It’s time to take a hard look at your whiskey game. Not just how many of the world’s best bottles you have in your collection, but how you drink them. Like anything else with hardline devotees, the peripheral industry of whiskey gizmos runs deep. So we’re here to give you a home bar tools upgrade—and steer you clear of everything else.
Because being a whiskey connoisseur starts and ends in the home. The game’s about having vintage pours and rarities in stock, sure, but it’s equally about the accessories you employ at your home bar. If you’re running a home bar operation with only the bare essentials and no flair to be found, can you really call yourself a whiskey man?
Some of these home bar tools are obvious must-haves, and we have a full checklist for you, too, on that front and another that includes drinks. But a truly great home bar isn’t just comprised of having the best tools of the trade; it’s also about what you don’t have. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s too kitschy or looks too much like a souvenir or an unwanted Secret Santa gift, it doesn’t belong in your bar. So with that in mind, we compiled five must-haves for any man’s home bar, as well as five have-nots that no serious whiskyphile should be caught dead with.
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