Hello to everyone on the board,
I am a new member to the board and, also, a new member to the world of bourbon. In fact, I just had my very first experience with bourbon this evening, at the age of 34. What inspired it is the fact that I am a pool enthusiast, and I just recently read the novels "The Hustler" and "The Color of Money". As everyone on this board must already know, Eddie Felson's drink of choice is J.T.S. Brown bourbon.
Having never tried bourbon before in my entire life, I set out to locate some J.T.S. Brown bourbon to see what it is like. I quickly discovered that J.T.S. Brown is damn near impossible to locate (I have called nearly every liquor store in Houston). I then began searching online, and quickly came across this site.
I never knew that there was a community completely dedicated to bourbon, but I find the information on this site, and the posts on this board fascinating. I do have several questions, though. Why does everyone on this board seem to have an issue with Maker's Mark? It seems as if many people new to bourbon started with Maker's Mark, and I am no exception. I have had a couple of glasses tonight, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Undoubtedly my sense of taste is nowhere near as developed as experienced bourbon drinkers, but why the apparent animosity? Is it just the cost? I didn't think that the cost was too much compared to the other bourbons I found. Perhaps the bottle was about $5 more, on average, but that seems minor. Is there an issue with the flavor of it? Do y'all just find it unejoyable to drink? If so, what others do you suggest?
Anyway, I am enjoying my first forays into this new experience, and I look forward to sampling many different bourbons in the future.