Top Shelf Liquors

Derby, KS

#1 Jan 4, 2009
Hello All,
I am looking for a list of top shelf liquors.
I am in the process of building a bar in my house and just wanted a list to help me stock it with.

United States

#2 Jan 8, 2009
Are you looking for top shelf by price or top shelf by flavor?

First of all...don't by something that you have seen alot of ads for...unless you like paying for advertising instead of alcohol.

Derby, KS

#3 Jan 12, 2009
Thats true, Im just looking for a list of good liquors to create a bar list...

United States

#4 Jan 14, 2009
Smart barowners will use at least two shelves to keep costs down. I highly recommed that. Using a "well" and a "premium" shelf is a great way to start. A "call" shelf is another that would work well. Going for super premium makes affording a well very difficult. Here is the hierarchy: well, call, premium, super premium and specialty bottles.

Stock for the bar: Bourbon, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec.

You can expand that with Bourbon: Canadian, American, Blended; Rum: White, Gold, Dark(Navy); Tequila: White, Reposado, Anejo.

Now, within each of those catagories is a flavor profile. Some are soft and smooth others are bold and spicey. Depending on what you like...there are two distinct ways to proceed. The labels you chose for soft and smooth are completely different from the labels that are rich and spicey.

To make a list would be premature with out knowing what you are going for, because everyones preferences are different.

Des Moines, IA

#5 Jan 19, 2009
I would agree with Mozilla on your catagories. My list would be as follows:
Bourbon-Knob Creek
Scotch-Glenlevit unless you can afford Johnny Walker Blue
Vodka-Kettle One
Tequilla-Patron Silver or Cabo

I would also add a bottle of Bailey's to starter bar

United States

#6 Jan 20, 2009
Exactly what I'm saying.

Iowadrinker knows his pref's. But without knowing what Cole is shooting for...a suggestion is not worth much. Plus, alot of those brands carry heavy marketing budgets...which, Iowadrinker doesn't seem to mind paying for.
I, however, would look for less expensive and tastier labels without all the marketing fluff.

So, what say you Cole...where do your pref's lie? High proof, low proof, middle proof, bold, soft, spicy, muted? What kind of set are you looking for? Every liquor has its own style.

Quantico, VA

#7 Jul 16, 2009
i would stock your bar with plenty of old english
capone al

United States

#8 Mar 4, 2011
U could also have drinks for the less fortunate like segrams gin-vodka in proofs and flavors that people perfer aswell
Itsfiveoclocksom ewhere

Spokane, WA

#9 Jun 2, 2012
Gin-Hendricks(Scotland)or Citadelle(France)
Vodka-Chopin(Poland) or Belvedere(France)
Scotch-Lagavullin(Islay Single-Malt) Admittedly a bold choice, but you will eventually get to Lagavullin, so acquire that taste now and nothing else will do.
As for Bourbons, Rums, etc. the previous recommendations will start you off on the right foot.

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