Liquors You Shouldn’t Be Drinking

By Brian Lemay No comments

It’s no secret that there are so many different
kinds of liquor that it can be tough to know what you’re getting, even after you’ve spent
way too much time stressing over the decision. These are the liquors you should definitely
be drinking, and the ones you should ban from your liquor cabinet for good. Don’t bother drinking: Rebel Yell Rebel Yell is a cheap, bottom-shelf sort of
bourbon that’s popular among the college crowd. But, while some of your college favorites
might be worth revisiting, this one isn’t. There’s a catch here, too. You might see this one at the liquor store
and think that it looks a bit different from what you remember, and you’d be right. Rebel Yell was given a makeover in 2015, and
its olde-timey Western labels were replaced with something that makes it look like it’s
some kind of artisanal, craft whiskey. The change was just on the surface, though,
and the recipe remained exactly the same. It’s still unbearably sweet, not to mention
rough enough to kick you right in the gag reflex. Avoid at all costs. Do drink: Old Fitzgerald There’s a lot to be said for pouring yourself
a little something after a long day, and if you’re looking for something that won’t make
you cringe when you see the price tag, check out Old Fitzgerald. It was originally made in the 1870s as sort
of an exclusive, premium bourbon, and it actually survived prohibition by getting a medicinal
distilling permit. The recipe has changed since then, but it’s
still exactly what the doctor ordered. Pick up a bottle of Old Fitzgerald Bottled
in Bond, and you’ll get a decent bottle for bottom-shelf prices. There’s a little bit of honey flavor, a little
vanilla, and a lot of oak. There’s none of the harshness that you might
expect from something in that price range, either, and that all makes this one a great
choice to keep on a shelf in your kitchen. Don’t bother drinking: Grey Goose Grey Goose is routinely touted as being among
the best vodkas you can buy, and that’s reflected in the price. It’s the bottle you turn up with when you
want to impress. Well, we hate to break it to you, but you
might as well be throwing your money away. Not only are you spending way too much on
a bottle of vodka, but Grey Goose regularly fails taste tests when it’s put up against
other, cheaper vodkas. Refinery29 put Grey Goose up against Titos
and Smirnoff in a blind taste test, and Grey Goose was voted as tasting the cheapest. The Telegraph did a blind taste test with
10 different vodkas, and Grey Goose came in at number nine, well below bottles that cost
a third of the price. And Under the Label had Grey Goose go head
to head with Kirkland’s Signature Vodka, which is the generic store brand of vodka for Costco,
and Costco won. So, don’t bother reaching to the top shelf
for Grey Goose, because you can find something better for a fraction of the price. Do drink: Pinnacle Vodkas Chances are you know somebody who just loves
flavored vodkas. There’s no reason to drop a huge amount of
money on the tasty stuff, though, not when France’s Pinnacle vodka has a top-shelf quality
for bottom-shelf prices. Even their unflavored vodka is respectable,
they took home top honors at the 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition. It’s definitely good enough to add it to any
mixer you want and it won’t be harsh or overpowering… and those flavors! Pinnacle offers a huge variety of flavors,
from strawberry and cranapple for the fruit lovers to habanero for those who like their
bloody marys extra picante. Why pay three or four times the price for
high-end vodka when you have a perfectly respectable option at a low price point? Don’t bother drinking: Jose Cuervo Especial Anyone who’s ever had a bad experience with
tequila has probably had it with Jose Cuervo Especial. It’s cheap, and it’s the stuff of a 20-somethings’
Friday nights and skeevy frat parties. You might already have some uneasy feelings
about this one, and not only can you blame it for the worst hangover you’ve ever had,
but also for straight-up giving you the wrong idea about tequila. Here’s why. Jose Cuervo Especial is what’s called mixto,
and that means only 51 percent of the alcohol content actually comes from agave. In good tequila, that jumps to 100 percent,
and there are tequilas in the Jose Cuervo family that do have 100 percent agave alcohol…
just not this one. Jose Cuervo Especial is labeled as being tequila
because it technically is… but only on a technicality. Give this one a miss, and pick up a bottle
of the real stuff: you’ll know it because it’ll proudly declare it’s 100 percent agave
right on the label. “Tequila!” Do drink: Del Maguey Picking out a good tequila or mezcal can be
intimidating, especially given how many people seem to have a hate-hate relationship with
this particular liquor. But if you want to try something you know
is going to have a positive impact on people and be super-sustainable, Del Maguey is the
way to go. Del Maguey is made with the help of 12 villages
in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. When founder Ron Cooper set up the roots of
Del Maguey in 1996, he chose to work with villages that were growing semi-wild, semi-cultivated
plants rather than sourcing materials from artificially cultivated plantations. They’re implementing management strategies
they hope will leave a positive impact on the environment, they’ve also invested heavily
in renewable energy, water accessibility projects, and education projects for their employees’
families. That makes this a good choice for anyone who
wants to be environmentally conscious in their choice of liquor.

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