Top Shelf Liquors

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  1. jjsjr

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    I'm not a terribly active drinker so I'm not that well-informed as to what's the best individual brand of each liquor. :confused:

    (I'm hoping that since LPSG is a multi-national forum, this thread will yield some various opinions. ) :rolleyes:
     
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    It really is a matter of personal taste on these things, but if you want to know how I stock my bar at home it's
    Crown Royal
    Dewars
    Jack Daniels
    Absolute
    Tanqueary
    Grand Marnier
    Tia Maria
    Brandy( I buy whatever the store suggests)
    Port
    A couple of bottles of Pinot Noir and White Burgundy
    and I keep a bottle of champagne cold in case something comes up to celebrate!
     
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    Amaretto (brand: Disaronno)
     
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    Bombay Sapphire gin.

    Grey Goose is the most overrated Vodka ever. I prefer Stoli.

    As far as rum goes I prefer it dark and sweet and some good brands are Appleton Estate, Mount Gay rum, Sailor Jerry, and Meyer's Dark rum.

    Jagermeister is good for the unique flavor and to do shots with and some people either love it or hate it.

    Eagle Rare is a very good bourbon. I also like JD and Jim Beam.

    As far as wines go I prefer Saki but there's a pinot noir called Pinot evil (it has the 3 monkeys on the bottle) that's really good.
     
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    Oh, if we're talking wine... Try the "Vampire" Pinot Noir.... its absolutely lavish!

    And for Shiraz, I like Barossa Valley's "Spires"

    then there are the Malbecs... I've just discovered Malbec wines recently and love every one I've tried thus far!!!
     
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    My Top Shelf :

    '41, '43, and '45 Single Malt Scotch
    Patron
    Citron
    Bailey's Peppermint
    Jagermeister (in copious amounts.)
    A Good bottle of Chianti (or several)
     
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    Remy Martin Cognac - nice, smooth, reliable, not too much of a kicker with the hangover - I have drunk better but also paid twice as much and not liked it. Cognac's very variable.

    Any number of scotches but Cardhu is a good starter I regularly have in.

    Stoli for vodka.
     
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    Has anyone ever had EFFEN vodka?

    I think it's a Dutch brand.
     
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    College student here and prefer beer so this is maybe a damn good bottom shelf list but top favorites include;
    Patron Silver ($$)
    Everclear (Strong drinks {jungle juice parties})
    UV (Cheap drinks)
    Effen vodka (Smoothe yet heavy mixed drinks)
    Jager (Jager-bombs)
    Jack (Rum and Coke)
    Kahlua (Amazing Hot coco's)
    Bailey's Original (Irish Carbombs)
    Bacardi O or any other Bacardi really (O bombs)
    Crown Royal (Smoothe alone)
     
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    yeah, its damn good, goes down easy. I've had drinks with like have Eff and half sprite and they went down smoothe.
     
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    Aren't you a few years too young for vodka....?

    but, if you're going to enjoy a quality vodka, respect the spirit and please don't pair it with a cola/soda.
     
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    yeah, I am a bit to young. I am hopefully not upsetting anyone here (will gladly edit posts if asked) but it is college and I was exposed to drinking very early .... I don't always mix cheap, I just accept what I'm afforded. I guess I'm just used to a lower standard of drinker ;) Effen alone is a great drink as well as Crown and if you have the taste Patron Silver is tops. With Crown its said that a drop of water or served on the rocks and allowed to breathe will open up the flavor a bit and change it's presentation.
     
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    Some of what i've got 'On the Shelf'
    Johnnie Walker Blue Label
    Glenlivet 18 year old
    Jamesons 18 year old
    Bushmills/Black/singlemalt 10 year old and 16 year old
    Tullamore Dew in the crock and 12 year old
    George Dickel Barrel select
    Bookers bourbon
    Blantons bourbon
    Jack Daniels BiCentenial
    Kubler Absinthe
    Chartruese
    Pernod
    Lochan Ora
    Drambuie
    Cointreau
    B&B DOM
    Grand Marnier
    Metaxa
    Ouzo
    Arak
    Campari
    Korean Sooju
    Chinese CANTON ginger liqueor
    Korean Ginseng brandy{with a ginseng root in the bottle}
    Loads of others too.

