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Rockefeller
12-11-2012, 13:56
Stumbled on this article (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?16601-Old-Rip-Van-Winkle-23-Decanter-Pappy&p=261145&viewfull=1#post261145) recently and it got me thinking: With my end-of-the-year bonus coming up, should I crack open one of the special bottles that I've been saving for my unborn son (who will probably sell it as soon as I'm dead)?

Depending on the size of my check, I'm thinking of popping ONE of the following:
ORVW23
Hirsch16
Macallan 18 - 1985 (the vintage that won whiskey of the year)
Macallan 25
Lagavulin 21


What's the deflowering threshold for your most valued bottle ... if there is one?

HighInTheMtns
12-11-2012, 14:00
All of my most valued bottles are open. Whiskey is for drinking. Worth noting though is that cost-wise, none of them compare to the items in your list.

Rockefeller
12-11-2012, 14:08
All of my most valued bottles are open. Whiskey is for drinking. Worth noting though is that cost-wise, none of them compare to the items in your list.

It's also in a twisted way, delayed gratification. Outside of the Mac25 those aren't made anymore so once I finish, it may be the last time I get to taste it (unless I pay out on some auction site). The question becomes whether I want to enjoy it this year or xx years from now.

IowaJeff
12-11-2012, 14:20
You can always replenish your collection with new 'not made anymore or not available' bottles. Especially from operational distillers like Macallan and Lagavulin. If I had 5 or so bottles I treasured I would probably pop one open every couple of years.

JB64
12-11-2012, 14:28
Most all of my bottles are open and the ones that aren't is because I just haven't got around to them yet. I agree with Jim, whiskey is for drinking. There are a few bottles that I wait for a special occasion to open them and here recently that special occasion is that I am getting ready to drink a good whiskey. Again like Jim said I don't have any bottles in my collection as nice as the one's on your list.

redbear
12-11-2012, 14:28
I only delay opening bottles so that I don't have too many open at once. Other than that, I have no threshold. You don't know what tomorrow brings. Live for today, IMO.

Tennessee Dave
12-11-2012, 14:29
Well it is Tuesday so that would be good enough reason for me to pop one open. Hell I've even opened one on Wednesday one time.

Rockefeller
12-11-2012, 14:32
Well it is Tuesday so that would be good enough reason for me to pop one open. Hell I've even opened one on Wednesday one time.

Alrighty then. LIFE ... HERE I COME!!

Brisko
12-11-2012, 14:33
Days ending in "Y" for me. I don't have many high value bottles but with the exception of the occasional duplicate (I don't have much of a bunker either) they are all open. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? I'd rather enjoy these now and look back on them fondly than not taste them at all.

michaelturtle1
12-11-2012, 14:35
Well it is Tuesday so that would be good enough reason for me to pop one open. Hell I've even opened one on Wednesday one time.


That is funny, I was typing almost the exact same response.. I have found in general when I make a big deal about opening a bottle, I usually walk away disappointed... I stared at my first PVW20 I purchased (my 1st "good" bourbon) for 2+ yrs and the day I opened it I was disappointed and drowned my sorrows with a few pours of Lot B.. after a few weeks I grew to appreciate the 20 more and more but I think the anticipation gave me expectations that no bottle of bourbon could live up to.... I dont' usually set a day to open bottles but for some stupid reason it is a random Tuesday when I just say oh F-it and open something "good"

DaveOfAtl
12-11-2012, 14:36
Of course whiskey is for drinking, but there is nothing wrong with saving your most treasured bottles for a particularly special occassion. I don't have a set threshold and tend to grab a special bottle when the occassion calls for it. For instance, I have a trip to the mountains planned with some friends over New Years and plan to take a couple of bottles I've been waiting to open. Others, I think, save bottles for designated events (birth of children, etc.). I'm sure I will open half my bunker if UGA ever wins a national championship in football . . . sigh. It makes it fun to look forward to . . . not that there's anything wrong with breaking into a Macallan 25 on a random Tuesday night. :grin:

Trey Manthey
12-11-2012, 14:56
I recently had a "special" event which was certainly deserving of a special bottle. However, while drinking the special bottle, we weren't even really focused on it, so the booze got a bit forgotten.

