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Rum: Rhum Barbancourt 15 yr. old. This is a very sweet, creamy sipping rum. Not overly fruity, which is why it is my favorite. Aged rum is a category I'd like to explore some more. Selection is a bit of an issue in my town, though.
Tequila: Sol Dios Anejo. A three yr. anejo, the agave has faded quite a bit, and the wood is at the fore. I could see this being described as a whiskey drinker's tequila. Tequila purists may find it too "untequila" tasting. Pricey, may be hard to find, but easily recognizable from it's blue pyramid bottle. (as an aside, I have to hand it to the tequila marketers for making the tequila aisle the most interesting from a visual standpoint.)
Vodka: I was always an Absolut buyer, but I really don't know much about this category.
Gin: Again, I don't know much, but Beefeater always did the trick.
Beer: Any good quality IPA for me. Ice cold, in a chilled glass........that's good drinking. The hoppier the better.
Brand, Cognac, etc.: Never tried any of it.
Rum: I haven't really explored this spirit a whole lot, beyond doing the typical college rum & coke thing. I have Bacardi Gold and Black Seal in the bar, but neither is anything I'd drink straight.
Tequila: Another segment I haven't explored...the typical tequila I'll have on hand isn't 100% agave or high-end stuff, it's just typical bar-fare that people can slam down with a lime slice, so I'll abstain here.
Vodka: Now I can start to name names--Pearl. Although I think the whole 'superpremium' vodka market is a big scam, this one is actually worth the price.
Gin: No competition to me--Plymouth. Make your favorite martini with it and you'll see.
Beer: I've never met a porter I didn't like.
Cognac: Remy Martin 1738. I don't particularly care for cognac, but on those rare occasions my father-in-law wants something after dinner, this one does the trick. Good stuff.
Interesting question. I'll give it a shot.
Rum - Mount Gay Sugar Cane Brandy from Barbados
Gin - Beefeater's or Bombay, both in the regular variety.
Cognac - Remy Martin XO, Courvossier VSOP
Scotch - The Balvenie 15-yr single-barrel
Beer - Bass Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Yuengling Traditional Lager, plain old Budweiser, lots of good beers.
I don't care for vodka or tequila. I enjoy red wines, but I don't know much about them. About once every decade, I enjoy a glass of Pernod.
This is really a big question. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
Rum - Rum is on my list of gotta get out and try new stuff. Right now, I guess it would have to be Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum (but that Cabot Gary was talking about has my attention.)
Gin - Tanqueray #10 (though again, would love to try Junipero)
Cognac - Don't drink much Cognac, I suppose any of the mainstream VSOPs. Wouldn't go the extra nickle for the XO at this point.
Tequila - Espolon Anejo. For me, this is just a wonderful Tequila. I've tried a lot of the mainstream brands (Patron, Tres, Jose etc) and Espolon beats 'em all. I'm sure there are Mexican only or high end stuff that crushes it but I haven't seen them.
Vodka - Grey Goose. Although the goal of Vodka seems to be the removal of all taste so......
Beer - Foster's Lager for a commercial. We have several micro breweries around here that all have great beer.
Rum: I would have to say Gosling's Black Seal.
Tequila: I have not had many Tequila's but have to go with the standard Jose Cuervo here. I just recently started to enjoy the taste of Tequila...so give me time friends http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif
Vodka: Honestly...Vodka is Vodka...I have had quite a variety of vodka and it doesn't excite me, and it's all the same.
Gin: No experience here.
Beer: Corona Extra with lime hands down.
Cognac: Can't get into it.
Scotch: It all tatses like bark.
Rum: Ron Zacapa 23 as of now, but I have an Appleton estate 21 on it's way to me as we speak. There are some nice rums out there. I hear a Pyrat 23 year cask strength is trully amazing. At $200+ a bottle it best be!
Tequila: Wow, too many favs to describe, but here are my top ones off the top of my head. Heradura Seleccion Suprema, Don Fulano Imperial, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, Porfidio Single Barrel anejo, Rey Sol, El Tesoro Paradiso.
Vodka: Stoli Elit though I do like chopin and for a flavored vodka I LOVE Hangar One mandarin.
Gin: Anchor Junipero. I like Old Raj too.
Beer: If I had to pick one, Guinness
Cognac: Not too familiar with cognacs to put up a favorite, but I would love to try a snifter full of Louis XIII!
