I too hail from the Great Lakes state. My name is Josh and I like Bourbon. I live in Royal Oak, Michigan (a 5 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride from Holiday Market) with my wife, two cats, wildflowers and too much over-priced booze.
I started exploring the wonderful world of Bourbon in ernest about a year ago spurred on by a great Kentucky vacation and the purchase of the Book of Classic American Whiskeys by Waymack and Harris which I purchased at a used bookstore.
The highlight of that vacation last summer was probably that wonderful tour at MM in Loretto. The fact that our 20-something tourguide flirted with me while my wife was in the restroom was a bonus.
My tastes lean to the more classic bourbon side of the likes of the Beam stuff, HH and Barton, although I do love MM and maltier stuff like Old Charter. WT is good too, but I'm not a huge fan of a heavy rye taste in a Bourbon.
Anyhow, I could go on, but I'll save some material for other posts.