What’s on Your Shelf? (Part 2)

Whisky Collection February 2014It’s fun once in a while to share not only one whiskey on my shelf with my readers, but all of them.  Back in July, I posted Part 1 of the “What’s on Your Shelf?” series.  My collection has changed since then, and here it is:

What do you currently have in your cabinet or on your shelf?  Let me know in the comments below.




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    • Charles Shaulis on February 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    Good afternoon, Ryan.

    The top of Susan’s china cabinet is rather bare right now.

    Aberfeldy 12
    Chivas Regal 12
    Bushmill’s Black Bush
    Buffalo Trace 8
    Jim Beam Original (Susan’s)
    W.L. Weller Special Reserve
    Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7

    I see from the picture that your bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed appears to be unopened. I’ll be interested in reading your review when you get around to it, and will save my comments until then. You already know my feelings about heavily-sherried single malts, so I won’t kick that dead horse down the road again. On that note, I think I’ll go pour myself a measure of “Weller’s” and see what’s for supper.

    My regards to you & Sarah,


      • Ryan on February 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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      Hi Chuck.

      I’m certainly excited to review Wild Turkey Rare Breed; I bought it solely based on your recommendation! It will be next on my list after I get Maker’s Mark out of the way.

      I know you well enough to know never to offer you a Macallan, or anything close! Maybe a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban…

      My best to you and Susan, as well. Enjoy your “Weller’s”!


        • Charles Shaulis on February 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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        Good evening, Ryan.

        I am truly sorry if I confused you about my feelings for Wild Turkey Rare Breed bourbon. I reported to you in an email message last April that I purchased a 375-mL “pint” of the Rare Breed expression during a visit with my Dad in NC. I wrote that, in my opinion, it wasn’t worth spending the extra money on and didn’t taste nearly as good as the Austin Nichols flagship 101. I had a 2-ounce sample neat and gave the rest of the Rare Breed to Dad’s neighbor. I’ll be interested in reading your review whenever you get around to trying it.

        Meanwhile, I finished off the “Weller’s” last night. In its place is a bottle of 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select & a bottle of Jura Origin.

        Apologies again,


          • Ryan on February 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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          No need to apologize, Chuck – it was my mistake! Still looking forward to reviewing it and seeing how it stacks up to the other barrel proof bourbons I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.

          You’ll have to let me know how you like Jura Origin – that is one I haven’t tasted yet.



      • Gary..... on February 27, 2014 at 7:31 am
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      I love Black Bush…….This has dethroned Red Breast 12yr as my favorite Irish Whiskey!

  1. Here is what I currently have. Lucky to have a few great bottles that came as Christmas/Birthday gifts.

    Redbreast 12 year
    Willett Rye 4 year
    Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003
    Elmer T. Lee
    Four Roses Small Batch
    Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
    Taos Lightning Bourbon
    Del Maguey Chichicapa Single Village Mezcal
    Ardbeg Corryvreckan
    Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2013
    Lagavulin 12 Year 2012
    Springbank 15
    Talisker 18

    Looks like your Jefferson 10 year rye is also unopened. If not what do you think of that one. Also do you find the Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Barrel Bourbon good enough to justify the price?


      • Ryan on February 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm
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      Hi John.

      You have quite the collection, yourself! Yes, the Jefferson’s Rye is unopened, but I did review (and finish) a bottle of that whiskey last year. The review can be found here:


      I actually received the Colonel Taylor Barrel Proof as a birthday present, so I didn’t pay a penny for it! I think it’s a very good bourbon, but I find myself shying away from it as it certainly packs a punch. That review is here:




    • Kevin on February 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    Four Roses Small Batch
    Four Roses Single Barrel – unopened
    Elijah Craig 12 year – just finished off the bottle
    Evan Williams Single Barrel – unopened
    Makers 46

    I really enjoyed the Elijah Craig, but out of all whiskeys I have tried so far the Makers 46, and the Four Roses Small Batch are my 2 favorites. Can’t wait to try the Four Roses Single Barrel and the Evan Williams Single Barrel

    • Neil on February 9, 2014 at 8:31 am
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    Currently rolling with:
    Laphroaig 10
    GlenDronach 15 year Revival
    Bunnahabhain 12 (unopened)
    Bruichladdich 10
    Bruichladdich 15 (unopened)
    Macallan 12
    Springbank 10
    Great King Street – Artists Blend
    Compass box Hedonism
    Buffalo Trace
    Woodford Reserve

    I can’t wait for the Buffalo Trace to be gone as I’ve discovered I’m not a fan. I think I’ll replace it with a decent wheated bourbon.

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