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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 Ganga » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:04 am

Willie, it's really the Mannochnomore. :P
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:35 am

Och, no more man.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:16 am

Currently 51 after knocking over the Nikka From The Barrel

Probably back to about 60 by the end of the week, delivery waiting for me at the post office.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Maccy » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:14 am

Still 48 open, but now 28 closed. I really want to finish a couple before opening more but getting very itchy now! :headbang:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:00 pm

Maccy wrote:Still 48 open, but now 28 closed. I really want to finish a couple before opening more but getting very itchy now! :headbang:


Then Scratch!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:00 am

dramtastic wrote:Currently 51 after knocking over the Nikka From The Barrel

Probably back to about 60 by the end of the week, delivery waiting for me at the post office.


60 :iwbrnt:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:15 am

Open bottles, open bottles.

Satan out. :P

PS. At least you didn't have to fast for 40 days to receive temptation. :mrgreen:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby johan brugge » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:49 pm

dramtastic wrote:60 :iwbrnt:

60 open bottles? :o
And how many of these are not Japanese whiskies?
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Leorin » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:19 am

I normally have round about 40 open bottles
(the 300+ samples do not count, right?)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:27 am

Collector57 wrote:
johan brugge wrote:
dramtastic wrote:60 :iwbrnt:

60 open bottles? :o
And how many of these are not Japanese whiskies?

We could have a sweepstake on that.
I go for 7



14 :P

Though I'm now down to 57 Open
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:11 am

Collector57 wrote:The perfect number DT!



:)

I guess I'll have to hold steady right at that number then Nick, lest evil befall me!! Well at least until it changes to 58!!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:54 pm

Went back over this and I am sad to say I am not improving ... or maybe I am depends which way you look at it :roll:

Here is my progress ...

25 Oct 2007, 16:17
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


25 Mar 2009, 16:07
irishwhiskeychaser wrote: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:


20 Nov 2009, 01:59
irishwhiskeychaser wrote:When I posted Originally I was 26-50 group ... it's now over 70 :oops:




Well update ... even after you guys started the fashion of reduction and I did try ... but as of today I am 1 off 90 :headbang:

I need help ... and before ye all chime in, yes, that help too ... a few people to drop by and drain a few bottles :dead:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby drinix » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:58 pm

14 open and 2 closed, a bottle of Ardbeg Corry and a 20cl of JW Blue that I got as a gift!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:39 pm

At the rate you're going Nick you'll be negative by Xmas. :P What's that make, 75-80 bottles finished over the last two years?
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bredman » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:05 am

Currently six. :|

Record high was about 25. 8)

Record low was about 1. :shock:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:24 pm

Nick you can console (kid) yourself with the thought that you have been finishing off the dregs in a few bottles which when combined wouldn't amount to much. :)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby mikeymad » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:33 pm

Collector57 wrote:Down to 30 now having finished the dregs of a bottle (:) )


Ah the goodness of the dregs...

Well done Nick.. I have been killing a lot over the last 6 months. But I think that I am still in the 60s+ (need a recount)... I have killed off most of the low ones.. just about all the ones open are around the half bottle+ fill levels... a little more work, but not a bad job if you can get it.

Shooting for around 48 (that is what fits into my rolling beverage cart).. :smoke:

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:10 pm

Collector57 wrote:My aim is to keep the top 4 shelves of The Cabinet for open bottles and the bottom 6 for "in the wings".
At the moment the top 4 are looking bare. Perhaps I should reduce it to the top 3?


Well there is the obvious... open a couple to fill in the gaps... you remember what happened to Old Mother Hubbard.. !!

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:18 pm

Spread your wings Nick. :)

mikeymad wrote:Shooting for around 48 (that is what fits into my rolling beverage cart).. :smoke:

Whisky a la cart :wink:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Maccy » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:26 pm

47 open, 30 closed.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby johan brugge » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:01 pm

Collector57 wrote:252 closed

This may be a stupid question, but will you open most or some of them, or will you keep them closed?
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Re: How many op en bottles do you normally have?

Postby Fi-Wi » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:00 pm

However being mortified while drinking (a couple of) them is another thing. :)

But of course it is best to enjoy them and newer drams for many more years.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Maccy » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:49 am

Still 47 open but now 29 closed with the purchase of the Glenlivet 21.

Soon closed will be overtaking open - Aaaaaargh! :headbang:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby johan brugge » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:04 pm

I've got 27 bottles open and 23 closed at the moment, but that can soon change.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:08 pm

Maccy wrote:Still 47 open but now 29 closed with the purchase of the Glenlivet 21.

Soon closed will be overtaking open - Aaaaaargh! :headbang:


Isn't this a very solvable problem? :mrgreen:

Last count was 51 but I've finished a few and opened another. I think it is 45 or 46. End of month will likely see another 5 or 6 hit the recycling bins. Guess it will be time to open a few too.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Maccy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:27 pm

recount - 30 closed and 44 open.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby mikeymad » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:59 pm

Collector57 wrote:26 now (and 251 unopened)


Dang - you are going to get to a point where you HAVE to open :iwbrnt:

(don't make us call Willie on you)


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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:21 pm

Collector57 wrote:My aim is to keep the top 4 shelves of The Cabinet for open bottles and the bottom 6 for "in the wings".
At the moment the top 4 are looking bare. Perhaps I should reduce it to the top 3?


Seems to me, you're trying to save the corner of one shelf for the open stock. :P

I know, I know: "Get thee behind me."

mikeymad wrote:(don't make us call Willie on you)


That's when you need to EMPTY bottles.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby mikeymad » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:27 pm

Ganga wrote:
mikeymad wrote:(don't make us call Willie on you)


That's when you need to EMPTY bottles.


Oh yeah... my bad...
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:47 pm

When are you having your "Grand Opening Party"? At the rate you are going, you'll have nothing but sealed bottles by Christmas.

Yup, 9 days to go to or own little LA festival. The plan will be to terminate about 6 bottles and open 3 or 4.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bredman » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:23 am

Down to 3 bottles, my lowest for many years. I'm planning a big opening quite soon, i have a dozen in the wings.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lbacha » Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:00 am

Hmm interesting thought I had, I was counting what I had open and looked in the cupboard and saw all the sample bottles I have, if I counted all of them I would have as many open as closed, I guess I need to inventory them and figure out the true number. (BTW I pour 2 10cl samples of most bottles I open that arn't standard bottlings. I figure this way I can enjoy the bottle alot longer than I would otherwise)

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby robbi@laurenson.com » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:49 am

A 30ml dram a night and 3 on Friday and Saturday each comes to 11 drams per week. There's 23 drams in a 700ml bottle give or take, so you're looking at close on two bottles a month, and that's before your friends come over :).

At a consumption rate of two bottles a month and an opened bottle being 'fresh' for 3 months, this means a max of 6 bottles open at any one time. However, if you used 250ml bottles for decanting, you get three bottles (+/-) out of a full one, meaning you can have 18 smaller bottles open at any one time and still stay in the 'fresh zone'.

Sounds like a nicely sized selection to me. Now I just need to find decent 250ml spirit bottles...laboratory bottles fit the bill nicely as they are non-reactive etc...but they're bloody pricey.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby robbi@laurenson.com » Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:19 am

You're right, it's mostly a thumbsuck based on forum-trawling, but also comes from my own experience. In general it seems the whisky improves in the open bottle, though I have left a small enough amount in a bottle to go 'flat' and I really dislike the effect. I also notice with just a bit left in the glass after a few hours the flatness creeps in. Remnants the next morning smell completely lifeless and stale to me.

I find whisky needs to open up in the glass over 20 minutes or so. Newly opened bottles may take a bit longer, as there's been less exposure to air in the bottle. IMO this is why a whisky 'improves' in the bottle as the level drops - more air, more 'opened up'. For me, I'd rather keep what's in the bottle as close as it reasonably can be kept to what was put into the bottle in the first place, and let it open up in the glass.

Horses for courses. I freely admit this also feeds my adhd :D .
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lbacha » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:08 pm

I cured my OCD by starting a monthly tasting session, not a lot of scotch fans here in Cleveland Ohio but the interest has been good, I have 4 regulars and a few others interested in learning. I've started with alot of basic bottling that I may have not bought and opened otherwise. It also gives me a chance to revisit some old classics that I havn't had in a while.

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