My "not-collecting-just-behind-in-drinking" stash of bottles really started to expand from year 2000 when we went on our first trip to the "homeland of malts".
Actually the first purchases of more than one bottle at a time were done on the way home just south of the german-danish border. It was mainly Islay malts (Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg TEN, Laphroaig 10, Bowmore 12 and a few more of the 6 classic, Talisker 10 and Oban 14).
Before year 2000 I would buy the odd bottle now and then when travelling abroad on business trips. Almost all of them 1l bottles puchased on the way out in the taxfree shop at Copenhagen Airport - again because of a wide selection at reasonable prices.
Eventually my purchases would change to be done at distilleries and shops in Scotland. Now I was mainly on the lookout for more special bottlings not available in Denmark, or if available they would be at a higher price.
In recent years I've been further narrowing my purchase to single cask and cask strength bottlings, mainly from independent bottlers. And the odd distillery bottling now and then. I guess I'm still a "sucker" falling for that "only available at the distillery" sales trick.
Looking at my stash now, I can honestly say, that I'm really getting more and more behind in drinking
I blame this mainly on the fact that my interest in malts has been steadily growing. The "fuel" has been our yearly trip to Scotland and participating in an increasing number of tastings there and an even higher number of tastings the rest of the year at home.