Okay, so for my birthday I have discovered that who I am is quite obvious to those around me. I received a little spending money, copious amounts of baked goods, books of theology (one of which was in German by my favorite theologian) and two bottles of Bourbon (Woodford Reserve and Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage). Life is good.
With the latest alcoholic acquisition, I've been wondering about how to integrate the whisky into my study. When I see Mad Men and even the Young and the Restless, people always have decanters on a side-table with which they non-chalantly pour themselves a drink. My boss also had an awesome Ottoman and at the end of the day he'd flip its lid with a serving tray on the bottom and reach in the cavity in the Ottoman for a couple bottles and tumblers. I've even heard that the president of my college has a globe in which he keeps a bottle of Maker's Mark.
So what should I do in establishing a drinking nook? I have two bottles of nice Bourbon, a German Rasberry Likör from Germany, four tumblers, and one decantor. Part of me is thinking that I should buy another cheaper Bourbon (and put in the classy decantor so none's the wiser) for when I'm done writing my papers or reading, and save the others for when I have a few close friends over. I'm also going back and forth between a nice wooden filing cabinet that I could use, or maybe getting an Ottoman. Thoughts?
Do you guys have a mini-bar, side-table, drinking nook, etc? What are you drinking with it?
I don't currently have a mini bar set up in my place. I am much more of a beer drinker, and waiting to establish my beer fridge with a tap.
That said, I have had a mini bar set up. I had a nice Armore (sp) at one time, that I kept a modest liquour selection in. I felt it was a nice set up as I was able to shut and lock it, and kept everything neet. I had three bottles: Bourbon, Vodka, and Rum. I had my tumbler and a couple snifters. I kept the best i could afford at the time, and would drink as such. If I was going to being drinking heavily, then I would purchase another bottle as to not raid my liquour cabinet.
If you like whiskey then you could do a lot worse than stock up with some scotch and irish whiskeys. Most distilleries will happily send things over to the USA on mail order and they all have a different flavour.
You are right to put the cheaper stuff in a decanter so the casual drinker is none the wiser but develop your pallette with a range of drinks.
I've never had a man cave, but my parents used to have a drinks cabinet, although we never filled it with anything classy. Just your typical vodka, whiskey and a bottle or two of red wine. It was mainly for guests, to be able to offer them a choice rather than a glass of white wine or a can of lager. But I remember trying to explain this idea to a shop assistant who found it worrying I was buying two bottles of vodka. The very thought that I should want to have a supply of booze on hand for impromptu guests went completely over their head. As was the idea that even if I drank both bottles of vodka, that I'd be doing so over a period of time and that just because you buy it today doesn't mean you're drinking it today.
Their loss I say. Having drinks at hand for yourself or for your friends is a swanky way to live.
Yes. I've integrated it into my living area (I reside in an apartment.) I have Whisky glasses, they look like snifter shaped shot glasses. I have old-fashioned tumblers for - old fashioned, or other whisky cocktails. The drinks area itself is set-up beside my bookshelf. I have about 14 bottles of single malt scotch at the moment, I LOVE Islay whisky.
I have a nice pair of slippers there and my pipe collection. When people come over, we move onto the balcony where I have a portable corner bar made out of oak.