Our man Chris Sarangoulis shares stories of cool flasks from his collection
Would you believe me if I told you I purchased my first flask when I was in sixth grade? I had never even tasted whiskey but a flask with my initials on it was a must. And yes, I was in sixth grade.
That particular flask began to see actual service in
high school college when my true appreciation of fine spirits began. I quickly realized the importance of the flask and understood its perfect partnership with whiskey.
So, it was only natural that as my whiskey appreciation deepened that I began to acquire more flasks. As I stare at my collection now, they are all like a favorite baseball cap or blue jeans and have their own story to tell.
While none of my flasks are sterling silver, titanium, or any other rare earth material, they are all personal and have aged along with me. Above all, they live a hard working life of whiskey delivery service. As they should, right?
Here are some of my personal favorites from the collection.
A Man’s First Flask
A whiskey man in the sixth grade? Must have been in my blood and I didn’t even know it at the time.
Small ones get the most use. Why? You can hide them easily. The square one had the last sip of whiskey I was ever able to share with my grandfather before he passed away. It was Blanton’s and at a little higher of proof he was accustomed to. Nearly killed him, but it was a great laugh. Sorry, Grandad!
A Custom Job
What to do with free time in college? I wrapped a crown royal bag around an oval flask. Voila! This came with me to every kegger in college. A lot of lips have touched this one, so I never open it anymore. It’s retired now…
The Two-In-One Flask
Two flasks in one? In my mid-20s This flask solidified my position as a whiskey aficionado among my friends. When I carried this one, I would fill one flask with a really good whiskey and the other with a bad whiskey so I’d have an impromptu tasting ready to go right there on my hip. Who can tell me what the good one is and why? It was a lot of fun with such a unique flask.
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This flask has marked countless celebratory toasts including at my best friend’s bachelor party – I was his best man.
Look For a Value
Don’t forget to to look for whiskey that comes with a free flask! I bought this set in my last year of college just for the flask, then gave the bottle away to a friend. One reckless night we ended up drinking the entire bottle in one sitting. Now every time I use this flask I remind myself never to get that gift set again. Is anybody’s favorite scotch Speyburn?
Share stories (and photos) of your favorite flasks in the comments.
Thanks for reading.
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