Around this time of year, I can always expect to see the Crate and Barrel catalogue featuring their newest line of products for cocktail barware. I can’t ever resist looking at it. We’ve all seen it: cozy fire, leather seats, great looking people in cashmere sweaters holding up etched glasses filled with amber liquid sophistication. If I could, I’d have a fancy bar in my 1 bedroom apartment with bottles backlit on every shelf behind the bar; an array of glassware and an accompanying bartender with a sexy ass Italian accent.
Alas, my 700 sq ft apartment doesn’t have room for such a thing. But a bar cart is on the top of my list this year. For me, a bar cart should make you want to make a drink for yourself. Like a badass business woman in the TV shows that pour herself a few fingers after a long day at the office.
Aside from all the fancy barware I would pimp out my future bar cart with, I would also have to stock it with a selection of spirits. My choices for what I buy for my home bar are pretty tame compared to what I may order at a bar. After all, ordering a $10-18 glass of whiskey is not cheap, but still cheaper than buying the whole $75-$85 bottle! So when buying bottles of whiskey, I try to optimize my hard earned dollars by purchasing the highest value for the price. One of my favorite quotes is, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” These are all great whiskies that are undervalued in my opinion. I’ll end up writing a post on these individual whiskies but for now, I’ll just list them.
The whiskies I love to keep in my house currently are:
Trader Joe’s 12 year Speyside Scotch
Eagle Rare 10
Give them a try and let me know if you like them. I'd love to know what others are stocking their home bars carts with.