Another ‘public’ mental note about booze and spending.
I was on holiday in Scotland recently and I had set myself a rather strict booze budget. I had to cheat in the Lagavulin 18 that Jon Beach picked up for me on Feis Ile, but that worked out since I didn’t really pick it up at a distillery or anything. It was a bottle I had bought ‘before’.
When buying the BenRiach 27, 1984 Port finish I spent half my budget which meant the rest of the holiday was more or less a dry spell. