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How Many "Standard" Bottles Do You Have?

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How many specific expressions do you try to have available at all times?

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How Many "Standard" Bottles Do You Have?

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:45 pm

I've just purchased a second bottle of Glenlivet Nàdurra. Repeat purchases are pretty rare for me. Got me to wondering...I know lots of folks have favorites (or even favourites) they like to have available and open at all times. Think Harry and Ardbeg 10. How many such faves do you have? I am voting "none" because it is very rare for me to open consecutive bottles of the same thing.
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Postby Mustardhead » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:56 pm

There are a few I seem to have open all the time:

Glenlivet 12 or 18
Glenmorangie 10 or 15
Highland Park 12
Lagavulin 16
Laphroiag 10
Laphroiag CS
Talisker 10

Others come and go, I might go through a Bowmore and then open an Ardbeg, maybe go through a Balvenie and then open an Aberlour. But I do seem to have at least that lot open at one time :shock:
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Re: How Many "Standard" Bottles Do You Have?

Postby lapianoman » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:57 pm

My standard was Glendronach 15, which was surprisingly available in South Florida. Fortunately, I have 2 reserve bottles.

I usually keep a Glenlivet 12 on hand for friends who want to try scotch. I really need to pick up a bottle of Nadurra...
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Postby peergynt323 » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:11 pm

Bottles that I will rebuy as soon as I run out:

Laphroaig 10yo CS - my medicine
Laphroaig 15yo - my smooth sophisticated Islay
Lagavulin 16 - my other smooth sophisticated Islay
Ardbeg TEN (Beist is holding its spot right now) - The Alpha and the Omega, the one who shall not be named
Ardbeg Uigeadail - best chaos I've ever tasted
Talisker 18 - My well-balanced pleasure machine
Highland Park 18 - My other well-balanced pleasure machine

That's seven and no speysiders! The seach continues....
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Postby Wave » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:03 pm

I have several specific bottlings I have open or at least available at all times include,

Aberlour A'bunadh
Caol Ila 12
Lagavulin 16
Laphroaig CS

I always have at least 1 Port Ellen opened (atm 2), a Highland Park (IB's are highly favored over OB's) and a Longmorn (OB's or IB's). Plus a nice assortment of other Islays, Speysides, Islands and Highlands. 8)


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Postby Paul A Jellis » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:10 pm

These are my 'must haves', they are replaced as soon, or before. they are empty:

Caol Ila 12yr
Dalmore 12yr
Royal Lochnagar 12yr
Longmorn 15yr
Linkwood 15yr

Plus I usually have an expression of each of these:
Mortlach, Glenfarclas, Bruichladdich and Laphroaig.

Cheers, Paul
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Postby Jan » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:19 pm

I have no bottles that gets replaced immediately. A few months can go by, but I usually try to have either a HP18 or a Talisker 18 open.
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Postby EdipisReks » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:55 pm

HP 12yo, Ardbeg TEN, and Laphroaig 10yo are on my replace immediately list, now. i would add Lagavulin 16, but it's just a little too pricey for the list.
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Postby gregralls » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:08 am

i generally just have one bottle at a time. i like to work my way through a bottle over a week or two and then purchase something else once i'm done. i think auchentoshan select is the only one i've bought twice in a row, and that's because it's $20 per bottle here in pennsylvania and is a good bargain (though my tastes have since moved on to laphroaig & talisker).
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:22 am

Well, being a bourbonista, my Scotch 'openings' are kind of an eclectic group, purchased in sort of an 'as-the-spirit-moves-me' approach. And, virtually every single malt I own is open, with backups only for Dalmore 12, Highland Park 12 and Aberlour A'Bunadh.
Also, comparatively, they are a relatively small group -- just seven different, standard-sized bottles vs. 40 or so open American straight whiskeys (bourbons and ryes).
But, even with bourbon, I open what I want, whether or not I have a backup. Many of the 150 or so bottles I have are one-of-a-kind, at least in my bunker; many are no longer even bottled. But even the 1954-distilled Very Old Fitzgerald BIB will be opened at some point (within the next year, I suspect). Backup will be whatever's left on the shelf.
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Postby Mustardhead » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:53 am

peergynt323 wrote:Laphroaig 10yo CS - my medicine
Laphroaig 15yo - my smooth sophisticated Islay
Lagavulin 16 - my other smooth sophisticated Islay
Ardbeg TEN (Beist is holding its spot right now) - The Alpha and the Omega, the one who shall not be named
Ardbeg Uigeadail - best chaos I've ever tasted
Talisker 18 - My well-balanced pleasure machine
Highland Park 18 - My other well-balanced pleasure machine


