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Guest blog #3: The Whisky War Chest

September 1st, 2010

Nate Nicoll, blogger at www.whiskywall.wordpress.com, joins “What Do You Know” as today’s guest blogger and opens the whisky war chest.

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While drinking does not always need to be a battle, and hopefully most of the time it is not, of fundamental importance to the savvy and seasoned imbiber of spirits is how one stocks the war chest.  And this isn’t just any war chest, this is the cache of whiskies that must have a proper balance of bottles to fortify one’s abode against any unprecedented or decidedly welcome peril.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way.  One must stock a celebratory-grade whisky.  This is something you tend to ignore, perhaps dusting it off occasionally and admiring it, pondering when the day will arrive when you will be justified in cracking the seal.  This object of your fawning, this grail of sorts imparts to you a sense of purpose.  The mere idea of trying to justify savoring such a pour will inspire you to set the bar higher, to clearly state goals in your mind, the achievement of which will permit you to raise a chalice of this superlative spirit.  Simply possessing the celebratory-grade whisky can make you a better person.  And if you torture yourself for long enough, holding out till the moment when you feel you’ve earned your reward, you will probably be so deranged that the whisky will taste as nectar and in the manner of self-fulfilling prophecies, you will love it no matter what.  Depending on the depths of one’s wealth this prized bottle can be astronomically expensive.  Thoughts of bottles from now long gone distilleries like Port Ellen or Brora come to mind.

Then there is your guest whisky.  This term may be bifurcated depending on your relationship with your guests.  If your guests are limited to solid friends and family, this should be something a cut above.  More importantly, it should be an expression of you.  This whisky is an opportunity to let those you invite into a private setting to get to experience an aspect of yourself that you have come to terms with and that you entrust to those around you.  It is easy to impress a guest with something rare or fine, but to share a whisky with them that reflects something of your own tastes and personality give them insight into who you are, brings them into your inner-circle.  An expression that might surprise them or that you think to yourself “you have to try this.”  As you can see this is a highly personalized choice and will vary from drammer to drammer.  For my purposes I like to have an independent bottling of an Islay or Lowland malt.  

Then there is the other guest whisky.  If you have occasion to suffer guests that aren’t particularly welcome but seem to occasionally wash up on your shore, you might need something to make them feel special while you hide any whisky of real value.  A decent blend serves this purpose well.  Something you can use on your own when you need to inject several ounces of medicinal booze into the system and you don’t have time for sipping. And when you need to serve it you start out with the old, “I stumbled upon a surprisingly decent blend, you’ve got to try it…”  They won’t question you. They are a guest.  Such bottles are not difficult to think of or find as there are many at your local supermarket.

Perhaps the most important component of the war chest, one that is overlooked or under stocked at your own peril, is the table whisky.  The table whisky, like it’s name implies, is your daily dram.  Of supreme importance is to not be lulled in by the somewhat proletariat common-sounding term “table whisky”.  The whisky is easily the most difficult to settle upon and requires far more research then any of the previously mentioned bottles.  This whisky has to be eminently sip-able but also able to be gulped without a tinge of wasteful regret.  This is the whisky you will spend most of your time drinking.  And if you value your time, your quality of life, you will make sure you really like this whisky.  It serves as both comfort and medicine depending on the situation.  It can precede a meal and/or round a meal out.  And unless you are rolling in it, it can be inexpensive.  For a whisky to satisfy all of these things, you usually have to move on to a new table whisky every 3-to-6 months, or so.  Otherwise the familiarity takes away from the overall experience.

Solid table whiskies can be found in the $40-$60 price range, and when you find one you need to keep it well stocked.  The table whisky is the last line of defense.  Failure to properly stock a good supply of table whisky and keep that supply well tended will result in you coming through the door one night and decimating every more rarified, special occasion whisky in your collection in a misevaluated need to get further lit.  Even a few beers can trigger a run on your whisky stash, and to avoid any next-day recriminations over your rare moment of rashness, you need the table whisky to stand up against your temporary lack of judgment. 

Just like a balanced financial portfolio you must maintain a nicely diversified whisky war chest.  One that will be able to competently ride the waves of a fluctuating market of guests and fend off an unexpected run on resources. 

What is your strategy to keeping a diverse whisky war chest and what is currently in it?

