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Bourbons to bring back?


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Bourbons to bring back?

ravchaz | Jul 29, 2010 12:57 PM

My wife and I will be visiting her native Kentucky once again this summer. Part of our agenda is to finish up the bourbon trail (we still have to do Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Four Roses) and I also plan on buying some bourbons that are either unavailable or much more expensive back here in southeastern Ct.

If you were going to bring back roughly half a dozen bottles what would you bring?

I'm planning on obtaining a bottle of Maker's 46 which is unavailable here as well as Bernheim Wheat Whiskey (I know, I know, not a bourbon per se). Maker's was my "gateway bourbon" as well as the first distillery we visited; I still think it's decent though I've moved on to other brands. I currently have a bit of the Bernheim Wheat left, really like it, and as it's unobtainable locally I want to bring another bottle.

Other than that I'm not buying anything more of what I currently own: Old Weller Antique, Weller Special Reserve 7, Van Winkle 10, Eagle Rare 10, Blanton's, Elmer T. Lee, Four Roses Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Maker's Mark, Elijah Craig 12, Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage, Booker's, Knob Creek. I also have owned in the past Bulleit and Corner Creek and either didn't really care for them or don't like them enough to buy again.

I know I would definitely buy George T. Stagg if I can find any -- I had a shot of it at the Brown Hotel last December, but I understand it is hard to find. Probably not interested in the Van Winkle 20 or 23 because they are just too expensive. How is the 15?

So what six bottles or so would you bring back, leaving off the ones I've already listed, and leaving off anything that retails in Kentucky for more than $50 or so except Stagg? Explanations of your choices are most welcome.

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