Crash607 wrote:Would you guys pay $60 for a bottle of elmer t lee? I'm in Valencia CA, found a place near me that has it, but for maybe double retail. However, this stuff has become really hard to come by. Thoughts? Also, anyone ever had Old Weller Antique 107? I'm curious if this is worth a buy as well.
No I wouldn't pay $60 for ETL. It's a great buy at $30, good buy at $40, beyond that is just simply gouging imho. Old Weller is a wheated bourbon and honestly I think it's over hyped. But that is just my opinion for most of what comes out of Buffalo Trace. It's not bad don't get me wrong, but I personally prefer either Larceny or Makers Mark for a wheated bourbon.
Toured Wild Turkey today. Honestly we both felt it was a fairly big disappointment. Don't hear much about this one on the bourbon trail and I think I know why now. From a brand with so much history I was just expecting a whole lot more. Its the largest single site distillery in the US, produces all of the Wild Turkey products. 50% of production is headed to the export market. Basically just about all of the higher end bourbon goes to Japan while just about all of the lower end bourbon goes to Australia. Reason Australia wants a lower priced product is because their taxes and spirits are just sky high they claim.
The plant and bottling house were built in 2009. Both state of the art complexes made of cinder blocks and run by computers, Maybe that is why we just felt it lacked any real sense of history. Toured the oldest rickhouse on the 900 acre facility, built in 1891 and still in use. But I felt the rickhouse was kind of dumpy, just miscellaneous barrels laying around in odd spots, really good amount of trash underneath the barrels on the bottom level, everything from McDonalds to soda cans just thrown under there. Just felt if you are going to show off your product and a warehouse where it all ages, maybe you can tidy it up somewhat. Maybe this is where the dirty bird reference comes from.
The grounds lack any real architecture, landscaping and hardly have any trees, especially old growth trees. Other then the visitor center which is nice the place is pretty blah. Does have a couple great spots with a view of the Kentucky River and a valley.
Worth noting this was the worst tour group we have encountered. Large group of 31 with 25 of those being senior citizens. The tour has about 6 flights of stairs throughout and all we heard from the seniors was "oh I just don't think I can do anymore steps." A few of them were literally wore out flat after this. Should have absolutely been a sign or announcement about the steps because I believe a lot of the seniors would have then passed on the tour.
Gift shop is nice with every single bottle they have for sale at a small price over what you can find at any retail liquor store.
Went to Liquor Barn #3 afterwards and lo and behold they just put out their Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Single Barrel this week. Had about 6 bottles stocked of which I bough only 1. She was wanting to try other things so we compromised a little. She doesn't care for the WRDOSB.
Just my opinion, if you come to KY and tour the bourbon spots, well if you miss this one don't worry too much about it.