I still consider myself new to whisky as I learn more about it all the time. With so many poor bars that have such a limited selection in my area, it's hard to get out and find new drams to try. I live in Texas where nearly every bar is a sports bar.
When I decided to try Scotch, I tried JW Red Label and hated it. Thinking a single malt would be different, I tried Glenlivet 12 and didn't care for it either. I tried the 16 yr Nadurra at a store tasting and loved it. Based on that I purchased the 18 yo due to a great price later on and liked that as well. I find myself going back and forth between these.
With Jameson and Ginger Ale replacing my cocktail of choice of Jack and Coke when out at a bar, I ventured into Irish. A friend of mine gave me hell for drinking Jameson and gave me a bottle of Feckin to try. I then moved on to Bushmills and now Black Bush is my daily evening drink.
I have Redbreast next on my list to try. I also see Knapogue now but have not tried it.
I know I'm all over the place, but would appreciate any suggestions on what direction to take. Price has always been an issue as after my experience with JW Red and Glenlivet 12, I don't want to spend money on something I'm going to dislike.
And if anyone is in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, any good whisky bars would be much appreciated.