Due to limited budget, my so-called liquor cabinet tends to follow supermarket sales, but I still have preferences. Having lived in Russia for awhile and really having LIVED Russia, I do know my vodka quite well, and now that I'm in America again I cannot bring myself to purchase vodka any longer. It doesn't really bother me, however, because my true tastes adhere more toward Whiskey, and Whiskey has been my main choice of drink for a good while now.
However, like I mentioned, a limitfull wallet and a good dose of inexperience leaves me with little knowledge of this very rich topic. Usually my counter will sport proudly:
And all three of those I have returned to time and again because I do enjoy them. Cutty Sark was my first Scotch and the whiskey I taught myself to like first. It is only by chance that it also happens to go on sale regularly at Safeway. The truth is I like Cutty Sark more than I like Johnny Walker red label, and one time I had the luck of trying 12-year-old Cutty Sark, a time I remember quite fondly. Once I went out of my way to buy a bottle of J&B, and delicious as it is, Cutty Sark I adhere to loyally. (Another reason is Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronicle.) But I ask you: What is your favorite Scotch? What is the best?
The only Bourbons I've tried at any extent are Jim Beam and Jack Daniels. I like Jack Daniels more, but Jim Beam is far cheaper and I think not so much worse. I know very little in this area. Makes Mark I've only tried briefly. What is your favorite Bourbon? What is the best?
Southern Comfort ain't a whiskey, I guess, but I usually consider it to be anyway. I enjoy a tumbler with ice and some Southern Comfort w/lime every once in awhile -- makes me feel like I'm sitting on a white porch looking over green land or swampy everglade.
What about Irish? Japanese? Canadian? What do you prefer?