I have long enjoyed this site and forum as a source of reviews and information about American whiskies, and I've finally decided to become a contributor.
My name is Dustin, and I'm primarily a George Dickel drinker, but I occasionally try other brands of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, and even scotch on occasion. I don't do fruity drinks, and I'm not much into beer because the smell of hops doesn't really agree with me. As you may guess, my screen name on here derives from my belief that a good whisky should never be shot, and those who do should! Okay, not really, I don't condone violence against our fellow man, but I do think a drink that takes so much time and effort to produce should be smelled, sipped, and savored, and not thrown back with abandon.
In my younger days, I can remember my friends' drink of choice was Jim Beam bourbon, and they would shoot it and chase it with whatever kind of soda pop they could find, typically Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper. I wasn't much into that and I knew there had to be something better to do, and as I remember, I actually abhorred the scent of bourbon! Growing up, I tried every variety of beer and spirit there was, hoping to find something that was actually drinkable and enjoyable, and not just something to get drunk on.
It wasn't until years later that I discovered that whisky was actually quite good, if approached from the proper angle. The scent of bourbon now even brings to mind good memories, and I can't say that I've tried a single brand I would consider "bad." Once I tried George Dickel Tennessee whisky some years ago, it has been my usual daily pour, but I've never missed an opportunity to try others, from the relatively inexpensive to the finer top-shelf offerings. I even still occasionally sample Jack Daniel's just to remind myself that price has nothing to do with preference.
I look forward to being part of the community here and taking part in many a discussion on bourbon and related topics!