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  2. A taste of Honey. TRADITIONAL mead fermenting. Nothing but honey water and yeast.
  3. I tried to make my yeast very happy so they would ferment quickly on this one. They got a little too happy. Looks like my yeast are having the time of their short lives. There are thousands of generations of yeast born and dying in this vid.
  4. Well, $60 was my price after tax and discount. I think we were selling it at $70. But I digress, we’re very fair.
  5. Love seeing that your store is actually selling it at $60. Too few stores taking that approach these days. I'll be driving all over GA in a couple weeks for work and will keep an eye out for this one. Guessing if I even see the bottle it will be for $300, which I won't pay.
  6. I’m pretty much a strictly Fall/Winter bourbon drinker. We put out a bunch of allocated stuff yesterday, so I had to snag the Stagg (Jr). This particular batch is getting rave reviews. Every other Stagg Jr. I’ve had has been ridiculously hot, this one is not the case despite being 132pf. At $60 too 😎.
  7. Glad to see some activity! I’ve been slacking in posting really much of anything in here in the last year.
  8. Not sure anyone is paying attention to this group, but I'll post anyway since my post counts needs lots of work. Had our 4th bourbon club meeting last night and friends brought some good juice! First observation is that I'm useless to this group; they have connections & money I can't touch. Round 1 - blinded Blanton's gold, Makers Mark BEP, and Rock Hill farms. Easy win for Blanton's, Rock Hill 2nd & MM BEP 3rd. I'd pay $150-$200 for the Blantons, but finding it at all and under $200 is tough. The gold is definite step up from the normal Blantons. I wouldn't pay anywhere near the secondary prices that Rock Hill goes for. MM BEP is not terribly hard to find & in the $80 range may be reasonable (think there are some other things I would rather buy). Round 2 - not blind. Elmer T Lee (not pictured), George T Stagg (2019), and Jack Daniels Coy Hill (not sure which one). ETL is smooth, easy drinking, but none of us thought it was same ballpark as Stagg & Coy Hill. We were split on liking Stagg or Coy Hill best; these were consensus best bottles of the night. I guess value depends on your situation, but none are worth the inflated secondary prices in my opinion. If I ever get lucky and find any at MSRP, ETL under $150 or the other two under $250, I'd jump on them. Round 3 - blinded EHT Barrel Proof, Redwood Pipe Dream Cask Strength, 4 Roses LE Small Batch. EHT BP consensus winner, followed by 4 Roses, then RE Pipe Dream. All 3 of these were good. I would have liked to have blinded EHT BP vs Stagg or Coy Hill. I think it would have been close. I've had it a few times in the past & it's always fantastic. Another bottle I'd snap up at MSRP or under $250, but likely won't ever have the chance. Redwood at around $75 is something I plan to purchase if I find it. Honestly don't know anything about the 4 Roses LE pricing; pretty sure it also has an inflated secondary price that I wouldn't take but would grab it anywhere near MSRP. Round 4 - blinded Doc Swinsons Alter Ego (rye finished in rum cask), EHT Rye, and Calumet 15yr. Calumet is trash. That hurt since I brought it...note to self, don't buy a bottle b/c you think it looks cool. I'll be using it for overpriced Old Fashioneds going forward. Doc & EHT were close - mixed results on which one people preferred. I liked Doc better and its definitely a better value unless you happen to find EHT Rye at MSRP. I've been impressed by some of the Doc Swinson's bottles I've tried. At $70-$80 normally, I'll be buying some more. Don't think the EHT Rye is worth the $250 or so secondary pricing; I would probably grab one under $150 if I had the chance. Round 5 - blinded the Penelope Tokaji, Makers 46 French Oaked & Berheim wheat. No one cared by this point so not sure there was a winner. That Penelope Tokaji was funky. Maybe all tokaji finished whiskey is similar; haven't had any others to know. Not sure price either. If you want something really unique with a very untraditional flavor profile, try it out.
  9. Had first meeting of a new whiskey club last night. We blind sampled a lot of these bottles. This thread has been pretty dead lately so figured I would share some of the group's thoughts. Suprise of the night was the Redwood Empire Pipe Dream. I've mentioned Redwood in this thread previously. None of others had tried it. Everyone really liked it & they were shocked to find out I bought it for $35 (bought it a while back but I'd guess price is still about the same). Grab a bottle if you haven't tried it. Weller Full Proof vs Weller 12 year was a no contest - everyone thought Full Proof was easily better. Hurt my feelings a little since I took the 12 year! Elijah Craig 18yr had mixed reviews. I thought it was fine but not worth the price tag. The Midwinters Night Dram was amazing (think it was Act/Scene 9 so a couple years old). Those that have had multiple releases said the current release (10) isn't as good, but they're all pretty solid. At $200 or so secondary, its a stretch, but it was definitely good juice. Remus Repeal Reserve also pretty solid. It was blinded against Weller Antique 107 and held its own. Several folks thought it was the Weller. I would definitely snag one if I found it near MSRP. I preferred the Weller 107 but only slightly. Would take the Weller 107 at MSRP any day of the week, but just finding it these days is nearly impossible for me & it's usually north of $125. Plenty of comparable options that are cheaper. Chestnut Farms - don't recall what specific expression it was, but I wouldn't buy their stuff based on the one we tried. Just OK & boring. Widow Jane Lucky 13 - several of us thought it was funky. Surprising to me since I've enjoyed other WJ bottles I've tried. I wouldn't buy this one. King of Kentucky - some heat on that one but with a little water added was very good. Definitely worth trying if you have a friend willing to share, which is only reason I had the chance. Price on it, plus the difficulty actually finding it, will exclude 99% of us! Angels Envy Rye - was late in the night so everything was starting to seem good, but I was a fan. Another bottle I'd pickup at MSRP. Didn't try the other few bottles or they didn't stick out.
