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  1. #1
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    Open Bottle Problem

    I have no self control. Maybe it is because I just started drinking Bourbon again about a year and a half ago after a 35 year hiatus (cheap stuff during college days) but I can't wait to open and try every new bottle I find. As a result I have over 90 bottles open right now. I do enjoy comparison tasting every night but I am running out of space to put the open bottles.How do the rest of you control yourselves?

  2. #2
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    I never have more than about 2 open at the time, so, I guess I am not the one to ask about control.

  3. #3
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    I agonize over every bottle I open with so many already open, but as I tell my wife - better 3/4 full on the sideboard than empty in the recycling.

    Better to have a bottle lose its complexity every now and then than work out your liver with more whiskey than you really want.

    The best answer, of course, is to share it with friends, family and like minded bourbanistas!

  4. #4
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    I don't like having a lot open. My max is about 8 - 10 and when I get to that point I stop opening new ones and drink down the open stock.

    I like to drink it and my quest continues to be identifying what I like. I have a few bottles open here that have been that way for over a year each. That's because I don't like them.

    I prefer to spend my money on duplicates of bottles that I enjoy for the bunker and that's how I avoid the open bottle problem.
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

    GBS Member - 2011 Indoctrination

  5. #5
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Rughi View Post
    The best answer, of course, is to share it with friends, family and like minded bourbanistas!
    That's pretty much my remedy. Hold tastings, trade samples, etc.

  6. #6
    Bourbonian of the Year 2010 and Guru
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    I did that once, I had about 80 open. I made myself not open anything else until they were all gone. Took nearly 4 years, even throwing parties and telling people I've got it, don't bring anything. Go 4 years without trying anything new and you'll learn some self control.
    2010 Bourbonian of the Year

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  7. #7
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    Wow! That's a lot of open bottles. My open bottle problem is on a much smaller scale. I use the tried and true Justification Method. I moved four open bottles from my bar to the kitchen. Those are now used for cooking, mixing, and flask-filling but I no longer count them as "open" bottles. They are "re-purposed" bottles. I'm determined to finish off the remaining 8 bottles of bourbon on my bar before opening a new round. Of those, my least favorites will go to the kitchen (unless my wife starts complaining) so I can open more. I've implemented a "buying freeze" on new-to-me bottles (does not apply to favorites, of course) which helps too. Good luck, throw a big party and look up some recipes calling for bourbon. You may be surprised how fast you can go through one of your least favorite bottles by using it in a bread pudding or bbq sauce/marinade or experimenting with a new drink recipe.

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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    ...Go 4 years without trying anything new and you'll learn...


    Eh, what was that?
    I dozed off.

  9. #9
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    I've got 4 open right now.
    I don't like to have them open for long because to much air gets to them.
    So that seems to be how I do it, it's like I'm afaid they will spoil.
    ovh

  10. #10
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    Re: Open Bottle Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    ...it's like I'm afaid they will spoil.
    I expect the only thing worse than spoiled children is spoiled bourbon.
    Scott

    "Remember that your sense of humor is inversely proportional to your level of intolerance."
    - Serge Storms

 

 

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