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SippinJim
04-04-2008, 11:08
I have a manufacturing business (CNC machining) so everytime I sell a load of aluminum chips I go shopping. I started recently aquiring different bourbons and I'm now up to 32 different bottles. I'm always on the lookout for more. Pretty soon I'm going to spring for a PVW 23 as I already have the 12 and 20. I will be opening them as that's what their for aren't they? :D

How big is your collection and are they opened or unopened?

TNbourbon
04-04-2008, 12:36
I don't know. I'd have to dig through boxes, inventory several shelves, and wander through the house to figure it out.
I don't consider it a 'collection' so much as a whiskey pantry -- from which every bottle that isn't currently open (there are 50 of those, by the way, including all types of whiskey) will be at some point.

DoubleT
04-04-2008, 13:19
Currently, I have 6 bottles. I know, not much but times are tight. But what I have is a nice collection I think...

Heaven Hill (for visitors who want it with Coke)

and for my neat anad on the rocks friends, and of course me...

Buffalo Trace
Weller Special Reserve
Old Grand Dad
Fighting Cock &
Elijah Craig

I did have 7 bottles but I finished the last of my Evan Williams Green Label last night. That means its time for a trip to the liquor store.

ggilbertva
04-04-2008, 17:29
If you look under this (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3213)thread, you will see some of the bunkers out there. I don't know how many different bottles I have but total count is somewhere around 240 bottles. I have multiple of a number of bottles. Also, you didn't list the Pappy 15...if you don't have that one, you will want to pick that up also.

CorvallisCracker
04-04-2008, 17:31
I have a manufacturing business (CNC machining) so everytime I sell a load of aluminum chips I go shopping. I started recently aquiring different bourbons and I'm now up to 32 different bottles. I'm always on the lookout for more. Pretty soon I'm going to spring for a PVW 23 as I already have the 12 and 20. I will be opening them as that's what their for aren't they? :D

How big is your collection and are they opened or unopened?

It's not how big it is, it's what you can do with it.

Seriously, if you're interested in other peoples collections, you should take a look at the "Show Us Your Stash" thread. The latest entries to this are from March 27. I note your first post is from March 30, which may be why you missed it.

Latest entries are here: http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=116568#post116568

As for myself, I'm not a collector. Of anything. Stamps, coins, butterflys or bourbon. Other people are. If that's what they're into, great. I don't mean that in a patronizing way; I genuinely think it's great. Everyone should have at least one passion.

I have a number (in no particular order): riding my motorcycle, fishing (fresh water), reading, romantic interludes with my wife, fine dining and drinking, both wine and spirits.

WRT bourbon, I try to have a number of selections on hand for various purposes, as in:

1. A well bourbon - a mixer for guests, parties
2. The SB.com BOTM
3. A corn/rye everyday pour
4. A corn/wheat everyday pour
5. A corn/rye "one notch up" when I want to indulge myself
6. A corn/wheat "one notch up" when I want to indulge myself
7. An open Special Occasion bourbon
8. An uopened (i.e., in reserve) Special Occasion bourbon
9. An unopened VERY VERY Special Occasion bourbon (I'll know what that is when it happens)

Right now these are:

1. ________ (need to get something)
2. ________ (couldn't find no Old Charter 12)
3. BT
4. Weller Antique
5. WT RB
6. VW Lot B
7. Hirsch 16 BW - about half full
GTS (2007) - about 90% full
PVW 15 - about half full
8. ________
9. Hirsch 20

The scheme is out-of-kilter with 7 and 8. I probably should've held off on the PVW and GTS, but curiosity got the better of me.

Looking several weeks down the line, I expect this to be the lineup:

1. EW WL
2. Whatever (hopefully something I can find)
3. BT
4. Weller Antique
5. WT RB
6. VW Lot B
7. GTS (2007)
8. WT AS (rumor has it one is headed in my direction)
9. Hirsch 20

As the GTS approaches its end (and the opening of the WT AS is imminent) I will likely pick up a bottle of PVW 20.