Single Malt Scotch: Macallan 25 (i know its whiskey, but its not bourbon so..)
RUM : El Dorado 15yo from Guyana. Enchanting Demerara sweetness.
COGNAC : varies. At the moment I´m enjoying Chateau Fontpinot, Grande Champagne. Incidentally, my limited experience tells me that when it comes to stuff older than 25 years, Cognac almost always outclasses. whisk(e)y.
BEER : traditional Anchor Steam. Fritz Maytag never lets you down.
WHISKY : Balvenie 15yo single barrel. Moderately peated and no influence from sherry cask. Scotch as it should be.
I´m afraid that I´ve find Gin to be repulsive and I´m not sure if I´ve ever tried Tequila other than as a base ingredient in drinks. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
Rum: I really don't drink rum. The best I've had would probably be Matusalem Gran Reserva, but I haven't explored much in the aged rum category.
Tequila: Aaahh, my favorite liquor. I don't drink anejos. If I want to taste oak I'll have some bourbon. For reposados, Casa Noble is my favorite. As far as blancos, my top pick is El Tesoro Platinum (or maybe Casa Noble Crystal). Whether I prefer reposado or blanco really just depends on my mood at the time.
Vodka: Pearl is my top choice, but lately I've been buying either Kutskova or Viking Fjord since they're so inexpensive. Both are incredibly good for the price.
Gin: Tanqueray No. Ten is my favorite, but I don't buy it often because it's too expensive. I just go with Beefeater since it's cheaper and damn good too.
Beer: I like alot of different styles of beer, again depending on the mood I'm in. I like IPAs, Porters, Oatmeal Stouts, and American Pale Ales mostly, but I also like some Barleywines, Irish Dry Stouts, Pumpkin Ales, and Oktoberfests.
Along with bourbon, that's what I drink.
Let's see here.
Cognac: Most of the grandes marques are crap. Kelt VSOP is OK. Look for small, single-distillers. If you get the wines of Robert Kacher Selections (an importer), you may be able to get Paul Giraud, which is pretty good. Not a lot of QPR here.
Armagnac: Laubade and Darroze are the best, and you pay for them. If you live in a big city, you can often get closeouts on smaller producers.
Marc/Grappa: Not a lot of marc imported now, but some dusty old bottles available. For grappa, Inga is a nice, affordable line of grappa--the Nebbiolo is particularly expressive, like walking through a pine forest full of mushrooms. For a bit more money, I just opened a bottle of the Mastroberardino Grappa di Taurasi--extremely smooth, tasting almost like a great, unwooded sauvignon blanc wine.
Other: Bassano's unwooded and wooded Acquavite de Uve are very nice.
Fruit spirits: Trimbach rules the way here with their Alsatian fruit eau-de-vie, if you're looking for nationally-available. In the Northwest, there are some small guys doing fruit spirits (Clear Creek, Koenig, etc) which are usually pretty good and expressive.
Rum: For aged, look to Saint James from Martinique. Zacapa Centenario is also very nice. Doorly's is interesting (finished in sherry casks). I actually prefer Barbancourt 8 to Barbancourt 15. For white, there are some new ones from Martinique coming in that I haven't yet tasted. Matusalem white is very good for Mojitos and 'ti-punches.
Gin: I use Bombay white for everyday drinking. I like the juniper. Anchor Distilling's Junipero is the higher-end category killer for me, but I like a hard, juniper-y gin.
Vodka: I don't believe in vodka. I keep a bottle of regular Hangar One around because I think it's geeky (10% viognier must), but I don't think I've hit it in over a year.
Tequila: Cazadores is now available widely in this country. It's very nice, taken with a dash of water. Tonala is very nice as well. I have a bottle of Tonala Reserva Especial, but I haven't cracked it yet.
Vermouth: Vya, only Vya. Use less than you would of others.
Beer: The one I always get wistful for (from university days) is Ipswich ale. Bright, complex, lowish in alcohol, hoppy enough to refresh. But I like a lot of stuff, though I shy away from drinking the high-alcohol ones; I admire the craftsmanship, but I'd rather drink a complex, low-alcohol brew.
Wine: I'm in the biz.
Well, here goes - this really shows my limited drinking experiences...
