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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30%
26-50
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby pmullin » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:28 pm

I'm probably hovering around 20 open bottles, including a mix of single malts, a couple blends, as well as a few Irish whiskeys and Bourbons.

Lately, I have tried to check my impulse to open any new purchase to try it right away. I have been somewhat successful, but my bottle of George T. Stagg has started whispering "open me, open me,..." and my Glengoyne Scottish Oak is chiming in as well.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby meni » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:55 pm

I currently have about 39 bottles. I find it to difficult not after all its not going to go bad if its open so why not? :D

Meni. I notice from you picture you have the Kirkland 19yo Macallan whats this like?
I've been toying with the idea of buying one?

Dear Woodhill
I don't think that the 19 years is available anymore. it was a very good value, can not be compared to the 18 years so much because the 18 is more intense and powerful , both in nose and pellet . the 19 is extremely smooth with chocolate notes and light on the cherry .

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:33 am

Hello all:

Being a compulsive/obsessive drammer and collector, I hesitated to post a comment lest I sound rather crazy. Since I do pour drams occasionally for my customers at my business as well as host PLOWED gatherings from time to time, I keep a rather large number of open bottles at my store (which has nothing to do with the spirits business). Suffice to say the number of open bottles is very comfortably over 50. Since February, I've soaked off approx. 60 labels from empty bottles FWIW.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby matthew2512 » Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:51 am

i usually have about 10 bottles open because i like to have variety to choose from, but i do notice some negative effects on the whisky if the bottle has been open for more than a few months once the level drops below half way. so im now trying to cut down to having about 3 or 4 bottles open at a time.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby K-Mile » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:33 am

matthew2512 wrote:i usually have about 10 bottles open because i like to have variety to choose from, but i do notice some negative effects on the whisky if the bottle has been open for more than a few months once the level drops below half way. so im now trying to cut down to having about 3 or 4 bottles open at a time.


Or drink faster 8)

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:37 pm

Personally, at home hardly ever more than 3, usually 0-1. Although this evening I will be sampling 8 different drams!

At my pub, that is a different matter, almost 60.
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby IainB » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:56 pm

I reckon I've 25-30 open. There's one or two with only 1 drink taken that I didn't like so they may remain like that for some time. What do other people do with bottles they don't like?

I'm not going to count them in case it's more than that and I feel compelled to go on a binge to get the number down. On the other hand.......

If I don't post for a few days you'll know what's happened.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Thesh » Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:51 am

If I have a bottle, it's open. I like trying new things... That leaves me with 70+ bottles, all open.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby I_SPEY » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:02 pm

I haven now seven open bottles:

The Claymore - a very nice blended whisky
Hankey Bannister - a very, very nice blended whisky
Johnny Walker Black Label - well known
Millstone - a good Dutch whisky!
Talisker 18 yo - one of my favourites!
Glenmorangie ten years old - good too
Highland Park 18 yo. - top of the bill!

Normally, I haven ten to twelve open bottles and 4 - 8 new ones.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby K-Mile » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:11 am

At the moment, I have 25 bottles, of which 12 are open. This is increasing, and I expect it to continue to do so, since there is just too much good stuff to taste. Especially with the online tastings, I get a couple of bottles which I open right away. So that adds up...

But most of the 'special' bottles (Port Ellens, Laga 21, HP30) stay closed, at least for now.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Knolly » Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:05 am

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 :P 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). :)

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:47 pm

I try to keep to 15 or under.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby vlodko » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:06 pm

Let's see - I've got...

Caol Ila 12 year
Highland Park 12 year
Glenrothes 1987
Balvenie 21 year
Eagle Rare 10 year

...that makes 5.

I was going to ask whether anyone thought there was a problem keeping a bunch of half full bottles open (contact with air changing the nose and palate), but seeing that many of you have a lot more open tells me that it must not be a problem - right?

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby jazz lover » Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:25 am

around 6 open
around 600 unopen

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby mattbuty » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:09 am

I have a few open, and a few more will get opened on my birthday, and of course at Christmas. but I don't open them for their own sake.

Firstly is the space issue, and also I believe some whiskies go a bit flat towards the last quarter of the bottle, and I want to drink them and really think about them when I do so. :o

I find at first I can really like something, and then go off it a bit, like the new quinta rubana, or conversely in the case of the Edradour, not like it, and then really warm to its oily palate. :thumbsup:

Too many open whisky bottles would over complicate this for me, and if I want something different, I have an excellent pub just up the road. :smoke:

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby hook55 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:25 am

1. like to finish one before I open another. 8)

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:40 pm

Willie JJ wrote:.
IainB wrote:I reckon I've 25-30 open. There's one or two with only 1 drink taken that I didn't like so they may remain like that for some time. What do other people do with bottles they don't like?

