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Old 04-20-2008, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Help me stock my liquor cabinet

Well, I reached legal age some time ago, but due to my brewing habits I have yet to actually purchase any spirits. However, I've been looking to expand my palette recently, so I'd appreciate any advice on which commercials I should buy.

Of main focus, I'm looking for recommendations for a good rum (not spiced), scotch, bourbon, and tequila. I'd also be open to any other suggestions you think are worthwhile.

Here's the catch, though: being the poor college student that I am, I'd like to keep the bottle prices under $25 if at all possible. I'd be willing to exceed that figure a bit on the tequila and the scotch; I know that both of those tend to be a little bit more on the pricy side.

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Old 04-20-2008, 02:21 AM   #2
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DonQ or Mount Gay for Rum.

For bourbon I like the Jim Beam Black Label.


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Old 04-20-2008, 02:22 AM   #3
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Ok... it's good that you want to get the good stuff, but use some common sense here. Most of your friends are probably in the shooters and mixed drinks stage.

This means if you have a $50 bottle of vodka, they will be mixing it with orange juice to the point that you won't be able to tell Grey Goose from Popov.

Buy a handle (1.75L) of Smirnoff for $14. Anybody who wants to mix drinks can have at it. Buy a bottle of Grey Goose/Belvidere/etc. Anybody sipping (I said sipping, not "shooting) straight vodka can have at it.

Same with Tequila. Cuervo Plata for margaritas and mixed drinks, Azul or Patron or whatever for sipping.
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Old 04-20-2008, 02:26 AM   #4
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I love good Tequila. The best advice is make sure you buy 100% Agave, othewise it is made with 51% Agave and the rest is sugar. That's why Jose Cuarvo is NOT a friend of mine.

Also, there are 3 types of Tequila. Silver or blanco which is not aged and clear, Resposada which is golden from aging in barrels, and Anjeo which is aged at least 3 years and has the most complex taste, not unlike a good scotch whiskey.
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Old 04-20-2008, 02:26 AM   #5
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Bicardi rum comes in light and dark...different flavors.
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Ok... it's good that you want to get the good stuff, but use some common sense here. Most of your friends are probably in the shooters and mixed drinks stage.

This means if you have a $50 bottle of vodka, they will be mixing it with orange juice to the point that you won't be able to tell Grey Goose from Popov.

Buy a handle (1.75L) of Smirnoff for $14. Anybody who wants to mix drinks can have at it. Buy a bottle of Grey Goose/Belvidere/etc. Anybody sipping (I said sipping, not "shooting) straight vodka can have at it.

Same with Tequila. Cuervo Plata for margaritas and mixed drinks, Azul or Patron or whatever for sipping.
Yeah...vodka's a different story. The better it is, the less you taste. I've kept some druck juice around if the homebrew can't do it, but like you mentioned, I want some of the good stuff for me.


Keep 'em coming! *Scribbles shopping list furiously*

Damn Michigan's shelf pricing!
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Tito's Hand Made Vodka from Austin, Tx is very very good!

http://www.titos-vodka.com/titos_lo.html
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For a quality rum, Pyrat XO is very nice, at a little over $20 a bottle. If you can go up to around $35, I'd suggest Oronoco, a wonderfully deep and complex white rum. Both are great sipping rums, best enjoyed from a small snifter.

If you have Trader Joe's in your area, they sell several major brands of fine scotch under their own name, for substantially less than they normally cost. These include Macallan, Bowmore, and Glenlivet.

Maker's Mark and Knob Creek are two nice bourbons that are within your $25 price range, can't go wrong with either. Blanton's is spectacular, but about twice as much.

Sorry, but IMHO there are no tequilas in your price range that won't give you a rash and possibly mess up your shoes! If you know where to shop though, $50 will get you one of the finest tequilas made, Gran Centenario Ańejo. This is my old reliable, go to tequila...I've found others I enjoy as much, but none that I enjoy more. Their reposado is good too, but not that much cheaper. (Ańejo = Aged, Reposado = Rested and Silver or Plato = white & bottled immediately after distillation. Gold = cheap-a$$ white tequila with caramel food coloring...be afraid!!) Don't buy any bottle if the label doesn't say 100% agave.
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Tito's Hand Made Vodka from Austin, Tx is very very good!

http://www.titos-vodka.com/titos_lo.html
+1 for the Tito's. For Tequila, my favorite is Cabo Wabo Anejo, though it is on the pricey side. But give it a shot if you ever get the chance.
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As for rum, If you haven't tried Gosling's Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum, you haven't had rum. It is the bizomb. It rated a "96" at the World Spirits Championships. It has been around since 1806. It is soooo good.

http://www.goslingsrum.com

And it goes without saying that Bombay Saphire is fantastic gin.

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