To Josh at Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock, who comped me a pretty awesome (and rare) Christmas gift at the end of the tour for no rhyme or reason other than my professed enthusiasm for their products and love of the season. You folks at Rock Town need to get this man out and talking about your products as a brand ambassador - that tour was tremendously informative and super fun to boot. I'm hoping I'll have a chance to meet up or even pour with you at a show soon (my family is already talking about private tours and bottling parties). You really made the difference. Slainte!
To my extended family and friends who have so far gone unmentioned. You have indulged my fantasies about a future in the whiskey industry (commentary or otherwise), equipped me in my intellectual journey in craft spirits, and have spread the word about this blog and my passion to friends, acquaintances, and perfect strangers. I'm blessed to be surrounded by your love, fellowship, and devotion. L'chaim!
To fellow bloggers, who have contributed greatly to my learning and development while guiding and checking my understanding. JewMalt, Malt Impostor, How to Drink Whisky, and Guid Scotch Drink have been daily must-reads for me. Slainte!
To my darling wife, who has seen my great enthusiasms and grounded them in reality, who has stood by my side as I moved our family halfway across the country (numerous times), and who is currently bearing our unborn son (due this spring!). You allow me to do the things I love every day (certainly not just this blog), and I love you very much.