I'm no pro but you really can not go wrong with Johnny Drum as it drinks as well a some bourbons costing twice as much. It's got a really smells nice with good flavor but only if you like the wood mixed in with the classic bourbon taste. There is a pleasant short but warm, peppery finish It does take you back to simpler times to me and that is good. It's not fancy but it sure is honest. It's something to have in the cabinet for sure and it won't break the bank!