What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

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What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Stage 1: Curiosity
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3%
Stage 2: Enthusiasm
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38%
Stage 3: Fanaticism
40
35%
Stage 4: Obsession
18
16%
Stage 5: Terminal
10
9%
 
Total votes: 114

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby laddie teun » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:10 pm

not to sure about terminal. But it is a very big part of my life. almost daily I enjoy whisky. I visit at least 7 or 8 festivals each year. At least once a year (but often more) i visit scotland. At one of the big festivals in Holland we do guided tours. I'm a member of a few whisky clubs. Together with a couple of friends we own a cask (http://www.bruichladdies.nl)
We organise whisky trips to Scotland (http://www.whiskyreizen.nl) and do nosing and tastings (http://www.nosingandtasting.nl). Also still do a few tastings every year with some good friends. Have been doing that for the last 12 years. I have my own whiskybasement (http://www.teuneneline.nl/whisky/kast.htm) for my 450 whiskies (all open). And this weekend is teh very first edition of Maltstock which I am organising together with a friend of mine.
But terminal...sounds so negative. It's full of (water of) life!!

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby jhershauer » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:01 pm

I guess there are two things to be careful about with that:

1. Getting to the point where you've purchased more than you can possibly drink in a lifetime.

2. Attempting to address #1 by altering your drinking habbits. :dead:

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Willie JJ wrote:For those sitting happily in stage 3, it might be a wake up call to note that the following features of stage 3:

He may drop $1000 or more in a single liquor store visit. Cases of whisky begin filling his closets; he may invest in industrial grade shelving to store his malts.

lead rapidly to these features of stage 4:

probably has more whisky stored than he can drink in the remainder of his lifetime. ... Bank accounts are drained, maybe carrying a balance on credit cards or a second (or third) mortgage to finance his malt aquisitions.

The transition is swift one folks. Be careful out there :D

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(Quotes copyright of Dr. Entropy: The Evolution of the Single Malt Fanatic)

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby laddie teun » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:20 pm

1. Getting to the point where you've purchased more than you can possibly drink in a lifetime.



ah well, whisky is best enjoyed in good company anyway ;-)

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby jhershauer » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:29 pm

True. Maybe it should say "more than you and your friends can drink in a lifetime."

laddie teun wrote:
1. Getting to the point where you've purchased more than you can possibly drink in a lifetime.



ah well, whisky is best enjoyed in good company anyway ;-)

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby laddie teun » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:45 pm

make more friends ;-)
having (to much) whisky probably helps ;-)

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Wub » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:45 am

jazz lover wrote:At what point does it become Terminal?

When it'll be the death of you.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Glow » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:01 am

Stage 2 for me. What's alarming is how fast it happened. A year ago I was committed to vodka/tonics with the occasional martini. Now, haven't had either in months and am fantasizing about a trip to Scotland.

How many distillery tours do you think three teenagers will tolerate? :wink:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby AdamMY » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:36 am

I think I am a stage two that wishes to be a stage 3.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:07 pm

I am pretty much in stage 3 except for dropping $1,000 per visit to the liquor store.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby peatjunkie » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:50 pm

OK people

I am in stage 5 :shock:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby orangedogofglory » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:56 am

I put 3 but I think I'm really more of 3.5.

Outstanding 3 Qualifiers:
Plans to go to Scotland were delayed due to work - but it will be done later.

Outstanding 4 Qualifiers:
Will have more than I can drink - just a matter of Balvenie releases.
About to buy my first cask - if I can find what I'm looking for.
Already have the perfect wife who doesn't mind the collection - although she does want it relocated to the one room under my control!

Maybe someday I'll make it to 4. I can have goals, right? And really, I've always wanted to own my own business... so 5 could be an option... :dead:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby orangedogofglory » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:06 am

peatjunkie wrote:OK people

I am in stage 5 :shock:


...dare I ask which distillery?

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Megawatt » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:51 am

This is funny stuff, and frighteningly true. I decided to put my foot down and limit myself to $100 ($120 max) per month for whisky. Stage 2 for me. No drinking during the week if I can help it.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby dramtastic » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:08 am

laddie teun wrote: for my 450 whiskies (all open).



Love your style, all open. Not just pretty bottles on shelves!

I am turning out to be a terrible collector, the only place whisky seems to be collecting on a regular basis is my stomach. Had to be a reason why god made brain cells in the billions, cuz i'm destoying them with whisky by the millions. :iwbrnt: :insane:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby jhershauer » Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:59 am

Warning to fellow whisky newcomers. This was my whisky counter for this year's New Year party (and there are several other bottles not out for the party).

Last year, there were 5 bottles. :o

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby dramtastic » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:36 am

jhershauer wrote:Warning to fellow whisky newcomers. This was my whisky counter for this year's New Year party (and there are several other bottles not out for the party).

Last year, there were 5 bottles. :o

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I was at the wrong party by the looks of that lot jeff!!

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby I_SPEY » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:20 pm

Number three for me. I can say I'm a rather enthusiastic >fanatic person, although my wife would say I'm in the fourth stage. :o (at a certain time even five :shock: - don't bather, I've a good life insurance)
But as I once said, live is to short and live is to hard, so...

