I stumbled upon this site during a google search for recommendations and have been hooked reading it since. I’m posting to both introduce myself, and ask for a little advice on where to go from here in exploring the world that is bourbon.
After reading, I am realizing I have done, in many ways, what all of you recommend not to do. In a former career I headed up sales for a specialty tea company, and was working to develop a distribution relationship in we had in Louisville, as such I stayed in Kentucky for about 4 months. That time spent working with restaurant owners and the like, and I was hooked on the world that is bourbon.
Unfortunately, being thrown into the world of high end restaurants the bourbons I tried were all of the very expensive ones, and quickly developed some favorites there. Now, wanting to take a step back, I have searched some of your suggestions on where to go to learn more.
I started with ORVW 12 year and then went into Pappy’s 20 year and loved them both (especially the 20!). From there some of the bourbons I have tried locally are Angel’s Envy (I thought it was OK but not the write home experience that was the 20 year) and Basil Haden (which I liked) and on the recommendation from the forums of understanding wheated I purchased some Weller SR the other night. I wasn’t largely a fan of this at all, it tasted very “fire watery” to me. Is this normal? Maybe I just had a bad experience tasting? Maybe I just need to develop my ability to taste bourbon better?
I’ll end my ramble – I’m looking to be coached a bit! Given how poorly I started at the top of the shelf how can I learn more, understanding I do come from a tasting background with Rishi Tea. What are your next step suggestions!
Thanks you all in advance!