I am sick and tired of seeing shit like "Maple Bourbon". I was OK with Jim Beam carrying such a monstrosity, because Jim Beam is fine, it is serviceable in a pinch, and is good for Beam and Coke, but Beam and water isn't really that good because Jim Beam is only "fine". But when Knob Creek (which is a Jim Beam brand) also started selling a Smoked Maple version of their bourbon, and calling it bourbon, that was just too much. Knob Creek has always been a respectable small batch bourbon, and is pretty decent. But for Knob Creek to make a flavored bourbon is an abomination. And before you start, I don't care what it tastes like, it is a thing that should not be. To quote Jules Winnfield, "Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfucker." Allow me to explain.
I grew up in Kentucky, within short driving distance of all of the major bourbon distilleries that existed at the time - Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Early Times, Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, etc. This was before the small batch explosion of the mid 1990s that saw Woodford and Knob Creek and the like hit the shelves, but those are all distilled in the same general area. My grandparents drank bourbon, and made bourbon balls during Christmas. So, perhaps it is natural that bourbon has always been my liquor of choice.