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Booze Review: Very Old Barton

Posted by Kzoppistan , 17 October 2011 · 1,104 views

Ok, anybody who knows me knows I love Jack Daniels. Whiskey snobs will turn their noses up, but I stand by it. It resides in that perfect middle ground between taste and affordability. So that is my benchmark for all whiskeys. I've had shots of whiskey that the cost per bottle would equate to a small mortgage, and not to discount good craftsmanship, but there is diminishing returns of taste to price the higher up you go. At some point you're drinking prestige, not booze.

Unfortunately, (for my whiskey choice, at least) I reside in Kentucky. And this state takes pride in its well crafted bourbon, of which there are plenty. So not only is Tennessee whiskey a faux pas, but it's also more expensive.

With that in mind, this evening I went to the liquor store for something to drink. Tonight I would try something different.

Now, I am a cheapskate. However, I have a certain level of taste that I will not lower myself to. I absolutely will not buy a "well" whiskey. I drink my booze straight up. None of that !@#$% coke mix. Not that I don't enjoy a good <soda> and <booze> combo, but if I'm buying for myself, I buy something I don't have to mix. Just like my coffee, I like to enjoy the natural flavor. If it can't stand on its own, I don't want it. Thus the never ending quest to find the best "cheap" booze.

I think I found it with the Very Old Barton's.

Now usually when ever I've had anything that started with Very Old, I've already been incredibility !@#$faced to begin with and couldn't remember the next day what it was. Very Old anything is something I certainly wouldn't have picked on my own if it wasn't recommend by the bartender or shoved into my hand. Something about the titling suggests... something I'm not sure I would like. I can't put my finger on it. Sort of like a used car salesman named "Honest" Eddy.

So browsing the shelves, I see this nice round 750mil bottle.

For $8.99.

That in itself made me pause. That much booze for so little price? Surely it's crap. But I looked it over, respectable label printing, counted my money, looked it over, 80 proof, and counted my money again. If it was a poor choice, I didn't have the funds to buy something else and my night would be ruined (just ruined ).... $%&@ it, I took the plunge.

With a nice 22 oz. Stella Artois to put the taste of alcohol in my mouth (I like to drink beer and booze at the same time), I gave it a pour.

Ok, actually I drank it out of the bottle first. But as of this writing it's now in a booze appropriate glass.

It has a light amber color and the smell isn't overpowering. It's been aged 6 years.

The taste is very smokey and woody.

Smooth.

Very smooth.

Dryish aftertaste, and a good medium burn in the stomach but not the throat. No tang or sharpness at all. It's so smokey that I would accuse it of being charcoal filtered except I'm fairly certain that would invalidate its claim to bourbon, that and it is not sweet, as is often a characteristic of charcoal filtering. But it's definitely got a nice light wood smoke linger.

Mmm, delicious.

I highly recommend it, and it might be my new favorite.

Cheers.




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Rebel Virginia
Oct 17 2011 08:38 PM
Is this whiskey found in Virginia by any chance, or is it limited to Kentucky?
I'm sure if you looked around for it you'd find it.


Give it a shot, you might like it.

Also:

Alliance Spirits & Wine, LLC
2203 Tomlynn St.
Richmond, VA 23230
Bus: 804.377.8910
Fax: 804.377.8913
*Update: Ugh. Very Old Hangover.
Kzoppistan does something useful, provides me with a new whiskey to try.

Cheers.
Smooth whiskey aged only 6 years. There had to be some sort of catch....you might want to get your sperm count checked.
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Stonewall Jaxon
Oct 19 2011 07:06 AM
Might be better than taking straight pulls of Kentucky Dale... I'll have to try getting more expensive whiskey next time I'm out.

Also, you taste guys should know, why do I always seem to prefer whiskey to bourbon? I mean I can go Belushi on a bottle of Jack, yet I'm pretty sure I could not with Beam

Smooth whiskey aged only 6 years. There had to be some sort of catch....you might want to get your sperm count checked.


:lol1:

Also, you taste guys should know, why do I always seem to prefer whiskey to bourbon? I mean I can go Belushi on a bottle of Jack, yet I'm pretty sure I could not with Beam


Well, it might be that the requirements to be a bourbon are rather strict. No flavoring added, no coloring added, at least 51% of the alcohol must be from corn, and must be aged in charred oak barrels. There are some other finer points, too, but the point being, a whiskey maker can alter his batches to suite tastes, which can make it easier to drink.

Though it might just be that your particular tastes lean towards other whiskeys or you haven't had a bourbon comparative. For example, Jack Daniel's could qualify as bourbon due to how it's made (and is under NAFTA it is, though it's of a murky legal distinction) and yet I find it better tasting than many bourbons.

Skill of the distiller and a recipe demanding quality, I suppose is the defining factor.

Might be better than taking straight pulls of Kentucky Dale... I'll have to try getting more expensive whiskey next time I'm out. Also, you taste guys should know, why do I always seem to prefer whiskey to bourbon? I mean I can go Belushi on a bottle of Jack, yet I'm pretty sure I could not with Beam



Hell, I don't know.....I don't believe the hype in all the 'super-aged, super-smooth' crap out there. I find as much pleasure in a bottle of red label as I do in a bottle of blue label...and we're talking about a $130 price difference between the two. Yeah, wow...smooth. Who cares? As long as it's not in a plastic bottle and doesn't taste like kerosene, I'll drink it.

As long as it's not in a plastic bottle and doesn't taste like kerosene, I'll drink it.


Words to live by. :awesome:

While I'm a fan of quality, I hate pretension. A bottle of booze is only going to taste so good or bad compared to another. I've definitely had some cheap stuff that would be better used as a fuel additive or depilatory, but going up from there is a declining difference in taste from one price to another. Most people are just paying for the name, anyway.

As long as it's not in a plastic bottle and doesn't taste like kerosene, I'll drink it.

Words to live by. :awesome: While I'm a fan of quality, I hate pretension. A bottle of booze is only going to taste so good or bad compared to another. I've definitely had some cheap stuff that would be better used as a fuel additive or depilatory, but going up from there is a declining difference in taste from one price to another. Most people are just paying for the name, anyway.


I actually tried this a while ago, don't ask. It works to run your car at about 20% concentration with petrol, much past that and the average car will give up. :awesome:

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