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Pinball and Bourbon


By Whysnow

3 years ago



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    #151 2 years ago

    Ok first one is bourbon but second pic oyster shots can’t work without vodka

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    #152 2 years ago

    Not bourbon but close enough for this thread.

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    #153 2 years ago
    Quoted from Nokoro:

    Christmas gifts from my wife!

    Congrats - you have a considerate wife!

    Quoted from bkbirge:

    Not bourbon but close enough for this thread.

    You might want to post that pic here:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/scotch-drinkers-club

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    #154 2 years ago

    The current state of bourbon in my corner of the East Coast-very excited to locate a 1.75 L of Weller Special Reserve (pictured with a 750 ml old & new label for comparison) up the road. OWA and 12 are still endangered (perhaps extinct) species, haven't seen them standard on shelves in years, but I did track down this unique albino Sika here in Maryland. How did your hunting go this past fall/winter? Are we at a "bubble" for bourbon? In my experience, pretty much anything with a +8 year age statement is north of $50. Hard to find decent daily sippers. Is there anything that you're really looking forward to this year? I'm intrigued by a second edition of the Taylor Four Grain and what Four Roses has in store this year, but have difficulty justifying the prices.

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    #155 2 years ago

    hunting is damn near worthless in this neck of the woods.

    I have exactly 1 hook up at this point. Everything has gone to either a lottery or a black Friday type stockpile sale (where the same 10 guys camp out for 3 days at each spot)

    I never win the lottos so I rarely get the rare stuff anymore.

    I have one spot I found in IL where they hold stuff back and if you just get lucky you may find a bottle on the right day.

    My daily drinker is still blantons, but even it is rare to find in todays bourbon fever.

    #156 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    hunting is damn near worthless in this neck of the woods. ... My daily drinker is still blantons, but even it is rare to find in todays bourbon fever.

    Bourbon fever! I like that.

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    #157 2 years ago

    Cappin off the weekend with a Woodford old fashioned.

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    #158 2 years ago

    I have found that the nicer Jim Beams are pretty smooth (much better than regular beam) and yet come in at a price cheaper than most every level “nice” bourbons. For example, these are a tad over $20 for 750ml and I pay more than that for makers, bulleit, etc... FYI I purchase in bulk from total wine in JAX whenever I head to the “southern estate”. $20ish dollars seems very reasonable for the quality.

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    #159 2 years ago
    Quoted from simplykind:

    Cappin off the weekend with a Woodford old fashioned.

    My favorite drink. That looks like a game room I would spend a lot of time in. Love the rustic look.

    #160 2 years ago
    Quoted from edwinpblue:

    I have found that the nicer Jim Beams are pretty smooth (much better than regular beam) and yet come in at a price cheaper than most every level “nice” bourbons. For example, these are a tad over $20 for 750ml and I pay more than that for makers, bulleit, etc... FYI I purchase in bulk from total wine in JAX whenever I head to the “southern estate”. $20ish dollars seems very reasonable for the quality.

    JB has become my go to for anything i want to mix or for friends who use entirely to much ice.

    #161 2 years ago

    Need a recommendation for a premium bourbon. Something a step above Blanton's, but not crazy like Pappy. Something in the $70-80 range that you actually have a chance of finding somewhere. Thanks!

    #162 2 years ago
    Quoted from Nokoro:

    Need a recommendation for a premium bourbon. Something a step above Blanton's, but not crazy like Pappy. Something in the $70-80 range that you actually have a chance of finding somewhere. Thanks!

    That is a tough price category to find that are in that range and like Blantons. It really depends on what is typically found you are.

    However, around that range, but on the lower end, that I like are Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Four Roses Single Barrel. Taylor is interesting if you can find it.

    Lots of Scotch options in that range....but, that's Scotch.

    #163 2 years ago
    Quoted from Nokoro:

    Need a recommendation for a premium bourbon. Something a step above Blanton's, but not crazy like Pappy. Something in the $70-80 range that you actually have a chance of finding somewhere. Thanks!

    Not sure how pricing/availability is where you are, but here are my recommendations. Bookers, Willett Family Estate in the 8-9 year range, Old Scout Single Barrel, Reservoir, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. Four Roses Single Barrels and generally anything from the EH Taylor line are also excellent choices.

    #164 2 years ago

    +1 for Bookers

    #165 2 years ago

    Thanks for the recommendations! I realize it is a weird price category. There are a lot of scotches in that range which I’ve tried, but I’m looking for a higher range bourbon right now. I know the local place has Bookers. How does it compare? Is it worth the extra money?

