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Whisky Essentials for the Home

Whiskey Essentials for your home bar

Setting up your first home bar can be a bit of a daunting task. Should you have a variety of gins? How many bottles of wine do you need?  Are aperitifs necessities?  These are all valid questions, but today I’m tackling the one thing your home bar really needs… whisky!  Yes, whether you’re looking to put some hair on your chest or want a sweet dram to sip on, there’s something for everyone with this traditionally masculine staple.  And since this is a traditionally Scottish libation, I’m going to quickly break down some basic staples you should always have on hand from the ancient land (although Japan is starting to give Caledonia a run for it’s money, so keep an eye out!).  

In addition to our guide of whisky essentials, we have a wonderful styled shoot for you today that’s been put together by two vintage rental companies.  So, check out our boozy selection for your bar and then move on to some tips from the experts on how to put together your own vintage bar and tablescape.

Whisky Essentials for the Home

Smokey:  Laphroaig 10 Year Old

You can always find a bottle of this peaty delight in my home bar.  With a distinctively smokey (but not over-powering) taste from Islay , this single malt whisky is a classic.  A dram of this baby will last a while and will add complexity to any guests’ experience as you entertain.  

Smooth:  Oban 14 Year Old

Slightly smoother than the traditionally peaty, this is a good starter for the inexperienced whisky drinker.  Without sacrificing quality, you’ll still get a hint of smoke with a bit of citrusy and honeyed undertones.  This is also a great starter for a whisky sampling night!

Sweet:  Dalmore 12 Year Old

This is my go-to whisky for dessert pairings.  Everyone tastes something different with this sampling, but I always find an undeniable chocolate flavor.  So make sure to pour a dram of this beauty for those with a sweet tooth that want to still have a hearty tongue for the liqueur.

Wild Card:  Stag’s Breath

Admittedly one of the harder whiskies to get your hands on, this super sweet libation is more like an aperitif than it’s traditional counterparts. Wonderfully overwhelming your senses with honeycomb, this liqueur is made largely from fermented honey. I’ve only been able to sample this bottle on my travels through Scotland, so it might be a bit of a task getting it outside of the magical country… but it’s certainly worth a shot! 

There you have it!  My quick picks for your home bar whisky essentials.  Good luck with your boozy adventures and make sure to drink responsibly.  Now, that you’re shelves are filled, lets get some styling inspiration shall we?!

This styled shoot is the collaboration of two vintage rental companies, Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Cheri’s Vintage Table. A favorite event detail is to design small seating vignettes for guest to relax and feel at home. To continue in creating a more intimate setting and encourage guest to mingle with a serve yourself wine & cheese bar on a pretty Blue vintage buffet.

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Cheri the designer, used pretty vintage amber glassware setting the warm tone for the tablescape and paired them with mismatched vintage china in her petit floral collection. Lauren Sharon provided the rustic farm tables and mismatched vintage chairs giving that slightly aged but always comfortable feel of rustic and vintage pairing! The pretty florals designed by Bohochic Florals were created using a whimsical mix of fall colors featuring champagne roses, blush lisianthus, organic greens and a touch of white wild flowers. The lace table runner with a gold underlay was adorned with greens continuing the fall design.

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Photographer:  Continuum Wedding Photography//Design and Decor: Cheri’s Vintage Table//Floral Designer: BohoChic Florals//Event Designer: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sam Temsah-Deniskin

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the whimsical life of accidental photographer, stylist, & writer, Sam. Her approachable and fun style has received critical acclaim from such media outlets as The Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed. In addition to running a successful photography & content creation business, Sam also serves as a contributing writer for Liquor.com and Scary Mommy.

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