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Decent pricing, I realize that booze is so heavily regulated and taxed that we won't ever get cheap booze.

Does the LCBO still do the AirMiles points or is that done? I know someone dropped them, unsure if it was LCBO or not.
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How does the Longbranch compare to the regular Wild Turkey or the 101 ? Thanks !
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DTrain1 wrote: Knob creek after it lost its age guarantee had a dramatic change in taste. Definitely not recommended for the price.

Buffalo trace is a steal at full price for the quality. It isn’t aged 8 years like the OP suggests though. It’s got no age statement but honestly don’t let that interfere because it’s one of the best whiskeys you can buy in that price range.
You are correct that BT has no age statement but the company has said repeatedly that it is aged at least 8 years. I believe it - there's no way it could be as smooth as it is if were much younger.
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Gibsons wrote: Decent pricing, I realize that booze is so heavily regulated and taxed that we won't ever get cheap booze.

Does the LCBO still do the AirMiles points or is that done? I know someone dropped them, unsure if it was LCBO or not.
LCBO dropped AirMiles a couple of months ago. :(
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tempbond wrote: How does the Longbranch compare to the regular Wild Turkey or the 101 ? Thanks !
It's been a while since I've had 101. I think LB benefits from the Mesquite finish and there's a beautifully faint touch of smokiness that makes it amazing neat. If you want a high-end cocktail, I'd probably recommend the 101.
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Good deals, Buffalo Trace has been my sipping bourbon for the past few years (ever since I toured their distillery). Funny thing is, I'm pretty sure their regular price used to be around $43-45, so it seems that their regular price has dropped, and now this sale makes the price even better.
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Haven’t tried either, but I definitely would like to. I do enjoy drinking, and I always like trying new stuff. On sale is a good time to buy.

I’m in BC, so not sure if our prices are similar to Ontario’s or not. I do know that Alberta wins in the alcohol price category.

Lately I’ve been getting into rums, which have some similarities to bourbons, whiskys and such.

I recommend this rum - Plantation.
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bt was my original go-to bourbon, and imho is the best intro to bourbon because of its slight sweetness. some say basil hayden, but at this sale price, if you want to start down the bourbon trail, this is it.
especially since so much of the bt line is revered, and there are times where it even falls out of stock. . .

if you end up liking bt, there's a good chance you'll like and explore their entire line. . .

wt lb is one that i have not yet tried, but if it is anything like rare breed or 101, i'm going to like it. i wonder if the smokiness will be like high west campfire? wt is a little like bt in that if you like the taste profile, i find that you'll like the rest of their line.

can't say i agree with op about legent--i quite like it. it reminds me of a more affordable version of michter's. . .
definitely agree with op on bulleit. . .just not my flavour profile. . .

upvoted for sharing. . .
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Might be time time finally give buffalo trace a try
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Pharmer wrote: I don't even drink alcohol, but that description makes me want to buy it.....
buy now, think later
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buy now, drink later
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Although I appreciate the post, the word 'sale' and 'LCBO' is an oxymoron. Get rid of the unions and then there may be some sales
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BT is by far one of the best bourbon for the price. It's what a quality bourbon (with Rye as the spncond grain) you can get for the price. Personally I prefer wheated borubons, but Weller is now a unicorn unfortunately.

As for longbranch, for me the taste wasn't too good and I think Russel reserve is miles better than this (I know it's harder to get at this time). Personally I prefer WT 101 then this.

A reminder that taste is personal, so your millage may vary.
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Stormzo wrote: BT is by far one of the best bourbon for the price. It's what a quality bourbon (with Rye as the spncond grain) you can get for the price. Personally I prefer wheated borubons, but Weller is now a unicorn unfortunately.

As for longbranch, for me the taste wasn't too good and I think Russel reserve is miles better than this (I know it's harder to get at this time). Personally I prefer WT 101 then this.

