A whiskey rule of thumb—which can apply to the rest of your life as well—is that you’ll look a lot smarter by trying to learn about what you don’t know rather than pretending you already do know. Don’t let whiskey snobs intimidate you; no matter how limited your base of knowledge is, you can work off it and expand your horizons. If you want to try whiskey in a cocktail, tell your bartender what kind of drink you’re looking for. Like it strong? Try a Manhattan. Sweet? A whiskey sour may be in your future. Investing in a bottle? Your liquor store salesperson can recommend a sprightly young bourbon or a mellow aged single malt. Don’t be afraid to put yourself in the capable hands of a professional. You’ll be sending your taste buds on a fantastic voyage.