Summit Treestands
Which bourbon?
Elk
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jordanathome 28-Aug-20
JohnMC 28-Aug-20
Deertick 28-Aug-20
jordanathome 28-Aug-20
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Straight Shooter 28-Aug-20
Brotsky 28-Aug-20
Norseman 28-Aug-20
Highlife 28-Aug-20
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Mule Power 28-Aug-20
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PECO 28-Aug-20
Ben 28-Aug-20
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LKH 28-Aug-20
Glunker 28-Aug-20
WI Shedhead 28-Aug-20
ohiohunter 29-Aug-20
Jaquomo 29-Aug-20
BW 29-Aug-20
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From: jordanathome
28-Aug-20
So I have a 12 year knob creek, Belle Meade Reserve and a couple of my daily favs....Old Forester 100 proof bourbons. Which one for elk camp? The Belle Meade is something tasty.

From: JohnMC
28-Aug-20
Basil Hayden's not a bad choice. Then again less bourbon might increase odds of eating elk steak and not tag soup!

From: Deertick
28-Aug-20
1792 is nothing to fancy, but it’s a hit at my place (with me)

From: jordanathome
28-Aug-20
This is for celebration purposes. Of course, lots of potential reasons to celebrate. Like, sundown. A big chit. Good meal. Breathing. Bugles.

From: JohnMC
28-Aug-20
Good thing celebration purposes is not just a dead elk. That 12 year knob creek would be 12 year + 12 years ;)

28-Aug-20
Can’t go wrong with any choice.

From: Brotsky
28-Aug-20
I’m a maker’s guy, but Buffalo Trace also has a spot in the line-up.

From: Norseman
28-Aug-20
Amen SS! I bring Evan Williams in the 750 ML plastic. Hide them here and there. I know, I have a problem.

A bottle of Aquavit is always on ice to go with the rare tenderloin celebration meal.

From: Highlife
28-Aug-20
Ghostwood

From: jordanathome
28-Aug-20

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From: Mule Power
28-Aug-20
Good ol Jimmy Beam!

From: MA_Bowhunter
28-Aug-20
If it is bourbon, it's all good!

From: LUNG$HOT
28-Aug-20
I second the Basin Hayden! Good stuff! Buffalo trace if on a budget.

From: Griz34
28-Aug-20
1792

From: PECO
28-Aug-20
Makers for special occasion. Ancient Age otherwise.

From: Ben
28-Aug-20
Evan Williams or Ezra Brooks

From: jordanathome
28-Aug-20
F U John. LOL ;)

From: Ridge815
28-Aug-20
I'm a Buffalo Trace fan myself. May not be too fancy but it always hits the spot for any occasion

From: LKH
28-Aug-20
At 72 and starting at 16 I've got over half a century of drinking bourbon. I still like Beam but it's really hard to beat Knob Creek. Have one in hand now.

What I don't like is Maker's Mark. It has an aftertaste I don't like.

Take the Knob Creek.

Oh, they make a good rye too.

From: Glunker
28-Aug-20
The 12 year old Knob Creek is a clear winner, just add 1/3 cold water. You pay more but but by adding water to lower the 120 proof the price is worth it. Basil Hayden is ok if you like kissing your sister.

From: WI Shedhead
28-Aug-20
Bullet 10year.

From: ohiohunter
29-Aug-20
The only whisky that wowed me lately was blantons and McKenna 10yr. Eagle rare and weller are good, buffalo didn’t live up to the hype imo.

From: Jaquomo
29-Aug-20

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This...except what's left isn't gonna make it to my bow camp in two days.....

From: BW
29-Aug-20
Definitely get some Blantons.

29-Aug-20
I'm cheap in this regard.... I enjoy Evan Williams Honey Bourbon on ice. With the bottle stored in the freezer on ice. LOL

29-Aug-20

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Let’s see what’s in the cellar

29-Aug-20
Oh it’s just a little “Weller”

29-Aug-20
Blantons is my fav( my 4th and last bottle will be in elk camp) but Im loving Bullet 10 year. Certainly easier to get.

