Hello, my name is Dan and I am from New Jersey.
I'd like to thank everyone here at StraightBourbon.
This website is an incredible resource with information and discussions on such an array of subjects.
My first taste of whiskey was poured in cola at a wedding.
Then scotch in a moment of thought with a friend enjoying a cigar.
I believe learning to appreciate cigars has helped me to appreciate whiskey.
I approached cigar smoking by sitting and relaxing, often for an hour or more, while focused on the experience.
It was said to me that a cigar is best savored with a complimenting drink with complexity such as whiskey.
The first whiskey that sold itself to me was a bottle of Jack Daniel's single barrel packaged with a pair of tumblers.
Something drew me to it. I was in the store, saw it and then I was buying it.
I sipped it one dram at a time with two ice cubes or neat.
As a single barrel product, it impressed upon my mind that it should be savored slowly, not guzzled.
I think taking my time with it helped to open up my palate for whiskey.
When I finished that bottle I thought what should I get next? what would also be delicious?
I didn't know, I hadn't a clue.
I went to the store and stared at the whiskey section.
'Why is this 750ml bottle worth that much more than this 750ml bottle?' I thought.
I ended up getting Heaven Hill white label and JD Tennessee Honey.
I went through a couple of bottles of Tennessee Honey and then Jeremiah Weed bourbon liqueur.
Then I just got over the liqueurs - it wasn't doing it for me anymore.
I stuck with the HH with the club soda and that became my drink.
Next I tried Evan Williams black label and Buffalo Trace.
I don't know when the whiskey bug really bit me, but I had been very slowly emptying the bottles with a weekly whiskey & soda or two and it started to click.
I realized I wasn't appreciating whiskey for the complex and tasty beast it is.
I do still enjoy whiskey and club but now only occasionally.
Neat bourbon has become my dram of choice, with a glass of water near by.
I glossed over the interwebs and read some n00b oriented articles where I picked up adding a drop of water, and also some ideas about nosing. I've only just begun to be aware of 'legs.'
I'm enjoying selecting, buying and reading about the whiskeys that I might get to try.
I really enjoy that this website has a bourbon of the month feature, which is tantalizing to read about.
Currently open whiskey/whisky bottles:
Rittenhouse Rye bib
The Glenlivet 12 yr
Bowmore 12 yr
My next mission is to snag a glencairn glass.