A femme guide to butch drinks. Part 1.
(Sorry, inside joke – result of a drag photo that looks incriminatingly like a spelling bee.)
Whiskey has always been my favorite liquor. For the most part that meant that i liked whiskey and coke. Turns out, i like whiskey.
I learn that sort of thing through trial and error. With regard to alcohol, i like to play a bit. I like to test things out. And i’m trying to get a good grasp on what it is i like and don’t. This involves two things – the alcohol and what you do with it.
First: the alcohol – a taste-test by lady brett.
Jim Beam. Beam is my go-to booze. Nearly anything that is more mixer than alcohol, i make with Jim. Basically, it’s as cheap as you can go without sacrificing quality. (From what i’ve tried. Let me know if you have an economy-bourbon suggestion!)
Jack Daniels. I love their logo, and the way you can say “Jack” and any lush around will know what you mean, but quite honestly i never ever buy the stuff. Anything i’d make with Jack is as good with Jim, and anything better is fully worth the extra three bucks for a good bourbon.
Maker’s Mark. Speaking of good bourbon. You can’t go wrong with some Maker’s.
(If i didn’t love the taste of bourbon, i might still drink it for the awesome bottles – they all come in awesome bottles. I like to buy the 350ml ones ’cause they’re cute. And a decent size to try something new without totally breaking the bank.)
Aren’t they pretty?
Knob Creek. Knob Creek is the reason i don’t buy Maker’s Mark. ‘Cause if i’m going to buy the good shit, it is absolutely worth the couple bucks to get the best. And by the best, i mean the best i’ve ever had. Knob Creek is what i make cocktails out of. Or drink on the rocks. Sometimes i open the bottle just to smell it, actually. Also, the small bottle of this is so pretty! It gets a little goofy looking in big, though.
Bulleit Bourbon. Buy it once, just for the awesome bottle. I only got it once, quite a while ago, so i can’t tell you the details, but i didn’t like it. On the other hand, my bro says it’s his favorite. So, whatever floats your boat. And if you don’t like it much, you can always make a whiskey-coke from it =)
Oh, and sometimes i drink things that aren’t bourbon.
Jameson. Frankly i don’t see what the fuss is about. It’s a perfectly decent whiskey, but so are a lot of things.
Bushmills. Bushmills is what i drank in Ireland. It was cheaper there. But it is my favorite non-bourbon whiskey. It’s milder than bourbon – which is nice sometimes – without sacrificing a good flavor.
Black Bush i haven’t had since Ireland, but, as i remember, is even better. Darker, more flavorful. Also, quite a lot more expensive here, so i haven’t bothered.
Crown Royal. Maybe it’s just a Canadian whiskey thing (my experience here is limited), but it seems like the Budweiser of whiskeys – all brand, no flavor. I know, sacrilege – i have friends who’d have my hide if they heard me say such things about Crown. I do dig the bottle and the bag.
Southern Comfort. Pleh. Not comforting. Is this really a whiskey, or do they just like to shelve it that way? I realize this isn’t really a review, but i’m just curious, ’cause i taste no similarities to all the good things listed above.
P.S. I’m open to suggestions! Let me know if i’m missing out on anything (or if you think i’m sorely mistaken about one of these drinks).