  10. I had a very successful weekend at my local store’s allocated loyalty event on Sunday. Looking forward to enjoying these bottles. I opened the Woodford batch proof so far and plan to try the Russel’s Reserve 13 tonight. I’m a Wild Turkey lover so I’m really excited for that one. Still on the hunt for a Master’s Keep Unforgotten to close out the year. Has anyone tried the Cigar Blend before? This will be a new one for me and I can't even find it at any local bars. I'm always a bit hesitant with the finished barrel bourbons as they are very hit or miss for me. Decided to roll the dice since this one is always talked about and well reviewed. I'm not a big fan of Blanton's but doesn't hurt to have another of them at msrp. Will likely end up gifting it or trading with a friend for something I like better. Very curious about the Willet 7 year rye too. It's the Pisces 2022 release. I've had the 4 year family estate and enjoy it a lot, but haven't had a 7 year single barrel.
  11. No Xocoveza this year from Stone and I'm livid. That's my holiday beer. Dayum shame.
  12. Lol. Buddy sent me a pic from a store in GA that had it at the low low price of $300
  13. Nice. What are y'all charging for that in the store if I can ask? I miss the days when I bought Weller 12 for $35 but those days aint coming back
  14. I hope folks keep overlooking the OF stuff. It’s my favorite and is still super affordable and accessible here. I’d like to keep it that way. The 1910 is my go to. I picked this up today as a local store pick. Very damn tasty. I’m finally figuring out what I like in a bourbon.
  15. If you’re chasing bottles and actually drinking them, then good on you. That’s better than most. Pretty sure I told this exchange before as well—Some dude pulled me aside once and said “I got a bottle of Pappy” ”Oh yeah?” ”Yeah, I paid $2k for it” ”Well, you overpaid” The Dickel is labeled at 15yr, but it’s a store pick we did that was actually 17yrs. It’s pretty good. Since Diageo bought Dickel they’ve basically stopped sourcing their barrels out to other “distilleries”. Smart move, why would you sell 17 year old whiskey to a startup company for pennies, while they slap their label on it and charge premium price for it? Stoopid. So you’ll start seeing Dickel put out their higher end juice under the Cascade Moon label and charge however much they want and allocate it and put it in a special bottle.
  16. I get it...the rambling/rant is spot on. I'll readily admit to being part of the problem as I've paid stupid prices on some "trophy" bottles not worth the money, probably 5-7 times and for bottles I just wanted to try and likely have no chance of ever getting at MSRP or close to it. Weller 12 mentioned above is a prime example; overpaid but opened within 2 weeks. I hate the hoarding, trophy collections & buying to resell - won't do it. I have too many bottles, but every one of them is to drink at some point. No fancy bar or showpieces; they're sitting in the bottom of a closet waiting to get into my rotation. Blantons is hit & miss for me. I can actually get it at MSRP, if I wait in line at Alabama ABC, and have purchased & opened a couple bottles this year. Thought one was pretty dang good & the other was so-so; not surprising with a single barrel I guess. Love the 1920 Prohibition OF and am pretty content to drink Dickel BiB, Still Austin Musician, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, and many others I can easily find at $40-$60. So many good bottles out there at reasonable prices that everyone can find something that fits their taste without overspending. Several staples I rotate among, but I love trying new things and the craze has resulted in a seemingly unending supply or things to try. Fun to try the occasional trophy/unicorn but makes no sense to only focus on them. What did you think about the Dickel 15 in your pic? That one's on my list to buy if I see it at a good price solely b/c I always enjoy their BiB.
  17. Part of my meager, yet decent collection of whiskey. I’ve never spent over $100 for a bottle, and frankly, I refuse to. I drink a lot of bourbon, but thanks to generous friends and my occupation I get to taste more than I own. Rant incoming: I’ve likely stated this before, but I discovered bourbon in 2008 when my dad got me into it. I cut my teeth on Woodford, Knob Creek, Maker’s etc. Buying Rock Hill Farm for $40 and Old Rip and Booker’s (Booker’s is a whole ‘nother can of bull****) for $50 was a special treat. A bottle of Pappy 20 for $99 off the shelf so my dad and I can drink it on our father/son trips. Bourbon has got me jaded because of where I started and some people are just simply chasing it for a status symbol. “I’ve got 7 bottles of Blanton’s, I’ve never tried it”. GTFOH. There’s so much great affordable bourbon out there that people look past. Old Forester Whiskey Row Series is too commonly overlooked. The 1920 is legitimately one of the best high-proof bourbons in that price range that’s readily available. Wild Turkey Russel’s Reserve 10yr for $35?!? I thought the bourbon bubble was going to pop about 6 years ago, but it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Super premium tequila may take some of the heat, but that market is getting saturated AF. I’m rambling.
  18. I don’t like Blanton’s*. I don’t like people who ask me for Blanton’s, especially if I’ve never seen them before, I don’t like it when people insist on going through the boxes for the little horse letter. I think it’s so overpriced and overhyped and they’re using younger juice and that it’s totally not worth the hassle. That said, a good staff pick of Blanton’s for $80 is a no-brainer. My wife promptly stole my glass after this pic 😑 *Blanton’s Gold, STFTB, etc notwithstanding

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