    Wines?
    Ducale Riserva Chianti
    Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon
    Dry Creek Vinyards Red Zinfandel
    Robert Mondavi Reserves Cabs,Zins,Pinos
    Loads of others too.

    Beers?
    Sam Adams Boston Lager

    Cheers!
     
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    Everyone is throwing out tons of faves, or trying to impress. In order to be more helpful, "Best" is a loaded question. Best for whom? For exquisite/rich tastes, best for mixed drinks, best to just have in the "collection" without breaking the bank. Bars have their own nomenclature and system at times, but let's go with these levels:

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    Call
    Premium
    Super Premium
    Top Shelf

    or some variation thereof.

    Take cognac... here in the US you can pick up "top shelf" bottle at a store (or glass at a steakhouse) of Remy Martin's Louis XIII for ~$1,750USD or a Hennessey "top shelf" VSOP for $50-60USD.

    Sounds like you just don't want to serve the cheap stuff. I've seen enough videos/articles on blind vodka taste tests, and even "so-called" pro vodka drinkers wind up preferring something a little less top shelf... they can recognize the cheap stuff, but the "sophisticated" taste is too oft a fallacy. So don't fret over Stoli vs Grey Goose, or Cazadores vs. Patron. Go with "premium" that's on sale if you just want to carry 'good booze' on hand.

    Single malt scotch drinkers have an acquired taste and preference, but won't hold it against you.. should u not carry a super-aged or an islay or whatever. At least I don't... I can enjoy a blend as much as a Macallan 18 or Lagavulin 21 Tequila fans are pretty much "know it alls" with tequila (myself included), but it's more a preference of taste vs quality in "top shelf" range, so it's a no-win if presenting tequila as an apertif. I shake my head at how much ppl pay for that Cabo Wabo shit... to each his/her own.

    Some examples below in the vodka range:

    Well - Popov (or any vodka in a larger plastic bottle) - $5-10
    Call - Smirnoff (or vodka under $10-12 for 750ML, but in glass ;-) $10-15
    Premium - Absolut, Stoli, Grey Goose, Ketel One, Belvedere, etc...the usual suspects. $15-25
    Super Premium - Stoli Elit, Smirnoff Silver (don't laugh), Effen $30-60
    Top Shelf - Kauffmann Private, , Jean Marc XO, and I'm guessing a slew of small batch distillers... not a big vodka drinker here. $100-250

    Easy drink trivia 101 - mostly all vodkas are from grain, not potatoes (it will state on the label as a "potato" vodka).
     
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    Beefeaters, Hennessy, London Safire, Armadale.
     
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    A friend gave me some of the Starbucks liqueur as a gift and it's not bad; but it's just like Kahlua but more expensive and it has 15mg of caffeine in each shot. It's not bad in coffee/hot chocolate but I wouldn't buy it.
     
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    Mmm, I love hot chocolate cocktails. Just about any liqueur goes well. I've tried Kahlua, Bailey's, Chambord, Frangelico, Creme de Menthe...separately, of course. And the heat of the hot chocolate makes the alcohol hit fast.
    :)
     
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    It's all a matter of personal taste--there's no such thing as best.

    I don't often have a wild preference for liquors, but do prefer:
    - Citrus vodka - Ketel One used to be my preference, but Svekda Citron is very good (and much less expensive)
    - Single malt scotch - Dalwhinnie

    And I do have a bottle of pre-Prohibition bourbon (1914) that I'm saving for its 100th anniversary.
     
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    Grape Ripple
    Mad Dog 20 20 prune
     
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