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    Bunker breakout?

    After reading so many threads about our bunkers.....I want to know: What kind of special occasion does it take to break that awesome bottle of bourbon out of your bunker? And what is it?


    Mine are: 1. Old Taylor 16yr (prohibition)
    2. PVW 23 green glass
    3. PVW 23 SB.com

    As far as special enough occasion.....I have not found one yet.
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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    Well, I guess this would require a gathering of like-minded people with whom to share said prizes with...the Gazebo is a good time to do such things, or any other meetup that you can plan with fellow SBers. Also weddings/anniversaries/graduations(mine for instance!)

    Some of those bottles may include (but are not limited to):
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    Stagg 2002
    Complete set of Saz 18
    Weller 19
    VWFRR C bottling (or any of my Lburg VW bottlings-Twisted Spoke, etc)
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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    OK, I'm going to be totally contrary.

    I don't consider anything in my bunker off limit or saved for a special occation. You might get hit by a bus tomorrow, so no sense putting it off. You'll just end up with your kids chucking it all in the trash. I like to have a bout 6-8 bottle sopen at any one time. One or two of them many would consider jewels. When I kill off a bottle I open another one. Current jewels in the bunker are there only because I haven't gotten to them yet, not because i am saving them for anything.

    One exception I could see is if you bought a bottle of Birthday Bouron that matched your childs birth year and want to open it when they hit 21, get married, etc. Something like that is acceptable.

    Also, if the bourbon is really special, you'll want to consider it in a quiet controlled environment. Not at some big event or party. So I wouldn't want to crack open that special bottle at a wedding for instance, that would be a waste. I'll crack open something really rare or special when I have the house to myself and can give it the attention and concentration it deserves. Once I've come to terms with the bottle I will then gladly offer pours to people I know will appreciate it. That's just with really crazy stuff though, most rarities/dusties are fair game to anyone at my house once opened.

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    Mike

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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    I agree but of course that's just me. I wonder what that Prohibition Taylor is like!

    Gary

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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    The Taylor is being saved for my Dad and I to taste. I will report our findings. Whenever that is?
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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Well, I guess this would require a gathering of like-minded people with whom to share said prizes with...the Gazebo is a good time to do such things, or any other meetup that you can plan with fellow SBers. Also weddings/anniversaries/graduations(mine for instance!)
    I do agree on this Timothy but I want to add a couple.
    Christmas
    Nice hot summer period
    Dull cold dark winter period
    Lonely home

    Leif
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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    There are a number of bottles that will be opened on a couple of milestone events. I have a bottle of 1990 EWSB that will be shared with my son when he turns 21.

    Also, as of tomorrow, I am walking away from a 21 year career supporting the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Counterterrorism Center.

    At mid life, I am beginning a new career and have purchased a Franchise conducting a multi unit development over the next 6 years. As such, I have the following that will coincide with certain milestones related to this effort:

    1972 Hallers County Fair BIB
    PVW 23 year SB
    ORVW 15 year
    1952 Old Forester BIB
    1965 Old Fitz BIB

    I have a couple of others but those are the special ones.
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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    Each time my brother makes it back from Iraq (USMC) is my special occasion. Bottles opened or to be opened include ER 101, WTRR 101, and a few Four Roses 40th's. Looking to add ORVW 15 and some trophy Turkeys to the list. Also have a bottle of EWSB for my son, barreled on his birthday, for his 21st.

    Tim

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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    I don't have anything special in my bunker, mostly commonly available stuff. Somewhat less common; BTAC bottles from various years and a good sized stash of WT RR 101. Currently I have a few bottles of WT 12, all split label. One is about empty. The WT 12's are the only bottles I guard with jealousy. When the wife is gone for the evening 'scrapbooking' with the girls I will through a nice steak on the grill and break out the WT 12. I'll have a glass with the steak and one or perhaps two while waching TV or reading. Yeah, My life is kinda boring.

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    Re: Bunker breakout?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeK View Post
    Also, if the bourbon is really special, you'll want to consider it in a quiet controlled environment.... I'll crack open something really rare or special when I have the house to myself and can give it the attention and concentration it deserves. Once I've come to terms with the bottle I will then gladly offer pours to people I know will appreciate it.
    Yep, that's me right there! I think that's the best way to enjoy bottles like that, most of the time anyway.
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