Cognac: never tried it
Armagnac: never heard of iy http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
Marc/Grappa: never heard of it
Other: Kahlua - love the stuff - chocolate milk shakes with punch http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Fruit spirits: not sure what these are
Rum: Bacardi Rum. Used to drink Aussie Bundaberg Rum, but made myself so sick on it once that I can't stand it now.
Gin: Can't stand
Vodka: 42 Below Honey flavoured Vodka
Tequila: don't drink
Vermouth: don't drink
Beer: the taste makes me gag - same as when I eat kidney or brussel sprouts http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif
Wine: some reds, and definately any port...particularly Grant Burge or Barros 10yo http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/yum.gif
Great answer, Cameron. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Here is mine:
Cognac: I haven't drunk any in many years.
Rum: I prefer my own complex blends which always use a large amount of Demerara.
Alcool Blanc: I used to like the Alsatian wild raspberry one.
Tequila: I've had little experience with it. I'd like to know more about it.
Gin: I used to like, and still do, Beefeater.
Marc/Grappa: I used to like marc de Bourgogne many years ago, but I find the taste a bit much for me today.
Vodka (I liked Jake's answer here): I occasionally drink some straight. I like Polish rye vodkas the best.
Beer: how much time ya got? Fave style is probably Imperial Russian Stout. After that, English ale, cask-conditioned preferably, preferably in London.
Wine: Champagne first, Chablis second with a sneaking liking for good Muscadet (Jake what say you here?). I hardly know the good Burgundies white or red never mind the Bordeaux'. I like good Beaujolais, especially Morgon and Brouilly - and Fleurie. In California, again I have relatively little (focused) experience but I like Mayacamus Vineyards' reds a lot (especially the Cabs from the 1970's), and any good old vine Zinfandel.
Of course, cask-conditioned bitter is the ne plus ultra of the beer world, but I live in America, so I'm shut out.
You know, I sort of figured you for a muscadet type, Gary. I buy, drink, and age copious quantities of the stuff. The best muscadets (from producers such as Louvetrie, Pepiere, and Luneau-Papin) will age gracefully for ten to twenty-years, always fresh and oyster shell-tasting. Love that acid.
I love Champagne and chablis as well, though I can afford a lot more muscadet. My first vinous loves are the chenin blancs of the Loire and Austrian gruner veltliner and riesling. And, obviously, I've developed quite a liking for South African wine, since, well, I sell it.
Thanks, we share some things in common on the wine side I see. But I never knew Muscadet aged well!
Ah yes, a town on the Loire, a good bracing Muscadet or chenin blanc "maison" with a poached zander fish, a walk on blue-cobblestoned pavements after, the milky light reflecting off the river, the cool mist..
Cognac: I've only had Guy Lhéraud VSOP Petite Champagne - but I liked it a lot. I recently picked up a bottle of Pierre Ferrand Reserve Grande Champagne - I'm looking forward to opening it soon.
Armagnac: I've had the Domaine Le Basque Hors d'Âge (bottled 2004) and 1982 vintage (bottled 2005). Superb, and less expensive than Darroze - but I'll probably spring for a Darroze at some point if only for comparison purposes.
Rum: I've had Hallmark of St. James 25yo Demerara. Very smoky, with the sweetness coming through later. It seems whiskey-like to me in some ways. Also, Sailor Jerry's Spiced Navy Rum is quite good neat - almost too drinkable. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/falling.gif
Pastis: Herbsaint is all I've tried - but I like it whether it's a dash or two in a Sazerac, or mixed with some sugar and cold water.
Beer: Chimay Grande Reserve. Expensive for beer, but worth every penny.
Tequila: I wasn't overly impressed with Cuervo Gold. Fortunately, it was just a 50 ml mini. I'm not so sure I want to explore this aisle, unless I can find minis of other brands.
Oooh, forgot Pastis. Herbsaint for Sazeracs (because it's cheap and traditional). For drinking, I love Henri Bardouin (HB)--very complex and not as sweet. In a similar vein, Arak al Massaya from Lebanon is very pretty, drier, and quite food-friendly when watered in the normal way.
