I was recently introduced to bourbon by my doctor. That's right, strictly "for medicinal purposes."
Several months back during my annual physical my physician asked me about my drinking habits and I told him that I usually have a glass of wine with dinner, but I have lately been having a beer instead. He asked me what kind of beer and I told him that I prefer pale ales or red lagers. He replied that he also likes "hoppy" beers, but that he had started drinking bourbon. I told him I knew nothing about bourbon or whiskey or scotch and never had much of a taste for them. Too smoky for my likes.
He then proceeded to tell me about bourbon and Tennessee whiskey and why they were much better than scotch - smoother and less smoky. He even went as far as to write me out some recommendation on a prescription pad which I'm hoping you will be able to see here:
So I went out and bought a bottle of Woodford Reserve to drink on the rocks and Crown Royal to drink with ginger ale. After finding this forum, I purchased a bottle of Rebel Yell and a bottle of Buffalo Trace which I found on a business trip in Florida. Both are pretty good but BT is definitely better. I'm also looking forward to trying some other recommendations (maybe Jim Beam Black, AAA or Old Forester).
I am developing a real taste for bourbon but I still can't drink it neat. I usually have an ounce or two at night on the rocks. I also enjoy with ginger ale but I think it's probably a waste of money to use expensive bourbon to mix.