I've lurked here off and on for years but never got around to registering. I figured I might as well now!
I'm Kentucky-raised but have been in NYC for the better part of a decade. Bourbon has always been my drink of choice, ever since my UK days, but it wasn't until I came to the city and had a "real" job that I started to actively broaden my horizons beyond the mass market brands and get a serious collection going.
I'm nowhere near the expert a lot of the folks here are, especially in terms of history / industry, etc. But I have been drinking bourbons for quite a while now and always trying anything new when I can, so I like to think I know a little something.
In recent months, I've been trying to drink and think about bourbon in a more critical way so that I can better articulate my thoughts to other people. When someone asks me about a particular whiskey, I have no trouble with basic information about mash bill, major flavor characteristics, knowing who produces it, etc. But I still find myself at a loss when trying to conjure words for more nuanced flavors and tasting notes or when I try to get into the history of the brand and where it fits in the bourbon family tree.
So here I am. Between promising myself to get more active in the bourbon forums here and elsewhere and starting to write down my thoughts more, hopefully I can get to where I'm a more confident and thorough bourbon cheerleader.
My favorite pours at the moment are:
- Everyday go to whiskeys - Pappy Lot B, Eagle Rare Single Barrel, Wild Turkey 101, and Michter's Rye 10-yr.
- Favorites I won't share - Stagg, Hirsch 16, and Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2004.
Anyway, I'm glad to be here and looking forward to some great discussion!