I also am developing a taste for the wines of South Africa, the Stellenbosch region in particular. Unfortunately there are relatively few available here in KY, outside of Grahm Beck, Porcupine Ridge and Goats du Roam. What are some of the better regions of South Africa in your opinion, and could you suggest a few reds that might be readily available in the states? Thanks http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif
Well, the wines I import are South African, so I'm biased. We are not yet distributed in KY, though if you can get to a shop in WV or VA, our wines are distributed there (no penetration, but we could route special orders).
The two main regions for SA wine imported to the states are Stellenbosch and Paarl. Stellenbosch is hopelessly complicated; there are very warm and very cool sites within the origin area, plus a lot of producers take advantage of a loophole to source grapes from Durbanville and other areas for wines that still carry a Stellenbosch appelation. Virtually all of the wines we carry from Stellenbosch are estate wines--that is, coming from a single farm. The rest come from at most two vineyard sites, both of which are in similar-climate areas of Stellenbosch. Inside Stellenbosch are some incredible terroirs, particularly for merlot, chardonnay, and Bordeaux-style blends.
Paarl is slightly easier, if only because the soil profiles are a little more homogeneous. Soils tend to be broken, high-gravel blended soils (primarily gravel-clay with some gravel-shale). Paarl tends to be hot and windy, which leads to thicker skins and roasted aromatics for the reds. In particular, this can be a problem for Cabernet Sauvignon, which is predisposed to thick skins anyway. We bring in two Cabernets from Paarl, one that is in the rustic style and is blended with a bit of Cab Franc, and the other that is fermented whole-berry, to soften tannin and bring out more of the lush fruit, coffee, and mineral aspects of Paarl cab. Paarl is famous for syrah/shiraz, though high alcohols can be a problem, as can overextraction, and like most everywhere in the world, overwooding.
Other important areas for SA wine production are:
Durbanville--cooler climate, but few farms trying to make fine wine.
Elgin--like Oregon, used to be apple country, fine pinot noir and Alsatian varieties in particular.
Walker Bay--Elgin-like climate but windier. Ripeness can be a problem for poorly-chosen sites. Primarily pinot noir and chardonnay.
Constantia--One of the oldest regions. Nearer to Cape Town, best for sweet wines (including the world-famous Vin de Constance), some semillon and sauvignon blanc.
Cameron - I read your post to my wife. We both got a great laugh from it. Awsome!Thanks!!!
Thanks Jake, that is great information http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif
I am going to have to take a stab at this though many of the categories are not well known to me. Very narrow experience.
Rum: I have a Bacardi 8 year old open. I haven't had much of this, just a pour or two. Hmm. Sweet, syrupy, nice. Back to bourbon.
I also have a Habana Club 8 yo. I think Gary said that the Habana Rums have a funky taste. This isn't the one he recommended but it was the one on the shelf that caught my eye. I think I like this better than the Bacardi 8 yo. That is about it for Rum for me. Nice. Not as interesting as whiskey, at least what I have had.
Cognac: I have only had Remy Martin VSOP and that quite a while ago. I have been meaning to get some. I liked it.
Brandy: I have two open now. Both made here in Japan by Nikka. Dompierre VSOP grape brandy and Nikka Apple Brandy VSOP. I like both. Sweet with the flavor of the fruit coming through. The Apple Brandy is particularly nice. The Domierre VO comes in great big four liter plastic bottles, cheap. I haven't had it.
Absinthe: I have only had one. Absente. 55% abv made in France. Liquorish! Like it. Used it in a couple of Sazaracs. It dominates the other ingredients. Last time I rinsed the glass with it and then drank it off. The Liquorish was then less apparent in the mixed drink, I had blocked the sensors for that scent...
Gin: I have only ever had Beefeaters. I don't see much reason to change. Good stuff when that is what I am in the mood for.
Wine: Nasty stuff. How can you drink it? Well, that is at least partially tongue in cheek. But seriously, too many times my wine drinking friends have pushed a glass into my hands saying, "This is really good, you will like this." Vinegar laced with tannic acid burns its way down my throat. In my view, wine should be smoother than, say, Booker's or OGD 114 neat. The wines I like tend to be light fruity dessert wines. I do like Port and Madeira.
Tequila: I like what I have had. Mostly Silvers. I have Scorpion and Herradura Silver now, both open.
Vodka: I like Jake's answer, too. I have two bottles now, Fighting Cock 103 and Absolute 80 proof. I tried them head to head and liked the Fighting Cock better. Probably because of the higher proof. Why do people keep insisting that Vodka has no taste? It tastes like alcohol. "Give him a glass of straight vodka, he'll think it is water! Ha!" It wouldn't fool me. Vodka makes a dandy cleaning fluid.
