"All I want to know is who's the player on second base?"
Any percentages on the import/export of vodka for the Russians?
I guess there's worse things we could become. I find that in my circle of friends (I'm 37) that there is a ton of misconception about bourbon, and that Scotch is believed to be somehow classier. They're usually surprised to learn all of the regulatory rules for bourbon, think JD is bourbon, and haven't ventured much beyond JB White, if they drink whiskey at all.
I think the timing is right for a move away from the candy ethanol, and I could be incorrect, but aren't the sales of premium bourbon pretty strong?
When I was a pup schnapps was considered a girlie drink. Nowadays most of the bottles on the bar back are schnapps of some sort. I see both men and women drinking apple-tines, and chocola-tines. Our grandfathers are rolling over in their graves!
Many people think bourbon is for shooting and scotch is for sipping. A widespread misconception we need to work to change. This puts bourbon at a disadvantage in what might be an unexpected way. More people would enjoy the flavors of bourbon if they would slow down and taste it. (small sips) I'm of the opinion that bourbon and rye are a more natural taste whereas scotch is far more of an acquired taste.
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I really like this thread. There is great potential for a little international understanding made easier by copious toasts to the great and diverse choices we all have. I have a small collection of about 280 bottles, half are scotch and the other half American whisk(e)y and a mix of "others".
I must say that I usually drink my whisk(e)y straight with no water or ice because I like it that way. There isn't a single scotch that can be substituted for a good American bourbon or whiskey. In the same voice the opposite is true. American whiskey is no substitute for a good scotch. I don't try to compare the two to discern the best but rather drink them all and decide which individual bottle meets my need or not. That said, my palate knows no bounds. I like it or not and some are better than others.
I applaud our exports and imports and give great thanks for the opportunity to try a new single malt, small batch whiskey, or a brand whose label has existed for a couple hundred years and changed owners a dozen times. So please, for my sake, keep it all coming and try dearly to keep it affordable. I try not to curse and I don't smoke, so I must drink.
Prost Doch mal!
Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.