"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama
I think a lot of the mindset comes from the sheer size of Texas. For most Texans, its at least a couple hours to get out of the state, and then another couple hours to get to a decent sized city in the next state. You can drive 9 hours, see mountains, hill country, prairies, the piney woods, the gulf coast, and never be within a 1 hour drive of another state. Texas has to be more self sufficient than most states out of necessity.
"Unless it survived a tornado, weathered a snow storm in Scotland, and then spent a year on boat before returning home, I'm not really interested."
It's an identity thing.
We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.