Being new to bourbon (and whiskey, for that matter)let me say that I've really learned a lot from this forum. I'm curious how others came to enjoy bourbon, so I'll start by volunteering my own story. Only an occasional drinker for most my life, a girlfriend introduced me to wine, which I enjoyed only after some effort to acquire the taste. When I stopped seeing her, I left wine too. Curiosity prompted me to try whisky, in the form of Bushmills. I took an INSTANT liking and at age 42, regretted missing out on those first, what, 24 years? From Irish to Scotch to a few single malts, they were all pretty good. Ah, but then, through providence or just plain good luck, there came Knob Creek. I was immediately hooked on bourbon. I've been expanding my horizons since and look forward to trying many more.
So now I'm curious about how others came to enjoy whiskey. And once having discovered bourbon, do most continue to explore Irish, Scotch, etc., or is there sufficient diversity of quality and difference of taste in bourbon to prompt one to stay awhile? And having been bitten by the bug, do others do as I do: subscribe to magazines, collect whiskey art, plan a pilgrimage to Kentucky, etc. etc. Have I lost it, or is bourbon just that good?