Three to Try

We get asked a lot what is a good starter bourbon. What that person asking usually means is,  what is one that is a good representation of what a good bourbon should taste like, without breaking the bank.

We have come up with three. These all can be found for under $30.00 and we believe represent a good cross section. We both highly recommend you buy all three, so you can taste the differences side to side. I know that sucks if you are on a budget.  But buying one and drinking it until gone then purchasing the next, makes it hard to detect the subtle differences in the flavor profile.

We are not going to rate these three today, this is just a recommendation for a few bottles to start your bourbon cabinet, and to determine what style you might prefer.

Todd: I like to taste just a very small amount neat, or straight. By this I mean just a very small sip. I then add some water, depending on proof, sometimes just a few drops, taste again. I then add some ice.

Ron: I pour a shot and like to drink the whole thing straight at room temperature. I can then determine what it needs, if anything, for the next time I have that particular one.

That is our way, you can decide yours. As always we are open to suggestion.

We would recommend Elijah Craig 12 year old. This is a favorite of both of ours. This has what we call a classic bourbon taste.

Second, Bulliet rye, or their green label, as the name implies, this is a rye, meaning it has over 50% rye as opposed to corn. This is a great rye at any price, but a real bargain under $30.00.

And finally Weller’s Antique or Special Reserve. These are wheated bourbons, meaning they replace the rye with wheat. If you cannot find either of these two, try Larceny.

Would love to know what you think of these, or if you have another one to add to the list.

First blog

I know that is a weak title, but just trying to figure things out. The site is nowhere being finished.

This is Todd, Ron is working his real job at the moment.

If you are reading this, you probably love bourbon. Ron and I are right with you. We talk so much about it that we decided to create this Blog. We figured there has to be a lot of people like us who not only love drinking bourbon, but love to talk about it. When the site is completely done I hope to have people being able to participate in the discussions. Tell us what you the reader thinks about our ratings, maybe suggest your own. Maybe suggest something for us to try. In the mean time, here goes first blog!

I always get asked by people who don’t drink bourbon, what do I see in it. Why do I like it so much?

First of all is the taste, and while bourbon has a wide range of flavor profiles, a few almost always come through for me. In no order, oak/wood, molasses/brown sugar, spice, especially in a high rye,  a smokiness, vanilla and caramel.  I can also sometimes taste mint, tobacco, and even fruit. I like the fact that, like wine, almost everybody taste something a little different, even if we are all drinking the same juice.

Second, I like the history of bourbon, which we will get into much later. I also like the rules the distillers have to abide by to call it bourbon. We will get into that later as well.

Third, I like that it is a uniquely American spirit.

And last, I like the fact that I can drink it neat and a certain taste will come through. I can add a little water and a different taste comes through. I can add ice for a an even different profile, and it makes a good mixer. If I feel it is too hot, add water. If I don’t really like it at all, which is very rare, add soda.

Well that is all for this first post. We will try and get one out every week.