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What's in your 12 bottle case?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Ambulance Chaser, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Inspired by this survey of spirits enthusiasts, I thought I would create my own list of 12 essential bottles I would keep in my home bar if I had to limit myself:

    1. Aviation Gin

    2. Ransom Old Tom Gin

    3. Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac

    4. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

    5. Macallan 18 Single-Malt Scotch

    6. Combier Orange Liqueur

    7. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

    8. Gran Classico Bitters

    9. Green Chartreuse Liqueur

    10. Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette Liqueur

    11. Averna Amaro

    12. Dolin Rouge Vermouth

    I own all the bottles except for the Macallan 18, which is cost-prohibitive. This selection gives me the ability to make a wide variety of cocktails I like. I might improve the rye and the cognac to give me additional options to drink neat.

    What are your essentials?
     


  2. SD1

    SD1 Senior member

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    Laphroaig 10 or quarter cask

    Campari

    Aperol

    Lillet

    Bombay Sapphire

    Corsair gin

    Maxim's gin

    Palm Ridge whiskey

    Angostura bitters

    Rivata dry vermouth

    Siesta Key rum

    Van Gogh espresso vodka (for my wife)
     


  3. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Very new to spirits, but
    Hendricks gin
    Bombay saphire
    Willett single barrel bourbon
    Evan williams (for cocktails)
    Myers dark rum
    Cointreau
    Aperol
    Campari
    dry vermouth
    Sweet vermouth
    Angostura bitters
    Orange bitters
     


  4. JohnGalt

    JohnGalt Senior member

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    Aberlour 16
    Aberlour A'bunadh
    Hendrick's
    Grey Goose
    Ron Zacapa xo
    Dolin dry vermouth
    Le Fee absinthe
    Macallan 25
    Eagle Rare 17
    Johnny Walker black label
    Patron burdeos
    Home made limoncello
     


  5. Bhowie

    Bhowie Senior member

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    I'd swap out a gin for chartreuse. Evan Williams for a really peaty scotch. I'd think I'd also drop the orange bitters and cointreau, not sure for what though.
     


  6. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Cilantro Soju? I'm not man enough to drink peaty scotch.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012


  7. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Hmmm, interesting exercise. I'll start with what I know and like and see if I get to 12.

    BTW: is this personal consumption or am I expected to entertain others?

    Plymouth Gin
    George T. Stagg
    Eagle Rare
    Yamazaki 12
    Macallan cask strength
    Zacapa 23
    Plantation XO

    after that - you're on your own.
     


  8. Bhowie

    Bhowie Senior member

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    You can use the peaty scotch in place of mescal or other smoky spirits to make really savory cocktails.
     


  9. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Balvenie 21 y/o Port wood aged
    Wisers 18
    Hendrick's Gin
    TIto's Vodka
    Antiqua Formula sweet Vermouth
    Vya dry Vermouth
    Applestone Estate 30 rum
    Milagro anejo tequila
    Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire
    Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
    Velvet Tango Room bitters
    Louis Tres
     


  10. Hoke Harden

    Hoke Harden New Member

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    Guys, I am pleased that my original articles inspired you to come up with your own lists, and good for you for running with the idea. However, a little gentle chiding: you were supposed to make comments about why you would make certain selections, or to give some backstory about why certain things are in your case. That said, once again, thanks for the input.

    Regards, Hoke Harden
     


  11. rgarteteach

    rgarteteach New Member

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    You can use the peaty scotch in place of mescal or other smoky spirits to make really savory cocktails.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014


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