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What do you do with bottles you don't want?

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Nozinan started a discussion

Pretty simple question. More complicated answer.

It happens too often. Someone knows you like Scotch so they get you the most popular malt on the planet or something really well-marketed. But you're well beyond branded, entry level swill.

So what do you do with the bottle?

8 years ago

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Alexsweden replied

Either keep it around the house and pour it for guests who might enjoy it (or rather lack the palate to appreciate the difference between a 20$ bottle and a 200$ bottle) or give it as a gift when going to a friend's house. A friend, of course, possessing a less discerning palate.

8 years ago 0

Robert99 replied

@Nozinan Of course you can cook with it or you can have fun with it and creaste some vatting of your own. Make it a challenge to improve it!

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Ol_Jas replied

Three options:

A. Put it in the "For when I've already had three and feel like a fourth" corner my cabinet.

B. Dump it into a solera-type bottle with other undesirable whiskies, especially if it has the potential to offset whatever I found undesirable about the ones already in there. This solera bottle often lives in the same corner as (A).

C. Do the (B) solera thing again, but put the result into a little home-aging tabletop whisky barrel.

8 years ago 0

Pudge72 replied

I would probably experiment with whisky based cocktails or re-gift it if I know someone who specifically likes the bottle in question.

8 years ago 0

tfahey1298 replied

In Ontario, since the LCBO (or also affectionately referred to as the KGBO in another post here on connosr) is the only game in town, they do have a policy of allowing returns of product currently on the active list without a sales receipt. Credit is given towards a purchase of equal or greater value... so return it and trade up. I think I saw someone post that you may also be able to have the value credited to an LCBO gift card - just delays the credit against a future purchase.

8 years ago 0

Pudge72 replied

@tfahey1298 - can't believe I didn't mention that in my post! :). As long as they are unopened, it works. My most recent purchase was made possible by trading in two bottles that are regularly available, so I can still pick them up later if I want to.

8 years ago 0


I total agree with Alexweden. It can become a "coke whisky" .

8 years ago 0

newreverie replied

I have a cabinet system where less desirable bottles must be eliminated to make room for more desirable bottles.

Short answer is, they become daily drinkers either to be mixed or if the quality is there, sipped. Lately the victims of this system were several open bottles of Canadian whiskey that I had duplicates of and more recently excess bottles of tequila.

I do have some outliers in this system in cases where I do not desire a bottle, but it is the only representation of the liquor that I have. An example would be that I have an unopened bottle of Brandy. I don't drink brandy, and if i were to drink this bottle, then I would not purchase a Brandy to replace its spot. Thus the bottle has remained unopened for almost 10 years now. But I am confident that one day someone will ask me if I have any brandy, and i'll dust off the bottle and give them a healthy pour.

8 years ago 0

Barnbip replied

I'll re-gift it to someone who doesn't now the difference. I have to admit that I have opened bottles that I didn't like at all and then poured them out...

8 years ago 0

sengjc replied

Depending on how entry level it is, it can either be a pleasant casual drinker or used for drinking games.

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