    #166 2 years ago

    One of the best bourbons I've ever tasted next to the sexiest game.

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    #167 2 years ago

    What's your daily sipper and how do you take it? I generally enjoy my bourbon neat, and my daily sipper is generally Wild Turkey 101 or Evan Williams Bottled in Bond.The Booker's I have open right now, clocks in at 126.7 proof. So, that's x 1.5 bottles of comparable 80 proof stuff. That's a lot of flavor, it can be hot and spicy. I let it breathe and maybe cut it with a little water. It's bourbon and meant to be drank and enjoyed, also great in cocktails. I think it's a great deal for the proof that your getting and it's the most widely available and best priced barrel proof on the market. Stagg Jr. and Elijah Craig Barrel Strength are similarly proofed, as is Col EH Taylor Barrel Proof-but these are limited release products that are more difficult to track down.

    #168 2 years ago

    Stagg JR is a decent Bourbon in that price range. Pretty easy to find around here.

    #169 2 years ago
    Quoted from vaevictis:

    What's your daily sipper and how do you take it? I generally enjoy my bourbon neat, and my daily sipper is generally Wild Turkey 101 or Evan Williams Bottled in Bond.The Booker's I have open right now, clocks in at 126.7 proof. That's a lot of flavor and it can be hot and spicy. I let it breathe and maybe cut it with a little water. It's bourbon and meant to be drank and enjoyed, also great in cocktails. I think it's a great deal for the proof that your getting and it's the most widely available and best priced barrel proof on the market. Stagg Jr. and Elijah Craig Barrel Strength are similarly proofed, as is Col EH Taylor Barrel Proof-but these are limited release products that are more difficult to track down.

    Blantons = neat
    Bulliet 10 year or Jim Beam double oak = one ice cube
    Makers = Manhattan
    Those are my go to's LATELY and how I drink them. I have about 20 different bottles right now so it changes every 2 weeks haha

    #170 2 years ago

    My go to is Elijah Craig. Very smooth. Great taste for the money.

    #171 2 years ago
    Quoted from Nokoro:

    My go to is Elijah Craig. Very smooth. Great taste for the money.

    Try and find some Elijah Craig Barrel Proof! The extra proof is worth it!

    #172 2 years ago
    Quoted from vaevictis:

    Try and find some Elijah Craig Barrel Proof! The extra proof is worth it!

    Ok, thanks. Good tip.

    #173 2 years ago

    I have not read this entire thread and asked this in the scotch thread as well but thought I would ask here also......does anyone think the glass really matters? I got a set of NORLAN glasses and sampled stuff in several different t glasses to compare....a slight difference I suppose personally and it does make it smell and taste much more robust I guess is how I would describe it. Regardless I think good whiskey or scotch is going to taste good. What glass is best in your opinion?

    #174 2 years ago

    With ice skulls

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    #175 2 years ago

    Blantons gold... displayed on a Blanton barrel half top with all the horse corks arranged around a horseshoe from Churchill downs... Christmas gift from wife.

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    #176 2 years ago
    Quoted from Brazy:

    Blantons gold... displayed on a Blanton barrel half top with all the horse corks arranged around a horseshoe from Churchill downs... Christmas gift from wife.


    Amazing!

    #177 2 years ago
    Quoted from Pickle:

    I have not read this entire thread and asked this in the scotch thread as well but thought I would ask here also......does anyone think the glass really matters? I got a set of NORLAN glasses and sampled stuff in several different t glasses to compare....a slight difference I suppose personally and it does make it smell and taste much more robust I guess is how I would describe it. Regardless I think good whiskey or scotch is going to taste good. What glass is best in your opinion?

    pickle I would say it depends if you're drinking neat or not. I think that a regular Glencairn works just as well as a Norlan at a quarter of the cost. No idea why they introduced a Black version of the Norlan. I mean I get the idea behind it, but I like to see my whiskey. Personally, I generally go neat and use either a rocks glass or Glencairn. A Glencairn or Norlan does let you appreciate the nose more though IMO

    #178 2 years ago

    Yes..i was very surprised and happy! It's very smooth

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    #179 2 years ago

    I hosted a whiskey and bacon night in my gameroom last night. Whiskey was drunk -- some bourbon, some scotch, some rye, some Irish. Bacon dishes were consumed. Pinball was played.

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    #180 2 years ago

    Second bottle on this obe

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    #181 2 years ago

    Doing a small tasting with friends and killing Optimus!

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    #182 2 years ago

    One for the end of the playoff Back to Back Pens run that ended tonight.

