Hi everyone! I've been reading this forum for a long time and finally decided it was time to post.
I'm in Salt Lake City, where unfortunately I have to deal with state stores and limited selection. But we have it OK here; we get the BTAC, Parker's Heritage and some of the Van Winkles. I only wish Barton (we have 1792) and Four Roses (not a drop except for Bulleit) were better represented in our selection. Fortunately I make pretty regular trips to Denver, which gives me access to some variety.
After a few years of drinking and accumulating Bourbon, I have... well, way too many open bottles, but that's given me the opportunity to taste a lot of different whiskeys and it's fun to give my friends a wide selection. Now that I've tried pretty much everything that's readily available to me (and more) I have a better idea of what bottles I like the most, and right now I'm trying to cut down the number of opens and replace them with a nice bunker.
My tastes swing to higher proofs, especially barrel strength. I love Bourbons with a thick mouthfeel and a nice long finish. I enjoy spicy flavors and have been drinking a bit of rye recently, but I certainly can't deny the allure of wheaters. If I had to pick only one "everyday" Bourbon, it would be Wild Turkey 101, although recently I'm drinking some Old Forester Signature (a new offering here!) and really enjoying it. I've also been really digging a couple Willett bottles (7 and 9 yo) that I picked up in Colorado. Besides Bourbon and rye, I really like peaty Scotch and blanco Tequila.
My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend a week in Bardstown and the vicinity a couple years ago. We toured Buffalo Trace and Maker's Mark and made it to the Heaven Hill tasting but a thunderstorm prevented us from seeing the rickhouses there. Besides the Bourbon distilleries, Kentucky just blew us both away. The people there were so friendly and there is so much to see (even besides distilleries!) We can't wait to go back.
I'm excited to participate a little instead of just reading.