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wildcatdon
03-21-2008, 12:54
There are some really neat ones out there..My buddy and I save all of ours that we drink in his tavern..I save some of mine at home,like the Rock Hill Farms bottle and the Pappy Van Winkle 15 and 20yr bottles...I would like to hear from you all..Anyone else save any?

gothbat
03-21-2008, 13:32
Most of them get tossed out but I do save a few. Some are for decorative purposes, these are generally nice decanters and older bottles. I don't really consider myself a decanter collector and probably only have 2 that aren't sealed. Others are saved for their re-usability. These are nicer bottles and bottles that are easily "anonymized". The Pappy Van Winkle bottles are a good example of this, sometimes the labels just kind of fall off right after you fill them with hot water and drop them in a sink full of it. The BTAC bottles are also nice once you get the labels off.
One thing I wanted to do was remove the labels from all of the bottles I have with paper labels and completely cover the back of one of the shelves I keep my whiskey on but I've pretty much abandoned this practice. Most labels are just too hard to get off. They don't soak off well as they either don't come off or come off in pieces. Some can be removed by a hair dryer but this is too time consuming and I burn my fingers a lot doing this. Any suggestions as to how to do this are welcome.

camduncan
03-21-2008, 14:16
I haven't saved may in the past, but will probably hang onto bottles like Wild Turkey American Spirit, ORVW 10yo (UK bottle) and, if I ever buy a bottle, Rock Hill Farms.
Sometimes I used to fill the rarer bottles with something from the same family eg put some WT 80 proof in the Tribute bottle for display reasons, but that's rare.
Mostly they get tossed in the bin to make way for more bottles.

ThomasH
03-21-2008, 14:32
I have turned some of the nicer empty bottles into lamps. I have an empty I.W. Harper 15yr. gold vein bottle that is filled with black sand and has a gold glass bead lampshade. The gold veins in the glass show up nicely against the black sand backround!

Thomas

spun_cookie
03-21-2008, 14:35
I toss mine most the time as well. I have kept a coupe for a buddt who put candles in them and I have a WT 375 ml to put bourbon in for travel.

In the end I need space for more full ones :p

Edward_call_me_Ed
03-21-2008, 16:36
I want to save the nicer bottles, but the bottles that are still in the rotation are taking up more room that I have already. Still, I have a few, like the BTAC etc. But every now and then I throw a bunch of bottles out that I didn`t have the heart to toss when they were first emptied.

Ed

CorvallisCracker
03-21-2008, 17:22
Others are saved for their re-usability. These are nicer bottles and bottles that are easily "anonymized". The Pappy Van Winkle bottles are a good example of this, sometimes the labels just kind of fall off right after you fill them with hot water and drop them in a sink full of it.

The VW/PVW bottles are a standard type made by a third party and sold to a variety of producers, including BMH and the brandy distiller Germain-Robin. I save these and use them when I come up with a vatting I like enough to produce in quantity. I'll fire up PhotoShop on the 'pooter and print up a label, grab the Scotch Artist Adhesive (which later will dissolve in warm water when need be), spray some on the label, slap it on the bottle and OO-LA (as the French people say) I've got a Special Bottling.

Added via Edit:

I see I've graduated to Taster. It's gonna be GTS tonight!

jburlowski
03-21-2008, 17:48
I used to scream and throw them into the fireplace. But my wife says to "cut that out".

wildcatdon
03-21-2008, 18:16
We have been filling our empties with amber colored water and lining a shelf in my friend's basement..Looks like a wall of full bourbon bottles..Pretty neat..The shelf runs the width of the walls several feet from the ceiling..

Thesh
03-21-2008, 19:18
Use the aromas trapped inside the bottle to help make the city dump smell better.

TNbourbon
03-21-2008, 20:43
We have been filling our empties with amber colored water and lining a shelf in my friend's basement..Looks like a wall of full bourbon bottles..Pretty neat..The shelf runs the width of the walls several feet from the ceiling..

I like this, if space and time provides. Great, historical record. Kudos!
But, frankly, I save only bottles that were special to ME -- for whatever reason. I try, when extractable, to save ALL unique labels. Everything else goes in the Dumpster, I'm afraid.

HighTower
03-21-2008, 21:59
I don't know why, but I seem to hang on to my empties. From where I'm sitting I can see my last 3, a WTRB, Blanton's Gold and a WR.

