It has been an incredible 9 months of bourbon exploration. In less than a year I have been able to try 63 different whiskies!
Many of those were single drinks, smaller bottles, shared bottles or similar experiences. When buying a 750 or larger, I have never purchased the same bottle twice (except for Benchmark b/c it is so freakin cheap and mixes well). But, I gotta say, I am getting burned out. Not on trying new bourbons - far from that, but on purchasing new bottles. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what I like and what I don't like. While experiencing something new is great, I have forgone some great bourbons in favor of mediocre ones just because I had not had them. As I have tried most bourbons in the $20-40 range, most of what is left is either expensive (and not worth risking high dollar on something I may not like) or bottom shelf (and I don't need anymore mediocre bourbon taking up my shelf space.)
From here on out, I make the following vow. I will not purchase an untried 750 or larger bottle of bourbon unless:
At this point I look forwarding to spending my bourbon money on bottles I know I like. It is time to revisit Rittenhouse BIB and buy that handle of Weller 12 I have been eying!!
- It is currently out of production, -or-
- It is less than 66% of regular cost, -or-
- It is the only thing available.
So what about the rest of you. Have you had similar experiances?