I was recently asked to put together a 12 bottle "desert island" case as part of an ongoing series for the Portland Spirits Examiner.
The ‘rules’ were simple: Only 12 bottles, any spirits you wish, and they don’t have to include bitters (they’re small, so they’ll fit in to your case anyway, and they didn’t want to make it too difficult). You can think of it as your “marooned on a desert island” or “basic home bar” or simply the spirits that are most essential to you personally.
I thought this would be pretty easy and it would be if I could take 50 bottles.
I ended up with the list below with my thought process in Hoke's article in the link above....
1. Sazerac 18yr Rye
2. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
3. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
4. Dolin de Chambery Dry Vermouth
5. Pernod Absinthe
6. Hendrick's Gin
7. Plymouth Gin
8. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
10. Benedictine Liqueur
11. Pierre Ferrand Esprit des Dieux 1er Cru du Cognac
12. The Macallan 25
What's in yours?