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Do People Keep The Scotch Boxes?

I normally stick to Bourbon, but I recently switched over to scotches. I bought Glenfiddich 12 year and it came in a nice box. I am contemplating keeping the box and putting it above my cabinets.

Is this weird? Is this something someone or people as a whole do? I think it looks nice but I don't generally do this type of thing and would like to know whether house guests would look down on me for it if I went ahead with it.


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  1. I am a sucker for gimmicky packaging and also a pack-rat, so I have about 20 of these things sitting up on my bookshelves. It does not look good.

      Not good enough to keep; to good to throw out.


      I hate packaging that makes me feel wasteful throwing it out.

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      1. re: EvergreenDan

        "I hate packaging that makes me feel wasteful throwing it out."

        +1. Potential and partial solution: If you have kids you don't mind corrupting (or is that improving?) with alcohol packaging, they seem to love the tubes that some whiskies (and, notably, Carpano Antica) arrive in.

        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          I made guinea pig tubes out of a Balvenie tube. They outgrew / ate it. They now live in a Espolon wooden box. That reuse turned out great.

          I just threw out two beautiful iPhone boxes. :(

          1. re: EvergreenDan

            I used to use single malt cardboard tubes for dwarf hamsters. They loved them, they'd all curl up in a ball inside, but just like with your guinea pigs, they had a short shelf life and they got eaten up.

          2. re: davis_sq_pro

            Those single malt cardboard tubes are great for making sound effects. Sip a few fingers of whiskey, then pick up a tube and start talking into it. See where it takes you...

        2. I still have a Bombay (gin) tin from the 1980's on my office desk. I store Prismacolors (colored pencils) in it.
          I have some sort of wooden box (I think it was Scotch) in my dining room china cabinet that now stores tapers (candles).
          I keep long fireplace matches in an old cardboard round box (Again, Scotch I think....).

          I guess I would say I keep these things around because they are sturdy, attractive and useful. I wouldn't keep them if they were just "clutter".

          1. Depends. We store the bottles in the boxes until they are empty. But once the bottles are empty the boxes are tossed if another use can't be found. In the past the boxes stored syringes (new and used). Now a select few prop open windows in the summertime.

            1. With the metal ones you can make a great directional wifi antenna.

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                1. re: EvergreenDan

                  Aaah that's the sweetness, with a directional antenna, and an aluminum foil hat, the NSA can't eavesdrop on me at all... Mwa haa haa haaaaa.

                  Global ChowDomination is MINE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!

                2. re: StriperGuy

                  I thought you were supposed to use a Pringles can for that.

                  1. re: davis_sq_pro

                    Yah, but you have to line it in foil... if you have a metal cylinder no need to do that.

                3. I keep a good deal of my studio tools and small household tools in those Glenfiddich boxes. They stack well too.

                  Years ago I came upon about 40 of those boxes at a garage sale. I bought them all for 10 bucks. Gave a few away and use the rest to store stuff in. Last a lifetime.

                  1. I used to hoard the purple cloth bags that Crown Royal comes in. They were useful for storing jewelry and hand guns. When I sold my Texas house, there must have been 50 of them in the back of the cabinet. Probably not a good thing.

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                      1. re: Veggo

                        I love those bags. Perfect for storing spare change. I did make a bank out of a duty free Flake candy bar can.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          yeah, I used to put my fishing reels in them.But it's not wirth overpaying for CR, just to get the cool bag.

                          1. re: TroyTempest

                            Oh but it is no longer overpaying when you are also getting a couple snazzy juice glasses.

                        2. I usually keep 5 or 6 around.

                          They are handy as vessels for serving things like homemade spiced popcorn.

                          Works especially well when things like the Oscars or the 24-Hours of Le Mans is on the tube. And you have a bunch of freeloaders over.

                          1. I toss them. Otherwise people would think I drink too much. Probably right. Only exceptions have been the really nice ones that come with the 25 year old stuff. Those are nice heavy wood boxes with dovetailed joints and metal clasps. Good for storing things in. The cardboard or thin metal tubes go into the trash.

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                            1. re: Bkeats

                              Hoarder as I suppose I am, I have a nice collection of attractive wooden Cohiba cigar boxes from Cuba in a closet, and I'm clueless what to do with them. So they wait. And wait.

                              1. re: Veggo

                                Veggo, I have sooo many Cuban cigar boxes and also the first dozen or so of the Fuente opus x boxes and other new release or special cigar boxes from the early to mid '90's when I worked in the cigar and tobacco industry, just sitting in the attic. Just waiting...

                                1. re: JMF

                                  Interesting, JMF. I have a friend from Honduras who makes custom guitar cases from Cuban cigar boxes for name brand musicians. I offered him my boxes for free, and he surprised me by saying he has enough. He doesn't smoke cigars and I don't know where he gets them. He lives in Florida and Utila.

                                2. re: Veggo

                                  You had better be carefull about having people over, or you might appear on an episode of Hoarders or Intervention. Right after I do.

                                  1. re: ncyankee101

                                    After some years, I consolidated by stuffing Crown Royal bags with Crown Royal bags.
                                    As to the spare change I have accumulated, I would need a front end loader to get it out of the house. I have moved some around out of concern for the strength of the floors.

                                3. re: Bkeats

                                  I started to crack up at your first sentence since it was right after mention of Aussie dwarf bowling...

                                  1. re: JMF

                                    LOL. Dwarf tossing. New olympic event?

                                4. I don't keep the boxes, but now have a few of those spherical glasses packaged with Glenmorangie. I like the print and logo too.

                                  I know the Glencairn glasses are technically better, but these are nice.

                                  1. I love my scotch and recently started collecting the boxes i would like to, when I have collected enough,cut them in such a way that they interlock with each other both sideways and top and bottom. This collage of boxes will then be double sided taped against a wall from the top of my bar to the ceiling. Will upload photo once finished. You can send empties to 14 Saturn Street, Beckenham WA 6017 if like to have your boxes as part of my attempt at art. Cheers