55 Responses to “Guest blog #3: The Whisky War Chest”

  1. Gal says:

    Good read my friend.

    loved it.

  2. The moment I read your highlighted sentences I knew what the paragraph was about. I keep such whiskies as well and especially the part about the other guest whisky made me smile. Very very recognizable.

    So, my compliments to put to words such an everyday thing as the division of bottles in an afficionado’s whisky cabinet!

  3. Michael says:

    Good post. Someone had to say it!
    I realized that I have whiskies with vintage years of my children birth, the year when I was married, met my wife and other important years in my life . It is where it ends – I cannot afford the year of my birth year whisky ;-)
    I do have a couple of blends and “table whiskies” (Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig QC, Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Highland Park 18YO)

  4. Marc says:

    Good wit and very familiar territory. We like to keep a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 year single barrel as well as Glennfiddich 15 year around for our not so welcome guests. Then we have bottles of Penderyn peated, or Sonnalta PX for our welcomed guests. Laphroaig 10 cask is our daily sipper in the winter.

  5. two-bit cowboy says:

    Great wisdom here, Nate. Thanks for a most enjoyable post.

    I tend to ignore the celebratory-grade whisky you mention though. I figure every new day that allows me to see 5 p.m. gives cause to celebrate. In other words, I don’t keep anything unopened. Right now my special occassion bottle is a Duncan Taylor Glenury Royal 23. Very nice as a special evening’s first sip.

    Regarding the “other” guest whisky, perhaps if you pour something so hideous those particular (unwanted) guests will think your taste so bad they won’t return, hince no need for that one. Any McClellands fits here.

    I appreciate your table whisky thought, but here again, I can’t confine myself to one for an extended period. Each day at 5 p.m. has been preceeded by a wide variety of experiences and influences and therefore deserves its own special spirit. I follow your table whisky logic, but I employ around seven tools to fill the variety of daily needs: Strathisla 12, Laphroaig 10, BenRiach 10 Curiositas, Bunnahabhain 12, Ardmore Traditional Cask, Old Pulteney 12, and recently Glenrothes Alba Reserve.

  6. Alex says:

    Great post!

    My table whiskies right now are HP 12 and Knob Creek.

  7. Brillantly written post, Nate! But I guess everyonve will have a slightly different approach to stocking their whisky cabinet.

    I don’t have a very elaborated stragtegy, I’m afraid to say. I have no Bottle of Worship, no table dram and not guest drams. All my bottles are opened more or less immediately after purchase (around 20 to 25 on rolling average).

    What I do have is a simple “warm up” whisky that I pour before taking formal tasting notes in order to get into whisky mood and to recalibrate my tastebuds after a hard day’s work. This can be something as simple as a $15 supermarket blend or a standard Fiddich, Livet, Farclas or whatever. Obviously this would be the dram that could perfectly qualify as “the other guest whisky”.

    For casual dramming, I pick whatever suits my mood, be it simple or extravagant. Guest who can appreciate a good malt can pick freely from my selection except perhaps some true rarities, but I might offer one of those anyway. Non-experts will be served according to their experience after asking about their prefereces.

  8. Scribe says:

    Excellent post — I actually laughed out loud at the “other guest whiskey” section. In my case, I define the “rarefied” whiskeys that I like to share with those who appreciate a nice, neat dram as some of the Ardbegs — Super Nova, Roller Coaster come to mind, maybe a back-of-the-cabinet Laphroaig. But when a particular relative comes over who enjoys bourbon — but *mixed* with soda! — yes, I have a special, low-end bottle of that that always makes its way out of the cabinet, versus some of the others savored “neat.” As another post said, someone had to say it — and you did so wonderfully!

  9. Michael says:

    I thought that I should mention one of my strange “whisky for a guest” experiences when I offered a family member (who happens to like JW Black Label) Laphroaig CS and he drank it with coke, commenting that the glass (bigger Glencairn that I use for blends) was too small :-)

  10. David K says:

    I actually like to have in my cabinet what I might call a “Weekend Whiskey”. This is something thats just a little better than an everyday dram to better enjoy my days off. Perhaps not a Brora or something celebratory, but not an everyday whisky either. A Highland Park 18 might fall into this category.

    Great posting! Enjoyed it much!