A reminder that taste is personal, so your millage may vary.
what would you compare wt lb to? have you had anything like it? trying to figure out if it is worth the effort, as it is not available at my local?

i really like wt 101 as well, but i also love peated and smokey, so i'm thinking wt profile with subtle hints of islay? might be worth it. . .tia, mate
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afong636807717107645200 wrote: what would you compare wt lb to? have you had anything like it? trying to figure out if it is worth the effort, as it is not available at my local?

i really like wt 101 as well, but i also love peated and smokey, so i'm thinking wt profile with subtle hints of islay? might be worth it. . .tia, mate
LongBranch is "worth" trying. If you're into peaty Scotches such as Laphroaig, you will be disappointed. The mesquite charcoal used to filter the LB imparts a very delicate smokiness to this bourbon. I have space for both of these in my palate and appreciate the complexity of flavour you get with LB whereas Laphroaig's smokiness overwhelms most other flavours. Again, I like both but they're different.
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zwjohn wrote: Loved the review, however the discount is really not that great, it seems like LCBO never offers a good discount on whiskeys, few bucks the most.
It all depends on the floor price of that specific product.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: LongBranch is "worth" trying. If you're into peaty Scotches such as Laphroaig, you will be disappointed. The mesquite charcoal used to filter the LB imparts a very delicate smokiness to this bourbon. I have space for both of these in my palate and appreciate the complexity of flavour you get with LB whereas Laphroaig's smokiness overwhelms most other flavours. Again, I like both but they're different.
That's a very good way of putting it. I agree that it has a smoke undertone. I'm not a fan of peat at all and most of my scotches are from the highland and speyside region apart from a few lowlands. I like sweet bourbons and LB is not that sweet and smokey. It's definitely different and might be your cup of tea!
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CaptSmethwick wrote: LongBranch is "worth" trying. If you're into peaty Scotches such as Laphroaig, you will be disappointed. The mesquite charcoal used to filter the LB imparts a very delicate smokiness to this bourbon. I have space for both of these in my palate and appreciate the complexity of flavour you get with LB whereas Laphroaig's smokiness overwhelms most other flavours. Again, I like both but they're different.
Stormzo wrote: That's a very good way of putting it. I agree that it has a smoke undertone. I'm not a fan of peat at all and most of my scotches are from the highland and speyside region apart from a few lowlands. I like sweet bourbons and LB is not that sweet and smokey. It's definitely different and might be your cup of tea!
while i do like the gamut of islay--weirdly you mentioned my favourite of them--i have a broad appreciation for non-peated speyside (balvenie being my favourite) and highland, but i actually drink mostly bourbons.

i asked earlier if it would be similar to high west campfire, but that's not an easy bottle to come by. the filtering through charcoal sounds a bit like a variation on tennessee whiskey, using mesquite instead of sugar maple. . .ok, thanks for the reply
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afong636807717107645200 wrote: while i do like the gamut of islay--weirdly you mentioned my favourite of them--i have a broad appreciation for non-peated speyside (balvenie being my favourite) and highland, but i actually drink mostly bourbons.

i asked earlier if it would be similar to high west campfire, but that's not an easy bottle to come by. the filtering through charcoal sounds a bit like a variation on tennessee whiskey, using mesquite instead of sugar maple. . .ok, thanks for the reply
We may have similar palates. I used to favour Lagavulin before it got stupid expensive and Laphroaig found its way into the liquor cabinet every once in a while as well. Those are Scotches that I will strictly drink neat and maybe with a drop or two of distilled water. My go-to Scotch is a good but rather straightforward one: Glenmorangie 10 y.o. and I don't feel bad about pouring it over ice or cubes.
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zwjohn wrote: Loved the review, however the discount is really not that great, it seems like LCBO never offers a good discount on whiskeys, few bucks the most.
OP posted about every bourbon on sale last LCBO sale cycle.

FYI: every sale cycle there are a couple of bourbons on sale. Maybe post the next sale offerings in the food and drink forum.

Unless it's the four roses single barrel. Then it hots
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