Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Novel Idea

I've always found it interesting, bordering on ludicrous, that there is no Top Ten (or twenty or whatever) for the much maligned tool top whiskies. I know, I've heard it before, the "Thomas mindset". But really... stop and think about it; many of the rare tool tops survive in vastly smaller numbers than the glop top "hitters". I'll go so far as to limit the list only to tool tops produced in dedicated toolie molds; not the crossovers that were transitioning from glop to tooled, and blown in the same mold.

I'd love to work up a Top #10 or #20 with everyone's help. Your input is needed, so let's hear it.

Here are some of my favorites off the shelves here, in no particular order.

1) Laurel Crown

2) Golden Bourbon

       3) OPS

4) Tea Cup

5) Rothenberg Gamecock

6) Royal Stag

         7) Non-Pariel
     (Pareil - huh?)

8) Atlas

9) Ahrens Bullwinkle

 10) Columbian

11) Spears

12) Gold Dust

13) Boulevard - Buneman Merc.

14) Choice Old Cabinet

15) Copper Distilled

16) Pepper (circle)

17) Samuel Bros. - OK

18) Golden Eagle

19) Eagle Glen

20) Tom Parker - E.A. Kolb

As long as we're tossing things against the wall... How about the "13 base" series. Most are tooled, but there's a couple of applied top anomalies that were blown in the mold. I say, let's toss them into this mix as well~

Yep, I know, there's a bunch more that are infinitely rarer. So... send me a picture (pictures) along with your opinions for say, the Top 20, and let's get the ball rolling!

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