Longtime lurker, finally took the plunge and signed up. Have been drinking bourbon for a few years now, and like many here, I came over from scotch. I enjoy the generally sweeter profile of bourbon by comparison, especially if I am having many… But my affinity for some really peaty scotches also lead me to a taste in rye. So, after my initial foray into bourbon, I went heavy into the rye for a bit. Now I am in the process of trying to hone in on bourbons that have a higher rye content in the mashbill in order to try and find my sweet spot between the two. That being said, I really haven’t met many whiskeys that I don’t like…There always seems to be something to fit the occasion and my mood.
I probably started out on the wrong end of the spectrum to start, and am now working my way backwards. I was spoiled to be exposed to some of the BTAC and PVW early on, and back when I was working had the cash to burn on some of them. Luckily my bunker is pretty deep. Now I am back in graduate school and trying to find a nice middle point to it all in the $30-50 range. I used to drink cocktails on occasion, started out with perfect Rob Roys, but inconsistent bartending and a growing appreciation for the underlying product itself lead me to abandon them most of the time and just stick straight to the whiskey.
My every day drinking stuff is a little limited at the moment mostly OGD and Rittenhouse rye, but I am working to improve that and have found the forums very useful for that end. They have also inspired me to make a habit out of dusty hunting, though I feel I am going to need to create a cheat sheet for myself as a way to keep track of old names and things to look for on the label (tax stamp!). Otherwise, I look forward to trying some various store’s bottlings and barrel selections. Do any of the NYC area people have any experience with astor barrel selections? I was browsing their website and they seem to have a four roses single barrel selection and a 1792 Ridgemont, but I was unsure of whether they were something special or just given some sort of “astor seal of approval.”
I look forward to hopefully contributing some on the site, and am eager to learn more from everyone. Thanks, and happy holidays, Matt