I just wanted to take a moment or two to introduce myself and give my first impressions. To begin, I think you have a fantastic board and some really insightful comments about great bourbons. I am glad to read that opinions are encouraged here...I suppose I may put that to the test!
I am a long time bourbon drinker. My cabinet currently houses Makers, Wathen's, Old Pogue, Jim Beam, Woodford, and Blanton's (although most are collector's' bottles). I've tried most brands from Pappy VanWinkle's to Jefferson's Reserve. I was primarily raised in KY, but have lived out of state for over 10 years now. I always drank Makers until the recent gradual increase in pricing had me looking in other directions. Although I am happy that I can now find Makers in nearly any State- side bar I go into. (That wasn't true 10 years ago).
I have one question about Wathen's bourbon. I am relatively new to this brand (only found it a few years ago while visiting back home in KY). I prefer it for regular drinks and often give it as a gift to people that I know enjoy bourbon, because I've never seen it sold outside of KY. The bottle says that it is distilled in KY but bottled in California. So I guess my question is what is the board's general concensus on Wathens? I've only seen it mentioned a few times and it is a personal favorite of mine for both flavor and value.
So here's to all of you that realize Jack Daniel's is NOT bourbon and I personally never "Volunteer" myself for such arduous duty!