It has been a long road for me from when I went away from any sort of Whiskey, instead switching first to Vodka and then to rums and after spending a lot of time with Montecristo Rum (which was aged 12 years in Bourbon barrels), I figured since I was looking for "more" that rather than stick with rum that drew on Bourbon barrels, I should just go to bourbon... and after a brief and decent if underwhelming stint with Crown Royal and a few other Canadian Whiskeys, I have come back to bourbon.
I have already found some great information here as a lurker, but I told you that beginning, because perhaps it is from my moving away and thus now really being a probie again in the Bourbon world, my tastes have thus far been at odds with a lot of people here.
For example, I have seen more than a few threads where high regards have been given to OGD. Well, that was one of the products that moved me initially from Bourbon to Vodka many years ago. But now I thought... perhaps I was just too young, too naive to appreciate it, so I grabbed some and tried it... To me it had the overwhelming essence of alcohol swab with hints of charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid. Not something I care to repeat.
Maker's Mark, a brand that is often put down definitely fits currently into one of my favorites (so far). I thought perhaps I fit into the profile of a "wheater" liking type, but also found that Jim Beam, once it reaches black label is also drinkable. (And go ahead and laugh... but I find Red Stag a fun way to infuse bourbon into some drinks that I would have in the past used flavored vodka for, and found this to be a major improvement for those sort of drinks).
I guess for the most part, I am going to have to sit back quietly (other than to at times ask for a clarification from somebody) and read more than anything, otherwise it would seem I am going to butt heads with the vast majority... and being a probie here... I assume, as I go along, some of this will make more sense and/or I will appreciate some of the things that at present don't seem to jive with my views.
In an effort to start the year off on a fun note, I picked up a bottle of something that seems to have an overwhelmingly positive review (Buffalo Trace), less than certain opinions (Jim Beam Devil's Cut) and a less than stellar standing (Woodruff Reserve Distiller's Select). Taking these products and my already satisfactory MM and JB Black, I am going to have something of a tasting party with a few friends (so perhaps I will be able to pawn off the losers to somebody else if I find something really that awful ) and will try and see if I can come up with what works best for me... and perhaps where I should be heading.
Anyway... that is a rather long winded way of saying, "HI! Glad I found you! and looking forward to reading SB"