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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

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34%
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Total votes : 47

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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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:55 am

I'm the cure for Nick's OCD or lack thereof.

These are the whiskies you are looking for. Must open. :iwbrnt:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby RogerB » Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:48 pm

Here's my current inventory, and most of the bottles are open.

Bourbon
Elmer T. Lee
Eagle Rare 10yr
Eagle Rare 10/101(x2)
Eagle Rare 17yr
Blanton's
Bulleit
Black Maple Hill Premium Small Batch
William Larue Weller
George T. Stagg
Pappy Van Winkle 12yr Lot B
Pappy Van Winkle 15yr
Pappy Van Winkle 20yr
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr
Evan William's Single Barrel '96
Evan William's Single Barrel '97
Evan William's Single Barrel '98
Evan William's Single Barrel '99
Evan William's Single Barrel '00
Evan William's 1783
Evan William's Black Label
Elijah Craig 18yr
Elijah Craig 12yr
Jefferson's Presidential Select 17yr
Jefferson's Reserve 15yr
Jefferson's
Maker's Mark
Maker's 46
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Wild Turkey 14yr Tradition
Wild Turkey 15yr American Spirit
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Wild Turkey 101
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve
Jim Beam Black
Jim Beam Red Stag
Basil Hayden's
Knob Creek
Booker's
Baker's
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection- Seasoned Oak Finish
Woodford Reserve
Old Whiskey River
Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star
Ezra Brooks Black 90
Sam Houston Small Batch
Old Weller's Antique 7/107 (x4)
Old Weller's Antique NAS/107
Weller's Special Reserve
Old Grand Dad 114
Old Grand Dad BIB
JW Dant
Very Old Barton
1792
Old Pogue
Henry McKenna
Henrey McKenna Single Barrel BIB
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Single Barrel
Rowan's Creek
Noah's Mill
Buffalo Trace
McAfee's Benchmark
Prichard's Double Barrel
Old Forester Repeal (X3)
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon '03
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon '07
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon '08
Old Forester
Old Forester Signature
Rebel Reserve
Charter 101
Fighting Cock 103

Wheat
Bernheim

Rye
Thomas H. Handy Rye
Van Winkle Family Reserve 13yr
Sazerac 18yr Rye
Sazerac Rye
Wild Turkey Rye
(ri)1

Colorado
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Corn
Mellowcorn BIB

Tennesse
George Dickel 12
George Dickel Barrel Reserve
Jack Daniel's Black Label
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

Canadian
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Crown Royal Special Reserve
Crown Royal Cask No. 16
Crown Royal Black
Tangle Ridge 10yr

Irish
Midleton's Very Rare
Jameson's 18yr
Jameson's 12yr
Jameson's Gold Reserve
Redbreast 15yr
Redbreast 12yr
Bushmill's 1608
Bushmill's
Black Bush
Bushmill's 10yr Single Malt
Bushmill's 16yr Single Malt(x2)
Bushmill's 21yr Single Malt
Tyrconnell Single Malt
Knappogue 12yr Single Malt
Paddy's
Clontarf Black Label
Tullamore Dew
Kilbeggan's
Michael Collins
Powers 12yr
Powers

