I've been trolling around this forum for month or so, and I am new to whiskey after taking a 10 year break from alcohol. In my past, I drank beer and vodka...some gin...some rum, but hardly ever drank brown. Fast forward 10 years, and now brown is all you'll find in my bar. Oddly, I bought a house with a 40 sq-ft bar. When I bought the house, I said to myself "what the heck am I going to do with a bar”. I've now answered my own question...fill it with booze.
My first two months were rough on the pocket book. I just ran the calculation and I've been purchasing a bottle just about every day, so I’ve been fortunate to have tried lots of different whiskey over the past 2 months. I started w/ scotch and have since moved to bourbons and have a few bottles of rye, cognac, armengac, Canadian, and what not mixed in.
I am really liking the high proof stuff. Lots of people use the word “smooth” as a desirable whiskey adjective, but I like a little bite and that extra warm feeling that comes along with the higher proof stuff. In the higher proof bourbon, I have tried:
Four Roses SB OBSO (126.8 proof)
EH Taylor Barrel Proof
I’m saving a bottle of Angels Envy and EC (both cask strength) for a high proof bourbon show down once I get a bit more experience w/ this juice.
My indiscernible pallet likes all of the above. I like the Weller 107 and Henry McKenna for nice easy drinking, but I really dig the FR, EHT and Stagg jr.
Any recommendations on other higher proof bourbon to try?