A toast to the Salvatore brothers! Ten years after The Vampire Diaries premiere, and 2.5 years after the finale, stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are re-teaming for a project Damon would love: Bourbon. Yes, they are finally taking the jump to make their own bourbon.
Damon Salvatore loved him some bourbon, and The CW series was filled with drinking scenes -- which is kinda funny when you consider many of the viewers were high school age or below. But those viewers are probably old enough to drink now.
Ian Somerhalder revealed the new bourbon plan with his on-screen brother. I hope they call this Salvatore Brothers Bourbon or even Hey Brother Bourbon or something suitably cheeky like that. Lean into it.
As you can see, the second slide in his post showed a Vampire Diaries photo of the brothers drinking bourbon. Here's another Damon bourbon shot from Season 1's "History Repeating":
In his long Instagram caption, Ian Somerhalder mentioned he and Paul Wesley "have been working our asses off with our incredible team" to make their own bourbon.
We want to share with you something very special and dear to us. You’ve given us so many wonderful years as these characters and we want to bring you something to enjoy that brings back some great memories and some good times to come!
He noted they plan to travel the world to meet fans to launch the new bourbon with some fun tasting parties. He also put out a call for requests in what fans like in a bourbon.
Celebrity drink brands are big right now -- from Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin and Hugh Jackman's Laughing Man Coffee to George Clooney's Casamigos tequila and Breaking Bad co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul's new mezcal brand.
I don't drink the strong stuff, but if the Salvatore brothers ever put out a coffee, I'm all in. It's just exciting to see Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley re-teaming for something even vaguely Vampire Diaries-related.
The Salvatore brothers stars recently reunited for The Vampire Diaries' 10th anniversary, which was celebrated earlier in September. They attended a convention together, where Ian Somerhalder admitted he's Team Stelena over Delena, but only because Delena fans have been "'problematic" to his own life.
The Vampire Diaries started on September 10, 2009 and ended on March 10, 2017. In between, the show launched the spinoff The Originals -- which Ian Somerhalder said he and Paul Wesley were "bitter" about, for good reason. After TVD and The Originals ended, Legacies launched as a joint spinoff of both shows. Legacies Season 2 starts Thursday, October 10, 2019.
Meanwhile, Paul Wesley is busy with Tell Me A Story on CBS All Access, among other projects in development. He returned to Mystic Falls last year to direct an episode of Legacies Season 1. Ian Somerhalder has also continued directing after Vampire Diaries, and he directed an episode of the upcoming Netflix series V-Wars. Here's what we know so far about that show.
Are you excited for the brothers to team up for this bourbon project? Do you hope they take it to the next step and re-team for a new TV series? That's my hope.