Beer: Japanese beer is quite nice, but I have gotten a bit bored with it. Sapporo Black Label is good, it has a nice yeasty taste to it. Yebisu is a 100% malt beer and I like it very much. Suntory Premium Malts is new and good. I think it is hoppier that most Japanese beer. I had a few IPAs in the States this year and really liked them. They are very hard to find here in Japan. Of course, Guinness is the best. The beer at the Brew Pub in MaCall ID is great. Two (or was it three?) knocked me on my butt.
I should write about Sake and Shochu, but I don't really know them well. I tend to only drink Sake around New Year's.
OK, here's my stab at this thing:
Tequila: 1921 Single Barrel Reposado. Great balance of agave and oak.
Mezcal: Del Maguay Minero. Basicly a high quality blanco. Tastes like burnt lemon and honey. A bit smokey.
Gin: Tanqueray 10. Like gin flavours on steriods. I have a shot when I go to the Keg restaurant.
Rum: Santa Theresa 1796. Herbacious!
Brandy/Cognac/Armanac: Probably would like to get into Armanac if I could. Single distilled to keep in alot of the flavour...
Vodka: No interest.
RUM - Malibu but it must be in a Mango Boba smoothie. It's California / Little Saigon but oh so tasty on a hot day!
VODKA - Anything really. It all tastes the same to me. If somebody is buying though it's a Ketel One with soda.
BRANDY - I only drink it mixed so Christian Brothers or E & J with Barqs Root Beer. Open a can of Barqs, drink a third of the way down, and fill with Brandy. Surprisingly good!
TEQUILA - Cazadores. Nothing special.
SCOTCH - Haven't really tried all that many but I enjoyed Glen Moray Single Malt before I moved to bourbon.
BEER - Stone Brewery IPA, Anchor Steam Beer, Chamay and my comfort beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Bourbon - Elmer T. Lee
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif God bless Elmer!
Rum: Bacardi for mixing with sodas. Ten Cane for more serious cocktails.
Cognac: Remy Martin VSOP or Hine, depending on my mood..
Brandy: Gallo for most uses. Osbourne Spanish brandy for special drinks like my Holiday favorite: brandied port.
Gin: Not for me, but my wife likes Beefeaters.
Wine: Like to drink a wide variety: reds / whites / roses / fortified / dessert / sparkling / ice / etc.
Vodka: All vodkas are basically the same ---- I usually by a "recognized brand" for the 'vodka snobs' but base it on what's on sale.
Beer: Not much any more. When I do it is usually Guiness stout or Heiniken.
Scotch: Highland park or Laiphraoig in single malts. Chivas in the blends.
Tequila: Jose Cuervo Gold for mixing; Patron Silver for sipping
Bourbon: all the usual suspects... recently into Weller Centennial
Rum: Ten Cane for more serious cocktails.
I just tried 10 Cane. I'm not saying I don't like it but it just didn't taste like rum to me. Kinda had an almost barky flavor. What kind of cocktails do you make with it?
Rum: Don't drink it. But if I did Bacardi dark which I have tried before. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/22.gif
Cognac: Never had it. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/22.gif
Brandy: Never had it. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/22.gif
Gin: Never had it. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/22.gif
Wine: Merlot http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif
Vodka: Why? http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/27.gif
Beer: Kronenborg http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif, Foster's bitter, Warsteiner, Duvall
Scotch: Trying to avoid. Don't want to get 'hooked' on this as it might get expensive. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/smil41df29a15fb35.gif
Tequila: Don't like it http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/puke.gif
Bourbon: I love Elmer T. Lee, Elijah Craig 12 and 18, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, Blanton's (but have to be in the mood for it), Eagle Rare 10. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif
Rye: Haven't tried it but would like to taste Wild Turkey as my first. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bandit.gif
I finally decided I'd reply to this, but I gotta be honest I don't drink much other than Bourbon and Beer. I used to drink a lot of Cognac and Scotch as well as Tequila which I am starting to renew my love for. So I'll do my best here to list my fav's in each category.
Cognac: Remy, any of them the more expensive the better it seems to get but VSOP was my typical purchase.
