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The First Time I Tried Bourbon
Jan 26/17

The First Time I Tried Bourbon Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

The First Time I Tried Bourbon

My drinking life started out like most teenage girls in my town: Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill Wine, Bacardi Breezers, and the occasional Zima. By college I graduated to Cosmos and the occasional Tanqueray and Tonic. If a shot was fruity, I would sip it, but no straight liquor. It just wasn’t my thing.

Everything changed when I started dating a bourbon-drinking Sigma Chi. We were on our way to a concert, and we didn’t have time to stop by the liquor store. The only thing he had in his room was a bottle of Knob Creek. I insisted that he mix mine with Coke, and after grumbling under his breath that’s what he did.

I only took one sip and put it down. There was no way I was going to drink the whole thing.

It took some convincing, but I finally agreed to try the bourbon just on the rocks. I let it sit for a moment, the ice slowly melting, and then brought it up to my lips. It was smooth and silky, not at all what I had expected. A smile slowly spread across his face.

The bourbon-drinking Sigma Chi and I only lasted one semester. But Knob Creek and I have had a long, wonderful relationship. And I expect it will continue for many more years to come.

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