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VAGentleman
01-27-2013, 17:47
I tried searching and didn't see any posts about this, sorry if its been done before but.. I just spent 20 minutes trying to open a bottle of Willett Single Barrel Family Estate, tht included slicing my hand open. I know it looks nice but what a pain in the ass! It should be easier to open a bottle of bourbon. Those wax seals can really drive me insane!

higgins
01-27-2013, 17:54
Do the Willett bottles have a little tab to pull? I've added a pair of pliers to my bar equipment just to open bottles of Knob Creek. The miniature wax sealed bottles are particularly obnoxious.

VAGentleman
01-27-2013, 18:01
They do but some of them are waxed over and very hard. I tried pliers but the tab broke off. At least the bourbon was excellent once I did get it open

MyOldKyDram
01-27-2013, 18:08
That wax on the Willett bottles truly is the worst. Never had one open easily.

HP12
01-27-2013, 18:12
As an astute member of the whiskey community has shared, temper the wax seal with some warm water. Much easier to remove either with the "rip cord" or by cutting with a knife. When using a knife, cut away from your hand!

sailor22
01-28-2013, 06:04
There was a run of ETL a few years ago that had gold wax and was actually worse than the Willett epoxy....err...wax.

Trey Manthey
01-28-2013, 08:35
The absolute worst are the blue wax A.H. Hirsch 20 year capsules! After opening one of those I just think, "Why do I even bother?"

Dolph Lundgren
01-28-2013, 10:27
I tried searching and didn't see any posts about this, sorry if its been done before but.. I just spent 20 minutes trying to open a bottle of Willett Single Barrel Family Estate, tht included slicing my hand open. I know it looks nice but what a pain in the ass! It should be easier to open a bottle of bourbon. Those wax seals can really drive me insane!

Agreed. Plus, trips to the emergency room are much easier to deal with if you had the bottle open beforehand!

squire
01-28-2013, 10:30
I refuse to open one of those when I'm in a good mood. They're like the child proof tops that only a child can open.

CaptainQ
01-28-2013, 10:49
The absolute worst are the blue wax A.H. Hirsch 20 year capsules! After opening one of those I just think, "Why do I even bother?"

First world problem right there.

humchan2k
01-28-2013, 11:18
The absolute worst are the blue wax A.H. Hirsch 20 year capsules! After opening one of those I just think, "Why do I even bother?"

Bragplaint.

Just sayin'. :)

jburlowski
01-28-2013, 11:29
Your chainsaw is your friend.

Tico
01-28-2013, 11:38
I saber all of my wax dipped bottles

Low West
01-28-2013, 13:58
I saber all of my wax dipped bottles

Why bother with a sword, when you can just go at it tough man style? I prefer the one handed grab, between my teeth, and just rip it wide open. Of course spitting out the waxed cork, just in case I don't finish the bottle in one seating if I need to use it again.

In all seriousness, I agree that Willett can be difficult, but in most cases, worth the effort.

fishnbowljoe
01-28-2013, 16:17
There was a run of ETL a few years ago that had gold wax and was actually worse than the Willett epoxy....err...wax.

I agree Steve. I found a couple of those a long time ago. When I opened the first one, I had itty bitty, hard, gold wax pieces scattered all over the kitchen. :rolleyes: I fared a little better on the second bottle. Put a plastic bag over it when I opened it up. :grin:

jersey12
01-28-2013, 16:25
I've only had one Willett bottle and I couldn't believe how much of a pain it was to open. Glad to hear I'm at least in good company!

wadewood
01-28-2013, 16:50
There was a run of ETL a few years ago that had gold wax and was actually worse than the Willett epoxy....err...wax.

Not a run, ETL was bottled with Gold Wax for a long time. Actually several of us at a BT event complained about it and suggested going to same as Weller Centennial and they listened and changed it.

Trey Manthey
01-28-2013, 17:20
Bragplaint.

Just sayin'. :)

Aww, shucks. I was just kidding. I don't think I'll ever get to open one of those, but I'm not losing sleep over it.

BUT! This is coming from the guy who posts something like, "I've got so much 60's S-W Old Fitzgerald I don't know how I'm going to get it all home!" :)

FWIW, the hot water trick worked OK for me with a recent Willett bottle. It was still being finicky, so I held it over a gas burner for a few seconds. Sounds like the makings of a Darwin Award (especially considering it was 140+ proof), but it worked pretty well!

Halifax
01-28-2013, 18:43
The worst one that I have ever come across is Johnny Drum PS 15.

MacinJosh
01-29-2013, 08:26
I've opened numerous Willetts and have only had an issue one time.

Lucky perhaps???

SMOWK
01-29-2013, 09:01
I've opened numerous Willetts and have only had an issue one time.

Lucky perhaps???

I've only had an issue once as well. And it's pretty easy to stick a butter knife (least likely to cut ya) under the wax seal and pry it off rather than trying to cut around the cork.

rdavek
01-29-2013, 11:37
The absolute worst are the blue wax A.H. Hirsch 20 year capsules! After opening one of those I just think, "Why do I even bother?"
I feel ya, struggled with my A.H. Hirsch 20 year for 5 minutes, then gave up and threw the bottle away. Just not worth the effort!

WAINWRIGHT
01-29-2013, 11:52
I have found that starting the tab and using anything such as a nut pick,commonly used for walnut extraction will work quite well. I use this to score the wax seems to it seems fit the bill for me.I also have found some bottles that the wax is rock hard that you just have to fight your way through and seem to explode like shards of glass no matter what you do.

MauiSon
01-29-2013, 13:51
... and further, I tries to recycle the wax in a candle and it just wouldn't burn - the candle won't burn with bottle-sealing wax. Any one have a recycling purpose for that wax? Maybe hair removal or letter-sealing?

Smokewagon
01-29-2013, 14:14
... and further, I tries to recycle the wax in a candle and it just wouldn't burn - the candle won't burn with bottle-sealing wax. Any one have a recycling purpose for that wax? Maybe hair removal or letter-sealing?

That's because it really isn't wax. I think most of them are closer to some form of plastic/polymer than actual wax. I've yet to run across any "wax" on a wax sealed bottle that actually acted like wax.

~SW

ThomasH
01-29-2013, 18:17
the wax top I had difficulty opening was Knob Creek. They should incluude a pair of Channel Locks in the Christmas packs with this bottle!

Thomas

Yeti
01-29-2013, 18:32
the wax top I had difficulty opening was Knob Creek. They should incluude a pair of Channel Locks in the Christmas packs with this bottle!

Thomas

Absolutely! The tab always pulls it off above the cork and there's no way to get a grip to pull it out. Went through it last night, same as it ever was.

ErichPryde
01-29-2013, 18:37
First world problem right there.


Epic quote wins epicly.

ErichPryde
01-29-2013, 18:37
needle nose plyers, and roll it over itself.

ErichPryde
01-29-2013, 18:38
Not a run, ETL was bottled with Gold Wax for a long time. Actually several of us at a BT event complained about it and suggested going to same as Weller Centennial and they listened and changed it.
and then all of a sudden, everyone wanted the gold wax!

p_elliott
01-31-2013, 09:49
All the Beam bottles that have a wax seal the strip is too high. You get the wax off then you can't get the cork out because the wax is too high.

squire
02-01-2013, 14:16
It was a Knob Creek bottle that started me using gloves and a stout pair of pliers.