Good First Bourbon for a Scotch Guy?

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Good First Bourbon for a Scotch Guy?

Postby MaltMate » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:59 am

I'm a seasoned scotch drinker looking to try a bourbon, and I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for a good first experience. I'm a bit hesitant about bourbons because they're usually described as very sweet, and the sweetest I like my scotch is Aberlour, Old Pulteney, or Laphroaig Quarter-cask. Generally, I like a whisky with woody spice and good complexity, and favour smoke over cereal. I avoid so-called "smooth" scotches. There's nothing wrong with Glenlivet, but it's just not for me.

In Ontario we have a government monopoly that keeps whisky (and whiskey) insanely expensive, so, I'm not inclined to just grab a random bourbon to try it out. My options are Knob Creek, Jack Daniels (white label?), Bookers, Blantons, Bakers, Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, Elijah Craig, Bulleit, Jim Beam White Label, Wild Turkey, George Dickel, Four Roses, and Red Stag.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Good First Bourbon for a Scotch Guy?

Postby peergynt323 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:47 am

Old Forester for sure. It's got a delicacy about it and some real bite as well. Great balance. I always have a bottle around.

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