I have joined this forum because over the last few months I've found I've developed a taste for Bourbon, and I want to learn more about it.
It started when I saw a bottle of Elijah Craig 12YO on special - took it home and thought "yeah I like this stuff!". Then I came on here as a lurker to research it and found that it was a generally esteemed drop. I really like it, but I wonder whether different bottles taste different sometimes.
Since then, I have bought a bottle of Makers Mark, basically because I had heard so much about it. It's OK, but doesn't seem to have the delicious nose of EJ. It seems to have a less complex flavour as well. Maybe that's to appeal to the maximum possible number of people.
I have also tried Wild Turkey, but thought I was a bit 'chemical'. I wouldn't choose to drink it unmixed.
Generally I'm drinking these bourbons neat at first, then on ice. If I do mix them, I'm making my own version of a whiskey sour, that is with a very little bit of Bickfords lemon cordial and soda water on ice.
Finally, I'm in Australia and I always thought our liquor prices were round about the same or perhaps even slightly cheaper than in the US. Maybe I'm getting my metric - imperial and currency conversions wrong but it seems that for Bourbon, at least, we are paying substantially more than you folks in the US.
Anyway that's enough for now. I will mainly lurk on this forum, trying to learn more.