Iain if I don't like a dram I instantly doubt my judgement and try another. Then, if my opinion is unchanged, I brood on it for a few days and always decide that I'm just not giving it a fair chance. Then I will sit down of an evening and drink only that dram, exploring to see if I can find any merit in it whatsoever. Usually I do find something. I don't know if it is just getting used to some unusual element of taste that then allows enjoyment to commence or if I just stupidly refuse to accept that a dram can be all bad, but I have occasionally found myself surprised at how much I ended up liking something I initially thought was rubbish.

On the other hand some things are just rubbish :yuk: . Still find it hard to accept though.

On the topic in hand, I usually have 25-40 bottles open.


With you there ... will always give the bottle as much a chance as possible and I've only come across about 3 that I've hated and others that I'm just okay with I slip into a evening after I've had 4 or 5 and see if it's improved and of course by that time it has :lol: :lol: :lol:

I notice also that nobody has any will power just to have one bottle open at a time :mrgreen:

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby randall fairbrook » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:14 pm

i have 28 bottles open now

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby lohssanami » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:21 am

Here is a list of my "opened", "unopened but previously tasted", and "unopened and never tasted" bottles. A total of 12 opened and 14 unopened.

Opened:

Aberlour 12
Ardbeg 10
Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon
Finlaggan Old Reserve
Glenlivet 12
HP 18
Lagavulin 16
Laphroaig QC
Redbreast 12
Scapa 14
Tobermory 10
Yamazaki 12

Unopened (previously tasted):

Caol Ila 12
Glenfiddich 12 Special Reserve
JW Black
Laphroaig 10
St. George Single Malt

Unopened (never tasted):

Aberlour A'bunadh B15
Aberlour A'bunadh B21
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist
Glenfiddich 18 Ancient Reserve
Old Pulteney 12
PC5 x2
Talisker 1992 DE
Talisker 18

I want to finish a few before I open anymore.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby I_SPEY » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:54 pm

Matt Page wrote:
And I also find if I'm constantly switching between a large selection I don't get the feel of them, but if you stay with a few over a couple of weeks they start to sink in and leave a lasting memory.
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How absolutely true :thumbsup:

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Gov » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:52 pm

Right now, as far as scotch, I have about 13 open, irish 2 open and one boubon. I feel that this is a bit much, and only plan on having maybe 5 or 6 from now on.
BTW, I have about 15 unopen bottles at the moment

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby CousinLarry » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:11 pm

I have 5 bottles open at the moment. That number works well for me. I don't think I will be picking anything else up until I finish another bottle. As others have said once you get to the last 1/4th of the bottle the quality really starts to drop fast. I feel like it would be a waste to open any more.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby shoganai » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:45 am

Right now I have about 15 scotch and 10 other (various whisky & brandy) which is way more than I like to have open. I'm actually down from where I was at the beginning of the year, but it's still too many for my current living situation. I'd like to get it down to about 10 total and keep it around there.

The problem for me is that when I have too many open, it can take forever to get through a single bottle. I might drink a bottle's worth of whisky over a three week period, but if it's spread over 15 malts I've hardly made a dent in any of them. Then I get to a certain point and I'm like "gee it's been 3 weeks since I opened anything new. Time to open another!". It's the death spiral of too many open bottles.

My current M.O. is to pick a bottle or two to focus on until they're gone. A more focused attack should clear the shelves a little quicker. Of course taking a break from whisky doesn't help the cause, but

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby Klas » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:47 am

I am now down to approximately 10 opened bottles.

I realised a few years ago that I as opening bottles quicker than they were consumed. I had at that stage (in my opinion) too many opened bottles.

I have actually not opened many bottles at all during the last two years. But I am now in a position to start opening new ones again, which will be fun!
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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby I_SPEY » Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:08 pm

Only five :(

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby TheTross » Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:17 pm

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! Came as a bit of a shock I can tell you! I've even got a bottle each of St. Magdalene 1965, Lag 21, Lag 21 IB and Lag 25 that I really want to open but just don't have the room for. I seem to have a habit of impulse buying and opening bottles much, much quicker than I empty them.

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...

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby bamber » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:30 pm

Around 60. Quite potty really. I still go in the cupboard sometime and rue not having a particular style of whisky on hand.

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby sampaiocaleia » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:27 pm

Around 10:

- 3/4 : Islay
- 2/3 : Speyside
- 1/2 : Highland
- 2 : blended (Monkey Shoulder and Black Bottle)
- 1/2 : Cask Strength

This is usually my WhiskyScape!

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Re: How many open bottles do you normally have?

Postby arkle » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:49 pm

I did a stock take and discovered I had 22 open bottles; I vow to finish some up before I open any more as some of them have only 3 or 4 drams in :dead:

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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.

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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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