I tend to enjoy the really good stuff more when I'm not trying to enjoy some life event.

I'm not saying that the quality of the whiskey should be inversely proportional to the importance of setting in which it's enjoyed, but rather that they shouldn't be linked. As Jason Pyle used to say when he did video reviews, "Drink your whiskey." Not "Drink your good whiskey when you are doing something important."

docbible
12-11-2012, 14:56
My vote is for the ORVW 23. Great bourbon in a sexy decanter with matching glasses. After the bourbon runs dry it can be filled with any favorite spirit. As you pour out of it in the future, you will always be reminded of the special occasion that sparked the uncorking. Just hide from your friends until its refilled. tim

DaveOfAtl
12-11-2012, 15:05
I recently had a "special" event which was certainly deserving of a special bottle. However, while drinking the special bottle, we weren't even really focused on it, so the booze got a bit forgotten.

I tend to enjoy the really good stuff more when I'm not trying to enjoy some life event.

I'm not saying that the quality of the whiskey should be inversely proportional to the importance of setting in which it's enjoyed, but rather that they shouldn't be linked. As Jason Pyle used to say when he did video reviews, "Drink your whiskey." Not "Drink your good whiskey when you are doing something important."

I don't know. I tend to think bourbon tastes better when I am happy and enjoying good company. I don't think you have to focus solely on what you are drinking in order to enjoy it.

Trey Manthey
12-11-2012, 16:00
I don't know. I tend to think bourbon tastes better when I am happy and enjoying good company. I don't think you have to focus solely on what you are drinking in order to enjoy it.

Ack. Well, I agree with you. I just didn't explain my reasoning very well. The gist was that I don't need a special occasion to open a special bottle.

Enoch
12-11-2012, 16:08
My threshold is getting home if I can wait that long. But I carry a collapsible shot glass with me always just in case I can't.

Clavius
12-11-2012, 16:09
Simply having any special bottle in my possession is enough reason for me to open it. I don't really look for any particularly special event to do so. In fact, I tend to avoid bringing special bottles out for family and friends unless I know for a fact that they can appreciate said bottle(s). Over the past few years I've been lucky enough to go through several bottles of PVW, BTAC and others. While part of me regrets that I don't have those bottles now to drink I am glad that I not only drank them but thoroughly enjoyed them in the process. There is enough good to great bourbon out there available every day that keeps me content. And I know that in the future I'll likely acquire other special bottles to enjoy. So drink up! That's what the stuff was made for! :cool:

Flyfish
12-11-2012, 16:27
Stumbled on this article (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?16601-Old-Rip-Van-Winkle-23-Decanter-Pappy&p=261145&viewfull=1#post261145) recently and it got me thinking: With my end-of-the-year bonus coming up, should I crack open one of the special bottles that I've been saving for my unborn son (who will probably sell it as soon as I'm dead)?

Depending on the size of my check, I'm thinking of popping ONE of the following:
ORVW23
Hirsch16
Macallan 18 - 1985 (the vintage that won whiskey of the year)
Macallan 25
Lagavulin 21


What's the deflowering threshold for your most valued bottle ... if there is one?

As the father of three daughters, I bought wines from the vintages of their births that could be expected to age well. The wines were served at the head table at their wedding receptions.
When it comes to bourbon, I am always amused by posters who say "I can't wait to open it!" Perhaps I'm too literal minded, but my response is always, "Well, yes you can. What you can't wait to do is post on SB that you scored a special bottle." When I score a great bottle, I drink first and post later.

squire
12-11-2012, 17:23
Waking up in an emergency room will concentrate your thoughts wonderfully . . . the fact I woke up in my own bed this morning is special occasion enough to open any bottle on hand.

HighInTheMtns
12-11-2012, 19:22
To elaborate on my short answer from before... I certainly understand the desire to collect, and to have nice bottles in the collection. I exaggerated a bit when I said that every special bottle I own is open; some are duplicates, a couple are just waiting for some other bottles to be emptied because I have way too many open.

