Surprised nobody has made a Templeton Rye reference yet.
I'm the same way. I love whiskey, but have never been a fan of Johnny Walker. I'm a Crown guy myself
Scotch barrels generally have already been used in the US to make bourbon or Tennessee whiskey. I'll stick with the source. Bourbon over all.
The only thing I can contribute to this thread:
I'm a fan of Canadian blends. Pendleton would be my preferred drink on ice. Also like some rye, templeton is just soso unless it has a duct tape lid. Have yet to try scotch yet and I have no idea what I'm waiting for.
Or you could read...tastewise, I can enjoy about anything well made. It's not that I dislike Scotch because it's pretentious, but rather...because of the pretention, you end up paying $150 a bottle so that you can be snooty (IMHO). I seriously doubt there are that significant production costs between a $40 bottle and a $150 (there are some, admittedly)
With regard to beer snobs, sure there are, and I've made fun of them in other threads repeatedly. Additionally, there are arseholes everywhere, but the population distribution varies.
Get a glass, put some ice in it, and pour this...
Their cowboy whiskey was the one I was referring to. The bourbon is great too. For the most part, the main difference between their cowboy whiskey and the bourbon is they reuse the bourbon barrels for the cowboy. Bourbon legally must be aged in new barrels.
*edit: just in case, since it's not clearly marked as such, their cowboy whiskey is marketed under a different brand, Griff's Cowboy Whiskey