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thechrisdotcom
09-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Browsing some of the threads here and there's a lot of nice high end/top shelf stuff being posted.

Anyone like the middle or bottom shelf stuff? Either by itself or mixed with something?

I don't drink a whole lot of hard liquor, but if I do, it's usually Crown and Coke.

What about everyone else? Any lower end stuff you guys enjoy? Bacardi? Smirnoff? Captains? Sky? etc?

WittyUserName
09-08-2011, 04:20 PM
Well I am not sure if it is Bottom Shelf, but I really enjoy myself some Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum. 90 Proof goodness.

thechrisdotcom
09-08-2011, 04:22 PM
I changed the title. We'll go with bottom/middle shelf.

cricky101
09-08-2011, 04:23 PM
New Amsterdam Gin. Super cheap but makes a nice G&T

Killian
09-08-2011, 04:26 PM
Well I am not sure if it is Bottom Shelf, but I really enjoy myself some Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum. 90 Proof goodness.

I would agree with this. I like Sailor Jerry and will even go cheaper and snag some Admiral Nelsons every once in a while.

gator_79
09-08-2011, 04:30 PM
Jim Beam, for when I'm in the mood for a mixed drink.

pektel
09-08-2011, 04:31 PM
For the pricepoint, it's damn hard to beat Svedka vodka. I can buy a homewrecker at my local liquor store for under $20, and it'll last for at least a couple weeks between the GF and I.

For middle shelf vodka, I like Belvedere and Tito's. Never drank any top shelf vodka. Tried Ultimat, and I thought it sucked. But, that's just my opinion. Mediocre spirits in a fancy bottle. And Paul Mitchell owns it (same owner as Patron :yuck: )

New Amsterdam gin is dirt cheap and okay for mixing.

I've been known to buy Evan Williams bourbon on occasion.

For rum: Appleton Estate. V/X or Reserve. At my local liquor store they run 19.99 and 24.99, respectively.

T.G
09-08-2011, 04:34 PM
Cold Duck.

tsolomon
09-08-2011, 04:40 PM
Evan Williams SB Bourbon $17.99 :al

yourchoice
09-08-2011, 04:43 PM
I like JW Red when making a Godfather. New Amsterdam gin as mentioned, makes a mean G&T. There are some really good bourbons and ryes that don't break the bank, too. Elijah Craig, Evan Williams SB, to name two bourbons and Rittenhouse Rye 100 for rye. I can drink those three neat.

Boz
09-08-2011, 04:44 PM
Jameson Irish Whiskey. I can get a 1.75l for $29.99.

The Poet
09-08-2011, 05:20 PM
Cold Duck.


And what do you mix that with? :D


I used to drink a fair amount of Chivas Regal, before I discovered the delights inherent in single malts. Were I still in the habit of haunting bars, I might on occasion choose Chivas and water.

Smirnoff has won several blind taste contests against vodkas costing twice as much, and would likely be my choice for mixed drinks - if I'm paying for it. that is. :r

croatan
09-08-2011, 05:22 PM
Cheap Polish vodkas: Luksusowa and Sobieski.

Smokin Gator
09-08-2011, 05:28 PM
My goat pallet is fine with Bacardi Gold day in and day out!!

T.G
09-08-2011, 05:34 PM
And what do you mix that with? :D


pruno

replicant_argent
09-08-2011, 05:39 PM
beano

fixed that for you.



and Peter

Skywalker
09-08-2011, 05:40 PM
When I'm not drinking beer, I drink Crown, Bacardi White, and Smirnoff (with mixed drinks). Crown Black straight! :tu

Emjaysmash
09-08-2011, 05:47 PM
I'm a fan of Jack Daniels and Captain...

Newbie_nick
09-08-2011, 05:57 PM
A simple of Jack and Coke is my mid-shelf choice. If it's a particularly hot day, I'll throw equal parts of mid-bottom shelf vodka (usually Smirnoff), frozen lemonade, and ice into the blender and make a delicious smoothie. Those are some of my favorites...

icehog3
09-08-2011, 06:00 PM
Check out my first signature bar. ;) :al

76GTFan
09-08-2011, 06:15 PM
Four Roses Bourbon
InverHouse Scotch. (Some may frown, but a decent blended scotch)
Ellijah Craig

If you want to hit rock bottom:

Early Times
Burnettes Vodka
Dewars Scotch
Ballentines(simple flavor but cheap)

76GTFan
09-08-2011, 06:16 PM
Check out my first signature bar. ;) :al

Tom when I was in the USVI's, Stoli was around 10 bucks a fifth. Needless to say that was cheaper than water down there. And more abundant.:r

pektel
09-08-2011, 06:48 PM
Four Roses Bourbon
InverHouse Scotch. (Some may frown, but a decent blended scotch)
Ellijah Craig

If you want to hit rock bottom:

Early Times
Burnettes Vodka
Dewars Scotch
Ballentines(simple flavor but cheap)

Burnett's vodka ain't rock bottom (although it is REALLY crappy). I buy Taaka vodka for when I go to festivals. 9.97 for a 1.75 liter. I always get liquor stolen from me at shows. Guess I'm too trusting. But hell, I'd GIVE them a damn bottle if they seriously needed it. Probably just punk kids.
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CigarNut
09-08-2011, 06:51 PM
pruno
Is that your regular drink?

