"I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet
As I mentioned, I do have some unopened bottles but would
gladly crack 'em should an occasion arise. The thread title is a bit
different from "...replace stuff as you drink it". Using Bookers as
the example, I'd say go ahead and open it and "replace" it as
you're able, especially since it is easy enough to get another bottle.
Of course, if it's a bottle no longer being produced, how long do you
save it for? And why save it for so long? You can open it and then
save it for the best of both worlds.
Originally Posted by ggilbertvaOriginally Posted by Ryan
You know, the apprehension about opening bottles for me is that someone will come over and see my stash, and then look to the open bottle and say, "I'll try some of that" and then you have the awkwardness of telling them that since they never drink bourbon and they want ice with it, that no, they can't drink any of my Pappy 20.
Herein lies the genius of the "velvet bag" that the Van Winkles (ok and Crown) ship with their bottles. If it's in the bag and open, this whole socially awkward situation never arises, and you don't have to feel like you're hiding away all of your stash, and yet you still get the satisfaction of seeing your precious, precious babies when you open the doors.
As I've mentioned before, my weakness in opening bottles has produced an open bottle count somewhere north of 50. I really do try to not open a new bottle but sometimes it's a losing battle. As others have stated, whiskey is for drinking and I like to try many different drams, thus my high open bottle count. What I find though is even if I open that "special" bottle, it will sit open for quite some time as I rarely drink the same thing twice in a row. I have bottles that are near empty that I opened 2-3 year ago and it's taken this long to get to the bottom. Now, if you don't have a lot of bottles open, then obviously you will go through it faster but again, I don't see the downside. Enjoy.
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To me, and this is just my opinion; GREAT bourbon and GREAT cigars are to be enjoyed. With that said, my motto is "smoke em and drink em if you got em". To be more blunt... Hell, you may not be here tomorrow, what are you saving it for?
I have a similiar but opposite problem... I only open "the good stuff" for family/friends who enjoy bourbon or would like to learn about bourbon. I try to always have a backfill before opening...but sometimes you just can't find another bottle.
I had to actually TRY to get my open bottle count over 5...because once opened, its tough to pass up a good pour.
Lately, I've been taking pours by age in my open bottle collection and that has helped alot...
Sure, I'll delay opening certain bottles. I just did this with the FR 100th, but I got a back-up yesterday, so I'll open one up tonight.
As a general statement (i.e. ).....If you bought it with your money...It's yours. You can do whatever the heck you want with any bottle you have, IMO. Set it on your mantel. Mix it with buttermilk. Pour it on the crabgrass in your lawn. Sleep with it. Sell it on E-Bay. Give it away. Do anything you dang well please, with it. Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't doing the right thing with it.
"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama