Wow! What a vault of knowledge here!
Hello from Alaska. I must say that my spirit of choice for the last couple of decades or so has been vodka. And, good vodka at that! However, a couple that we get together with for poker from time to time would always bring over a bottle of Maker's Mark as their preferred beverage. I never really had any desire to sample their pours. Then I was at the liquor store not long ago and decided to pick up a bottle of MM for myself just to see what they saw in the stuff. I thought, not bad! As a matter of fact, that was pretty tasty! I then was talking with a guy at work who is a bourbon drinker who mentioned that his preference was Knob Creek. So, I picked up a bottle. Jeez! This is even better than MM!
I have since tried Buffalo Trace; nice and mellow - a keeper. And, I picked up some Wild Turkey 101. Whew! Good tasting whiskey, but I felt like I almost had to throttle back a bit. Heck of a punch on the front side, but interestingly enough, it seemed to smooth out on the way down. I'll give it another try here in the next evening or two.
My wife is blown away about my new found source delight. She can't believe the fact that I haven't even had a desire for a vodka tonic since my first pour of bourbon. Oh well. Sometimes change can be a good thing!
In any event, I enjoy checking out this site daily. You folks post some very interesting and insightful information here. Thank you! I might be somewhat limited as to the availability of certain brands up here in AK, but there is enough of a selection to keep my palate happy.