Hi everyone. My name is Marko, I'm 32, and I joined the forums about a week ago and have posted twice already and will do so again soon. I am a native New Yorker and about a month ago quit my job and drove across the USA with my wife in order to relocate to sunny San Diego, California. (My wife's family is out here.) I made sure to drive through Kentucky and make some time to go on the Buffalo Trace Distillery tour. posting.php?mode=smilies&f=12#
I have been drinking whiskey for about 8 years or so, but only here-and-there. A free Johnnie Walker Black tasting in NYC about 8 years ago turned me on to whiskey and helped me understand the various smells and tastes, but I am fairly new to drinking Scotch and Bourbon on a regular basis. In the past year or so I have caught the "bug" to try more whiskey, collect it and understand it better. (I have been drinking Blanton's, Dewar's Special Reserve 12, Four Roses Small Batch and Pappy Van Winkle 15 this past year, with a little JW Blue and Glen Livet 21 thrown in as a treat to myself now and then.)
A friend of mine got me into bourbon this past year and I quickly purchased about 15 bottles of various whiskies (Pappy Van Winkle 15, Stagg (2007), Blanton's, Four Roses Small Batch, Baker's, JW Blue, JW Swing, to name a few), but have had JW Black and a Glen Livet Archive 21 my wife bought me as a Christmas gift. So, I have had quite a few whiskies for a newbie, but I want to understand the varieties of whiskies better and learn to better define the flavors and tastes. Single Malts is my newest foray, as it always seemed to be the most inaccessible for me to understand. Also, I do enjoy a good cognac and I enjoy the Kelt VSOP and Courvoisier XO.
I know that was a lot of information, but that is just a reflection of how excited I am to be here amongst all of you knowledgable folks. I look forward to "chatting" with you all, maybe one day in person. Cheers!