But I wouldn't buy so much whiskey if I didn't like drinking it. Every special bottle I buy, I buy because I want to drink it. Rockefeller - you obviously intend to drink those bottles and I'm certainly not advocating drinking them all immediately or anything rash like that. I also appreciate the enjoyment you get from waiting and anticipating. I just think it's possible to go so far the other way that you rob yourself of something else, the chance to KNOW what those things taste like, to be able to compare other things to them, to be able to discuss them from the perspective of someone who has drunk them. Most importantly, to enjoy drinking and sharing them.

I hope your bonus turns out to be such that you can open whichever of those bottles you want and replace it with something better. But if not, I say a new year's still worth celebrating. Open one anyway and enjoy it in good health with good friends. There's wisdom in what squire said, you never know what the future will bring.

Happyhour24x7
12-12-2012, 05:53
Well it is Tuesday so that would be good enough reason for me to pop one open. Hell I've even opened one on Wednesday one time.
This is the exact response I was going to post. And if you need something to make a Tuesday more special, call your best friend and pop a special bottle.

Tucker
12-12-2012, 07:05
I seem to have accumulated more "valued bottles" than I'll ever have valued bottle-worthy occasions, so I've lowered the threshold on what it takes to open one.

For example, since today is 12-12-12, I've decided to open my 12th and last remaining bottle of GTS '12 at 12:12:12 and take 12 shots (one every 12 seconds).

Depending on how this works, I've got plans for my bottles of PVW 23 for the 23rd.

See you tomorrow.

sailor22
12-12-2012, 08:21
The older I get the lower the threshold. I have come to realize noting is as special as a fun evening with close friends or family.

Tony
12-12-2012, 08:31
For the special bottles I have a few-

I have one of those Pappy23s in the fancy bottle in the wood box that I am saving for my 50th.

Both of my son's were born in Port vintage years so I have 6 or so bottles from each year that I am saving for special occasions like marriage, grandbabies and the like.

Best regards, Tony

Rockefeller
12-12-2012, 09:03
I seem to have accumulated more "valued bottles" than I'll ever have valued bottle-worthy occasions, so I've lowered the threshold on what it takes to open one.

For example, since today is 12-12-12, I've decided to open my 12th and last remaining bottle of GTS '12 at 12:12:12 and take 12 shots (one every 12 seconds).

Depending on how this works, I've got plans for my bottles of PVW 23 for the 23rd.

See you tomorrow.

Sarcasm duly noted.

SMOWK
12-12-2012, 09:16
The older I get the lower the threshold. I have come to realize noting is as special as a fun evening with close friends or family.

This seems to be my though process as well. I like to believe I've got a long way to go, and I'll be one sad puppy if the private SB picks dry up and I don't have enough to last me 'til the end.

unclebunk
12-12-2012, 10:19
This seems to be my though process as well. I like to believe I've got a long way to go, and I'll be one sad puppy if the private SB picks dry up and I don't have enough to last me 'til the end.

The end could be tomorrow, bro. Drink!:grin:

LostBottle
12-12-2012, 11:06
Q: The threshold for cracking open a special bottle?

A: Because it's there!

sailor22
12-12-2012, 11:46
This seems to be my though process as well. I like to believe I've got a long way to go, and I'll be one sad puppy if the private SB picks dry up and I don't have enough to last me 'til the end.

Also, I have realized all the "big" transitional events are done with ... well, except for one, and I while I might be there I won't be drinking.

Trey Manthey
12-12-2012, 12:02
Also, I have realized all the "big" transitional events are done with ... well, except for one, and I while I might be there I won't be drinking.

Liver transplant?

boneuphtoner
12-12-2012, 14:01
I've only been an enthusiast, and so far, for my palate, I've only come across one bottle of juice that I can truly say is special. And that is the FR Small Batch Limited Edition 2012....the only thing I've tasted that made Pappy 15 and all of my JPS 18's taste bland and uninteresting. Through alot of effort, I was able to procure a grand total of 5 of them. Since these probably won't be made available again, I will probably only enjoy pours of this a few times of year with either good company, or where I'm doing nothing else but savoring the best bourbon on the planet (for my palate anyway). I figure 5 bottles should last me at least 20 years+ with only a few pours per year and aggressive use of 100% argon gas preserver....whaddayathink?

