I guess it always gets down to personal taste. So one person's satisfactory bourbon is another person's " ???????? " bourbon. I've tried a lot of different bourbons and am bolled over by Black Maple Hill. This bourbon has excellent depth. It has a wonderful smokiness, but not overwhelming. There's a lot of other tones in there.... you can make the pick for what you think comes through. This bourbon has some great character. I haven't tried the 21-year old version, so I guess that's my next step. As many of you know, there's an ongoing debate of how to drink bourbon -- neat or with ice. I know the TV shows of today are drinking it neat, but more often, I think a small cube opens the doors a bit better. If you have not tried this bourbon, you simply have to.