Well said Crowes and thanks for the input. It's an exciting journey shared by a lot of us and fortunately we can get together here to share our experiences.
Think my votes fall in line with many others, outside of my "foreign" preference :grin:
Bourbon of the Year: 2012 PHC (kicking myself for not buying a bottle when I had the chance!)
Best New Standard Release Bottling: Larceny (great value - especially with the intro rebates! HW Campfire comes in a close 2nd!)
Best Distillery: Buffalo Trace (if someone told me I could only have 5 bottles to drink for the rest of my life, three would be from BTAC hands down). If I'm judging based on the tour/visitor center, I'd have to go with HH (although I haven't seen the new Beam center yet).
Best Foreign Whiskey: Laphroaig 10 yr Cask Strength (what can I say - I love smokey peat! My runner-up though would be Balvenie 21 yr Portwood)
Bourbon of the year for me: WLW 2012
2nd: 17 year gift shop FRSB
Poor mans 17 yr gift shop is the 2012 FRSmB
Standard release: I'm going with the SB BLEND. I never tire of it
Distilery of the year: it starts with a 4
Bourbonian: that's easy: joe
Best whiskey discontinued this year: HW 21 year rye
Bourbon Of Humchan's year: PHC 132 proof, no question
Best dusty find of the year: The '67 and '68 Old Fitz 2x Gallon bottles I found :)
Best Micro product I tried: Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye, give it a try.
Best Rye Of The Year: Rittenhouse, cuz it's the single best rye buy on the planet and I drank more of it than any other bottle
Most overpriced whiskey of the year: Whistlepig. $80 for a 10 year rye.....really?
Distillery - BT
Brand of the year - Highwest. The 36th Amendment is a revelation.
Bourbon of the Year: Not new, but the best bourbon I had this year was WT Tradition.
Distillery of the Year: BT (BTAC and PVW)
Deal of the Year: Two 750ml bottles of High West 21 Yr Rye that were (mis)priced at $39.99 each at a local liquor store.