Vodka: Undoubtedly Grey Goose, which I avoided for the most part because I hate to give money to a French VODKA, so I'd typically opt for Ketel One which is oh so very close to being as good as GG. And yes to those who say Vodka has no taste they have no idea what a good Vodka can taste like, for the price difference in a bad vodka and a great vodka, you just have to buy the good stuff. KO on ice is quite nice!
Gin: Can’t stand it, not yet anyway. Gin and Tonic is drinkable but only because the Tonic seems to cover up the nastiness of the gin…
Scotch: Used to be my drink and I loved (probably still would) Glenfiddich 15 year. Man that is a cool bottle in that triangle shape and really a good drink I always thought. I am sure if I tried it tomorrow I’d love it still, but not as much as bourbon!
Tequila: Another “ex” drink that is growing on me again; however in a different form. I used to drink just straight Cuervo, and good grief is that crap now that I am older. I now find the Blanco or Plata which are both names I guess for Silver to be to my liking. I guess this is because they are aged the least or not at all and I seem to like to flavor of Agave without any aging. A couple that come to mind are Gran Centenario Plata and Chaya Silver, both very good.
Rum: Not a really big fan but this is something that I have been investigating recently. Mixed with coke I really do like Captain Morgan’s Spiced, and straight I have yet to find anything I love, but 10 Cane which almost tastes more like a cheap scotch rum combo, but yet somehow is fairly enjoyable. I used this to make a few Daiquiris using “Hemingway’s” recipe and I did like it a lot…
Wine: I like it plain and simple favorites would be Syrah and Shiraz for reds, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris for whites. But I do like many, many wines. Don’t drink as much since my bourbon obsession has grown but do enjoy good wines.
Beer: Same as wine, I like it, no I love it. I came from Oregon where I don’t care what anyone says we have the best Microbrews in the world, hands down. SO it is hard to speak of favorites because hardly anyone will no of them, but for a dark beer it is something called Terminator Stout from McMenamin’s brewpubs – an amaxing charcoal black stout. A really good ale would be Bridgeport Brewery’s Blue Heron Ale, I could drink it all day just about everyday! As far as everyday drinking beers go I love the fairly new Budweiser Select which is an extra light great tasting beer! And Budweiser is a good beer.
Rye: WT Rye so far, but that is only one of two I have had. Picking up Sazerac 18yo and ordering Rittenhouse BiB 100 and Sazerac Jr. soon so my experience with vastly change…
Haven't tried this one yet. Maybe when the company is buying I might. Usually I always order a bourbon or sometimes beer.
I never plan to be a gin drinker. Why have gin when you can have bourbon?
I look forward to sampling some good scotch when it's someone elses. It seems too expensive for what you get.
Jose Quervo Gold when at a mexican restaurant.
Bacardi dark and coke but very rarely.
A good merlot if I must.
Microbrew IPA's are always good, Kronenborg, Anchor Steam, Foster's Bitter
Rye: look forward to exploring when out of NC. Here you can only get Jim Beam Rye.
Vodka: Ketel One is the smoothest I have found. I view vodka as merely a mixing drink though.
Here's my 2 cents:
Cognac: Hennesy (any Hennesy, the more expensive, the better)
Gin: Bombay Saphire, especially in a Martini
Scotch: I hate Scotch - ALL Scotch
Tequila: Cuzano Rojo Mescal with just salt and a lime wedge
Rum: I like rum with diet coke and lime. Mount Gay will do nicely.
Wine: German whites especially and Zinfandel from Sonoma.
Beer: Spaten, Lowenbrau or any good GERMAN beer.
Rye: Wild Turkey Rye is among my favorites
Vodka: Anything. I never drink it straight.
Tequila: Cuzano Rojo Mescal with just salt and a lime wedge
Mescal and Tequila are not quite the same thing. There is usually a difference in the process(steaming v. roasting the pina; still types) and Tequila requires Agave Azul (Blue Agave) and also to be made in Jaurez(sp?). Mescal allows many more types of agave and a much larger range of places where it can be made(an entire state I believe).
I say this not so much for correction, but because I believe they are different, yet related, beasts-much like scotch and irish malts( or maybe more like bourbon v. Tennessee whiskey).