HighTower
04-04-2008, 18:39
I just checked out the Excel spreadsheet I have my bourbon on (which I am slack at updating) and it puts me about the same as Greg, about 240 bottles.
33 are open, and of the full ones I have multiples of more than a few different bourbons, like WTAS, RR101, WR and EC12.

Scott

barturtle
04-04-2008, 19:22
Even though I have been bunkering for a fairly long time, I still only have beginner levels of stocking. A mere 224...oh, make that 223, bottles are in stock. One of these days I'll actually start getting serious about this collecting stuff...

However even though my totals are quite newbish, my number of individual labels is fairly nice:
30 different ryes
2 corn
7 Tennessee
1 Wheat
127 Bourbon (I had this higher the other night, but think I miscounted then)

70% of my labels are out of production.

As you can tell from the numbers, few of my bottles are backed up...

bobbyc
04-04-2008, 19:40
I haven't added to my collection much in the past 2 years save the Kentucky Barrel Society and SB.com bottlings. I haven't counted what I have in a long while and probably won't any time soon. I can tell you this, a double 6 case of Bulleit Thoroughbred was dropped just inside the living room 2 or more years ago, it has made it across the room and still isn't to the actual bunker yet.
I have too much/not enough bourbon bunkered at this time.

Barrel_Proof
04-04-2008, 20:01
Just plain lost count about a year ago. Used to be right on top of it, but no longer. There are several dozen :cool: different bottlings, and multiples :cool: of many of the finest among them.

The collecting (read, sharing with friends) highlight for me would be the day I showed up at Bobby's with a half dozen bottles or more harvested here and there, including a Wild Turkey Freedom that had traveled from Kentucky to the DFS Galleria shop at JFK in New York, to Tokyo, then Hong Kong, then hand carried across the border into mainland China, where it stayed for a while ... then back again via the very same route -- Shenzhen to Hong Kong to Tokyo to New York to Kentucky. Bobby and I had some fun that day, when this bottle made its way back to the land of its birth!

Stu
04-04-2008, 22:00
When I started drawing social security I decided it was time to start thinning out my bottles. I probably have less than 200 now and diminishing rapidly.

Stu

spun_cookie
04-04-2008, 23:52
I am sitting on around 100.... few real backups...

JamesW
04-05-2008, 06:06
I have 30 bunkered at the moment.

Jazzhead
04-05-2008, 09:46
I have some unopened bottles bunkered in the basement, but I always have 20 or so bottles on the top shelf in my music room, where I read, listen to jazz, sip good hooch, and post missives on the internet. The bottles "on display" (and all open, of course) as I write this are, from left to right (scotch on the left, bourbon on the right)

Balvenie 15 yo single barrel

Rosebank 15 yo 1991

Littlemill 12 yo

Bladnoch 1987 cask strength

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Lagavulin 16 yo

Caol Isla 18 yo

Talisker Distillers Edition

Ledaig 10 yo

Clynelish 14 yo

Macallan Fine Oak 15 yo

Macallan Cask Strength

George T Stagg (this year's edition)

Saz Rye 18 yo

Pappy van Winkle 15 yo

Old Charter 10 yo

Old Forrester BIB

Wild Turkey RR101

Wild Turkey Rye (Maryland distilled, a dusty from the seventies)

Ridgemont Reserve 1792

Walker's Deluxe

Knappogue Castle 1994

Bushmills 1608

Let's see, that's three lowlands with one cask strength; four highland/Speysides with one cask strength; five peat monsters; two ryes, six rye-based bourbons with one cask strength, one wheated bourbon, and two Irish.

:)

CorvallisCracker
04-05-2008, 10:50
Littlemill 12 yo


Though I don't care for most Scotch (because of the peat), I've enjoyed a couple of lowland ones (Auchentoshan, Glenkinche).

The Littlemill 12 just showed up at a local liquor store, and I've been eyeing it. Cost is $64.

What do you think of it?

Jazzhead
04-05-2008, 11:06
I'd say go for it, CC. This is my second bottle of the Littlemill 12 (from Preis imports; I believe it's a distillery bottling) To me, good Lowland scotch is like good Irish whiskey - no peat, but with plenty of sweet honey. The Littlemill doesn't have the "grassy" taste I associate with Auchentoshan. It reminds me most of Redbreast or Knappogue Castle.

