Great job....no need for appologies.
I believe it is important to understand why folks, new or older members, look for a certain label. Having expectations, one way or the other, tells us alot about your tastes and style of purchase. Plus, it helps foster discussion which will help increase everyones bourbon knowledge. A main reason why we are all here.
I, personally, don't buy any of those brands on a regular basis(or ever), so, I was curious to find out why you were searching them out....what you might be expecting and your satisfaction with the price to flavor mix.
Have you tried most of the other items on the lower and mid shelves...or are you heading for the top, first?
I can give you a complete list of whiskies I have tried, and I don't consider price as an obstacle to trying interesting/exotic sounding stuff, but I like a bargain as much as anyone. I'm use to having expensive hobbies (no kids) and whiskey isn't nearly as expensive as record collecting for example.
in approximate order:
unknown lower shelf stuff in my youth
jameson (gift from friend from dublin didn't even open for a year because "I don't like whiskey")
glenlivet (only scotch I have tried, disliked this greatly, ended up finishing it as a mixer for whiskey sours)
jim beam black
wild turkey 101
evan williams, black label
elijah craig, 12 year (did I get the mysterious bad bottle? not too good)
bellows (2 shots of this made for a sinus headache for a few hours, made me wish this bar watered down the liquor, what's below bottom shelf?)
wild turkey rye
handy sazerac rye
weller special reserve
sazerac, 18year 08
sample nip of "American Honey" (not whiskey)
sitting on my buddies shelf that I have to try next time I go over:
russell reserve rye, 6 year
I'm obviously on a rye kick right now. if you notice jack daniels is not on my list and no canadian whiskies. I am curious to try some of the other mid shelf stuff like Old Grand Dad just 'cause it's a classic name. Haven't seen a lot of 4 roses stuff out there and when I have it's been fairly pricey.
I have really liked both Wild Turkey bottles on my shelf and think I'll try the Rare Breed and Kentucky Spirit (and Russell Reserve) before the end of the year.