What is Dusty Bourbon? (Bourbon Pursuit #318)


So what is a dusty bourbon? Well… it’s just an old bourbon. The idea was that these were bottles that used to sit on the shelves and collect dust. Now a days, these are rare gems and lots of bourbon hunters go crazy looking for them. Unfortunately, the days of finding a 1980s Old Grand Dad on the shelf are long gone, but we sit down and analyze what makes a dusty a dusty.

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Show Notes:

  • This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about yeast.
  • What’s the allure of dusties?
  • What makes dusties different?
  • Are there any dusities you should stay away from?
  • Let’s discuss bourbon hunting?
  • What do you consider a dusty?
  • What’s your best dusty score?
  •  What are your thoughts on decanters?

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