SMOWK
12-12-2012, 14:48
The end could be tomorrow, bro. Drink!:grin:

I have no problem drinking, that's for sure. I like to move away from the top shelf once I no longer remember whats in the glass anyway.

Rockefeller
12-12-2012, 14:49
I've only been an enthusiast, and so far, for my palate, I've only come across one bottle of juice that I can truly say is special. And that is the FR Small Batch Limited Edition 2012....the only thing I've tasted that made Pappy 15 and all of my JPS 18's taste bland and uninteresting. Through alot of effort, I was able to procure a grand total of 5 of them. Since these probably won't be made available again, I will probably only enjoy pours of this a few times of year with either good company, or where I'm doing nothing else but savoring the best bourbon on the planet (for my palate anyway). I figure 5 bottles should last me at least 20 years+ with only a few pours per year and aggressive use of 100% argon gas preserver....whaddayathink?

What happens if you like the 2013 Limited Edition even more?

HighInTheMtns
12-12-2012, 15:19
I've only been an enthusiast, and so far, for my palate, I've only come across one bottle of juice that I can truly say is special. And that is the FR Small Batch Limited Edition 2012....the only thing I've tasted that made Pappy 15 and all of my JPS 18's taste bland and uninteresting. Through alot of effort, I was able to procure a grand total of 5 of them. Since these probably won't be made available again, I will probably only enjoy pours of this a few times of year with either good company, or where I'm doing nothing else but savoring the best bourbon on the planet (for my palate anyway). I figure 5 bottles should last me at least 20 years+ with only a few pours per year and aggressive use of 100% argon gas preserver....whaddayathink?
I resist using argon gas because for me that would only promote keeping dozens of 1/6 full bottles. Same goes for decanting samples to save.

Like Rockefeller alluded to, I'm confident there will be plenty of special bottles available in the future and so I just enjoy the ones I have now while I have them.

Yeti
12-12-2012, 16:40
I have around 40-50 bottles and they're broken down into three general categories - "fair game" "on deck" and "in the collection". First are open or can be open anytime for any reason:

Open bottles
"affordable" bottles from active distilleries

Second are waiting for a whim, or company who appreciate a good whiskey experience:

Limited Edition bottles from active distilleries (compass box flaming heart, OF Birthday, BTAC, single oak project)
moderately aged bottles (15-25 year scotch, 4RSB 17 year)
single cask scotch from independent bottlers

The third are being held for...something. They include things like:

Port Ellen 9th Release 1979 30 Year
Bowmore 1970 35 Year Sherry Cask
Glenfarclas 40 Year
Brora 1981 24 Year
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6
6-8 or so bottles from 1982, my birth year.

i drank Glenfarclas 30 for my 30th birthday in September. I thought long and hard about whether I could afford the GF40 in 10 years of whisky bubble build and decided to grab one now, so that's on hold. Maybe the bowmore for 35? The PE for a first child? No hard plan, but the whisky is far more valuable than what I should (read: can) afford, and I like knowing that it's there and I can have it whenever an event that feels appropriate occurs.

Trey Manthey
12-12-2012, 16:57
The third are being held for...something. They include things like:

Glenfarclas 40 Year
Brora 1981 24 Year
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6

Coincidentally, I've opened one of each of these in the last two weeks (except the Brora is 1982, I think, a Connoisseur's Choice). They are all good, but if you build them up too much it's sure to be a disappointment when you finally get around to taking the first sip. I can tell you this, none of them are that magical.

I think everyone should crack open one of their precious bottles right now, take a sip, and post a picture. Unless, you know, you're worried about the resale value.

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Special Reserve
12-12-2012, 17:17
I don't have a threshold for opening a "special bottle" but I do have a few that I have yet to open.

I waited more than 3 months before I opened my a CGL WT12, and over a year before opening my 1st PVW 15. Mostly because I didn't feel that I was ready to open it.

