Friday, February 24, 2012

Half drunk bottles

Most people I know who drink whisky aren't worried to much about saving it.  Once a bottle is cracked, it's fair game until it's empty.  That's what it's for, right?  But now and then, you get a bottle that you want to savor.  Either it was out of your usual league pricewise, or it's a rare find.  As long as the bottle is more than half full, that's fine.  But less than half and it will start to oxidize after a few months.  If you don't believe me check out an experiment conducted on this L.A. food blog: whisky, age, and oxygen.  So, what can you do to prevent blowing through the bottle in an effort to preserve it's peak taste?  Re-bottle it.  I will say as a full disclaimer I lifted this idea straight from my favorite bourbon blog, Sour Mash Manifesto.  Read Jason Pyle's post about whisky storage here.  I ordered bottles from Specialty Bottle, I chose 2oz and 4oz boston rounds.  When they came in, I washed and dried them (learn from my mistakes, don't do this in the dishwasher, the gunk gets in the tiny bottles and it's a pain in the ass to clean them out).  Then I chose a few whiskies that I had that I wanted to preserve.  I bottled up the rest of my Van Winkle 12, and of course the George T. Stagg.  And a few others that some of the readers out there may discover later...Now it can sit on the shelf as long as I like. 

The end result looks pretty cool:

A hobby gone too far? Maybe it's a little crazy, but that's part of the fun. The key is using some form of label to not forget what you've done.


  1. perfect for on the go drinking. Actually this would be a great for another idea I had. A whisky advent calendar. I can't find enough decent miniatures to make one, but with these you could use anything.

  2. these bottles remind me of those movies where some guy is selling some magical tonic off the back of his carriage. i bought one of those wine saver things that pumps the air out. i'm not sure how good of a job it does because i usually finish my bottles rather quickly