MrTattieHeid wrote:And also it makes me uncomfortable to see malt drinkers jumping into the deep end without trying the flagship expressions first.
Well, I absolutely agree with you on that one, and not necessarily from a cost point of view. My first serious purchase was the 16yo Bowmore, advised by the shopkeeper as something special, but it wasn't after I tried the other whiskies I mentioned in my previous post that I could even taste what the Bowmore was all about, let alone appreciate it. And I am sure that when I get back to the other's that I have open at the moment, there is a whole new experience waiting for me there as well.
And: while having an expensive bottle waiting for you might be exciting, knowing that you go up from 12, 15, 18, 25, 30 might be even more exciting, while still having the opportunity to try a new expression every couple of weeks/months.
Thanks for your insights, but I still feel that it's nice to have a special something for a special occasion, and going up from a Talisker 10yo to an 18yo might not be as 'unique' an experience as moving into a new place. (Although I think you mean; what if you don't Talisker at all
, in this example)