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Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:35 pm
I think it's Jim Beam. I gambled and lost with a cheap-ass half gallon of Black Velvet.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 7:23 pm

Here's a good cheap whiskey. It's imported from Ireland. It would probably be cheaper than Beam, if the U.S. dollar wasn't devalued thanks to incompetent leadership.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 7:40 pm
evan williams...
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 8:06 pm
Rebel Yell ain't too bad... it's crazy cheap. I forget how little. I haven't had it in a while but it's definitely under $10 for a fifth. between $7-$9 I think. You can get it @ Trader Joes if you have one in yer neck of the woods. On a similar note, If you looking for a good cheap potato vodka, Monopolowa is the best. it's $11 for a liter. I like it better than any of that expensive shit like belvedere or grey goose.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 8:11 pm
It's a little bit more rock gut than Jim Beam, but eons better than Black Velvet or Evan Williams... well maybe it's compareble to Evan Williams, it's been a while since I've had either, but it's cheaper than EW (6.99 last i checked)
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 8:25 pm
Very Old Barton 6yr 86 proof.....hands down....I should know, up until 2 hours ago I sold whiskey for a livin'....
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 9:45 pm
man, this shit is pretty good. kinda hard to find.

otherwise I swear by early times over all that evan williams / george dickel / ezra brooks / etc stuff.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 10:04 pm
I just finished a fifth of Jim Beam. I will definitely try some of the suggested alternatives though. I was all about Jack Daniels until I realized that Beam is just as good, and about $8 cheaper per fifth. The Black Velvet experience has made me very hesitant about cheap alternatives.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 10:18 pm
Kentucky Gentleman is where it's at!
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 11:06 pm
JTS Brown is good well bourbon. I go with the Beam.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 12:15 am
Jim Beam, Ezra Brooks, Early Times (reminiscent of the late, lamented Lem Motlow whiskey)
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 12:54 am
man, this shit is pretty good. kinda hard to find.

Benchmark is not that good....keep in mind that almost anything that is actually Bourbon by law has to be pretty good......
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 12:55 am
Actually if it's in your hood Rittenhouse Rye is awesome and should be less than $15, which aint bad for good bonded 100 proof whiskey....
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 1:42 am
i was in a greenpoint bar with some friends a while ago and there was a FULL BOTTLE OF RYE on the shelf that not one shot had been poured out of...

we asked for a sample and just about finished the bottle.

i do not remember the brand or anything - but i was surprised that it didn't suck. i don't know why i thought it might suck - i guess because no one had ever ordered it?
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 2:57 am
Ten High
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 8:58 am
Ten High

when you want to drink like dean martin, drink ten high
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 8:59 am
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 12:15 pm
Evan Williams 1783 (not regular EW, even though I don't mind it too much either) . . . 10 yrs old, and usually around $5-6 for a pint. It's better than Jack in my opinion.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 3:43 pm
when you want to drink like furry lewis drink ten high
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 5:07 pm
Jack is too sweet, that must be why all the hair bands drank it.

That Old Charter 12 years was gooooood but at $30/bottle.

Rebel Yell has got to be the best cheapest, otherwise Beam. EW aged is good. Elijah Craig is good. Weller 12 years is good. Early Times gives me a headache. Kessler is rotgut, I think it's got grain alcohol in it.

I'll mention again that Zatar swears Beam makes him violent, so he does JD.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 7:18 pm
kessler- makes me cringe just to hear the name. not even passable as a mixer.. BARF.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 10:35 pm | Edited by: m t millionaire
We went to the store tonight and bought some Kessler. I honestly didn't remember what the previous posts said about it, but Windy was "sure" that somebody had mentioned it. I took a gamble, and lost yet again.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 10:36 pm | Edited by: Windy
See apology thread...

at least you didn't give in on the Ten High
Posted: Sep 22, 2007 2:36 am
kessler- makes me cringe just to hear the name. not even passable as a mixer.. BARF.

