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Charlie, what happened to Old Rebel Yell? I remember you being happy to drink something I sent you in a plastic bottle.

I have never been much of a bourbon drinker, I have always preferred Canadian and Crown Royal is now my first choice. This year on our hunting trip to SD, the first night out I felt as if I were coming down with a cold, sore throat, etc. My hunting buddy who had come up from Texas had some Jack and I mixed it with Coke and drank enough that I was able to kill off all the germs. I got a bottle of CR the next day and continued the medication. Tennexplorer can attest to this remedy.
All I will say is that everyone in the house has been afflicted with some nasty virulence for weeks. One had a really nasty cold and after ~4wks is just getting over it; one has just been diagnosed with a sinus infection and I believe the wife has pneumonia. I drink a decent "few" ounces of bourbon most every night and take a multi-vitamin and have been virus/bacteria free. I'm a believer!........and its way cheaper than a co-pay and prescription!
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Max, Rebel Yell still shows up on occassion. I really can't tell the difference between it and W.L. Weller, who also makes RY. Any decent bourbon will make me happy. Anybody tried "bourbon balls?" It's an ice mold that makes four two inch balls of ice, one of which goes in a sniffer surrounded by bourbon. Kinda neat. I think Makers Mark sent it to me.
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Wow, all great suggestions! Won't be trying to impress anyone, other than the girlfriend, and she lives in Mississippi, so it shouldn't take a REALLY expensive bourbon to accomplish that, should it?
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Charlie, what happened to Old Rebel Yell? I remember you being happy to drink something I sent you in a plastic bottle.

I have never been much of a bourbon drinker, I have always preferred Canadian and Crown Royal is now my first choice. This year on our hunting trip to SD, the first night out I felt as if I were coming down with a cold, sore throat, etc. My hunting buddy who had come up from Texas had some Jack and I mixed it with Coke and drank enough that I was able to kill off all the germs. I got a bottle of CR the next day and continued the medication. Tennexplorer can attest to this remedy.
Yep, Max lived. I'm not sure if it was the Jack or the CR or the three or four different varieties of beer. I told him we needed to stop at a mexican or Thai place and burn it out with the hot peppers but he didn't fall for that. Mix that with the alcohol and the Russian spy satellites would have probably seen the heat bloom.

Anyway, I currently have a predilection for Mr. Dickel's fine product. There are many other fine Tennessee whiskeys and Bourbons. However, the Canadian whiskeys are just a little too "Volvo-ish" for me. (That ought to get everybody going.)
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Booker's yet!

In order, I prefer Booker's, then Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek and Maker's Mark.

I wouldn't whine about being served any one of those.

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Another vote here for Basil Hayden, which I like probably because it's 49% rye, and Overholt is my whisky of choice. Otherwise, Beam.
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First choice: Elmer T. Lee single barrel, another product from Buffalo Trace. I have always drank this straight as it would be a total shame to dilute it with anything else.
Second choice: Pappy Van Winkle
Third Choice: Eagle Rare
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For some reason Jim Beam gives me a headache with just one drink. I like Evan Williams with Coke and if it's on the rocks, I go with Dickel White Label, which is a Tenn Whiskey.

I knew some hard core rednecks in AL that put 101 Wild Turkey in the freezer and then chased shots of that with Coca Cola. Those were some pretty intoxicated boys in a short time. Fun to watch but antagonize them at your peril...
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To paraphrase The Most Interesting Man In The World, when I drink American liquor, it is Wild Turkey.

But what I buy is Jameson's Irish. I chased the grail of single malt Scotch whisky for some years but concluded that I was not refined enough for it to matter. Can't get Cardhu here anyhow.
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for everyday drinkers, i prefer bulleit and buffalo trace. always have a bottle of bulleit on hand for camping.
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I do believe I just missed being challenged to a duel.

Sorry, Colonel!!

IN MY OPINION, JD is dreadful and Tennessee whiskey is indistinguishable from Bourbon. As a matter of fact, JD is indistinguishable from horse liniment. IN MY OPINION.
Sir, with your name, I will certainly not challenge you to a duel! I might instead, as a Southern Gentlemen, offer you an opportunity to partake a few samples of the elixirs in question in an attempt to enlighten your palate.

In actuality, other than water source and ingredient sources, the biggest difference in bourbon (any bourbon) and Jack Daniels is that JD is a "sour mash" whisky. Meaning it is made in a process that "recycles" or "re-blends" a portion of the mash back into incoming batches. It helps the process develop consistency and so forth. Also, JD is charcoal filtered through charcoal made right on site by JD. Bourbon isn't.

As a connisiour, uh conisewer, uh, liquor drinker, I like both sour mash Tennessee whisky and bourbon whiskey quite a lot. JD Black being my favorite of the former and Makers Mark the latter. I enjoy switching around, and throw in some single malt and blended scotch whiskeys frequently too.

