Well fellow Danger Cats,
Today was finally the day they let me get pissed up at the office on the company dollar. I made my way down to the local off-sale/hotel bar combo to peruse the selection of bottles for $25.00 and under. I was presently surprised there was actually a selection of bottles for under $25. It also appeared that unless there is a sale on (which I took advantage of for one of my selections) you are limited to good old Canadian Rye Whisky. I didn’t get fancy and pretend to taste under-tones like some pretentious prick on this one. Between us, I will have to hide the leftovers from Uncle Hack’s gullet or oh boy she will be a sloppy one tonight!
Alberta Premium: Canadian Rye Whisky Alberta Distillers Ltd. With a label as jet black as the heavy Alberta crude bubbling up from the ground and a bottle that tries to resemble a high end scotch glass it comes in at a retail price of $23.69. This whisky’s label says it’s made the traditional way using glacier born mountain water, but it’s probably just from the Bow. Distilled in Calgary, Alberta and available all across Canada this bottle should be a given for when your looking to tie one on or just after a couple of whisks with the boys. With a tasting profile that carries the bold burn and earthy tones you expect from a cheaper whisky, but it does go down pretty smooth after being mixed in a glass with some coke and even smoother after hammering a few pulls out on the VLT’s.
Canadian 83: Canadian Whisky Canadian 83 Distilling Company. This Whisky company claims it started in 1883 and comes in a dimpled bottle with a crooked label applied to the front. I don’t think the crooked was on purpose. My first impressions are that not much care is given to producing this one. Its all about slamming out whisky at a rapid pace that gets the job done. Simple and straight forward at $21.99 this was the cheapest bottle I picked up. It tasted like my days of under age drinking - sneaking whatever liquor you could find, or getting whatever you could buy for around $20.00. If you are thinking of reliving the good old days or looking to drown your sorrows with the brown stuff, this would be my choice.
Royal Reserve: Canadian Rye Whisky Corby Spirits & Wine Ltd. Royal Reserve has a place in my heart that comes from the simpler times in life when oil was booming. I remember my buddies trying to fill the front of their fridge doors with that iconic decal on the back of the bottle. Besides the cost effective price of $22.99, Royal Reserve doesn’t actually taste half bad. It tastes even better when you’re around a fire with 5 pallets on it burning so hot and bright you can’t stand too close or you’ll burn your Carhartts. Your dumb buddies thinking about how hard it would be to jump that fire with the old Honda 3 wheeler you had on the farm growing up. If you ask someone whats the best bottle of whisky I can get for under 25.00, Royal Reserve always comes up. This is my ultimate choice possibly due to the nostalgia, but also because it mixes so damn well with ginger ale.
Alberta Springs: Canadian Rye Whisky Alberta Distillers Ltd. This Whisky is from the same distillery as Alberta Premium. It has more “high end” finishes with a smooth tapered bottle and synthetic cork stopper on the top instead of the screw off cap like the others. With the label saying it’s aged 10 years in oak casks it does appear to target a more sophisticated crowd. With a retail price slightly higher then the others at $24.99 it still comes in on the lower end of the scale when it comes to whisky. With a slightly smoother finish then the Alberta Premium but still with the bite associated with cheaper liquor I suggest keeping the couple extra bucks for some mix and sticking with Alberta Premium.
Jack Daniels: Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey Jack Daniels Distillery This whiskey is so well recognized we adapted the design of the label for the Danger Cat signature piss tank design. It goes without saying that it mixes with coke the same way our very own Uncle Hack mixes with strip clubs. You won’t find one without the other. This happened to be on sale for $24.99 from the usual $36.00 so it was included in our list. Any time you can get Jack for under $25.00 you don’t need to look up a review of the others on this list. Just grab the bottle of Jack and try not to tear up to much hardwood on the dance floor that evening.