no kidding. my dad drinks the hell out of some kessler. i think he started drinking it when he found out that i liked his jack daniels and would steal it out of the liquor cabinet but would leave the kessler alone.
Posted: Sep 22, 2007 4:22 am
kessler is real bad news. i remember one tour where we would buy a handle of kessler and a case of pabst every day for 2 weeks. ugh.
Posted: Sep 24, 2007 3:21 am
went to a party once and someone had "home made whiskey" tasted like shitty cheap whiskey. a few months later i found out that it was dimitri vodka and that smoke flavoring stuff veggietards use.
heard they serve the same stuff at the venue he works at here for well whiskey,suckers
Posted: Sep 24, 2007 11:10 am
went to a party once and someone had "home made whiskey" tasted like shitty cheap whiskey

The good thing about "Bourbon" is that US laws pretty much insure it can't be too crappy....it's hard to make something cheaply and still call it "Bourbon"...
Posted: Sep 24, 2007 4:52 pm
Elijah Craig is good.

Seconded! That's about as cheap as I want to go.
Posted: Sep 24, 2007 4:53 pm
Early Times

It's got a great Dennis Binder theme song, too
Posted: Sep 24, 2007 5:05 pm
Early Times was the bar/call whisky at my long-time regular joint -- it'd be my choice for cheap stuff
Posted: Sep 25, 2007 10:55 am
Remember when K&B had their own line of booze? My grandma use to buy that shit and pour it in crystal decanters with little brass labels. Classy!
Posted: Sep 25, 2007 1:28 pm
My mom had some of those decanters. I think hers came with the booze already in \'em. I think she peeled off the labels, cuz the contents were alway alittle bit of a mystery. I remember as a kid sneaking the peppermint schnapps & creme de minth with my friends. We had some of the same booze for years & years.
Posted: Sep 25, 2007 3:32 pm
If you're a hardcore real HeMan like me-Evan William's (ex-girlfriend still calls it "rotgut")

If you're a hermaphrodite-Early Times

Transgender- Jim Beam

And last,but not least if you're a straight up girl- Jack Danial's Green Lable!
Posted: Sep 25, 2007 3:51 pm
Too drunk to spell^^^^^^^^Daniel's... Label
Posted: Sep 25, 2007 4:44 pm
you people are all wrong.

by far the best cheap whiskey is Old Crow. hands down. end of story.

the rittenhouse rye is good and so is another called old overholt which is near the same price point. been loving the rye whiskeys lately.

benchmark ain't bad, we use it as our well at the restaurant.
Posted: Oct 2, 2007 1:49 pm
i've been making manhattans with that old overholt rye lately. surprisingly good stuff. makes me happy inside.
Posted: Oct 2, 2007 3:10 pm
Fighting Cocks was always a personal fave - havent seen that one around in a while (i think it's 103 proof, bonus!)
Posted: Oct 3, 2007 4:52 pm
Early Times

Yeah, for sure. I used to switch off between this and Beam, and I think they're about even, though ET's usually cheaper.
Posted: Oct 4, 2007 2:00 pm
did anybody ever tour the Beam distillery? they give you unlimited tasting at the end in the old house -- Baker's, Booker's, Beam Black, etc.

but you can't go nuts 'cause the only way to get there is in your car and that 110 proof shit is just too wicked

it's a FREE tour, BTW
Posted: Oct 13, 2007 7:50 pm
Bought some more Beam. It's just easier. I think I'll just keep the Kessler for guests.
Posted: Oct 17, 2007 4:46 am
Fighting Cocks was always a personal fave

here is a good advertisement for the fighting cock:


Posted: Oct 20, 2007 5:16 pm
Old Forrester. Fer sure!
Posted: Oct 20, 2007 6:26 pm
Been taste testing Old Crow and Evan Williams over the past few weeks...I'm going with Evan Williams.

