Just thought I would check in and say hello as a new member. I have read many of the posts and feel I have received a wonderful education already...and it's FREE! Well except for the bottle I just went and bought...My Bourbon history is very brief, I have never been a wine or spirits drinker (just beer), then my Father in law gives me a taste of Makers Mark, and hmmmmmm, thatís pretty good.....I want more! Iím not a cigar smoker, but I do find the taste of Whiskey goes well while BBQ'ing (one of my passions). My only experience has been with Makers. Prior to discovering this cite I purchased a bottle of Basil Haydens. Today I went and purchased a bottle of Elijah Craig 12-year-old. My local liquor store has a very poor selection I now know, so I will have to drive in to Seattle to find some of your other recommended Brands. This is a great site, and I have been entertained and educated by your many posts. So thanks to all of you, I look forward to learning more.