Add Glenmorangie 18, Aberlour a'bunadh and either a Glenlivet or a Macallan and that would be a splendid "desert island" collection to drink forever :)
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Postby peergynt323 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:23 am

Mustardhead wrote:Add Glenmorangie 18, Aberlour a'bunadh and either a Glenlivet or a Macallan and that would be a splendid "desert island" collection to drink forever :)


I'm prepared for the end of existence as long as I receive a few hours' warning. :wink:
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Postby Admiral » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:45 am

Yes, there are a few whiskies that I must always have at my disposal:

Lagavulin 16yo
Macallan 12yo (sherry)
Any Bowmore (usually 12yo)
Glenfarclas 15yo
Glenlivet 12yo

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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:53 am

I don't have a standard, since I usually buy whisky when I travel abroad and don't purchase much here. And what I usually buy when I'm away are special bottlings. When I began Ardbeg Ten was always a must, now I have a liter in the whisky cellar in case. I have a few others, also in the whisky cellar, but I don't have any standards I drink from regularly. If I could though, I would of course have the Berry Bros and Rudd 25y Blue Hanger! Along with a few others I'll mention another time.
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Postby lbacha » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:59 am

Laphroaig (Currently 10yr)
Ardbeg (Currently 10yr)
Lagavulin (Currently "Top Secret" 10yr cask str)
Green Spot
Connemmara (Currently Standard Bottling)
Glenfarclas (Currently Quarter Cask)

I didn't put any expressions because I ussually keep one of these open but not a specific bottling just something from these distilleries. Green Spot is the exception.

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Postby lbacha » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:01 am

I answered 6 but it could be 1 if the fact I just like having a bottle from each of these distilleries open doesn't count.

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Postby Badmonkey » Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:06 am

Up until about a month ago I had never purchased anything but standard bottlings. This Clynelish 1994 is working very hard to change my evil ways, however.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:50 am

I think for me it is having certain taste profiles open at all times, and reps from a specfic distilleries, not a standard bottle.

One Caol Ila (12 or IB, Caol Ila works for me all year)
One Lagavulin (usually the 16, but DE or 12 is groovy; my wife's favorite)
Another Islay (currently G and M, CC Ardbeg)
Malty fellow (currently Cadenhead Tomatin 11)
Old, complex Speyside (currently D & M 1979 27yo Glenlivet)
Someone "funky" and different (currently 1990 Signatory Littlemill)
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Postby laphroaig10_65 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:45 am

At the moment, seven:

Aberlour 10 yo
Dalmore 12 yo
Glenlivet 12 yo
Laphroaig 10 yo
Caol Ila 12 yo
Cragganmore 12 yo
Bunnahabhain 12 yo

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Postby toshie » Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:53 am

It changes from time to time as I come across a 'new' whisky that I like, but usually

Highland Park 18 - quite simply a necessity
Laphroaig (currently the QC)
Ardbeg - The Beast and Ooogie, with an Ooogling waiting in the wings
Longmorn 15
Glenfiddich Solera plus a half of the 18
Glengoyne 17
Dalmore 12

Until I move into the more rarified heights, these are my staples
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:30 pm

Yes, I too try to have a variety of unstandard open bottles to drink from and enjoy. Currently that is SMWS Yoichi 18y, Old Potrero Hotalings, G&M Cask Ardmore 1990, Ardbeg Still Young, G&M Cask Rosebank 1990, just to fit the mood.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:36 pm

At the moment I have backups of the following.....

