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?
A question: Apparently the right word in English is decanter, but it struck me as very odd. For all I know, a decanter is used to decant things (that is, separate the sediment, mostly with wines). Isn't carafe a more appropriate word? Do these words have such a different meaning in different languages?
My 'bar' is a designated bookshelf, fitted with a wine rack for 24 bottles. I usually keep a bottle of whiskey or bourbon, a bottle of honey water, a bottle of vodka and gin in the freezer, a bottle of vermouth in the fridge, and usually about 4 bottles of wine. Then there is a bottle of very weird, very expensive, very hard to get home brew liquor from the french alps. Next to those I keep 4 excellent tumblers my brother gave me on my 18th birthday.
A decanter can also be just to have a smaller quantity more accessible from a larger storage vessel. E.g. a barrel of bourbon would be decanted into bottles.
Decanters usually include stoppers, carafes do not.
Make sure the decanter is glass not leaded crystal. The lead leeches out over time.