Credit: Modified from Eduard Khil (imgur)
Credit: Modified from Eduard Khil (imgur)

Wide world of whiskey: Bottom-shelf edition

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We like sniffing out the best whiskies—but what about some of the worst? 

One man wondered where the world’s cheapest whiskey could be found. So he searched the entire planet and Internet for the distillery churning out the spirit with that ignominious title. The winner: Kadco Beverages in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The price: a few years back, a five-liter plastic jug of Black Booster Whisky went for just $3.65.* The only problem? Tasting it.

What do you have to lose—except maybe your eyesight?

This “premium quality whisky” is blended and, er, bottled in Sierra Leone, the label says. That checks out. The Kadco distillery launched in 2011, after then-president Ernest Koroma spurred the private sector to drive the West African country’s prosperity. The government invested heavily in businesses, and cheap-ass whiskey was one byproduct. So it can’t be all bad…right?

If you’re willing to spend a little more for a bottle that won’t sizzle your innards, these two $20-range supermarket Scotches are golden.

*All prices in U.S. dollars

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