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mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2004/07/16 18:14:48
One of the perks to being a part of the Maker's Mark Marketing Club is that you can have your name blazed onto a barrel of the stuff when it is distilled and set aside...Then when the barrel comes of age for bottling they will invite you to a tasting as the product is being bottled. It is a fun time, and makes me feel a part of the local bourbon coulture here. At last report you could buy "your barrel" for a mere $4000 if you wanted to keep it a real Private Reserve". posted 2/15/2004 by AJB

OK it is time to update this thread.

Today I received my Certificate from Makers Mark with the Barrel Number etc, of 'my' barrel. They will notify me when the bourbon comes of age and we can come out and observe "Our Barrel" being bottled....and buy some of the bottles if'n that's our pleasure. While this sounds like quite a sales thingy, I must admit it is a good one. They even have photo's on the website that 'show me' "My barrel" as it was placed in the Storage Barn. I think this is neat, and look forward to seeing(and tasting) the finished product when it comes of age. Maybe we can have a Louisville Meet and Drink session to celebrate that event.




mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2004/07/16 18:25:53
This is kind of a different track than the above....but i found it interesting to read that Makers Mark doesn't sell the used barrels to the public...or reuse them. Instead they sell the used MM Barrels to the distillers of Canadien and Scotch Whiskies. Apparently it is ok to use second hand bourbon barrels to hold that $50 a bottle single Malt Scotch for 12 or 20 years. Just makes me wonder!!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2004/07/17 02:53:26
Mr. Mayor, that sounds like fun to me. The only problem I see is that if my name was on the certificate, I would feel some responsibility of protecting it. I would like to own it.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Phishmonger
Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2004/07/17 10:37:39
Just opened a bottle of Knob Creek (Single Barrel, 9 years old) last night. It's smo-o-o-th as silk and quite nice with just a little spring water and ice. I think I'll have a little right now. It's past noon somewhere.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2004/07/17 10:43:10
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

This is kind of a different track than the above....but i found it interesting to read that Makers Mark doesn't sell the used barrels to the public...or reuse them. Instead they sell the used MM Barrels to the distillers of Canadien and Scotch Whiskies. Apparently it is ok to use second hand bourbon barrels to hold that $50 a bottle single Malt Scotch for 12 or 20 years. Just makes me wonder!!

Not only is it ok, it's nearly mandatory. Every good scotch distillery that I can think of uses either American bourbon barrels or Spanish sherry barrels for aging.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: bourbon 2004/07/18 20:05:16
On Mr. Mayor's advice, I submitted my name for a barrel a couple of months ago. I expect to have my certificate around the end of this year. In 2011, let's all plan on getting together at the Mayor's house and drinking our bourbon. I think Lanesville, Indiana will never be the same.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2004/07/19 15:23:51
quote:
Originally posted by Phishmonger

Just opened a bottle of Knob Creek (Single Barrel, 9 years old) last night. It's smo-o-o-th as silk and quite nice with just a little spring water and ice. I think I'll have a little right now. It's past noon somewhere.


A friend of mine just retired and I got him a fifth of Knob Creek. I hope he does not mix it with Coke as i doubt if he knows the value of the taste of this good stuff.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2004/07/19 16:03:57
Knob Creek, then Wild Turkey 101. A bit of water with either (maybe club soda with the Turkey), and just enough ice to chill it well.
ReLoad
Junior Burger
RE: bourbon 2007/12/16 18:10:20

~ "In-Depth"
- I 'found' Ezra Brooks 15yo bourbon;
-(circa early 80s) 2b the
Absolute BEST Ever tasted. Since then however;
-not nearly the same quality.
- Using Walfart brand
~ "Great value"
100% Aribica coffee in a
"Well/Often used espresso machine:

