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Top shelf on a student budget

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Okay, I don't really mean top shelf as the phrase is typically used to connote luxury liquors. But what I'm looking for is good quality stuff that's at a student friendly pricepoint. Interesting and offbeat stuff or good, simple staples, whatever. I'm sure the collective wisdom of this forum can come up with a few good ones.
 

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Russian standard vodka. Very smooth with a crisp taste. Good enough to drink straight and get your friends smashed for under $30.
 

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Originally Posted by poorsod
Russian standard vodka. Very smooth with a crisp taste. Good enough to drink straight and get your friends smashed for under $30.


Good call.. Russian Standard is my favorite in the category...
 

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Originally Posted by cptjeff
Okay, I don't really mean top shelf as the phrase is typically used to connote luxury liquors. But what I'm looking for is good quality stuff that's at a student friendly pricepoint. Interesting and offbeat stuff or good, simple staples, whatever. I'm sure the collective wisdom of this forum can come up with a few good ones.

Totally possible if you live near a liquor store with a lot of imports and big selection. What kind of prices you talking?
 

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I'm talking below $20ish for a liter. And preferably something available in smaller sizes, but neither of those are hard and fast rules.
 

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Originally Posted by cptjeff
I'm talking below $20ish for a liter. And preferably something available in smaller sizes, but neither of those are hard and fast rules.
<$20 for 1L is going to be tough. Russian Standard and Tito's are two vodka's off the top of my head. Can't think of a good cheap tequila or rum.
 

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I don't think top shelf can come on a student budget.

I like plymouth gin tho. Still have not gone to a proper bar that stocks plymouth
 

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Top shelf was more the attention grabbing keyphrase for the headline and not so much an actual goal. Basically I'm looking for cheaper liquors that a discerning drinker would be fine drinking even if they wouldn't be the first choice. Think the Evan Williamses of the world.
 

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Johnny Walker Black Label
 

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Rittenhouse rye (Bottled in Bond) and Buffalo Trace bourbon.
 

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i wish you could get anything for under $20 in canada
 

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Originally Posted by oman
i wish you could get anything for under $20 in canada
Sucks for you, but in rural upstate NY that seems to be a fairly middle of the road price. For reference, a liter of Beefeater is around the $25 pricepoint here. I picked up a liter of Evan Williams for 13. Also, USD, not CAD. Keep in mind that you use monopoly money up there.
 

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