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Are you a Whisky Drinker or Whisky Collector?

I am a Whisky Drinker.
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I am a Whisky Collector.
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I am both a Whisky Drinker and Whisky Collector.
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Total votes : 127

Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:59 pm

Its not as clear cut for me.
MrTattieHeid wrote:'m not a collector. I'm just behind in my drinking.

I like to think that's true for me too, but as time passes and I look for new bottles to open there are an increasing number that tend to get pushed to the back on the grounds that I'm saving them for a special occasion. I suppose on that basis I'm verging on the collector, but I'd like to think I will open them and drink them some day before I croak :dead: .
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby mattbuty » Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:30 pm

I try to be a collector, but I just keep bloody well opening them... :P

ah well... :dead:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Moose » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:31 am

I'm both - more so a drinker than a collector. I've seen my collection increase to 20 bottles in the last few months. Most are opened or going to be soon. I've no doubt that I'll soon have 30 or so bottles to choose from and enjoy sharing a dram with friends who are just coming into the world of Whisky. Unfortunately, we are somewhat limited in our area of Eastern Canada but do hope that my travels will carry me to regions that have products we don't generally see in this province.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:36 am

Best to be a drinker Moose. Not that collecting is in any way disreputable, but bottles are definitely more fun when they are opened. Especially with friends. :thumbsup:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby hiccy » Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:57 am

I voted drinker.

I like to have good stocks and a decent selection. I try to collect, but my drinking rate gets ahead of me! I usually have 45-60 bottles at any one time and nearly all are open. There are a few left unopened right now, but it won't last. My aim is to have a fine selection that suits most palates and can introduce the less experienced into the wonders of whisky. Oh, and the small matter of keeping mine and my drinking buddies tastebuds titivated. :wink:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby hook55 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:40 am

:D I'm a drinker as well, tho I am collecting a lot of whisky bottles..... be it empty!!!! does that make me a collector having empty bottles? :)
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Aeolus » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:35 pm

I'm a drinker, who is also behind in his drinking.

Somehow, there always seems to be one more errand to run when I'm ready to have a dram (kids are absolutely amazing for their sense of timing!) so it gets delayed and then forgotten or foregone because of time (or lack thereof).
:? :roll:
I end up being a inadvertent collector. The state where I live has a very limited selection of SMSs or blends at any one time, so I always try to buy at least two because it may not be available when I go back, or not available in my area. Also, with two kids headed to college in the next 2 years (1 this fall and 1 in fall 2009) family life is a bit hectic.
:o :?
So the bottles stack up in the closet. I've got about 60+/- unopened (not by design but by default) OBs from the usual distilleries (not much "special" available in this state). All young stuff, the "vanilla" versions.
I'm going to start trying to pick up cask strengths and 18 yo's next, which should slow the "collection" growth, but hopefully will improve its quality.
Eventually, I hope to drink it all (rotate stock, really) with friends in the future when the domestic arrangements are more relaxed, and "drama" is not a major component of the evenings at home.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby mikeymad » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:44 pm

I have so much whisky now, that I don't even buy anymore. Now, I am 'Just' a drinker....

:headbang:

:dead:

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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Ryguy » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:18 pm

I'm pretty much collecting to drink at this point. I have been making it a point to buy more than I drink in a month, just to build up my collection some. The biggest thing that I want to have is different expressions from my favorite distilleries, along with a fair range of malts, representing all the regions of Scotland. Right now my modest collection stands at 19 bottles.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby woodhill » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:20 pm

I'm glad we have established one thing.

There is nobody here who collects but doesn't drink!

Cheers :thumbsup:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:22 pm

Which is good because I can't imagine anything sadder than collecting whisky, but not drinking it.
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Re:

Postby karlejnar » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:43 am

MrTattieHeid wrote:I knew Dave wasn't that clever!

Should have remembered it was Karl Ejnar, but it didn't turn up in a search, because it was in his signature. Glad to have the attribution straight--don't mind stealing a line, but it's good to know who you're stealing from.

