Hi I am new to Bourbon and to whiskey in general. For most of my drinking years I have been a beer man (and would still consider beer to be my primary drink of choice). But about a year ago I became friends with a person who is a devout whiskey drinker(a JD man himself)who had decided to prosthelatise the virtues of whiskey. (or is it whisky? I can't seem to keep the distinction strait) His drinks are always either Jack or some form of Scotch and he got me to appriciate scotch to a lesser extent (never enough to want to buy a bottle though, and he never really got me to like Jack). But being the good child of the internet age that I am I started looking around the internet for items on whiskeys and I found this web site. Very longs and winding story with several totaly unrelated twists and turns later, I decided I wanted to go out and try some bourbon. So aremed with the few small pieces of information that I had gleened for this discussion board I went down to my local bar and took a look at thier bourbon selection. They had Jim Beam White, Makers Mark, and Knob Creek. Ok so I knew that the white label was out of the question based on the general idea on the boards that it is a very...simple bourbon. So I went for the Knob Creek based puerly on gut instinct.
I really liked it. I think it was the first whiskey I had ever tried that I had truely enjoyed the way I might have enjoyed a good bottle of wine. I wish I had taken notes so that I might be able to give a more detailed account of my experiance. I do remember distinctly smelling a very plesant vanilla/honey scent and it having the vague taste of freshly ground cinnamon. Ok so the question is, where do I go from here? I have spent the last several hours doing searches and looking for info but the best I can come up with is that Knob Creek is similar to Jim Beam Black lable, and that it is fairly middle of the road as far as rye content is concerned. But where does that leave me? I do kind of regret no going back and getting a shot of Makers Mark to compair the Knob Creek to, but... well the Bartender was this really cute girl who was very impressed that I (at my young age) drank Knob Creek and I didn't want to let on that I was only doing a tasting experiment. But are there any suggestions as to how I should proceed? I am willing to buy a bottle or two (maybe three )but cant spent more than about $20- $25 per and if I can find something in the $15 or less range that would be even better. I was thinking maybe I should try some a couple thazt are radicaly different and a couple that are fairly similar, but I'm not sure what these would be. Can I get some starter suggestions?