Don't really care for Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, or Buffalo Trace. Buffalo Trace has a somewhat medicinal taste to me.
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I kind of envy y'all. I never could form a taste for any colored liquor. It's all varnish to me. A dark Irish stout will do me just fine, thank you.
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Old Crow anyone??? :-)
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I didn't read through all 7 pages so I don't know if they've been mentioned, but in my house it's Old Grandad for "general" consumption/use and Wild Turkey Rare Breed for celebrations and special occasions.
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We see quite a lot like that 'round here . . . jus' don' have no fancy labels on the Mason jars like that . . . . .
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We see quite a lot like that 'round here . . . jus' don' have no fancy labels on the Mason jars like that . . . . .
I'm betting it's also a bit more than 80 proof!
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:36 AM
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I'm betting they're a poor imitation of the real thing.

Two fingers of 'shine will give you a mellow buzz all day.

(or so I've heard)
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I chased the grail of single malt Scotch whisky for some years but concluded that I was not refined enough for it to matter.
I like the way you put that. My wife and I came to that same refreshing conclusion about wine years ago, and over time it's saved us a great deal of money.
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Plus one for wild Turkey... but make sure it is 101 not rye and not 80 proof. I have spent a TON of money trying expensive Bourbons and still find wild Turkey holds up. Also really love elijiah Craig 18 year aged.
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It really doesn't matter what's the best...

It matters what you enjoy my friends.

Geo. Dickel white label for myself- I will finish the bottle I started on new years day last year.
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Here are two that I consider absolutely the best of the lot. Both are very hard to come by, but darn well worth it. Trust me - I'm a Kentucky Colonel!

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I've experimented with bourbon on and off for a lot of years. Liked Fighting Cock for some time. Father-in-law got me started on Old Grandad. More recently my really favorite bourbon was Jim Beam Black ... and yes there is a difference .. Big one.
There are guys over at the Bourbon Brotherhood forum that know as much about bourbon as a lot of you guys know about Smiths, & a lot of them favor Makers Mark. I like it as well .... but for my overall favorite, I have to say its Woodford Reserve. I like it neat ... over ice .... over ice with a little water .... and mixed. Having said that ... I do have other bourbons in my cozy ... including a bottle of Jim Beam in the Bi-centenial decanter. That'd be from 1976 and its still unopened. Not that it matters because bourbon doesn't age after its bottled. Its as good or bad now as it was then.

Fovrite things are Jeeps ... Smiths .. and bourbons. Not always in that order or at the same time.
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So Where'd you find the Harper? Its been export only for a long time now, all of it going to Japan as I understand the problem.

I worked for Schenley Distillers back in the 1970s and it was a favorite. I haven't seen any in over 30 years.
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So Where'd you find the Harper? Its been export only for a long time now, all of it going to Japan as I understand the problem.

I worked for Schenley Distillers back in the 1970s and it was a favorite. I haven't seen any in over 30 years.
Dick -

The bottle illustrated is from stock inherited from my dad, who was born in Kentucky, and who considered I.W. Harper as the finest bourbon ever made. The last time I took a sip from this bottle, it was a toast to his memory following his funeral in 1987. As the bottle was at least 15 years old at the time, that makes its present age at least 38 years. My understanding is that unless it's intercepted from the U.S. distributor, it will have to be re-imported from Japan. By the way, note the bottles in which both Rebel Yell and Harper are drawn - they are identical!

Here's a memento you will appreciate - an I.W. Harper mirror. I have it hanging in my den to reaffirm my appreciation of my dad's taste in bourbon.

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You guys made the decision so hard, this year I bought rum...Black Heart Spiced Rum to be exact...it's got a cute looking Pirate girl on the front!!!
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New favorite Elmer T Lee, George Dickel Reserve,outstanding.I like the sour mashes the best.Fighting Cock,aka "Kickin Chicken" really tough to beat for the price.
Makers Mark way over rated,J.D. single barrel is their best product but if I'm going to spend $40.00 for a bottle it ain't going to be J.D. or Makers Mark.

Rum, Ron Zacappa, so good it has won more tasting medals than anything close and is now not allowed to compete !Worth the effort to locate and buy.

