I'm a 20-something male living in Madison, WI who has been getting into bourbon and rye over the last year or so. After college, I became interested in gin, aged rum, and various other liquors. Eventually, after trying most of the good rum I could get my hands on, I started branching out into bourbon. I've since acquired a fairly good selection of bourbon and rye, which I think to be both delicious and among the best value in beverages.
I've found that I tend to like higher rye mashbills at moderate ages. While whiskies like Sazerac 18, Elijah Craig 18/20, and Black Maple Hill have much more flavor than their younger comrades, I find them somewhat overwhelming and unbalanced. I'd rather enjoy some OGD BiB, VOB, Jim Beam Black, Russell's Reserve (Bourbon or Rye... Both are fantastic values here), or Four Roses Small Batch for a fraction of the price.
I did most of the distillery tours last December and enjoyed them all, as they combine engineering, good smells, and a final product that I have really learned to enjoy.
After lurking on this forum for a while, it made sense to join, so here I am.