Sure glad you're not a pretty lady Steve... you enable us enough already!Coming home from work yesterday. And stopped at the local liquor store . And they had a tasting booth set up.
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I'm not a fan of scotch. But When asked if I'd like to try it. I couldn't say no. The lady was very pretty! Now, since I don't drink it. I can't compare it to other brands. But I was quite impressed with the flavor. And at 30.00 a 750 ml. The price seemed fair enough. The little copper flak is cool too. She said that was how it got its name.
I'm with you Ray. I tried ryes before and didn't care for them so went back to wheat and corn bourbons. But someone gave me a Bulleit rye shot the other night and it was pretty good. And I'm a VERY long-time WT101 fan (that's about all I drank for ~15yrs when I was younger) so I'll be keeping an eye peeled for their rye. Thanks!This thread has been sleeping a few months. Time to give it some CPR.
Last year, I bought a 50ml bottle of Balcones Rye. I was NOT a fan, but it may have been too much for a rye newbie. Today, I bought a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 Rye because I'm a fan of regular WT 101, but still a rye newbie.
I know WT 101 Rye is barely rye at 51%, but I'm now a huge fan. To me, it's like sipping a spiced Chrismas cake with a long finish. I love the nose, too.
I had a former writer friend who said she LOVED Rye whiskey. Today, I got a hint why she felt that way. Time to explore more rye options.
Old Forester is very good, and affordable too. It's always available here in the DFW area for less than $30. Very sweet with a nice rye spice.I want to try Old Forester Rye, but it is out of stock locally until November unless I want to pay a premium. I don't. It has a 65% rye, 20% malted barley, 15% corn mash bill. My plan is to fool my tastebuds by sneaking up on the higher rye whiskies over time.
That Balcones I mentioned earlier was 100% rye and only aged 15 months. Too much and too young for me, at the time.
I've had it, even once visited the distillery where it's made. Not impressed with the Ocean, especially at the price point.
Cool bar, there.Blantons.
At one time widely available but since Covid bar owners tell it’s tough to get.
It may be regional shortages. Friends back east say widely available.
Late night sitting at a 100+ year old bar out in the desert a cowboy came in and bought me a shot.
Last bottle and the owner says he still is waiting on his order 4 years later.
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I kind of doubt that the salt air and rocking and rolling contribute much to the flavor, but I note that this is a "wheated" bourbon, which means wheat replaces rye in the mash bill. A wheated bourbon tastes very different to me than a "normal" bourbon. You don't get any rye spice and the wheat contributes a bit of sweetness. Makers Mark is another wheated bourbon that's widely available.
The way they explained the process at the distillery was that normally the liquid just sits in the barrel maturing. When it's rocking on the boat, it's sloshing around inside, making more contact with the toasted oak inside the barrel, and theoretically absorbing more flavor. Their first experiment was onboard too long, and when they got it back the bourbon was pitch black and undrinkable.I kind of doubt that the salt air and rocking and rolling contribute much to the flavor...
Well, that plan went out the window. Picked up a bottle of Bulleit Rye today (95% rye MGP juice), $19.99. Yep. It's a keeper. Less sweet (my preference) and drinks easy neat. Gotta be careful.My plan is to fool my tastebuds by sneaking up on the higher rye whiskies over time.