I would not be opposed to minis if they were, as someone else pointed out, larger (c.200ml) as it takes at least 4 drams to begin to properly assess a whisky.
If as someone said before "a dram is whatever you want it to be" ... I get almost four drams out of one mini in my 1/2 ounce shot glass where I drink my whisky - enough for me to tell.
At a recent "Rum Fest" a friend of mine attended, all the samples were 1/4 ounce. I wonder what they are at Malt Advocate's Whiskey Fest, an event I keep missing.
Another good use I find in minis is variety, it allows you to have a few shots of different things when you are not in the mood for any one particular thing. There is stuff I enjoy now and then, but not enough to justify keeping a bottle around. Bourbon is one of those things.
But I would welcome a 200ml mini, and even a half bottle. Macallan makes one of those for the 12, and I've bought it a couple of times.
My first Macallan 18 came in a mini, and for a while I kept buying one or two now and then just to enjoy a few shots of the liquor because I liked it a lot, but couldn't part with over $100 at one time. They used to be very easy to find (at $4) now all I see is the 12. Eventually I got a full bottle as a present - loved it. Got hooked, followed up with my own purchase, and drank the whole thing in a week!.
Now I make an effort to I stay within the $40 - $60 range, because when I like a whiskey, a bottle doesn't last me more than two weeks, and that's what I can afford to live within my means.
Thanks for the recommendation. I checked their site, and The Brandy Library does seem like an awesome place, though not my scene, I'm not the suit and tie type and I won't feel comfortable at a place like that. I also enjoy my liquor best without the social element.
Nice place if one can afford it, worth patronizing. In the end, it all comes around to the same issue: money.