  11. Jimmy says:

    Great post!

    Celebratory Whisky: none, I’m the kind of guy who would rather buy a new suit.
    Welcomed Guests: Pappy Van Winkle 15.
    Table Whiskies (right now): Glen Grant 12 and Makers “46.”

    If one of my friends disrespects the Pappy by taking it down too quickly, he gets offered the Makers next time.

    • Texas says:

      Heck I wish I could get PVW 15…never even seen it once here in Houston, although we get a nice supply of the BTAC every year

      • JWC says:

        Texas, Spec’s gets the Pappy 15 in around the same time they get their other Pappy’s and ORVW but the Pappy 15’s sell out much faster. The Lot B’s and ORVW’s are put out on the shelf but the Pappy 15, 20 and 23 are put in the cabinet with the “2 per customer” restriction.

  12. Texas says:

    Very good post!

    Welcomed guests (they all like Coke and American whiskey): Dickel No. 12, WT 101
    Celebratory whisky: Scott’s Selection 1968 Longmorn-Glenlivet
    Table whisk(e)ys: Springbank 10, Highland Park 12, Laphroaig QC, WT Rye

  13. JMF says:

    After I read the first sentence of this post I didn’t know whether I was more excited for the post or the comments! Needless to say they were both amazing. I am too young to have acquired any true celebration drams but I do have an unopened Laphroaig 15 which in many years time will become a celebratory dram. I also have a half bottle of a Highland park single cask that my groomsmen and I toasted my wedding with. That one is special to me. My guests can sample any of my open bottles which are laphroaig 18, Highland Park 12, Glenfiddich 18, Makers mark, A Bunadh. Higland park 12 is my daily dram and I couldn’t be happier with it everyday after work.

  14. Vince says:

    Excellent Post!

    Well, I do not have a “table whiskey” as I enjoy the diversity that each bottle offers and I tend to keep a rotation of around 8-9 bottles opened at once. I usually will have 2 glencairn glasses each evening (of two different whiskeys).

    I am a big bourbon guy so I would offer a Pappy’s 15 year old to a person I liked alot. As with Jimmy, if it goes down too fast that particular guest would be offered something like an OWA or Wild Turkey 101 the next time.

    Occasionally I enjoy a cigar and when I partake I really enjoy a scotch with the cigar. Scotches I have in stock and open are HP 18 and 12, GlenMorangie Sonnalta and Glenlivet “Triumph”.

    Bourbons that I usually always have in the rotation include OWA, Woodford Reserve, Old Rip Van Winkle, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Old Grandad 114, a Four Roses (whether it be their small batch or single barrel).

    The bottle I am saving for a special occassion is the Parkers Golden Anniversary bourbon. While this bourbon is to commemorate Parker Beams 50 years in the industry, for me it is going to be opened in November and commemorate my 50 years on this earth.

    • Texas says:

      Vince,

      How does the OGD 114 compare to other high-proof ryed bourbons like the WT Rare Breed?

      Thanks.

      • Vince says:

        Texas,
        The Old Grandad 114 is a truly outstanding bourbon (especially for the value). OGD is one of (if not the highest) rye content bourbon on the market. It has a great mouthfeel and I will usually put a splash of water in it to take it to around the 105-107 proof. OGD has a very distinct taste, vanilla, carmel and some maple syrup on the front with a long satisfying finish. Comparing it to WT rare breed is difficult because their taste profiles are nothing alike. WT Rare Breed is one of my 3 favorite bourbons, I think it has a complexity that is unmatched in many bourbons. OGD would definitely be in my top 8-10. If you have ever had the OGD BIB or the 86 proof and you like the taste I would highly recommend the 114.

        • Texas says:

          Thanks, Vince

          Sounds like I need to get some OGD BIB or 114 for sure!

        • Texas says:

          Hey Vince just wanted to thank you for the recommendation of the OGD 114. As you say totally unlike any WT product, but oh so tasty. There is this yeasty, bread-like quality that I can’t put my finger on (maybe the rye) that I just love. I have also found I prefer it neat…no way that tastes like 114 proof.

