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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
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2-3
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13%
4-10
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34%
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Total votes : 47

Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ryguy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:52 pm

Right now I have quite a bit more open bottles than usual. I'm up to 29. There's no real rhyme or reason for it, I just like a variety. :mrgreen:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:58 pm

Nowadays I try to keep no more than 8 bottles open at any time. Some of you guys have more open bottles than I have bottles in total :empty: :o
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Reggaeblues » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:49 pm

Usually between 18-30 depending on cash flow.

Short answer: "Not enough!"
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bobbyb » Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:24 pm

would normally have between 8 & 10 open,at various levels

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby sampaiocaleia » Thu May 15, 2008 12:26 am

Today 5!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Doug1937 » Thu May 15, 2008 1:06 am

I've only recently decided that SMSW is my favorite alcohol, and subsequently occupy the bulk of my purchases, so I have just six bottles of Scotch, all of them opened. I don't see the point in buying a bottle and not opening it, not at this early stage in my drinking career. If I'm going to buy another bottle, it's going to be a brand I haven't tried yet, or another bottle of a brand I just ran out of. In either case I'd open the newly-purchased bottle.

I have a few blended malts, but only in pint sizes. I never met a Scotch I didn't like, but I prefer single malts, so I don't plan to buy a 750ml bottle of blended ever again.

My inventory:
Laphroaig 10
Laphroaig 10 CS
Talisker 10
Speyburn 10
Glenlivet 12
Lagavulin 16

I will probably buy Ardbeg 10 and Highland Park 12 next, this weekend most likely, and I'll be opening both of them right away.

I do worry about deterioration though, so I aim to keep my open bottle total in the single digits. If possible.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Reggaeblues » Thu May 15, 2008 1:37 am

Usually only one...as in, cork out, ready to pour.

I think I'll go and open one right now!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Thu May 15, 2008 1:18 pm

TheTross wrote:Too many. Did a stock list a couple of weeks back and, including smaller bottles (apart from miniatures), I found out that I had 69 bottles open! ...

For a normal number I'd ideally like to get the figure down to 10-15 or so, but that's going to take a while methinks...

69 is a lot Stuart (but its an interesting position to be in (I don't believe I just said that)).,

Seriously though, 10-15 ... ? I reckon if you have had access to that kind of variety then 10 bottles will seem a bit boring. Probably better to stick to 20-30. More fun I think.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat May 17, 2008 6:05 am

I'm in a similar position to The Tross, with far too many open (60+)and I'd like to get it down to a reasonable amount, say around 20.

On top of it all, I've been so busy with the house renos (again) and my service organisations, that I've not had time to 1) drink whisky or
2) post that I'm unable to drink whisky on the WM website.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Reggaeblues » Sat May 17, 2008 12:07 pm

Musky, in the time it took you to turn on your computer and type this, you could have popped a cork and been sipping something fine!

Oh, I get it. It's not the popping and pouring, its the poring over which of your 60 open bottles to rummage. I quite understand. That must be very time-consuming!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun May 18, 2008 4:20 am

I have to admit that it is a tough choice sometimes. Luckily there is a variety of distilleries, each with their own nuances and pleasures to mull over. (Bad pun - Mull)
I've been leaning towards the smokey ones of late and away from the Sherry finishes.

I have been planning on gradually polishing off another 10 but it's getting harder, as the remaining bottles are now getting up to the 1/2 full mark.

And then there's the new one (a Glen Rothes) from the Portugal trip that keeps calling out to me. So yes, RB it can be a very tough decision some times.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Glen Lovett » Sun May 18, 2008 8:19 pm

I have a problem with not being able to finish off all the bottles I have as I'm a bit of a horder!! However I did have a friend over last night and decided to finish off 5, Dalwhinnie, Black Bush, an old Macallan, Glenlivet and a Balvenie. However I don't think I can bear to finish off a couple of older/rarer ones as I quite like having them in my collection!!! So I'm left with 23 opened bottles at the mo and after last night a bit of a hangover :empty:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon May 19, 2008 5:03 am

Collector57 wrote:ImageImageImage

Sick East Anglian!

I would never deign to take pleasure in anothers' misfortune.

Well, okay maybe a bit of a snicker at your expense but then I would be very solicitous and sympathetic. Of course you know where to find "sympathy" in the dictionary. Eh?

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby I_SPEY » Mon May 19, 2008 7:22 am

At this moment 7. Normally 8 - 10
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon May 19, 2008 10:25 am

I seem to have got it down to about 30. Time to open a few maybe. :D
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon May 19, 2008 4:55 pm

Willie JJ wrote:I seem to have got it down to about 30. Time to open a few maybe. :D
DOWN to 30? My God man that's been a stalwart efort on your part!

