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Jan 13, 2014 04:02 PM

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.