Before you get exited about getting a German into the forum , I am actually South African living in Munich at the moment. But this will of course be my shopping base for Bourbon in the foreseeable future!
I am very impressed with the forum here, have been reading a lot of posts the last few days. I will also elaborate a little bit below in what I like to drink and see if you guys can recommend me one or two bottles.
Also reading so much about alcohol keeps one VERY thirsty!
My drinking: I do enjoy a basic scotch once in a long while (Famous Grouse, Jameson), and did have a few single malts once in a while. My two favorites (I think the top of any alcohol for me so far) is Oban and Glenfiddich 15 year Solera. Amazing stuff.
I also rediscovered drinking Rum...as I found out not all rum are nasty things you need to add Coke to. So now going to order Flor de Cana 7 year
My experience with Bourbon is very limited unfortunately and I need to rectify this. I always liked JD once in a while on ice (I know...its not bourbon). The other night I found a bar with Makers Mark and went for it. Very smooth indeed. I liked it. But its not so full bodied for me. So I guess I am looking for a bit more complex flavors. More wood?
For one I am for sure going to buy Four Roses yellow label as its cheap here (15 euro per bottle) as a everyday/mix bourbon. It seems to get very good opinions overall. So I need something a little bit higher up the alcohol chain. Something that can give me a good idea in which direction I should go.
Initial options with prices:
Elijah Craig 12 20 euro per bottle
Bulleit (40%) 19E (bad ac. to one post when compared to 45%)
Blanton's special reserve 21E (seems to be only available in europe)
Blantons Original 27E
Jim Bean Black 18E
Wild Turkey 101 8y 23E
Buffalo Trace 30E
Four Roses single barrel 31E
Fighting cock 6y 20E
Wide variety and flavours, I know. There are of course more available, but some are out of proportion expensive when compared to how they are priced in the US to each other. For now I would prefer to stay at the 20 euro level since I can see most of the rye/wheat options in this price range. I think I saw WL Weller 7 year also on one of the shops here for 25 I think.
If you have any questions to help you narrow down the selection then I will be happy to answer. As you can see I am suffering big time from verbal diarrhea The curse of a scientist.
Thanks again! Looking forward to sippin some nice bourbon and start the journey.