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Whisky Resolutions for 2020, anyone?

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By @Nozinan @Nozinan on 28th Dec 2019, show post

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Nozinan replied


That is one sure way of avoiding a growing collection of "to be opened" bottles. I have had this problem over and over again, especially when my journey started. Bottles bought in the excitement of it, but too many (12-15) bottles already open, so it will wait its turn. Then more of these accumulate..

More recently, in the last year and a bit I bought at least 3 bottles with the purpose of early opening (Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Sherry, Octomore 10.1 and AP 20). None were opened yet. Part of the reason is I have no room for open bottles.

This winter I discovered a solution for this. Shared bottles. If you buy one and split it with a friend, it by definition gets opened. And, with only half a bottle, it may open up a little quicker, and is less likely to hang around as long.

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JayRain replied

@Nozinan Very thoughtful and detail-oriented post Nozinan.

Why not set a goal of no purchases this year? You have more than enough special stuff to last so there is no such thing as 'one that got away'.

If you end up purchasing one or two on impulse sobeit, you will still be done considerably versus the year prior.

Also suggest that you let your primary gifters know about your 20 resolution and that they can transition their generosity to other uses.

I did both of these a couple of years back and have seen my collection reduce considerably (last count was 17 closed and 8 open). I probably purchased 3-4 bottles this year (usually from the US when on a sports trip) although recently picked up the Wiser's 23 Cask Strength (price becomes less of a consideration when you greatly reduce quantity).

My ultimate goal (eta of 2 years) is to have 1 nice bottle of the following on the cabinet (vodka - barrel-aged in oak, grappa - barrel aged in oak, gin, tequila, mezcal, cognac or armagnac, rum, bourbon, rye) and 2 scotches of different profiles. Streamlining to 11 bottles total will be easier to manage on wallet and consumption and ensure that the current collection is enjoyed by those who I want to share with).

All are welcome to the 25 YO collection I have built when those get cracked (2021 most likely) - Laphroaig, Talisker, Macallan, GlenFiddich) are all to be shared w the Connosr community).

A healthy & prosperous 2020 to all,


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paddockjudge replied

@JayRain, I'm definitely going to be a Connosr member in 2021wink

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Nock replied

Last year I had a number of opportunities to purchase a quite a few whiskies at half price closeout sales here in Virginia (Ardbeg 10yo, Bowmore 15yo, Bruichladdich Classic Laddy, and several others). My collection is the largest it has ever been. I will still buy whisky so I am foolish to think I am going to stop. Rather, I really want to focus on only buying high quality whiskies . . . hopefully only at cask strength.

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BlueNote replied

@Nock Makes perfect sense. I'm trying to do likewise.

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