Anyway loads of them, for me being too ficused on Bruichladdich's i didn't look at getting anything else. I got the Ardbeg Committee Ogy nesletter but didn't bite becuase three of them at 90£ got me a few Laddies for my collection.
Bottles such as the 43%ABV 12YO Lagavulin, 18YO Macallans distilled from the late 1960s through the mid to late 1970s, official distillery releases from sites such as Glenesk and Rosebank (to name but two), the Bicentenary issue from Bowmore, and goodness knows what else!
Oh well... Live goes on, and the whisky keeps flowing.
There are many bottles that maybe I should have "stocked up on." But the way I see it now - in my lifetime, there will always be good, new whiskies coming out. There will always be something new to try that will be great in its own way. So sure, I may be out of Laph 15 and 30, but I'm not going to go through the effort and expense to find and buy another one, because sure enough there will be something else worth trying that I haven't yet had.
What makes this easy is the slew of photos and tasting notes that I'm hoping to have systematically organized soon. That way I can refer back, but still drink forward!
The Third Dram wrote:Bottles such as the 43%ABV 12YO Lagavulin, 18YO Macallans distilled from the late 1960s through the mid to late 1970s, official distillery releases from sites such as Glenesk and Rosebank (to name but two), the Bicentenary issue from Bowmore, and goodness knows what else!
I have to agree with the Lagavulin 12yo 43%, I know I should have bought more when I had the chance but hindsight is 20/20 and they would have been all gone by now anyway (that was back when I drank a lot more than I do now!). I did have a mini of it up till a couple of years ago and opened it for New Years Eve, it was delicious!
I think the most regret is not getting the Port Ellen 1st Annual Release when I had the chance to in '02 during my first visit to Islay, also the PE 4th Annual Release I found at the Blair Athol distillery shop in '06 and at the time thinking I'd wait till I got to Edinburgh to get it. Silly me, I haven't seen it for sale since!
I was looking to buy a Glenlivet Nadurra for long. I was excited to find it at Singapore duty free and decided to buy just one bottle, partly because I was not sure how it will turn out because the 12YO/15FO 'livets were not great hits with me; partly because I was going to Malaysia and not sure how many bottles would be permitted because I already had a Yamazaki 12 with me.
Boy, how I regret it. Nadurra has to be one of the best whiskies I had ever had and I am looking at the near empty bottle with a huge sense of regret. Unfortunately I could not get Nadurra at Kuala Lampur, Langkawi or Dubai duty free again. Now wondering when my next bottle of Nadurra will come along
1. I bought one bottle of Laphroaig 30 year when it was available locally last May. It's my favorite whisky, I should have bought two.
2. I posted here about a bunch of Scott's Selection bottlings on sale locally for $99 (regular price $180 - $250). One of them was a 1977 HP CS (25 year?). I was planning to get HP Earl Magnus soon, so decided I didn't need both. Wrong!
Fortunately, while I missed out on the Scott's Selection HP, it fell into friendly hands (our own Sean here on the forums), and I got to have a nice sample of it. Thanks Sean! That is one nice HP...I think it's as good or better than the $280 OB 25 year. What a great buy for $99.
In both cases, I was debating the purchase and kidding myself about sticking to a budget. However, both were rare bottles, with just 1 or 2 available. Lesson learned...in situations like that, don't expect to change your mind a couple of weeks later and still find the bottles available.
But more along the lines of what the OP was talking about, I wish I bought more of the HP 21 before they dropped the abv to 40%.
Oh well, I have enough of the other stuff to drown my sorrows!
dramtastic wrote:Can't say I have any regrets so far. If I can afford a particular whisky or whiskys I buy it/them. If I see something I would really like but don't have enough coin at the time then there is nothing I can do about it.
I agree DT. It's a pitty sometimes but some other whisky (or whiskies) you fancy will come your way some day. I'm still thinking about that PE 9 I missed though ...
I_SPEY wrote:Johan, at http://www.whiskysite.nl: Port Ellen 1983 Duncan Taylor 26 years old Cask 674 0,70 ltr Cask Strength at 54,6% Prijs â‚¬ 199,99 A cheap buy, I think!
I know. I've received their newsletter a few days ago. There is also the online shop Whisky Van Zuylen, but apparently they are already out of stock (or it's not yet in stock). They sold (sell) it for 179.95 â‚¬. I'll take my changes and hope for it to come to Belgium. I don't like their shipping costs.
Very nice!! You seem to be in good company there. You're always welcome to bring a bottle to Belgium. If you need a place to stay in Bruges I know a nice little hotel. I can even get you a room with a discount.
Otherwise, there's always a "could have, should have" moment: whether it's PE release whatever, PC5s, Laphroaig 30s (definitely covered in that department!), old Ardbegs released in the late 1990s, or - even more generally - lots of common bottles that were much more reasonably priced before price rises of 2006 - 2008, there's always going to be something newer (or older) that you'll regret not buying. As it is now, I have enough whisky to probably last me the next 20 years, so I'm not stressing
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