View Full Version : Best Looking Bourbon Bottle

11-20-2005, 14:43
I want to know what makes a great looking bourbon bottle. For this post, I'm not talking about what's in the bottle, I'm talking about the actual appearance of the bottle. I buy bourbon for the content, but sometimes I hold the bottle in my hand and can't help but say, "wow, that is a cool looking bottle!" I'm solicting photos and opinions and I'll start with mine:

I like Bulleit. Here's why, it's not the classiest or the most regal, but remember we're not talking about a posh, snooty liquor, this is bourbon. The Bulleit Bourbon bottle looks like it's begging to be sitting on a poker table. You can almost smell that cigar smoke and the see the chips go flying as the six shooters come out.

I also really like the look of Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon, Eagle Rare, Rock Hill Farms, and 1792 Ridgemont Reserve but when people look at my collection, I almost always find myself talking about the frontier look of the Bulleit.

What do you all think?


11-20-2005, 14:49
There was a good discussion on this a while back

Best Bottles (http://www.straightbourbon.comhttp://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/45433/page//fpart/1/vc/1)

Although Tim made me go look up the word "eponymous"


11-20-2005, 15:16
My Apologies. I'm new to the board.

I still like looking at pictures of bourbon bottles if anyone has some they'd like to show off.


11-20-2005, 15:37
Ok http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif...

The best looking bottle (in my opinion) is this one...Newly acquired, kinda old, and rare http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif...

The best part about this bourbon bottle? The bourbon inside was distilled by my grandfather "Pop Beam"...(aka) Harry Milburn Beam http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Bettye Jo

11-20-2005, 15:45
I like this one. I just kinda has that old fashioned look to me. Tastes DAMN GOOD too!

11-20-2005, 16:12
I definately like the Elijah Craig 12yo & 18yo, or any of the Blantons bottles.

11-20-2005, 16:38
I'm so tickled you finally found one Bettye Jo, I know how hard you have looked. I know just exactly which bottle commands front and center on a given sideboard.....

11-20-2005, 17:08
Thanks Dane http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Actually, that was not the bottle that I have been searching for...

Don't get me wrong...

Let me tell ya http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

It was a major surprise and the thrill http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/woohoo.gif was just awsome http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bis.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bis.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/bis.gif...I saw that summabuck and said...Sweettttttttttttttttt http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif...I set the bid at at mega and kept my finger's crossed http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

The HH Old Style (in my first post in this thread) was distilled while my grand father was there...The picture in "this post" is the bottle that I'm in search of...It was distilled by my great grandfather, Joseph L. Beam (you can see his name on the back label---Joe L. Beam--- http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif The first Master Distiller at Heaven Hill and one of the first original incorporators of Heaven Hill http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhh http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Bettye Jo

11-21-2005, 06:53
Absolutely, I'll second that choice Brian! The Platonic form of the bourbon bottle! Tom V

11-28-2005, 15:56
I think Bulliet has a nice bottle, not to mention a great bourbon. I also like Buffalo Traces bottle as well as those in the Buffalo Trace antique collection. great bourbon deserves a great bottle.


11-29-2005, 08:28
I just got my first bottle of Rock Hill Farms and the bottle garnered a lot of comments from the women in the house.

I've always had a soft spot for the Knob Creek bottle. It's just so utilitarian and simple. The 1.75 looks ABSURD it's so big and square http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

11-29-2005, 12:23
The 1.75 looks ABSURD it's so big and square

I tend to agree. In fact, it's even worse from a utilitarian standpoint. My average-size, 62 year-old hands have difficulty pouring from that bottle, especially when the target is tippy and has a narrow opening (e.g. the Riedel bourbon glass). The only one I've ever owned forced me to hold it under my right arm as though I were stealing a chicken, while I steadied the glass with my left hand.

I have a similar complaint about the 1.75 of Elijah Craig 12 y/o. I think it looks fine, but it's difficult to pour from. The flange at the top of the neck adds to the problem.

Where the 1.75's are concerned, I think a handle is more important than maintaining the proportions and overall look of the 750 ml. bottle. I want a real handle, too, such as the one on the 1.75 of Wild Turkey 101. The indentations on the back of the 1.75 of Old Forester are much better than nothing, but still provide a grip that is a little too precarious for me.

Oh, the best looking, you ask? I just now did a quick scan of my open bottles and arrived at an odd conclusion. The two I like best, and just about equally well, are very different -- Rock Hill Farms and Eagle Rare SB 10 y/o.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

11-29-2005, 20:24
I like the Eagle Rare 10 Year, Buffalo Trace, and Rock Hill Farms bottles.

11-30-2005, 12:04
The 1.75 looks ABSURD it's so big and square

I tend to agree. In fact, it's even worse from a utilitarian standpoint. My average-size, 62 year-old hands have difficulty pouring from that bottle,

OTOH, if you are ME, the 1.75 fits perfectly in your hand (and makes a great flask in my 48" 36inseam jeans http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif) BTW the guy who sold me my S&W 500M asked if I wanted an ankle holster for it for concealed carry

11-30-2005, 20:55
My vote for favorite bottle has to go to Buffalo Trace. It just looks like a whiskey bottle. Extra points go to the details like the "ripped paper" label, the buffaloes imprinted on the neck band, and the cork stopper (a great bottle has to be corked).

Going in another direction, whereas the Knob Creek and Elijah Craig 1.75's ARE absurd, I just can't believe that the Blanton's bottle contains 750ml. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/skep.gif It looks so small! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif


12-01-2005, 07:03
Another of my favorites is the I.W. Harper 15yr bottle with the gold vein swirl design. Besides having my last name on it, I think it will make an awesome looking bar lamp. I plan to fill it with black sand after it is empty.


12-01-2005, 10:05
I like the BT Antique bottles. They are simple, yet seem to portray what I would think an old whiskey bottle would look like back in the day.

I can just see Clint taking a swig from a Stagg bottle in Unforgiven. what a great movie. Still in my top 5 of all time.

12-01-2005, 18:14
I like the VWFRR bottle. But I drink a lot of armagnac as well, so that's a very sensible one.

But what I really like, is anything with a screwcap. Easy travel!

12-02-2005, 05:52
What I don't like about the BT collection bottles is that they are slightly too tall for my cabinet...

12-03-2005, 08:55
A FULL "Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, 20 yr" that's MINE!