So I've lurked and posted a little here and there, but I've finally come to the conclusion that I don't have enough friends or family to share my bourbon infatuation with. Thus, I'm going to spend some more time here learning and enjoying the journey.
I'm really pretty new at this, so please feel free to hammer me if I'm wrong on something. I've always been a whiskey fan but until July of this year, had no direction, just a general enjoyment. It started by attending a bourbon tasting at Morton's put on by Jim Beam and one of their "whiskey professors," who was an excellent presenter and left me with much more technical knowledge than I had before as well as some wonderful anecdotes. Funny thing is that my collection started there, with some Booker's and Knob Creek (my favorite utility), but has moved completely away from Beam and seems to be heavily weighted in the Buffalo Trace bottlings.
Don't have any friends who get my fascination, but my brothers and old man have been bitten by the same type of bug albeit a smaller one. So, I get all of the knowledge that I can online, mostly here and from what John on MA says. I also have found the staff of Hi-Time Wine and the local reps for Young's Market to be very gracious with their time.
That's my story, I hope that I can add something to the conversations around here once I'm tall enough to reach the bar. And if you ever find yourself in OC, I'll be happy to pour something for you from my young and modest cabinet.