Discussion in 'New York Rangers' started by Riche16, Feb 4, 2018.
Balvenie cask strength is amazing.
When I go to Scotland I bring it back w me.
Where can I find this 140 proof bourbon I am hearing of? I love the 120 Knob Creek but 140?
Bulleit makes a 137.6 barrel strength. It’s usually around $55. Bookers makes a barrel strength that comes in around 139 proof, anywhere from $60-80 when I see it. Jack Daniels makes a barrel proof that’s about $55 but I think it’s the worst of the bunch. It’s 134 proof. Elijah Craig barrel proof is like 139.8 and is the best if you can find it, IMO.
I've heard good things about Pikesville but haven't tried it yet. I agree with the enjoying the high octane stuff. I'm a fan of Blanton's Straight from the Barrel, my current bottle is 64.9%. Weirdly enough, while it's made in Kentucky you have to import the stuff. One of these days maybe I'll be able to track down a bottle of George T. Stagg...would love to try that bruiser.
I’ve had Blanton’s only once. Coworker brought me a small flask from his bottle. Enjoyed it a lot. I think the Elijah Craig barrel strength is the unicorn for me right now, but I am with you. The high octane whiskey is really the only way to sip now.
Have to find it. Tnx
Yeah, the alcohol content really isn’t what makes for good bourbon.
I’ve had high proof bourbons. Lots of them and enjoy them. Still like Makers Mark better.
The ECBP is quite tasty. I gifted a bottle to my cousin on a special occasion but he gave me a few ounces. Maybe we should get a NYR Whiskey swap going at some point. I've got 1 and 2 oz boston rounds.
Makers is my regular but I like to try the higher power once in a while. Place near me now has airplane size Makers. Haven't seen it anywhere else.
I’m not saying that the higher alcohol content automatically makes the bourbon good. But my favorites are all barrel strength varieties. I enjoy that Pikesville Rye (100 proof?) immensely and at $47 a pop, I would buy it over and over again. But I also love a good barrel strength and I have a really hard time with anything under 100 proof at this point. Granted 100 proof is still nice and mellow compared to a 138, but the 80 proofs taste thin and watered down to me. They’re too mellowed. I feel the higher proofs have some viscosity and a greater mouth feel, plus I like the oak and pepper that you get along with all that heat.
I think sometimes it depends on the purpose of the drink. Higher proof glasses, counterintuitively, are something I’ll drink when I’m not getting a buzz going... almost as a dessert. It’s a one off kind of thing. If I’m going to be drinking for a while (though I rarely drink enough to get drunk), I prefer something smoother.
I had some Pappies recently.
Absolutely incredible. Rare find.
Airplane size. Interesting.
Same wax covering.
I had a weird instance recently where the pull tab broke before I could open the bottle. Had to use a pocket knife to get it open.
It’s definitely just a preference thing. If I’m planning to drink for a while or socially, I’ll usually go with a stronger beer (currently Dogfish Head Indian Brown Dark IPA). I’m not saying I won’t sip on a mellower whisky, but if I am drinking whiskey I prefer to just have a few smaller pours of the strong stuff and savor it a bit. I just really enjoy it. But that’s not an argument for it being superior in some way, just a personal thing. I don’t find it to not be smooth, per se. Just robust. Good to see some fellow whiskey drinkers.
It happened to me too a while back.
Oddly I’m drinking a Kentucky bourbon barrel ale right now. It’s alright. Like the Blue Pants Chocolate Oatmeal porter I also bought better.
On a slightly different note, I really need to catch back up on Turn.
I think I’ve had the Kentucky bourbon barrel ale. I agree it’s just alright. I really enjoy certain barrel aged beers, but it doesn’t always do it for me. Typically stouts and porters do better in the barrel.
Dragons Milk Stout...
New Belgium has a few good brews. I’m a big fan of Founders KBS/CBS limited releases and lately I’ve been drinking a lot of the TX beers since that’s where I’m living and the Bourbon Barrell Hellfighter from Karbach is pretty good.
Dragons Milk is New Holland, but of course you can be forgiven for the confusion! Ha
There are breweries everywhere in NC these days. Lots of people complain about the distributor restrictions (produce a certain number of bottles and you aren’t allowed to distribute yourself), but I think it keeps things local, which is a good thing in my mind.
If you like banana bread Wells makes an insanely good product
Careful man... that stuff will get on top of u lol
I honestly thought we were in the post game thread for most of that.
Although, there’s really nothing to talk about in here right now.
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