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05-14-2011, 08:52
Friends, what are the bottles that you always strive to have open on your bar? I guess this is similar to the "everyday pour" threads, but I'm thinking a little more comprehensively: ideally, what whiskeys do you always try to keep open at home in order to comprehensively address what would normally happen at home (i.e. whiskey for guests, mixed drinks, variety of ryes and bourbons, etc.)

For me, it's:

Weller 12
Rittenhouse Rye
Forty Creek Barrel Select
OGD (86 or BIB) (I'm fortunate enough to have a pretty large stock of ND OGD on hand)

All of these are under $25 and give me a range of things to drink, offer to guests, or mix.

It's a little pricey, but I'd sure like to always have a bottle of Redbreast 12 on hand. To round things out, I'd also wish that I could have some Balvenie Doublewood present to offer to SMS folks.

But what I'd like, and what is prudent financially, do not always intersect.

05-14-2011, 09:18
ryed: Four Roses SB
wheated: ORVW 10/107

05-14-2011, 09:19
Being as I'm the only one that drinks whisk(e)y among my friends and family, I have quite a few open most of the time. My brother is the only person that drinks whiskey, besides me, but he always drinks it with Coke. I always have EWB, OGD BiB and/or Beam Black.... All of which are cheap enough for mixing, and good enough for me to sip neat.:grin:

05-14-2011, 09:41
Let's see. Three kinds of Irish - Powers, Midleton and Black Bush, Usually Prichard's double barreled and a Willet "I dream of Jeannie" bottle, Baby Saz, and at least one Pappy are always open.

I have one Canadian - 40 Creek Confederate Oak - for my step son, who is the only other drinker in the family, and a bottle of 30 year old Glenrothes which I stretch out.

05-14-2011, 09:48
Here you go.

For guests that don't like bourbon:
Canadian Club
Gibson's 12 year old Canadian
Jack Daniels

As far as my personal tastes go, I always have at least a couple of different Wellers open, a couple BIB's, a couple higher end/specialty bottles, a dusty or two, and a few odds and ends. Right now:
Weller SR
07 WLW
Old Forester BIB
EH Taylor
Willets 126.6 proof (Dgonano)
08 FR Mariage
WT 8 101 export
1969 & 1973 Beam from decanters
Old Fitz Prime (SW)
Benchmark SB

This seems to cover all the bases for me. It varies some from time to time as I finish bottles or purchase something new that I want to try. After I finish a bottle or two, I'll open something new. No pattern there. Sometimes it's something similar. Sometimes completely different. The exceptions are AA BIB and Weller. I'll always have those open. :grin: Cheers! Joe

Ian S.
05-14-2011, 10:20
Weller 12
Woodford Reserve
Buffalo Trace
Elmer T Lee
Old Fitzgerald 12
After my recent Van Winkle spring purchases...I should be able to keep ORVW 10/107, VW 12, and Pappy 15 as daily pours for a while.

White Dog
05-14-2011, 12:03
Sometimes I slip, but I try to have the following open at all times.

OGD 114
Weller 12 (Actually, I keep 2 bottles of Weller 12 open at all times. One for the basement, and 1 for the first floor.:cool: )

Those are just the must haves for me. I have dozens of other whiskeys open at any given time.

05-14-2011, 15:25
Buffalo Trace
Blantons Special Reserve
Evan Williams
Elijah Craig 12yo
Evan Williams Honey Liquor
Makers Mark
Jim Beam White (for guests who want to mix with coke)
Basil Hayden
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey American Honey
Any 'on special' Wild Turkey

Sadly I've been a bit slack with my shopping lately and only have about 2/3 of those listed on offer.... I'm a bad host :bigeyes: :grin:

05-14-2011, 19:22
I try and keep a solid, well rounded lineup. Some heavy hitters, some easy drinkers, some spicy, some sweet, some low proof, some high proof. This way, no matter what kind of mood I'm in, I've got something to quench it. Nice thing about this topic, is it's ever changing for me. As I discover new things, and get tired of others.

Right now, some I will always have on hand/open
OGD 114
WT101 Rye
Weller (either SR or OWA)
FR Yellow
EW Black Label (multipurpose bourbon)

As far as non bourbons go
Canadian Club (great mixing whiskey)
Jameson (Wife likes it, as do a few friends)

Thats about it for the staples in my house as far as whiskeys go. We always have Tequila around for the wife too. I also keep some gin and vodka around for when I get a wild hair.

05-15-2011, 05:53
Lot B
Weller 12
OGD 114
Willett (1 or 2)
FR Mariage or SmB LE or SB
Ritt BiB
ORVW 10/107

05-15-2011, 15:09
I do not really have any that are always in the "bunker" as I like to try as many as I can, but I always have Bookers when I can afford it unless it is something else of course