My name is Derek (you can call me Duff, everyone does) and I'm relatively new to the whisky world. I hail from the Quad Cities. East Moline Illinois specifically.
For me, it all started when a coworker would offer me different whisk(e)ys that were on his shelf. The first was MM, which was fine. Actually, I took the MM distillery tour that year and hand dipped a couple of bottles, one of which I still have. Then Macallan 12 scotch, which was good. Basil Haydens about a year ago. At this point I'm thinking "wow, this stuff ain't bad!" Then, last summer, BT. Magical! About this same time the wife and I were watching heavy doses of the AMC series Mad Men. The lead character, Don Draper, is often seen ordering a drink called "Old-Fashioned". I'm sure you're all familiar. I thought to myself: I need to try this drink. Got myself a bottle of BT, a bottle of bitters, and went to town.
Its a good drink. I would recommend it to someone who is used to things like rum and coke, but I quickly realized adding things to bourbon is completely unneccessary. Right now I just take it with ice, unless its Weller 12 which I drink neat. Soon, I'm sure, everything will be neat. Glencairn and all.
So far the bourbons I've tried are the ones above plus FRSB, EWSB, Bulleit, 1792 and WT 80. Not real impressed with that last one. I've been trying to work with the new Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits to get in stock the bottles that this board recommends like ORVW 107, PVW 15, Lot B, any BTAC, PHC ... but its all been pretty fruitless. They were able to allocate some of the FRSB which I was greatful for, very good stuff.
I've already subscribed to MA and BR. (got the latest MA, still waiting for BR) The coworker I mentioned earlier and I are going to Whiskeyfest Chicago this year (VIP of course ) which I am very much looking forward to. I'm also excited to stop by Binny's South Loop and Manny's Deli. I'm also looking forward to meeting some of you guys there.
I probably won't post a whole lot, maybe in "what are you drinking" and "what did you buy" ... I'll mostly lurk around