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Dec 18, 2009 11:17 AM

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

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. 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. 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. 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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        1. re: tim irvine

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

          1. re: bogie

            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. 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. 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.