma Rye, Lock Stock & Barrel. All are definitely worth a try.
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I'm not a bourbon drinker but a buddy likes Four Roses too. I heard good things about 1792, Knob Creek, and Woodford.

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Hey thanks for all the suggestions. Now I'll have to try them without developing too many bad habits haha!

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As a regular sipping bourbon to keep on hand, I generally prefer Knob Creek.

Scotch is also a fun world to explore if you want to branch out from bourbon.


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I am also an American whiskey man, and I have made it my mission to drink well but inexpensively. I enjoy all the "Olds" (Old Grandad, Old Crow, and Old Overholt, in that order, although the latter is a rye whiskey rather than bourbon), Benchmark Old No. 8 (when I'm really broke), and Four Roses (only tried the yellow label so far, looking forward to trying the more expensive varieties).

Best I've ever had-I was on vacation in Denver and had been wanting to try Stranahan, a heavily marketed local whiskey out there. Just my luck, none of the restaurants I went to carried it. At one restaurant, the waiter apologized and offered me Breckenridge, another local-ish whiskey. At first I declined, but after appetizers I said what the heck and ordered one. Best whiskey I have had to date, highly recommended. I have only just started seeing it in local stores here in FL.

There is one called Palm Ridge that was the first (and possibly still the only) whiskey distilled here in FL, and I hope to try that before I move to CO in the near future.

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Huh.

When I read the title, I thought this thread was about the historical French royal house.
I thought it was going to be about biscuits!

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Angel's Envy - It's an 87 proof artisan Kentucky bourbon whiskey. It's aged four to six years in American oak barrels and then aged in port barrels for four to six months.
I got my hb this for our anniversary last year and he loves it. Says it's some of the best he's ever had.
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