We all have a likes and dislikes. That is not what this is about. It is about what you select at any given moment, the choice betwen your choices. What dictates, which bottle from which you choose to drink?
Is it mood? Situation? Do you have certain "triggers" that make you pick one of the items from your stash?
Perhaps this would be better put with my own examples.
Thursday Night Bowling. Though I will almost always grab a wheater as my first choice, I don't on Thursdays. Bowling night is for me, a night for Devil's Cut. whether I want it neat, on the rocks or in soda that particular evening (usually dictated by how hot it is in the lanes), it works for me. I am not spending time searching for the nuances, I just enjoy the oak, smoke and bourbon flavor and that is all I am interested in.
Friday Night - After getting everybody off to bed, and the dog has been walked, it is time to unwind. Whether I am catching up in SB, sitting back and watching something (usually something like NCIS), or sitting outside by a fire, this is the time I want my OWA. Nothing else to distract me, this is when I want flavor to spare, to entertain, to intrigue. This is the time I want to spend finding those nuances.
Football Sundays, Hockey, etc - No nonsense times call for no-nonse drinks. Mood can vary, but still want something a little less thought provoking. Jim Beam Black, (and now recently) Knob Creek or Buffalo Trace.
Other times it is strictly on "feel" or experimentation.
So, what about you? Do certain events, times or some other factor dictate one pour over the other?