How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Rob B » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:43 pm

A modest 38.

As a newcomer to the delights of malt whisky I have decided that when I find a whisky I like, I buy a couple of replacements as "rainy day" stock before I move on to try something else.

My view is that any bottles in stock will not go off in my lifetime and in time I should have a reasonable cellar to keep me warm in retirement.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby davmix » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:51 pm

Hi,

30 bottles closed , 25 open.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Swedish Chef » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:58 pm

Seventeen. And I second JJ's suggestion to try the Talisker 18 next, bloody good whisky and comperatively cheap.

Also, I have decided not to open any more bottles untill I finish a few of the fifteen opened ones.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby LagaDrinker » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:22 pm

5 open 15 closed

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Kernow » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:16 pm

No closed ones for me, as when i buy another its always one i haven't got so it gets opened to try.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby jazz lover » Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:42 am

600-650 now.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Liechtenstein » Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:29 pm

I feel like the poor guy here:

all 10 bottles to my name are open. :D

I always enjoy my bottles to the end, then I buy others. When several bottles get near empty at the same time, I blend them together to create diffrent tastes.
:shock: (now no one will want to be my friend!)

Uh...why would anyone want to keep a very large number of bottles unopened anyway? What is the point?

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby DanAir » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:28 pm

Liechtenstein wrote:I feel like the poor guy here:

all 10 bottles to my name are open. :D

I always enjoy my bottles to the end, then I buy others. When several bottles get near empty at the same time, I blend them together to create diffrent tastes.
:shock: (now no one will want to be my friend!)

Uh...why would anyone want to keep a very large number of bottles unopened anyway? What is the point?


I wouldn't draw any conclusions based on the disturbingly large collections of WillieJJ, MikeyMad and C57 and Jazz Lover. I suspect that they bring up the average considerably. Try measuring the median, I'm sure it's much lower.

I for one rarely have closed bottles.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby shoganai » Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:01 am

I keep all my bottles closed, unless I'm pouring. (rimshot)

But seriously, this sums it up pretty well for me, although my count isn't as impressive as some.

Collector57 wrote:I just buy them because they sound good, but don't drink as fast as I buy :(
Simple as that really


I've got about 50 right now, almost all Scotch but with a couple bourbon and Canadian. It's a mix of whiskies I've tried, liked and found good deals on, special whiskies that I found an excuse to buy and am looking for another excuse to open, and other random bottles that seemed interesting enough but haven't gotten around to opening.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby borgom » Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:13 am

45 open and 80-90 unopened.
I usually open a bottle when I feel like it. For what ever reason I'll be in a mood to open something from time to time and I'll usually know what I feel like opening.
I have no rule about finishing a bottle of whisky.
I'd suggest your next try the Balvenie 15 or the Elijah Craig 12.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:43 am

Collector57 wrote:I just buy them because they sound good, but don't drink as fast as I buy :(
Simple as that really


My situation exactly, thanks to the folks on this site. I got the Rosebank based on C57's rave (a lovely whisky with an even lovelier nose. Thanks, C57!) and now thanks to Ras and Wave, I'm eying the Dailuaine F&F. I fear it's the collecting bug, biting again... :oops:

I think I have 100+ unopened. :o

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:52 am

As a collector, somewhere just over 300.

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Postby laphroaig10_65 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:53 am

I'm not a collector, so, at the moment, six opened and eight closed.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby cathach » Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:06 am

I'm not a collector myself but I would consider myself a prudent hedger of bets against the whims of I.D.L. (Irish Distillers Ltd.). So I'd have a case each of Greenspot and Redbreast against the certainty of future price rises.

Then one each of certain Scotches I've heard of and would like to try. So 15 then in an unopened state. I'll get around to them though.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Reggaeblues » Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:35 am

I have 1 dram left of OP 12, Bowmore Dawn(mmmmmm!), Glenmo Lasanta, Laphroaig CS, 2 drams left of ...Springbank 21, Woodford Reserve, Talisker 57.

Recently emptied bottles of HP12, Longrow CV(mmmmm!) JW Gold(won't be missed - very disappointing)Glenlivet 15, Glenmo Portwood(old stylee - a longtime favourite. Deserves a funeral...)

and only about 10 open bottles anywhere near half full. so the economy is biting down here...

At least i have most of a Lagavulin 12 2007!

Unopened:

1 "old" Ardbeg 10,
1 Talisker 18(bought months ago "on offer" in Waitrose for £30!! Now waiting for Christmas)
1 Glen Moray "Jim Clark Malt"(buy one from me while there's still some in the cask! I just opened my first CS Nadurra - the Moray is very similar, but younger and friskier!)
1 Glen Moray mountain Oak, one of the most distinctive whiskies I've ever tried.)

One day I'll write a hit and post of MY 400 unopened bottles!!

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby LeoDLion » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:36 pm

I have maybe 30 unopen single malts. I am almost a serial drinker- open one and drink it all. But we do have several 'other' alcohol bottles opened like gin, vodka, rum, etc.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby lincoln imp » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:18 pm

After selling some etc i only have maybe 20 still to be opened and maybe 25-30 open. I feel a bit of a lightweight now compared to some here :roll:

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby r900p » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:46 pm

Just opened and poured myself a Glenfarclas 1987/2007 Quarter cask. So thats one less :lol: .

