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Heavenly Hill is where it's at! Not really j/k. I'm more of a craft beer guy these days but I did enjoy a night cap of Wild Turkey rare breed my roommate always kept in the cabinet in college.
My top 3 would be:
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
I bought a bottle of Heinrich (sp?) today for a buddy that I owed a favor to, and when I went to my usual spot to buy, one of my friends that works there gave me the education on Pappy Van Winkle. He said its offered once a year in MS, and that's usually around Thanksgiving. The few bottles they get to sale are gone in a couple days. He said its good, but for the money, he likes other labels. Maybe someday I can sample it.
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This is without a doubt, true. Pappy van winkle is great but there are comparable bourbons you can find in a ton of liquor stores for 40-70 dollars. pappy gets the hype it gets because 1) its a great bourbon 2) the legend of the old distillery 3) how hard it is to find and 4) people that review bourbon collectively decided they were going to tout this liquor like it's going out of style.
Here is a tip if anyone is interested in having a good supply of the "Pappy Van Winkle" of the future, buy black maple hill whenever you see it. Also buy any of buffalo trace antique line you see. Pappy is going to drop in quality over the next 5-10 years and eventually won't even be talked about really. It's worth a shot, and it's worth owning, and it truly is a special bourbon but there are 3-4 different brands a year that come out that are just as good an a lot cheaper
Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr Old
Pappy Van Winkle 15 yr Old
Four Roses Single Barrel
Makers Mark 46
Pappy Van Winkle 12 yr Old
I have three of the Pappy's, thanks to a close friend who's a VP of a Regional Liquor Distributorship. He gets around 15 bottles (assorted ages) every December. I read on this thread where someone is saying Pappy is only a "hipster" thing. He couldn't be more wrong. I'm a bourbon guy, and have had many of the better ones out there. The 20 and 15 are the best by a long shot, with nothing else even close that I've tasted. I haven't had the good fortune to try Pappy 23 year old, which must be out of this world, based on the 20 and 15. I'll probably get the 23 this year for Christmas.
The 12 year old is good, but Four Roses is much better in my opinion. Many of the so-called premium bourbons are not worth the heavy price tag. I've been able to taste so many bourbons, because I host Bourbon tasting/Texas Hold-em parties, and my Distributor pal helps me out with the inventory.
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