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Next Couple of bottle purchase suggestions?

sisundar | Feb 8, 201210:55 PM

I've been thinging about augmenting my liquor cabinet. Here's what I have right now:

Vodka: Smirnoff
Gin: Beefeaters
Whiskey: Balcones Baby Blue
Brandy: Camus VS
Rum: El Dorado 5 Dark Rum
Orange Liquor: Luxardo Triplum
Oddball stuff: Linie Aquavit, Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau du vie.
Bitters: Peychaud's, Fee's Chocolate Bitters, Angustoura

With this to start with, what would be your next couple of bottle purchases (leaving aside the semi perishables like vermouths that I buy as needed)?

I'm thinking that I clearly need a rye/bourbon : Rittenhouse rye came to mind. Any alternatives that aren't too pricey? Idealy, it would serve double duty for sipping, but that isn't too critical

The next bottle is what's causing me some thought. I'm not sure if I should add a rum (and if so, what sort? Perhaps an Agricole or an overproof White like J Wray and Nephew). Or an italian bitter like campari. Or an amaro of some sort. Or Green Charteruse. You see my problem.

What would be the fewest number of bottles I'd need to add to my bar to give me more flexibility to make classics?

I live in texas, so some of the more obscure stuff is unavailable here (though the situation is improving rapidly). I mostly like to drink classics and riff's on them(a big fan of vespers, sazeracs,negronis and the like), and have only started to recently attempt to make them on my own.

Thanks in advance

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