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    So I like my alcohols. Mostly beer and rum (not the girly kind but the real stuff) and gin. However the whiskey family is not a group that I have really gotten into too much. I have of course had the Jack and coke and or Jim and coke. But never really drank them straight. I was wondering what would be a good bourbon or scotch to start out with as a beginner that doesn't really know the nuances of these liquors yet.

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    Really they are two very different animals, but a good entry to either might be Maker's Mark Bourbon, and Johnny Walker Black for scotch. Both are very good, easy-drinking options that also aren't too expensive. If you develop a taste for high-end, small batch bourbon or single malt scotch, you'll spend a lot more money (but I'll usually splurge on something nice near the holidays-see the Scotch Of The Day thread for ideas).

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    Knob Creek

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    I find Four Roses small batch bourbon to be very smooth and drinkable.
    Buffalo Trace I quite liked as well
    Just my .02
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    So far my favorites are Elmer T Lee, Blanton, Elijah Craig, Pappy van Winkle, (if you're fortunate to find a bottle) and Buffalo Trace. These are all bourbons and I have to admit most were recommended to me by our very own Lynn.
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    I've heard good things about Pappy VanWinkel and Elijah Craig ... must try
    The jury is still out of Angel's Envy. I've only had one glass so far but i liked it. I need more testing
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    Makers Mark and Knob Creek are my go to bourbons. Prefer it neat myself, but to each their own.
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    +1 knob creek
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    Makers mark or Woodford reserve for bourbon and best bang for the buck Macallan 12. The 18 is the bomb but that's $160 or so. Glenfiddich 12 or 15. There are lots of others. As far as hangovers go, YMMV!

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    For Bourbon I'd recommend Woodford Reserve (my fav) and for Scotch a good entry level would be The Glenlivet or Highland Park.

    BTW, whatever you do, STAY OUT of the Scotch/Whiskey of the Day thread! You'll go broke trying to keep up with all our suggestions

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