Personally, I absolutely love Gentoo and fell in love with it in the first experience (although a steep learning curve at first) with it. It will allow deep customizations and once you get the hang of it, I believe you will fall in love with it just as I have. Portage is king in the means of software delivery.
Never give up on your first attempt to deploy and effectively use Gentoo. Although I use Red Hat and derivatives professionally, I feel it will never match my experiences with Gentoo and I believe those experiences have brought me to the Linux world that I live in now.
Deploy, customize, and enjoy my friend.