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Scotch Newbie Question

curseofleisure Sep 1, 2012 08:32 AM

Scotch is sort of the 'Final Frontier' for me, having now conquered all manner of liquors and liqueurs. I am going to a function where people are being asked to bring their favorite scotch, and this raises a question.

The one bottle of Scotch I own, like many Scotches, came in a box. I opened the bottle the other day to try it. Do Scotch lovers keep the box? Do I take the bottle by itself or in the box? I know this probably sounds like a silly question to a lot of people, but it's something I'd love to know.

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  1. sku RE: curseofleisure Sep 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    It really doesn't matter. If your giving it as a gift, bring the box. It can't hurt. I keep my Scotch in the box for easier storage, but I have lots of bottles that came without boxes. Don't overthink it; the box isn't that important.

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      FrankJBN RE: sku Sep 5, 2012 10:09 AM

      'I keep my Scotch in the box for easier storage'

      How is it easier?

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        sku RE: FrankJBN Sep 5, 2012 11:14 AM

        The boxes stack neatly side by side on the shelf. I live in Los Angeles so the box is also a little bit of added earthquake protection.

    2. gotcholent RE: curseofleisure Sep 4, 2012 04:47 PM

      welcome to the wonderful world of whisk(e)y!!!
      to quote a better man then i..."the bottle was dusty but the licquer was clean"
      don't worry about what's on the outside. while keeping the box is not of the greatest import, it is a good idea to keep your spirits, and all booze for that matter away from direct sunlight.

      1. jrvedivici RE: curseofleisure Sep 5, 2012 07:00 AM

        I think a simple way to answer this question is this;

        If it is an actual card board box then you can disregard it.

        If it is a presentation case....like Johnny Walker Blue or similar then you bring it in it's display case. Some of those empty cases will sell for a few bucks on ebay and are conversation pieces all their own.

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          FrankJBN RE: curseofleisure Sep 5, 2012 10:08 AM

          Don't bring the box. I have to imagine this function will include a phase for tasting the scotches and probably not so much a phase for admiring the packaging.

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            The Big Crunch RE: curseofleisure Sep 5, 2012 11:57 AM

            I keep the bottles in the packaging. While it is quite debatable as to how much (if any) a liquor degrades in flavor over time, the two main culprits that are always cited are exposure to air and sunlight. Once you crack open a bottle, your going to be adding more air to the bottle each time you pour a drink, but by keeping a bottle in the nice cardboard (or tin) packaging in which it was shipped, you can at least keep it out of all light.

            Now, does that really make any difference in the flavor of the spirit for your average drinker? I dunno. Some people say that a bottle of whiskey never really goes "that" bad while others claim the loss of flavor is so great after a few months that they would prefer to just give it away. Personally speaking, I have many bottles of Scotch and bourbon that have been open for over a year and I don't notice any difference.

            Still and yet, if light is supposed to be bad, and if they give you a nice cardboard or tin box with the the thing, then why not keep it in the packaging? If nothing else, I think it looks kind've neat to have a row of bottle lined up in their pretty boxes.

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              EvergreenDan RE: The Big Crunch Sep 5, 2012 04:11 PM

              In a non-blind tasting of decades old blended whiskey and a fresh bottle, not one person (including a couple of spirit enthusiasts) could tell any difference. This was not the case with other things (including liqueurs).

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                The Big Crunch RE: EvergreenDan Sep 5, 2012 07:11 PM

                Which makes since, considering the liqueurs were possibly lower in alcohol (less preservative) or were flavored by botanicals, herbs, and such, which were less stable over time. Like I said, I can't tell a difference. Though it's worth noting that I don't think I've ever critically drank anything from a bottle of booze that was several years old. A year or two? Yeah, and it tasted fine to me, but nothing that was many, many, many years old.

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              kagemusha49 RE: curseofleisure Sep 5, 2012 05:22 PM

              You can't drink the box.

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                EvergreenDan RE: kagemusha49 Sep 7, 2012 10:16 AM

                But you can drink yourself into the box. ;)

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