questionswhat is your favorite kind of rum/whiskey?

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I do not like Jack's Green Label. I only mention that to point out that my tastes may not line up with yours.

Do you like/ are you familiar with bourbon? Irish whiskey? Canadian?

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@anotherhiggins: I don't know bourbon well, but I drink jim beam now and then. It's not bad, but I prefer a little more spice. I don't have much experience with Irish or Canadian whiskey. I like jameson, but I'm not sure how that compares to most Irish. I also like a single malt scotch when I can get it, but they're usually out of my price range.

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My favorite is Booker's. It's about 125 proof (it varies by bottle) and goes great with ice and nothing else. Unfortunately, it's also about $60 a fifth. Moderately priced...I'd go with Maker's Mark or Jack Daniel's Single Barrel.

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@anotherhiggins: Maker's Mark? Where does that stand in your likes or dislikes? Mostly curious, and yes, on those extremely rare occasions that I drink hard liquor, that's one of the ones I'll drink.

BTW, never got around to thanking you for pointing out Penzey's, about a hundred years ago (or at least it seems that long). Great place.

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@shrdlu: I like Maker's Mark a lot. Solid choice in its price range.

Canadian Club 12 year is a decent cheap Canadian. It's quite sweet, though. Not much spice or smoke at All.

Maybe Bushmill's Black.

I'll look through my "liquor cellar*" tomorrow to get some more ideas.

*Back when I first met my wife, I was renting a house with a buddy. We converted the formal dining room into a bar, complete with a 6 foot mahogany-top bar and 48 bottles of top shelf liquors on glass shelves on the wall behind the bar, with a lot more bottles stored under the bar.

I still have an absurd amount left. But these days we have a small, respectable "lawyer's cabinet" bar upstairs with the vast majority of the bottles stored next to the wine in our basement.

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Cragganmore is probably my favorite single malt though there are very few whiskeys (single malt, bourbon, rye, etc.) that I don't like; it is more a question of my mood than anything else.

I normally drink Dewar's White Label as it is easier on my wallet.

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Elijah Craig 18 year and Gentleman Jack are my favorites.

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Royal Lachnagar, although you can't go wrong with a 25 year old Macallan's, either. :)

Bushmills 10 year old is a close second.

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@okham: Great choices! Love me some Irish on the rocks.

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@jmattoon: or throw in some of those whiskey stones. I love mine.

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Edradour single malt whisky (Scotland's smallest legal distillery), or Balvenie's double wood single malt whisky series.

On the American side, I've grown particularly fond of Buffalo Trace bourbon: http://www.buffalotrace.com/

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bacardi superior every holiday season they have killer mail in rebates on bacardi, (like buy 5 get $45, buy 4 get $30) so I stock up. At any given time I have 10-15 bottles of near-free bacardi. Strange how booze that's almost free tastes better...

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Thanks everyone- lots of things to try now :)

@anotherhiggins: can't wait to hear with what ya come up with.

@kamikazeken: How's that compare to bacardi gold? Just asking because I know I personally can't stand their gold and it's the only bacardi rum I've tried

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For rum, a few solid choices include 1) Ron Zacapa 23-Year (probably the best rum out there), 2) Zaya 12-Year, 3) Pyrat Rum (made by the same people as Patron tequila), and 4) Ron Anejo Aniversario. Those are just to name a few, but those are easily my favorites, so why even mention the rest?

And for a moderately expensive, but not TOO pricey, whiskey/bourbon... Knob Creek, hands down. Love it.