I read on a website a few months back that when it comes to whisky, you need to have goals in mind as far as what you are looking to achieve through purchases. I keep that advice in mind, and try to plan out well in advance what I want to buy. However, often, as others have said, you find that one bottle that you didn't plan for, or that is on sale at a price that makes you think of the
image. Those I generally pace on for a while and then decide.
I totally agree with this philosophy for most of my moderate to big purchases. For example, I've been looking to potentially buy a 1975 Benriach single cask bottle that i had a chance to taste earlier this year. However, I finally decided against it. The nose was phenomenal, but the taste didn't do too much for me. I spent a lot of time reading up about it, justifying the cost (which was expensive) and in the end, decided that I would be more happy putting my money somewhere else.
UUNetBill wrote:And then I get to the shops with a good selection of IBs that I really don't know anything about, and at often upwards of $150-200 a bottle, I need to check into those a little more before I break out the Visa.
Ya, IBs are tough. I've been pretty happy with most that i've bought, but now it's pretty rare that I buy one without some kind
of prior knowledge (and best case a tasting). Just too many average ones that are expensive when there are so many good OBs available. However, there are some phenomenal IBs around and it's fun to hunt them down. Currently I have half a dozen bottles making their way back from Europe to Canada over the next several months and it was really fun to find them, and then figure out how to get them back here (yes, my friends are PATIENT with my requests for help!).
I tend to plan ahead as the majority of my purchases are over the internet so I take my time. As I live in a fairly rural location even buying from a shop is a big day out for me
Well, I live in a pretty big city (Vancouver), but as far as purchasing Whisky goes, British Columbia might as well be in the middle of the Gobi desert
Hence, pretty much all are purchased on line and then muled back into BC bit by bit!