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what is your favourite looking bottle?

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 31-01-2015 at 20:41 pm

I am half way down a bottle of Tincup and I was looking at the bottle and thought,what a beautiful,interesting and unusual bottle this is. I have found most American bottles to be interesting shapes,a lot more than Scottish,Irish or Japanese. I also have a bottle of Willet pot still reserve which I think is stunning. So tell me,what are your favourite looking,shaped or styled bottles in your collection

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
whiskystore
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-01-2015 at 22:07 pm

The best whisky bottle in my humble opinion is this one. A plain bottle with screw cap, no one rais the price because of the bottle.

It is cheap, it dont raise the price of the whisky, it dont look fancy, it is the best bottle for all of us who wish to drink the stuff, i can probably write 10 more reasons but i´ll stop here, the only problem is that you have to check and maybe tighten the screw cap once a year if you hold the bottle for a long time.


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whiskystore
karlsson60
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 00:12 am

In my opinion a fancy looking bottle only distracts from it's content. What I like best are standard bottles made of uncolored glass with a simple label that contains only the most important stuff and no flannel. Good examples are the Adelphi or the Flora & Fauna bottlings: Simple but tasteful and not too big labels and a nice standard bottle, nothing else.

Cheers karlsson60

erikrobb
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 03:00 am

Speaking strictly aesthetically, not value impacting- I think the Macallan bottles are nice. A little broader at the top, slightly oval. Something about it I like.

Also the Johnny Walker Blue bottles- Slightly blue color, very heavy glass. I want to take a few bottles and cut the bottom 5 inches or so and polish the edge and make whisky glasses out of them and maybe a few others that I like. Not sure how they will hold up to washing an use, but would make a nice touch when company is over. I have lots of emptys to test on.


Erik
oscarswanson
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 05:37 am

http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/28141/hibiki-12-year-old.
Yes, That is a glass stopper with a cork attached to it and on the top of the stopper it has a frosted countersunk center with some Japanese lingo which probably says I'm to sexy for my bottle.
The bottle may be worth more than the contents but when I can find them for $50.00 I'll buy them.
 
Erik, Like the idea of making glasses out of bottles as I have a ton of dead ones.





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karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 10:13 am

Karlsson60 and Whiskystore I hear what you are saying,it's Holy Grail and the simple Carpenter thing. Some of my favourite bottles are quite cheap, Tincup,Willet Pot Still Reserve are quite cheap and it's not style over substance like Club Haig. I also love Bulleit bottle,that old medicine bottle look. Cardhu and Blanton's are nice bottles. So forget about the whisky inside and tell me what your favourite looking bottle is.Erik,also love your idea about the glasses.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 12:55 pm

When we have a family meal I have a stripped-down bottle of Cardhu sitting in the middle of the table which I keep water in,it looks the business. I got the idea from when I visited the distillery and they were using them on the tasting tables.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 19:09 pm

Here are some other of my favourites

Sazerac Rye: The long thin neck and the cut glass body.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed:That dumpy tear drop shape,love it.

Four Roses Small Batch: A nice oval shape.

The Glenrothes: Love that round shape,unmistakable.


  Edited on 08-02-2015 at 20:29 pm
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
st7
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 01-02-2015 at 19:41 pm

The standard bottles from Norse Cask, as seen here...

But unfortunately, it is too high for certain whisky cabinets.
  Edited on 01-02-2015 at 19:43 pm
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mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 02-02-2015 at 22:08 pm
I don't quite agree with the Japanese comment (especially if we're including labels in this... though I suppose that could be a separate topic).  Case in point, a shelf of different Karuizawa Noh would look fantastic... albeit bankrupting. 
Then there's the samurai

As for my own set, here's a few that might not otherwise get a mention:
A Littlemill
Highwood did a decent job with the Calgary Stampede centennial
A Springbank ceramic
I kind of like what forty Creek does with their bottles. Not fancy, but different (you can't quite tell from the pic, but they are really tall bottles).
Speaking of Japanese, they like their decanters
  Edited on 02-02-2015 at 22:09 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-02-2015 at 22:31 pm

