View Full Version : What would you like to have happen to your bunker when you are gone?

06-22-2007, 02:33
Some lucky fellow found 200 bottles of his grandfather's whiskey from the fifties. That got me thinking.

In the past many members have said things along the lines of, "I plan to drink the last drop of my last bottle of Super Dupper XXX Special Limited Bottling of -------- Bourbon on my deathbed and leave my bunker dry as a bone.

But really, if I had six months to live I probably couldn't drink it all without killing myself in four months. And I would hate to go six months with out buying a bottle. I would be in the mood to splurge!

So, what would you like to happen to your bunker?


06-22-2007, 04:06
As with any of your treasured belongings, make sure you think this one out or they will end up in the trash or front yard garage sale!

Hopefully one of my kids will have my love of whiskey and it will go to them.

One of my whiskey drinking buddies and I have on many occasions stated something along the lines of "If I get mauled by a crazed wolverine tomorrow, you get my bunker, and vice-versa."

I'm sure a lot of great bunkers have just gotten thrown in the trash or guzzled down in a party by surviving family (young kids) who has no appreciation for what they have.

My grandparents had a habit of giving away many of their interesting posessions as they got older. Better to have the enjoyment of giving the item themselves to someone they know will treasure it than to leave it all up to chance later.

Thats it! When I get "x" years old I'll give the bunker to one of my kids and then go drink at their house every day!


06-22-2007, 04:52
Well, hopefully I'll live a long and healthy life and will continue to add to the breadth and depth of my bunker over the years. That being the case, my bunker goes to my brother. My older son I have no doubt will probably enjoy fine Whisk(e)y when he's old enough to appreciate and respect it. At 16 years old, he likes to nose my bourbon and looks forward to the day when he too can enjoy fine spirits. So, if I go first, my brother may have to share with son #1.

06-22-2007, 04:57
But really, if I had six months to live I probably couldn't drink it all without killing myself in four months.
Sounds like a good way to go, Ed!:slappin:
I have heard of people with terminal illness that have been told they have "x" amount of time to live actually having their wake before they die. Hell, why not enjoy it with everyone else!!


06-22-2007, 05:20
My bunker isnít that big but even if it was I would do my best to drink it dry in those 6 months. I hate the thought of leaving anything behind, especially the pricier ones and ones I have never tried. If I were to die right now pretty much my entire collection would get listed on ebay by my family and the ones that didnít sell would most likely be thrown away if they couldnít find a store to return them to. I know it sounds selfish but they donít need the money.
My main reason for trying not to leave anything behind is simple, no matter how long I keep them for I bought them to drink! If, at the time of learning I had 6 months left, I was married to someone who liked bourbon then Iíd leave them a few of the good ones, if I had any friends who liked bourbon I might leave them a bottle or 2; there will be no children to leave any to!
Who knows if this is what I would really do though, I might think about things differently if death was breathing down my neck. I guess it doesn't really matter if I get to finish or open everything, I won't really have time to dwell on it being dead and all... :)

06-22-2007, 05:47
I buy to drink so assuming that I live a long and healthy life I'm hoping I have the sense to pair down what I have to a manageble size before I go. Right now, I don't even have enough to call it a "bunker". Assuming I get there, I'd certainly want it to go to someone who would appreciate it...problem being, I don't know anyone locally that enjoys Bourbon like I do. Hopefully that'll change long before I have to worry about this.

06-22-2007, 08:11
I imagine myself laid out in a Viking long boat, my bottles piled around and on top of me. Friends will open a bottle of Stagg, pass it around for drinks, then dump the rest on my remains. The boat is launched, followed by the flaming arrows. You get the picture.

Of course, my friends will have stolen all the good bottles and replaced them with Everclear, for an even more spectacular show.

Thanks for coming.

06-22-2007, 12:03
Great imagery, Chuck!

I know my son in law will enjoy whatever I leave behind. By that time, my son may have developed an appreciation as well so I'd expect them to divide it up. It will be in good hands - assuming there is anything left. I definately don't want it set ablaze on some danged boat. Waste of the bourbon and the boat!

I am in the "I want my last check to bounce" crowd though but for some of the finer things - Bourbon, Scotch, knives, my espresso machine etc I think those would be great rememberances..... I think it would be too cool for my great, great grandkids to have my cast iron cookware and a couple of my Busse knives. Expect the Bourbon will be long gone by then but that stuff will last FOREVER!


06-22-2007, 14:08
Well, figuring 6 mos to live, would give me time to get to either the Sampler or KBF. So, I'd give my buddy Troyce first shot at my bunker's contents, then everything else goes to the Gazebo to be taken by those who would appreciate it. Umm....that would be everything except the Bourbon Supreme;)


06-22-2007, 15:54
On second thought I think I would like to be buried with 1 good bottle (I'm thinking PVW20 or WLW '06 maybe) and a snifter just in case some 2,4,5-trioxin or Dromax contaminates the cemetery and I become reanimated. I will, after all, need something good to wash the brains down with! :lol:

06-22-2007, 17:07
I would like people to wonder "what the hell was this big empty room used for?"

