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.