But the thing I do like most is to encourage younger people for the better (read malt) whiskies(stop,stop, I do know there're wagon loads of nice and great blended whiskies).

And sometimes I can be very obsessive, but who's not :wink:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby pmullin » Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:24 pm

Stage 2 Connoisseur

Although I have travelled to Scotland for the Spirit of Speyside Festival, membership in a whisky tasting group, a government liquor monopoly and the consequent inability to order online have kept me from getting too carried away :D

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Knolly » Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:33 am

Definitely full blown stage 3.

However, my wife happened to walk by while I was reading the descriptions and she puts me at entry level stage 4 (which I disagree with!).

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby dramtastic » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:59 am

Ok, I am now up to whatever stage is.............

Where you set the alarm on your phone(vibrate so the missus can't hear it), put it close to your body so you can feel it, and then get up some time in the middle of the night( 'cause you know what time the bidding on that whisky finishes) and live bid for some obscure Japanese whisky on an obscure Japanese website. Sometimes last minute bid and counter bid for half an hour or so. Oh and I really can't afford it but am ready to not eat for a few days to do so!

We might call this stage.............I'M A LOST CAUSE!

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby johan brugge » Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:44 pm

dramtastic wrote:Ok, I am now up to whatever stage is.............

Where you set the alarm on your phone(vibrate so the missus can't hear it), put it close to your body so you can feel it, and then get up some time in the middle of the night( 'cause you know what time the bidding on that whisky finishes) and live bid for some obscure Japanese whisky on an obscure Japanese website. Sometimes last minute bid and counter bid for half an hour or so. Oh and I really can't afford it but am ready to not eat for a few days to do so!

We might call this stage.............I'M A LOST CAUSE!

:lol:
I think you're off the scale Dramtastic.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:34 am

Somewhat past Stage 4 and would love to own a distillery someday. I luckily have a very supportive Mrs Musky who picks me up a new gem of a whisky whenever she has the opportunity in her travels. Be very, very jealous.

Not willing to wait for whisky festivals, I hold my own tastings from time to time. Yes, I have more whisky than I could drink in my lifetime. Looking forward to invading Scotland this fall.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby The Third Dram » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:23 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:Yes, I have more whisky than I could drink in my lifetime. Looking forward to invading Scotland this fall.

Getting to that point as well, MP.
Have yourself a great time on the other side of the pond! :thumbsup:

(Try to check out Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray if the opportunity presents itself.)

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Ryguy » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:18 pm

Ganga wrote:Is there a Stage 6? You know, where you return to warn others like the Ghost of Marley. :mrgreen:


I'm pretty sure there is Rich, in fact I can think of at least 2 people I know that might fit in there! :insane:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby steveblack » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:58 am

I would be in Stage 2. I am a 'buy-to-drink' kind of person (don't like to call myself connoisseur yet as I lack the sophistication associated with that word).

What surprised me was that, in just two years time since I hit this forum, I am at stage 2. I would not have even guessed that the people belonging to Stage 3-5 exist before I came here. Stage 4-5 surprise me even now :shock: :D

And there are 9 Terminals already voted in :shock: :shock:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Dubois » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:15 pm

"Only" stage 2

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Maccy » Wed May 12, 2010 4:30 pm

I put myself down for stage 3 but I am certain that Maxine is thinking at least a 4 - at least that is what she is starting to tell me! :insane:

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 20, 2010 6:43 am

I couldn't say. An enthusiastic fanatic with a curious obsession.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Maccy » Sun May 23, 2010 6:22 am

Steering towards 4 now that I re-configuring the house to house the whisky better!!!!! :insane:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby Maccy » Sun May 23, 2010 6:26 am

What sort of English was that!

What I meant to say was....... I am now steering towards full obsession now that I am re-configuring our home in order to store the whisky collection in a better way! :oops:

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby lbacha » Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:09 am

I went with a very solid 3, have spend the money visited the distilleries and I even meet 4 by having more scotch then I can drink in a lifetime.

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Re: What stage of malt fanaticism are you in?

Postby matteo » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:40 pm

Rob B wrote:Stage 2.

I am still very much finding my way and have a long way to go to consider that I might become a connoissuer. There is an element of collector in me, but in the sense of squirrel rather than nut. When I have found a whisky I really like, and if the price is tempting, I will buy a couple of bottles for a rainy day.

I began with the Islays and Islands, finding peat and pepper to be distinctly moorish, but of late I have started to discover the delights of the sherry monsters. I don't think of this as me learing to become a connoisseur, more a case of me being an enthusiastic amateur explorer.

The most I have spent to date on a bottle has been about £50 and although more expensive bottles have found their way into various on line shopping baskets, the nerve has not held.

Were I to stop buying, I have enough whisky salted away to keep me going at current levels of consumption for about 5 years. Given the range of whiskies sitting on the shelves however, I would consider it more a stash than a collection.

So in summary, a stage 2 explorer with squirrel like tendencies. :thumbsup:

Rob

Quote all, are you describing me!??!?!? :)


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