06-22-2007, 19:23
My turn!

Usually everything I have a single of is open. If I have any warning that my ticket is about to be punched that will be even more likely. Plus, I would have a bunch of new bottles with only a drink or two out of them. You know, stuff that I hadn't wanted to spend the money on before. There would also be the things I had stocked up on because of price or because they were no longer being bottled and so would have unopened duplicates. Those go to whichever of my heirs is most interested in whiskey.

Again, assuming that I have warning, I would dump all the open traight American whiskey into a big stainless steel pot and re bottle it with a label that says, Ed's Old Farm, Straight American Whiskey. I would want to distribute these to as many of the people I love as possible, but I would want a certain number to be held back to be opened at the funeral and memorial services on the anniversary of my death. Here in Japan there is a Buddhist tradition (many Japanese Christians also follow this custom) that families gather at the funeral, 49 days after death, 100 days,and on certain anniversaries of the death. These are, the 1st, the 3rd, the 7th, the 13th, the 17th, the 25th, the 33rd, and the 49th. Thereafter, if it is held at all, it is every 50 years. So I need eleven bottles for those services.

If a piano falls on me someone else will have to do all this. I better tell my wife about this. I hope she doesn't pour any scotch into the blend...


06-22-2007, 22:58
I don't know...can you will stuff to a place, probably...Maybe the Gazebo...for future SBers to enjoy

06-23-2007, 06:46
My plans are to have no bourbon when I die.
But if I were to pass away today my wife said she will post on this board that I'm gone and you guys can come over and split up my collection because she knows it will go to people who appreciate it.

06-23-2007, 07:41
Luckily, my son enjoys whiskey almost as much as I do, so he will inherit one hell of a bunker, and keep things going, so to speak.
Joe :usflag:

06-24-2007, 15:36
Good Thread!! Really got me thinking. I have one brother in law who appreciates good liquor. The rest of my family couldn't tell Old Rotgut from PVW 23, Laphroaig 40 yr old, or Gautier XO Cigar Cognac. I'm going to put a codicil on my trust leaving him my bunker. BTW I'll be bringing him with me to KBF this year. However I like Ed's idea - if I have advance notification of my death, you'll all be invited to an early wake in Arkansas!

06-25-2007, 10:17
Door Prizes at my wake!!

06-26-2007, 07:18
And in addition to my brother getting most of my stash, I believe a parting gift to the friends I've made here on SB would be rather appropriate.

06-26-2007, 13:07
An interesting question...and one I don't hope to entertain for many years yet :skep:
Being DINK's (Double Income, No Kids), no brothers or sisters (I'm an only child) and in-laws who don't really drink bourbon (I'm working on it though), there's only one thing I can think of...
I think my will should say it is to be boxed and sent to KY in time for the September Bourbon Festival, that way all my fellow SB.com members can have a drink or 10 on me at the Gazebo..:slappin:

06-26-2007, 14:29
I think my will should say it is to be boxed and sent to KY in time for the September Bourbon Festival, that way all my fellow SB.com members can have a drink or 10 on me at the Gazebo..:slappin:
Do you know how much it would cost to post over there??
Postage to me would be much cheaper Cam, hell I could even pick it up!!:slappin:


06-26-2007, 17:27
Not to worry Scott, when I'm gone, there'll be enough money to send an escort with the cases. I guess you'll volunteer?

06-26-2007, 17:35
An interesting question...and one I don't hope to entertain for many years yet :skep:
Being DINK's (Double Income, No Kids), no brothers or sisters (I'm an only child) and in-laws who don't really drink bourbon

Well, I'm in the same boat as you. I don't know who I'm gonna leave my stuff to. I wonder about the legality of bequeathing my stash to several of the local watering holes in my area. At least for a while patrons would have the option of trying something outside the norm (JD Black and JB White). Even if it gets drowned in Coke it won't go down the drain.

06-26-2007, 18:12
...Being DINK's (Double Income, No Kids)...

I guess that makes single-income me a SINK?..:skep:

06-26-2007, 18:53
It does at that Tim :grin:

Pappy's Friend
06-26-2007, 19:06
I would want my "bourbon buddy" (a.k.a. nephew) to get mine. He's the one person I know (family-wise) who could truly appreciate the stuff I'm holding on to!

06-26-2007, 20:34
Don't know that anyone could appreciate it, so ours goes to the gazebo and Getz!

If they need money for the funeral/debts.....I guess it'll show up on e-bay!!


06-28-2007, 09:52
I don't have a clue what would happen to mine. Nobody in the family drinks whiskey except me. I guess they could mix my ashes with one and make a nice cement (bourbon scented QuickCrete?). :) Knowing my wife, they will probably sit right where they are until SHE croaks and then get tossed.


07-17-2007, 15:01
I'd like to have the tough duty of volunteering to help catalog and dispose of any unclaimed bunkers. Just PM me with your address, the location of the bunker and when you plan on kicking the bucket. I'll be there with a pickup to perform the last rites of said bunker. ha ha! :cool: