It turns out that American whiskey (Jim Beam, since you ask) is surprisingly pleasant. Much cheaper here (in California) than Jameson and Bushmills.
I'm on a quest to find the perfect whisk(e)y. A friend, Dermot, has in the past gotten me bottles of a f***ing *lovely* old bushmills. It's my current favourite.
But I'm still hunting.
It turns out that Laphroaig tastes like Jameson after it's already been through me. Twice.
Jameson is alright. It's not the fancy old bushmills, but it's alright.
And Jim Beam is a bit like Jameson. It's got a slight hint of the smokey pishy taste that's in Laphroaig, but it's totally drinkable.