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I'd like to get my husband a nice bottle of spirits for Christmas but I'm stymied. He drinks irish whiskey straight (he's a sipper) but likes JD Black and Coke. Can someone (anyone, please?) enlighten me as to what connotates scotch as scotch, whiskey as whiskey, bourbon as bourbon, etc.? I drink primarily wine and if I drink spirits, it is usually Vodka or Southern Comfort. I have little (if any) experience with choosing within the family of scotch/whiskey/bourbon so any help or counsel would be very appreciated.
As a P.S. of sorts - I'm a "bottom feeder" i.e. "catfish" and though I can afford a median level, I actually prefer (for the most part) the lower end of the spectrum with wine and spirits. I have tried the high end spirits, just didn't see what all the the fuss was about ~ didn't find them to be any better than what I usually drink - Southern Comfort and White Gold.