  15. B.J. Reed says:

    Excellent topic and post

    Celebratory Whisky: – Auld Acquaintance 1968 Bunnahbhain followed by 1967 Ardbeg Sherry Signatory, 30 YO Highland Park, 30 YO Port Ellen, 25 YO Claret Wood Glenmorangie,,,,,,well, I could keep going here :)

    Guest Whisky: Ardbeg 10, Balvanie 17’s (pick one), Glenfiddich Solara, Glenmorangie Finishes (pick one), Highland Park 18, Glenfarclas 17….. well, I could keep going here :)

    Other Guest Whisky: Speyburn 10 YO – (actually not too bad)

    Table Whisky: Bowmore Legend, Glenmorangie 10 YO, Glenfiddich 12 YO, Dalmore 12 YO (at least used to be), Laphroig 10 YO Cask Strength, Highland Park 12…. lots of other options

  16. Michael Z says:

    …great post…..the comments were just as good….we something for everyone…no one goes homes unhappy….’on we go’

  17. George Jetson says:

    Thanks for the funny slice of life look into the whisky-phile’s cabinet. Uncharacteristically, I won’t rant about the inferred assumption that a blend is inherently an inferior type of whisky suited only for your unsophisticated guests.

    • Michael says:

      Just out of curiosity, what are your favorite “table” or “celebratory” blends?
      I keep JW Green and Blue for my gusts who like “gentler” whisky . Ballantine’s 17YO for myself and 30YO for those days that I do not want to drink single malts. I still think that Highland Park 18YO is better than most of them, including Chivas 25YO.

      • George Jetson says:

        Hey Michael, “Celebratory blends”….Cutty Sark 25; Duncan Taylor Auld Blended 35yo; Wm. Grant & Sons Rare and Extraordinary 25yo; Whyte&McKay 30yo (old bottling w/ paper label) Original BBR Blue Hanger n.a.s.; Black Bull 30yo; . “Table blends”… JW Black 12yo; Ballantine’s 17yo; Isle of Skye 18yo; Putachieside 12yo; Old Parr Tribute; Islay Mist 17yo; Ballantine’s 18yo (Far east Market); and I just added JW Gold Label XR n.a.s. from a recent overseas trip.

        • Michael says:

          Thank you George. Interesting collection of blended whisky. I did not even know that some of them existed (such as Ballantine’s 18YO)

          • George Jetson says:

            Ahh, the B18, that’s a fave. Comes in an arch-shaped bottle with the Ballantine’s coat of arms plastered all over the front in gold silk-screened glory. It has with the ubiquitous anti-counterfiet one way valve in the neck. Much bolder Laphroaig content than the B17, which i find to be all over the board from batch to batch. i have passed off the B18 as a single malt to unsuspecting “other guests”, it is that good.

          • Michael says:

            Made a note of it. Thank you.
            Did you know this: http://www.suntory.co.jp/whisky/Ballantine/index-e.html

          • George Jetson says:

            Wow, what a rabbit hole of encyclopedic knowledge of the brand. Thanks for the link. My favorite quote, which resonates for personal reasons…”It was not surprising that English officers who witnessed such occasions pronounced a Scottish funeral to be merrier than an English wedding.”

  18. George Jetson says:

    I have organized my stocks more like an RPG than the functions you described. There are the “social level” whiskies neatly displayed on the drinks cart for all to fawn over. Maybe this is your table whisky, because it also contains my everyday drams. It also has a mix of “friend or foe” selections.

  19. George Jetson says:

    Then there is the “drinks cabinet level” where you pull out “the good stuff”. Access is granted by a complicated formula of the right combination of oohs and reproaches from the social level samples.

  20. George Jetson says:

    The last sub- level of the is the sanctified ground of the “vaults level”. This is a mix of your celebratory whisky, archival samples, near-empty rare bottles I can’t bring myself to kill off and of course the bottles that can’t even be looked at (sort of like Nigel Tufnel’s Stratocaster).

    And yes, my wife sees to it that I seek out professional help……..;^)

  21. George Jetson says:

    Weird there is some sort of censoring filter that won’t let me talk about the man cave level.

  22. George Jetson says:

    Then there is the “man cave level” where a select and constantly rotating assortment …..

  23. George Jetson says:

    …resides on the table for serious sessions (smoking jackets, secret handshake and fezzes are optional).

  24. PeteR says:

    I found this post very enjoyable.

