Taste My Burnin’ Love

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8 Replies to “Taste My Burnin’ Love”

  1. I haven’t tried them either, but I nosed around a little. The rye is made by MGP in Indiana. They make very good rye (Bulleit rye and many others come from MGP). The Elvis rye costs $50. Bulleit’s around $25, so you’re paying $25 for the cool bottle. Nothing wrong with that, if that’s what you want, and the rye will be good.

    I can’t vouch for the whiskey. It’s distilled in Columbia, TN, so it’s probably from Tennesee Distilling. Like MGP, TD doesn’t bottle and sell their own product; they supply various brands who miraculously “discovered our grandpappy’s old pre-prohibition recipe under a wheel barrow in the barn.” Isn’t it an amazing coincidence how such discoveries accelerated after bourbon sales picked up steam? Anyway, I don’t know what brands come from TD, so I have no idea if their product is good or if I’ve ever tasted it. Try before you buy. Or if you want the bottle bad enough, buy it anyway. I’m guessing that it’s average at worst. Supplier-distillers know what they’re doing; they don’t make bad stuff, but if they did, their clients would likely reject it.

  2. I do enjoy the Bulleit Rye. I had no idea all these different brands were coming out of big production facilities. I’m also not much of a snob when it comes to bourbons. I usually drink Old Forester.

    1. I love OF. And they actually make their own stuff. I’m not much of a bourbon snob, it’s just my drink of choice so I’ve taken some pains to know what I’m buying and what’s worth or not worth spending a little more money.

      There aren’t very many distilleries. Fortunately they all make good whisky, so it’s hard to go wrong unless you’re buying the very cheapest stuff.

      Bourbon’s become so popular that many new brands have popped up. If they were to distill their own stuff, it would take years to get out a product. Hardly anyone can afford to make that kind of investment and wait years for a profit. So they source from the major distilleries. Some pick certain blends and are content just being the bottlers. Others are setting up their own stills. It’s anyone’s guess if their product will be as good as what they source. As a cynical bastard, I’m guessing many will quietly choose to keep sourcing.

    2. I like the Bulleit Rye too! At one bar in NYC, we rediscovered Michter’s (Small Batch), one on the rocks and one neat. Mellow caramel and vanilla goodness …

  3. I have tried to drink this stuff neat, and I just can’t do it. Tastes like a campfire to me. I would assume that some people enjoy that.

  4. Droogie, are you sure you’ve not been slipped some peaty single malt scotch that you’re confusing with bourbon? Because all I taste is maple syrup when I drink it.

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