Moose6026
09-08-2011, 06:53 PM
Captain and Coke

xlc12rf
09-08-2011, 08:36 PM
When I'm going cheap: gentleman jack. Though, I don't do that often.

Bill86
09-08-2011, 08:53 PM
These should all be cheap(ISH) to middle shelf.

Take a guess which kinda liquor is my favorite :D

Hope I didn't leave any out.....

Whiskey
Gentleman Jack
Jameson
Regular Jack

Bourbon
Four Roses Small Batch
Weller Antique 107
Jim Beam 7 Year
Woodford
Four Roses Single Barrel
Bulleit
Buffalo Trace
Old Grand Dad BIB 100 Proof
Maker's Mark
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Elijah Craig
Maker's 46
Basil Hayden's
Knob Creek

Rum
Ron Pampero Aniversario
Kraken
Oronoco
Zaya

Vodka
Titos
Svedka
Kru 82

Scotch
JW Red
JW Black

icehog3
09-08-2011, 09:04 PM
Tom when I was in the USVI's, Stoli was around 10 bucks a fifth. Needless to say that was cheaper than water down there. And more abundant.:r

Sounds like Heaven. :)

Slow Triathlete
09-08-2011, 10:20 PM
Well I am not sure if it is Bottom Shelf, but I really enjoy myself some Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum. 90 Proof goodness.

Sailor Jerry's is good.

But I'd spend a couple more bucks for Gosling's Black Seal or The Kraken

Or a few more on Zaya

Col. Kurtz
09-08-2011, 10:31 PM
Hard to beat Jim Beam 8 year (black) for middle shelf.

Jump down to the Evan Williams Black or green for a thumping.

T.G
09-08-2011, 11:41 PM
Is that your regular drink?

Only Mondays though Fridays. I get weekends off with good behavior.

replicant_argent
09-09-2011, 08:33 AM
Only Mondays though Fridays. I get weekends off with good behavior.

Perhaps we can give you extra points for your fine reading comprehension skills.


Gold Star Awarded. 5 points for Gryffindor.

irratebass
09-09-2011, 08:51 AM
These should all be cheap(ISH) to middle shelf.

Take a guess which kinda liquor is my favorite :D

Hope I didn't leave any out.....

Whiskey
Gentleman Jack
Jameson
Regular Jack

Bourbon
Four Roses Small Batch
Weller Antique 107
Jim Beam 7 Year
Woodford
Four Roses Single Barrel
Bulleit
Buffalo Trace
Old Grand Dad BIB 100 Proof
Maker's Mark
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Elijah Craig
Maker's 46
Basil Hayden's
Knob Creek

Rum
Ron Pampero Aniversario
Kraken
Oronoco
Zaya

Vodka
Titos
Svedka
Kru 82

Scotch
JW Red
JW Black

Taking this list to the liquor store :al

thechrisdotcom
09-09-2011, 09:55 AM
I have like 18 bottles of hard liquor in my cabinet at home. I don't know why I have so much...I barely drink any of it. hahaha.

I plan to buy a house in the Spring so hopefully when I get my house and have my "man room" I can set up my little home bar and I'll probably have a better reason to drink it all. haha

Brutus2600
09-09-2011, 10:28 AM
Evan Williams SB Bourbon $17.99 :al

I'm with you on this one...the green label Evan Williams 1.75L is $14.99 and makes a great bourbon and coke.

New Amsterdam gin is really good for a cheap gin and tonic, it's around $22 for the 1.75L.

Captain Morgan Lime Bite makes a decent Cuba Libre without having to keep limes around (but who am I kidding, I'm a raging alcoholic, I always have limes around). It's ~$25 for the 1.75L.

Mattso3000
09-09-2011, 10:35 AM
With Peter on this one, Svedka is a solid vodka and frequently 16.99 for a 1.75. Usually go for tequila myself, have found milagro silver for 19.99 for 750 and costco Kirkland brand anejo liter is 23.99, both good.

irratebass
09-09-2011, 10:59 AM
Oh I forgot one Ezra Brooks it's like the sister/cousin to Jim Beam, I can't remember the price but I think it's under $15 for a fifth and I can drink it straight unlike beam.
:al

MurphysLaw
09-09-2011, 11:10 AM
Jameson and Bushmills for me, always have a bottle of one or the other around :tu

LockOut
09-09-2011, 12:28 PM
Jameson Irish Whiskey. I can get a 1.75l for $29.99.

its 45.99 here. i hate ny.

irratebass
09-09-2011, 12:46 PM
Jameson and Bushmills for me, always have a bottle of one or the other around :tu

I can't do Scotch, it burrnss!

