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hjminard
07-01-2008, 17:04
Another newbie from Michigan checking in. I've been enjoying bourbon for years (mostly Maker's Mark or Wild Turkey 101), but only recently began down the path of bourbon "enthusiast" (a one-way trip with no turning back?) after a wonderful recent vacation in the Louisville/Lexington area - including visits to the Heaven Hill visitor place and the Maker's Mark distillery.

Found this site via Chuck Cowdery's website, and I look forward to learning from the wealth of experience that I'm sure "resides" here.

Regards,
Jay

CorvallisCracker
07-01-2008, 17:11
a one-way trip with no turning back?

Yes, grasshopper, much like life itself.

Welcome to SB.com.

mozilla
07-01-2008, 17:13
Welcome, Jay.

Sounds like you have had some great times already. A trip to the Bourbon Holy Land is the place to start it all. Did you get good tours at your stops? What bourbons did you taste while at HH? Any favs?

Have you read Chucks book, yet? It is an invaluable learning tool.

Enjoy your time here and I look forward to all your input.

OscarV
07-01-2008, 17:15
Hey Jay, welcome.
Michigan has it's fair share here, but always room for one more.

spun_cookie
07-01-2008, 18:11
Welcome... Ur resident MI bourbon master will be by soon... To welcome you as well... ACDetriot is that states premier enthusiast :D

chefmel
07-01-2008, 18:20
Welcome Jay - enjoy your stay. Great place, wonderful people and tons of knowledge to glean from all the members. I'll be heading the Bardstown area myself in about a month. Need to re-stock my cupboard!!

Mark

fishnbowljoe
07-01-2008, 18:43
Welcome Jay, Yet another recruit for the great bourbon army of the north. General Tony sure has a lot of soldiers up there. But seriously:slappin: , Welcome to the site, and I hope you enjoy it here. It's a good place, with good people and good times. Joe

ACDetroit
07-01-2008, 20:29
Jay, you are just North of me by say 20 minutes! Not sure what your plans are but we may have a little informal tasting tomorrow as a fellow SB'er from KY is heading over for the evening!

If you have any interest the bar will be open and I have about 40 bourbons open so feel free to PM me if your in.

Oh crap almost forgot! Welcome to the site we have a rather large Michigan following now. Hope you enjoy the ride and the knowledge! Don't let Spun give you any crazy ideas, He's the residential expert in Tuscon AZ.


Cheers!

Tony

hjminard
07-01-2008, 20:57
Did you get good tours at your stops? What bourbons did you taste while at HH? Any favs?

Yes! We (my wife and I) greatly enjoyed the tours at the HH Bourbon Heritage Center and at MM. The drive through that area is simply gorgeous, and the employees we met on our tours were excellent models of southern hospitality. At HH they separated us from a large group and gave us our own tour ... just the guide and us. Our guide seemed to be very knowledgeable, and even made it interesting for my wife (who doesn't like bourbon - except in sweet mint juleps). Our taste test included EW Black, EC 12 and EC18, as well as some white dog for educational purposes. Enjoyed all of them - except the dog - but my favorite was the EC18. Bought a bottle of it - signed by Parker Beam.


Have you read Chucks book, yet? It is an invaluable learning tool.Not yet, but I intend to. I did sign up for a subscription to "The Bourbon Country Reader".

Thank you to everyone for the kind and friendly welcome!

hjminard
07-01-2008, 21:14
Jay, you are just North of me by say 20 minutes! Not sure what your plans are but we may have a little informal tasting tomorrow as a fellow SB'er from KY is heading over for the evening!

If you have any interest the bar will be open and I have about 40 bourbons open so feel free to PM me if your in.

Wow, Tony, what an incredibly generous offer and I sure wish I could say that I'm available. Sadly, I have unavoidable commitments.

I look forward to meeting (and learning from) you in the near future.

Thank you!
Jay

p.s. 40 open bottles? I have a LOT of catching up to do! :grin:

Josh
07-04-2008, 08:36
p.s. 40 open bottles? I have a LOT of catching up to do! :grin:

One thing this website has done for me is made me feel like less of a drunk than before.:lol:

Anyway, welcome! Good to see so many locals here. My wife & I did the JB/HH/MM thing last year (my avatar is a pic of the mash @ MM) and liked it so much we went back this year and visited the rest of the distilleries, and raided Liquor Barn afterwards!

I'm a bit of a noob myself but the folks here are friendly and always eager to help out or just chat. I've mentioned this elsewhere, but we should have a SB MI rendezvous sometime soon.

hjminard
07-04-2008, 09:46
My wife & I did the JB/HH/MM thing last year (my avatar is a pic of the mash @ MM) and liked it so much we went back this year and visited the rest of the distilleries, and raided Liquor Barn afterwards!


We're already formulating similar plans! :grin:

mozilla
07-05-2008, 06:41
.....Enjoyed all of them - except the dog........


Could you please describe the new distillate and what you liked and disliked about it? Did they tell you what the proof was? Could you taste any rye in it? Thanks for the info!

hjminard
07-05-2008, 21:35
Could you please describe the new distillate and what you liked and disliked about it? Did they tell you what the proof was? Could you taste any rye in it? Thanks for the info!

They may have told me the proof, but if they did I didn't retain the info ... sorry. It wasn't horrible by any means, but I would describe it as raw and basically one dimensional. The taste was a relatively pleasant sweetish corn. I didn't taste rye, but I wasn't "looking" for it, either. Perhaps it was there if I focused on trying to find it. I have much to learn about the technicalities of focused tasting.

One thing that struck me was that it was smoother than I expected ... I was expecting a harsh alcohol burn sensation and I didn't get that.

Didn't care for the smell ... mostly alcohol with a hint of grain.

JeffRenner
07-10-2008, 17:01
Well, I have to add my welcome to a fellow Michigander as well. I seem to wax active and wane inactive on this site (though not in my consumption).

Jeff (enjoying the Rodney Dangerfield of ryes, Jim Beam, which I think is just about a perfect little whiskey of its genre - a light aperitif whiskey).