Might try some Ten High tonight.
Any other suggestions?
Posted: Oct 22, 2007 2:59 pm
Old Charter and Old Forrester are some other relatively cheapies.
compare to JBeam & Rebel Yell.
give JB Black a try -- it's got the higher proof you crave
Posted: Oct 23, 2007 6:33 pm
Old Grandad's.
Posted: Oct 24, 2007 5:31 pm
Can't believe nobody mentioned Old Thompson yet--wait, yes I can, I just re-read the thread title. O.T. is only good for making Knife Juice, which is whiskey and grape soda--"I got some juice, who's got the knife?". When people round these parts want an upgrade from the most godawful brown swill money can buy, they go with Evan Williams. I'm not much of a whiskey drinker but I'll take Crown Royal if you got it. When in Milwaukee, whiskey fans should check out Nessun Dorma for a really well-stocked whiskey bar for the aficionado--the owner is way into the stuff.

Posted: Oct 25, 2007 2:54 pm
what, good booze in "Swillwaukee"???
Posted: Oct 25, 2007 6:34 pm
Whiskey sno-cones at the zoo.
Posted: Dec 25, 2008 8:16 am
The best cheap whiskey hands down is Ancient Age and it smokes!! Try it with coke and you will love it. $8.99 a bottle.
Posted: Dec 28, 2008 6:02 am | Edited by: jahna
Powers is pretty good for the price...

but for cheap-ass shit, Evan Williams tastes pretty good. It's the trucker cap and mustache of whiskeys, 'round these parts, though.
Posted: Dec 30, 2008 12:57 am
no one had ever ordered it?
supposed to be the brew of choice
in colonial times. Now days fewer
than 6 or so types remain. Up here
I like Rittenhouse.
Posted: Jan 12, 2009 7:25 pm
The best cheap whiskey hands down is Ancient Age and it smokes!! Try it with coke and you will love it. $8.99 a bottle.

Yes! This is what I used to buy at the state store in Huntsville when I was an underage drinker. If we were going to splash out we went for the Ancient Ancient Age. Good with coke!
Posted: Jan 13, 2009 5:17 am
K&B well aged in it's plastic gallon jug..
Posted: Jan 14, 2009 2:16 pm
Posted: Jan 16, 2009 2:59 pm
Is Dark Eyes really a Memphis favorite?
Posted: Jan 16, 2009 4:18 pm
oh yes.
Posted: Jan 18, 2009 5:11 am
Early Times

- gets spit out and referred to as "Early Tombs" in Cormac McCarthy's Suttree.
Posted: Jan 23, 2009 4:29 am
Virginia Gentleman is $15/bottle. Damn good.
Posted: Jan 28, 2009 8:01 am
Almost any with enough passes with through this:


I'm a vodka and bourbon snob and it cleans up TAAKA and Old Granddad to my liking.
Posted: Mar 22, 2009 7:10 am
Reading the comments left here.... Per what another said about Black Velvet... it may go down smooth as velvet, but 'black' is indeed a suitable word for the aftertaste. "Charred Velvet" anybody? - Evan Williams is the best I've found, a step above Ancient Age to me, (AA being about a dollar cheaper per 'pint'), and easily better than Henry McKenna. But as for the _really_ cheap stuff... Old Crow? Heaven Hill? Mattingly & Moore? -- Canadian Mist wasn't bad, Seagram’s 7 better, but I've about decided 'blended whiskeys' aren't the real thing, more like flavored Vodka or something.
Posted: Mar 24, 2009 3:36 am
I got a bottle of Evan Williams trying to go on the cheap. I'm only keeping it to cook with.
Posted: Mar 24, 2009 5:28 am | Edited by: Chicken
Old Grandad's.

this stuff took off the varnish of my coffee table. a circle where it was on the bottom of the glass.

the worst smelling whisky to spill on yourself is 15 yr aged laphroig. godawful smelling. great tasting.

i prefer jamesons for cheap whiskey
Posted: Mar 25, 2009 4:45 pm
most of you people probably sip your whiskey with your pinkies up

from thimbles made of pink porcelain
Posted: Mar 26, 2009 9:15 am
I drink mine from my Barack Obama shot glass
Posted: Mar 27, 2009 6:37 am
Barack Obama shot glass

i have a "Barack Bock" beer glass.

