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SFS
12-28-2012, 18:27
Hello all. I'm in the Tampa Bay area, and discovered this site several months ago, but foolishly did not join or use it as the resource it obviously is. (It would have saved me some time and money.) However, some serious lurking over the past week convinced me to rectify both errors, so here I am.

In the past year, I came back to bourbon after a most-of-my-adult-life layoff. I drank it a bit in college, but always mixed, and abandoned it for vodka for a long time. After a very nice tequila bar opened in Houston (where I lived until this past February), I started exploring tequila, which reminded me that there is a whole universe of very fine (and sometimes complex) sipping liquors out there, many of them brown in color. One day at a liquor store, I picked up a bottle of WTRB on a whim, and was surprised at how much I liked bourbon. My search started there, and progressed through the typically available mid-shelf stuff (at Spec's, a very well-outfitted liquor chain in Texas). I didn't keep any tasting notes, just remembered what I liked and didn't, which I'll save for another thread. When I got here in Florida, I found a guy at a local store that seemed to know a lot about bourbon, so I branched out a bit, and that got me here.

I do have one question: My tasting so far has just been what I decided to buy at the time, with no pre-arranged plan. It was not methodical, and often didn't involve much side by side comparisons, as I would buy a bottle, finish it over a month or so, and try something new. Consequently, I am unable to see a pattern in what I like and don't like. For instance, I've not been able to establish definitively whether I lean towards the wheaters, or prefer the mashbills with higher amounts of rye, as I have found examples of both that I like, and examples of both that I don't. So my question is this: Is such an occurrence unusual? I can provide examples if that will help.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't thank josh and OscarV for the two whiskey trees. They have already been invaluable, and will continue to be as I progress in this journey. And now for a pour.

scubadoo97
12-28-2012, 18:36
Welcome to the board. I'm in Dunedin. What part of the Bay area are you located?

jeffrey r
12-28-2012, 18:40
Welcome "sunny Florida", from "snowy New Jersey". I'd rather be in sunny Florida...

First, if you think this site is going to save you money, you are sorely mistaken. Get ready for hoarding, premium bourbon buying, etc. Yes, you'll be more informed, but it will cost you. :)

As to your question, don't sweat the details. Try different bourbons out, wheaters, high rye, whatever. Frankly, I think you'll find what I found, which is that they are mostly all damn good. I may tilt towards wheaters, and away from really high rye, spicy bourbons, but I still love bourbons like OGD 114 and the various BT higher rye mashbill bourbons. It's all about the flavor for me. So just keep trying different bottles, and you may knock some brands or bottles out, but I think you'll find there are lots of good bourbons of differing makeup, and there is nothing wrong with that.

squire
12-28-2012, 19:05
Hey SFS, welcome aboard. Can we like both rye and wheat recipe whiskies? Of course we can, when it comes to Bourbon a man can have many loves.

You're coming in at an already advanced level so I suggest you choose a bottle that you like and explore the other expressions within that brand.

SFS
12-28-2012, 19:39
[QUOTE=scubadoo97;315317]Welcome to the board. I'm in Dunedin. What part of the Bay area are you located?[/QUOTE
We should PM each other, though I'm not sure I have that capability yet as a newb. I'm VERY close to you, and I'm also a diver, in case your handle means you dive.

ChainWhip
12-28-2012, 19:40
Welcome from not-sunny-Seattle :-)

SFS
12-28-2012, 19:45
Chain, I've read some of your posts, and am jealous of the scene in Seattle. I moved away about 8 years ago, after living there for 20 years. It's the only place that has really ever felt like home, and I will go back one day.

The state has gotten out of the control business, and some bars have a lot of bourbons. And I read something about a place in Issaquah? Man I wish I was still there - my last address before leaving for TX was basically downtown Issaquah. Great town.

Are they still paragliding off Tiger Mountain?

Tony
12-28-2012, 20:16
Howdy and welcome from up in cold Michigan.

Glad to have you here.

Best regards, Tony

ChainWhip
12-28-2012, 21:42
Yep... MtnDew suggested "Flat Iron" in Issaquah and I need to make it over since I'm in that part of the Eastside every week. There really are some great bars here and I try let the sales guys subsidize my whisky education. ;-)

The old State liquor store next to the Sports Authority on Gilman is still open and is now part of Capco Beverages (the other store is the old West Seattle State liquor store).

It's really quite neat watching those paragliders float around Tiger Mountain - I really love it up here (grew up in New Orleans) and kids get so excited when they see those paragliders.

Here's a shot one of my friends took from the launch last summer:

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/206061_10101292043416538_880802919_n.jpg

Honestly though, liquor prices are out of hand here in Washington - hopefully things calm down a little before you move back.

squire
12-28-2012, 22:04
Incredible sight, I would've done it when I was younger but if one of the kids went airborne today I'd probably have a heart attack.

ChainWhip
12-28-2012, 22:09
Incredible sight, I would've done it when I was younger but if one of the kids went airborne today I'd probably have a heart attack.

If you're ever up here in the Seattle area and want a great panoramic view, head up there. It's about a 2mi hike up to the top from the parking lot:

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGW309-018

squire
12-28-2012, 22:18
Thanks but believe I'll admire from afar, 200 feet would be a long hike for me.

SFS
12-29-2012, 08:15
Chain, thanks for the pic, it made us very homesick. I lived on Tiger for 3 years, and just about every day I would ride a neighbor's horse up to where your friend was standing when he took that picture.

HighInTheMtns
12-29-2012, 10:19
Welcome! You should join the chat sometime, Sunday nights have been the busiest lately. I think you'd find some good conversation about the sorts of things you've been posting about over the last couple days.

Cheers!

sailor22
12-29-2012, 12:09
Welcome SFS. Always good to have another Florida member on board.

SFS
12-29-2012, 13:58
Welcome! You should join the chat sometime, Sunday nights have been the busiest lately. I think you'd find some good conversation about the sorts of things you've been posting about over the last couple days.

Cheers!
Thanks man, I'll keep that in mind, especially after tomorrow, when the last Sunday Night Football airs. I did have the pleasure of chatting for a bit with Paul (p_Elliott) the other night, and will keep an eye out for the room being populated.