Will

RVTsteve
12-12-2012, 17:21
I think everyone should crack open one of their precious bottles right now, take a sip, and post a picture. Unless, you know, you're worried about the resale value.


cool idea.

this could get good.

mine will have to wait but I'll post one this evening.

RVTsteve
12-12-2012, 17:25
... Mostly because I didn't feel that I was ready to open it.

I've felt this way myself. I have a bunch of mid shelf stuff and I've felt like I'm not ready or worthy of the better stuff yet or if I break into my better stuff I might spoil my everyday pours.

However, as I've tasted my better bottles I've come to realize it only enhances my palate and increases my ability to appreciate all my bottles and to better pick what I want to taste at any given time.

Yeti
12-12-2012, 17:26
Coincidentally, I've opened one of each of these in the last two weeks (except the Brora is 1982, I think, a Connoisseur's Choice). They are all good, but if you build them up too much it's sure to be a disappointment when you finally get around to taking the first sip. I can tell you this, none of them are that magical.

I think everyone should crack open one of their precious bottles right now, take a sip, and post a picture. Unless, you know, you're worried about the resale value.

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That certainly does look a delicious dram of Balvenie. The Brora is actually a Signatory Cask Strength Collection, as is the Bowmore 1970. I appreciate the perspective, and I definitely know that it's just whisky, whether expensive and rare or not. But with that said, I'm someone who tends to like things more than dislike them, and while there won't be a eureka moment, I will thoroughly enjoy and appreciate them all in due time.

I'm also not wanting for anything to drink. I try to buy in threes when I purchase from specialty stores in either a 2-to-drink, 1-to-keep, or vice-versa approach. And I make plenty of local drink-immediately purchases, so I'm very happy to keep certain bottles sealed an untouched for now. There comes a time for all things.

Trey Manthey
12-12-2012, 17:34
There comes a time for all things.

Yes, that time is NOW! Personally, I want to see a picture of you drinking straight from the bottle of the 40 year Glenfarclas.

I'm calling you out too, Rockefeller. Fill up one of those fancy ORVW glasses and take a sip. I promise you'll feel great about it. It's way more baller than your GF catching you making out with the bottle.

Yeti
12-12-2012, 17:37
HAHAHAHA. I like you, Trey. A great majority of my bottles are boxed and out of the house as my wife and I have begun the process of selling our home. But I have a few bottles in the cabinet that I can offer up for this thread a little later tonight.

smokinjoe
12-12-2012, 17:51
I really only have one "untouchable" bottle. The Maker's VIP bottle that I had made up when my daughter was born. I'll only open that on her 21st Birthday. A few months less than 7 years from now.

tanstaafl2
12-12-2012, 17:54
The Three R's!

Rhum, Rye and Roggenaer.

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Three special bottles that I opened without much fanfare, mostly because I wanted to drink them.

The 15 year old Rhum JM was a birthday present to myself earlier this year and is probably the most expensive bottle in my modest collection. Certainly the most expensive rhum/rum. It has not only been opened but has been shared with a few friends.

The VW Rye is not necessarily expensive but as we know can be a bit challenging to track down. Just got this one and opened it just now for the very special occasion of this post!

The Roggenaer represents one of the first oddities I acquired from overseas. A rye based jenever, it also spent 15 years in the barrel and is a most delicate spirit. It is as different from the first two as the the first two are different from each other.

I look forward to enjoying all three on this very special evening at the end of days on 12/12/12!

I have very few unopened bottles, mostly duplicates, but oddly the only one I deliberately haven't opened yet is the Parker Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary. Just seemed like a bourbon that needed to be contemplated before I decided whether to crack it open. So far that moment hasn't come yet.

Pretty much everything else will get opened at some point. My latest acquisition of some note, the Angel's Envy Cask Strength, will join the ranks of the opened bottles in the near future.

LongBeachScott
12-12-2012, 18:01
You can put me in the camp of saving special bottles for special occasions - I think saving a hard to find bottle adds anticipation. That said, it can be easy to overdo it and set yourself up for disappointment. So, I try to set the threshold low. If you aren't having 5 or 6 special occasions a year,your threshold is too high. Or, it could be you are having a bad year - in which case you should drink up.