But i have about 150 closed, somewhere about 20 open.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby lincoln imp » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:12 pm

Collector57 wrote:
lincoln imp wrote:After selling some etc i only have maybe 20 still to be opened and maybe 25-30 open. I feel a bit of a lightweight now compared to some here :roll:

Ah but it's the quality that counts, LI, not the quantity!


I also had to get rid of some quality too Nick, but there are a few good bottles lurking around for a rainy day :wink: :thumbsup:

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby BigPapi » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:22 pm

Thought i would join in this thread.

I have about 50 unopened and 10 opened, including a nice Cardhu 12 and the new Ardbeg Renaissance which i'm not overly sure about.

The wife isnt too pleased about the unopened bottles though!

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby MacAttack80 » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:29 pm

I don't have any closed bottles as I have very little to no restraint at all. After I purchase a new bottle I usually make my wife drive so I can open the bottle in the car on the way home....if you're picking up what I'm putting down.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:34 pm

I don't have a count, and it would be difficult to do one as the whisky is all piled on top of itself and some is in a cupboard that is blocked by more bottles, but I guess somewhere in the region of 250-300. I simply buy more than I can drink. That's not about discipline in not opening bottles - it's about lack of discipline in buying them.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby BigPapi » Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:23 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
BigPapi wrote:The wife isnt too pleased about the unopened bottles though!


Well for goodness sake don't upset your wife. Rip the top off the bottles and start drinking them. :)



Its the lesser of two evils, i can guarentee she would be more upset if I opened them all! Its just the space, they have been evicted from the room they were in to give my soon a bigger bedroom.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby RyanFantastic » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:15 pm

When I first started drinking whisky I was eager to try every bottle I purchased. I quickly amassed a large amount of bottles that were half full, which eventually started to loose their nose and robustness. I ended up pouring a few bottles down the sink after 2 years because they tasted too dull :headbang: .

Since then I've limited myself to 5-6 bottles opened. It's hard getting rid of the urge to save expensive/rare bottles but I think I've learned my lesson.

I definitely buy bottles faster than I drink them, leaving me now with a modest 38 closed bottles.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:43 pm

I've had a longstanding ambition to have an inventory of 100 closed bottles, and I'm closing in on that. As soon as I hit it, I'm going to put the silly idea out of my head forever, and have an opening party. I've always tried to have five or six bottles open at a time, but lately it's been creeping up--I have 19 whiskies open, plus 5 calvados/apple brandies, an armagnac, and a couple of odd eaux-de-vie. What I really need to do is forge some sort of order out of the chaos that is Mr Tattie Heid's Midden Heap, so that I can keep better track of what's open and what's not, and be a little more methodical about my daily dram selection. As it is, I really don't believe that 19 figure, which comes from my theoretical inventory. Right now I'm not even sure I could find all those.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby TheTross » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:16 pm

Current count is a very manageable 11. One or two of these are replacements; a few more can be opened at any time. The rest are definitely set aside for special occasions or the distant future, as there are a couple of very hard-to-get bottles in there.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:45 pm

I usually only have 5 or 6 open in our drinks cupboard - usually a mix of Scotch and Irish single malts plus the odd bourbon from time to time.

I guess that I've around 40 to 50 unopened bottles around the house. Space is becoming a bit of an issue, so I'm going to try and 'divert' some to the drinks cupboard in due course.

Also, I intend to be very much more selective with future purchases.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Jeje » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:39 pm

I have a Laphroaig 1976 untouched. I never open it, thinking "I'll never find an other bottle of this dram" :oops:

If I had 2 bottles, I would open one and keep one for myself-that's what I did for Càirdeas. (Càirdeas 30 YO is too expensive for my humble budget.)

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Gov » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:12 pm

At the moment 37, just opened a Black Bush last night

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby mlawrenson » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:21 pm

20 open, 4 closed. I'm a novice, obviously.

Reggaeblues wrote:1 Glen Moray "Jim Clark Malt"(buy one from me while there's still some in the cask! I just opened my first CS Nadurra - the Moray is very similar, but younger and friskier!)


I've read about the Jim Clark malt. Rather odd, as apparently Jimmy didn't like whisky all that much. But I don't suppose an "Innes Ireland" malt would be particularly marketable.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Bulkington » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:19 pm

Willie JJ wrote:If I were you LSD I would try either the Talisker 18 or the Balvenie 15 next.


I'm half way through a Talisker 18 and have concluded that I like the Talisker 175th better.

I'm little league. I have 8 opened (with maybe a dram or two left in three of them) and 5 unopened. Given my budget and the size of my collection, I'm trying to limit my opens, but the urge for novelty is sometimes too great.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby Wave » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:00 am

Currently 165 closed with 36 opened. If I had the space I'd probably have more. :wink:
It's not really a collection, it's more like my buying of has outpaced my drinking of.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby hook55 » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:42 am

None!! Only have 3 open ones, hope to have a couple of closed before Xmas? :P

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby borgom » Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:44 am

Hurray for you Bulkington!
It's nice to know I'm not the only one that thinks the 175 is better than the 18.

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Re: How many CLOSED bottles do you have?

Postby upright » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:02 am

29 open (tooo many) 50 closed (not enough)


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