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  1. #1
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    Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Stayed away from it totally while the kids were growing up, and just drank a couple of glasses of wine every other year or so. Always planned to stock up when the kids left.

    Well --- the kids have left.

    So I'm stocking up.

    I know very little about bourbon and started with Wild Turkey 81 (I thought I'd go with the milder WT before moving up). I actually thought WT 81 wasn't bad and I have since moved up to WT 101 and WT RB. All good stuff and I will never be going back to WT 81.

    Other bourbons I have tried and are now part of my collection include:

    - Makers Mark (smooth, easy to drink, smells great in the glass and has a nice caramel taste to it).
    - Jim Beam Black (inexpensive premium bourbon. Little more complex than the Makers Mark).
    - Woodford Reserve (a bit expensive for what I got out of it. Not sure I liked it better than JB Black).
    - Bulleit Frontier Whiskey (pretty rough around the edges. I like it).

    Basically I discovered I definitely enjoy bourbon and am looking forward to trying out a bunch of them. I think next I'll get some Knob Creek or Jefferson. This website has been very helpful in learning about some of the more obscure bourbons and I am looking forward to your reviews on them.

    I have also tried a little Tennessee whiskey:

    - Jack Daniels Old no. 7 (liked it better than I thought it would).
    - Gentleman Jack (very smooth. I think I will always keep some of this on hand).

    Thought what the heck, I'd give Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey a go and I have tried:

    - Jameson Irish whiskey
    - Johnnie Walker Black Scotch
    - Macallan 12

    Decent enough, but I do like bourbon (and Tennessee whiskey) better than the European stuff (so far).

    My eldest son also drinks whiskey and he is more a fan of Scotch than bourbon, probably because the Scotch is a bit more mellow.

    Anyway, glad to be aboard and plan to learn a lot from everyone on here.

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    A lot of good energy coming from you. Keep up your journey. Welcome aboard!

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Hey Dawg, welcome aboard. May I recommend Very Old Barton (which may not be available in your area) and Old Grand Dad (which surely is) as good examples of rye recipe Bourbons.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Hey Dawg, welcome aboard. May I recommend Very Old Barton (which may not be available in your area) and Old Grand Dad (which surely is) as good examples of rye recipe Bourbons.
    Why yes. Why yes, you may. I would encourage recommendations even. I think I've seen Old Grand Dad but was afraid to try it.

    I won't be now. Much obliged. Don't think I've seen Very Old Barton.

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    Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Quote Originally Posted by PcolaDawg View Post
    - Makers Mark (smooth, easy to drink, smells great in the glass and has a nice caramel taste to it).
    - Jim Beam Black (inexpensive premium bourbon. Little more complex than the Makers Mark).
    - Woodford Reserve (a bit expensive for what I got out of it. Not sure I liked it better than JB Black).
    - Bulleit Frontier Whiskey (pretty rough around the edges. I like it).
    Based on these experiences, maybe try Old Weller Antique, Baker's, Old Forrester Signature, and Four Roses Single Barrel.

    And OGD is a favorite around here for a reason. The Bottled in Bond and 114 are top contenders for value, and excellent in their own right.

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Welcome to SB! I 2nd or 3rd squire and Yeti's recommendations on the Old Grand-Dad BIB or 114. Looks to me like you're going about it the right way - try diversity and find what you like (and if you like it all, it just makes the shopping easier!) As long as your having fun, you're doing it right
    Gary
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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Welcome, you're starting your journey the right way. Find what you like, try not to let the price tag influence the decision, then try to figure out why.

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    Welcome, you're starting your journey the right way. Find what you like, try not to let the price tag influence the decision, then try to figure out why.
    And, at least at this point - being a noob whiskey drinker - I'm not going to try and over think it too much. I'm just going to enjoy learning about the different bourbons and like what I like. So far - this has been a lot of fun. I drink it 'neat' because I simply don't want to mix it with anything (I'm not a bartender) and I don't want to mess up good whiskey with ice from inferior water, etc. I figure if I can't enjoy the whiskey for what it is, I should probably stick to Coke Zero or something.

    And it's also been fun that one of my kids is starting to enjoy whiskey as well. We can compare notes as we learn about what we like and stuff.

    And this web site has already been gold as I look back at the 'Bourbon of the Month' and read reviews on some of the whiskeys I've been interested in - or have already consumed.

    Good stuff.

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Welcome to SB! I 2nd or 3rd squire and Yeti's recommendations on the Old Grand-Dad BIB or 114. Looks to me like you're going about it the right way - try diversity and find what you like (and if you like it all, it just makes the shopping easier!) As long as your having fun, you're doing it right
    I am having fun. And even the wife (who is a teetotaler - never had a drop of alcohol in her life) is supporting my new hobby (I think she likes collecting the empty bottles ).

    So I am going to take my time, try a bunch of different bourbons, and enjoy the heck out of it.

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    Re: Brand new whiskey drinker here .....

    Dawg,
    You must try some Tennesee whiskey as well and I highly reccomend the GD12 over JD7.

    Also some rye and the WTR101 is fantastic if you can find it.

 

 

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