So, you’ve decided to start a little home whiskey bar. What initially seemed like an easy addition to your weekly grocery list has turned into a full-fledged research report on whiskey.  Thankfully we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of the five essential whiskeys to start out any collection.  These whiskeys will sustain you whether you’re talking to your little brother in college or Grandfather.

Tennessee BourbonJack Daniels, This will come in handy when a couple of friends are over who demand mixed drinks.

RyeBulleit Rye, a relatively new whiskey will carry you through every classic cocktail that demands rye.

Single Malt ScotchThe Glenlivet 12 year, this is an incredibly reasonable entry level scotch from a reputable distillery with over 200 years under its belt.

Blended ScotchJohnny Walker Black, essentially a household name at this point, Johnny will appease even the most seasoned whiskey drinkers.

Irish WhiskeyGreen Spot, only recently allowed into the U.S. this whiskey is delicious and will certainly be a talking point as it isn’t Jameson.