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Hip flasks.

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by Shangas, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. cklos

    cklos Banned

    I would not like to be seen with my mouth on the end of that flask, considering it's shape........
  2. Sam Diamond

    Sam Diamond Familiar Face

    I love the flask! I like to collect them. I keep one loaded with bourbon and one loaded with rum. Great for family functions!
  3. Sure bums me out that TSA outlawed traveling with fluids over 3 oz. They make carrying a flask with anything in it an impossibility. If have to go to a package store at destination to put anything in it, might as well leave at home.
  4. Ah...lad.... Keeping just plain water in a whiskey flask.... I can only share these immortal words from The Quiet Man:

    Mary Kate Danaher: "Could you use a little water in your whiskey?"

    Michaleen Flynn: "When I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey; and when I drink water, I drink water."
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  5. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom Practically Family

    I'd like to revive this thread.
    Saw a nice engraved hip flask the other day, and am thinking about purchasing one.
    The romantic in me imagines hanging out with the guys at a brisk autumn sporting event, pulling the flask out of my A-2 jacket pocket, taking a pull and then offering it to my best pal.
    Sounds very retro/vintage. I imagine younger guys looking on with envy tinged with respect for the “old school” aspect of the scene.

    On the other hand, maybe I’d never (or rarely) use it and keeping it in shape and filled would be too much of a hassle. Not to mention the eye rolls from the boss. You know, maybe a hip flask is one of those things that sounds better in theory than it actually is in practice.


    Do any of you use hip flasks? Worth it? Any practical advice?
    Is there a gospel regarding what the contents should be? (No, I'm not thinking of using it for water.:eek:) I’m thinking JD. Though, having read the thread, I see at least one person advocating Brandy.
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  6. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

    I too have always been intrigued by hip flasks, mostly the vintage engraved silver ones. Not so much the modern stainless steel advertising flasks. I've been intrigued by the vintage travel bars as well. But I have never owned either. As to why I haven't probably goes back to your quote above. Perhaps an interesting collectible though.
  7. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    A Chinese steel hip flask works for me.
  8. I received one as a gift many years ago and first thought - wow, cool, retro-looking gift and, then, thought, but when will I use it?

    I've used it in two scenarios: one, on picnics (formal / informal ones) to make rum and cokes and, two, at a few outdoor events / fairs / racetracks where the few booze drinks available are hard to find and incredibly overpriced and under-boozed so we just buy some cola there and make our own rum and cokes, etc.

    In those scenarios, it's come in handy and looks great. But away from then, I've never used it.

    If you have a bar "area" at home, it could look nice being part of that look as well.
  9. Tiki Tom

    Tiki Tom Practically Family

    There's a hill near my house where I occasionally go to smoke a cigar, take in the view, and enjoy a little peace and quiet. I was thinking that might be a good occasion for a hip flask.
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  10. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

    A pint will fit nicely inside your coat sleeve in season when attending a sporting event or movie, etc.
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  11. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

    I have a couple of hip flasks and they can be handy at times. The issue I have is they empty much easier than filling them. I have to find my ittyy bitty funnel to load them up.
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  12. I use mine quite a bit. It works really well when I go to a social function/pot luck with a BYOB. I feel silly taking a full fifth of Scotch and then having to take the partial bottle home with me. I am too cheap to leave the damn thing especially as the host is probably not a Scotch drinker and I don't want to bequeath to them an expensive bottle. A full flask is more than enough to last me the night and is also a de facto cap on the amount I imbibe! It also adds an air of mystery as to what I am drinking.
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  13. Back home, after the funeral of a particularly well-respected family member or member of the community, the pallbearers will remain with the casket until it is lowered into the ground. Someone always has a flask to pass around while waiting and sharing memories of the departed. These are typically small flasks, maybe 6 ounces at most, most-often filled with bourbon or Irish whiskey. I've never known anyone to use the flask carried at funerals at any other time.

    Many of us have flasks for other uses as well. These tend to have a capacity of 12-16 ounces; most of the ones I see any more are stainless steel. Many folks just carry a pint or half-pint bottle. When I carry a flask, it is a battered pewter flask that has been my traveling companion for decades. Contents are normally spirits of some kind, to suit the tastes of the carrier.
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  14. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    Mine is a plebian palate: Evan Williams Kentucky straight bourbon. Cannot quite bring myself to pour Maker's Mark inside a flask.
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