~ I occasionally go into "production mode",
- by making a Quart,(8fl oz at a time)
-of bourbon espresso'd thru
3 Heaping Tablespoons of coffee, which:
-I then refrigerate in a 1 qt glass container,
- w/ lid that seals well & end-up with
~ Concentrated Coffe(w/*Kick[;-). A jigger
added to *Ice'd Caugh-ee
~ in 'night trading' commodities monitoring
- sessions gives a good tasting, awake yet:
~ ReLaxed state of 'awareness'.
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2007/12/16 18:38:15
JTS BROWN If Fast Eddie Felson can drink it so can I.....lol Russ
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2007/12/16 19:17:52
Russ, Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. We will be checking out the Opening of "Our" batch of Makers Mark in less than 2 years. I wish i had the $4000(@) it takes to buy the whole 53 gallon barrel when they open it. That would be a great "Old Man's Gift". Maybe i need to hint to my son's how much that would mean to me !!!
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2007/12/16 21:02:21
Evan Williams is good value and Ezra Brooks 90 is as well
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2007/12/16 21:28:29
We were given a very nice bottle of Jefferson's Reserve. We are enjoying it greatly.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 12:28:09
A BUMP to bring this back for an UPDATE-

I may have to alter my concept of shopping locations.... Today while shopping for some cheap soda at our local, Corydon, Indiana, WalMart, I saw that they now stock KNOB CEEK and WILD TURKEY 101 in a new "Hard Liquor" section of the Beer and Wine Aisle. There were several other of the well-known brands of various types of booze there...But those two struck me as unusual for WALMART inventory!
boyardee65
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 12:34:20
I'm still partial to Makers Mark and Knob Creek. I have tried the Woodford Reserve and find it a little too sweet for my taste. I usually drink it straight with a water back(no ice.)

David O.
Ashphalt
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 12:42:07
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

A BUMP to bring this back for an UPDATE-

I may have to alter my concept of shopping locations.... Today while shopping for some cheap soda at our local, Corydon, Indiana, WalMart, I saw that they now stock KNOB CEEK and WILD TURKEY 101 in a new "Hard Liquor" section of the Beer and Wine Aisle. There were several other of the well-known brands of various types of booze there...But those two struck me as unusual for WALMART inventory!


I'm sure you'll hardly notice the minor imperfections.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 13:33:50
Last Friday, I tried some Johnny Drum (Kentucky Bourbon). The smokiness reminded me of some scotches I enjoy, and yet had the sweetness, reminiscent of vanilla, we all come to expect. It was well balanced and very smooth, easily sipped neat. Definately on my new favorites list.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 13:53:48
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Russ, Thanks for bringing this thread back to life. We will be checking out the Opening of "Our" batch of Makers Mark in less than 2 years. I wish i had the $4000(@) it takes to buy the whole 53 gallon barrel when they open it. That would be a great "Old Man's Gift". Maybe i need to hint to my son's how much that would mean to me !!!

Mr. Mayor:

I too am an "Ambassador" of "Makers Mark", I too have a "birth certificate". I emailed asking about owing my barrel or at least the part blazend my with my name(and others for that matter). I was told that the barrells eventually end up out of the country. I did however over the holidays receive a letter sealer(wax and stamp). You?
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 14:01:27
Yeah, I got the freebie too ! At first I thought it was a crayon!!! (The Kentucky Word-Processor!)

I recently got a notice that when the time comes for our barrel to be opened, they will allow us to buy 2 bottles of MM from that barrel, if we give them notice to set aside the bottles until we can pick them up. I WILL do that !!
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 14:24:13
Nice to see this thread again. I think I will also reserve my 2 bottles
Wintem01
Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 14:57:52
Normally a Jack Daniels man. Couple cubes with a beer chaser. But if no Jack is available then Makers Mark is a splendid substitute. Does anyone else find Jim Beam as awful as I do? Something about it really turns my stomach.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 15:39:24
quote:
Originally posted by Wintem01

Normally a Jack Daniels man. Couple cubes with a beer chaser. But if no Jack is available then Makers Mark is a splendid substitute. Does anyone else find Jim Beam as awful as I do? Something about it really turns my stomach.


as a JD fan, you might be agreeable to Beam Black, even if the regular Jim Beam is not to your liking.

Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 15:45:15
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Yeah, I got the freebie too ! At first I thought it was a crayon!!! (The Kentucky Word-Processor!)

