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The search for Barrel Proof/Strength Bourbon and Whiskeys


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The search for Barrel Proof/Strength Bourbon and Whiskeys

Latinpig | Mar 7, 2013 11:29 AM

I have spent the winter tracking down this rare and difficult breed of Bourbons/ whiskeys. What I have found is that if you can find them, in most cases the quality will blow you away. Below are some of my preliminary findings. Happy hunting.

Hall of fame - The best Bourbon/ whiskeys I have had in my life

George T. Stagg Bourbon
William Larue Weller Bourbon (wheat)
Thomas Handy Rye

All stars - If you can find them, they are worth the extra bucks

Colonel EH Taylor Barrel Proof
Willet Family Estate Barrel Proof

Great Value propositions - Almost the quality of the above two groups but at a much smaller tariff.

Bookers (I was buying it this winter on sale for $35.99)
Old Granddad 114
Knob creek Reserve

Great for mixing and sipping - These Bourbons/whiskeys are great for mixing but good enough to be quality sippers.

Rittenhouse Rye 100
Wild Turkey Rye 101 (hard to find these days)
Old Granddad 100 Bottled In Bond
Knob Creek


I know there are many I have not tried yet. At the high end, I have not had the Parkers Heritage Collection Barrel Proof. I have also not purchased a bottle the 107 proof Wellers or the Wild Turkey Rare BReed. If there are some major gaps, let me know. I am always looking for new quality items to try.

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