A friend of mine knows that I just started collecting whiskey, mostly bourbon, and evidently decided to become an enabler. Up until a couple of months ago, I was more of a buy a bottle, drink that bottle, then maybe try something else kind of guy.
He was kind enough to send me this link – I was grateful and afraid at the same time.
I have since added 3 of the bottles from that page to the collection (Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask and Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2015: 1838 Style White Corn). I ordered a bottle of the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric for that friend as a birthday gift, as well.
There are some short tasting notes at the link provided. I will say that I am far from disappointed with any of the three bottles that I’ve purchased. The Jim Beam is especially impressive at <$35 bottle where I live.
Like the article says, when these are all sold, that’s it, so keep an eye out. I’m waffling on a bottle of the Old Forester 2015 Birthday Bourbon, too. It appears to be going for about $250 a bottle right now. I’m on the fence about jumping that far into the pool just yet, thus far the Master’s Keep is my priciest bottle (and completely worth it).
It looks like you have a good start on your collection. Since you’re currently gravitating towards bourbons, allow me to suggest that you try the ‘Whistlepig Old World Straight Rye Whiskey’. This is a 12 yr aged, 86 proof rye, bottled in Vermont. Although it is a rye whiskey, it will drink like an awesome bourbon with some wonderfully sweet and fruity notes that comes from the wine barrel finish. At around $130, it’s a excellent spirit for a collector to have on the shelf, not to mention a good stepping stone to the $250 bottle of Old Forester (although that’s good stuff too). Enjoy your journey!
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Thank you for the suggestion!
We actually just got a bottle of the Whistle Pig 10yr Single Barrel Rye through a whiskey subscription my wife signed us up for from a place called Cask. We happen to be heading to San Francisco this spring for our 10th anniversary, so we will be swinging into Cask for a visit and a dram or two while we’re there.
That bottle is now on the short list. I appreciate the help.