Although a home bar or a well-stocked liquor cabinet may not be a priority for all gentlemen, it is essential to know how to prioritise when you’re working from a relatively blank slate. It must be said that commonly there is no substitute for the top shelf products such as Johnnie Walker Blue label and a smooth Hendrick’s Gin, yet this does not mean that you should go out and buy every top shelf liquor you can find, there are alternatives that still make for a quality drink. We’ve compiled a list of essential spirits that accommodates for the tastes of the quintessential gentlemen who is looking to upgrade the quality of his private liquor cabinet or start a fresh collection.
Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve Scotch Whiskey – no matter of age or taste every bar or liquor cabinet needs a quality single malt. The 18 Year Glenfiddich is a superbly smooth and full flavoured scotch that is sure to satisfy even the harshest of scotch critics.
Hendrick’s Gin – Hendrick’s Gin definitely stands alone as one of the most exceptional and unique gins in the market. In the iconic black medicine bottle it definitely offers a sensational taste that is derived from their fusion of cucumber and rose petals.
Tanqueray London Gin – the Tanqueray Gin is probably one of the most famous and versatile Gin’s that offers an incredibly smooth and pure taste. It’s multiple distilling process means it’s great for all gin based cocktails such as Martini or Negroni, as well your everyday G & T.
Ciroc Vodka – Ciroc is one of many premium Vodka’s on the market, however it’s unique bottle and crisp palette is setting it apart from many others. It’s distilled five times from French grapes and offers a smooth and fine taste which makes it perfect for those special occasions.It also comes in various different flavours that are just as excellent as the original and make the perfect base mix for any cocktail.
42 Below Vodka – is relatively new vodka in the Australian market, but an excellent choice of vodka for every day events. It offers an incredibly smooth taste as it claims to encapsulate the essence of New Zealand’s wilderness, a top quality product at a far more reasonable price. If you’re looking for something a little different they also offer some mouth-watering infusions, such as manuka honey.
Liqueur 43 – is a top quality Spanish liqueur which has a greatly enjoyable vanilla taste. It is composed from an array of Mediterranean citruses and herbs that make it perfect for being sipped on the rocks and really lets you imagine you’re on a sunny Mediterranean beach.
Cointreau– A premium French liqueur that was established in 1849 and created from a perfect balance of sweet and bitter orange peel. The unique character and flavour ensure that it is at the heart of the finest classic cocktails, from a zesty Margarita to an elegant White Lady.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whiskey – is the premium mix blended scotch whiskey. Its signature smoky taste makes it stand-alone from its rivals and in more recent years has been able to steadily lower its price while retaining all of the essential ingredients.
Havana Club Añejo 3 Años – It’s the introductory rum of the Havana offering, however it’s the only way to make a proper Mojito, which should be on ‘can-do’ list for any home barman.
Don Julio Blanco Tequila– Don Julio Blanco Tequila is a true tequila connoisseur’s blanco. It is bottled without being aged, but rather rested for a short time in containers to allow the spirit to settle and proudly delivers fresh agave characteristics. The nose carries light citrus aromas, whilst its palate is clean and crisp with some sweet notes of vanilla. The perfect base for a the ultimate margarita, or great over ice with a slice of lime.
Hennessy VSOP Cognac – finally one of the more understated but necessary bottles that need to occupy your liquor cabinet; a quality bottle of brandy. Hennessy is a perfect choice, despite it being slightly more expensive than some of the other products, it makes up for it with an exquisite taste that the others just can’t match.
Although these are some of our top choices for any home bar or liquor cabinet, at the same time we adamantly recognise that there are an abundance of other great liquors we haven’t mentioned. Fine liquors and liqueurs come down to personal preference so all gentlemen will have slightly varying inclinations, we merely try to suggest a good staring point. The key to a good cabinet is variety – you have to be concsious of what you like, but also what your friends, girlfriend and parents might like. Versatility is key, you want to be able to mix a selection of classic cocktails, as well as offer a few excellent straight-up options.