Yeti
12-12-2012, 20:48
Trey, this is the best I can do with what's on hand.

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Trey Manthey
12-12-2012, 21:48
You are the man. I'm convinced whiskey tastes better that way.

RVTsteve
12-12-2012, 23:00
Not my most special bottle, but it's a start.
BMH 16yr
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ChainWhip
12-13-2012, 00:51
How do you like that ArteNOM 1146 Anejo?

Kyjd75
12-13-2012, 04:24
My most recently acquired "valued" bottle, this years' VWFR Rye, will be opened and consumed on January 8, 2013, starting at 10pm, which coincides with the beginning of the 4th season of "Justified." A gathering of "Justified" enthusiasts will converge at my place and the bottle and the show will be celebrated.

BourbonRob
12-13-2012, 08:15
I have no problem drinking, that's for sure. I like to move away from the top shelf once I no longer remember whats in the glass anyway.
Now there is a great rule!

Yeti
12-13-2012, 08:15
I haven't started Justified yet, but I have many friends who are enthusiastic about it. If it's worth celebrating with a VWFRR then perhaps it's my kind of show as well!

Another specific bottle I have set aside for next year is a 1963 Cambus Single Grain 48 Year that I'm planning to open for my birthday next year, when it will be 50 years "old", and then to also have a drink on the anniversary of Kennedy's death, and then again at New Year's Eve.

RVTsteve
12-13-2012, 09:11
How do you like that ArteNOM 1146 Anejo?

Funny enough and a bit on topic I haven't opened that bottle yet. But I've had it before and it's excellent, as is the entire line. My favorite of that line, and perhaps my favorite tequila, is still the 1414 reposado.

Trey Manthey
12-13-2012, 09:34
Not my most special bottle, but it's a start.
BMH 16yr
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That's a beautiful sight. How is that one? I've only seen it at a bar here for $30 a pour!

RVTsteve
12-13-2012, 11:15
That's a beautiful sight. How is that one? I've only seen it at a bar here for $30 a pour!

Yeah I saw one and hesitated a few days but went back for it figuring I'd likely not see another on a shelf.

I like it. Lot of wood on this 16yr, maybe too much for some, but it's right up my alley. Tastes like you expect an older bourbon to taste. For better and worse.

Before she knew I had already poured anything my gf turned to me and said she wanted to drink "something brown" then realized she was smelling this whiskey from across the room. She took one sip and really liked it. She asked me why she likes it so much, I was just like "it's really tannic with lots of oak and tabacco and heat". She was like, "Yep, that's it." ...lucky me

Smokewagon
12-13-2012, 19:53
As a general rule I don't wait for special occassions to open "special" bottles, you or the bottle might not make it that long. For me, opening a "special" bottle is what makes the moment special. As long as I have friends around to share it with and who will enjoy it, there is no time like the present.


~SW

WAINWRIGHT
12-13-2012, 20:15
As a general rule I don't wait for special occassions to open "special" bottles, you or the bottle might not make it that long. For me, opening a "special" bottle is what makes the moment special. As long as I have friends around to share it with and who will enjoy it, there is no time like the present.


~SWFor me this says it all,a special bottle is best to be shared with others who will truly appreciate the pour for what it is whether it be friends or family.

RWBadley
12-14-2012, 15:04
As a general rule I don't wait for special occassions to open "special" bottles, you or the bottle might not make it that long. For me, opening a "special" bottle is what makes the moment special. As long as I have friends around to share it with and who will enjoy it, there is no time like the present.


~SW

Yeah, what he said...

I'm amazed if the bottle makes it out of the store before I open it. I've come to know my retailers, perhaps a little too well. One day about 10AM he says "I've been holding one for ya" Cool, it's the WLW. After payment I said- "hey, you ever try this?" peeled off the top and opened it on the spot. yummmm. tasty stuff we both agreed. This has happened more times than I care to admit, and not with just that one store... :cool: It does give me a leg up for the new arrivals

Rockefeller
12-19-2012, 11:24
"I’ve seen to many enthusiasts’ whisky collections auctioned off by their spouse after they die, and I’ve learned from that. Better to open up that special bottle now and share with like-minded friends." (http://www.whiskyadvocateblog.com/2012/12/19/drinking-anything-special-over-the-holidays-2/)

tanstaafl2
12-19-2012, 17:14
Yeah, what he said...

