Tonight I went out with my friends for a night of wonderful Kansas City barbecue, pistol shooting, and a few drinks (in that order...). Many of my friends thought they didn't like bourbon. I brought a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 year old for the post-firearm festivities. Well, after sipping on the Eagle Rare 10 year old, they are now converts. Mind you, these guys haven't had a taste of bourbon since their self-induced illness episodes in high school. So they are not experienced with bourbon at all.
Here are a few of their comments:
Every one of them said "This stuff is smoooooooooth!"
A few of them said, "I smell burnt sugar."
One said, "I smell vanilla too."
One of them said, "How come this stuff doesn't burn like Jack Daniels?"
They all wanted to know how much it was and where they could get it.
When we departed, they all said they were going to hit the liquor stores on the way home to pick up a bottle. Three of them telephoned me afterwords to tell me they had scored (found a bottle) and were enjoying it as we spoke.
This is a very good bourbon and one to keep in mind if you want to introduce (convert) rookies to the pleasures of the American spirit.