A better solution is not to sit around listening to the Blue Brothers, playing guitar and doing 9 shots of any whisky/whiskey in your dorm freshman year!
My son manages a liquor store and has shown me a few. I have ventured and sipped a few, but there is still something that gives me shivers if I take more than a sip.
On a side story, I was at a restaurant in Reading, England, The London Brasserie, and they had a very old, dusty bottle of single malt behind the bar that we could order for a measly £1200. That was 1998.
A good solution is to not drink cheap whiskey (there is an e in whiskey when referring to Jim Beam). Stick to the good stuff.
Peraonally, I've never been big on bourbons and sour-mashes. Give me a nice clean, crisp Irish Whisky most of the time. If I want a deeper flavour, I'm all about Scotland. There are SO many different varieties of Scotch that any whisky lover is bound to find a scotch that fits their palette. There are even some scotches that don't use any peat in the drying process, Glen Goyne being the most common one. AFAIK, Glen Goyne uses heated clay pellets in place of burning peat, so it's very similar to an Irish Whisky in that respect.