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    #183 1 year ago

    Pretty excited about this one. A. Smith Bowman's LE Abraham Bowman 16 year 116 proof wheated bourbon "Sweet XVI". Distillery in Fredericksburg and is owned by Sazerac. The distillate comes from Buffalo Trace before it is distilled a third time at A. Smith Bowman!

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    #184 1 year ago

    Yum

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    #186 1 year ago

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/22/us/thousands-of-bourbon-barrels-crash-trnd/index.html

    Anyone thinking about running out there to help with the "cleanup?"

    #187 1 year ago

    Going to be a bunch of blends coming out of there

    Bummer for them but if they are smart they will market it to their advantage.

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    #188 1 year ago

    My current problem. It took me forever to find a bottle, loved it, and have no idea how to get another.

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    #189 1 year ago
    Quoted from skink91:

    My current problem. It took me forever to find a bottle, loved it, and have no idea how to get another.

    I am fairly certain Buffalo Trace has diverted a large amount of what would have become Elmer T. Lee into Van Winkle barrels. It's a major bummer because Elmer was definitely one of my go to's for years. And super reasonably priced for how good it is. I used to be able to pick it up at BevMo every visit, but I have not found it anywhere in California for years...

    #190 1 year ago

    I agree on ElmerT. It is great and also,likely diverted for pappy futures.

    We have a stockpile from a few years ago when We realized how good it is and that it also would becme more rare.

    #191 1 year ago

    I don't know if any of you guys have tried this stuff but it's excellent and from Taiwan. They tried to replicate Scottish whiskey and they did a hell of a job. Anything from this company is outstanding. My wife is from Taiwan so I have been there many times and happened on this place by accident. A lot of expensive stuff for an up an coming company but it all tastes great so how can I argue.

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    #192 1 year ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    We have a stockpile from a few years ago when We realized how good it is and that it also would becme more rare.

    A stockpile?? Come on. Really?

    Generosity is a virtue...

    #193 1 year ago
    Quoted from skink91:

    A stockpile?? Come on. Really?
    Generosity is a virtue...

    Oh, it will all get drank. When we find a bottle that both wife and I like, we buy it up. We did some research and realizd it would be harder to find. I think we grabbed a case three years ago and it is a daily drinker in the household. Probably only half a case left.

    I personally suggest blantons as a nice rplacement

    #194 1 year ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    I personally suggest blantons as a nice rplacement

    Have 2 Blantons on hand right now (though the last bottle wasn’t as phenomenal). I definitely prefer Elmer over Blantons though... it has a sort of earthy taste to it that is awesome.

    #195 1 year ago

    Four roses small batch?

    I agree, Elmer is better. Very close to Lot B, 12 year pappy, imho.

    #196 1 year ago

    Still haven’t tried Pappy. Some day.

    I’m a big fan of the Michters products as well.

    #197 1 year ago
    Quoted from skink91:

    My current problem. It took me forever to find a bottle, loved it, and have no idea how to get another.

    I killed the last of my last bottle of Elmer Sunday night with my brother in law. If you don’t mind paying $100 it’s available on the Facebook bourbon pages. I like it enough to consider it, I haven’t seen it in the wild in a couple years.

    #198 1 year ago

    2018 news and updates straight from the Buffalo's mouth:

    https://buffalotracedistillery.com/sites/default/files/Buffalo%20Trace%20Gives%20Update%20To%20Bourbon%20Shortages%20for%202018.pdf

    Additionally, sporazoa whysnow and anyone else interested in bourbon/whiskey/whisky history. While Buffalo Trace produces both Elmer T. Lee and Pappy, the brands are owned by a different entities. Age International, a whiskey concern now based in Japan actually owns the Ancient Age, Blanton's, Elmer T. Lee, Hancock's Reserve, and Rock Hill Farm brands. The Van Winkle brand is apparently managed as joint venture by BT/Sazerac and the Van Winkle family. As we all love analogies with pinball, I would liken Buffalo Trace to the Chicago Gaming Company/Churchill Cabinet Company. Though, it is an imperfect comparison. The Age International story is better told in the link below.

    http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2013/12/it-was-best-of-times-it-was-worst-of.html

    Now for some bourbon "shots"

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    #199 1 year ago
    Quoted from mrm_4:

    Doing a small tasting with friends and killing Optimus!

    Can't beat the rare breed... it's on sale at Kroger quit a bit.. smooth and high octane!

    #200 1 year ago
    Quoted from Brazy:

    Can't beat the rare breed... it's on sale at Kroger quit a bit.. smooth and high octane!

    I totally agree. For the money, Rare Breed is my favorite high-octane so far.

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