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.
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?
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?
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 .
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.
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
At my pub, that is a different matter, almost 60.
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.
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.
As a nice ending of this, read my signature.....
But most of the 'special' bottles (Port Ellens, Laga 21, HP30) stay closed, at least for now.
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 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).
Caol Ila 12 year
Highland Park 12 year
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 . 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
I notice also that nobody has any will power just to have one bottle open at a time
Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon
Finlaggan Old Reserve
Unopened (previously tasted):
Caol Ila 12
Glenfiddich 12 Special Reserve
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
Talisker 1992 DE
I want to finish a few before I open anymore.
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.
How absolutely true
BTW, I have about 15 unopen bottles at the moment
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
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!
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...
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.
Laphroaig 10 CS
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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