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purplehaze67
07-16-2008, 11:06
I'm new here and pretty much new to bourbon ('cept for a little Jim Bean back in my college days). My name is Rob, I'm 41 and live/work in metro Detroit.

Coming from a Tequila background and a small dip into Scotch, I'm amazed at how reasonable bourbon is! I've almost felt guilty at what some bottles cost.

So far, I've only had Heaven Hill (not so good, but nice to try to have a low-level baseline to compare against) and Elijah Craig 12 (which I liked quite a bit). I am busy acquiring a stockpile that I hope to start in on soon.

Thanks to everyone here for this wealth of info! I hope to be able to contribute something of worth before too long.

CorvallisCracker
07-16-2008, 11:24
Hello Rob -


I'm amazed at how reasonable bourbon is!

Indeed. I myself have never lost an argument with it.


I've almost felt guilty at what some bottles cost.

If that's a problem for you, you can contribute to the Guilty Bourbon Drinkers Fund. I'll send you the address.


So far, I've only had Heaven Hill (not so good, but nice to try to have a low-level baseline to compare against)

Which particular HH?


and Elijah Craig 12 (which I liked quite a bit).

Made by Heaven Hill, but older than most expressions of their product.

Welcome to SB.com!

OscarV
07-16-2008, 11:33
Welcome aboard purplehaze67, if that is your real name:grin:

We are getting quite a crowd here on SB.com from Michigan.
I can't keep up with all that we have.
Our MI ringleader is Tony AKA ACDetroit, I'm sure he will will welcome you and invite you over to taste his large bourbon selection.
Which makes me think, we need to get all the MI people together sometime and officially christian our MI Bourbon Hounds congregation.

Maybe a "Gazebo in MI" event?

purplehaze67
07-16-2008, 11:52
Hello Rob -

If that's a problem for you, you can contribute to the Guilty Bourbon Drinkers Fund. I'll send you the address.

Almost guilty enough...but I'll let you know if I edge over the borderline so I can get that contribution out! :cool:



Which particular HH?

80 proof, gold label, about $7 here in MI.

http://www.whiskeysammlung.de/Bilder%20klein/Heaven%20Hill%20normal%20gold.jpg

Does this particular bottling have a distinct name? Or just 80 proof gold label?


Made by Heaven Hill, but older than most expressions of their product.

Welcome to SB.com!

Thanks!

Yeah, that aging did wonders (assuming it's the same base for both products). Much, much more enjoyable to me than the HH.

purplehaze67
07-16-2008, 11:57
Welcome aboard purplehaze67, if that is your real name:grin:

We are getting quite a crowd here on SB.com from Michigan.
I can't keep up with all that we have.
Our MI ringleader is Tony AKA ACDetroit, I'm sure he will will welcome you and invite you over to taste his large bourbon selection.
Which makes me think, we need to get all the MI people together sometime and officially christian our MI Bourbon Hounds congregation.

Maybe a "Gazebo in MI" event?

That would be cool! I'd be happy to contribute, although I'm sure everything I have is old hat to all you seasoned vets.

BourbonJoe
07-16-2008, 12:03
Did I hear the word "Gazebo" mentioned? Might have to buy a plane ticket for that.
Joe :usflag:

hjminard
07-16-2008, 12:56
Welcome ph67! I'm new here, too ... and also new to the bourbon enthusiast fraternity. Much to learn, but the educational experience will be infinitely more interesting than any classroom. :)

fishnbowljoe
07-16-2008, 15:02
DAMN! Another newbie from Michigan. I'm sorry Rob, but I wouldn't count on finding much out there. Tony and his army have probably already scoured every corner of the state, so don't get your hopes up.:slappin: But seriously, Tony and the gang up there are good people, and I'm sure they'll point you in the right direction. It's all good.:woohoo: Welcome, and I hope you like it here, and I hope you have some fun. I know I do. Joe

ACDetroit
07-16-2008, 17:51
Rob and I have been chatting all day today, he's a great guy and lived down in my old stomping grounds, so he's got that going for him...which is nice!

I'm thinking Saturday the 26th my place for any newbies or others that feel like chillin with some bourbon and good company (not me, the rest of you guys).

