So if the LCBO ever complains that I'm ordering too much I know what to say, "just saving up the 70 case lifetime supply, that's all. Personal consumption only. Really!!!"
I have friends that only buy bottles they've never had before. That is certainly one way to explore whiskies. Me, I live in Ontario Canada where the LCBO's touted "wide selection" is in fact quite small. For the most part I ran out of things to try a while ago aside from the silly expensive stuff (I'd rather have a case of Ardbeg Almost There than a single 25yo bottle of something really expensive like all the $400 25yos we have on the shelves here today). As well, I don't want to try every 'Glen ReallyMeantForBlending' just to check off a box on the lifetime distillery list (IMO that's what tastings are for). I want to drink good whisky, not just experience a variety of bland to excellent products. Life is too short to force myself to drink whole bottles of things I don't actually like.
Here in Ontario, trying things off the menu means a case minimum which is 6 bottles. At first this seemed like a real pain; "how will I ever finish 6 bottles?" I thought. Well.... when I find a whisky I really enjoy, I want to open another bottle often the next day after the last one is finished. With the LCBO if I wait until I finish the 6 bottles before I order another case, its gone. So now I order multiple cases knowing that the only other way I'll get a refill is if I fly to Scotland.
Sometimes I order a case or cases of something that I don't love enough to open another bottle right away but at least I can open one years down the road. If I just buy one bottle and I want another later, all I can do is try to remember how it was. And there's always Christmas gifts for things I really don't like.
I've been asking this question on this forum probably for 5 years: how many bottles is the right number? At first I said 1 so I can a) try something else next like you and some of my friends practice; and b) so I can remember the whisky how I first liked it instead of opening a favorite years later and finding it wasn't really that good. But then I drank the first bottle and wanted another so I thought the answer might be 2 bottles. But then how long do you keep the 2nd one on the shelf before you open it? After that, there is no more. Ahhh, I thought, then 3 must be the answer... for some whiskies 3 really does seem to be enough but for others 6 is not enough. You never really know until you open the next bottle and instead of it being finished in a month as usual, it is finished in 2 years; that is then likely the last bottle of it that I'll ever need. Well, maybe one more
Now, did I write enough on that? Yes, I think so.