Thank god - after reading this thread, I don't feel like a total moron for having too many bottles open.
i've starting buying two bottles if I can afford it of certain whiskies, so that I have one that I can open and one for later. however, when the bottle is expensive, this is hard to do
i.e. - I just picked up one of these:http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/produc ... 0000029543
and there is no way that I could have afforded to purchase two of them (and this one WON'T be opened for a LONG TIME)!
I have about 35 - 40 open bottles, but I'm also a Tequila lover too, so it's almost like having a whole second hobby: because tequila has so many different flavours just like whisky, it's kind of difficult to only have a few bottles of each Tequila and Whisky open. Recently I just started getting into Grappa as well - the good ones are stunning, but very hard to find. i can now see me having a few of those open as well!
also, my drinking frequency is hugely variable: some weeks I'll have whisky every night; sometimes I'll go a couple of weeks without touching it.
Maybe I should look into getting a can of compressed Argon and just flood the bottles - it's cheap and would be easy to do.
The other thing, is that we probably all have a bunch of youngish whiskies open that are readily available at stores: Ardbeg 12, Macallan 12, Abunad'h, Talisker 10, Longmorn 15, lappy 10 / CS / QC, Laga 16, Balvennie Doublewood etc... To me, having an open bottle of one of these cheaper staples is not as big a deal as having an open bottle of Laphroaig 30 because of the massive difference in cost and availability. Some of them are early bottles that I bought as well, when I didn't really know my tastes and what I like, so they're open but I don't really care for them: Old Pulteny, one of those awful perfumey Bowmore Darkests, Highland Park 18 (ya, i know - sacrilege - but I'm just not a fan!), Craggenmore 12 which is OK, but again, not my fav...
AND, sometimes it's HARD not to open a bottle. When I picked up a Talisker DE last month, i just HAD to open it and compare it to my other two DEs (Oban and Lagavulin).