So, I've been lurking for a few months and I like what I've seen and decided to join. I'm in my early 30's, married, and for the last 2 years have dived headfirst into whisk(e)ys like crazy. I'm actually more of a scotch fan but after some recent work trips to Kentucky I've started to develop a pallet for bourbon, but really only certain types. I'm not really much of a mixer, I do occasionally make a Manhattan, but for the most part I'm a straight whiskey drinker. I prefer small amounts (1oz) as there are times I almost love nosing more than actually tasting though occasionally I do go for larger pours. I'm blessed with a wife who also loves whiskey though when it comes to scotches she is more a fan of the peaty varieties than I am... I know! I'm fairly familiar with the distillation and aging process in general and used to consider myself among the better learned people when it comes to scotch (and to a lesser extent, bourbon and Irish) though as I learn more it only shows me how little I really do know. I've had opportunities to attend several local tastings and even got to go to the Single Malt Scotch & Whisky Extravaganza here in Seattle and had a blast. During my recent time in Kentucky I was able to do some tasting at Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, and Heaven Hills and had a blast at each
As for my specific tastes I tend to prefer sweeter scotchs, the Balvenie 21 year, Glenfiddich 15 year, Glenmorangie 10 year, and Yamazaki 12 year (I know, not a scotch) are some of my favorites. For bourbons I tend to go for the higher proof single barrels so I especially enjoy GTS, Bookers, and Noahs Mill. Though, it's sad to say, my enjoyment of bourbon still pales to how much I like scotch (I know, no one's perfect). One thing I do love is to collect bottles, though the next best thing for me is opening those same bottles with friends. At this point my "bunker" is quite small compared to those here I'm sure but I have managed to round up some fun ones. For scotch I have a 25 year Talisker, Balvenie Tun 1401 batch 3, Balvenie 17 year rum cask, and Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, among many others. For bourbon I have this years GTS and THH, last years ORVW 10/90, 12, this years PVW 15 and 20, Jefferson 17 year PS (batch 2), and the Four Roses small batch 2012 edition (bought that from the distillery on a whim).
So, all that being said I love my whiskeys, almost as much as I love learning about them. I look forward to many hours reading and posting here with an emphasis on the former while I learn about all those undiscovered gems out there waiting for me to taste. However, I do want to leave everyone with this... I am NOT a flipper and never will be so don't worry about that! However I do love to be my friends "whiskey mule" so I have been known to bring back extra bottles of something special to use as gifts. I was lucky enough to bring back 4 bottles of GTS this year, 2 of which ended up with good friends.