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lovejones
12-26-2008, 20:25
It may sound like a stupid question, but I have a very good reason. Please post pics of your favorite bottle shape.

Thanks

ILLfarmboy
12-26-2008, 20:51
Judging just on shape? I like Buffalo Trace. But if we include label design I really dig Baby saz. I like the label and I like the fact that it is painted on and not paper.

When I was drinking El Tesoro tequila the other day, I was admiring its painted label and wondering why more bourbon bottles didn't use that technique. I always liked WT RR 101's painted label.

Cigarman Chris
12-26-2008, 21:09
Leaving bourbon behind for a moment, I think the Captain Morgan Private Stock bottle is pretty cool staying in price ranges, but out of everything, the coolest bottle I have seen is the Hennessy Ellipse bottle, and I'll be damned if I ever get a sip of that stuff.

Rughi
12-26-2008, 21:16
I like the 1955 Raymond Loewy Old Forester Decanter (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=46362&postcount=4).

I would totally keep the BTAC bottles for refilling and keeping on the sideboard if they didn't have the impossible to remove painted label.

Roger

Dramiel McHinson
12-26-2008, 21:25
I seem to like the bottle art better when there is whiskey still in the bottle. There is something very off putting about an empty bottle. AS far as basic shape goes, I like the style similar to WT Russell's Reserve or better, Aberlour Abunadh. I also like the decanter styles but no favorite that stands above the rest.

Slob
12-26-2008, 21:25
Judging just on shape? I like Buffalo Trace. But if we include label design I really dig Baby saz. I like the label and I like the fact that it is painted on and not paper.

When I was drinking El Tesoro tequila the other day, I was admiring its painted label and wondering why more bourbon bottles didn't use that technique. I always liked WT RR 101's painted label.

You and I agree on something again. Sazerac bottles are just absolutely perfect.

JeffJ
12-26-2008, 21:45
I am fond of the EC 12 bottle. My wife has taken to making her own spiced rum in one of my empties.

OscarV
12-27-2008, 05:34
Shape only, not label design etc.?
OK, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and Four Roses Single Barrel.

chilidawg7
12-27-2008, 07:28
Bourbon:

http://www.plunderguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/wild-turkey-american-spirit-bourbon.jpg



Non-Bourbon:

http://www.finishing.com/432/43257.jpg

or

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_2SwF8HOtjSQ/R8-Ge8YhpbI/AAAAAAAABJE/xoWcsNI6GMk/51_Fina_Estampa_Reposado_t_1166729955.jpg

OscarV
12-27-2008, 08:01
Shape only, not label design etc.?
OK, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and Four Roses Single Barrel.

Opps, sorry I didn't post pics as requested in above post so here goes with thumbnails below.

The FR is a 120 not a SB but same shape.

tmas
12-27-2008, 10:12
My favorite basic bottle shape is the squat bottle like the Van Winkle 10yr 107 comes in.

fishnbowljoe
12-27-2008, 10:58
I have a few that to me are eye catching and unique. This year's Maker's Mark VIP bottle, Rock Hill Farms, Four Roses Small batch (Mariage), Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, and Willett'e Family Reserve. Joe

gblick
12-27-2008, 15:24
I like the simple squat bottle like that found on the ORVW 10/107 and the Old Weller Antique. For a fancier design, I think the Four Roses Single Barrel is cool the way it starts round at the bottom and turns square up higher, and the way the wood cork housing goes down around the mouth is cool too.

kickert
12-27-2008, 18:31
I like the ETL / Weller Cent. bottle displayed as my avatar.

ThomasH
12-27-2008, 19:12
I like WTRB and FR Single Barrel, especially the recessed corked stoppers!

Thomas

Skunk
12-27-2008, 19:19
I like the BTAC bottles for proving form follows function by:
A) Showing the color of the bourbon well.
B) Serving as a filter, if poured slowly, when there's lots of char at the bottom in the last couple pours.
C) Having a small diameter which exposes less surface area to oxygen.

Stu
12-28-2008, 12:28
Maybe I'm too practical, but I like the square Bushmills bottles for ease of packing into a bar. For beauty I go for the FR SB.

