Brewer wrote:...I too would love to see some pix from your visits...
Well, Bob, as you know, many of us are 'dual users' -- we participate in other bourbon/whiskey forums besides this one. There were many members of another forum at the Sampler/Gazebo, with only John (and Linda) Lipman -- and a pleasure it was to meet them -- from among those who post almost exclusively here.
I'm not really into competitive 'bourbon-ing', but have tried to be sensitive to those who might be by not posting pix that include substantial reminders of 'that other place'.
That said, I'll attempt a couple of non-committal picture posts:
Here's a shot of the Friday table at the Gazebo, which included a large dollop of Van Winkle offerings for side-be-side sampling: Old Commonwealth vs. ORVW 10/107s from Lawrenceburg and Frankfort; 12yo Lot B vs. Randy's single-barrel Lot B "Van Blankle"; 12yo Old Time Rye vs. 13yo Family Reserve Rye; 15yo ORVW (Frankfort, I think) vs. Pappy 15; Twisted Spoke; Old Rip Van Winkle '70s decanter; Pappy 20s and 23s from both Lawrenceburg (the 23 was an original green-glass bottle) and Frankfort. Julian added his special bottles Saturday night.
There also was a significant lineup of Ancient Age/AAA from different decades, with at least one representative distilled from the '60s, '70's, '80s and '90s; some great Eastern ryes, including John L.'s '30s-distilled Monticello and some Pikesville from the '60s; Hirsch 16yo and original Michter's used for side-by-sides and vatting experiments; various others.
This pic was taken early on Friday, so misses a lot, but is still an impressive start: