View Full Version : limited to the best sellers, what to choose?

02-12-2013, 17:26
I was at a small function the other evening in which the host offered us a drink and had a very limited selection. The ever popular choices were JD, Beam white and Jamison. No mixers were readily available so it was either neat or over ice. Even though this is a bourbon forum most of the esteemed members seem to have a wide interest in all whiskeys. What would be your choice in a similar situation keeping in mind it was miles to the nearest liquor store so that would not be a ready option? I opted for the Jamison neat.

02-12-2013, 17:35
I likely would have made the same choice, but for a potentially odd reason. I've never tasted any of them, so the Irish would have won out, as a completely new experience. I've tasted bourbon.

02-12-2013, 17:43
Given those 3 choices I would have gone with the Jameson as well.

02-12-2013, 18:16
Jameson hands down

02-12-2013, 18:26
Oh, the Jamison, certainly, simply because I rarely get the chance to drink it. Bourbon is my favorite but not my only.

02-12-2013, 18:47
I've not yet had an Irish Whiskey that I enjoy, so I'd have to go against the trend and say JD on ice. If there'd been mixers available, I would have opted for a Jim Beam and coke.

jeffrey r
02-12-2013, 18:51
Funny you mention this. I was at a function a couple of weeks ago, and they had one whiskey option, Beam white. Boy, have I been spoiled by this forum, as I had lost track of how bad some of the lower end bourbons taste. It was really repulsive.

As to your question, I'd be fine with JD, but would probably go with Jameson. I have plenty of Irish around, and definitely enjoy it as an alternative to bourbon. The basic blended Jameson and Bushmills, as well as some of the others like Kilbeggan and Tullamore Dew are perfectly fine whiskeys.

02-12-2013, 18:57
I have never had the Beam White so would probably try that, would probably be surprised as well.

Best regards, Tony

02-12-2013, 19:14
Didn't they have any beer?

02-12-2013, 19:14
Everybody is different. The last JD I had was so bad I poured it out. So, I would say Jim Beam since I've never had Jameson.

02-12-2013, 19:16
If limited to the 3 choices I would go with water - neat.

02-12-2013, 19:36
I've got no problem with Beam White, I prefer others but it's certainly not bad.

02-12-2013, 19:38
Assuming that the Beam White is not the 7 yr iteration, all of the choices are, simple, rarely visited, whiskies to me. So, I would just hit 'em all, and look for the best in each. I oftentimes find it enlightening what I find in a whiskey, when I ain't necessarily looking for anything enlightening.

02-12-2013, 20:01
Those are exactly the choices I have at the bowling alley, every stinking week. I always go with the Jameson's if I need something before Joe and I bring out our smuggled goodies to drink

02-12-2013, 21:02
I'd sip a Jameson neat and wouldn't think twice about it. But the others over ice would be perfectly acceptable in that situation.

02-13-2013, 07:26
Is cyanide an option? I usually find myself craving a tablet when attending small functions with bad liquor selction.

02-13-2013, 08:28
Easy choice for me. Standard Jameson is not my favorite whiskey but is perfectly acceptable in a pinch!

02-13-2013, 10:22
I would go with the Jameson, neat. I wouldn't have a problem drinking the JD or JBW either.

02-13-2013, 13:20
You made the same choice I would have made. Your other option would have been to prepare ahead of time with a flask...

02-13-2013, 13:25
I might have gone with Jameson. I might have chosen water.

02-13-2013, 13:47
I have done this before and I will do it again: JD all the way. The earthiness in Jamie is a turn off to me and Jim Beam white is just too young. The Lincoln county process really rounds out JD's younger profile making it much more pleasurable despite its simple character. Plus I drank JD for 6 years before moving on. It was my first so you can't beat nostalgia. I am sure most of you would groan if you were offered that selection but I would be thankful that the bar had some brown stuff. Many people I know have an aversion to it.

02-13-2013, 14:02
Wow. Jim Beam white label isn't phenomenal, but it isn't terrible.

It was the bourbon at my wedding (back before I found SB.com), so if it was good enough for delivering toasts and speeches then, it's good enough for me to drink when it's the bourbon on offer.

02-13-2013, 17:19
I would have gone with Jack Daniels, straight up. As a second choice, Jameson. I used to drink my fair of Jim beam white, mostly with coke, and it has this very distinct, yeasty/doughy/lemony thing I can't quite pin down that's just such a beam-ness. I abhor it most of the time, now. Either I have to be in the right mood, or it has to be in the background enough.

02-13-2013, 18:46
I might have gone with Jameson. I might have chosen water.

are we done with the MM comments?

02-13-2013, 18:58
Jamesons hands down!


02-14-2013, 09:57
I would have picked Jameson, too. I like it now and then, but not enough to keep a bottle on hand, so I would have taken advantage of the opportunity.

02-15-2013, 10:49
That's the way I see it, an opportunity, I can have Bourbon anytime.

02-18-2013, 00:26

I quite like it with ice as a summer-time alternative and infrequently drink it that way in bars and restaurants.

02-18-2013, 06:10
Probably the JD, although if the mood took me, Jameson's isn't too bad.

02-18-2013, 15:38
I would have picked Jameson, too. I like it now and then, but not enough to keep a bottle on hand, so I would have taken advantage of the opportunity.

That's the way I see it, an opportunity, I can have Bourbon anytime.

Agree with these. Why have Jim Beam white while out, when I have an assortment of better stuff at home? Might as well go with Jameson for something different.

02-18-2013, 16:42
I'm going to be in the minority but I would have to say JD,JB is out and only about one step up from SoCo as far as I'm concerned.I wouldn't put Jameson's too far behind,but Jack it is.

02-19-2013, 23:00
I am with the majority and would have selected the Jamesons.

02-28-2013, 23:03
JD on the rocks for me
2nd choice JB
not an Irish whiskey fan

03-01-2013, 06:06
Guess I'm a sorta general whisky fan. I'm easy but I ain't cheap.

RT Fan
03-01-2013, 13:50
I would have started with a Beam & soda then moved on to the Jameson's. I think we have all been to too many functions where the brown liquor selections have been wanting.