I've been lurking for a few weeks now. You guys are amazing, I've already learned so much.
My passion narrative:
I grew up in Louisville KY and moved to my favorite American city in the mid-2000s. Now a tested Chicagoan, I've recently decided to explore my past and connect to the stories of my grandparents while they are still with us. I like to interview them and ask them about their lives. They all grew up on farms from Knoxville TN to Loretto KY. In the 1950s their parents moved them to Louisville after the farms tanked. Factory workers, mechanics, farmers, and barbers run through the occupational blood line. For me, I think the bourbon experience is about tasting their history, connecting to the product of my home land, and discovering the origins of my people. The older I get, the more sentimental I become, and bourbon is a fitting drink for historic contemplation.
Like all Kentucky children, I came of age on cheap beer and shots of Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Maker's Mark, and Jack Daniels. A recent encounter with Manhattans, a trip home to Louisville, and a tour of Maker's Mark distillery has given me a heightened appreciation for KY bourbon.
I currently enjoy Bulleit, Four Roses, Maker's, and Angel's Envy. I have my eye on Weller's Special Reserve and Blanton's--here's to enjoying the ride.