So Rob as I said early this morning, welcome to SB.com there is a great deal of knowledge on this board. I learn something new every day here and find that just wonderful. Open that stockpile up and see what you like, then stock up on your favorites. Or come by try it all here and we can go hunt you some down.

Joe I could buy it all! I had to leave some on the shelves, just remember to ask for a business card for the store and write down what they had on the back once you get in the car :cool::cool::cool:!

Tony

purplehaze67
07-16-2008, 18:53
Yeah, it's about time to start creating room for future acquisitions! I try to limit my at-home drinking, since one can turn into two, and into too many too easily for me. I'll be out this weekend, and will take something along and see how it goes.

Likely a mid-range bottle, maybe Old Forester Signature or Weller Reserve...something that's not going to be wasted if it ends up mixed with Coke along the way.

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

cas
07-17-2008, 06:25
Maybe a "Gazebo in MI" event?

I like the idea - seems we are approaching critical mass. I'm headed to the Chicago suburbs this afternoon for a couple day visit with the in-laws. I should hit Sams and Binnys along the way, and hopefully a small place I found on the last visit with a good stash of the old Russels Reserve.
Craig

Josh
07-17-2008, 08:49
Just wanted to add my welcome to everybody else's. Yeah, we need to have get together here. Well, besides the bourbon tasting that occurs every night on my couch. :)

Welcome!

Special Reserve
07-18-2008, 15:49
Jimi,

With a screen name of purplehaze67 you can only be called that.

Welcome from Livonia.

Yes, I'm old enough to have been there.

Will

purplehaze67
07-18-2008, 19:32
Thanks!

Well...I ended up coming into a little found money today and since I was in the area area, why not a trip back to the Grapevine? Snagged the last bottle of Weller Centennial that they had on the shelf, as well as a Van Winkle Lot B and a PVW 15.

Ended up spending more than I took in, but something told me that my modest stockpile needed these.

chilidawg7
07-18-2008, 19:56
Welcome aboard purplehaze!

the mention of "jim bean" conjures up good memories. a few years ago, after a UF-Ole Miss game in the Swamp, my buddy and I returned home, sat out on the porch and enjoyed Jim Beam White like there was no tomorrow. After more than his fair share, my buddy began referring to it as "James Bean."

Ah, good times.

You'll find plenty of wisdom, advice and opinions here - take advantage of it and enjoy the world of bourbon!

Chris

Special Reserve
07-19-2008, 05:51
Well...I ended up coming into a little found money


Ah! The bourbon slush fund! A little unaccounted money. A current marketing practice in my field is to pay $25 to $100 to select people for their opinion, usually an on-line or phone survey that takes 5-15 minutes of time to complete. This found money is then translated into quality bourbon for the bunker. My next planned purchase is WTAS.

Potbanger
09-14-2008, 22:05
Thought I'd post from the Motor City too!

My first post is here (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10512) and I did the whole "introduce" bit. This sounds like a fun group and I'm hoping to meet you guys! This thread is what actually got me off of my butt to join. I had visited the site a lot and read up on stuff but this thread made me realize I was missing out on meeting folks.

Some Detroit specific stuff I left out of my 1st post: Do any of you guys remember Pfeiffer Beer? I made www.pfeifferbeer.com (http://pfeifferbeer.com) a few years back if you want to read up on the history. I also used to be heavily involved with Motor City Improv (http://motorcityimprov.com) if any of you catch improv shows in Royal Oak, Livonia, Detroit, etc (and built their site too!)

Potbanger
09-14-2008, 22:11
I noticed in people's Profiles, it lists "Group Memberships" but that there is no way to create or find a group (that I know of). Maybe we could get a SE Michigan group going?

Or perhaps easier, make a thread we can put in out signatures as a link ("Michigan Bourbon lovers - Click Here!" for example) and then subscribe to that thread?

OscarV
09-15-2008, 05:37
Hey Brad, welcome aboard.
There are a lot of MI people here in fact it seems to have been growing more this past year than any other state.
We have a very informal group called The Michigan Bourbon Hounds.

If you look under the thread "The Bourbon Social" you'll see a post I started titled "Ann Arbor Bourbon Tasting".
It looks like several of us are going to be there.
I think it would be great if we could get as many MI SB.com people to go.