From: yellow eye
29-Aug-20
Yes to all I always look for Buffalo T but sometimes hard to find in my area. So I tried Elijah Craig what a great find The Godfather of bourbon

From: midwest
29-Aug-20

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You live in Colorado!

From: Bowbender
29-Aug-20
No one mentioned Woodford Reserve. I'm either sipping that or Knob Creek.

29-Aug-20
It's always benchmark or Pendleton (whisky) for me.

Take the knob!

From: BUCKeye
29-Aug-20
I have tried most and personally would choose Woodford over anything

From: LUNG$HOT
29-Aug-20
C’mon Nick... Stranahans? I’m a Colorado guy and was excited to try it, afterwards I was equally as excited to never drink it again. If you gotta go Colorado “Fireside” Is waaay better.

From: WI Shedhead
29-Aug-20
Wood ford reserve is my #2 that’s good stuff too!!!

From: Shawn
29-Aug-20
I am a potato vodka guy but do like Makers or Knob Creek are both very smooth. Shawn

From: scentman
29-Aug-20
GruntGobble for the win... I am not an Elk hunter but I do enjoy Boubyn! My pocket can afford green label Evan.... now if some of you gents want to pay it forward I will gladly taste test and review your choices.

In return I will pay forward in the box toys I acquired while working for a major toy manufacturer... ahw heck just pm me bout some needy families and I will send them some presents, I need to clean out my attic! scentman

From: sneakem
29-Aug-20
Three come to mind... Four Roses private selection, Angel's Envy and Colonel E.H. Taylor. They all come with a fairly hefty price tag but are soooo good.

From: goyt
29-Aug-20
I like Angel's Envy.

From: jordanathome
29-Aug-20
I actually like the Belle Meade a bit more than the KC12.....shock. I love me some Weller OWA 107. The 12 year Weller doesn't pop for me. The one bottle of BTAC WLW was the absolute most amazing sip I have ever had......hands down....makes me tear up to remember since it is now all gone. Hope my liqour guy hooks me up again this fall. I am not into standing in line or raffles......I am into walking into the store and my guy walking up with a surprise bottle of hard to find goodness. Enjoy!

From: Shb
29-Aug-20

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From: Mertyman
29-Aug-20
For the Basil Hayden's haters, try their 10 year. TOTALLY different and very good. But nothing can beat Blantons if you can find it.

From: lewis
29-Aug-20
Hard to beat Larceny also like Blanton and Bibb and Tuckers stay safe Lewis

From: Mule Power
29-Aug-20
Ridge... although I do love the Beam I’ll definitely give two thumbs ip to the Buffalo Trace.

Speaking of bourbon where is Hunt Man?

From: jordanathome
29-Aug-20
To blow your mind, find and try Old Tub. $20 bottle of surprise....punches well above its weight.

From: midwest
29-Aug-20
LUNG$HOT, have you tried the Sherry Cask? Received it as a gift from my daughter and son-in-law.

I also like the Woodford Rye!

From: midwest
29-Aug-20
Honestly, I don't drink much whiskey. I'm more of a Busch Latte guy. ;-)

From: LUNG$HOT
29-Aug-20
Nick, I have not tried the sherry cask. I’ll have to give it a shot. I know their original is only aged 2 years and it shows. Buffalo trace original bourbon is aged (I think) at least 7 or 8 years and isn’t way overpriced. Good stuff.

29-Aug-20
Uncle Nearest

From: jordanathome
29-Aug-20
Old Forester 1920, just about any of the OF's actually, Rarebreed, some great sips. Blantons is way overpriced at $80+ now for what it is.....lots better cheaper and easier to find out there. Just my opinion.

From: cmbbulldog
29-Aug-20
Basil Hayden... but the dark rye!

Breckenridge is a decent one.

