Bourbon Beginner

Bourbon Beginner

If you're new to drinking bourbon, the complexity and intensity of the flavor profile may be overwhelming at first. But fear not, there are some simple steps you can take to start enjoying this popular spirit.


  1. Start with a basic, affordable bourbon: There's no need to break the bank on your first bottle of bourbon. Look for a basic, entry-level bourbon that won't cost you a fortune. Some good options to start with include Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark and Wild Turkey 101.

  2. Take small sips: Bourbon is a strong spirit, so start by taking small sips to savor the flavor. Take a small sip and let it sit on your tongue for a few seconds before swallowing. This will give your palate time to adjust to the intensity of the bourbon.

  3. Add a splash of water: If the bourbon is too strong for your taste, add a splash of water to dilute the alcohol and soften the flavor. This can help bring out some of the subtle notes in the bourbon.

  4. Try it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail: There's no right or wrong way to drink bourbon, so feel free to experiment with different methods. Try it neat (straight out of the bottle), on the rocks (with ice), or in a cocktail. Some classic bourbon cocktails include the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, and the Whiskey Sour.

  5. Pair it with food: Bourbon pairs well with a variety of foods, including barbecue, steak, and chocolate. Experiment with different food pairings to find what works best for you.

  6. Take your time: Bourbon is a sipping spirit, so take your time to savor the flavors and aromas. Don't rush through your drink – take your time to enjoy the experience.

  7. Keep trying different bourbons: As you become more familiar with bourbon, try different brands and varieties to explore the depth and complexity of the spirit. There's a wide range of bourbons out there, each with their own unique characteristics and flavor profiles.

In conclusion, drinking bourbon can be an enjoyable experience, even for beginners. Start with a basic, affordable bourbon, take small sips, experiment with different serving methods and food pairings, and most importantly, take your time to savor the flavors and aromas.

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