The whisky ladder

imageI 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)image

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.image

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.image

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..





24 Comments Add yours

  1. Reid says:

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  14. sorrenkrebs says:

    Unfortunately port Ellen is getting out of most people’s reach.. I am lucky that I got a few bottles before the prices went sky high ..


  15. Peter bradshaw says:

    I would love to be able to try a port Ellen. They are way out of my league. I think i mught have to try the costa route, my wife is starting to use a lock on her purse.

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  16. sorrenkrebs says:

    That my friend is a 1978, 35 yo port Ellen..


  17. whiskymad says:

    Sorren what is in the hunter laing old and rare box ?


  18. sorrenkrebs says:

    Craig.. Get the mustang.. Don’t be so tight.. 😬


  19. She’s not really into handbags etc, it’s more likely to be a Mustang or a Dodge Hellcat. That’s the worrying part 😯

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  20. sorrenkrebs says:

    Believe me the costa and cake won’t last long.. It will soon be handbags, then a house lol

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  21. With the look on the wife’s face it might be getting a bit thin… but as long as I keep taking her for Costa and cake, I might be able to stretch it a bit more 😂

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  22. sorrenkrebs says:

    Craig.. I feel your pain, I think I have worn that one out..

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  23. Not sure about lost souls, I think I’ve sold it to the whisky gods. I just nipped to the local supermarket for some milk and they had Tully 225 on offer. Yes I picked one up with the excuse I need it for my blog to review honest 😆

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  24. whiskymad says:

    Sorren. You need an escalator, no ladder goes that high.


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