Hey just thought I would introduce myself. I'm Alex and live about an hour north of St. Louis, on the IL side. Little bit about myself, I'm 26 and have a steady job.
I got into bourbon seriously about last November or something like that. I always had whiskey around, but never took it too seriously. Always enjoyed liquor though, of all kinds. My friends and I used to pound Ten High in college, but those days are long gone lol.
One day I was grocery shopping and stopped by the liquor aisle. Decided to buy a nicer bottle of bourbon and decided on Woodford Reserve (it looked expensive and a nice bottle). Started drinking that, thought it was ok, didn't really have anything to compare it to. Got online and looked at some reviews (always been into online forums). Decided I wanted to try some more bourbons. I was drawn to Bourbon because of the whole Americana deal. I love my country and I wanted to drink something that was truly American.
So for Christmas I bought myself a bunch of bottles and haven't stopped since. I don't spend more than what my budget allows, but I have some really great places to shop with good selections and prices. I've watched Fred Noe taste stuff on youtube and tried to mimic his style of tasting. Read Sour Mash Manifesto and Chuck Cowdery's blog among others to discover new bottlings and how to taste and understand whiskey.
Not that people probably care, but here is the list that I've bought so far: (I've had Jim Beam white/JD/EW/Marker's Mark lots before so I never bought any of those) I like drinking my bourbon neat most of the time. Add ice or water when the whiskey or weather dictates that I should. oh and I love manhattans.
Jim Beam Rye (ok)
Woodford Reserve (ok)
Jim Beam Black (eh)
Four Roses Yellow label (eh, just not much there. watery)
Knob Creek (ok)
Knob Creek SBR (ok, really potent)
Basil Hayden's (ok)
Evan Williams SB2001 (liked it)
Wild Turkey 101 (good, but sooo spicy)
Elmer T. Lee (great)
Buffalo Trace (love it)
Old Fitzgerald Green Label BiB (hated it, but awesome label)
OGD (love it - made the best manhattan so far)
Evan Williams 1783 (really like it)
WL Weller 12 year (liked it)
David Nicholson 1843 (ok, helped me set a PR for most manhattans drank in one night, ugh)
Elijah Craig 12 yr (really good)
Four Roses LESB2011 (bought this before I was ready, but it's good)
VWSR12 (real good, but not worth the price at my experience I realized)
George Dickel 12 year (love it)
Rittenhouse Rye (haven't opened yet)
OGD 114 (haven't opened yet)
I'm starting to gain some real knowledge about what I like and what I don't like, I think. I'm smell and understand more flavors every time I open a bottle, progress is key. I think I like heavier rye bills more than wheat. I look forward to tasting my bottles after work. I've tried to get my friends into it, but they can't get past the straight alcohol burn. Any advice on getting my friends into it? Maybe give them FRYL at 80 proof, instead of BT at 90? make cocktails for them?
Thanks for reading and see you around the forum. Sorry for the novel. I probably won't post to often, I like reading more than talking, but I might throw my opinion out there once in a while.