I am fairly new to SB (DEC 2007). My history- I drank 10 yr old Old Charter as my bourbon of choice from my early years until about 2000, and found it enjoyable. A friend then gave me a bottle of Blantons Single Barrel which I immediately fell in love with. I found it more and more difficult to go back to The Old Charter- Blantons taste was just bolder with taste that the Charter lacked.
I continued with Blanton's as my bourbon of choice until November when a friend gave me a bottle of 16 Year old Hirsch (wow, what a friend). Immediately, I fell in love with that bottle. It had a great smell (nose as I was to later find out) and the taste was so much "more" than my beloved Blantons. At that time I searched the internet and found this site which blew my mind.
I then purchased a bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel. I really liked it too, and found it tasteful with a citrus/orange taste. After tasting Four Roses and Hirsch at the same time and on different occasions, I found myself picking up the Hirsch instead of Four Roses because of the complexity of the taste, the sweet vanilla taste, and the overall balance of this 16 year old.
At Cristmas, my wife gave me a bottle of PVW 15 year old. Again, I thought that this is the best taste ever in a bourbon. The nose and taste presented itself as vanilla, with maple syrup, or carmel with a strong finish of spice and nuts (particularly pecans) which lingered devilishly until the next sip. I now find myself drinking a shot of Pappy after any other bourbon is drank. While I find Hirsch more subtle and balanced that Pappy, I dearly love the bold after taste of spice and pecans which I get from PVW.
Now my Question- Is it normal when one starts drinking "premium" bourbons to like the one you most recently drank over the ones you previously drank? Other than Four Roses, each bourbon I drank I liked better that than the one before. Or was I just lucky in the order which I drank the bourbons?