I'm Dave - 42 and getting older by the minute, married with 2 kids who luckily don't get what all the Whisky fuss is all about.
I'm a retired Jazz Drummer - who shaved off the beard and pony-tail and went "corporate" in the late '80's... I'm now in the Institutional Money Management biz (pension plans, foundations, corporate, etc.). Some of my clients really like Whisky too!!!
I got into Whisky at the tail-end of a trip my wife and I took to Europe in '94 (the duty-free samples at Gatwick as we were heading home). First purchases: a Dalwhinnie 15 and a Lagavulin 16. (I had worked in some Pubs in London in '84/'85 - but was still then recovering from prior Southern Comfort indulgences.) Business trips to Alberta started to fuel the passion and the collection.
The collection led to Robbie Burns Dinners, etc. - where friends would love to attack and compare as many bottles as possible in my collection... turning it back into a handful of near empty bottles
and from there those same friends and I formed the West Coast Whisky Society in early 2003. I get to call myself the President.
Since then our "club" has grown - our events have grown (having now organized several Jim Murray Tastings) and we've developed some strong bonds with various distilleries. Some of us have banded together to buy a few casks (mostly to dream and for "bragging rights") ... and the collection continues to grow.
We have all made some great friendships along the way. It's a warm and friendly community: Whisky People. We have had some solid guidance and mentorship from none other than Lawrence himself - initially as a result of connecting through this forum. Some of our now-members have found our club - as a result of this forum too. For those heading to the Victoria Whisky Festival - you'll get an appreciation for Sir Lawrence then...
If you ever find a reason to visit Vancouver (like, say, the 2010 Winter Olympics) - let me know. We'll roll out the West Coast Whisky Society Red Carpet.
Oh yeah - and I tend to ramble on a lot...