Distilled beverage recommendations

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I'm an occasional drinker but I don't buy the cheapest stuff out there. I try to keep the price down but get better than the college kid rot gut garbage. For example, when I buy tequila, I don't get cuervo, I reach for 1800 silver. For bourbon, I buy Makers Mark, for rum, I have both captain Morgan and Bacardi.

Anyway I've been thinking about getting some gin, and some single malt scotch. No cheap garbage but not expensive either, but of decent quality and taste. I don't drink enough to have a sophisticated palate to tell the difference between good and excellent so I don't want to pay more than I need to. So what do you more experienced drinkers recommend for a gin and a single malt?

 

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Scotch is a wild world. You'll need to find a type you like then go down that fun road of exploration.

The same can be said with gin. But I have a recommendation for that it. Pick up a bottle of Broker's. It's affordable and delicious; mixed or alone.
 
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I'll check for Broker's at my local liquor store, thanks for the recommendation.
 
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Is glenlivet 12 on the lower end of the price scale? I don't want to spend a lot on something I may not like. I can always get better and more expensive if I like it.

I have an almost full bottle of crown royal that has been sitting in my liquor cabinet for over 20 years because it was recommended by a friend. I tried it and thought it was garbage, so it's been sitting there ever since. I save it for the guest who I barely know or who can't tell the difference.
 


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Is glenlivet 12 on the lower end of the price scale? I don't want to spend a lot on something I may not like. I can always get better and more expensive if I like it.

I have an almost full bottle of crown royal that has been sitting in my liquor cabinet for over 20 years because it was recommended by a friend. I tried it and thought it was garbage, so it's been sitting there ever since. I save it for the guest who I barely know or who can't tell the difference.
It should be in the 50 dollar range...I believe it's the best single malt for the price. I normally go for 18 though.
 

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Price is relative...as is just about everything. Glenlivet 12 is a good Scotch. But in my mind is more in the medium price point. Scotches can get expensive quick. Since you're inexperienced I'd try something more basic like Dewar's.
 
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Thanks, I'll look for glenlivet 12 and give it a try. I have to pick up another bottle of makers anyway.
 

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I'd buy a bottle of Four Roses over Makers.
 
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Instead of makers, I've been thinking about trying knob creek. What are your thoughts?
 

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Knob creek isn't bad.

My go to is Makers 46, pretty good over ice. Makers mint julep is pretty good if you can find it.
 

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These are all excellent gins. One thing to note, the botanicals make the gin. All three of these have a distinct flavor profile. For value, the Empress can't be beat (which is not to say it doesn't taste good). For all round versatility and quality, the Botanist is one of the best gins you can buy.

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All of these are under $100 (ymmv with local prices, NY is on the high side). The Lagavulin 16 is my personal favorite. The Bruichladdich is one of the more interesting single-malts I've had. These are all on the peaty spectrum (the Laphroaig especially). Single-malts have a very wide variety of flavor profiles. I like peaty, my wife likes sherry-casked and more airy Highland scotches. If you tell me your preferences, I can give a tighter recommendation. Lagavulin 16 will still be the answer :crackup:

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I may take crap for this but you might want to give Kirkland a shot. It is far better than decent for the money. That’s my go to on the left.

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Well I found glenlivet 12, it was $47 for a bottle of first fill 12, the regular 12 was $45, so I got the first fill, it was only $2 more. How should I try it, on the rocks or just straight up?
 

 
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