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Now I GOTTA Get Me Some
“Last week I say on TV a program of how KT bourbon was made and it was very interesting. It was from the Jim Beam distillery, but they also had other bourbon whiskeys they make that are aged longer ie. Bakers, Bookers and Knob Creek. Anyhow, to make a long story short, and although I have not been a hard-liquor man since my gazillionth hangover from th'stuff, I have had this overwhelming urge to purchase some of the $40 a bottle Knob Creek which is supposed to be kick ass in every bourbon respect.
Anybody ever tried the stuff?
Does anybody even drink bourbon whiskey??
Does anybody even care???”
Drinking it right now.
“Love it what kind do you want to try?
“I drink Maker's Mark, which is pretty damn good Bourbon. I've resisted getting any of that high-dollar single-barrel stuff because I can get twice the Maker's Mark for the same price. I might be tempted to get the Knob Creek next time though. The stuff calls out to me when I walk by it.”
“They are both good.
I am 90% a scotch drinker 12 years and older.”
“I like Scotch too but I save it for special occaisions usually. I used to keep a bottle of White Label around when I wanted to drink and didn't want to waste the expensive single-malt stuff, but I use Maker's Mark for that now.”
“Thats cool I love to smoke a good cigar with a large glass of single malt.
“Maker's mark is great. Old grandad is almost as good and much less expensive. Knob creek is excellent. Jim Beam is crap, IMO.”
“Also, you might give blanton's a try, if you're ever in a bar that serves it. Absolutely the best bourbon on earth.”
“Have to remember that...”
“Good point dude that is good stuff.
“I'll drink whiskey if it's OLD.
The Knob Hill is pretty tasty. So is Rip Van Winkle.
Right Now, I'd like to find some of that 21-year-old Bushmill's.”
We Should Have A Bourbon-Tasting Hike
“Here's the Small Batch Distillery link for Knob Creek and a few other aged and aged-s'more bourbons.”
“Got a few friends together back in November at Big South Fork with the idea of a backcountry bourbon tasting....Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark, and Bookers were represented at the tasting...but no matter how "upity" and refined we thought our palettes were, still ended up with someone falling off a log in an earnest attempt to sit in an upright position....matter of fact, I think it was most of us that had that problem.”
“Can someone tell me why Jack Daniels whisky costs more here then in Germany?”
“I would imagine that Jack cost more in Germany because of taxes. There is a 100 proof Silver Jack Daniels that you can only get in Europe...go figure?”
“I've just recently delved into the world of single-malt scotch. I'm contemplating purchasing a bottle of McCallans 16 year, when the bank loan comes through. I don't know much about bourbon other than I have a friend who is a Weller's fan.”
“Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky (Jack Daniels) are very different in taste and distilling process.”
“Where's Buddha and Dayhiker when I need them. You might want to check out Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve, also. Good bourbon. They tour is pretty nice, too. Beautiful place.
I haven't tried Knob Creek but if consumerism is correct and price does reflect quality, it should be on par with Labrot & Graham, Bookers. I agree that Blantons is a must try. A bourbon hike sounds good. Who's up?”
“I bought some Bakes one time. The only way I liked it was with Coca-Cola. I decided that if I was going to have to add coke then why not buy the cheap whiskey.
At TC2 I drank most of MileMonsters whiskey. In a word, its Smoooooth! That stuff is the best whiskey. You can drink it straight and it great. None of that take a swig and your head jerks back with bitter beer face. It's some great sippin whiskey.
On a side note, Bakers, Bookers, and Knob Hill had a pretty good website at one time. It had recipes for the whiskey and some good sound clips from the distiller. One of the clips goes "The proper amount of Bookers whiskey to drink is two fingers...lucky for me I've got big fingers" One of the recipes was for a pork tenderloin. It had a warning not to cook it in a gas oven. Evidently, people had their oven doors blow open on ignition.”
“Single malt's are fantastic. Give me I nice Spey or Lowland over the Highlands and Islays though”
“Bourbon is too sweet. Single malt from the speys is indeed good.”
“Knob Creek is really good stuff, I have a bottle at home right now. It turned me into a bourbon drinker. Maker's Mark is pretty close in quality and usually a lot cheaper though.
For scotches, I am a big fan of Glenmorangie and Dalwhinnie (spelling is probably off on both). Although, a buddy opened a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue at a dinner last month and I ended up not being able to drive home. Of course, you could buy 3-4 bottles of the other ones for 1 bottle of blue...”
“My favorite scotch is Macallan. The 18-year is unbelievable. It's like drinking water it's so smooth.”
