Current American Whiskies Open:
Three - 1.75 ML
Thirty four - 750 ML or 4/5 quart
One - Liter
Four - 3.75 ML or pint
Most have been open a year or less with a few stretching the year and a half mark. The only time I have noticed some degradation was a PVW 20 at about a year and a half with the last two ounces or so. I've never gone over two years open at least in the last decade. Once had a 1/2 gallon Crown Royal that was open for at least 10 years starting in 1980.
I'm with Rughi and sku—I make sure to share 'em with friends. I "repurpose," too, but more often I'll give away bottles that no longer make me swoon. I just get so tired of looking at those open bottles and feeling obliged to drink them down before I can open a new—hopefully better—one. Now my friends get to benefit from my fickle tastes.
"Good" may be subjective, but that doesn't mean it's arbitrary.
One thing I would suggest is getting some of the 2, 4, and 8oz bottles that have been discussed recently on another thread and go through your bottles and rebottle the bourbon you would hate to have spoil, and just leave the ones you don't care as much about.
Heck, I'm sure with that many open bottles you'd run across a few that you may have forgotten you had. Just my $.02.
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I ended up trying to cut down on how many bottles open too but I decided to refrain from finishing some odd ball bottles that guests may not have ever had a chance to sample (Bern, VOB, Old Pogue, Weller 7, BT).
I've got 40 open and I'm trying to drink them down. I've opened two new ones in the last few months (Makers 46 and KCSB) and I've pitched maybe 6 or 7 empties, so I'm making progress.
FWIW, the bottle that took the extended opening the worst was a slope shouldered OCPR but I'm mucking through it.
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Yikes. I was concerned about my 25 open bottles...but reading this thread I feel much better.
Initially I opened most of them under the guise of comparison. Later, I was compelled by greedy christmas morning impatience. For what it is worth, my current impression is that I "learn" more about a whiskey drinking through a few bottles at a time rather than experiencing the variety of many different drams.
My family, friends and I are drinkers. Open bottles don't last very long at all...
I currently have 13 opened, I'm trying to get that number down to the single digits (a couple bottles are fairly low actually). My problem is whenever I head up to MI I get a few bottles that are hard to come by/unavailable here in OH and I almost always will open one to drink while I'm there. I suppose I need to start bringing a bottle with me...
Don't worry..... Its not a problem at all. I have about 75 open and I too am out of room.... so I have to styash bottles throughout the house....
Kitchen, bedroom, closet, garage.... if there is a spot, there is a bottle....
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