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How many open bottles do you normally have?

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How many bottles do you have opened?

Poll ended at Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:02 pm

One
0
No votes
2-3
6
13%
4-10
16
34%
11-25
14
30%
26-50
8
17%
more than 50
3
6%
 
Total votes : 47

Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby triguy42 » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:05 am

Oh man...I kinda feel bad admitting this. I currently I have 106 bottles open. :shock:

I did a semi-scientific test over the past couple of years, and found that as long as there is at least 1/3 of the bottle full it doesn't seem to affect the flavors much at all. I had several bottles that I had bought "doubles" of 3-5 years before, and then did a head-head test between unopened and stuff that had been open a long time. In general I found that the heartier malts were really difficult to distinguish, and the harsher malts tended to age out to smoothness. I had one bottle with only two fingers in it, and that one had turned really stale. Of course I store them in a light-sealed armoire usually in the original tins, so that probably helps.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby jazz lover » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:32 pm

Around a dozen opened
I pour my high end whisky
into 4oz. jars. I call them
travel samples.I like to
travel alot.(locally)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby jazz lover » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:11 pm

:shock: I worry about oxidation.
I can't drink that fast and I don't
have that many drinking friends.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby kyorke1 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:08 pm

Collector57 wrote:I'm down to 98


:lol:

jazz lover wrote::shock: I worry about oxidation.
I can't drink that fast and I don't
have that many drinking friends.


Me too, I am starting to finish bottles before opening recent buys now. Soon I intend to do a side by side tasting of Lagavulin 16yo, one thats been a third full for over a year, one thats been half full for 6 months and another unopened to see how much different they are.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:06 am

Well done Willie your such a work horse! :thumbsup:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Knolly » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:05 am

Willie JJ wrote:I had drifted up to the high 50s, but for the last three months I have been dilligently trying to clear up bottles that don't have much in them. I've got it down to about 35 now and I'm still working on it. It's a tough job ... :)


Willie JJ: I feel your pain. :) I was in a similar situation with about 50 open bottles (though about 10 were Tequilas) and I have been trying hard to get the most empty ones finished. This became quite apparent when a few old bottles started to go "off". Most of them were standard bottles that I could take or leave, so no big loss, but now I'm a little more careful opening new bottles when I have a bunch of mostly drank, but not finished bottles kicking around.

Good luck with tackling the challenge!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby The Third Dram » Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:04 pm

Knolly wrote:...I have been trying hard to get the most empty ones finished. This became quite apparent when a few old bottles started to go "off".

It's a challenge, to be sure. :wink:

But that's one reason I always try to have small (50ml to 200ml) empties at hand in which to transfer those diminishing quantities languishing in the larger bottles.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Knolly » Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:36 am

The Third Dram wrote:It's a challenge, to be sure. :wink:

But that's one reason I always try to have small (50ml to 200ml) empties at hand in which to transfer those diminishing quantities languishing in the larger bottles.


Totally good idea. Smaller bottles aren't very common here, but perhaps some sample bottles would be a good idea. Or a argon / nitrogen wine saver might well work also...
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Knolly » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:05 am

lawschooldrunk wrote:Finished my laphroaig 15 year old.

It tasted like I was eating wood.

Down to 5!


????

Laphroaig 15 is one of my favourite "regular" drams - you didn't like it? I love this stuff!!!

:)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lohssanami » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:04 am

I'm down to 21 open bottles now. For all future opened bottles, I'm going to pour a 50ml sample right after it's opened, and I'll compare it when the bottle is almost empty. This could be interesting!!!!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lincoln imp » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:55 am

I used to have usually over 50 bottles but i am down to about 35. My current thinking is to drink the cheaper ones before buying anymore. I sold some last year but rather than collect now i will buy to drink etc. :P
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby d4m0n » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:23 pm

Currently have 15 open bottles, but I'd like to not have more than 6-8 open at a time. I'm just starting out and had been sampling everything I bought immediately - hence all the open bottles. I've had a couple bottles of tequila go "off" and I'd like to avoid that w/my single malts. :yuk:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby borgom » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:58 am

Jees! I thought I was bad with 40 to 50 open (which I've now reduced to 20ish)!!!!! I'm probably a little obsessive compulsive but I'd be worried about oxidisation by the time I got around to finishing off 93 bottles!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby evanstonwhisky » Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:13 am

when do you people drink all of these bottles????
after breakfast? before also?

in lunchbreak?

bathroom breaks? (sidenote -what is a good bathroom whisky? Loch Dhu?)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby les taylor » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:26 am

Off the top of my head I would said under 10. (i've culling quite a few lately.) But when I checked it's probably about 20. Still more work to do. :D

evanstonwhisky wrote:when do you people drink all of these bottles????
after breakfast? before also?

in lunchbreak?

bathroom breaks? (sidenote -what is a good bathroom whisky? Loch Dhu?)


