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Old 01-03-2013, 03:55 AM   #21
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Thanks! I live close to Napa, so thinking about sourcing some oak barrels to play with this. Should be a cheap way to play around with more flavors.

Appreciate the advice and pointer.

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:11 AM   #22
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Woah woah woah... Knob Creek is a decent bourbon (a little too sweet for me), but there's no way it's top shelf.
There's better whiskey for the money IMO.. Like this
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:17 AM   #23
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Man, you're still workin on that bottle? How was it anyway? Gotta get myself another bottle and try it out.

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Old 01-03-2013, 11:32 AM   #24
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Ya'll are obsessed, but in a good way. I wish I had the money to use top shelf burbon.

In my wee heavy, I use an ounce of light toast american oak chips. I spread them out over a small cookie sheet and warm up the oven to 250 and let them toast a little more for 20 mins or so to sanitize, then toss them into a jar with two mini bottles of johnny walker red and let it soak a week. Then, the wood goes in a grain bag in the primary for a week.

This makes for a mighty fine wee heavy that never lasts. In fact, it's high time I whip up another batch of it.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:19 PM   #25
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Man, you're still workin on that bottle? How was it anyway? Gotta get myself another bottle and try it out.
It is awesome, but actually I have to fight the wife for it. She says I have to get more when this is gone, so I've found a place to order it. She's not typically the type to sip whiskey but she does like this.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:56 PM   #26
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Woah woah woah... Knob Creek is a decent bourbon (a little too sweet for me), but there's no way it's top shelf.

Treat yourself to a single barrel, something aged a little longer (10+ years), a true micro-distilled, or go for the gold and try some Pappy (I've never been able to try some!) or Stagg.

Hudson and Woodinville are great micros that I've been lucky enough to try, and I have some Elijah Craig 18 year single barrel that's smooth as hell.

I'm certainly no expert, but at that price point I prefer Makers 46, and to be honest my favorite everyday whiskey is Bulleit (their rye especially). Best value around.
lol... Just because there are certainly better whiskeys than KC, that doesn't mean it's not top shelf. I think it's a damn fine whiskey.
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lol... Just because there are certainly better whiskeys than KC, that doesn't mean it's not top shelf. I think it's a damn fine whiskey.
Well... I think "top shelf" is always going to be a pretty subjective term, so to each is own. I meant no offense.

But to me, top shelf and value are completely unrelated. In the wine world, they frequently talk about QPR, quality to price ratio. To you, Knob Creek may have a great QPR, for me I'd say Bulliet has a better QPR. That's obviously entirely up to the one doing the drinking!

But from where I'm sitting, the fact that it's relatively inexpensive and the fact that there are many better whiskeys out there absolutely means that it's not top shelf. Knob Creek is good, and it is certainly a great value to many people. Like I said, it's not my favorite, but that's almost irrelevant. You say it's a damn fine whiskey, which it may be, but compared to the grand scope of available bourbons it's really only midrange in both price and quality. And I guess I don't see how midrange translates to top shelf.

Like I said before I'm definitely not a whiskey expert or connoisseur, and I'm certainly not a whiskey snob. I've proudly chugged my way through a bottle of Old Granddad during a camping trip, just like I've proudly chugged my way through a 6 pack of High Life when the setting calls for it. But I guess I've never thought of a $25-30 bourbon as top shelf. If that's top shelf, then what's a $70 bottle of Stagg or a $2-300 bottle of Pappy?
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:03 PM   #28
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Black Velvet is a shelf above Ancient Age

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Think I will soak some oak in this.

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By "oak" i hope you mean liver! Nice bottle!

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