    For a Celebratory Whisky, I have a 30 yr Laphroaig and a Scott’s 23 yr Port Ellen. I hope to add William Larue Weller and/or George T Stagg when they are released soon.

    Fortunately I don’t have any “other guests” so I don’t have to keep whisky around I am not fond of too much. For Table whisky and guests whisky I serve the same, that is any one of 40 or so bottles I currently have opened.

  25. JWC says:

    Great post. My celebratory whisky: Pappy 23 yo (last year’s) and Pappy 20 yo or any of the Parker’s Heritage Editions or Wild Turkey limited releases (American Spirit or Tradition). Guest whisky: Pappy 15 and BTAC. Daily (since I don’t drink too much (relative, I know =)): Pappy Lot B, ORVW (my favorite daily), WT 101, ER SB, EWSB

    • Texas says:

      Hi JWC

      You still in Houston? Where do you get your Pappy? I have never seen it at Spec’s. Haven’t even seen the ORVW or Lot B for a while.

      • JWC says:

        Hey Texas, yes, I am still in Houston. I was out of the country on a biz trip/vacation for 2 months and then in Scotland (!) for a while. I posted a response to your comment above about not being able to find Pappy 15 but I guess you didn’t see it so I’ll repeat it (apologies to all for making the thread longer): Spec’s gets the Pappy 15 in around the same time they get their other Pappy’s and ORVW but the Pappy 15?s sell out much faster. The Lot B’s and ORVW’s are put out on the shelf but the Pappy 15, 20 and 23 are put in the cabinet with the “2 per customer” restriction. NEW INFO: I heard that they got a small shipment in this Spring (I was out of the country then too!) but they sold out FAST. Next shipment is Oct/Nov (probably). They usually get a good number of Lot B’s and the ORVW (so they put them out on the shelf with no restrictions). However, they do sell out fast. I plan on bunkering the ORVW’s this year. Love it but too difficult to get.

        • Texas says:

          Thanks, sorry did not see post before. So it is kind of the same as the BTAC. I will have to be on the lookout come early October.

          • Texas says:

            ..jealous about Scotland! I was working in Australia all spring..a bad place to be if you are a bourbon or single malt Scotch fan. Very expensive and not a great deal of choice.

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  27. Alex Cranstoun says:

    Prized: Macallan 18 1981, PC5 & 6, Port Ellen 8th Release.
    Guests: Bruichladdich Links Torrey Pines, Talisker DE, Lagavulin 16, anything from Signatory
    Table: HP 12, Springbank 10, Caol Ila 18
    The other guests: Clean out cabinet misfires like Tobermory 10 or Speyburn, Deanston 12 (prior to ncf and 46%)

  28. MrTH says:

    Always interesting to hear how people think about their stocks, whether one agrees or not.

    I don’t remember who said it, or where, but it made sense to me: celebrate special occasions with something ordinary (your “table whisky”), because you aren’t really going to be paying proper attention to it. The really special whiskies should be opened for no reason at all, other than the joy of opening them.

    Like some other here, I have no table whisky. Brand loyalty is definitely not my strong suit…I want something different every time.

  29. bgulien says:

    My celebratory whisky, 2 actually: Bruichladdich Blacker Still US edition (an extra 50 cl) and a Port Ellen 7th release.
    1st guest dram = Lagavulin 16 yo or Springbank 10 yo
    2 nd guest (the “get rid of the “undesirables”) Auchentoshan 12 yo, Dalwhinnie 15 yo.
    The table dram: fairly constant Lagavulin 12 yo 2009 bottling, Caol Ila Natural CS.
    Special moments: All Bladnoch forum bottlings, Elements of Islay , Blackadder Raw Cask and so much more

  30. Great post.

    Celebratory Whiskys: Compass Box Lady Luck & a bottle of Wild Turkey Kentucky Breed, of which I picked out the barrell for bottling.

    Guest Whiskey: Maker’s Mark 46, Laphroaig 15 yr., Highland Park 18, Yamazaki 18 yr., Lagavulin DE, Bowmore 12 yr Engima

    Other Guests & Table: Auchentoshan Classic, Compass Box Oak Cross, Berheim Wheat Whiskey, Evan Williams Single Barrell Vintage

  31. WhiskyGrail says:

    Great blog post and comments! I’ve learned a lot about what people enjoy and hold dear from this thread.