I guess anything from the Flora and Fauna range. You could imagine some nice soaps made by Flora & Fauna. :)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bcrossan » Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:37 pm

Ganga wrote:I'd say I'm up to about 40+ right now even with the 4 I've finished in the last two weeks. Of course, it also means that I only have about 25 sealed at the moment. :?


Sounds like a good to reason to buy some more to me!! :lol:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby jazz lover » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:37 pm

A good bathroom whisky
Loch Dhu-Dhu :lol:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bcrossan » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:59 pm

Ganga wrote:In Texas wouldn't that be Dallas Dhu-Dhu? :o


Good one!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby RogerB » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:08 pm

100+

~45 Single Malts
~48 Bourbons
~15 Irish
~2 Canadian
~4 Tennessee

plus ~20 Tequilas, ~8 Rums, 8 Gins, 4 Vodkas, and some liqueurs. :P
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby evanstonwhisky » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:08 pm

:D
I'm sorry to have "let loose" this thread

back to the matter at hand: i only have 6 open bottles- but thats the only whisky i have anyhow. i envy you all wil like 50.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby kyorke1 » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:16 pm

RogerB wrote:100+

~45 Single Malts
~48 Bourbons
~15 Irish
~2 Canadian
~4 Tennessee

plus ~20 Tequilas, ~8 Rums, 8 Gins, 4 Vodkas, and some liqueurs. :P


:shock:

Do you not worry about oxidation?
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby RogerB » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:50 pm

kyorke1 wrote:
RogerB wrote:100+

~45 Single Malts
~48 Bourbons
~15 Irish
~2 Canadian
~4 Tennessee

plus ~20 Tequilas, ~8 Rums, 8 Gins, 4 Vodkas, and some liqueurs. :P


:shock:

Do you not worry about oxidation?


Not really. I haven't noticed any ill effects.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby LagaDrinker » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:51 am

Managed to get mine down to 12 open now, I want to keep it at 5 open.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby thecraft » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:41 pm

LagaDrinker wrote:Managed to get mine down to 12 open now, I want to keep it at 5 open.


Sounds like a fun weekend!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:28 am

Currently 17 open. I tend to replace empties straight away so I guess around this number will be maintained. Finances permitting of course.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby LagaDrinker » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:32 am

thecraft wrote:
LagaDrinker wrote:Managed to get mine down to 12 open now, I want to keep it at 5 open.


Sounds like a fun weekend!

It may take longer than a weekend but I am working hard at getting them down :wink:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:07 pm

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:I've been in the 25 -50 bracket for the last year averging around 40 open bottles which is way too much.

I had previously been around the 20 mark which was more manageable but I went through not being able to leave stuff closed ... :o

Ah well all the more for me ..... :thumbsup:



Decided to check if I commented on this originally ..... I did.

Well it has gotten worse since then I now have over 60 bottles open :oops:

At this rate I'll have over 100 open in 2 years :o

Okay time to pull in the reins not that I want to :cry:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby upright » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:31 pm

I usually have about 25 open. The glass beads is a nice idea. tnx
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:19 am

15 to 20
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby d4m0n » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:55 am

Up to 17 now. :P

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby borgom » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:29 am

That's a great looking display you've got there!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Minnesota Malt » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:12 pm

Usually 3 or 4. I'm still pretty new at this. Right now I have Laphroaig 10, 15 and Quarter Cask, HP 12, JW Black and Black Bottle. So six now.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby kyorke1 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:56 pm

41 and still not enough choice.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby SoMK » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:56 pm

Down from 40 to 24... Plan on keeping this number I can manage :lol:
I spotted a few variations too but I've been lucky so far, I thought they were rather for the better. I stick to one rule though, when reaching the lower 1/4, the bottle has to be emptied in priority.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Liechtenstein » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:45 pm

I keep it below 10 bottles now. I'm at 8 at the moment and will soon purchase an Irish and a Canadian, bringing me up to my limit.

I keep no unopened bottles of whisky. I drink them all.

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