There are people out there, which always want to simplify matters. I have read this post on liquor.com: "3 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHEN IT COMES TO BOURBOn" and I found it totally idiotic - let us directly go to it:
Don't spend more than $50 on a bottleWhat kind of stupid rule is that? I can understand the drift: you can really great bourbons under $50 (mostly in the US). However what is about gin? And vodka? Or cars? Or houses? Or wine? Or or or... Obviously I don't mean $50 - but you don't need to spend a fortune to get a great experience without spending a fortune.
The deal is: you always can find relative bargains, and you can find transcendent experiences, which might be marginal or largely superior (and some are even not as good as the less than $50 dollar bottle. But there is no point of making this moronic rule!
Don't only drink bourbon neatBesides of the next rule, which suggest exactly the opposite (not telling people how they drink their bourbon), there are for sure expressions, which you rather want to drink neat, or on the rocks or with a mixer. Again, it seems like a non-sensical rule
Don't tell people how to drink their bourbonYeah - in the previous rule, the author just said, how people shouldn't only drink it, and then she says, that you should not tell people how to drink - that's madness...
Other than that, I have been always against bartenders (...), who are dictating their guests, how to consume their purchased drink. I have had some regular returning guests, who ordered "reputable" Old World red wines - non of them remotely cheap, and drank those wines then with ice! They were very friendly. and even tipped very generous - and I have never had an issue with their behavior.
So - what do I think is wrong with the rule? Somebody who deals with good whiskey everyday just might know, how it taste best. So I do like to suggest to people, how they will enjoy their dram the most. It is not "dictated" but suggested. When a guest goes another way, it is cool. But I experienced so many occasions, when guests came to me and thanked me, that I have open their mind for a great experience.
All what I can say is, just don't generalize and don't do this stupid rules, which don't make sense.
I hope you can agree on that!