Now Karl Ejnar needs to tell us who he stole it from....

Stole it!! - who me?? :angel:

Well I must admit I stole it from a good whisky friend of mine - Al Jones. :oops:
I too - like most of you here - buy a lot more than I drink. To avoid that people refer to the many bottles in my cupboard as a collection I just had to add said phrase to my signature on all the forums I am frequenting.
So even if I have some 100+ bottles now it is still not a collection - just a stash of whisky that I'm working very hard to avoid being too much behind in drinking from.
It's a tough task but someone's got to do it :wink:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby woodhill » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:20 am

Karl

Are you in a WHISKY BARREL in your avator??
:?: :?:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby karlejnar » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:47 pm

woodhill wrote:Karl

Are you in a WHISKY BARREL in your avator??
:?: :?:

Yes I am.
Well actually not a barrel as in ex-bourbon barrel - that would indeed be too small for me and Skye (our Golden Retriever) even tho' he was a puppy back then.

It's a Port Pipe - the sign says - and it's situated in the courtyard at Bladnoch Distillery. A lot of visitors has been photographed in it and some of them even were lucky enough to make it to their "wall of fame".
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby lohssanami » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:02 pm

That's a great pic Karl!

I'm definitely just a drinker. Time will tell if I start collecting too.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:27 pm

mikeymad wrote:I have so much whisky now, that I don't even buy anymore.

Can I be your friend? :)
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby mikeymad » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:53 pm

TreacleSponge wrote:Can I be your friend? :)


Of course you can. :thumbsup:

Even though I am a liar.. :oops: I bought 4 bottles yesterday, and 5 at auction over the weekend...

What can I say.....???

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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:17 am

Collectors are drinkers who just haven't realised it yet!
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:25 am

Collector57 wrote:No, Pete
They are drinkers whose eyes are bigger than their drinking capacity :D :P

Guilty as charged.

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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:53 am

Whassat you shay? :dead:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby UUNetBill » Thu May 15, 2008 1:21 am

I'd have to say 'drinker' - I think the only unopened bottle in my cabinet is a Macallan 1861 Replica - and it's only unopened because I haven't found a good reason to crack it yet. . .but soon!

I'll probably keep the empty of that one, though, cuz it's a looker!

:D
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby yowzer » Thu May 15, 2008 4:36 am

Generally a drinker, with some moderate ability to preserve, a couple singles at all times. Generally keep a common blend open (Bells, JWR whatever) for a drink with mineral water, and an Islay malt, and a Speyside or lowlands single to be cherished late in the evening. Also will keep a Canadian whisky (FortyCreek or Danfields) in the house. :iwbrnt:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Glen Lovett » Sun May 18, 2008 8:32 pm

Mainly a drinker but I do collect a few, Mainly Talisker and Lagavulin, but I drink all types of Whisky! :)
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Klas » Sun May 18, 2008 9:17 pm

I am a drinker and, depending on how you define it, a collector.
I don't have any intension whatsoever on selling or dealing with bottles and I would notbuy anything that I don't think would be worth the money to drink.

I like to stock up different expressions at home and I guess that there is some sort of collection element to that. Some bottles I keep for years before I find the right time to crack them opened.

I have also stashed up quite a few different expressions of Ardbeg. I guess that might be some sort of a collection.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Eric m » Tue May 20, 2008 3:23 pm

I drink my whiskies but some i only intent to open on a special occasion.Even if a whisky will double or quadruple in price i wouldn`t sell it but open it,but only when the time is ripe.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby sievm » Fri May 23, 2008 11:04 pm

I voted for both, but I collect those whiskies I like drinking so if the collecting goes tits up I can drown my sorrows with whisky I should at least enjoy.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby lohssanami » Sat May 24, 2008 10:23 am

Well...4 months after my first post, I think I have become a collector too. However, I am only collecting bottles that I know I will drink if I lose interest in collecting. I envision myself in retirement, being glad that I have enough bottles of hard to find expressions to last through my final years. HAHA.

