I found this site and have spent several hours now getting an education. I am a native Texan but have lived in Camden Tennessee for nearly 2 decades now. I am a retired LEO and a co-owner and board member of a company called Tactical Response. We are a firearms training company and train Military, Police, Civilian Contractors and private citizens. I am also a moderator on the company forum GetOffTheX.com in the Fighting Shotgun forum.
Why am I here? Well I recently discovered Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, which was awesome, and in doing some searching I ran across this forum, which is a wealth of information with what seems to be a very knowledgeable and helpful membership and staff.
I have never been much of a drinker (Mr. Van Winkle is about to change that) and have produced and collected wines for a number of years. I have liquidated most of my wines except for a couple of bottles I have yet to sell or trade and I am now going to start learning more about and collecting distilled spirits as they seem to be much more interesting than the fermented fruit.
I always cared more about the process of making wine than drinking it but with Bourbon I know that will be different, as I have always enjoyed it when I did drink it. As for my new hobby my wife got me started by buying me a bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle as a Christmas present. Yeah I saw it when it came in and have been admonished that I will have to settle for admiring the bottle and its contents from afar until Christmas. It will be a long wait if the 23 year old is anywhere near as good as the younger siblings.
Well I will be around reading and learning I am sure I will be asking some questions and as a moderator of a forum, I know to exhaust the search function before asking.
Thanks for providing such a great resource for those of us less knowledgeable on the subject at hand.
Did I mention that I have a bottle of 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle that I cannot touch until Christmas?