By g @gfc on 21st Jan 2018, show post
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The Kilkerran 8 is great stuff, and very "Campbeltown."
10 months ago 4Who liked this?
As I purchased my Old Ezra 7 Year Barrel Proof today, (it was in the locked fancy pants whisky cabinet) the nice lady from the LCBO said “I’ll take this to the front if you want to keep shopping”. And so I kept shopping. I almost bought a Lagavulin 16, since I love it to an irrational degree, and it came with a “free” Glencairn glass. I did not buy it, however, since it’s recently climbed to $144/bottle and that’s just insulting. I’m hoping it will go “on sale” soon for $120-$130, in which case I’m sure I’ll rationalize purchasing a bottle. I also stopped myself from purchasing a Glenlivet 18 that’s on sale. It’s not an over the top world beater, but it’s a nice whisky to sip when you “just want to sit in an armchair and don’t want to think and analyse every aspect of a whisky” (thanks to @fiddich1980 for that turn of phrase).
10 months ago 1Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound Same sort of ridiculous price for the Lag 16 here too. I passed and bought another 8 year old instead. The Glenlivet 18 is overpriced everywhere. I have been going with the Arran 18 and the Glengoyne 18 which are both very good and about $40 less than the 'Livet.
@BlueNote I got my Glengoyne 18 for the same price as the Glenlivet 18 is currently selling for.
10 months ago 0
@OdysseusUnbound That surprises me. Must be the Ontario price. Both the Glengoyne and the Arran were $120 the last time I got them from Alberta. Take a look at the current sale prices from Craft Cellars. 15% off everything.
I will not be buying the Maker's Mark Private Select. I would love to add it to my collection, but I have to remind myself that I'm trying to shrink my stash, not grow it. There will be whiskies I want that I just won't buy. I've got 3 bottles of whisky waiting for me in Toronto, my parents are in Florida, so that's 2 or 3 bottles of bourbon coming back in April, so that's already an increase of 5 or 6 bottles in 2020 accounted for. And despite the futility of the effort, I'm definitely going to try for something from the BTAC, whenever that happens in Ontario. IF it happens in Ontario. So that means passing on this bottle of Maker's Private Select.
9 months ago 3Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound Just curious, what is the current size/number of bottles in your stash? Why the need to shrink it? (You probably mentioned it but I missed it.)
9 months ago 1Who liked this?
@TracerBullet I have 55 different bottles, without counting “doubles” (or triples) or bottles waiting for me somewhere else. Probably a total of 75-80 bottles. The need to shrink my collection is a bit of a philosophical decision.....
@OdysseusUnbound I have a bit more than that currently but I am having storage issues. My wife says that means I can't get more. I keep telling myself that I'm getting all these bottles for retirement when my income will no longer allow me to get whisky as often. Got to have something for a rainy day, right?!
Possibly boring rambling disquisition
Re: Philosophical decision
I recently (2-3 months ago) found myself obsessing to an unhealthy degree on bottles I wanted but couldn't find or couldn't afford. I was getting less and less enjoyment from what I actually had and I was loathe to open bottles that had been hard to get. Enjoying whisky as a hobby is fine, but I'm prone to obsessive all or nothing behaviour. I know this about myself, and I'm trying to change it. Some people can have hundreds of bottles and not be obsessive. These people can still enjoy what they have, and not get angry about what they don't have. I suppose I'm trying to cultivate a more moderate approach where I can still enjoy simple pleasures. That's not to say I'm always going to be successful, but I'm trying to avoid excess in all areas of my life.
9 months ago 7Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound Seems a noble pursuit. I hope you achieve it to your satisfaction.
I too get a bit obsessive about bottles that I miss or can't afford. I have gotten a bit better about it but that is more due to my wife limiting my purchases. I have also decided to look for the affordable but good bottles out there instead of the marketing hyped high priced bottles. That makes the wife happier too.
9 months ago 2Who liked this?
I too am a victim of FOMO and FORO. It’s a case of not having enough of each favourite expression to last a lifetime But too many bottles of them to drink in a lifetime.
If I were to be honest with myself, I would acknowledge that I will never get to many of the bottles I so eagerly sought.
Like you, the hunt is often the thing. Wasn’t it Spock who said it best?