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Well for bourbon I guess it would be Jim Beam Black, The Mr just bought a bottle of the double aged and it is real smooth so I will go for Jim Beam Black and Makers mark. Otherwise a Single Malt is the go to
Happy New Year to all. Oh the JB Black with a splash of H20 is awsome!!
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8 pages and not one mention of Heaven Hill Green Label ? tsk , tsk
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After reading about it on this forum, I tried some Eagle Rare. It was outstanding! I will be buying more of this bourbon. If you have not tried it, your in for a treat. GREAT STUFF!!!
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Haven't seen Bookers mentioned yet... (by the Beam people)
Single barrel...barrel proofed on the label.
It quickly warms you all the way to the toes, and is still pretty smooth!
My last bottle lasted 4 years, its prolly >$60 now though
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Single barrel...barrel proofed on the label.
It quickly warms you all the way to the toes, and is still pretty smooth!
My last bottle lasted 4 years, its prolly >$60 now though
If a bottle of good bourbon lasts you four years you're doing something wrong.
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FOUR YEARS !!! I've never had a bottle of good liquor last four months!

I need to check out this bourbon brotherhood forum, might pick up some knowledge.
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it wasnt the only bottle during that four years, just the only bottle of Booker's ! lol!
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it wasnt the only bottle during that four years, just the only bottle of Booker's ! lol!
Whew!! You had me worried!
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Right now I am drinking the best of both. Bourbon County. Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. This is some thick stuff but very good. Very very good. Only $13.29 a bottle....

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I don't think I can narrow it down to one, but here's a couple favorites.


Everyday: Wild Turkey 101
Good enough to enjoy neat, yet I don't feel guilty mixing or cooking with it.

Special Occasion: George T. Stagg (Not to be confused with Red Stag LOL!)
Like the already mentioned Bookers, uncut and unfiltered. It has an intensity of flavors that is unmatched by anything else I've tried. I'm hesitant to mention Stagg, because it's a limited annual release and with every passing year it becomes harder to get as more people learn about it. Maybe that makes it the Registered Magnum of bourbons!
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I stopped by a friend's father's house yesterday to wish him some new year's good will (which turned into a few shots from my M1A and his .45 bullseye pistol). When all the smoke cleared he offered me some "Blanton's" bourbon.

I currently have a bottle of Bulleit in my house but I will say that I thought the Blanton's was distinctly different. I felt that it was smoother and that it had a sweeter after taste that was very enjoyable. This by no means is to say that Bulleit is not smooth and enjoyable also.
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I liked Jack Daniels Black, or Rebel Yell.
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The best? Wish I could tell ya.

I don't drink bourbon, whiskey or the like.

I'm allergic to it.

I break out in hand cuffs!

So I'm a rum guy.
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The best? Wish I could tell ya.

I don't drink bourbon, whiskey or the like.

I'm allergic to it.

I break out in hand cuffs!

So I'm a rum guy.
I'm a die hard bourbon man but I enjoy rum from time to time. My wife and I got married in Jamaica and consumed copious amounts of rum while there, a big glass of rum punch always takes me back. I recently discovered Bacardi Select, it's a rich dark rum that is absolutely delicious. It's definitely dangerous stuff, you should try it at the first opportunity!
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Don't know about "best" .. but my favorite so far is Woodford Reserve. Running a close 2nd is Jim Beam Black. I don't think you can beat it for the money.
Just picked up a bottle of Prichards Dbl Barell. Got this one based on Prichards Rum ... really great stuff. I've had a couple of shots neat and its got a good ... but strong flavor. Tried it in Pepsi w/ ice and it came out way too sweet for me. I'm going to ry it next with water and ice .. we'll see .. but for right now I think its good for just sipping straight.

Waiting for Jim Beams " Devils Cut " to show up here ... was supposed to come in the first of July .. but didn't make it. Was told it would be here the fist of Aug. definitely.
Anyone have experience with Devils Cut yet ??

Used to have a Barbecue coook book. Every recipe started the same ... " Pour 1 oz. of bourbon into the cook."

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FOUR YEARS !!! I've never had a bottle of good liquor last four months!

I need to check out this bourbon brotherhood forum, might pick up some knowledge.
What he said. I was told once you open the bottle you have to drink it or it will go bad.
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jframe, try some good ol' Jim Beam, wont break the bank, and a nice decent Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 26.
Come three ways - white label, green label, black label - black is the best - very smooth.
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I liked Jack Daniels Black, or Rebel Yell.
I like a Jack and water occasionally - it's a good whiskey, but as it's not made in Kentucky, it's not Bourbon. Pretty good for Tennessee, though.

As to Rebel Yell, mega-dittos. For special occasions where a smooth Bourbon will be sure to be admired, Rebel Yell beats them all. Too bad it's not distributed more widely. I have to mail order mine. That's a minor inconvenience, though, for something so fine!

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Knob Creek is good stuff.
yes indeed. very good stuff.
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Come three ways - white label, green label, black label - black is the best - very smooth.
Whats the green label like never had it?
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Whats the green label like never had it?
I'm pretty sure that it has to do with how long its been aged .... I'll check at the store and get back to you for certain.
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At my age, straight bourbon just doesn't go down smooth anymore. I changed over to the blended whiskey and Crown Royal keeps me going.
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