vaaccess wrote:So at one point I wanted to be cool and got some scotch that someone that drinks it a lot said was good. I can't drink it...Just too peety for me. Is bourbon and whiskey going to be the same? I used to drink 7n7 back in the day and that's really the only way I could drink it, but haven't really tried it since...Maybe I need to?
I'm more of a gin/tonic kinda guy, Hendrichs being the best gin on the planet that I've tried anyway...
Oh and I like sipping Tequila.
I too, back in my college days, drank 7&7, as well as (shh!) Yukon Jack and Wild Turkey. Part of it was grandpa giving us kids a microscopic amount of whiskey in a glass with a lot of 7-Up. And maybe some Rum & Coca-Cola.
I prefer Hendrick's to other gins as well.
There are different types of Scotch, Blended and Single Malt. Single Malts usually are more "peaty" than Blended. Try Famous Grouse, which is my favorite blended Scotch. My son and BiL like Glenlivet.
Some Irish Whiskeys also use peat in their distilling, but aren't as bad as the Single Malts. Jameson, Bushmills, & Red Breast are my favorite Irish whiskeys.
I think someone noted that most American & Canadian whiskeys don't use peat, so they won't have that smokey taste (for the most part).
Whiskey can be made from a variety of grains including corn, wheat, barley and rye. IIRC, Bourbon is mostly restricted to those Whiskeys made in Kentucky, but can be made elsewhere in the US. Bourbon is usually made from at least 51% corn, where Rye Whiskeys are 51% rye. Malt Whiskeys are 51% malted barley.
So you should be safe with Bourbon or Rye Whiskeys.
Just be aware that lately, more experimentation is done with barrels, where they use Sherry, Port, or other barrels that were used for wine, to impart different flavors to the Whiskey or Scotch.
Edit: I left a small amount (probably 1/3 of the bottle) of Concannon Irish Whiskey (barrels were from Petite Sirah wine) at Mom's for when we visit her. Normally she doesn't drink spirits, but she drank that one!!