Based on a side discussion in the mini-challenge that George and I have over in movies, I’ll take Angelo’s idea (which is a rif on Brook’s new rating system )and try this as a poll: list your 10 favorite beverages. I leave it to you to categorize. I expect to be more specific in later posts, if this takes off (and since we are getting more postings on this than on the movies there is no reason that it should not). I’ll start with a list of spirits and an example or two of each. Spirits: 1.Cognac: Louis XIII from Rémey Martin is no doubt the best I have tasted that is not a special, one-time bottling. In the interest of economy, the one I normally buy for home use is Hennessy’s Cordon Rouge (economy being a relative thing)—but it does vary as to my mood at the time. 2.Armagnac Château de Castex d’Armagnac (this is quite expensive, so I don’t normally have any at hand. I might indulge after dinner at a fine restaurant. 3.Single malt scotch: I am particularly fond of 16 year old Lagavulin. I would usually have a bottle of Glenmorangie on hand as well (my wife bought me a single barrel bottling once when she was working in England). Great stuff. 4.Aperitifs Campari is my favorite (served with a soda). Pernod is great, but only if you like licorice. 5.Gin I’m a fan of Bombay Sapphire. When I’m not in the mood for something this floral, I’ll take Gordon’s every time. 6.Bourbon (small batch, such as Maker’s Mark). Wild Turkey is not too bad either. 7.Vodka Here I’ll go with Brook’s rankings: Gray Goose and Stolichnya (I used to get this one at Duty Free on my way into Singapore for $9 Sing for a 1 liter bottle—a price performer indeed). 8.After Dinner (with some sweetness) Grande Marnier and B&B are at the top. 9.Rum: I love Aniversario, an aged Venezuelan rum. There is some pretty good dark rum from Barbados as well, but I can’t remember the name offhand. 10.Grappa I can’t think of an example right now, but I do like these in the weird bottles especially. No doubt Angelo will have a favorite.