Peat has it's place - I love a good peaty mess when I'm in the mood for it - but Lowland malt is both rare and special. Littlemill is a tough find around these parts - treat yourself to some of the good stuff.

ggilbertva
04-05-2008, 11:39
Though I don't care for most Scotch (because of the peat), I've enjoyed a couple of lowland ones (Auchentoshan, Glenkinche).

The Littlemill 12 just showed up at a local liquor store, and I've been eyeing it. Cost is $64.

What do you think of it?

Some Highlands are also very good and have limited Peat. Dalwhinnie and Bruichladdich come to mind.

squire
04-05-2008, 12:51
Enough to last indefinitely, could use a few more though, just to be sure.

Virus_Of_Life
04-05-2008, 15:02
Simply, probably more than I should have, but in no way shape or form enough!!

camduncan
04-05-2008, 15:14
Current count is 48 bottles. I tend to bunker bottles not available in the Australian Market, or only available in small batches when I can get them. They will all be opened given the right time, group of (bourbon appreciating) friends, or when I feel I want to try something special.

Currently Open -
Wild Turkey Freedom
Woodford Reserve
Noah's Mill
2004 Sazerac
2004 George T Stagg (129 proof)
Blantons Special Reserve
Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Jack Daniels Roosevelt 80th Anniv.
McKenna Bourbon (Four Roses product-export only to Australia)
Jack Daniels
Old Fitzgerald 1849
Fighting Cock
Rittenhouse Rye (80 proof)
Old Grand Dad 114
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
Van Winkle Lot B
Pappy Van Winkle 15yo
Elijah Craig 18yo

Currently not open or waiting for the right time to open are the following:

Available in Australia -
Elijah Craig 12yo
Evan Williams SB 93 x2
Evan Williams SB 94 x2
Evan Williams SB 95 x2
Evan Williams SB 96 x2
Fighting Cock (no longer available in Aust)
Wild Turkey Russells Reserve 101 x 2
Wild Turkey American Spirit (Australian Bottle)
Jim Beam 2007 Limited Edition Ford Racing Tribute bottle


Not available in Australia -
Four Roses x 2
Four Roses Single Barrel x 2
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses 40th Barrel Strength (SS/15-1B)
Evan Williams Earthstone Jug
Knob Creek
Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107 proof
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
Van Winkle Lot B 12yo
Pappy Van Winkle 15yo
Pappy Van Winkle 23yo
George Dickel No 12
Wild Turkey Tribute (bottle 514 of 5500)
Wild Turkey American Spirit (US Bottle)

bobbyc
04-06-2008, 09:32
The collecting (read, sharing with friends) highlight for me would be the day I showed up at Bobby's with a half dozen bottles or more harvested here and there, including a Wild Turkey Freedom that had traveled from Kentucky to the DFS Galleria shop at JFK in New York, to Tokyo, then Hong Kong, then hand carried across the border into mainland China, where it stayed for a while ... then back again via the very same route -- Shenzhen to Hong Kong to Tokyo to New York to Kentucky. Bobby and I had some fun that day, when this bottle made its way back to the land of its birth! __________________
That was a fun day! That bottle and the 4 Roses Single Barrel from Nice France are more well traveled than myself.

SippinJim
04-06-2008, 13:03
Here's mine so far -

A.H. Hirsch 16 year old
Bakers
Basil Hayden
Black Maple Hill
Black Maple Hill 21 year old
Black Maple Hill 23 year old
Blanton’s Single Barrel
Bookers
Bulleit
Colorado Whiskey
Eagle Rare
Elijah Craig
Elijah Craig 12 year old single barrel
Evan Williams Single Barrel
George T. Stagg
Hancock Reserve Single Barrel
Jefferson’s Reserve
Knob Creek
Makers Mark
Mitchter’s Small Batch
Michter’s 10 year old single barrel
Noah’s Mill
Old Fitzgerald Very Special 12 year old
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old
Pogue Masters Select
Rowans Creek
Russell’s Reserve
Sam Houston Very Small Batch
Van Winkle 12 year old
Vintage Bourbon
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Willets Bourbon
W.L. Weller
W. L. Weller 12 year old
Woodford Reserve

StraightBoston
04-06-2008, 15:35
Looking at the ol' Excel spreadsheet, it turns out I have about 70 pint-size or larger bottles representing 50 different labels (that is, about 20 in bunker stock) and another 30 minis -- mostly older stuff that I picked up on eBay. About half of my collection is open, with a Frankenrye and a Frankenwheat bottle to collect the near-empties.

