Beefeater London Dry Gin (47%)
London Dry Gin — EnglandTastedExcellent smooth conventional gin, juniper-forward, but with more complexity and richness and range than the similar Tanqueray; nothing imbalanced, as w so many gins, including or especially the modern fancy overly complexified ones. Easy and pleasing to drink straight w an ice cube.30.0 USD per Bottle
Kirkland Small Batch Bourbon 7 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedso sweet
Early Times Kentucky Whisky
Blended American Whiskey — Kentucky, USATastedalways on the lookout for cheap drinkability, I find this the same as a decade ago --- tasty and rough. good nose. yes, absent of depth and richness, yes, but not simple and simpleminded, and not unpleasant. sweet and with a bit of complexity. if it were not rough (and it also looks light in color) it would be something sippable straight, in a pinch. like benchmark, almost, which is a real bourbon with only roughness at the finish as its drawback.
Old Smuggler Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended — ScotlandTastedthe best by far of the inexpensive blends
Canadian Club 1858
Canadian — CanadaTastedDefines tasty bang for smooth finished buck in the usa, and if you mix many drops w a good value bourbon (EW, Benchmark) you have just upped the latter to major sippability. (Do not ever tell anyone you did this, tho.)17.0 USD per Bottle
Duggan's Dew O'Kirkintilloch
Blended — ScotlandTastedA very tasty and sweet blend (without overmuch graininess) and a real bargain, almost at the level of Smuggler, which sets the standard. V nice w water only. A savvy scotch-blend drinker would prefer its taste to any number of more expensive anodyne blends.