Hi from Los Angeles. I've been lurking a while, doing lots of reading and tasting since last fall when I decided to branch out from scotch and give more bourbons a try. I also used to drink a lot more beer, but now I find myself passing up on beer to drink more whiskey.
I noticed one problem when coming into bourbon with a beer mentality, the bottles stack up fast! When I see a bottle of beer I want to try I never think twice about buying it, the bottles disappear very reliably. Not so with bourbon! It takes a lot more than one drink to kill a bottle, and while this is a very great thing, it means the half empty bottles are stacking up! I now know how all those bunkers SB members have have been amassed. I am starting to get a nice stock of my own going and have already taken over one whole cabinet in the kitchen.
JPS17 and 18
Weller 12 and Antique (Can you tell I love wheaters yet?)
I have a great bottle of ORVW10/107 going right now
4Roses SB OESV from K&L
On the lookout for:
Sazerac 18 (a billion Handy's out there in LA, never seen one Saz18)
Vintage 21 rye and other older ryes
You can see I definitely lean towards wheaters. I have also ended up making my way through a lot more of the BT catalog than some of the other labels so far. The 10 Four Roses recipes are kind of intimidating, but my K&L OESV has opened that door and I'm looking forward to trying others. I also grabbed an EC18 to sample some HH, just holding off on opening it until i kill some other bottles.
I've grabbed some dusties and have a few questions about those. There's a mid 70s Old Fitz mini I have that had a very strong nose and taste of model glue. Seems like it could have come from the lid, but I'm not sure. I have a few more I haven't opened yet and I'm hoping they don't have that note but I'll see. I have another normal size Old Fitz Prime bottle from the early 70s that has a strong attic/Goodwill Store taste. I was told that could be normal for that era. The bottle is good, but I assumed at first that that note was something that developed in the last 40 years. The seal wasn't in very good shape anymore and it had leaked a little.
You can check out my blog for a few whiskey reviews and thoughts, but I ended up not posting to it as much as I had intended to. I am still going to try to keep it going. http://maxdrinksstuff.blogspot.com/
I will save the rest of my questions for later. I have already learned a ton here, and am looking forward to contributing to the community.
Last thing I want to share is a peek at my other great love. Espresso!