Knutzen
04-06-2008, 22:39
Well, I killed off Weller SR (marinating pork chops with the last drizzle) and Buffalo Trace (had to get through watching Cloverfield somehow...), so...

I've got 3 left around. :skep:

Schpyder
04-07-2008, 17:54
Some Highlands are also very good and have limited Peat. Dalwhinnie and Bruichladdich come to mind.

Bruichladdich is actually an Islay, although usually unpeated. They do have some peated releases (the 3D bottlings), but it's rare under the Laddie label. :)

My collection is just a baby right now, with about a dozen bourbons and half as many ryes. Also a dozen or so single malts. And a bunch of other spirits as well. Oh man.

ggilbertva
04-07-2008, 18:10
Bruichladdich is actually an Islay, although usually unpeated. They do have some peated releases (the 3D bottlings), but it's rare under the Laddie label. :)

You are correct and I knew that but didn't catch my faux pas. I have the Bruichladdich 15 year 2nd ed. that has very mild peat. I typically don't care for Islay but this one is good.

Schpyder
04-07-2008, 18:41
You are correct and I knew that but didn't catch my faux pas. I have the Bruichladdich 15 year 2nd ed. that has very mild peat. I typically don't care for Islay but this one is good.

Pfft, like it even matters much these days. The latest Malt Advocate had a pretty good article on how the specific "regions" of single-malts are getting pretty blurred these days, what with peated releases from the likes of Ardmore and BenRiach, and the unpeated Islays, and Speyside-style Highlanders and vice-versa.

But man, we're getting off track here. This is about bourbon! (and rye! and other american whiskeys, I guess...)

ACDetroit
04-07-2008, 21:16
So I finished the EXCEL spread sheet last week and well...I'm embarrassed! Sealed bottles 317 wit 110 different labels. Not including RYES! SO I'M GOOD FOR BOURBON FOR A BIT! Damn CAP lock!

Tony

Huegeb
04-08-2008, 06:43
Just plain lost count about a year ago. Used to be right on top of it, but no longer. There are several dozen :cool: different bottlings, and multiples :cool: of many of the finest among them.

The collecting (read, sharing with friends) highlight for me would be the day I showed up at Bobby's with a half dozen bottles or more harvested here and there, including a Wild Turkey Freedom that had traveled from Kentucky to the DFS Galleria shop at JFK in New York, to Tokyo, then Hong Kong, then hand carried across the border into mainland China, where it stayed for a while ... then back again via the very same route -- Shenzhen to Hong Kong to Tokyo to New York to Kentucky. Bobby and I had some fun that day, when this bottle made its way back to the land of its birth!


Hello Barrel Proof,

Of the many places I have been through my travels, Hong Kong and Shenzhen are of my favourites. In both, the culture is so very rich and eclectic. And both locations are so beautiful. If I had my choice I would love to live in Shenzhen the most. Truly a beauty to behold in so many ways. Thankfully GB gave back to China what truly was theres.

Kindest,

Geb

bromike666
04-10-2008, 11:03
I'm all inspired. Tonight I'm going to create a Filemaker database to start keeping track of my growing collection. I figure I'd better get started now rather than wait a few years and play catch up.

I'm planning on including fields for pictures, date purchased by bottle, price paid, where purchased, date opened, date drained and a field for notes. I'll have sub categories by type to log multiple bottles of the same bourbon. I'll keep it on our server and can access it via wireless from wherever I am sipping. Anything I'm missing?

