I am just sitting in my ” whisky room ” thinking about what whisky to review next and it occurs to me how much I have progressed in the whisky word from those days just knocking back the ” shots” . Ok let me just go through a few things, I’m sure I am not alone in the fact we started drinking at a youngish age, for me it was about 15, knocking back shots of whisky and the typical teenage drink of lager. The whisky was always Glenfiddich, pour, drink, pour, drink and so on until I fell over and was let’s say feeling unwell, whisky was always just a way of getting drunk fast. Then you hear the ” wine specialists” telling us all these wonderful aromas and tastes they could pick up in their glasses and instantly I thought ” bollocks” . Who ever heard of wine having aromas other than alcohol and probably grapes.. Then one day I suddenly realise whisky, that drink we have been slugging back for so long tastes a little different, there is something about it’s scent, it tastes different, and believe it or not there is more than just Glenfiddich and GLenmorangie( it was 1987 -1990)
I started to get some subtle scents, and taste things, those ” wine geeks” were actually onto something ? Maybe they were not talking so much rubbish, I actually started to take notice. A few years down the road I found myself telling anyone that would listen you can actually detect aromas and tastes in whisky, then like so many of us I noticed how my buying habits had changed, in the beginning I would buy those entry level whiskys like Glenfiddich, Highland park and Glenmorangie, Limits were set to what seemed a lot (£30) for a bottle, again thinking to myself ” it is not worth paying more” not for something to drink, it can’t be worth it, can it ?
I soon realised my budget was getting broken more often than not, I soon started telling myself ” I won’t spend more than this” and ” i might not get another chance to get this bottle at this price” you know you have been there ! So this is the start of climbing that whisky ladder.. Once your on it you just can’t look down, you climb up each step thinking I just need that new bottle, of course money dictates what that next bottle will be, for some it is a £50 or £100 bottle, others may be looking at £500-&1000 a bottle and for a few they go into the realms of disbelief £50,000 and upwards.
The thought of the next bottle just seems to consume your thoughts, we find ourself searching online shops and websites, auction sites and of course the blogs we like to follow. The list of important factors increase, for some it is closed distilleries, others it is age and some it is simply just a bottle that is just out of reach but you know it has a little bragging status.
There is also other addictions in the buying stakes, NCF, natural colour and of course single barrels and cask strength, those limited editions just keep popping up to entice us into buying something else, then you sit back one day and think to yourself ” am I getting a little geeky” and you realise your one of those wine people of the whisky world, yep you have climbed that whisky ladder, your well and truly hooked, where do you go from here, well for some you just start a collection, for others there is just another bottle at your finger tips, then there is the ones that have almost gone to the edge of reason, the ones that start a whisky blog, for us there is no return, we are the lost souls..