9 months ago 8Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound @tracerbullet - I have a thing where when I get a bottle that I've been after for a while, is rare, or was expensive, i seem to want to look at the bottle more than actually drink it and it gets shut away in a cupboard. I've made a decision recently to open whatever I fancy from my stash so long as there's room! I have about the same number of bottles as you and could probably go for four-five years without buying anymore ...
So, I'm just going to chill and browse Amazon ...
9 months ago 4Who liked this?
@RianC Famous last words.
I thought my wife would find this discussion interesting, so I passed her the iPad. After reading it through, she said: "Are all these guys you under different names?" I also had to explain FOMO and FORO to her.
@BlueNote My wife finds it exceedingly strange that I "talk to strangers on the internet about whisky". She thinks it even stranger that I want to meet with said strangers to drink whisky and talk about it (among other things). I find her desire to redecorate our house or some aspect of it every single season odd, but I have the courtesy not to mention it.
@OdysseusUnbound I know. You can't really say much about their odd habits when you have 60 or 70 bottles of whisky stashed around the house. I don't say anything about her Imelda-like need for shoes.
@BlueNote, that's some tough sledding brother, your old lady is pretty sharp. I tell my wife that Connosr is a support group where we are sharing coping strategies...or is that coping with sharing strategies?
Welcome to Connosr where we put the gro up in group.
9 months ago 6Who liked this?
@paddockjudge Yeah, and like a bonehead I encouraged her to try good single malt when we were in Scotland a few years ago. Well, didn’t she just develop a taste for the good stuff. Now I have to share. At least she doesn’t like peat...yet.
@BlueNote Mine does like the peat! She's a big time Lagavulin and Ardbeg girl. She does not much care for Laphroaig though.
8 months ago 3Who liked this?
@TracerBullet my wife loves peat. She prefers it over anything sherried.
8 months ago 2Who liked this?
@TracerBullet @casualtorture Oh, Oh, I'm fine with the Glenmo Original, the Glenfarclas 12, the An Cnoc 12 etc. etc. etc. But I hope I don't have to start sharing the Corry, the Port Charlotte, the Kilchoman, the Lagavulin, etc. etc. etc. You guys are scaring me.
8 months ago 1Who liked this?
I didn’t buy any of the bourbons from the LCBO vintage pre-BTAC “allocation” lottery, since I went oh-fer as usual. I’m shocked. Shocked, I tells ya.
@OdysseusUnbound you are not the only one...
@Nozinan At least it allows me to keep my "new purchases" down for the year. Perhaps group orders from Alberta are the best way to do this. Sure, it takes longer to receive my orders, but that allows for fewer impulsive purchases and more consideration before committing to spending my hard-earned money. And anything I can do to avoid the LCBO is a bonus.
@OdysseusUnbound "group orders from Alberta." The only sensible way to go these days.
I did not buy anything from BC Liquor Stores' annual spirit release this year as everything except the Cairdeas @ $99 was overpriced. Of course the Cairdeas was gone in a millisecond. Didn't have a hope in hell.
@OdysseusUnbound My personal LCBO winning lottery record remains intact at 0/every one. Luckily some friends and family have come through in the past.
8 months ago 4Who liked this?
@Astroke I won a Handy in 2014. I struck out completely ever since except for winning a bunch of OWA107 consolation prizes one year. I picked a lot of them up. Out of the 8 I (and family and friends) won, I opened one and all the rest went directly or indirectly to good homes, the last unopened one leaving my home in December.
I remain full of hope for BTAC...
I haven’t posted this earlier because honestly, every time I ever think about it.... it almost brings me to tears.... haha!
I walked into a shop sometime in 2013. Sitting on the shelf was a bottle of Karuizawa Vintage 1979, the price tag was about 30,000¥ ($300).
I had already amassed a decent collection of Karuizawa by that time, but I was obviously aware of what a special find it was....as well how it would inevitably, substantially increase in value.
Unfortunately, I had very little cash on me and only my Canadian credit card which at that time I had made it a rule to only use for absolute emergencies.
Was this an absolute emergency!??
Did I use the card?
...I sincerely do not know what was running through my head at the time, thinking about it now just depresses me.
Anyway, went back to the shop the next day and it was gone.
Great... now I’m depressed.... : (
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