Talking to Strangers
When I first got into bourbon, I was standing in a liquor store staring at the bottles on the shelf trying to figure out what to buy next. A guy walks right up to the shelf and grabs a bottle of Buffalo Trace, which really had not caught my eye and I knew nothing about it. I said, "Excuse me, if you don't mind me asking, why did you choose that bottle?" He told me it was his favorite, that it was a great bourbon for a great price. He mentioned a few other things which I can't recall but what stuck with me was how open he was to share his thoughts with a stranger. I grabbed myself a bottle that day.
I tried it once or twice shortly thereafter and only remember thinking that it was "just okay." It sat on my shelf for about six months and last week I tried it again. Wow, what a difference six months can make! Either my palate developed a liking to it or the bourbon got better in the bottle, which I heard can happen, something about oxidation.
I'm looking forward to sipping it again soon and, hopefully, confirming that my palate likes Buffalo Trace a lot.