Old Lamplighter
12-28-2008, 13:29
Tough question......but, I'll go with Saz Jr by a nose over WTKS.

jburlowski
12-28-2008, 15:10
I like the ETL / Weller Cent. bottle displayed as my avatar.

I agree. Purely in terms of shape, I like this short, squat form figure. Not sure why, but the square bottle seems simple and timeless.

In terms of overall esthetics, I agree with some of the other comments here; including the Saz Jr. I also like the ER SB bottle.

funknik
12-28-2008, 15:36
It's not bourbon, but this is my answer....
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff159/funknik/landycognacdesir.jpg

ILLfarmboy
12-29-2008, 06:11
Although it isn't bourbon or rye sysrick's recent post in the "Colorado Whiskey" thread reminded me of how much I like Stranahan's bottle shape.

hjminard
12-29-2008, 06:15
I'll jump on the WTKS bandwagon ... though there are many that I appreciate.

smokinjoe
12-29-2008, 06:57
Although, they're slightly different, the Buffalo Trace and EWSB bottles get my nod in the "They just damn look like a whiskey bottle should" category. From a strictly utilitarian standpoint, the square ET Lee bottle shape is easy to store and easy to grab. For pure good looks, the Willett Single Barrel Estate Reserve "Pot Still" bottle, Four Roses Single Barrel, and EC18 bottles sure are purdy.

Buffalo Bill
12-29-2008, 08:07
Old Forester Birthday - love that bottle. BB

Dramiel McHinson
12-29-2008, 15:26
It's not bourbon, but this is my answer....


I have to agree. That's one of those bottles that you just keep refilling because you never want to be finished with it. :cool:

spun_cookie
12-29-2008, 16:34
the Old 8 yr WT Handles (6 sided) are nice and I concure with the Baby Saz bottle... the easiest to store on a shelf are the Weller Centennial Bottles... I have concidered keeping them when empty and using them for all of my bourbons and just "wet" the label off and put it on the square bottle...

The Dickel (Star Trek) bottle is groovy as well

wku88
12-29-2008, 21:19
I keep a 1792 decanter around so I don't have to pour out of a 1.75. I kinda like it.

wildcatdon
12-30-2008, 12:18
Rock Hill Farms has one of the neatest bottles out there. Elmer T Lee also.

cowdery
12-30-2008, 14:19
My taste runs to clean, simple design so I like the Van Winkle and BTAC bottles, as well as the Beam (rī) bottle.

shoshani
12-30-2008, 14:29
For bourbon, Old Forester Signature.

For non-bourbon, Balvenie Scotch.

The Dude
12-30-2008, 15:27
Love the WTKS but still can not go past the Kentucky Legend.

OscarV
12-30-2008, 15:30
I like the Van Winkle

And when you consider whats in the bottle than that Van Winkle Lot B wins hands down,..... really put your hands down,.... no, no, no you Sir put your hands down,....now the rest of you put your hands up.

OK,.... I am done,....

polyamnesia
12-30-2008, 16:15
for all that simple harsh wild west peacocking, the bulleit bottle is surpassed by the simple generic gotham elegance of the those tall BTAC bottles...stagg, handy, eagle...yep, them bottles!

sku
12-30-2008, 16:42
I like the old-school look of the long-neck bottles of Dickel No. 12 and Baby Saz. I actually find these easier to pour without spilling as well.

gothbat
12-30-2008, 17:23
Of the bottles currently available the best looking ones are the BTAC bottles, the tall Van Winkle bottles (PVW, VWSR12, VWFRR) but the nicest looking bottle I've ever seen was the Diamond Decanter from Old Fitzgerald. There is a picture of it in this thread (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6851), post #1, second bottle from the right.

jburlowski
01-02-2009, 11:44
I like the old-school look of the long-neck bottles of Dickel No. 12 and Baby Saz. I actually find these easier to pour without spilling as well.

That's why I (unlike some others here) have never liked the OFBB bottle. (The liquid inside is something else.) Too fussy and difficult to handle. And damn hard to fit into a brown paper bag or take a pull right from the bottle when a glass isn't readily available... :lol: :lol: :lol:

polyamnesia
01-02-2009, 17:22
oh heck, how about those commemorative JD bottles...aren't they better than the contents???? lovely bottles....:rolleyes: :cool: