Thanks for the thoughtful suggestions, everyone!
I picked up a bottle of Elmer T. Lee this afternoon and you guys were right -- just my taste! Looking forward to trying WT RR and one of the Van Winkle's, which are all in stock at my favorite PALCB store, very soon now.
Again, many thanks,
Completely agree on purchasing liquor at pricey bars, restaurants
Same thing applies to wine...by the time you pay for a glass (usually cheap varieties offered around these parts) at a restaurant, you're about a 1/3 of the way to purchasing a bottle. Plus, I have 2 young children, one of whom has a disability, so I don't get out too much. I prefer sitting on my cozy front porch, sipping something delicious from my Riedel stemless glassware to a smoky bar anyway.