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toots-N-scoots
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Essential Bourbon Whiskey
What are the recommendations of the board for which bottles I should have if I wanted to start a collection?

Budget 1k


Tiger Attorney
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Too bad there isnt a whiskey thread.


t00f
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Need to bump that..pour coming


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Nguyener
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
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Budget 1k


I'll sell you a bottle of Van Winkle or a Black label Weller.


jimbeam
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Jim Beam will leave you $9,986 to buy some other decent bottles.


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Slim Chance
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
For the money I love Eagle Rare


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Tigerlaff
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Buffalo Trace
Eagle Rare
Maker's Mark
Blantons
4 Roses Small Batch
4 Roses Single Barrel
Angel's Envy
Henry McKenna 10 year
Larceny
Evan Williams single barrel
Elijah Craig Small Batch

All of these are decent bottles for a beginner's collection.


Twenty 49
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
I’d add Woodford Reserve to the list.


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
1. Call spec’s in Houston
2. Blow your wad in 30 seconds



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wickowick
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
A collections? Prices are crazy and supply is limited, this is not the time to start a collection.


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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Bulleit
Old Forester 1920 (1897 is good also)
Knob Creek
1792 (Ridgemont)
Booker's
Angel's Envy
Buffalo Trace
Eagle Rare
Four Roses Single Barrel
This post was edited on 7/11 at 11:20 am


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The Spleen
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
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Buffalo Trace
Eagle Rare
Maker's Mark
Blantons
4 Roses Small Batch
4 Roses Single Barrel
Angel's Envy
Henry McKenna 10 year
Larceny
Evan Williams single barrel
Elijah Craig Small Batch


This, but scratch the Angel's Envy and replace with Michter's. I'm also not a fan of Larceny, but it wouldn't hurt to have a bottle to serve to people you don't like.

I'd add a couple bottles of rye as well. Russel's Reserve is my favorite rye.


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scott8811
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Member since Oct 2014
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
I guess to cover a lot of mashbills and flavor profiles:

Wheated mash bills:
Makers and makers 46...really any makers is solid
any weller if you can find it
pappy if you wanna eat up half of that 1K budget in one bottle

High rye:
buffalo trace or eagle rare (same stuff just different aging and warehouse location)
any 1792
four roses small batch or single barrel
russels reserve
old forester
knob creek

woodford is technically a pretty high rye mashbill, but will come across more balanced

Blends:
High west does some excellent stuff
blood oath...you got a high budget..why not

idk...This would be a solid start I suppose...I'm bored at work...give me some more parameters


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CBandits82
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GentleJackJones
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scott8811
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Love this bottle, and it's been too long since I've taken it home. I keep getting a bottle of OF 1910 which to me is a better double oaked and I keep thinking I won't be able to find much of it soon lol


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busbeepbeep
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Man that's a whole lot of responses to not have Wild Turkey 101 listed at least once. Definitely an essential bourbon, and very cheap.


USEyourCURDS
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Agree. Rare Breed is a good starting barrel proof as well.


toots-N-scoots
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Houston
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re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
Thank you for the recommendations. I started with the following:

1. Four Roses Small Batch Select
2. Basill & Haydens
3. Woodford Reserve Double Oak (had already)
4. Jeffersons Chateau Pichon Baron
5. Belle Meade Sherry
6. Belle Meade XO
7. Angels Envy
8. Blanton’s
9. Deceptivus by Cadee
10. Kentucky Vintage Small Batch
11. Oak & Eden Bourbon and Vine (Cabernet stepped Oak)

On the way (paid for but need to pick up from a small town liquor store

12. Weller 12 (2 bottles)
13. I. W. Harper 15 year

Couldn’t find but want:

Rock Hill Farms
Black Maple Hill 16
Willett Rare Release Straight Rye
Old Fitzgerald

Again thanks for the suggestions.
This post was edited on 7/12 at 8:40 am


Twenty 49
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
11467 posts

re: Essential Bourbon Whiskey
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Baysel & Haydens


Basil Hayden’s. It is a Jim Beam whiskey named in honor of Meredith Basil Hayden Sr., a distiller.

Trivia: His grandson also started a distillery and named a whiskey Old Grand Dad in honor of the same Basil with his likeness on the label.

I’ve only had one bottle, but I thought it was pretty good.


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