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What bourbon would be your favorite as a holiday gift this year?

Blind Mind Dec 18, 2009 11:17 AM

Ive had the opportunity to try a bunch of new bourbons this year and I gotta say that George T. Stagg uncut/unfiltered is by far my favorite new discovery. I think the flavors are perfect for the holidays too, not to mention the 141.4 proof which is great for tuning out at the end of all the hectic holiday festivities. So, Im endorsing that as my holiday bourbon of 2009. What is yours?

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  1. sku Dec 18, 2009 12:30 PM

    Stagg is always a great gift, but it has become so popular that it is often hard to find by December (it usually releases in October).

    This year, I'm a big fan of the William Larue Weller that came out as part of the Buffalo Trace Antique collection (the same series that includes Stagg). It's a wheated Bourbon with wonderful, subtleties and complex flavor and this year's is fabulous...and may still be on the shelves.

    If you're shopping for a real Bourbon geek, the Jefferson Presidential Select 17 year old is made from Bourbon distilled at the now defunct Stitzel-Weller distillery. It's pricey but it's also a very good Bourbon and a drop of whiskey history.


    1. folprivate Dec 18, 2009 04:26 PM

      I would say Pappy van Winkle 20yr old or Noah's Mill 15yr old but your posting has me thinking I should see if I can find the Stagg in this area.

      1. tim irvine Dec 19, 2009 07:26 AM

        second the vote for Pappy. In a less astronomical price range, the Evan Williams single barrels have all (so far) been a lot lighter but still very interesting/.

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          bogie Dec 21, 2009 05:21 AM

          a third vote for Pappy! Also, 16 or 20 yr old Hirsch (another defunct distillery) if you can find it.

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            Blind Mind Dec 21, 2009 11:04 AM

            I tried both Hirsch's recently and neither of them do it for me. I really dont get all the hoopla surrounding the 16yr, nor the ridiculous price. I found it to be ok at best but maybe its just not my style (plus, something about it not being a KY bourbon makes it less attractive for me - and no, I dont live in KY).

            Agreed on the Pappy 20yr which is a fine bourbon at a more friendly price than its brother, the 23yr. The Blanton's gift is a nice one but I've got all the corks already (been planning an art project with them for 1.5 years now...someday haha). I havent seen the W.L. Weller antique yet but I will look for it. Saw Jefferson 17 the other week and may have to try that one too. THanks!

        2. JohnE O Dec 19, 2009 12:37 PM

          Pappy is really pricey and surprisingly hard to find (even though I live across the river from KY). Noah's Mill is a smooth drink for a high proof bourbon. As a gift I would highly recommend Blanton's. It tastes great, you should be able to find it for around $40 and it comes in an attractive bottle with a cool little pewter racehorse on top of the cork.

          1. Davwud Dec 21, 2009 05:26 AM

            I'll nominate 2.

            I've always been fond of Blanton's and with the collector horse stopper, it's a nice gift.

            Recently another hound suggested I try the Evan Williams single barrel and was very impressed. This is dollar for dollar one of the best I've tried.

            Now I have to go find me some Stagg unfiltered.


            1. Uncle Bob Dec 22, 2009 07:59 AM

              There are so many....I'll take a couple of Blanton's just to make it easy........

              1. andytee Dec 30, 2009 08:12 PM

                I received a bottle of Wathen's and loved it.

                If I could ask Santa for something else, it would be a bottle of the Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye, been wanting to try that for some time.

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                  cincyhounddog Jan 7, 2010 06:22 PM

                  Totally agree with the George T Stagg 15 yr Uncut unfiltered. Truly one of the best bourbons I have tried. Just finished one bottle and have one more to go, Too bad it won't be around again until next Sept or October. Picked up some Pappy Van Winkle 15 which was pretty good, but George T it is not.

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                    Blind Mind Jan 8, 2010 06:23 AM

                    This year's Stagg was aged 16yr, 7 months. Agreed that it is superior to the Pappy 15yr. I still have about 1/2 a bottle and my bartender at my favorite watering hole said he had a few bottles that he found and would be bringing in after I finished off the last one last night so I'm pretty happy about that.

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