    For my own part, I celebrate whisky itself. I have at least 70 bottles on hand, all of which are open except for the ones that are “advance replacements” for some of my favorites that are open. Obviously those are special in their own right. They include things that are limited editions, such as this year’s Caol Ila and Lagavulin Distiller’s Editions, and recent past Distiller’s Editions from Talisker (TDS-5HT) and Glenkinchie 12, as well as Ardbeg Supernova 2009, Uigeadail, and Rollercoaster, and the last few bottles of Laphroaig 15 that I could find on earth.

    The ones I appreciate most are the ones that are the most unique, and irreplaceable, such as the 6-8 SMWS bottlings, Clynelish 27 from K&L, and such.

    Two good friends and I enjoy roughly quarterly tastings. I share everything with them because a lover of Scotch deserves to be introduced to great Scotches, and the market is simply too flush with different things for one mere mortal to obtain them all. We have a better chance at it if we all get different things to share.

    One new dimension I look forward to sharing with my “society” friends is burning some of Ardbeg’s peat cones (from the Ardbeg Committee store). Some guys like cigars with their Scotches; I prefer peat.

    I don’t really have designated guest Scotches. On the rare occasion when we have guests who like (or are willing to try) Scotch, I prefer to do a bit of psychological and taste profiling to determine what they like and how much experience they have with whisky. For rank newcomers I will usually offer Balvenie Doublewood, HP 12, or a blend like Chivas 18 or JW Green or Gold. Experienced Scotch-philes are likely to be offered something more exotic like Astar, Sonnalta PX, one of the Distiller’s Editions, or, rarely, an SMWS dram or Balvenie 21 Port Cask. Possibly even Booker’s or Pappy Van Winkle 12, for the American whiskey set.

    Cheers, all.

  32. John says:

    Drinking Coke with Whiskey is a cardinal sin, why would you want to ruin a fine Whiskey? Anybody mixong Cola with whiskey (unless it is undrinkable and the only whiskey left on the planet) should be shot! lol

    • CWeidler says:

      John, while I get where you are coming from, that’s not a fair statement. The first, and foremost priority of anyone who is drinking whisky should be that they ENJOY the drink they are having. And if that means that they like it on ice, with seltzer or with cola, then they should by all means drink up and enjoy.

      Now I do agree that to appreciate the nuances of a good whisk(e)y you should drink it neat or with a bit of water, but there’s is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking it how you like it. If you don’t do that, then why the hell buy the stuff in the first place?

  33. CWeidler says:

    As for my collection, I actually use 5 categories myself:

    1. The Shrine
    These are whisk(e)y bottles that hold a special significance to me, whether it be because of what was paid for it, how hard it was to get, or who gave it to me. I only have 3 bottles in this area currently; Highland Park 30 YO, Glenfarclas 1987 Family Cask (birth year) and a bottle of Teacher’s Highland Cream. The first two are rather obvious, but the last one is there for sentimental value; it was given to me by my Grandfather who recently passed away and left it for me in his will. I’ll be enjoying that with some family members next year.

    2. The Stash
    These are whiskies that are either moderately expensive or very high quality / harder-to-get bottles that are reserved for myself or for a handful of people I consider to be lifelong friends. Arbeg Ugedail, Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition, etc.

    The other 3 categories here are similar to those above in my opinion:

    3. The Good Guest
    The whiskies that get broken out when I have good friends over that enjoy good whisk(e)y. They tend to run in the 40-50 dollar range and are available enough that I generally don’t have a problem acquiring more. Highland Park 12 YO, Lagavulin 16, etc all reside here.

    4. The Unfamiliar Guest / Acquaintance
    These are standard whiskies that I keep around for when I have to entertain a group of people that I may not know so well. The whiskies are never of poor quality, but they aren’t likely to be inspiring drams or anything more than 35-40 USD a bottle. This is usually the lowest grade I’ll serve to a guest as I don’t tend to have many “bad” bottles of whisk(e)y around. :P

    5. The Go-To
    These are my table whisk(e)y bottles. They are below 40 dollars a bottle, are of at least good quality and are readily available and well stocked. I also serve these to people when I have to entertain large groups as I don’t mind replacing them.

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