Hey folks, new to the site and fairly new to bourbon... well sorta. I'm a young'n, at 22, who had some pretty bad experiences involving some Beam back in high school/first year of college. I'll try not elaborating.
Nobody in my immediate family is a big drinker, myself included, though I think generally being age 22 gives me a leg up on my competition. However when I turned 21, my parents (whom I can't recall drinking more than a handful of times a year) started keeping liquor on hand, and whenever they were entertaining my brother, his wife, and myself, we'd have a drink or two, trying new stuff here and there, etc. My brother has always been a scotch guy, and as such I had tried a handful of them (cheaper stuff, generally.. he's a 'scotch guy' who doesn't drink much and is just starting a teaching career, after all) and I enjoyed them somewhat, but it wasn't really my cup of tea... then earlier this year, my father picked up a bottle of Maker's, I tried some on the rocks and then some neat, and quite predictably (I signed up here, didn't I?) bourbon has been almost the only alcohol I've drank since.
I've been trying just about as much different stuff as I can, and perhaps oddly, I seem to thoroughly enjoy it all, though probably unsurprisingly the PVW Family Reserve 15 has probably been my favorite of the bunch so far (local shop has a bunch of 'Lot B' that I'm extremely tempted to pick up, as I can't seem to go five feet without hearing it praised)
I of course can't really notice any serious trends in what I like/dislike, as I still even have trouble describing the different flavors I'm experiencing and whatnot. A few months ago I would've told you I vastly preferred wheaters, but a single bottle of OGD BIB changed my tune... mildly enjoyable but felt a bit 'harsh' at first, but by the time I had revisited the bottle a few times, I started to really like the sort of spicy/hotness in it. So who knows. Other than the PVW, Weller Antique 107 really stands out to me as one of the favorites I've tried so far (I've stuck mostly to the <$25-30 area, and so far the Weller is probably my favorite of the bunch... i didn't expect to enjoy a $16 bottle THAT much) but the OGD is quickly growing on me as well, and the 350ml of Eagle Rare I just cracked a few days ago is nice and enjoyable, though it seems to lack... something (describing these things is hard!)
So, there's the unnecessarily long "Hey folks." I'd ask for bourbon recommendations, but just from browsing the boards and browsing the local Binny's, I've got my hands full, though feel free to spout them if you'd like. However, my question relates to scotch, and as such I'm not sure if i should ask it here or in the foreign whisky/scotch subforum, but I figure in here I'm probably more apt to find people who are primarily bourbon fans that may have experience with what I'm talking about... so here goes: is there any sort of scotch that is considered, for lack of a better term, a good 'introductory' scotch for somebody that's a 'bourbon drinker'? (I use the term loosely of course, but so far I've liked every single bourbon I've tasted, and never gotten much past 'okay' in a scotch)
I've only had a handful of scotches, Dewars coming off to me as... fairly 'bad' actually, and Chivas Regal being the most enjoyable, but in all of them there's a certain quality to the flavor (and in Dewar's especially, the aftert-- err, finish?) that as a whole I just don't really like much. Could be that I'm not used to it, of course, but who knows.
If it may help, I don't have much experience with other whisky, but I seem to enjoy a lot of different non-scotch whisky (even plain ol Jack Daniels on the rocks is fairly enjoyable to me), Crown Royal is pretty good, and both the Irish Whisky offerings (Bushmill's, Jameson) I've tried I liked, which leads me to believe it *may* be the peaty flavor of scotch that I dislike/am not used to... if so, are there any scotches that may have minimal peat presence, or is it just pretty much a universal quality of scotch? And should I bother trying a bottle of a slightly nicer/more expensive (by my standards, of course) scotch, or should I just do the obvious, pick up a bottle of 'Lot B,' and start being a snob to all the silly scotch drinkers?
Anyway, that's about it, a premature thanks to everybody on the board: just got signed up, but I've been lurking here for a bit picking up recommendations and whatnot, so it's already been very helpful