From: Big John
29-Aug-20
Woodford Reserve

From: badbull
29-Aug-20
Have some 70 year old Jim Beam that I've been saving for special occasions. My 23 year old bowhunter granddaughter bought a bottle of "High West" bourbon with a pronghorn on the label for me which actually was not bad. Guess she could not find a bottle with an elk label on it.

From: Shb
29-Aug-20
Here's what I've learned after some research.

Taste is a dynamic function of current body chemistry.

But you have your everyday avg preferences.

Some bourbons are sweeter, and some dryer for lack of a better term.

I like the dryer ones, with buffalo trace being the go to standard.

Basil

Bulleit Barrel Strength

Eagle Rare

Bookers

Blantons

Those suit my taste buds, but may not work for others.

The bourbon to avoid is probably a more important list.

American Prairie Whiskey-with the pronghorn on the label, and Wyoming Whiskey are two of them

- best used for hand sanitizer, or aviation fuel.

From: Root
29-Aug-20
Four Roses single barrel or small batch

From: Grubby
29-Aug-20
I really like berenjager

From: Grubby
29-Aug-20

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From: mgmicky
29-Aug-20
Rowan’s Creek is the best under $50 bottle that I’ve tried. Can be challenging to find though. Angels Envy and Bowman Bros aged in port barrels are good too

From: billygoat
29-Aug-20
"Rye will do, provided it gets here quick!" Augustus McCray To the sunny slopes of long ago...

From: mooseslayer
29-Aug-20
Have to go with the Buffalo Trace myself. Pretty dang smooth on the rocks. Can get it for a decent price!!!

From: KD
29-Aug-20
Buff is ok mild and smooth.

James Beam true give yr old Copper Top which the stopped production is far and away best priced. I guy here put away a 40ft container of it and now we are down to half pints of it.

Skys the limit in KY or TN for small batch number barrels . From select distillers. If you have a guy who does volume they will send barrels for testing. You get co concensus they buy barrel. Run you 45-85per but it old and white oak good.

KD

From: badbull
29-Aug-20
Shb, I just hope that my granddaughter does not read this thread because she thought that the High West that she bought me would be good. I see that you know your bourbons but I did enjoy American Pirarie Whiskey's "High West" mixed........ Badbull

From: Trax
29-Aug-20
Woodford Reserve Double Oakes my favorite among affordable bourbons. Pappy Van Winkle out of my reach! Weller 7 year a great standard pour and the 12 is special. Of the ones originally listed definitely the 12 year Knob.

29-Aug-20
A little late to the party, but Jaq mentioned my favorite many posts ago...Jefferson’s Ocean.

From: longbeard
29-Aug-20
Buffalo Trace for me.

From: elvspec
30-Aug-20
To fit the pack I’d go for the slender bottle of an EH Taylor. But I’m partial.

From: mgmicky
30-Aug-20
Rowan’s Creek is the best under $50 bottle that I’ve tried. Can be challenging to find though. Angels Envy and Bowman Bros aged in port barrels are good too

From: elkster
30-Aug-20
Old Elk, of course. Its elk camp.

From: Bowbender
30-Aug-20
Not a bourbon, but Wild Turkey Honey is very good. I'm definitely not a fan of the flavored whiskeys, cherry this, maple that.. "She who must be obeyed" brought home some Wild Turkey Honey over the holidays for some mixed drink. That stuff is dangerous good!! Never got to see what the drink was, bottle didn't last long enough.

From: BR
30-Aug-20
Well Jim Beam products have helped me buy a bunch of hunting stuff over the last 23 years so I am kind of biased. Go with the Knob Creek or Basil!!

From: Ambush
30-Aug-20

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Whatever your celebratory drink of choice is, it should be themed to the hunt species.

This bottle went into caribou camp a few times before getting drained in about ten minutes one happy day!!

Caribou Crossing. How fitting!

From: Turtlebuc22
30-Aug-20
I'm partial to Eagle Rare or Evan Williams Single Barrel, the Makers 46 would be good too...

