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No_Fly_Zone

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Yes sir! Definitely a personal tastes thing. My sweet spot for most bourbons is 9-12 year old( anything older starts going the other way for me), 100 proof minimum and most importantly a low rye mashbill.

Take Knob Creek for example. Ive had access to KC from 9-15 year and from 100- full barrel proof. The best that ive had is around 11 to 12 year full barrel proof. After 12 it starts getting more of a "bite" to me.
Find the bourbons that you like. As i said earlier , i work for Beam and know a lot of people at Buffalo Trace.....most of those guys will tell you that the best bourbon they make is Eagle Rare and Weller 12 year( same as Pappy lot b ).
Eagle Rare and Weller's 12 are on my "see it, buy it" list. Dollar for dollar, Eagle Rare is in my top 3. The Weller's, unfortunately, is harder to find.
 

kyhurricane

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Eagle Rare and Weller's 12 are on my "see it, buy it" list. Dollar for dollar, Eagle Rare is in my top 3. The Weller's, unfortunately, is harder to find.
Almost impossible to find Weller around here also. Once everyone found out Weller and Pappy were the same mashbill Weller became very hard to get...and expensive. lol. Before the bourbon "boom" i could buy Weller 12 for around 25.00 a bottle and could get it almost any day. Same for Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year...bought bottle after bottle for around the same. Now Weller 12 is 250.00 and ORVW 10 is 500+
lol
 

wspcane

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Almost impossible to find Weller around here also. Once everyone found out Weller and Pappy were the same mashbill Weller became very hard to get...and expensive. lol. Before the bourbon "boom" i could buy Weller 12 for around 25.00 a bottle and could get it almost any day. Same for Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year...bought bottle after bottle for around the same. Now Weller 12 is 250.00 and ORVW 10 is 500+
lol
Being in the bourbon business, are distilleries ramping up production to reach demand a few years out? Obviously there’s only so much you can do for a 12 year bourbon in the short run. I’m not sure the prices will ever come back down anyways, now that it’s been proven people will spend it.
 

kyhurricane

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Being in the bourbon business, are distilleries ramping up production to reach demand a few years out? Obviously there’s only so much you can do for a 12 year bourbon in the short run. I’m not sure the prices will ever come back down anyways, now that it’s been proven people will spend it.
Yes they are. Buffalo Trace has really ramped up production. They bought a farm right behind the distillery and have built at 4 or 5 new warehouses that i can i see...maybe more. It will be interesting to see how the supply of the Weller and younger Pappy bourbons are in a few years. The retail price of those 2 isnt really that bad ....it's the secondary market that makes them near impossible to get. Hoping supply drives down the price.

Beam built the largest warehouse in Kentucky about 5 years and have 126 total i think. We're making a lot of flavored whiskeys right now that is causing us to ramp up still production. I think they also ramped up production on Knob Creek. We ran out of 9 year about 2 or 3 years ago because of demand. KC fans probably noticed the absence of the 9 year age statement on KC bottles for a while.


Beam ran out of 9 year Knob Creek about 2 years ago because of being short. They had older bourbon 12-15 year but was waiting on 9 year to age.Knob Creek fans probably noticed the age statement missing from the label. During that time i think they blended 2 different ages of K.C. together(6 and 13 i think) until the 9 year became available again which was last year.
 

BosCane

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120 proof Knob store picks are the best value in Bourbon, IMO. Really hope they don't cancel the program like some other Distillers.
 
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