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I'm getting my family prepared and the discussion came to having whiskey on hand for barter and/or medicinal purposes. Since I do not drink, any whiskey I do buy wouldn't get used or rotated like my other preps. Do I buy the Jack Daniels or the cheap stuff ? Do I buy the half gallon size or the 1/5s ? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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I'd buy the cheap stuff myself. People aren't going to be nearly as picky when it's cheap stuff vs nothing. Also, don't worry about rotation. It'll last practically forever. In fact, it should improve with age.
 

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I'm getting my family prepared and the discussion came to having whiskey on hand for barter and/or medicinal purposes. Since I do not drink, any whiskey I do buy wouldn't get used or rotated like my other preps. Do I buy the Jack Daniels or the cheap stuff ? Do I buy the half gallon size or the 1/5s ? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
"Medicinal" purposes, eh? ;) j/k

The thing with whiskey is that most whiskey drinkers who drink it as connaisseurs and afficianados are snobs. Some swear by single distilled American mashes and bourbons, others like twice distilled single malt or blended scotch, and others like multiple distilled Irish whiskeys and European liqueur whiskeys. You will never be able to predict or plan for preferences and tastes when the market is so polarized and divided.

Then there are the people who get the cheapest of whatever they can find. This includes, in addition to frugal drunks, the homeless and ne'er-do-wells.

The interesting thing is that neither group, the snobs nor the hobos, will likely have anything you will want in a survival setting. Your money will be better spent on preps of personal/family survival value, or distilled wine spirits, which have far more diverse medicinal uses for making more effective tinctures of herbs and such.
 

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Barter will involve trading in small amounts, so if you buy in gallons you will need several small containers to recant to, unless you decide to open a drinking establishment on the barter system, then you will need shotglasses and a buddy who can homebrew beer. Saloon keeper can be a profitable Post-SHTF profession!:D:
 

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I say stock up on different brands and sizes, and also learn to make it yourself.
BE VERY CAREFUL!!!

Distillation tends to concentrate methyl alcohol more efficiently than ethyl alcohol. If you distill your own, that small quantity of methanol that naturally occurs in the malt, in the charcoal, in the casks, and as a mistaken by-product of fermentation will be preserved more efficiently than the ethanol that you want. 10ML of methanol will make you blind. 100ML is a recipe for death.

In a survival setting, wine and beer are far safer, more nutritious (yeast in the lees replaces the B-vitamins leeched in diurism), far less likely to cause stress alcoholism (what do hardcore drunks drink? distilled spirits), and far less tempting a target for envious neighbors/raiders because the perceived value (ethanol content) is not as concentrated/easily portable.

But realistically speaking, in a survival setting, wouldn't you more likely eat the grain?
 

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I'd buy the cheap stuff myself. People aren't going to be nearly as picky when it's cheap stuff vs nothing. Also, don't worry about rotation. It'll last practically forever. In fact, it should improve with age.
Although Mike is right, it will never really go bad. Whiskey does not age once in a bottle, it only ages in the cask or barrel.

Not like wine, which will age in a bottle in the right temperatures and setting.

I however have found that whiskey tastes like whiskey, whether Old Crow for $ dollars a fifth, or Jack Daniels for $20, I have even had some stuff that was around $50, all taste the same to me.
 

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Alcohal is a drug and to some they may go to any lenght to get it from you. Last thing I want to deal with is a drunk in a survival situation. Better give that one some real thought. Mark
I agree, It could be dangerous because you may bring unwanted attention to your self.
 

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Alcohal is a drug and to some they may go to any lenght to get it from you. Last thing I want to deal with is a drunk in a survival situation. Better give that one some real thought. Mark
lol You're gona need a drink when shtf

What I would do is buy a really high quality bottle of scotch.
That would be to pop open during teotwawki.
The rest, I'd buy some bottom shelf booze, mainly flavored vodka.

Better to get a jug of raspberry vodka for $13 bucks, then $40 for JD.
 

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I'm getting my family prepared and the discussion came to having whiskey on hand for barter and/or medicinal purposes. Since I do not drink, any whiskey I do buy wouldn't get used or rotated like my other preps. Do I buy the Jack Daniels or the cheap stuff ? Do I buy the half gallon size or the 1/5s ? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
If you don't drink, no you should not be buying and storing liquor. Period.
 

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Somehow I don't think those who want something to drink will want it for the taste!! If and when things settle down. People with the means may be willing to pay for the "quality" stuff. Consider it(the good stuff) like gold an investment.
 

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I wouldn't want to be known as the guy with all the booze, but I do believe the cheapest stuff you can get in 1/2 pt. would be good to have for trade.
 

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I wouldn't want to be known as the guy with all the booze either, but I wouldn't want to be known as the guy with all the ammo, food, clean water, TP, etc. I think liquor could play a integral role in a survival situation if used properly. Like previously mentioned, I'd get some real potent stuff, like 151 rum for medicinal purposes, this could really knock one out for major pain, weather it be a pulled muscle or major injury. Not to mention some good scotch for us fuddy duds.... :) It will never go bad, and you could always get rid of it for barter.

And you'd really be surprised how some of the "better off" individuals that see the TEOTWAWKI possibility, and how prepared they are, a lot go to Front Site for example. Some have many supplies and extensive training, don't ever count one out for there social status.
 

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Alcohal is a drug and to some they may go to any lenght to get it from you. Last thing I want to deal with is a drunk in a survival situation. Better give that one some real thought. Mark
Yes, and remember drunks are harder shoot since they are staggering. So don't shoot their already shot.
 

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Whiskey makes great herbal extracts for herbal medicine.
OTC pain killers have limited use some I'm thinking it might be ok in some situations.
So I always keep a bit around.
 

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Buy Jack, Crown, and the cheap stuff.

Keep the Jack and Crown for yourself. :)

Years ago my uncle had some banks in NC. One of their clients was a testing center. This particular bank was located in what could be described as not the best part of town. One of the techs stopped one day to make a deposit and left several boxes of urine specimens in the back seat of her car. The specimens were in bottle that looked somewhat like the single serving bottles airlines use. When she returned to her car, the window was smashed, and the boxes of specimens gone.

Moral of this true story : Some will do anything to get a drink when they really want it. I am sure even the cheap stuff would have been better.
 
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