From: RD in WI
30-Aug-20
My wife (Turtlebuc22) enjoys good bourbon and has been to a couple of whiskey/bourbon tastings in Rochester, Minnesota. I prefer tequila (Herradura) but the Evan Williams single barrel was pretty good - inexpensive too. Good luck elk hunting.

30-Aug-20

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Not to bad..

From: JSW
30-Aug-20
All of the above are great suggestions with the exception of the single malt varieties and Pendleton's. Barley should be used for beer, not whiskey and the Canadian stuff just isn't the same.

If you want to spend a little more you can't go wrong with the Basil Haydens, Blantons or Bulliets. Blantons, Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace are all made at the same distillery so they have similar flavors. Makers Mark is a great one as well

They all have to be 50% corn but what they use on top of the corn makes all the difference in the world. I personally prefer a bourbon with more wheat and less rye. It gives a smoother finish. All of those I mentioned don't have the bitterness that more rye can give.

Of course we all have different tastes so just go with what you like best.

30-Aug-20
I love a good snort... I’m a fan of Buffalo Trace, wild Turkey 81, 4 Roses, Basil Haydens..

From: Deertick
30-Aug-20
Wyoming Whiskey ain’t bad ... gotta say. Smooth, medium alcohol.

From: ohiohunter
31-Aug-20
Herra Dura repasado or anejo will make you see tequila in a whole new light! Cabo Wabo or Casa Noble... always repasado or anejo.

From: SteveB
31-Aug-20
Hard to go wrong with most of those choices....except the Stranahans. Cant stand the stuff. I have over 50 bottles of various labels and if you just want a good daily drinker that is really hard to beat, get Four Roses small batch, or Single Barrel. You'll thank me. Also a good choice at reasonable $$ is Larceny or Woodford Reserve. Enjoy responsibly and have fun!!

From: PowellSixO
31-Aug-20
Four Roses Single barrel or small batch. You're welcome.

From: easeup
31-Aug-20
billygoat with the awesome post.... ""Rye will do, provided it gets here quick!" Augustus McCray To the sunny slopes of long ago...

local blend down here will be packed in.......just look at the bottle, it says..... TX

From: ELKBUSTER
31-Aug-20
Jim beam black but benchmark if you have to share

From: tkjwonta
31-Aug-20

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Normally a beer drinker, but you guys inspired me. Now I remember why I'm normally a beer drinker.

From: Gunny
31-Aug-20
Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Wild Turkey Makers Keep

Angle’s Envy

Eagle Rare

Almost any single or small batch.

I know a waitress or a bartender doesn’t know what they’re talking about when I ask “what ya got for bourbon?” And they respond with Crown Royal, or Jack Daniels...

When in doubt, most taverns have Maker’s Mark which is a decent bourbon.

From: nowheels
01-Sep-20
Buffalo Trace

Weller Special Reserve is always good, although it’s getting harder to find around here.

I’ve tried most of the Old Forester batches, but haven’t tried the 1920 yet due to cost. Definitely will try that one soon.

My current bottle is an 8 yr old Evan Williams Single Barrel. Very nice and costs less than $30/bottle.

From: Brun
02-Sep-20
W.L. Weller 12 year is the best I've ever tasted, but it will set you back about $230 a bottle. Too steep for me, but if you ever get a chance to try some don't hesitate.

From: Dclark
02-Sep-20
Elijah Craig small batch. Evan Williams single barrel If we are mixing Wild Turkey 101

From: BK
03-Sep-20
Old Forester 86 Best bang for the buck

From: Highlife
03-Sep-20
Well if it's a matter of cost just get a bottle of 10 High it'll get the job done lol

From: lewis
03-Sep-20
If you have not tried Larceny I would certainly give it a shot pun intended Lewis

From: badbull
04-Sep-20
Mixed reports on Wyoming Whiskey but I think that I will give it a try (if for name only as it kind of grabs me).

From: Monarchcx
12-Sep-20
Mitcher's

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