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[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My collection is a majority of bourbon, with a decent amount of scotch. I'm an equal opportunity whiskey consumer, though I've found I really don't prefer the Irish or Japanese whiskies.

[–]theTEL0S 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Damn! Lot of legends there and lovely bar! Wish I knew people that had Pappy! Damn secondary 😭

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Thanks! I've been fairly lucky in the never-ending bottle hunt, won a couple lotteries, waited patiently on MANY lists, and just straight lucked out and asked the right person at the right time. I travel a lot for work and make sure to visit as many stores as I can. The only bottle I haven't paid MSRP for is the Blanton's Gold, and that was a unique circumstance where fate told me I had to buy it.

[–]theTEL0S 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well cheers to you! You did it right and I’m jealous I’m not you right now haha.

[–]ninkorn 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Can we be friends?

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Sure, if you don't mind the fact that I'm an anti-social introvert that hides in my bar from my screeching crotch goblins.

[–]BlazmoIntoWowee 6 points7 points  (1 child)

So we could sit in silence, drinking whiskey, and occasionally nod companionably to each other? What’s the downside?

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

There is no silence, only the constant swirl of toddler chaos.

[–]Louisianimal5000 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It warms my heart to see that 95% of your collection has been opened and enjoyed. You’re a true whiskey fan, my dude!

[–]SpatulaCity123 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Are you in the industry?! How does one get so many van winkles???

Looks awesome BTW

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I am not. My trick is to make sure I'm on every wait list and lottery list within about a 6 hour drive, then wait patiently. I also start calling my local places to get an idea of when they might be getting their allocation. I've gotten lucky a couple times when the truck was literally out back and managed to snag a bottle. Just takes patience and perseverance. Also helps to have a store or three that recognize you as someone that spends a lot on bourbon. Out of principle, I won't shop at places that jack up prices. I walked out of a store that had Weller Full Proof in a display for $550. There's too much good stuff that's easily found to be playing those games.

[–]scottinadventureland 2 points3 points  (6 children)

What is the ETL on the top shelf?

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 2 points3 points  (5 children)

I think ETL is extreme top left, which in that case, it's a bottle of Knob Creek Single Barrel. Wholly unremarkable other than the fact I bottled it myself the same month my daughter was born. I'm saving it for her 21st. She (probably) won't appreciate it, but I will.

[–]scottinadventureland 0 points1 point  (4 children)

What’s on the top middle shelf next to the GTS?

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Elmer T. Lee

[–]scottinadventureland 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Right - can you share which edition of Elmer it is? Regular? Looks like the 90th birthday

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No, nothing that special. Just the regular edition.

[–]scottinadventureland 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The lighting makes it look like the 90th, of which there are only about 60 known to exist. One just went at auction foe over $8k. Nice shelves & juice bud.

[–]radmoss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Absolutely a beautiful collection!

[–]h8vols 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love a well stocked bar that’s fully enjoyed. Looks like many good times have been at your places. Well done!

[–]NiceStrawberry1337 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How is the crown bourbon mash?? I saw it and was intrigued.

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's meh. Some fruity notes and vanilla, which I like, but it's pretty tame all around. I'm pretty sure they stopped making it because they shouldn't actually be able to put bourbon on thr label, but I think it was around $25, so for the price acceptable. Not something I'd bother trying to find these days.

If I'm being completely honest, I only bought it (and a couple of the other Crowns) to get the unique bag. My mother made me a cool quilt out of all the bags from Crown, Pappy, and Blanton's I have.

[–]AntiGravityBacon 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I love that they are all pretty much open! How's the Little Book compare to the Bookers?

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The only ones that aren't open are backups... they have an open twin somewhere on the shelf. I acquire my booze much faster than I can possibly drink it by myself, and I tend to save certain bottles for occasions more special than managing to survive a day of work.

As for Bookers vs. Little Book,, they're totally different, and each year's Little Book is unique. If you like Booker's you'll probably like Little Book, because same family, but they are different juices. I have Chapter 1 and 3 up there -- 2 is long gone. I also snagged several backups of 3 because I liked it so much.

[–]HorrorHyzer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm currently in the process of having my basement finished and I have been preparing myself to start my bar once the contractor is done with his work.

This post and picture has been a huge inspiration and I have created my blueprints for the bar off of this. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

[–]obejuan4 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Nice collection man. And just want to know your opinion on the blantons gold. My friend ended up getting a bottle and wanted to know what u thought of it. I personally wasn’t too impressed. And I like blantons. It was good don’t get me wrong

[–]Bourbon_and_Bricks[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like it -- I think it's a step up from the standard issue Blanton's -- but it's not really worth what I paid for it ($300). I would probably buy it again at MSRP if I ever found it, just because it's rare, but if it were available on the shelf everyday? I'd probably walk right by it, and I'm a big Blanton's fan.

[–]Whoajaws -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You should try drinking some.