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by clayton jr
Wed Nov 17, 2004 1:00 am
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: If you could only ever drink one Scotch and Bourbon Again
Replies: 35
Views: 7832

Bamber - Yeah, the EC12 just doesn't do much for me. It was honestly better when I went back to it a few months after trying it for the first time, but still nothing that really called out to me. I don't find it offensive the way I do the Jim Beam Rye, but it's certainly no favorite. This is rather ...
by clayton jr
Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:05 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Last night was a couple pours of Van Winkle 12 Year Old Lot B. Delicious, sweet wheat-recipe bourbon.
by clayton jr
Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:03 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: If you could only ever drink one Scotch and Bourbon Again
Replies: 35
Views: 7832

Bourbon: George T. Stagg
Scotch: Ardbeg 10 or Highland Park 18

If I had to pick just one, it would be the Stagg. It's the best whiskey ever to pass these lips.
by clayton jr
Thu Nov 04, 2004 11:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Best bottle
Replies: 14
Views: 3331

I think bourbon bottles take the prize, especially those from Buffalo Trace. I'm sure the packaging adds to the price, but they sure are pretty. Blanton's: http://www.buffalotrace.com/admin/GBFiles/Blanton's_thumb.jpg Rock Hill Farms: http://www.buffalotrace.com/admin/GBFiles/RockHill_thumb.jpg
by clayton jr
Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:11 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Jack Daniles classifiaction
Replies: 4
Views: 2694

JD does indeed qualify as a bourbon in many ways, and in fact was for quite awhile marketed as bourbon. They lobbied the IRS for their own classification based on their filtering process. Whether that filtering process adds "smoothness" or just removes character and flavor is left up to th...
by clayton jr
Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Advice for a Bourbon novice.
Replies: 19
Views: 7861

Squire - I'll chip in here and say that Elijah Craig is one of my least favorite bourbons. I bought (and finished) a bottle, giving it chance after chance, sharing with friends, etc., but it just never hooked me. Others find it to be the best value on the shelf. I've also had the 18-year-old recentl...
by clayton jr
Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:52 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Woodstock "Bourbon"??
Replies: 16
Views: 8738

Admiral -

I believe you're right. There are two filtrations happening -- before and after aging. The second filtration probably happens concurrently with the dilution (now to 80°) and bottling.
by clayton jr
Thu Oct 21, 2004 3:20 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Woodstock "Bourbon"??
Replies: 16
Views: 8738

Admiral - Good questions. I don't believe the process of maple-charcoal filtration used in Tennessee whiskey is intended to add flavor. In fact, just the contrary. Jack Daniels is rather proud of the "mellowing" (their word) effect of their process, during which a great deal of the congene...
by clayton jr
Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:45 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Woodstock "Bourbon"??
Replies: 16
Views: 8738

Well, I can clarify a few things, at least: 1. Bourbon need NOT be made in Kentucky to be called bourbon. According to US law, it need only be made in the United States somewhere. 2. Officially, a whiskey must meet these criteria to be called bourbon: not exceed 160° at distillation, be made from at...
by clayton jr
Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:18 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Four Roses
Replies: 2
Views: 1780

If I were you, I would wander over to http://www.straightbourbon.com/ to pose this question to a lively crowd of bourbon connoisseurs.
by clayton jr
Thu Oct 07, 2004 5:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Bourbon vs. Scotch
Replies: 57
Views: 41262

If you're a fan of the Islay heavyweights, I would recommend trying the heavies of the bourbon world, as well: * George T. Stagg (if you can manage to acquire a bottle of it), straight from the barrel * Wild Turkey "Rare Breed" -- bottled at barrel proof (that's "cask strength" t...
by clayton jr
Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:53 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Elijah Craig 12
Replies: 8
Views: 5666

Rye can indeed carry a licorice or anise quality. In fact, my first impression upon opening a bottle of Jim Beam Rye (the yellow label) is that someone had stuffed a bunch of black licorice candy in the bottle -- the nose was that strong. Unfortunately, I don't tend to care for black licorice so muc...
by clayton jr
Fri Aug 20, 2004 9:59 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Re: What Did You Drink Last Night?

Poured my first couple drams of Macallan Cask Strength (the US version with the bright red label) last night. I found it to have strong notes of molasses and apple. Quite rich and rather good.
by clayton jr
Mon Aug 16, 2004 11:37 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: You have GOT to be kidding me............
Replies: 9
Views: 6191

They might just not be submitted for testing. I doubt the Tasting Institute goes out of its way to get bottles that aren't submitted just to have a complete picture of all the bottles on the market. They rely on paid submissions to stay afloat.
by clayton jr
Tue Aug 10, 2004 7:14 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Jim Beam/rye and cauliflower
Replies: 8
Views: 5308

I bought a bottle of JB Rye last week, myself. I'd finished my first bottle of rye, the Wild Turkey Rye, and really enjoyed it. Time to try another. Unfortunately, I can't stand the JB Rye. The primary nose I get from this is black licorice. Since I don't like black licorice, this is not a good thin...
by clayton jr
Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:01 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: What whisky do Europeans drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 3942

