- Joined Feb 8, 2004
I really like ER for the price but the chocolate/peanut note and dryness from the oak prevents it from being a daily drinker for me.I’ve only had the 1920. It is one of my favorites along with Eagle Rare. Damn shame you can’t find that bottle regularly anymore. Hell, anything from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. WT101 is the one of the best values in bourbon. 100% bourbon at like $23. Steal.
Do you remember what year it was and when you had it?Nice Brunello pick ups. Have three 2010s in our cellar. Was very fortunate to have had a vintage Brunello and it was legit the best thing I have ever drank. It had a nose that I can’t describe but it was also one of the best aromas I have ever smelled.
In the same boat with you but I’ve found the rye content and age have a large impact on taste. Then if wheat is added, that typically makes a difference too.I gotta learn how to describe all these tastes I’ve been tasting. I’ve traditionally been a tequilla, cognac, and gin guy but I’ve ventured into the bourbon and I don’t see myself going back. Woodford, Knob Creek, and Four Roses are ones I know I like. Not a big fan of Buffalo Trace. Always open to reasonably-priced suggestions.
I’m comfortable going up to $50 for a bottle but I’d prefer to be closer to $30 if I’m not sacrificing on taste. I’ve done all my bourbon drinking out and at friends’ houses. The wife and I usually do wine at home.In the same boat with you but I’ve found the rye content and age have a large impact on taste. Then if wheat is added, that typically makes a difference too.
what’s your price range? Four roses small batch and single barrel are good sub $45 options. Add wild turkey 101 and you got a few good high rye options
larceny and rebel yell 100 are good intros into wheated bourbons.
Evan Williams bottled in bond might be the best sub $20 bottle. There’s a single barrel variant too for $30 which might be the best value under Heaven Hill after they raised the price on McKenna BiB
I typically taste myself and try to look for notes on the palate and finish. Then I look up the tasting notes online and see how I compare. Early on you want to calibrate your palate. You wanna be able to identify tastes with words and descriptions.
Wheated bourbons are right up your alley then. Larceny and Rebel Yell 100 are both sub 30 and are readily available. If you can find any Weller without insane mark up, I would grab thatI’m comfortable going up to $50 for a bottle but I’d prefer to be closer to $30 if I’m not sacrificing on taste. I’ve done all my bourbon drinking out and at friends’ houses. The wife and I usually do wine at home.
I know I’m not a fan of rye so not sure if I’d like bourbons with more rye. I would think the more corn the better but I won’t claim to know the ratio of corn-rye in anything I’ve had.
I’ve been trying that tasting strategy with wine. When I get a new bottle I log it on Vivino and list the notes I think I’m tasting. Sometimes I’m close to what others say... Any good sites or apps that are similar for bourbon?
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