I have many different expressions of single distillerys for example 7 different Balvenie's and 5 Laphroaigs 6 Glenlivet's 6 Glenmo's etc. etc.
So what is it? am I a OB snob?
or are most people like that?
I tend to purchase OB's in general as I find that the distillery offering is a fairly good presentation of what they can do.
I pick up the odd IB when it is a bit unusual or when I happen upon it and have some spare cash in my jeans. Usually when there's nothing else in the shop that I don't already own or have tried in the OB lines.
The nice thing about IBs is they will tend to select an age that the distillery doesn't offer. It's obviously a good marketing strategy for them, but also I like the fact that I can taste something in a different year and see where an older OB has come from or where a younger one is going. Especially if I have an OB to do a head to head with.
And finally, it is more likely that I will see an OB in my market than an IB. Signatory makes it over here most often and the large share of my IBs are theirs'.
I do have a few IB's but in proportion to the rest of my collection its under 5%. I quite like for drinking the G & M Private Collection series.
SoMK wrote:OB mostly.. I think IB gets very interesting when you can compare it to the original expression. I really appreciate G&M or Signatory (and their packaging is rad as well )
I agree fully with you,SoMK, but nevertheless, as you wrote too, I do drink IB'S too.
Then when it comes to drinking... the advantage of OB's is that you are fairly sure of what you get.
With IB's it can be a way to get something different from what the distillery OB can offer. However sometimes you can possibly get a slightly bottle but much more exciting in my opinion.
I just did a quick count of OB's vs IB's and to my surprise I have 25% IB's.
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