You sound like me. I like bourbon, but I rarely seek it out. I get what you're talking about.
Then I found American blended whiskey, which led me to Canadian whiskey, also a blended whiskey. I like 80 proof. Smooth. More rye than the American. A couple of cubes. Awesome! As for cocktails and highballs and such, more awesome! Does everything it needs to do IMO. Straight, on ice or as a mixer, it's Canadian whiskey for me.
On Ruffs other bourbon thread, he did mention one that sounded good. (The name escapes me.) It was 80 proof and he described it as mellow and light or some such. Sounded good. Then again he drinks that 114 proof stuff, so who knows?! Lol! Seriously, Ruff, if you're reading this, you're my hero. I can't enjoy it so strong as that. Don't know how you do it!