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Anyone tried Costco's 7 year old small batch Bourbon?

ed1066 Mar 28, 2011 11:51 AM

I did, and it's pretty darn good, especially for the price ($19.99 for a 1 liter bottle at my location). Bottled at 103 proof, I noticed a nice toffee caramel nose with a warm, slight coconutty flavor. It was actually reminiscent of a less intense version of the George T. Stagg I have. I'd put it a notch above Knob Creek, a notch below maybe Booker's. Still, for twenty bucks, I'm a believer.

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  1. yarm RE: ed1066 Mar 28, 2011 02:18 PM

    I have not but one of my friends just wrote about it in his blog a few days ago:


    1. alanbarnes RE: ed1066 Apr 4, 2011 07:40 PM

      First off, "small batch" is a hint that it comes out of the Beam distillery, which uses the phrase to describe their premium-label whiskeys (http://www.smallbatch.com ). But you don't really need hints when the feds provide express confirmation (https://www.ttbonline.gov/colasonline... ).

      It's my understanding that all Beam bourbons except Basil Hayden's share the same mash bill. That's not to say that Booker T. Noe ("look, Ma, it comes with its own coffin!") is the same as Jim Beam White. But there's a certain family resemblance there - if they're not siblings, they're certainly cousins. The differences are attributable to time in wood and bottle proof.

      I've only tried the Kirkland whiskey once, and not in a serious tasting environment. Also, it was before I started trying to figure out who made it, and there was nothing to compare it to. Still and all, my guess was that was related to Knob Creek, a Beam product with which (ahem) I have a passing familiarity. Some time soon I'm going to buy a bottle of the Costco stuff and a bottle of Baker's (same age, similar proof) and try them side by side.

      Since the Costco stuff is $20 and Baker's is $45+, it seems like a smart bet to make. Worst case scenario, I've got a mid-priced bottle of bourbon to use in Manhattans. And if the flavors are as similar as I expect them to be, I'll have a Baker's bottle I can decant the Kirkland stuff into before I serve it to my guests. ;-)

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        alanbarnes RE: alanbarnes May 10, 2011 07:10 PM

        Bought a bottle of the Kirkland Small Batch Bourbon and tasted it side-by-side with a miniature of Baker's. They're indistinguishable to me the others who joined in the exercise. At 103 proof and 107 proof, respectively, they're both a little hot when sipped neat. Add touch of water and they open up beautifully. Maybe a couple of extra drops of water in the Baker's would make them absolutely identical. Or maybe I'm deluding myself.

        Long story short, this is the best $15 bourbon out there (price adjusted for size - it's $20 for a liter bottle). If you enjoy the Beam "small batch" whiskeys, you owe it to yourself to get some of this stuff.

      2. davis_sq_pro RE: ed1066 Apr 15, 2011 06:16 PM

        I picked up a bottle of this tonight, and I totally agree with your assessment. Pretty similar to Knob Creek but bottled a bit younger and at a slightly higher proof. A fantastic deal at $20/liter.

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          Alcachofa RE: davis_sq_pro May 11, 2011 12:06 PM

          I've thought that Knob Creek is just Jim Beam Black aged another year (KC 9 yr, JBB 8 yr). Any idea if this educated guess has any merit? Also, does that mean Bakers is just JBB one year younger?

          Also, a reminder that, at least in Massachusetts, you do NOT need to be a member of Costco to buy booze there.

        2. scubadoo97 RE: ed1066 Apr 18, 2011 02:13 PM

          It's Beam, it's cheap and it's good.

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            sdwr98 RE: ed1066 Apr 22, 2011 06:48 AM

            Tried this last night and tasted it side-by-side with Knob Creek. It's definitely the same family, and it's smooth enough to sip (maybe with an ice cube). A really solid deal, I think.

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              Marshabar RE: ed1066 May 14, 2011 04:13 PM

              I have tried that and it is quite amazing. Very smooth.

              1. alanbarnes RE: ed1066 May 15, 2011 07:53 PM

                One word: Manhattan. I normally wouldn't mix a whiskey this good, but it's so reasonably priced...

                3:1 with Carpano Antica. Fee's orange bitters. Orange slice. Nuff said.

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                  Marshabar RE: alanbarnes May 16, 2011 08:59 AM

                  Absolutely right, it's perfect.

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