Here's my list
Rum: 21 year old Appleton's
Cognac: Don't drink this anymore....I get BAD heartburn if I drink it, even if it's only one glass
Brandy: Same as Cognac
Gin: Never touch it....tried it once (standard martini) and decided it was a waste of a good olive
Wine: Rhone reds (Chateauneuf-du-pape) and Champagnes
Vodka: Normally consumed in a drink mixed to where the vodka is just used to give it a kick. Drink vodka slushes made with Absolute when we go to the Carribean. The only other "name" I ever drink is Grey Goose which Palamino's uses to make a vodka martini that has to splash of Laphroig (real nice).
Beer: Hair of the Dog - Fred and Doggie Claws. Drink Red Stripe occasionally to put myself in an island mood (don't know why because I never drink it while in Jamaica <G>).
Scotch: No way to come up with a favorite...too many great ones all having different tastes, plus I have over 40 bottles of expressions that I have not tried yet on the shelf. Oban, Lagavulin, The Macallan, Aberlour a'bunadh, and Glenfarclas are probably my favorite single malts. Love the Compass Box blends, especially the all grain blend "Hedonism".
Tequila: Again, haven't tried a lot, but Herradura is my favorite so far. For a nice sweet taste of tequila, my wife and I both love 1921 Tequila Cream
Bourbon: Too many yet to taste but George Stagg and the William Larue Weller are at the top of my list right now.
Rum: Mount Gay Extra Old or New Orleans Cane, Amber - don't drink rum much anymore - too many hangovers! Of course a Mojito is always nice on a hot summer day...
Tequila: 1800 - but I really don't drink much tequila - my wife is the margarita fan!
Scotch: Laphroaig 12 yr, Highland Park 18 yr - for completely different reasons I love them both. I love the phenol of Laphroaig, and the perfect balance of HP18 reminds me of how good whisky can be.
Rye: Sazerac 18 yr: Lots of bite, and despite the age it's not too woody. About as good as Rye gets in my book.
Vodka/gin/wine - not for me
Rum: Pusser's Navy Rum for dark, Bacardi Silver for light.
Gin: Plymouth (A recent discovery, taking the crown from Bombay Sapphire) but I keep a bottle of Boodle's around too. My brother-in-law is a HUGE Bombay Sapphire fan, and he was over last weekend for my daughter's first birthday. He had been wanting to try Plymouth for awhile, and even he agreed that it was better.
Tequila: I have a bottle of Cuervo Gold for mixing, a half bottle of Sauza Gold that someone gave me, and a small bottle of Patron Anejo for drinking straight, which I never do, but you never know...
Vodka: Stoli is my old standby, just recently got some Luksusowa (a potato vodka) based on numerous reccomendations. It is very good.
Scotch: The Balvenie Doublewood. The perfect ratio of taste/price. I don't have any blended scotch in stock - and I want to have some, just...because, so I'll probably pick up some JW Red one of these days.
Beer: Negra Modelo. I like a lot of beers, and am never shy of slumming it; the garage fridge has cans of Old Style, Olympia, Natty Light, PBR...I love one of the old cheapies after mowing the lawn in the summer or for cooking. About the only beers I don't like are Bud Light and Corona - but even then I'll drink a Corona too sometimes with Mexican food, but never by itself.
Rum: Flor de Cana 7 year old, Bacardi 8- both good, affordable sippers. I waste these on coke, too, but I like it. I had some of the nice Appleton Estate stuff lately, but there was a particular fruitiness to it that I didn't care for too much.
Gin: Bombay Sapphire is always nice, but I recently tried Plymouth after reading about it here- really good stuff. I like the Sapphire for a gin and tonic, which is my typical application for gin- I really like the particular taste of the botanicals. Plymouth makes a better martini, though.
Tequila: All I do is mix it, so I go cheap, but not too cheap.
Vodka: Same as tequila- Gibley's works for me. My friend made me a vodka martini with really nice vodka, and I can appreciate the top-shelf stuff for that, but I pretty much use it for white russians and when friends want to mix it.
Scotch: Not a big scotch drinker- I like Glenfiddich or a nice blend, though I plan to try some more malts before too long.
Irish: Along with American whiskeys, the only whiskey I drink regularly. I like Powers and Redbreast a lot. Tullamore Dew is a nice, easy to sip whiskey for a night when I don't want to think too hard about my drink. The Bushmills Malt is tasty, too.
