Flatland_Spider wrote:I mainly drink beer and wine now, but here a few staples I keep around or used to drink.
Tequila: Cuervo (I don't drink Tequila after a bad experience.)
Rum: Cruzan (It's hard to get regular Cruzan here in Tulsa, so I've pick up Bicardi when I need rum.)
Bourbon: Ezra Brooks (It's a nice bourbon. )
Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray 10 (Sapphire for martinis, and Tanqueray 10 for mixing with orange juice.)
Vodka: Stoli, Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka. (Stoli is a good general vodka, and Smirnoff Vanilla only tastes like vanilla.)
If your tequila of choice is Cuervo, I'm not surprised. Try Don Julio (the Blanco should be under the $40 threshold), though I'd only sip that straight, not in a mix; or if you can't find that, Cazadores.Flatland_Spider wrote:Tequila: Cuervo (I don't drink Tequila after a bad experience.)
Huh, I've never noticed that -- but I prefer the peppery taste of Rye so perhaps it doesn't come across as a negative. Maybe you'd have better luck with something has enough barrel aging to remove that taste?ludi wrote:Not usually a whiskey drinker and I do not like most American-style whiskeys and bourbons -- something about the charcoal filtration imparts a sharpness that completely turns against my taste. But once in a long while the mood strikes, and then it's either Glenfidich 12-year (which is expensive but worth it) or Jameson's Original (which is blended, but also more affordable).
UberGerbil wrote:If you prefer more smokey peatyness in your Scotch, try to find Highland Park (from the Orkney Islands)
UberGerbil wrote:If your tequila of choice is Cuervo, I'm not surprised. Try Don Julio (the Blanco should be under the $40 threshold), though I'd only sip that straight, not in a mix; or if you can't find that, Cazadores.Flatland_Spider wrote:Tequila: Cuervo (I don't drink Tequila after a bad experience.)
paulWTAMU wrote:I've only ever seen flavored Cruzan around here, not regular
TheEmrys wrote:Tulamore Dew is the best whiskey for the money.
nerdrage wrote:White rum: Bacardi tastes as though you're drinking rubbing alcohol. Nasty stuff. Get some Cruzan, it's in a totally different league.
Spiced rum: Captain Morgan Private Stock
Dark rum: Gosling's Black Seal
Gin: I prefer Tanqueray (regular) in my gin and tonics
Vodka: Ketel One, Stoli, Russian Standard, Tito's
paulWTAMU wrote:The tequila is going ot be mostly used for margarita's, and some sunrises. I'm OK with cuervo in sunrises, but margaritas...not as much.
The other clear stuff is for long islands and the like (mostly). I've only ever seen flavored Cruzan around here, not regualar
My mother (the big Scotch drinker in the family) is the peat lover; i'm actually closer to your camp -- I'd rather not have my Scotch taste like I stuck my head in a crofter's hut. (I'm always reminded of PJ O'Rourke's observation "God gave peat to the Celts because He knew they were the only people who would get so drunk they'd try to burn mud") But I think Talisker strikes the best balance for my tastes.Captain Ned wrote:I know I'm an outlier, but I go straight for the phenol and seaweed of Laphroig.UberGerbil wrote:If you prefer more smokey peatyness in your Scotch, try to find Highland Park (from the Orkney Islands)
Captain Ned wrote:UberGerbil wrote:If you prefer more smokey peatyness in your Scotch, try to find Highland Park (from the Orkney Islands)
I know I'm an outlier, but I go straight for the phenol and seaweed of Laphroig.
I think just about everybody has a teens or early-20s-tequila story like that, which is too bad. (Mine was sharing a bag of limes and a bottle with a friend one night, at the end of which I was both entirely lucid and completely unable to stand, as close to an out-of-body experience as I've come). But then I had the good fortune of spending a New Year's Eve at a restaurant in Cozumel at the end of which the owner offered free tastings of his extensive tequila collection, so I was able to work my way through all the better sipping tequilas and determine I liked Don Julio the best (the Reposado and Añejo are worthy steps up but get into some serious bucks). While a well-made margarita (something that doesn't resemble an alcoholic slurpee) is a respectable drink, I prefer the simplicity of a tequila greyhound, especially on a warm evening (if the juice from your grapefruit is particularly bitter, rim the glass with a mix of sugar and salt).Flatland_Spider wrote:Funnily enough, I was drinking free booze when the tequila incident took place. I don't remember what was bought. I was already hungover from the night before, and there was just too much tequila. I was 23 at the time this happened, and I haven't really explored in the meantime.
Yes, but be careful: "gold" is meaningless, and "gold tequilas" are often just silver + food coloring. The genuine Reposado and Añejo tequilas have to be barrel-aged for specific amounts of time, and gain more complexity (and lose a little "greeness") as a result. Of course now that tequila has gained a foothold as a genuine sipping drink rather than just an Animal House party chug, we can move on to Mezcal. There's a Oaxacan restaurant here that stocks every available Mezcal in its bar so I'm trying to learn a little more about it. But we're also in the midst of an explosion of micro-distilleries, so between all the new ultra-local gins, vodkas, and absinthes, I have to go easy on my liver.no51 wrote:Tequila: 1800 Reposado (say no to silver tequilas)
Funny, I almost mentioned this earlier. I've heard the same thing. What's interesting about vodka is that the mega-brands are designed to be almost tasteless, because they produce so much they can't rely on a single grain stock and so they have to make sure any of the underlying character is removed lest the product change its taste over the course of a year's production. The smaller makers can stick to a single source (potato, wheat, or whatever) and allow more of that flavor to come through.apertur3 wrote: I can't stand Smirnoff, but surprisingly enough, if you have a Costco membership, their Kirkland vodka is not half bad. I've heard rumors that it's made by the Grey Goose folks...
paulWTAMU wrote:I like alcohol. But damned if I'll spend 50+ bucks on a bottle.
paulWTAMU wrote:I'm trying to find out good, mid shelf boozes for several types. Like, 25-35 bucks a bottle range? Tequila / Rum / Bourbon / Whiskey / Gin
paulWTAMU wrote:triple sec (used in a lot of mixed drinks I like, I'd like to find a good one that's better than the crap I'm using and cheaper than grand mariner)
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