The Day I Switched to Whiskey

Montana horses on the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta - Montana Whiskey Co.

The day I switched to whiskey — I remember it well. My buddy convinced me to try a small shot from his bottle of whiskey. I stared at the brown liquid, recalled some bad memories from some stupid college days, took a sip, and guess what? My spine didn’t shudder.

Old Pointer says: Stupid things you did in college? Smart dogs like me don’t need college, but there was that time I chased the dog catcher’s truck and wound up in the pound. Do they teach that in college?

Old Pointer is Montana Whiskey Co.'s old hunting dog. Give him a scratch at our Montana distillery.

In fact, that whiskey tasted pretty good — a great beginner whiskey, it was probably the best whiskey for a non-whiskey drinker like me —  and we talked about all the flavors going on: the initial sweet smell, a little heat from the alcohol, a little caramel, and a little pepper in the finish.

Now, I’m into all types of whiskey, (<– check that link for more details, including how to spell whiskey/whisky). Exploring the world of whiskey is as fun as learning all the flavors in the beer world.

  • Scotch whisky, including the famously smoky flavors from peated malt
  • Bourbon whiskey … think corn. And think Kentucky.
  • Rye whiskey … add some spice
  • Japanese and American single malt whiskey 
  • Smooth and light Canadian whisky
  • Irish whiskey

If you’re after the best affordable whiskey for a beginner, because you want to start the journey, look for an 80- to 90-proof, mid-shelf whiskey. Leave the peated, smoky Scotch whiskey and the high-proof whiskey alone at first, and let the journey begin.

And read the rest of our tips for new whiskey drinkers.

Drink responsibly, friends.