I'm amazed if the bottle makes it out of the store before I open it. I've come to know my retailers, perhaps a little too well. One day about 10AM he says "I've been holding one for ya" Cool, it's the WLW. After payment I said- "hey, you ever try this?" peeled off the top and opened it on the spot. yummmm. tasty stuff we both agreed. This has happened more times than I care to admit, and not with just that one store... :cool: It does give me a leg up for the new arrivals

Been there, done that! Heck, I have even brought a bottle from one store to another to try to convince them to carry something and make it closer to home for me!

Restaurant man
12-19-2012, 22:04
Bad day. Nuff said.

Gillman
12-20-2012, 05:55
Its purchase.

Gary

squire
12-20-2012, 08:40
It's presence . . .

AaronWF
12-20-2012, 09:32
Thirst. Lust. Desire. A-googley moogley.

RWBadley
12-20-2012, 10:48
Been there, done that! Heck, I have even brought a bottle from one store to another to try to convince them to carry something and make it closer to home for me!

heheh... I can see that... "Here, you guys should get this stuff, so's I don't hafta drive cross town to those other guys"

I like it

squire
12-20-2012, 12:42
That actually worked for me once but the owner was my client so that may have helped.

tanstaafl2
12-20-2012, 15:07
heheh... I can see that... "Here, you guys should get this stuff, so's I don't hafta drive cross town to those other guys"

I like it

It has worked on occasion. Never with bourbon but I did have success with a particular rum. And occasionally with an uncommon mixer like Cocchi Americano or a specialty bottle like Pineau des Charentes or sometimes a particular beer or brewery line. Although for the most part these days the larger good stores all carry pretty much the same thing.

KySalesRep
12-24-2012, 13:05
Reading this thread has inspired me to open a few bottles have I have recently acquired. I think I will start tomorrow night and open one every night until the New Year is here. On the list to open: 2012 WLW, 2012 GTS, 2012 THH, PVW 15, PVW 20, ORVW 10/107 made in Lawrenceburg, and a FRSB LE 2012. I am looking forward to each and every one of them, just have to figure out which one to open first! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

sailor22
12-25-2012, 07:57
Alllllright KySalesRep!! And a Happy Holiday Season to you too!

dustyj
12-27-2012, 02:34
I let my taste buds determine where to go next. I usually start out on the bottom shelf or a standard pour to see if I am " in the zone" and go up from there. If I am firing on all cylinders then I will make a move to the cherished goods.

wheatfield
04-03-2013, 21:30
Ack. Well, I agree with you. I just didn't explain my reasoning very well. The gist was that I don't need a special occasion to open a special bottle.

I agree with your reasoning completely. I don't see the point of waiting for some special life event to open a major bottle. The day you open one, THAT is the event. I opened my ORVW decanter set on a Wednesday afternoon I think, right before I went to the post office, no shit. I rarely drink anything during the day, but I figured "I have this" and I had an open PVW 23 so I had very small pours of each to give a good comparison.

LostBottle
04-03-2013, 21:37
You cracked open your ORVW decanter, wheatfield? On a Wednesday? Good on you!

black mamba
04-03-2013, 22:33
My grail bottle was the PVW20, and I've only ever seen one of them in the flesh, the one I bought. Found it in Phoenix, AZ, about 1,400 miles away from home, and no price gouging. I paid $84 + tax, about three years ago. As soon as I got home, I called my drinkin' buddy over to share it with me. We had a couple ounces apiece, then corked it up. Every time he came over we shared a dram. I made it last a good long time.

For me, the reality exceeded the expectation. It was truly fantastic, the best $90 I ever spent on myself. And the sharing of it was a big part of MY enjoyment of it. Don't set up too many rules, just enjoy your whiskey-- that's what it's all about.

wheatfield
04-04-2013, 08:14
You cracked open your ORVW decanter, wheatfield? On a Wednesday? Good on you!