Scotch
Old Pulteney 12yr
Scapa 12yr
Springbank 10yr
Connoisseurs Choice Rosebank 14yr (1990/2004)
Glenlivet 16yr Nadurra Cask Strength
Glenlivet 18yr
Glenlivet 21yr Archive
Glenkinchie 12yr
Bowmore 12yr
Highland Park 12yr (x3)
Highland Park 18yr
Macallan Cask Strength
Macallan 12yr
Macallan 15yr Fine Oak
Macallan 18yr
Lagavulin 16yr
Lagavulin Distiller's Edition
Balvenie 10yr Founder's Reserve
Balvenie 12yrDouble Wood
Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel
Balvenie 17yr Rum Cask
Balvenie 17yr Sherry Oak
Balvenie 17yr New Wood
Balvenie 21yr Port Wood
Cragganmore 12yr
Dalwhinnie 15yr
Glenrothes Special Reserve
Dalmore Cigar Malt
Laphroaig 10yr
Laphroaig 15yr
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Laphroaig Cask Strength
Ardmore
Ardbeg 10yr
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist
Glenfarclas 12yr
Caol Ila 12yr
Glenfiddich 15yr
Glenfiddich 18yr
Glenfiddich 21yr
Glenmorangie 18yr
Glenmorangie 10yr
Glenmorangie 12yr Sherry wood
Glenmorangie 12yr Burgundy wood
Glenmorangie The Lasanta
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban
Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or
Glenmorangie Astar Cask Strength
Oban 14yr
Talisker 175th Anniversary
Talisker 10yr
Aberlour 12yr
Aberlour 16yr
Aberlour A'bunadh Cask Strength
Bunnahabhain 10yr Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Singleton's 12yr
Tamdhu 10yr
Johnnie Walker Green Label
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Teacher's Highland Cream
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby RogerB » Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:19 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Nice list Roger


Thanks. I've got a pretty broad range of tastes, and appreciate fine examples of numerous types of whisky.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Maccy » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:02 pm

Bit of a "splurge" Now 41 open and 30 closed.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby tomtom4919 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:01 am

I feel like such a wimp.

I have three open.

But, whisky isn't my only passion.....I like Bas Armagnacs too.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby mikeymad » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:01 am

Good for you Nick... enjoy the fresh beverage...

Cheers,
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby johan brugge » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:08 am

Collector57 wrote:I've broken the trend and opened one tonight - Port Askaig 17. 23 open now

I'll give you a penny for your thoughts, Nick.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:50 pm

johan brugge wrote:I'll give you a penny for your thoughts, Nick.

Ok Johan, now pay the man :wink:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby johan brugge » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:07 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Ok Johan, now pay the man

How much is a penny in Euro's? :mrgreen:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:42 pm

These days it would be about €0.000000000001
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:46 am

Still over 60 open. I was trying so hard to get down to the 20s.

Getting really behind in my drinking!

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:20 am

Presently running just over 60 Scotch malt whiskies on the go, plus an undetermined number of American, Canadian, Irish and Japanese whiskies.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:04 pm

The Third Dram wrote:Presently running just over 60 Scotch malt whiskies on the go, plus an undetermined number of American, Canadian, Irish and Japanese whiskies.

We should extend visiting priveleges to each other.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby dramtastic » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:32 am

Currently 78
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:52 am

And for New Years.... And it is likely you could make it plural. :P
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:37 am

Collector57 wrote:Well, it went up to 30 but now back to 28 again. I should have headroom to open something for Christmas :D

You have headroom? Lucky! If I wear shoes in my basement whiskey Lair, I bump the top of my head on the joists! Barefoot, my hair just grazes the beams. I'm definitely way over 70 again with the tasting last weekend.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby johan brugge » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:01 pm

Collector57 wrote:Down to 25

You've come a very long way, Nick.
I've recently opened about 2 or 3 bottles, so that makes a total of 20 open bottles.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:10 pm

It would seem that Nick has heard the "Drink, drink, drink." chant. Time for a new chant. :D After all, his self-imposed limit is 100 open bottles. :P
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bredman » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:06 am

Collector57 wrote:I have a new self-imposed limit of 30.

Sensible.


Normally about 6-12. But for the festive season about 28. 8)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:02 am

Collector57 wrote:I have a new self-imposed limit of 30.
It was 42 for a while (for obvious reasons) but I find as the stock reduces so does my perceived limit.

I don't set the limit. My better half gets grumpy when there are 'too many' bottles open. At the moment its 20 and she is not complaining so I'll probably maintain it around 20 plus or minus a few (or ten :D ).
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