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Reason 1, for my 18th i was bought a hogs head of Bruichladdich, which stemmed me in the direction of Bruichladdich and Islay.
Reason 2, my uncle was a keen whisky man, when he heard i'd got the hog's head he whisked me and some pals straight up to Islay, after he died i was left his large collection of miniatures and some bottlings, and a subscription to the whiskymag to keep track of things.
Both combined persuaded me to carry on his small legacy and expand.
peergynt323 wrote:My collection started when my drinking couldn't keep up with my buying.
Same here. I keep being tempted to try new distilleries or just have to have the new Ardbeg even if I have 5 Ardbeg OBs open already. Attending tastings doesn't help much either. I look after my liver better than I do my wallet.
In this manner, the collection grew quite slowly and comprised some pretty standard bottles. As I became more adventurous, I also noticed that after some time, some of the bottles were gaining in value.
This caused me to look more closely at what I was buying and also to tailor my buying more towards investment than drinking.
But when I started to move around, all over the country, I've now ended up living in a place where I don't have that many whisky-drinking friends. That have made my shelves go heavy with bottles.
My drinking collection got started when I found this forum and started reading about all the great drams the members tasted and their large collections of interesting bottles.
Before I had one or two bottles at a time - drank 'em and purchased a new one. These was mostly Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg 17 as these were my favourites then. (And I still rate them highly and fondly)
To be honest I had never considered that it would be desirable to have 10, 20, 30 or more bottles at hand and at the time I never saw myself as being one of those with a drinking collection.
But alas, before long I got bitten by the malt bug, and the rest, as they say, is history.
But it has been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to many years of dramming and to many hours of good companionship here.
(In other words - you are all forgiven.)
Actually the first purchases of more than one bottle at a time were done on the way home just south of the german-danish border. It was mainly Islay malts (Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg TEN, Laphroaig 10, Bowmore 12 and a few more of the 6 classic, Talisker 10 and Oban 14).
Before year 2000 I would buy the odd bottle now and then when travelling abroad on business trips. Almost all of them 1l bottles puchased on the way out in the taxfree shop at Copenhagen Airport - again because of a wide selection at reasonable prices.
Eventually my purchases would change to be done at distilleries and shops in Scotland. Now I was mainly on the lookout for more special bottlings not available in Denmark, or if available they would be at a higher price.
In recent years I've been further narrowing my purchase to single cask and cask strength bottlings, mainly from independent bottlers. And the odd distillery bottling now and then. I guess I'm still a "sucker" falling for that "only available at the distillery" sales trick.
Looking at my stash now, I can honestly say, that I'm really getting more and more behind in drinking
I blame this mainly on the fact that my interest in malts has been steadily growing. The "fuel" has been our yearly trip to Scotland and participating in an increasing number of tastings there and an even higher number of tastings the rest of the year at home.
I don't collect Scotch though only drink it
The only whiskies I might end up selling are the Ichiro 'card' series. I speculated they might increase in value because
1. They are good whiskies. ( I like the Ichiro malt 15 very much)
2. They are very limited runs. Usually from 300 to 500 bottles
3. They have playing cards on the bottle, and I fund my drinking by playing poker. I thought maybe someday I'd run into another poker player who just won big and thought it would be cool to drink one of them and give me a ridiculous amount of money for the ability to do so.
4. And I'm moving to Florida, where there are a lot of old people and golf courses. Wherever there are old people and golf courses there are doctors, who might fancy a rare dram they could never find on their own.
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