How you assemble your bourbon bar depends on three things:
- Where you live
- How much you are willing to spend
- What you like
If you don’t live in or near Kentucky, your ability to put together a truly unique bourbon bar will be restrained. Sure, there are great micro-distilleries around the country that you could support, but nothing comes close to the generations of experience that go into Kentucky bourbon barrels.
If money aint a thang, fly out here to Kentucky, do every distillery tour and grab their super secret limited releases. But for us mere fiscal mortals, location plays as much a role as price.
I do advocate splurging on legitimately rare bourbons, but I do not advocate chasing every new, hyped up release. Oftentimes, people will pile atop one another to grab the first taste of a product coming out of their favorite distiller, but that doesn’t mean the release is any better than their regular lineup. In fact, I have had some hyped up releases that tasted like rat poison – with similar effects
I’m looking at you, Woodford Reserve Four Wood.
An impressive home bourbon bar shouldn’t cost you a second mortgage. To establish a respectable lineup, look to spend about $250 bucks over the course of a year, or about $20 a month. If you are a daily drinker, add about 20 percent to that number to account for your resupply costs.
With these numbers in mind, here’s what you will need to put together a nice home bourbon bar: