Barrel Strength Bourbon – What’s Your View

In Banter by Patrick "Pops" Garrett3 Comments

I read an article in the New York Times about the recent trend of whiskey makers putting out cask or barrel strength bourbon offerings. I’m personally a fan of barrel strength bourbons and the flexibility they provide me as a bourbon drinker. I’m curious to hear what you have to say on the subject. Please use the poll below to share your thoughts and as always, you the comments if you have more to say.

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    To be honest, I think it is the best way to have bourbon. I think it give it the most true flavors. You do need to be careful drinking it, because it will sneak up on you. My favorite is Bookers, it can be expensive depending on where you get it. I have found it for under $40, so I stock up. Anytime I see a barrel aged bourbon I will buy it.

    I think I shall have some Bookers this evening.


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    Basically, from a scotch drinkers point of view, most American whiskeys are underproof anyway. It would help a lot of they do not bottle at 40% ABV but at least at 45%. Water can still be put in for the people who need their whiskey more watery.

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    Several really good barrel strength expressions come to mind, but for me the Mack-Daddy is George T. Stagg. I like to pour it neat, and just savor the presentation. It’s not as powerful as some would imagine. The barrel proofs allow novice drinkers to pick out the different flavors. GTS is famous for it’s vanilla and carmel flavors.

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