That's why I love it when you come out and hang with us at the ranch. You bring bottles of heavenly goodness to try out so I don't make that mistake!!This is probably the worst part of bourbon in general. It became the hipster cool thing for some reason about 5 years ago. The fratboi scotch, if you will. Blantons is the perfect example for me, not the end all be all, but was a good pour at a decent price when you could find the bottles with dust on the boxes. Now every body has to have a bottle so it's allocated and $150+ in non-ABC states. Pappy is another great example, I personally think it's trash, but some how you can't touch even their taint water 10yr for under a few hundred, the 25yr is $10k+. So you end up going down the path of finding something you like and it becomes the "it" bottle...then you can't get it anymore and/or the price quadruples. Then it'll get frustrating because you're spending $50-100/bottle just find out you don't like what you just purchased. So I've come full circle and my dailies are $35 bottles and if I find something cool, great...
Great example: Dave bought a bottle of bookers recently for $100 and wondered if he should open it. I told him I had an open bottle I purchased for about $35 in Mt Airy I'd GLADLY bring to AOP so he could sample. We opened that thing up friday night. I saw a few buzzards circling when they heard the cork pop I poured some out for everyone to try. Then we cut it with water as I've heard a few of ya'll suggest. First a small cut, then more..to eventually 50%. It was horrible at any level. Even CUT by 50% it was still so potent that when I chucked my portion into the fire it bellowed out as if it were pure gasoline
Errbody hated it...except Lacy..she kinda liked it
I think we sent it home with her..but we got into Dave's old fashions after that so I can't remember