I did! It was a middle week afternoon...kind of embarrassing in a way. I put up some pretty bad notes, I have to update those. John Hansell's review of that bottle from Whiskey Advocate is amazingly insightful.

WAINWRIGHT
04-04-2013, 12:21
We will be building our home later this year and after all the fights and stress,you bet your ass I will be opening something well deserved!

IowaJeff
04-04-2013, 14:58
I'm not much of a hoarder and generally have a pretty low threshold for opening a special bottle up, but I just can't bring myself to open up the AH Hirsch just yet. I don't know when it will be, maybe, like wheatfield, it will be a Wednesday before going to the post office. But its not today, and probably not tomorrow.

VT Mike
04-04-2013, 16:36
I wouldn't say that I collect, but I buy faster than I drink, so I do seem to have a collection. I got to the point of having too many open bottles, so some time in the last year I put a moratorium on opening new bottles while I try to polish off some of the open ones. The only exception I've really made has been when I needed to open one because I wanted to write a blog post about it. Some of the more special ones I'm sitting on include:

EH Taylor Warehouse C Tornado Surviving
Van Winkle 12yr
Bruichladdich Legacy 33 yr
Glen Garioch Small Batch, distilled 1994 (last year before they switched to unpeated malt) bottled 2011
Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release (bought at the distillery)
2012 Springbank Whisky School graduation bottle

I don't usually open bottles for special occasions, but that last one I might crack open on May 4th - the one year anniversary of completing the Springbank Whisky School.

wripvanwrinkle
04-04-2013, 16:44
For me, bottles get opened when a visitor wants to try them. A Detroit member's words stick in my mind. When I asked him if a particular bottle was open, he responded "Do you want it to be?"

(Go Green, my brother.)

Special Reserve
04-04-2013, 17:35
For me, bottles get opened when a visitor wants to try them. A Detroit member's words stick in my mind. When I asked him if a particular bottle was open, he responded "Do you want it to be?"

(Go Green, my brother.)

Green went, this weekend it's Go Blue!

awachatz
04-04-2013, 17:44
Green went, this weekend it's Go Blue!

Go blue indeed!

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savagehenry
04-04-2013, 18:15
I held a bottle of PVW23 for about 8 months before opening, and when I did I found it to be a relief.
I no longer had that "I can't open that, it's special" feeling. Two weeks later or so it was empty, and it went in the recycle bin like any other bottle.

Danger
04-04-2013, 18:55
Like many others have said, there doesn't need to be a reason other than wanting the whiskey in your mouth. I can't keep my bottles sealed for the life of me - I have about 12 at any one time and they are all open. That said, I have certainly bought special bottles for a specific occasion - graduation, engagement etc.

MarkRuck
04-04-2013, 19:48
I wouldn't say that I collect, but I buy faster than I drink, so I do seem to have a collection. I got to the point of having too many open bottles, so some time in the last year I put a moratorium on opening new bottles while I try to polish off some of the open.

Mike - I seem to have that problem also.

I don't need a special occasion to open a bottle. I've opened a VVOF 12 just because it arrived in the mail.

Whiskey is for drinking, and sharing it is even better!

VT Mike
04-05-2013, 10:29
Mike - I seem to have that problem also.

I don't need a special occasion to open a bottle. I've opened a VVOF 12 just because it arrived in the mail.

Whiskey is for drinking, and sharing it is even better!

I agree, and if I feel the need to drink something special on a special occasion, I usually have at least a few special bottles already opened that I'm more than happy to revisit.

The Boozer
04-05-2013, 12:10
In the same vain as others - this morning I opened my eyes, good enough reason to open any bottle.

Like VTMike - my pattern is I have too many open bottles, drink those to deplete the supply, panic I don't have enough open and start opening more bottles. Rinse & repeat.

bllygthrd
04-05-2013, 13:20
Whiskey is for drinking, and sharing it is even better!

Couldn't agree more ... the only reason I wait to open a bottle is because I want to share it with others so they can enjoy the experience.