Elijah Craig comes from Heaven Hill Distilleries - Evan Eilliams, Henry McKenna, Old Fitzgerald, Fighting Cock, etc. Parker Beam is Master Distiller.
Haven't tried Rye whiskey yet. All that's readily available around here is Old Overholt, and Jim Beam Rye. I'd be more inclined to start off with the Wild Turkey Rye. Wild Turkey, IMHO, is much better than Beam.
Of course there is the Sazerac 18 yr. Rye. THAT sounds good.
I found the JB rye to be quite strong & full-flavoured. Nothing subtle going on here, just a solid, juicy burst of american-style whisky flavour. As I said recently on a similarly-themed thread, the difference between the JB rye & some other bourbons I've tried wasn't earth-shattering, but I daresay that if you like bourbon, you won't be disappointed with rye. I was surprised at some of the flavours & aromas that came out when I prepared my tasting notes on the JB rye, including banana!
Indeed Buffalo Trace is good bourbon for the price. Ahead of it though I'd score WL Weller 12 and Elijah Craig 12. These are about the best priced in depth bourbons I've come across. Old Forrester is somewhere right behind the pack as well. Anyone who likes Woodford Reserve might be surprised to learn that in a nutshell the Old Forrester is basically the exact same product. Storage is the main difference.
What I've found is myself becoming more attuned. I pay strict attention to what I pay vs. what I get. If in you opinion, the Buffalo Trace is right on Old Charter's tale, AND $10.00-$15.00 cheaper, then for every visit to the store to get 1 bottle of Old Charter, I'd make five trips to get a bottle of Buffalo Trace!
Here in WA State, the Buffalo Trace is $19.60, the Old Charter 12 YO is $18.45, and the OC 10 YO is $16.30, Weller SR 7 YO is $15.30, and the Weller 12 YO is $19.25.
I like the BT a little bit better than the OC 12 YO. Since both of them are from BT Distilleries, and are very similar in taste, I assume that the BT is pushing 12 YO, too. No infor is given on their website.
Besides, the BT has a prettier bottle.
BigD wrote:Buffalo Trace is the best whiskey I have ever tasted. I love it. I love all Kentucky bourbon.
Does anybody else like it???
[This message has been edited by BigD (edited 26 May 2003).]
I opened my first bottle of BT less than a week ago. I had great great expectations but still, it blew me away. A fantastic bourbon, no doubt.
The pricing structure you presented seems a little bit off. You say that $4.00 and some change on the Weller 12 is state tax. Which I assume means it costs around 15.50 (before penalties). Is that correct? If so that is about right. Does this mean Old Charter 12 Y/O at 18.45 is somewhere around 14.80 before penalties? That doesn't seem right to me but I learn a lot everyday.
As far as why you think one Buffalo Trace distilled product shows some similarities to other products out of the distillery, that's sort of a no brainer. Buffalo Trace only uses 5 recipes. That means everything from the distillery is made from one of those 5 recipes. . . What happens after that is a pure blend of magic and skill.
Here is some food for thought and the tip for the day. Weller was the "original wheated bourbon". Van Winkle is also a "wheated" bourbon, and from what I know, Weller and Winkle are for all intents the same exact thing in the barrel. The years in different storage facilities impart different results.
It's just that simple - or for the dork like myself, it's just that complicated!
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