I certainly think you deserve to open a new one in celebration. My collecting will be taking a decided downtown for the next few years. My buddy with the local bottle shop has elected to retire.

I'm very pleased for him but am aware that it will be a bit more difficult to find those "gems" I once had easy access to. There's a lot to be said for having another lover of whisky working in your favorite provincial distribution centre.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ganga » Mon May 19, 2008 6:01 pm

I think I'm back down to 35. :D For awhile there it was pushin' 40. Four more are on the ropes though. :thumbsup:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Lawrence » Tue May 20, 2008 3:00 am

20 or so currently, time to open a Bladnoch Sheep and a few others....
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue May 20, 2008 12:06 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:I certainly think you deserve to open a new one in celebration. My collecting will be taking a decided downtown for the next few years. My buddy with the local bottle shop has elected to retire.

That sounds like a disaster Peter. Are there no alternatives within reasonable access? Maybe someone else will see the gap in the market and open up a new shop.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed May 21, 2008 1:17 am

Willie JJ wrote:
Muskrat Portage wrote:I certainly think you deserve to open a new one in celebration. My collecting will be taking a decided downtown for the next few years. My buddy with the local bottle shop has elected to retire.

That sounds like a disaster Peter. Are there no alternatives within reasonable access? Maybe someone else will see the gap in the market and open up a new shop.
The local LCBO will still be there, they're just parachuting in a new manager from Northeastern Ontario.

My buddy, being a true lover of SMs, has always kept an eye open for me for unique products. And then when he gets one, he springs it on lil' ol' unsuspecting me, usually around payday. So, I cough up and buy it and then wonder how to slip it into the collection without being noticed.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Reggaeblues » Wed May 21, 2008 1:29 am

It's a hard life eh. MP?

There's an economic downturn in the air I can feel it. Last week alone I finished a Lasanta, a Lagavulin 16, the new Ardmore OB, a Glenmo' rum and a Laphroaig QC, and my compass box Asyla is down to its last dram(one of the BEST aperitif drams ever)...ditto the Glenmo Portwood(oldie...)and the Talisker 18.

thankfully i have a new T18, but otherwise...no replacements.

Help! I'm down to 15 bottles and many o'them are near the bottom!!

Hey Mr. clapton, d'you need a backup guitar player??? My bottles are getting lower. My wishlist is getting longer...and THAT's the blues!

Meantime it's a fullmoon over here, i'm in songwriting mode, and I replenish myself from a bottle that IS half full rather than half empty...the Ardbeg almost there!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby laddie teun » Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:19 pm

all my bottles are open (currently 387)
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lohssanami » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:05 pm

laddie teun wrote:all my bottles are open (currently 387)


Wow...do you own a bar?
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:12 pm

laddie teun wrote:all my bottles are open (currently 387)

Are you not finding that there are problems with oxidisation?
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby laddie teun » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:49 pm

well no not really
althuogh there's a bar in my SM basement (SM = Single Malt of course)
see for yourself: http://www.teuneneline.nl/whisky/kast.htm
and the list of currently open bottles: http://www.teuneneline.nl/collectie.htm
(hmmm, needs updating i see)

And no i so far i haven't encounterd problems with oxidation. Although some of the bottles are open for about ten years now. Sometimes it seems like becomming a problem, but just give teh whisky some time in your glass and usually it's oke
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:08 pm

Laddie teun your bar is stunning. I have to say the last photo is a bit worrying though. It looks like you were robbed. :wink:

Very interesting that you don't find oxidisation to be an issue. Can't help but feel that there must be some significant change in the condition of the whisky in the bottle, but you would need to compare with a fresh one to be sure.

Thanks for the photos

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby laddie teun » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:54 pm

you're more than welcome to drop by
just bring a closed bottle and we'll put it to the test.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:18 pm

I'm not expecting to be in Nijmegen any time soon, but when I am I'll take you up on that. :thumbsup:

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby laddie teun » Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:59 pm

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

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:53 pm

J H C :shock:

That is so cool laddie teun

and I am so jealous ....

by the way I think I know why you have not been on hte forums that much in hte last 6 years .......


.... in all fairness you have enough to keep yourself occupied with that amazing bar :thumbsup:
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lohssanami » Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:44 am

That basement is amazing!!!!

Very nice work!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby UUNetBill » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:03 am

I know - makes you want to buy a one-way ticket to the Netherlands, doesn't it?!?

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby laddie teun » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:11 am

everybody is more tahn welcome to drop by

and reason i have'n't been that active on this forum is mainly because of a very active dutch forum where i spent quit a lot of time
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Sherried Malt » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:39 pm

Laddie Tuen, that is one gorgeous bar! I especially like what you did with the lights along the side. Doubly gorgeous!!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Ryguy » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:15 pm

Laddie Tuen, WOW, very nice setup there! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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