I have one bottle of each of these open at the mo and bottles in reserve are in brackets

Jameson 12yo (1)
Greenspot (1)
Laphroaig QC (2)
Redbreast 12yo (1)
Redbreast 15yo (3)
Talisker 10yo (2)
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Postby gregralls » Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:12 am

i've mentioned that i'm usually only a one bottle at a time guy. if i can, my goal is to have a bottle of all of these on hand at some point in the future.

auchentoshan (10)
dalmore (12)
glenfiddich (12)
glenlivet (12)
glenmorangie (10)
laphroaig (10)
speyburn (10)
talisker (10)

i feel they represent a pretty broad view & include some lighter ones that i can share with shy friends before unleashing the peatier ones i personally love most. speyburn is one in particular that i think is a great value for the price - at least here in pennsylvania.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:17 am

lbacha wrote:I answered 6 but it could be 1 if the fact I just like having a bottle from each of these distilleries open doesn't count.

Len


That's exactly what I was asking. I think.

I'm amused that everyone feels compelled to tell what their regulars are (which is fine). I really was just interested in the number! Given the response, I wish I'd counted up to ten before "more than". I must say I was a bit surprised that so many people have so many regulars. But then, I only have five bottles open, so if I had five regulars, that would be it!
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Favourite open

Postby Quaichuser » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:15 am

For 10 years now there has always been a Balvenie 12 DW open in our house.
I also keep 40 Creek Barrel Select open.
Like most of you, I have others open but not consistantly as it is big wide wonderful world of whisky out there and I am constantly trying new things.

I also try to keep a bottle of Lagavulin Distillers Edition in the cupboard. For special occassions....like it being Wednesday again. :lol:
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Postby Mustardhead » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:32 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:I'm amused that everyone feels compelled to tell what their regulars are (which is fine). I really was just interested in the number!


Some of us can't count, so we have to type out the names of the malts :D
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Postby dram_time » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:06 pm

Voted 3,

Balblair,
Big T,
Black Bottle or Islay Mist

Always try to have these three open and backed-up, with normally another 1-3 malts open that won't be backed up or bought again for a few years. Old P 12 and Scapa 14 feature quite a few times throughout the year, but 'allways' the three above.(try to alternate BB and Islay Mist).

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Postby Ann-Helen » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:18 pm

For me it `s like this I have to have everything ! So if one of my bottelings are about to run out I buy a new one.
I like to have the possibillity of drinking what ever I want when I want it.
I`m not saying I have everything ,Yet, but I`m getting there. :)
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Postby DramMeister » Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:38 pm

I seem to always have :

a Laphroiag (10, QC or CS)
Talisker 10
HP 12

Recently I've kept a Glenlivet 18 in.
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Postby jimidrammer » Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:03 am

I'm a little over the top, I guess. I have 50-55 on the shelf most of the time and try to keep open bottles at 12 or so, but rarely the same twice in a row. Most of the same staples as everyone else: Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Balvenie, Glenfarclas, Glenlivet, Glenrothes, Glenmorangie, Talisker, Highland Park and usually a Jameson 12 or Redbreast 12, plus 7 or 8 Bourbons. I've really got to quit buying new stuff. :roll: So...yeah, more than 5. :oops:
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Postby shoganai » Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:33 am

I try not to have more than two open at a time. I very rarely open the same bottling twice in a row (although Laphroiag QC makes frequent appearances on my shelf).

That said, I've only been "into" single malts for about a year, so I'm still fine tuning my system.
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Postby les taylor » Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:11 am

Without listing them all and the question was about the number. At the moment it is ten.


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Postby DramMeister » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:35 pm

shoganai wrote:I try not to have more than two open at a time.


How do you manage that?
Such self control. I'm still trying to bring it down to 10, but New Year's brought up to 12. Do'h!
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Regulars

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:17 am

For regular bottles I try to have one of the following at all times:
Aberlour A'Bunadh
Balvenie FR
Dalwhinnie 12 yo
Glenfarclas 12 yo
Glenlivet 12 yo
Glenfiddich 12 yo
Glenmorangie 10 yo
Highland Park 12 yo
Lagavulin 16 yo
Laphroaig 10 yo
Longmorn 15 yo
Oban 14 yo
Talisker 10 yo
... and for a blend:
Te Bheag
Dependant on availability there may be a long gap between bottles like A'Bunadh and Longmorn, which seem to come and go in a rather erratic manner around here.
We dealt with open bottles in another thread and I really can't remember how many in the collection are open, probably around 1/3. :D
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:54 am

That was the question, Musky--how many particular expressions do you always have open.
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