I wonder what he drinks, now that we no longer have a "dry drunk" Pres...
Posted: Mar 27, 2009 1:04 pm
Man, I was hoping this would be mentioned, but you have to get Evan Williams Black Label. It's about ten thousand times better than the green, and only a dollar or so more.
Posted: Mar 28, 2009 9:09 am
Heaven Hill
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 10:16 am
I just came across this thread to ask how Heaven Hill is. Can it be recommended by anyone other than Adam?
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 4:35 pm
all i know is that adam rules, and his recommendation is probably solid.
Posted: Mar 29, 2011 4:50 am
I demand to know why noone has listed Burnett's for whiskey.


Then again, I drink my beer straight out of the pitcher.
Posted: Mar 29, 2011 7:33 am
Who's tried that 120 proof Knob Creek? I'm afraid. That stuff has got to be wicked.
Posted: Mar 29, 2011 7:47 am
and probably not cheap.
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 7:53 am
Its good stuff, but it will catch up with you real quick. Sorta like brown moonshine but smoother than it sounds. I think its around $60 a bottle.
Posted: Apr 30, 2011 5:58 am
I drank a 750 ml. bottle of "Black Velvet" 12-25-09, and got a headache. Evan Williams may not taste very good, but the Buzz is awesome!!!!
Posted: Apr 30, 2011 8:54 am
Have I already mentioned Black velvet and Mr. Pibb? I haven't done that since I was a kid, but remember thinking I had discovered the greatest drink ever.
Posted: Apr 30, 2011 2:21 pm
Black velvet and Mr. Pibb? I haven't done that since I was a kid,

By "kid" he means "25"
Posted: May 18, 2011 4:40 am
Jim Beam Rye...fuck their bourbon, the rye is the tits
Posted: May 25, 2011 10:24 am
Regular Maker's Mark is already my favorite, but I liked the new "46" I tried the other day too. I'll have to do an A-B comparison.
Posted: Sep 16, 2011 12:48 pm
finally killed my bottle of "Old Overcoat" rye ... time to try another brand.
for some reason i can't drink that stuff unless I add some soda water
Posted: Sep 16, 2011 12:50 pm
Jim Beam Devil's Cut...what the fuck?!?!?!
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 3:56 pm
noticed that Paddy's is now sold in Memphis. A fantastic Irish Whiskey...had it years ago at a whiskey bar in Holland and thought I would have to go over the pond to have it again...have noticed it in a couple bars here recently...if you are a fan of Jameson, I recommend it...silky smooth.
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 3:58 pm
Ancient Age
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 4:51 pm
Paddy's is horrible. It's no Jameson's.
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 5:36 pm
It's no Jameson's.

yeah, its smoother
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 8:07 am
I'd like to try Paddy's but it's so expensive. For Irish, I have been going with Power's but have recently discovered Michael Collins. It's a few bucks more but very smooth.
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 7:04 am
John Powers
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 7:28 am
Tullamore Dew has a good price point, but it's kinda sweet.
I was told Paddy's is considered the rotgut in Ireland but I still like it.
Powers is pretty darn smooth.
Jameson's is still the best, at least until somebody buys me that bottle of Middleton's.
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 7:47 am
I was told Paddy's is considered the rotgut in Ireland but I still like it.
Powers is pretty darn smooth.

I don't know. I watched that movie about the Irishman who drops dead after winning the lottery and the whole town tries to keep it quiet so they can share the money. They all had a bottle of Powers at home but when they wanted to butter someone up, they broke out the Paddy's.

Everyone knows, if you see it in a movie, it has to be true.
Posted: Nov 9, 2011 10:35 am
Benchmark is my new cheap bourbon of choice. Blended from the less choice barrels at Buffalo Trace. Pretty good stuff, and cheap enough. Just picked up a 1.75 for sixteen bucks.
Posted: Aug 3, 2017 2:38 pm
Vomit 😩
Posted: Aug 3, 2017 2:39 pm
Old Charter
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