Do You Keep Whisky Boxes and Tubes?

An interesting question came up in the Facebook group today — the gist of is, why do you keep whisky boxes and tubes?

Personally, I keep some of them.

I put most of my whisky in a cabinet — a pair of simple Ikea Detolf glass display cases. If a bottle is open or I intend to open it in the near future, it sits in there with my glasses.

I put any “special” whiskies up on a bookshelf where I can, from time to time, smile and admire them from afar. Some of them are special treats for myself, gifts from others, or just look nice. I keep those boxes.

Otherwise, I keep the boxes and tubes that I like. If it’s hard to find (or at least hard to find for me!), then I keep it as a reminder.

Adam, in the group, gives a great reason to keep boxes — one that I’m going to steal:

“I keep a few tubes & boxes around for travel purposes. If I’m bringing 2 or 3 bottles to a local club tasting, it’s less stressful to place in tubes first, and then my backpack, rather than having the glass bottles clink around.”

Other reasons include protecting the whisky from light, which is a good reason but my open bottles don’t last long enough for that to matter!

Do you keep your whisky boxes and tubes? Why or why not?

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7 Responses to Do You Keep Whisky Boxes and Tubes?

  1. Ari Cohen says:

    I keep the packaging on some of the more rarer bottlings I have (the fancy wood ones from Ledig) or if I had it autographed.

    And in the cases of bottles I have bought purely for investment purposes I keep any and all packaging in case I might need it in auction or sales (haven’t sold any yet, but I am prepared if I ever do (odds are it gets drunk by friends and family at my funeral (yes, I want them to do that if I should still have them at my demise).

  2. Mike says:

    I have a couple of Bruichladdich blue tines on my desk at work for storage. I have used saved tins to cart bottles of wine safely. And I keep a selection of boxes/tubes based on how much I like the packaging for display purposes, since everything that is unopened is stored in dark cabinets.

  3. Bob E. says:

    I do, and my wife hates it. I also use duplicates as mailing tubes to send stuff to all my Facebook girl friends scattered all over the country. My wife hates that too. 😀

  4. Herm Steinman says:


  5. Lyle says:

    I too, keep some of the tubes. Not to reuse for some other purpose, other than as a reminder of some of the finer single malt whiskies that I had the honor of tasting. I do use these containers as a visual prop during some of the tasting events that I host. I do consider even the box that my 110th birthday edition Hazelwood came in to be special. Also, it is much easier to present the tubes or boxes rather than the bottles, which may have liquid that I do not want to share with the group. The hand bound leather case that my finest whisky came in will always be treasured.

  6. Brien says:

    Boxes I get rid of. I do keep some tubes from samples that I like so I remember what I want to get in the future or at least look for where it is available around me.

  7. Gary says:

    Great idea to keep a few tubes or boxes for travel purposes, I will have to try that in the future. Generally I do not keep most the boxes or tubes once the bottles are open. I do have one or two special bottles which I do keep in the boxes to protect them from light. Laphroaig 25 comes to mind. A special bottle from my kids

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