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.
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.