I don't comment much, but as a huge PC fan, as a Maryland-er, and as someone who lives in Laytonsville, (you mentioned the funeral home one time on a podcast that I drive by almost every day) and someone who loves the Giantbomb you helped build, I'm sad to see you go Dave. Cheers Duder.
Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select - Drop a cherry in it.
Jameson Special Reserve - Neat or over a little ice.
Glenfiddich 12 or 18-21 - Neat.
Laphroaig - Over ice.
I second the Glenfiddich 12, really really good. can be pricey.
Also if your not into beer that much, try Guinness (the tall can is the best, pour in a glass) and Boddingtons pub ale is similar but lighter. both are smooth and don't have the bitterness that most people don't like in beer.
I wouldn't call it a "bigger picture" necessarily. I really like the eye opening and the eye closing at the end, after you float away. It almost makes it like a long abstract music video. I dunno, I liked it and it was cool surprise.