This isn't broken down by locale, but it's an interesting worldwide compilation. The best selling spirits in the world: - - - Reuters Top 10 spirits brands in world Thursday June 17, 1:12 pm ET CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - Privately held Bacardi Ltd. is near a deal to buy the Grey Goose high-end vod...
by clayton jr
Fri Jul 30, 2004 6:56 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Van Winkle 12 Year Family Reserve. Delicious wheated bourbon, but not as rich as the 15 Year Old.
by clayton jr
Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:11 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: You have GOT to be kidding me............
Replies: 9
Views: 6191

In order to be rated by http://www.tastings.com or Beverage Tastings Institute, you must submit a bottle of your brand and an application fee. They don't do perpetual ratings. You must resubmit your product each year to be "publicized" as the winner for that year. Most industry people con...
by clayton jr
Mon Jul 19, 2004 10:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Wild Turkey Rye.
Delicious -- full of pepper, spice, and smooth fire.
by clayton jr
Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:51 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon.

I can't say that I'd rank this up with my favorites, but it's an interesting pour.
by clayton jr
Mon Jul 12, 2004 8:04 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Clayton...I have a Bottle Of Jim Beams Choice green label....ever try that? No, I haven't. That's the "Beam's Choice" variety, right? I've never seen it in the store, but remember seeing a photo of the bottle somewhere. We have the white label, black label, and yellow label (rye) in our s...
by clayton jr
Fri Jul 09, 2004 6:12 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: You have GOT to be kidding me............
Replies: 9
Views: 6191

I picked up a bottle of Jim Beam Black a few weeks ago myself, and have been mystified by the gold medal. The Beverage Tasting Institute has a website at http://www.tastings.com and has published several books, the most useful to whisk(e)y drinkers being their "Buying Guide to Spirits", la...
by clayton jr
Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:00 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best drink after a few too many.
Replies: 21
Views: 5279

Wow.
That is one scary photo.

:shock:
by clayton jr
Fri Jul 09, 2004 4:57 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Had a glass of Jim Beam Black. A decent, peppery bourbon. Especially good for $17/bottle.
by clayton jr
Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:01 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: Best drink after a few too many.
Replies: 21
Views: 5279

I always go for water, too. Water and crackers, usually. Not very exciting, but it keeps me upright and (eventually) ready for more of the good stuff. Anytime I'm even slightly tipsy around bedtime, I drink a full glass of water before climbing into bed. It usually means a trip to the bathroom durin...
by clayton jr
Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:42 pm
Forum: Whisky Books
Topic: Michael Jackson's malt whisky guide
Replies: 40
Views: 18132

The 5th edition in the US isn't due to be released until August 2, 2004. Maybe this new version will include some of the requested updates mentioned in this thread.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0762413131/
by clayton jr
Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Woodford Reserve bourbon -- Labrot & Graham

A lovely bourbon. Spicy, with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and orange peel.
by clayton jr
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:48 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Changes in taste/palate while drinking?
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Changes in taste/palate while drinking?

Hello, all - I'm a novice and have only recently discovered the joys of good Scotch and certain domestic whiskies (read: bourbon). I have a question related to the way taste seems to change over the course of a glass. It seems that the first sip of the evening is always the most flavorful and profou...
by clayton jr
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:41 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Is Whisky too strong to accompany food ?
Replies: 29
Views: 14403

Echoing BourbonBorderline, certain whiskies, especially bourbon in my expeirence, do go well with dark chocolate. I haven't tried it with too many other things, since I generally enjoy after dinner by itself. There's a vast amount of connoisseurship devoted to matching wine with food, and I'm sure t...
by clayton jr
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:37 pm
Forum: Whisky Poll
Topic: Should Whisky Magazine commission a cartoonist?
Replies: 10
Views: 4449

Certainly a good idea!

Witty cartoons add a memorable type of class, and are the kind of thing that get passed around and noticed. The New Yorker is justifiably famous for its cartoons. I think Whisky could only benefit from the addition.
by clayton jr
Tue Jun 29, 2004 7:35 pm
Forum: Whisky Tastings
Topic: JMR's Easy Drinking Whiskies
Replies: 14
Views: 6829

According to a recent article in The Scotsman they re working on a series of whiskies with the names: Orange Orgasm, Vibrant Vanilla and Citrus Sensation. These are supposedly infusion whiskies, just like Compass Box' Orangerie. These were actually part of the experiment conducted for Whisky Magazi...
by clayton jr
Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:33 pm
Forum: Whisky Chat
Topic: What did you drink last night?
Replies: 12290
Views: 1596852

Had a bit of the Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year 90° last night, nearly the last of the bottle. One of the first bottles of bourbon I ever purchased, and it was time to revisit it. Not as impressive as I found it originally. A good bourbon with strong maple-sugar and vanilla notes, but not as strong or c...
by clayton jr
Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:11 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: Said about whisky
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

Mark Twain:
"Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over."
"There ain't no such thing as too much good whisky."
by clayton jr
Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:06 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers
Topic: The sweetest, creamiest, chocolaty whisky?
Replies: 12
Views: 3324

Another suggestion is Rock Hill Farm Single Cask Bourbon. http://www.whiskymag.com/whisky/brand/rock_hill_farm/whisky353.html From Michael Jackson's tasting notes: Nose Raisins. Boxes of dates. Oak Palate Black chocolate. Milk chocolate. White chocolate. Finish Balancing nutty dryness. Comment The ...

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