In my garage I have a Weller 12, Basil Hayden, Gentleman Jack and a few CC12s. I have used a CC12 bottle for sugar syrup (I have some in the fridge for Mint Juleps), but I don't really know why I have the others. I probably wont throw the Weller 12 or Blanton's bottle out, ut the others may see the recycling bin.

Scott

Virus_Of_Life
03-22-2008, 02:11
My buddy in Oregon who has a Ranch and therefore a barn, and furthermore the space, wants all the emtpies for the barn. I've shipped some of my empties, but not many, and all those we've finished up there are in the barn, one with a strange note that was written after a long (too long) night of drinking (too much) wild turkey after my ex-wife left me. Aahhh the good ole days... Anyway, I am trying to save the rest to get there as the decoration in a barn is really fitting somehow, and, well my home will soon be much closer than it is now... Bottom line, if it is a one of kind, say a VOF, it'll get saved or even something that isn't produced I do think it should be displayed somehow if space is available.

gr8erdane
03-22-2008, 04:25
I rarely empty a bottle having gone so overboard with all the varieties I have obtained over the past few years. The bottle that started my collection, a Booker's, is still about half full. The ones I do empty are usually ones that I have replacements for so they get tossed. In a similar thread years ago I suggested that you estimate the mash bill on the bottling and proportion whole grains in levels inside the bottle as a showpiece though. Like half corn, a quarter rye, and a quarter barley. I haven't done this yet but someday will when I get around to emptying some of my favorites.

Now that I think about it, this is almost equal to people having taxidermists stuff their pets. I find that sort of morbid...

OscarV
03-22-2008, 05:03
It has been three years now that I have decided to jump into this bourbon thing.
I wanted to try for myself every bourbon I could and it has been and still is a hell of an experience on many levels.
I have kept a least one of every bottle I have tried.
Some more than one like the WLW from the BTAC and the Stagg's also the Pappy's and WT Kentuckey Spirit.
I recently thinned out my empties (a lot of clanging at the recycle center that day) but I have kept the faux leather neck rider from all the FR Single Barrells.
Why? not sure, maybe as souvenirs from the journey/experience that I took with them.

JamesW
03-22-2008, 05:30
I use a lot of my empty bottles to split purchases with a friend on this board. Often I haven't tried a given bottle or it's very pricey so we'll split the contents using old bottles for that purpose and this way if it's not to my taste I don't have too much to drink before I can toss it.

ILLfarmboy
03-22-2008, 08:01
I use a lot of my empty bottles to split purchases with a friend on this board. Often I haven't tried a given bottle or it's very pricey so we'll split the contents using old bottles for that purpose and this way if it's not to my taste I don't have too much to drink before I can toss it.


That's using the ol' noggin.

Sijan
03-22-2008, 09:59
I used to scream and throw them into the fireplace. But my wife says to "cut that out".

LOL!

I throw most of them out, but keep a few of the more decorative ones, like the RHF bottle.

luv2hunt
03-23-2008, 15:10
Saving empty bottles? If you display them, you have to dust them! Ours all go in the recycling bin!

Dawn

barturtle
03-23-2008, 16:08
Saving empty bottles? If you display them, you have to dust them! Ours all go in the recycling bin!

Dawn

This is the main reason why all my bottles live in boxes and not on display...you don't have to dust boxes...lol

WineGuy
03-23-2008, 17:02
I would throw away empty bottles. Only exception is if I have a use for it.

smokinjoe
03-24-2008, 12:50
They all get tossed. I must admit though, I do tremble a little when I stand over the trash can with an empty Stagg. I don't know why, but I never quite throw it in quickly.

JOE

Barrel_Proof
03-24-2008, 12:52
I must admit though, I do tremble a little when I stand over the trash can with an empty Stagg. I don't know why, but I never quite throw it in quickly.

JOE

And to think that I am responsible for first sending Joe down that road some years ago! :cool:

smokinjoe
03-24-2008, 13:10
And to think that I am responsible for first sending Joe down that road some years ago! :cool:

:lol: That's right! If only I could find Stagg for $35 per bottle, now! My only regret is that I only had $70 on me.

:toast:

JOE

Huegeb
03-24-2008, 19:25
And to think that I am responsible for first sending Joe down that road some years ago! :cool:


Sounds a little flippy to me.

creativeglass
03-25-2008, 01:46
For me it isn't a matter of what I do with the empties, it's what I do with them before.