Originally Posted by Johnnyhitch1
You state your not a bourbon guy. Then back that claim up by saying you prefer bourbon notes.
Bourbon is a spirit made from at least 51% corn and aged in charred oak barrels. I would suggest doing a little bit of research on your spirits before tackling a kit like this. Hope it turns out good!!
Turned out awesome actually. I've never had bourbon before taking the taste of the Old Crow I used. There certainly was not even the slightest harshness and charred flavor in that sample. It was a preliminary flavor in the batch that soon mellowed out greatly even to be almost unnoticed. Possibly some greener elements as well that I can't remember too much. I guess bourbon notes suite my palate better as you state.
When it comes to spirits I like a good scotch. I can't remember ever getting any charred oak notes from Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, or Johnny Walker. I'm not a hard liqueur guy and never did research so I can't comment much.
This kit was actually my second ever batch. The first was a NB number 8. Both turned out great although the number 8 had some heavy weight fusels. Since then I've learned quite a bit and now do all grain custom recipes.