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    Handles?

    I was running the numbers in my head the other day at the store and it is much more economical to buy a handle instead of a fifth (especially on sale). Assuming it is a bourbon you know you will like and have space in the cabinet are there any drawbacks to a handle? Does the extra air in the bottle cause issues when it gets low?

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    Re: Handles?

    I use handles for Bourbons I drink regularly. I use it to refill an empty fifth bottle so it doesn't take up so much room on the shelf.

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    Re: Handles?

    Unless you're extremely sensitive to it, oxidation damage takes years to develop in a partially full bottle. Presumably you are contemplating the purchase of handles because you go through those products pretty quickly.

    I don't buy a lot of handles, but always have one of Very Old Barton BIB on hand.

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    Re: Handles?

    There is always a handle of Forty Creek Barrel Select in my liquor cabinet.

    750ml x 12 bottles = 9 liters @ $222.02
    1.75L X 6 bottes = 10.5 liters @ $221.03

    If I'm buying by the case that's a free* 1.5 liters and a savings of $0.99 to boot.


    * Your wife might not find this "free", mine doesn't.

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    Re: Handles?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Unless you're extremely sensitive to it, oxidation damage takes years to develop in a partially full bottle. Presumably you are contemplating the purchase of handles because you go through those products pretty quickly.

    I don't buy a lot of handles, but always have one of Very Old Barton BIB on hand.

    Not sure how quickly I will go through them, but I have bought handles of EJ12, WT101 and Dickel 12 recently when they were on sale. They are 3 of my favorite everyday pours.

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    Re: Handles?

    Quote Originally Posted by hambone View Post
    Not sure how quickly I will go through them, but I have bought handles of EJ12, WT101 and Dickel 12 recently when they were on sale. They are 3 of my favorite everyday pours.
    Your other option is to pour off the remainder of your handle into a 1 liter bottle to help minimize the effects of long term oxidation......
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    Re: Handles?

    Handles always seem to disappear faster than 750s around here. The mentality is: "You've got a whole handle, drink up my friend."

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    Re: Handles?

    I've never seen anything in a handle that I wanted to drink.
    ovh

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    Re: Handles?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    I've never seen anything in a handle that I wanted to drink.
    I'm with you Oscar. Here in WA they never stock anything but bottom shelf juice in handles. The few 1.75s I have were purchased elsewhere. I only have a few: Weller 12, OWA and SW Old Fitz(see a trend here).

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    Re: Handles?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    I've never seen anything in a handle that I wanted to drink.
    Rob has a handle on his counter that may change your mind.
    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

 

 

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