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pete

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Callling all bourbon fans... I get free binding release checks and discounted ski tunes at bromley since I work there. I have a lot of skis so I'm always in there with a pair of skis getting something done. I've started bringing the shop manager an adult beverage present every year. He likes bourbon. Last year I gave him Bulleit. He liked it but I know nothing about bourbon so wasn't sure if I should keep the bulleit train going or if there's someting "better" I can bring him.

Thanks for any suggestions.
How about something local? I find it fun to give my "local" gifts when traveling.

I did a quick "Vermont" distillery check and found several for example. So odd ;) that maple bourbons seem popular.

(edit: Whistlepig is in Vermont ... never knew)

Maybe a local shop can give insight as to which are "better", some may be great.



 

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Stagg 22B - $120
Weller SR - $100
McKenna - $60
Buffalo Trace - $45

This place is a real find. They had 6 bottles of Blanton's at $99 and Eagle Rare 10 yr at $60. That price for the Blanton's is a bit painful as I just paid $150 for it at another store.
 

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Stagg 22B - $120
Weller SR - $100
McKenna - $60
Buffalo Trace - $45

This place is a real find. They had 6 bottles of Blanton's at $99 and Eagle Rare 10 yr at $60. That price for the Blanton's is a bit painful as I just paid $150 for it at another store.
Those prices are a little high but very doable.
 

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Up thread I asked about a bourbon called Angels Envy and a $42.00 price. So I decided to get a bottle and will give it a try for this holiday.
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The Angel wings are on the back of the bottle that is why I took a second photo.
 

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Those prices are a little high but very doable.
I agree, though I thought the BT and McKenna were pretty good prices. In any case, I’ve been searching for some of these bottles for a while now so paying a reasonable premium was okay. I wouldn’t have touched the Stagg at some of the SM prices I’ve seen but $120 was too good to pass up
 

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Picked up a bottle of 4 Roses per recs. above. Will report back...eventually.

Friend came over with a bottle of Writers Tears Irish whiskey. It tasted pretty good. 3 of us came close to polishing it off in 1 afternoon/evening. We were all in for the evening, wisely deciding to get delivery rather than drive.
 

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I decided to continue the bourbon hunt by stopping at some local stores that I never frequent and found a few bottles.

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These are all good but not worth the current inflated prices, IMO. Even the Buffalo Trace should be a $30 bottle but because the also make Pappy's everything they make now has an undeserved price premium.
 
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Eagle Rare used to be a go to but it is $60-$80 around here for some reason and the last time I tried it I thought it had gone downhill significantly. :(
I recall something happening to the Eagle Rare distillary a few years ago but can't quite recall what happened. Maybe that's why its rare to find and up in price.
 

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I recall something happening to the Eagle Rare distillary a few years ago but can't quite recall what happened. Maybe that's why its rare to find and up in price.
I'm OK with a price increase if the quality also goes up. Unfortunately hat hasn't been the case in most situations,IME.
 

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These are all good but not worth the current inflated prices, IMO. Even the Buffalo Trace should be a $30 bottle but because the also make Pappy's everything they make now has an undeserved price premium.

As I've mentioned up-thread, I've had really bad luck finding any of these bottles, let alone at retail. I'm considering this a splurge purchase and in the future I'll likely be more sensitive to price.

That Weller is good and very hard to find.

I'm looking forward to trying it. I have a bottle of Antique 107 that I really like.
 

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How about something local? I find it fun to give my "local" gifts when traveling.

I did a quick "Vermont" distillery check and found several for example. So odd ;) that maple bourbons seem popular.

(edit: Whistlepig is in Vermont ... never knew)

Maybe a local shop can give insight as to which are "better", some may be great.



I'm a fan of the Mad River Distillery "Revolution Rye". I first had it at a free tasting in the lobby of the base lodge at Sugarbush.
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