I don't see myself selling anything. Maybe trading to other collectors, but definitely not selling.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Willie JJ » Sat May 24, 2008 1:40 pm

Still drinking, but the queue of unopened bottles keeps getting longer.




That's not a complaint by the way :)
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby I_SPEY » Sat May 24, 2008 5:02 pm

lohssanami wrote:Well...4 months after my first post, I think I have become a collector too. HAHA.


I could easily quote almost everybody on this thread, because in (almost) every post, I find something, that also applies to myself!
When I 'discovered' http://www.whiskymag.com, last year, I was a drinker, with 6-8 open bottles and one unopened Macallan. Now, thanks to you all, I've becoming a collector!! :cry: So, I hereby take the opportunity, to officially thank all the drinkers and collectors,only for one reason: it's a great pleasure, in all respects. Drinking and/or collecting, that's not my question, it's my way to become a whiskylover.I read so many interesting posts and get free advices for different whisk(e)y choices, that this will certainly enrich my knowledge about whisk(e)y, although my wife says "do not drink too much, my sweet little birdie" Image

:) :thumbsup:




btw: the collection is getting bigger and bigger... :o , not realy !
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Newbie » Thu May 29, 2008 1:47 am

I think I am moving on to the collecting phase. I was drinking everything that I brought, then was buying so much that it went into the drinking collection.

Every now and again I would buy a bottle for a special occassion but I have a fair few of those now so I have no idea when I'll get round to drinking all of them.

I plan on drinking everything eventually whether that 5,10, 20, 30 years from now who knows.

I don't think I'll ever sell any of it, but I would consider trading for something that I would want.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby orangedogofglory » Fri May 30, 2008 10:49 pm

great quote from the smwhisky.com website that seems appropriate for this thread:

Somewhere in stage 2, two distinct personality types emerge: The connoisseur and the collector. The connoisseur firmly believes that all malt, no matter how rare or expensive, is meant to be consumed, preferably by sharing among friends. The collector hoards malt, puts it on a shelf to worship and collect dust and invites other collectors over to drool over his collection. He probably offers them a taste of crap whisky to quench their thirst, as he won't destroy the collector's value of his malts by opening them. The collector may then put bottles up for auction when he can be assured of tripling or quadrupling his original outlay. Connoissuers hoard malt as well, but only to trade among fellow connoisseurs or for drinking sometime in the future. Connoisseurs detest collectors.


it seems this definition of Connoisseur could be a catch all for the various motives non-speculators employ.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby TheTross » Fri May 30, 2008 11:42 pm

Definitely a drinker. I have a handful of unopened bottles, some of which are replacements for favourite whiskies but a few are rarer/discontinued bottlings that I'm saving either for a special occasion or to be opened in the future when it's probably going to be impossible, or at least too expensive, to buy them. Not sure I could ever get into collecting as a hobby, as I'd just be too tempted to open them! And I'd certainly never even contemplate selling rare bottles for a quick profit - I'd rather get the enjoyment of drinking the stuff.
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby kyorke1 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:40 pm

Drinker and Collector, more of a drinker though. I have recently found myself (like a few others) buying in pairs which is harmful on the bank balance, one for drinking and the other collecting. I have read that some people buy in 3s, one for drinking, one for collecting and the other for investment, not for me and my financial situation though :cry:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby Ryguy » Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:30 am

Welcome to the Forums kyorke1! Enjoy your whisky and have fun, that's what it's all about. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Are you a Whisky Drinker or a Whisky Collector?

Postby WhiskyViking » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:11 am

I'm a drinker and nothing else.

Found a quote on a Danish forum that sort of covers it (translated by me):
"I'm not a collector, I'm just a bit behind on my drinking"

A hint of a horder in me in the sense that I've secured myself som ebottles that have (are on the way) to dissapear from the marked (Flora & Faunas, Ardbeg 17 and LotI, Scapa 12 and 14, assorted Springbanks, Macallan 25yo Sherry Oak and others). But commom for all these is that they are ment to be drunk at some point in the future.
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