So the forums have been really informative. When I go away on holiday I have to catch up again on my return.
vitara7 wrote:for gifts.... how could you.... i could never GIVE whisky away. it would be like giving away an eye or a leg or somthing....
i need a drink to calm down, feel all frout after that...
I have bosses and clients. Gifts are a must! As a whisky drinker would you rather get a bottle of whisky or wine?
I still purchase the same amount of whisky as always, however I now find myself searching for whiskies that have been mentioned by several of the posters on the forum. I find that I acknowledge and trust the tastes of many of the forummers. Thereby, my collecting and enjoying of SM has taken a turn for the better. IMHO.
As for drinking, I find that I put a bit more thought into choosing what I'm tasting and have actually dropped my intake, while maintaining my acquisitions. I'm now more likely to sit listening to WhiskyCast (a blatant plug for Mark) on the ear buds, while enjoying a dram's nuances and perusing the forums.
I also think it would be rude of me to sit at my PC posting without a dram. Atmosphere is important.
There's also a lot of stuff I wouldn't have considered before but you guys have made me curious to try. I need a pay rise (the only reason I buy less)...
I also put a lot more thought into my tasting. I tend to leave the glass for a good while before touching it to allow the nose to develop wheras I used to pour and nose/drink pretty quickly. I worked out that this is why I was a little disappointed with whiskies I had enjoyed at tastings. I just wasn't giving them the proper respect at home.
On the buying side: Since I started reading (and more recently posting) here, I've been much more aware of odd bottlings that I see here and there and have been a bit more loose with my cash as well. I've also begun to take advantages of my time out of State as an oppotunity to find different and cheaper bottles. So basically now I have a shelf of bottles that I haven't tasted. I guess I'll have to start making up special occasions or somthing.
On the drinking side: I drank plenty before discovering this place, no need to try for more. If anything, I've been getting better at savoring each and every sip.
shoganai wrote:I voted for "buy more, drink more" although the most appropriate option for me would have been "buy more, drink the same".
Yes, I didn't cover all the possible permutations. You can read that option as "buy and/or drink more". If I'd wanted to be fussy about it, I'd have done separate buying/drinking polls, but in my mind, a poll is just a jumping off point for conversation, anyway.
But the really significant change has been to my perception of price and quality. In the early days, I thought DKK 500 was a lot of money for a bottle of whisky. Today I find DKK 500 rather cheap for a quality malt and routinely pay more than that. (DKK 500 is ~ £45)
I do drink a little more, I think. A lot more whisky, but almost no wine anymore. I adhere to a strict "no whisky on weekdays" rule for myself, thus limiting my enjoyment of malts to weekends. I usually have 3 drams pr weekend evening, but this varies.
The different nuances and complexities of single malts really are just fantastic. I have got started a few of my mates on the road to ruin as well.
I've also been to several tastings including the fantastic Whisky Fringe in August.
But yes, since being on this forum (6 months or so) I've bought 50+ bottles, instead of my normal 1 or 2 a year and now have a few drams about twice a week.
Definitely buying more than drinking but I find this place just a fantastic fountain of knowledge on all things whisky.
I haven't gone hog wild and bought everything under the sun. But I make better choices and usually I'm not dissapointed when I throw some coin at a higher priced whiskey.
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