When I wrote about wine a few years ago, a friend asked me what my “daily drinker” was. I told him that I didn’t have one, but if I was to have one, I’d probably go with some sort of Zinfandel. But to be honest, I just don’t drink every day. For one, I don’t need the calories, and two, I just can’t afford it. 🙂
It gets a little complicated if I was asked the same question with respect to whiskey. This is simply because there are lots that I like, so almost invariably, I’ll always have a couple of different bottles of Scotch, one or two bottles of Irish whiskey, and a few bottles of bourbon and maybe one or two “other” whiskeys like Tin Cup Colorado Whiskey.
But that said, there are standbys that I like to have on hand; well, not necessarily all at once, but I’ll have one or two that I keep around.
Canadian Club ~ What? You mean that cheap-ass stuff? Tell you what: This makes a fantastic Manhattan. I got introduced to this by a dear friend, Gloria Marchi, who is 85 years young, and one of my biggest fans (I’m a part-time professional singer/musician). She occasionally buys me a Manhattan, and she was introduced to them way back in the 60’s. If I want a Manhattan, yes, I could use a more expensive spirit, but my taste for Manhattans is with Canadian Club.
Bulleit Bourbon / Rye ~ I always have a bottle of one of these. It’s not so much my favorite brand, but when I can’t make up my mind, I’ll make an Old Fashioned with this stuff.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon ~ Yeah, this stuff is a bit on the sweet side, but if I don’t have any Bulleit, I’ll usually have a bottle of this stuff on hand.
Woodford Reserve Distillers Select ~ Got this for Fathers Day this year. I like it so much, I’m almost done with the bottle. This may very well replace Bulleit as my go-to.
Caol Ila 12 Year Scotch ~ This is a mid-level Scotch that I absolutely fell in love with through my friend, Shahin Pirooz. It is mildly peaty, and for me, it’s a great end-of-day, nightcap drinker. Writing about it now reminds me that I have to pick up a bottle. But I have to finish my Port Dundas and Talisker that I got as gifts. Both of those (which I’ll eventually write about) are fine, mid-level Scotches as well.
So there you have it. You might be thinking I must be a lush, but I’m not. It actually takes me awhile to finish these, and like I said, I usually only have a couple of each on hand at a time. Right now I’m out of Bulleit and Buffalo as I’m working on the Woodford. But that’s so smooth and drinkable in so many ways, that I may just stick with that as my fallback. Great stuff!