MurphysLaw
09-09-2011, 12:48 PM
I can't do Scotch, it burrnss!

Good thing Jameson and Bushmills are Irish whiskeys then ;)

357
09-09-2011, 12:55 PM
New Amsterdam Gin. Super cheap but makes a nice G&T

I like N.A. gin too. Different flavor profile. Much more orange/citrus than juniper. $17 for 750ml or about $23 for 1.75L is pretty cheap.

irratebass
09-09-2011, 12:59 PM
Good thing Jameson and Bushmills are Irish whiskeys then ;)

:bh:sh:bh Aw crap lol

hammondc
09-20-2011, 09:48 PM
Vodka -
Pretty much only ever get Svedka, Stoli or Smirnoff (maybe it is an 'S' thing). Ocassionally Dipping Springs or Titos from Austin

Bourbon/Whiskey
I am a 95% Jack Daniels guy. Ocasionally I will get Weller Reserve.

Scotch
Balvenie Doublewood was my first and still my favorite.

Rum
Sailor Jerry

Gin
Tanqueray with the lime (whatever it is called)

pektel
09-20-2011, 11:39 PM
Tanqueray Rangpur is the one you are referring to I think, Hammondc
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deadrise
09-21-2011, 12:15 AM
yea first post and i got strait for the booze I found a good single malt scotch called
McClelland's highland scotch whisky good stuff

hammondc
09-21-2011, 03:53 PM
[QUOTE=pektel;1415569]Tanqueray Rangpur is the one you are referring to I think, Hammondc
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WInner winner chicken dinner. Good stuff!

OHMatt
09-21-2011, 10:02 PM
Barton's Irish Whiskey $14.99/1L Made by Cooley, better than both Jameson and Bushmill's base offerings IMO. I alternate between Barton's and Powers ($19/750mL), but I have 1 opened and 2 unopened Liters of Barton's in the cupboard right now, so I guess it is my current favorite.

Some other reviews and awards if MY opinion isn't good enough for you. :sl
http://www.tastings.com/scout_spirits.lasso?id=194881
http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2011/08/luck-of-the-irish-prevails-as-barton-irish-whiskey-wins-silver-and-bronze-medals-in-spirits-competitions/

I also enjoy alternating between $15-$20 bourbons such as Weller Antique S.B. from Cork and Bottle, Evan Williams S.B., Four Roses Yellow, Very Old Barton, or Old Granddad 114.

N.A. gin is as good as others have mentioned, for the longest time a nearby store had it for $10 with a $2 mfr coupon hanging from the neck of the bottle. It hasn't replaced Hendrick's for me, but at 1/3 the price when mixed with tonic and lime it just makes sense.

For sipping rum it is Flor De Cana Grand Reserve (7 year). I like this better than the Ron Z or the Z brands and its around $18 - $20 a bottle.

deadrise
09-23-2011, 01:42 AM
yea i forgot cutty sark for the money it is a good scotch

icehog3
09-23-2011, 09:29 AM
Cutty Sark is the reason I quit drinking Scotch......forever.

Mattso3000
09-23-2011, 09:32 AM
Cutty Sark is the reason I quit drinking Scotch......forever.

No one likes a quitter.:D

icehog3
09-23-2011, 09:50 AM
No one likes a quitter.:D

Messed myself up for a lifetime of single malts with cigars for a pint of battery acid at age 17 during a New Year's Eve blizzard. Wish I could go back in time, and get something other than lighter fluid.

Mattso3000
09-23-2011, 09:52 AM
BTW Tom, Picked up a 1.75 of Stoli for 25.99 last weekend...

icehog3
09-23-2011, 09:59 AM
BTW Tom, Picked up a 1.75 of Stoli for 25.99 last weekend...

:tu :al

Frodo
12-25-2011, 12:23 PM
My runaway fave for bottom-shelf is Forty-Creek Barrel Select Cdn whisky. Secondary maturation in (cdn) sherry casks, this is cheap and pretty good. It's not just me saying it either - John Hansell (Whisky Advocate) really likes it as do many whisky snobs.

I find the sherry finish stands up to even med - strength cigars.

If I could get some up here, I'd buy Weller 12yr...

Frodo
12-25-2011, 12:27 PM
yea first post and i got strait for the booze I found a good single malt scotch called
McClelland's highland scotch whisky good stuff

That's actually a young Glen Garioch. McClelland's is a brand owned by Suntory-Bowmore that bottles their own whiskies.

Highland = Glen Garioch
Lowland = Auchantoshan
Islay = Bowmore