I recently got a notice that when the time comes for our barrel to be opened, they will allow us to buy 2 bottles of MM from that barrel, if we give them notice to set aside the bottles until we can pick them up. I WILL do that !!


I thought my stamp was a free SAMPLE!!!!!!!! When I realized it wouldn't open, I then read the enclosure.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 15:51:38
Hi,
Count me in as a long time fan(over 40 years..of good old Tennessee Sour Mash...Jack Daniels! I'm even a Tennessee Squire..awarded to me by JD. I own one square inch of Jack Daniel's Hollow!! Any other Tennessee squires out there?
leethebard
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 17:26:16
I am also a squire.
The occasional letters they send us are always good fun
JoeEats
Junior Burger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 17:37:00
I'm a big fan of Woodford and Knob Creek. Enjoy Basil Hayden as well. Maker's Mark makes a fabulous Manhattan.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/10 17:53:08

Joe,
We signed up for the Woodford Reserve "Exec-Club" I have forgotten the actual name, but it operates like the Makers Mark and JD 'memberships'. We did attend a fine luncheon at the distillery with Paul, Bushie, & Poverty Pete in 2006. Woodford Reserve does send out a lot of emails announcing events related to the Horse Country and Bourbon Culture. We hope to attend more in the future. The Woodford distillery is in an absolutely beautiful location, surrounded by the beautiful horse farms in the Bluegrass area.

Buffalo Trace is another quality distiller in that same region.
Wintem01
Cheeseburger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/11 09:56:11

as a JD fan, you might be agreeable to Beam Black, even if the regular Jim Beam is not to your liking.




Thanks Scorereader, I'll give it a shot.
hipster006
Junior Burger
RE: bourbon 2008/01/11 10:21:49
i recently tried some great bourbon from of all places, hudson valley,ny. previously i thought bourbon had to be a product of kentucky but that is not true. to be bourbon it has to be aged in charred barrels. live and learn.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: bourbon 2008/01/11 10:36:27
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

Hi,
Count me in as a long time fan(over 40 years..of good old Tennessee Sour Mash...Jack Daniels! I'm even a Tennessee Squire..awarded to me by JD. I own one square inch of Jack Daniel's Hollow!! Any other Tennessee squires out there?
leethebard


Me! Although, they stopped sending me goodies some time ago. I thought the program was defunct.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/11 17:35:14
Hi,
Miamidon...me too. They stopped sending me the letters and little gifts years ago too. Now you got me wondering if the Tennessee Squires is defunct. Any one out there still getting the mail from the Jack Daniel'es Tennessee Squires?
leethebard
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/11 20:16:08
Back in 2006 I think it was I won a bottle of Heaven Hill as a door prize at a Crabfest is Baltimore. The bottle was donated by The Mayor BTW. It was the 1st bourbon/whiskey I liked. So for New Years I bought a bottle of MM for myself. That is some fine tasting booze.

MikeS.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/12 01:11:09
Mike,
Heaven Hill is distilled in Bardstown, KY. At the distillery the company runs the Bourbon Heritage Center that offers tours of the place and some museum-type displays and a gift shop. It is a nice place to stop...close to Bardstown itself, and has one other outstanding feature. If you do the tour you then are invited to a great "Tasting Room" where samples of the various levels of Bourbon Products are available for a taste.

We find Heaven Hill to be quite adequate, especially at the bargain prices it sells for in the local markets. It is not Knob Creek, but it is Less than a quarter the price also.
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: bourbon 2008/01/12 23:41:36
Thanks Al, I did buy a 2nd bottle after the 1 I won. I still have most of it but switched to MM at New Years when I was feeling flush.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: bourbon 2008/01/21 19:16:57
quote:
Originally posted by Russ Jackson

JTS BROWN If Fast Eddie Felson can drink it so can I.....lol Russ


Years ago I bought a fifth of JTS BROWN with the same thought as you. Yikes! That stuff would grow hair on Jessica Alba's chest!

After years of "study", nothing beats two fingers of Evan Williams Black with two cubes.
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