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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Toledo, OH

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockefeller View Post
    How I "trained" to drink whiskey neat years and years ago:

    Bought a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black
    1st night: 2oz + 4oz water
    2nd night: 2oz + 3oz water
    3rd night: 2oz + 2oz water
    4th night: 2oz + 1oz water
    5th night: 2oz + 0.5oz water
    6th night: 2oz + splash of water
    7th night: 2oz neat

    You now have a gradually conditioned brain/mouth that no longer overreacts to high proof liquor.
    Sounds remarkably similar to how I learned to drink Johnny Walker in 1970. I shared an office with a fellow from Fort Worth who set out a bottle of JW and a bowl of jalepenos. The routine was to take a bite of the pepper and then cool it down with a swig of JW. It did not take a week to get the hang of it. From there, of course, I learned that bourbon is far superior and that the jalepenos were no longer necessary.
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Larceny! Drink it neat, no ice no water. use a wine glass. have a glass of water on the side, not too cold.
    Last edited by Lazer; 12-13-2012 at 15:21. Reason: the water part

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Gwinnett Co., GA

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Nashville, TN

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    I started on Maker's Mark and my palate has since evolved but always recommend it as a good starting point.

  5. #15
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    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    San Francisco

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Quote Originally Posted by JB64 View Post
    When I first started drinking whiskey neat I just did it with no cutting. I made the whiskey face and did that little chicken wing move like Jack Nicholson did in Easy Rider after he took a pull from the JBW bottle.
    This is awesome. I have definitely been there.

    I started with Maker's Mark as well. Good stuff.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    North East MS

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Hey 165, welcome aboard. Four Roses yellow label is as good a place to start as any, think of it as Baby Bear's porridge, not too sweet, not too sharp, just right.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Glendale, AZ

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    I think starting with a couple different bourbons will help you begin learning the nuances.

    Some of the easier, nicely priced drinks I've had are Buffalo Trace, Evan Williams Black Label, and Old Weller Antique (maybe cut it with water if you find it burns too much).

    While I understand people saying start with Maker's Mark --- my last bottle or two tasted of pure alcohol burn, while the 50ml sized bottle I had a few weeks ago (just had an 'itch' to have a pour of it) was quite sweet and pleasant. So I'm not sure which experience to trust on that one.

    Knob Creek is one of my favs and sits right near the top of the price range you mentioned. Might not be the 'easiest' drink, but I find it quite rewarding... and the best thing is that it's readily available.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    I'll second the Eagle Rare and 4R yellow, unless you want to splurge on one of the upper level 4R.
    Rowan's Creek also comes to mind for about $35
    "A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it."

  9. #19

    Re: Good bourbon for a beginner?

    im a newbie and i really fancy w l weller special reserve, old rip van winkle 10, lot b, 15 year, blantons, knob creek (kinda spicy), makers 46, and 4 roses. IMO (and take it with a grain of salt, but im a newbie like you) start with the 4 roses. seems to be pretty smooth and it wont break the bank. the weller is good too. cant wait to try the 107 proof weller.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Good bourbon for a beginner?

    Like others have said, once you get your palate acclimated to the higher alcohol content, you're good to jump off the deep end.

    There's probably a range of bourbons (most have been mentioned here) that'll give you a good primer of landscape.

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