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    I need alcohol rec's, Foosters!

    Historically, I haven't been much of a drinker. Don't really like beer, may have do with it being 3.2 here in OK. I do have a brother-in-law who owns a liquor store. He turned me onto rum.

    I'm looking for stuff that I can drink straight, I really don't want to be mixing stuff all of the time.

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    Get a bottle of Remy Martin Cognac. It's a nice sipping liquor, very complex and smooth.
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    About the only hard liquor that I can drink straight is flavored vodka like Absolut Citron.

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    what are you looking to spend? I've heard tell Grand Marnier's Cuvée Speciale Cent Cinquantenaire is a pretty amazing drink.

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    Simple.

    Bottle of Don Julio tequila in the freezer. Pour a shot.

    Sip. Slowly. No salt. No lime. Just love.
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    How about this? I'd try it.

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    This ex-bartender suggests asking the liquor store people. My ex-boyfriend and I liked to try different brands and had our favorite liquor store owner in tow when we would stop in for something different as in general, he (and his sons) knew something about it - versus reading the label for some advertising BS. Same with wines, etc. Just ask them.

    Personally I go for a nice single malt scotch, neat and not Laphroig.

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    Shine

    His homemade stuff is even better!

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    I agree with Lady Tude about the single malt scotch but I put about a teaspoon or two of water in mine.It really opens up the flavour. Let the nectar sit five minutes or so after putting the water in it to allow the flavours and aromas to come to their fullest levels.Totally changes the drink.

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    Single malt scotch is the best straight drink, but each type of liquor has it's own great items. I've had tequila that is as smooth and delicious as anything I've ever tasted. There are vodkas, gins, whiskeys, rums, that are all extremely good neat drinks.

    It all boils down to how much you want to spend and what your tastes are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    I agree with Lady Tude about the single malt scotch but I put about a teaspoon or two of water in mine.It really opens up the flavour. Let the nectar sit five minutes or so after putting the water in it to allow the flavours and aromas to come to their fullest levels.Totally changes the drink.
    Unless what you're buying is a cask strength (100 proof and up) that's a bit much water to add, IMO. A quarter to half tsp is enough to bring out the undertones of most scotch. Just my opinion, though.

    Anyhow, for something that's a good straight sipping drink I was always partial to whisk(e)y, whether single malt or blended. Lots of people extol the virtues of Maker's Mark, but I was never much of a fan for it. Woodford Reserve and Elijah Craig 18yr Single Barrel bourbons are smooth with a strong flavour and clean finish, and only $40/btl. The Balvenie 12yr Highland is a nice single malt scotch with mild flavours, good for introducing someone to the drink, and Macallan makes a nice sherry aged Speyside as a step to more complex flavours.
    I was never a fan of vodka and can't tell the difference between a cheap bottle and the good stuff. All tastes like cleaning fluid to me.
    Gin can be a sipping drink, if you get the right one. A gin high in juniper is better suited to tonic mixers, IMO. Tanqeuray is notorious for this. Bombay Sapphire is a much better sipping gin for martinis.
    Tequila. Oh geez, the evil of all evils if you buy a cheap one. They smell like kerosene and give you a hangover you could die from. Spend the money and buy a good, light anejo tequila.
    Cognac and brandy I rank in the same place I put port wine: No matter how good they are, they're overly sweet for my personal liking. If you're looking for a dessert drink, then these are your best bet. Just, for the love of all things holy, don't buy something rank like the garbage the DeKuyper's pumps out. Blackberry and apricot and all sorts of other narsty, fake flavours created in a laboratory and added along with artificial colours and sweeteners to some sort of grain alcohol base. They're like mixing Smucker's fruit flavoured pancake syrups with a cheap bottle of vodka.
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    I like a single malt scotch or good Kentucky bourbon.
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    Any mid to high end clear booze works for me over ice. Vodka currently number one on my list. But I do like mixing mine with various fruit juices in the summer time.

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    Vodka. Preferably Stoli.

    If you're into beer, Lindeman's peach beer is good. Beer is meh for me most of the time, but the flavored ones are good.
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    Two great buys:

    Cruzan Estate Single Barrel Rum.
    Haciendia de Chihuahua Sotol (First cousin to Tequilia, but at $20 better than most $50 tequilias).

    Both sipping quality.

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    A good armagnac is really nice...

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    My recommendation - skip alcohol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    A good armagnac is really nice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by austropithicus View Post
    Absinthe where legal or Red Bull with new improved cocaine energy.

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    They started selling absinthe again here in the States a short while ago, but it contains less than 10ppm of thujone. (Although it's still up for dispute if thujone is the essential ingredient which gives absinthe it's characteristic difference in effect; but genuine Czech absinthe can have up to 100ppm.)
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