I've been reading these forums for a few months now, so I figured I might as well introduce myself.
I've been a bourbon drinker for around 7 years now. Started out drinking Maker's Mark, moved to Jim Beam White for a while, now I take Old Granddad BIB as my standard drink at the bar. Got serious about trying pricier stuff about 4 years ago, but I have limited funds, so I don't buy it all that often.
At home, I drink a lot of the Granddad as well. That is pretty much my everyday drink. Also on the shelf right now are:
Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yo
1792 Ridgemont Reserve (unopened, never tried it)
Eagle Rare 17yo Fall 06
Eagle Rare 10yo Single Barrel
William Larue Weller 05 bottling (also unopened and never tried)
George T. Stagg (not sure which year, it is 131.8 proof - I love this one, sad it's almost gone)
Rock Hill Farms (really don't like this one at all)
Black Maple Hill 16 yo
Van Winkle 12 yo "Lot B" (also almost gone, very sad about that one)
a nearly empty A.H. Hirsch 16yo (sob!)
Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
Jim Beam Black
Old Granddad 114
Old Weller 7yo 107 (like this a lot, esp. for the price)
I've really enjoyed reading the discussion here, and they've made me acutely aware of just how little I know about bourbon. I want to start working on my tasting skills (i.e. move beyond "I really like this, that not as much" into being able to identify more specific flavors within a particular bourbon). I also want to start sampling more bourbons.
I'll be doing my summer bourbon shopping sometime in July. I'll have around $200 to spend. I'd love some advice as to what to purchase. I'd really like to replace my Hirsch, which is one of my favorites that I've ever tasted, but at $100/bottle, I'm not sure that is a wise way to spend my money. I'm also thinking about maybe trying some rye. I have a bottle of Old Potrero rye that I got as a gift and have never opened, and a half drunk bottle of Old Overholt, which I don't like all that much. So I'm open to suggestions for that was well. Any tips are appreciated.