There's a lot of good that can come from sipping a fine bourbon on a frosty night. It will warm you all the way down to the soul with complex flavors of sweet vanilla and caramel that have developed from distilled corn juice as it snoozed away in oak barrels for so long that if the whiskey were a child, by the time it escaped from the barrel it would be old enough to drive.
Bourbon is for those who understand patience and know that good things come to those who wait. It is not for the faint of heart and you can never turn a Malibu and pineapple drinker into a whiskey drinker. No, a good bourbon has nothing in common with bubble gum pop and pink race cars; it's about enduring the toil and ultimately enjoying the fruits of one's labor. - Columbine Quillen
Editor's Note: The author is a long-time Bend bartender and former Source Weekly reader's choice for Bend's Best Bartender. She can be found most days conceiving and mixing mind-blowing cocktails at the Oxford Hotel's 10 Below lounge where she currently works as head bartender and mixologist.