Some really nice choices there mrgood,in particular the littlemill 21 and the Nikka 17.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 02-02-2015 at 23:07 pm
I rate quality of content far far above presentation (if it looks pretty but contains sh*te, forget it), and I agree that presentation shouldn't come at the expense of quality or price.  However, if you're looking to make a collection that is eye-popping, you might have to drift a bit away from whisky.  Two I picked up for no other reason than as conversation pieces were Crystal Head vodka and Camus Cognac Special Reserve (I have Evening Wood... d'I mean Evening Mood.  https://www.google.ca/#q=camus+evening+mood).  
A few tempting ones I've seen that I couldn't bring myself to put the money down on were the tommy-gun bottle (I don't recall what it was), the giant Ardbeg Mór, the St Andrews golf ball ( http://www.osawhisky.com/clubhouse/clubhouse-range.html ) ...and the Herr Vodka always makes me laugh  ( NSFW happy  https://www.google.ca/#q=herr+vodka )
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-02-2015 at 23:51 pm

I couldn't agree more mrgood, content is far,far more important to me than presentation. I am not that naive as to buy a bottle solely because it looks good. If the whisky I have bought has a nice bottle,I see it as a bonus. I started this topic just as a bit of fun. By the way, the labels thing is a good idea, start a new topic and I will rattle my brains.wink

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
JWhisky
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 08-02-2015 at 11:01 am

I like Hibiki bottles best.  The 24 sides allude to the number of hours in a day as well as the number of seasons in the traditional Japanese lunar calendar.  

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karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 08-02-2015 at 21:39 pm

I really like the new shape bottle of Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, and the labelling, it has that 70's look about it.

http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/55801/old-grand-dad-kentucky-straight-bourbon 


I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
FineSpirits_butler1
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 10-02-2015 at 12:38 pm

Hi!


My favorite bottle so far are the ones from Douglas Laing's Platinum selection with the clear glass, for example this one:


Best regards, FS_b1
gilmab
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 10-02-2015 at 13:52 pm

Always the same, the Chivas Royal Salute Tribute to Honour Bottle.  wink

Obviousz
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 20:55 pm

I reaaaaaally like the Glenmorangie Signet bottle. Just looks beautiful on the shelf. Yet I don't like the premium you pay for it... oh well (:

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St. Pauli
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 21:33 pm

I agree with whiskystore. Besides, many other bottles are possibly in conflict with the eco-design element of the EU packaging directive. These rules on eco-design prescribe amongst others that as few material as possible is used.

So, give me a simple bottle, it makes me feel best wink

Bart&Claudia
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 22:16 pm

Personally, I love those roundish, 'honky' bottles. Glenrothes yeah, indeed, but somehow the bottle looks better when the content is quite good too happy

So, Balblair vintages. Beautifully boorish.. yet, delicate. Especially with some light behind it. So clear.. and the relief. Nice. 
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/34278/balblair-2002

The A'bunadh, it looks like the little romperstomper it is. Almost adorable. Looks smaller than it is, like a gnome. The perfect contradiction. I guess my aesthetics are served by some intrinsic meaning/knowledge. 
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/57862/aberlour-abunadh-batch-49


A bottle is sometimes burdened by horrible labels. Marketing and such but also just outright ugly logo's which can be charming but just google the old Benromach bottles and.. well, no. Who came up with something like that?! Now this is a label.. It just looks grand. The bottle is perhaps my favourite Whisky-bottle-shape. Like Bruichladdich. Marvelous.
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/59081/strathisla-1995

Nice topic! 

BXpress
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 22:33 pm

i like the solid short ones like the contemporary Glenfarclas and Glen Garioch OBs. but also the Ben Nevis single cask bottles, which i believe are the same as the Nikka bottles.

if you ask me about labels i would say  Diageo Special Releases. they look so amazingly retro, especially Glen Spey 21.


regardless of Springbank's unquestionable quality, i always found their  bottles and labels to look rather cheap and uninteresting.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 22:40 pm
One of my personal favourites.
  Edited on 29-10-2015 at 22:42 pm
BXpress
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 22:46 pm
lincolnimp wrote:
One of my personal favourites.

liar! its all about appearance, prestige and a fat 30 on the label.


lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 22:56 pm
BXpress wrote:
lincolnimp wrote:
One of my personal favourites.

liar! its all about appearance, prestige and a fat 30 on the label.



Well soon we can all have a display cupboard full of a big fat NAS on the label, the way things are going.


BXpress, is this any better for you,, just a big fat 12 on the label, same  style?


https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/13420/rosebank-1989-ss







  Edited on 29-10-2015 at 23:00 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 29-10-2015 at 23:29 pm

https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/64269/teeling-small-batch

I love the Teeling bottle, Very similar to the Rosebank in your collection Lincolnimp.
I love a nice bottle shape, they make great whisky lamps. I have made 8 up to now.
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
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