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DBM
04-27-2013, 23:47
This is a _very_ open ended question with many angles. As I browsed my available options for drinking tonight, it made me wonder what other's logic, reasons and decisions are to decide which, and how many, different bottles to have open and ready to consume.

I've tried to maintain a few basic rules:

1. Variety without duplication - I like having options, but I avoid opening more than one bottle of a particular style or a profile I find very similar.

2. No more than two barrel proof bottles - It may take a while to empty these (1+ year) and I don't want bourbon to get too much air before I finish them. I recognize this may not be entirely valid for some or all bourbons, but it makes sense in my head.

3. Don't pay twice - If a bottle is not being consumed for whatever reason, find a creative way to make the bottle disappear through consumption or gifting to make room for something else I may enjoy better.

With these rules, I currently have 14 open bottles. I suspect it would take me about 10-12 months to consume the currently open bottles and I share about 20-25% with friends, so this stock will cycle through in approximately 8 months.

OutlawSW
04-28-2013, 00:34
About 65 open, no real rules just try not to open dupes.

MauiSon
04-28-2013, 01:37
Four. It used to be three and I'm sure it'll grow to five, but for now - four. Two ryes, two bourbons.

macdeffe
04-28-2013, 01:51
60-80 open, always working on some dregs :-)

Steffen

deathevocation
04-28-2013, 04:59
Too many open, though a lot are not style duplications. In saying so, I commenced a bottle kill off last week and have knocked off four or so.

Alden
04-28-2013, 05:08
15240

How many are here?

B.B. Babington
04-28-2013, 05:47
great selection there Alden. Shows good taste!

I have a lot open, but others on this board have quadruple that number (4x "a lot" is a whole lot, but we've got professionals here). The larder is mostly whiskey but includes other stuff, like: tequila, rum, scotch, brandies, and NOT A SINGLE VODKA!

I do keep duplicates from different years for comparison

This topic crops up periodically and discussion usually goes to pros and cons. Cons revolve around whether or not it will change or go bad. Pros revolve around benefits of being able to sip different bottles to cross compare.

Alden
04-28-2013, 05:53
Mostly what I hear and read is that it changes subtly from exposure to air, but not that it ever goes "bad" -- unless it sits for many years.

WsmataU
04-28-2013, 06:43
Generally, I try to keep it under 10. I don't sample enough to kill 10 bottles a year. Sometimes it may balloon a bit (up to 15) as I approach the end of a bottle and sample more or have a party. But I'm a novice compared to most guys on this board.

Danger
04-28-2013, 06:45
All of them. I know I'm in the minority, but man, I want to try them. I suppose this is only possible because I don't have a bunker, so it's only about 10-12.

Wryguy
04-28-2013, 06:50
17 bottles of whiskey, about 6 are SM Scotch. Always have an older bottle of rye open and I have about 12 unopened bottles for every one that is open.

Enoch
04-28-2013, 07:16
Currently 104 Bourbon, 15 rye, 1 wheat, 5 corn, 12 blends, 6 scotch, 2 Irish. And then there are the non whiskeys....

AGarrison
04-28-2013, 07:26
104 bourbons, all open? That sure caused a double take till I saw your link. I'm assuming you mean your bar has this number open at present?

Oh and for me its 3. I try to only have 3 open. It forces me to get rid of the bad choices eventually.

PaulO
04-28-2013, 08:21
I keep only around four or five open. This usually includes a wheated bourbon, a high rye bourbon, and a rye whiskey. Of course if I find something interesting that I've been waiting to try, that gets opened as soon as I get home.

gburger
04-28-2013, 10:16
I have 125 bottles in my "Bourbon Room". Most are bourbons, with a couple scotches and of course Ryes, and other whiskeys. I of course do not open dupes so at this time I have 115 opened.
That way when friends come over they can try anything I have without feeling bad that it has not already been opened.

Special Reserve
04-28-2013, 10:23
8 bourbon, 1 rye, 1 Irish, and 2 scotch; several of these are ready for the recycle bin.

Enoch
04-28-2013, 13:01
104 bourbons, all open? That sure caused a double take till I saw your link. I'm assuming you mean your bar has this number open at present?

Oh and for me its 3. I try to only have 3 open. It forces me to get rid of the bad choices eventually.

The main reason I have so many open is that I like to do comparison tastings at night...ie. different WTs, or FRs, or wheaters, etc. AND my compulsive need to taste something as soon as I get it.

keith18
04-28-2013, 14:22
Too many and not enough.

smknjoe
04-28-2013, 14:46
15 bourbons (4 of them wheaters) and 1 rye.

darylld911
04-28-2013, 15:11
Almost everything that I don't have a dup of (so 40ish?) Only a couple exceptions of ones I haven't opened because they were just recently acquired (and my head was stuffy - I feel like I'm wasting the good stuff if I can't really taste it that well, and will focus on targeting either low-fills or something I'm just not as excited about). No rules other than avoiding opening dups (unless vintage makes a difference - ie I might have two Staggs open to compare one year to another).

