I was born in Kentucky and came from a family with a taste for bourbon. I think it was in my veins, just waiting to be noticed and appreciated. Even though I live in California, I've "come home" to this blessed drink and am quite happy to have done so.
Here is some of my story. I spent time in college drinking everything in sight without moderation, took more than a decade off any kind of drink, and came back to it a few years ago. I'd nearly settled on a classic gin martini as my go-to drink when one splendid day I went on a quick run to my local liquor store for more gin. However, they were stocking the gin aisle so I passed the time wandering other "isles." Flickers of recognition from my "party days" started to spark some new thought and while I was passing along the whiskey aisle I saw a bottle of something called Buffalo Trace.
Hmm. Bourbon, eh? Of my six uncles I knew while growing up, one was a "pure straight bourbon drinker" and I liked him best. Perhaps his drink was part of his personality or a expression of it? Could be! So thinking of good ol' Uncle Ed, I bought the bottle but to be honest, I also got it because I really liked the packaging and appreciated the real cork top.
That evening I opened the bottle, enjoyed the full nose coming out of it and poured myself a taste over a few ice cubes.
After one sip, a genuine smile spread across my face and felt like it went all through me. My life changed for the better. Absolutely everything agreed with me about that drink. Nowadays, I'm still in the early exploration stages of bourbon drinking but I am happy to already say with conviction that the thought of bourbon makes me happy, pouring it makes me happy, drinking it makes me happy and the next day I am happy to have drunk it. (This has not been the usual progression with gin.) No spirits from my party days entice me and the current crop of fancy flavored, brightly-colored concoctions served in fishbowls-on-stems just look icky. What makes me smile is bourbon neat, perhaps a splash of water and/or ice, and when feeling in a cocktail mood, an Old Fashioned.
I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon a bourbon that's generally regarded as a very good one, as it seems to have activated my palate and set me up for many years of tasting and enjoying. I know some love and some hate BT and that's the way it should be. Count me in as an enthusiastic new bourbon drinker and one who pledges to remain open-minded about it all.