Last edited by Old Lamplighter; 11-16-2013 at 16:53.
I turned 21 in 1986. I've been enjoying whiskey for 27 years. As of November 7th, I've been on straightbourbon.com for 14 of those 27 years. My SB years are just slightly more than half my drinking years.
After nearly three decades of enjoyment, my zen, as it were, is that every glass of whiskey is a snapshot. A freezing of a combination of moments in time, and one colorful shard out of a much larger kaleidoscope. It could be high end, it could be middle shelf, it could be cats and dogs. The important thing is not whether a writer enjoys what's in your glass, but whether you do.
This thread came at a perfect time for me. I have been spending more than I should on bourbons trying to find my niche, even though I have a self imposed limit of $40 dollars for a 750 ml bottle. I had just 2 days before read a post about the "special" Four Roses bottles available at the Visitor Center and was chastising myself for not breaking my $40 dollar rule and buying a bottle while I was there a few weeks prior.
This thread readjusted my thoughts and made me realize that someday I will break my $40 dollar limit (there are some great bourbons for just under $50), but for now I am enjoying the bourbons available to me at under $40 way too much.
I know my "Bourbon Zen" will morph over time, most of it controlled by price. I also know that at this time I am in an equilibrium of contentment at my self imposed price point. There are some great bourbons out there that I am enjoying and really have no need at this time to go beyond.
I also know my contentment is not someone else's contentment and will likely not be mine a couple of years from now. I just know I am happy now with that $25 dollar Craig or that $36 dollar Rare Breed. Thanks for bringing me back.
This is a really good thread and a deep thread. It's a tough and discovering thought.
I also have way more bottles opened and unopened than I need. We're not even through majority of the fall releases where i'm at.
I feel that a few in the previous posts have said it best. Bourbon zen is different for everyone at different stages of their bourbon journey. You'll have to have enjoyed the journey as many years as some of our senior members who've been there and tasted through the many years of their journey to truly be in the masters of zen group.
For me at my current stage of my journey, i'm just content and happy that I am blessed enough to enjoy everything that I can afford and am able to stash away any (lower, middle, or upper shelf) selections I really enjoy. I am also happy that I am able to enjoy majority of the selections for what they are, whether they are lower proof, higher proof, wheated, high rye, mystery, etc.
Who you calling senior, kid.
We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.
Perhaps retro grouch would be a more apt description than senior.
(he said with teasing grin) :-)
I've been working on reaching this 'level" for the past couple of years and felt I was about there until this week when a retailer called and offered the entire Pappy line at extremely reasonable prices. I turned into Gollum , seeing The Ring. I retained some sense of pride by only buying a few , and walking away from some. Human nature is hard to fight.
"Abstainer: A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."