Well I was offered lots of good advice from you folks and on Friday night I found myself staring down the bourbon isle at the local ABC. Not a great selection here in VA, but I ended up going home with a Virginia Gentleman Foxhead.
I mixed and cut like it was suggested and then finally found the correct match for me. Saturday night I actually ENJOYED 6 Bourbon and Ginger Ales. I can finally see the attraction to Bourbon.