Hi All. First post here. I've been curious about enjoying whisky for a while now, and finally this past week went and picked up a bottle of Maker's Mark. I have a background in being kind of a coffee snob having worked in that business for ten years in the past, and am familiar with picking out different flavors and subtleties, but this is all new and I'm really enjoying it. I get all excited when I grab the bottle and see the rich brown color, smell the woodsy sweetness.
I like Maker's Mark a lot, but really have nothing to compare it to. So I'm looking for suggestions from you all for what a novice should enjoy next. I was thinking maybe something from Ireland just because I am Irish. I'm also not rich, so something a middle class guy with bills and three kids can afford without angering my wife