Beer: There are few that I don't like, but Fat Tire Ale from the New Belgium brewery, Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA, and the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout from the North Coast Brewery are probably all-time favorites.
Rum: Can't stand commercial 'bar' rums like Baccardi anymore. Used to love Captian Morgan, then it became too pricey so I looked for an alternative and found Sailor Jerry. Bar none the best spiced rum on the market. 92 proof, tasty and cheap. If you find yourself in San Diego, go to the Bali Hai for the Mai Tai's. They are unreal, but be warned, drink no more than 2. 3oz liquor, no mixers and they go down so smooth you'll be plastered before you realize what happened.
Gin: Usually Sappahire but I found Broker's which is OK for G&T, now I've got to get Plymouth.
Tequilla: Haven't had anything worth sipping, although I've got anjeo Patron sitting virgin, I'd like to try some others out for sipping. I like Mexi Margs: 1.5oz top shelf teq., 1oz Cointreau, 1/2 fresh lime squeezed and maybe .5 oz floater of Grand Mariner. GOOD stuff.
Vodka: Drinkable Rubbing alcohol. Why anyone drinks this straight I have no idea. For a great mixing vodka that won Double Gold in San Fran, get Monopolowa, cheap and good for a V&T. Hell you're mixing it anyway so there's no point in spending much money on it.
Beer: I homebrew. My favorite local beers are Ballast Point, good stuff and right around the corner.
Scotch: I have a buddy that won't shut up about Balvenie and we love the same Bourbons so I'll probably be giving that a go, specifically the Doublewood and the Portwood.
Favorite Desert Drink: 1oz Vodka, 1oz Kaluha, 1oz Baileys. Yum.
I also enjoy a good Port Wine.
For pastis, I also have a bottle of Pontarlier-Anis now, in addition to my Herbsaint. I consider it a cut above Herbsaint, but I would not at all say that Herbsaint was bad.
The Pierre Ferrand Reserve cognac that I mentioned previously in this thread has been opened and extensively sampled - and it's Good Stuff. I'm wishing now that I had sprung for the 750 ml bottle instead of the 375.
Pilschy: Good call on the Sailor Jerry. I'm going to have to get some more of that... the one bottle I had didn't last very long. ;)
I don't see where this Sailor Jerry worship is coming from. Last fall I bought a bottle to mix with apple cider on the way to a hayride and found it atrocious. I didn't drink enough to even warrant a designated driver that night because of the almost straight alcohol taste and woke up the next morning with the mother of all hangover headaches that laughed at my extra strengh tylenols. I found the nose to be almost rubbing alcohol. Actually no better or no worse than regular Bacardi I guess but I didn't really taste any of the "spice". Of course it might have been cork tainted. Oops no cork.
I love Sailor Jerry, I've tasted some really horrible spiced rum and my standard for 'good' was Captain Morgan until I discovered Jerry. Every single person I've introduced it to (and I was the first to try it among my drinking friends) and they now really enjoy it as well.
BUT: For Affordable AND tasty..
best rum is barbancourt 15, .
best cognac is Daniel Bouju Brut De Fut Royal
best scotch (non-peated) is Balvenie 15 single barrel
best scotch (sherried) is Macallan 18
best scotch (Islay) is Laphroaig 10 yr Cask Strength
best scotch (all around) Highland Park 18
best scotch (Blend) is JW Gold
best bourbon is Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr old
best Rye is Lot 40 or (possibly, still waiting a sample) Old Hotalings
no, the Rittenhouse BIB is NOT the best rye, though a great value and worth buying.
people who drink tequila, gin, & vodka...
GOOD. leaves more whisky and cognac for me. But I'm not going to be responsible for encouraging their perverse masochisms..:rolleyes:
Rum: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 year-old. Premium sugar aged in American charred oak barrels. Different from most...excellent (and only $35 at my local liquer store)
Tequila: Sauza Tres Generaciones Anejo - mmm...mmm...good
Vodka: Stolichnaya Elit - good, but premium vodka is premium vodka
Gin: Old Raj - straw colored; very dry; tons of aromatics..best I've tried
Cognac: Don't drink it much, but had a shot of Remy Martin Louis XIII once and it was outstanding (better be for $1,600 a fifth)
Beer: Chimay Grande Reserve - very nice high gravity Belgian Trappist ale
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