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  1. #21
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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    Quote Originally Posted by sutton View Post
    I wouldn't fret too much about it (or go get yourself some small bottles to decant into if you need the peace of mind). I had a Glen'mo Nectar d'Or opened at least 4 yrs and a Lag 16 opened longer than that - probably closer to 7. Probably had them down below the 25% mark for at least 2 yrs+ and they still seemed OK to me. Maybe would have been noticeably different in a side-by-side with a fresh bottle, but I didn't find them "off" in any way.
    That's my experience. Some SBers, though, have really, really sensitive palates. I have never had a bourbon long enough to go bad. For that matter, despite all the bitching about bad corks, I have never had a cork go bad either. Some of us are just lucky that way.
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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfish View Post
    For that matter, despite all the bitching about bad corks, I have never had a cork go bad either. Some of us are just lucky that way.
    It's funny you mentioned that - up until tonight, I would wholeheartedly agree. Never had a bad cork. The first one ever sheared off in my hand tonight. Of course, it was a bottle I've had for at least 15 years that I had forgotten about! Anything can happen but likely more of a dusty problem I'd guess ... certainly gave me an incentive to finish off this bottle and one or two others that have been hanging around far too long.
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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    When I see it on a shelf at the store.
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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    As I mentioned earlier, I use private preserve on my nice bottles but I have no idea if it actually works or not. However, it's worth the cost for my piece of mind :-)

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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    Until recently I had been hesitant to finish limited edition and bottles I don't have a backup because I find myself revisiting, sometimes years later, and finding that my palate and/or memory has changed and thus my opinion. A recommendation from ChainWhip led to a purchase of 2oz glass bottles from specialtybottles.com which solved that problem. I don't even wait for a bottle to get low, I open a fresh one and transfer 2oz, then I don't mind killing it. There will always be more good stuff out there and I don't mind evolving with the industry, I just want to maintain a glimpse of the past.

    Now I look forward to an empty bottle because it opens up room for more.

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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    Dang, that's a great idea, transfer at the opening of a bottle. I'm going to copy!

    Quote Originally Posted by DBM View Post
    Until recently I had been hesitant to finish limited edition and bottles I don't have a backup because I find myself revisiting, sometimes years later, and finding that my palate and/or memory has changed and thus my opinion. A recommendation from ChainWhip led to a purchase of 2oz glass bottles from specialtybottles.com which solved that problem. I don't even wait for a bottle to get low, I open a fresh one and transfer 2oz, then I don't mind killing it. There will always be more good stuff out there and I don't mind evolving with the industry, I just want to maintain a glimpse of the past.

    Now I look forward to an empty bottle because it opens up room for more.

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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    When I see it on a shelf at the store.
    This made me laugh out load, and have to explain to my office what was sooooo funny. Thanks Squire.

    Like a lot of you I am newer to this venture, so I get excited to try new stuff. I probably have close to 30 bottles open on my bar, and I keep my rotation pretty even through them all. I do have a couple of favorites that I have finished and replaced, but those are only a few. I have not been lucky enough to get my hands on any of the BTAC or PVW juice, so I don't reserve too much for special occasions. I tend to decide my initial pour based on bottle fullness, so they all stay close to the same level. Then my later pours I go to those favorites.

    I have noticed recently that when I go back to something I have not had for awhile it tastes different than I remember. I have been pondering the same question MtnDew posed. Not sure if that is the bourbon/rye or my palate, but I am going to try Flyfish Challenge from another post to do a blind tasting of the same pours spaced out to see if it is my palate.

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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    I really hadn't given this too much thought. I guess I do tend to bring some into a "more often poured" rotation once they hit about 20% full. But, I think it's because I want the shelf space as much as it is to finish it off.
    Speaking of Bourbon changing over time; my experience (with the exception of one bottle of 4-R Sm.B.L.E.) I've never had one go noticeably downhill. I've had a few 'bad corks'; but even that didn't seem to spoil the Bourbon. I just decanted the liquid and it was fine. I will also say; one bottle I experienced the opposite... A bottle of Pappy-23 I was unimpressed with on the first few pours and, therefor left aside to impress friends, became wonderful after about a year on the shelf around 2/3 full. Go Figure.

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    When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

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    Re: When do you decide a bottle needs to be finished off?

    Quote Originally Posted by DBM View Post
    Until recently I had been hesitant to finish limited edition and bottles I don't have a backup because I find myself revisiting, sometimes years later, and finding that my palate and/or memory has changed and thus my opinion. A recommendation from ChainWhip led to a purchase of 2oz glass bottles from specialtybottles.com which solved that problem. I don't even wait for a bottle to get low, I open a fresh one and transfer 2oz, then I don't mind killing it. There will always be more good stuff out there and I don't mind evolving with the industry, I just want to maintain a glimpse of the past.

    Now I look forward to an empty bottle because it opens up room for more.
    Great idea ...

    WRT finishing off a bottle ... that decision has been taken out of my control ... I have a son and two sons-in-law ... gotta take the good with the bad.
    Sto lat!!!

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