Richiyaado, I can't speak for Di Blasi, but I used to use these for wine and beer:
http://www.iwawine.com/orstore/ShowItem ... =LR120-004
They work pretty well if you want to keep a tasting journal. Nowadays I keep my journals electronically and just shoot a picture of the bottle instead, though.
The Bruichladdich's (incl the nice tin tube)
One Bowmore 30yo Sea Dragon - plan to turn it into a lamp one day.
Edradour Straight from the Cask - a nice bottle and wooden box
I used to remove and scan the labels, but has given it up. Now I just take digital pictures of the bottles and labels. The bottles are then sent for recycling. The square cardboard boxes are scanned and given to the scouts for recycling.
I keep the round tubes, and reuse them for bottles that don't have a tube, or which have dull cardboard boxes (like G&M)
BTW the Chivas Cask Strength Ed. 50cl bottles fits nicely in the used 'Laddie' tubes for their 50cl special bottles.
I have an embarrassing number of empties around here. My intent has always been to peel the labels and put them in a book, but so far I have done exactly one (Talisker 25). I'm a total packrat, anyway, possibly because I don't have a wife. Or maybe it's the other way around.
Q: Do you file your nails?
A: No, I just cut them off and throw them away.
Who was it who said he was building a shed out of Bruichladdich tins? A worthy endeavor. It's the journey, not the destination.
After reading about some members misadventures with broken corks, I have started saving the corks in order to have replacements at hand, when it some day happens to me.
Richiyaado wrote:Sorry to veer off-topic, but am curious to know how you go about removing labels from your bottles, Di Blasi.
These label removers are also on the Loch Fyne Whisky site in the Hardware and glasses section of the shop.
I haven't tried soaking whisky bottles in water, but I've done it with beer bottles, with mostly unsatisfactory results. Some glues are not water-soluble (Canadian beers, for some reason), so the labels won't come off at all. And even when they do, they are entirely sodden, and it is very difficult to dry them out undamaged.
My gripe with the the label-remover kits is that they seem a bit pricey--about a dollar a label for the small kit sold by LFW, and $.50 per label for the bulk one cited above. Maybe I should just learn to throw things away.
MacLover wrote:I toss the bottles except for the very rare ones like the Black Bowmore or Macallan Raffles Hotel. I do however keep and give away when needed the wooden boxes as I have friends who often are looking for spare boxes for Mac GRs, Springbank Local Barleys, etc.
Just saving the bottles of your ordinary daily drams, ehrm...??
MrTattieHeid wrote:... Some glues are not water-soluble (Canadian beers, for some reason), so the labels won't come off at all.
If labels on Canadian beer were put on with water soluble glue, no one could keep track of their own beer in the communal cooler at bush parties.
As for keeping bottles, I have a hard enough time convincing my wife the full ones warrant space - no way she'd let me keep empties even if I wanted to (which I don't).
Keeping tasting notes seems more useful, and I seldom even to that for whisky (though I do keep a wine diary).
les taylor wrote: ... I like the idea of Photographing them and and having a file on the computer I'll try that.
I photograph each bottle and tube/box together with a digital camera and the download them into the computer. Then I save the pictures onto a disk and save it for insurance purposes, whereby you can prove what bottles you owned.
So far I have tossed out the empties and then replaced them with the same product. I'm planning a "drain 'em and toss 'em" this month to eliminate some of my close to empty bottles. The odd exceptional one I'll retain until I can replace it or keep if it's irreplaceable (ie: older Edradour 10 yo with tube).
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