Once it's completed I'll be happy to share the layout with anyone that runs a Filemaker system.

ggilbertva
04-10-2008, 11:06
I've only gone so far as create an Excel spreadsheet. I did start the construction of an Access db but haven't completed it yet. My development skills are rusty and it's a chore.

barturtle
04-10-2008, 11:09
I've only gone so far as create an Excel spreadsheet. I did start the construction of an Access db but haven't completed it yet. My development skills are rusty and it's a chore.

Yeah, I had the thought to do an Access DB, but it's a lot more trouble than a simple Excel spreadsheet. I wanted all the matching pictures, good reports, etc. But the Spreadsheet has worked well.

bromike666
04-10-2008, 11:14
I've only gone so far as create an Excel spreadsheet. I did start the construction of an Access db but haven't completed it yet. My development skills are rusty and it's a chore.

You just need the right gf to help out. I'm a Filemaker doofus, she wears the computer pants around our house.

ggilbertva
04-10-2008, 11:14
Yeah, I had the thought to do an Access DB, but it's a lot more trouble than a simple Excel spreadsheet. I wanted all the matching pictures, good reports, etc. But the Spreadsheet has worked well.

Did you include pictures in the Excel spreadsheet?

barturtle
04-10-2008, 11:37
No. Just Name, Distillery, Bottler, Proof, Age, Purchase date ,Number of, Vintage, Barrel date, Bottle Date, Type of...then some math for totals, av proof and av age....I refuse to put in prices as I don't wanna know

BourbonJoe
04-10-2008, 16:24
I have mine in Access. Not that much extra work really and REAL EASY to sort.
Joe :usflag:

felthove
04-10-2008, 16:30
So I finished the EXCEL spread sheet last week and well...I'm embarrassed! Sealed bottles 317 wit 110 different labels. Not including RYES! SO I'M GOOD FOR BOURBON FOR A BIT! Damn CAP lock!

Tony

Damn that's a lot of bourbon. May I ask, Tony, what you do for a living that gives you so much time to search for bourbon yet the $ to afford what you actually find?

Cheers!

Ron

ACDetroit
04-10-2008, 18:53
Nothing as exciting as most of the group here! I am done buying for a while as I think I cleared out most areas near me! Still have a few I want to check out. As you can guess Ron I need to restock my account after all the fun I had hunting. :grin:

Tony

ThomasH
04-11-2008, 14:30
I counted up my collection today and have 240 bottles. Only 4 or 5 brands have extras bunkered and of the 240, less than 10 are unopened. My collection will increase when I travel to Ky. to the sampler. The 240 I counted are all full size bottles. I also have a collection of 2000+ minis with approx. 300 bourbon minis!

Thomas

callmeox
04-11-2008, 14:35
I counted up my collection today and have 240 bottles. Only 4 or 5 brands have extras bunkered and of the 240, less than 10 are unopened. My collection will increase when I travel to Ky. to the sampler. The 240 I counted are all full size bottles. I also have a collection of 2000+ minis with approx. 300 bourbon minis!

Thomas

I call for an Ohio Tasting at Thomas' house! :grin:

ggilbertva
04-11-2008, 17:05
I call for an Ohio Tasting at Thomas' house! :grin:

I second that motion.......

wadewood
04-11-2008, 18:06
I updated my excel file today;169 unopened and another 12 opened.

crazyj23
04-11-2008, 19:15
well, figure i might as well make this my first post, ha, ha...

i have a whopping 3 bottles of bourbon

Makers Mark - my first (like many it seems)
Eagle Rare 10 yo
WTRB 03RB - just bought it tonight, learning to tolerate the burn, otherwise i like the flavor

other whisk(e)ys

JD Black Label - hey, i like it, ha, ha
Johnnie Walker Red - def. not feeling scotch...but not ready to give up
The Knot - 100 proof Irish whisky that tastes like butterscotch candy
George Dickel #12 - def. has more flavor and kick then JD

chilidawg7
04-11-2008, 20:24
i got 9!

Weller Centennial
Maker's Mark
Old Forester
Evan Williams SB
George T Stagg 07
BTEC - Cabernet Franc - 6 years
Knob Creek
Old Granddad 114
Pappy 20 y.o.