What experiences does anyone have from "Blanton's Gold"?
I really enjoy Blanton's Gold....it's quite rich with some really interesting spices and complex toasty notes that far exceed the wishy-washy vanilla that overpowers most bourbons.
Elmer T Lee
Jim Beam Black
Wild Turkey 101
Eagle Rare 10
Elijah Craig 12
Old Grand Dad 114 or Bonded
For a bit more cash:
Rockhill Farm's Single Barrel
Pappy Van Winkle 15 or 20
Wild Turkey Rare Breed or Kentucky Spirit
Those are all bourbons that I personally enjoy.
Elmer T Lee - my favorite in this segment
Old Grand Dad 114
Old Weller Antique
George T Stagg - very very good
William Larue Weller - very very good
Pappy Van Winkle 12 Lot B
Pappy Van Winkle 15 - my favorite in this segment
Eagle Rare 17
- Jim Beam Black 8yo/86 proof (Jim Beam)
- Evan Williams Black 86 proof (Heaven Hill/Bernheim)
- Ridgemont Reserve 1792 93.7 proof (Barton)
- Maker's 90 proof (they only make one domestic version)
- Old Forester 86 proof (Brown-Forman)
- Wild Turkey 101 proof (Wild Turkey)
- Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10yo/90 proof (Buffalo Trace rye)
- Old Weller (Antique) 107 Brand (Buffalo Trace wheat)
- Woodford Reserve 90.4 proof (these are vattings of both Old Forester and Woodford Reserve distillates; only the limited Four Grain issue has been 100% Woodford Reserve-distilled)
- Bulleit Frontier 90 proof (Four Roses; all other domestic FR products or KY-only)
- Virginia Gentleman 90 "The Fox" (A. Smith Bowman/Buffalo Trace; narrowly distributed)
Those are all the existing bourbon distillers. However, you might also enjoy several bourbons from non-distilling bottlers (the bourbon comes either from the distillers above, or from no-longer-producing distilleries), if you can find them:
- any Van Winkle (the current 10- and 12-year-olds are distilled by Bernheim Distillery, the 15-, 20- and 23-year-old bottlings are from the defunct Stitzel-Weller Distillery)
- Rowan's Creek or Noah's Mill (Kentucky Bourbon Distillers)
- Ezra Brooks Black Label 90 proof (Luxco, formerly David Sherman Corp.)
MGillespie wrote:Tim, was I wrong to suggest that the Van Winkles are distilled at Buffalo Trace? I'd heard that somewhere...
Mark, Julian Van Winkle formed an association with Buffalo Trace (in essence, they bought his operation) a few years ago, but he continues to use his previously-owned Stitzel-Weller stocks for his older Family Reserve bottlings. (Stitzel-Weller is where Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle, Julian's grandfather, so long made his mark). The Van Winkles are BOTTLED by Buffalo Trace.
Buffalo Trace did not have a wheated bourbon -- which is what the Van Winkles are -- before purchasing the W.L. Weller brands in the late-'90s. But, they were part of United Distillers and Vintners (UDV) when it owned the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville (now owned by Heaven Hill), which DID distill wheaters. Thus, BT owns wheated bourbon distilled elsewhere of an age to fill Julian's younger bottles, for which he no longer has appropriately-aged Stitzel-Weller, which ceased distilling in 1992.
Buffalo Trace has begun distilling bourbon for the Van Winkle bottlings, but none has aged enough to match any of the bottlings, the youngest of which is 10 years old. So, eventually, Buffalo Trace distillate will fill Van Winkle-branded bottles, but not yet.
EdipisReks wrote:TNbourbon wrote:[*] Old Forester 86 proof (Brown-Forman)
i think the 100 proof is much better, and it is just as easily available. otherwise, nice list
Thanks, and agreed, I love the 100-proof Old Forester, especially the old BIB in dimpled bottles, of which I've stashed a few.
But, that's just the problem -- it's been first 'Bottled in Bond', then simply '100 proof', now 'Signature', all within about a 3-year span. I was afraid suggesting it was an invitation to confusion. The 86 is still pretty typical and identifiable, in addition to being pretty universal, too.
and having friends from Louisville, KY
let me just say that I have a number of friends who have a vested interest in getting my mind off this "highfalutin single malt scotch kick".
So I have tried a number of the bourbons mentioned.
And I would gladly take any single malt over a bourbon any day
except for one:
George T. Stagg
That is a bourbon I can get behind
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