WAINWRIGHT
04-28-2013, 17:10
26 open currently,4 ryes,18 bourbons and 4 single malts,I try to keep a good variance in what I have open.I have begun to dwindle down my number of opens,which not long ago was near 40. I am going to try to hold right around 20 from here on out,just much easier to manage and hopefully will keep me a little more focused on certain bottles and drastically cut down their open time.

savagehenry
04-28-2013, 17:16
Average is around 12-15. Highest at one time was 28, which I dwindled down to 4 at one point.

black mamba
04-28-2013, 18:01
Right now 18 bourbons (including 2 wheaters), 2 ryes, 7 scotches, 2 irish. About 15 more unopened whiskies in the basement.

HighInTheMtns
04-28-2013, 18:33
Too many and not enough.
I was just gonna say "too many" but this is a way better answer.

fishnbowljoe
04-28-2013, 22:00
Most of the time, I have 12 or less open. Once in a great while there me be a couple more, but 12 or under is where I try to maintain.

Brisko
04-29-2013, 06:58
All of them. I know I'm in the minority, but man, I want to try them. I suppose this is only possible because I don't have a bunker, so it's only about 10-12.
I'm the same way. But it's more like 25 at the moment.

Grain Belt
04-29-2013, 09:07
I usually have 3-5 going at a time so I can focus in on a bottle and really give it a "workout." I like to try most of my bourbons neat (unless they are barrel proofers), splash of water, on the rocks, in a manhattan, and in an old fashioned and make notes to try and get a good idea what pour is good for certain purposes. I have found my sweet spot to be with many low to middle shelfers. Thanks to this board I recently gave OGD BIB a good workout and after my "bourbon pentathalon" I was entirely impressed.

Trey Manthey
04-29-2013, 09:18
I've got about 60 bottles of nice whiskey open at the moment. About 60% is American whiskey, and 40% single malt scotch. I can never resist opening stuff. I could probably last two years just finishing off what I have open right now.

RT Fan
04-29-2013, 09:49
Not too many, 5 bourbons, 1 corn, 3 single malts, 3 Irish, 1 blended scotch, 1 blended Canadian. Covers the bases.

Tony
04-29-2013, 11:19
In the garage I have about 10 and the same number inside.

Best regards, Tony

Balcones Winston
04-29-2013, 12:08
Right now I have about 16 bottles open. They're mostly whiskey I don't want to drink. Good whiskey doesn't last long in my household.

berto
04-29-2013, 12:12
15-20. I'm still new at this and opening stuff to try it and then taste it next to other stuff. So far I haven't disliked anything.

FlounderinDC
04-29-2013, 14:20
Right now, 4 bourbons, 1 rye...just depends...

higgins
04-29-2013, 15:59
I've hovered around 40 open bottles for a while. I like to have a good amount of variety available, but there are probably about 10 bottles that have a permanent presence on my bar.

ethangsmith
04-30-2013, 15:26
25-35 bottles most times. It's tough getting bourbon and rye in PA!

theglobalguy
04-30-2013, 17:36
12, that's what fits across the mantle. Allows for a good mix of choices....any more and i'd likely freeze up when deciding what to pour.

squire
04-30-2013, 17:52
Couple dozen if you count the non whisky alcohol.

Meruck
04-30-2013, 18:15
Couple dozen if you count the non whisky alcohol.


Isopropyl does not count Squire.

Tucker
04-30-2013, 18:31
8 - 'murica
2 - Ireland
2 - Scotland
2 - Japan

Keeping it manageable for now.

DBM
04-30-2013, 22:48
Couple dozen if you count the non whisky alcohol.
I haven't been here that long, but I'm pretty sure I can guess squire's open bottles.

10 VOB BIB, 8 OGD 114, 5 OGD BIB and... a Dolin vermouth. :)

JPBoston
05-01-2013, 00:12
Only about 5-6 at a time in my house. Maybe 10 at most if you count the non-bourbon stuff like vodka.

Wife starts to look at my cross-eyed when I start to try to 'bunker'. ;)

Richnimrod
05-10-2013, 18:42
Currently I have opened: 43 Bourbons, 4 Tennessee Whiskies, 2 Ryes, and a bottle of Bernheim Wheat.... plus assorted other stuff (rum, tequila, cordials, etc.); but this is the brown juice (I count scotch's and Irish as 'yellow juice'), and I don't really buy much Canadian. The reason for so many is; I like to taste a wide variety, and am usually anxious to sample whatever I buy, so it doesn't stay full for too long. Almost all of these are 3/4 full or more. Only about 4 or 5 are less than half full. I try to finish 'em soon after they drop below half. :rolleyes:

dmarkle
05-10-2013, 20:14
Currently I have opened: 43 Bourbons, 4 Tennessee Whiskies, 2 Ryes, and a bottle .... Only about 4 or 5 are less than half full. I try to finish 'em soon after they drop below half. :rolleyes:

Ditto on that. Alarm bells go off once the bottle gets low. Then it's time to call in the friends and polish 'em off!