“Yeah, bit. I have a bottle of that at home and a bottle of lagavulin. Both are great whiskys, but as different in their beauty as the rainforest is from the arctic.
I also really like laphroaig 18 year old, but it's hard to find in the states.”
“Laphroaig is really peaty, right? Sometimes I miss that with Macallan.”
“So is lagavulin. Perhaps more so than laphroaig. In fact, Lagavulin may be the most unnapproachable scotch for those without a taste for smoke and peat.”
“Definitely an acquired taste, peat. I like it okay though, for a change.”
“If you like scotch without the peat, there are some good pure pot still single malt irish whiskys... Redbreast is nice. Bushmills is average. The best I've found is a bottle that a friend of mine got as a present. He opened it and shared with us. I wish I could remember the name... dernit.”
“hiking with a hangover sucks
“...or drink in moderation...”
“I went into the local State Store and checked on the price of Knob Creek...~$26 a bottle. Didn't get one though. 8(
To whomever mentioned about if they're going to mix their whiskey with soda they'll get the cheap stuff...
A roommate of mine in OC,MD always had a gallon bottle of Crown Royal and would only let people drink it straight up or on the rocks. He'd rant on and on about how this is the best whiskey and made to be drunk for the taste and mixing it would ruin it and therefore wouldn't let anyone make a mixed drink with it. Needless to say...we did ALOT of shots. 8)”
“Virginians drink "Stone Fence"--its a traditional recipe...... made with good bourbon and fresh pressed cider. Good stuff.”
“Have you ever tried mixing it with cocoa? That's what hikers from Alabama do when they are in Arkansas.”
“Makers Mark is really good bourbon for the price. Knob Creek tastes maybe alittle better (but not much if at all) and is alittle more expensive and potent. Woodford Reserve taste better than either but is quite a bit more expensive. the best I've had is Basil Hayden which is really expensive ($6 a shot in Cincinnati) but makes makers mark and knob creek taste like rubbing alcohol.”
“Basil Hayden's is made by the same "Small Batch" folks that make Knob Creek, Baker's and Booker's.
Small world! :P”
“Chivas Regal and Glenlivet are owned by French companies.”
“Jameson and Wild Turkey, too.”
“I'm getting pretty thirsty! ;-)”
Small Batch from Beam and others.
“Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Bookers, and Bakers are all small batch products of Beam Distilleries....and are all excellent in their own right. Knob Creek to me is probably a good benchmark for small batch bourbon right now...even at 100 proof and it is not too hot (alcohol) with mellow caramel undertones....but Basil Hayden at 80 proof is a Rye recipe bourbon and has great character...My favorite of the 4 though has to be Booker's (unfortunately the priciest)....it is bottled uncut straight from the barrel, so its rating of proof as well as its time spent in a barrel varies slightly....but right now Woodford Reserve (Labrot & Graham), or Knob Creek in my opinion happen to be some of the best values....also Elijah Craig (12 year old) is a very good value.”
Can't Wait to Do Some Sippin' Around The Campfire
“Thanks BBill. I've read the Small Batch websites descriptions of the bourbons many times already and I now plan to try Basil Hayden first. At 80 proof, it shouldn't have a disuading bite for this novice pallate, and the decription makes the taste sound more inviting than the others. I just want to be able to sip and enjoy without having to chase it down to get rid of the bite or taste. The Bookers if I remember corrrectly is said to have a slight "tobacco" taste, is this true?”
“I just might get some Knob Creek for this weekend.
“As a KY grown boy I am a bourbon guy. My current favorite is the Woodford Reserve. Its a distillers select, not a true single barrel but very smooth with just ice or water and a fair price. Try some Pappy VanWinkle sometime, very $$ but really good. BTW the Woodford distillery site used to be in my family, back before prohibition and great, great granddad's wife got religion and made him sell it it was Old Pepper (Col. Pepper) and it sits on a huge spring of high quality water, thus endeth the lesson. Moral- don't listen to your wife.”
“I told you guys BBill-Knox knows his bourbon.”
“I posted previously that we had a mini-backcountry (1st annual was included in my web page title) Bourbon tasting at BSFNRRA last November with 5 hikers and about 6 different flavors of spirits represented. Suppose we might be able to expand that circle to include a few more local spirit connosieurs next time around.”
“I'd be up for that...”
“I love a thread about essential backpacking gear.”
“Don't knock it 'til you've tried it, lyra!
Bourbon around the campfire, yum...makes me feel good and mellow after a day's hike.”
“you whisky lovers should get to Scotland, Head for the Isle of Skye, best scenery, history, fantastic hills, The Cuillin
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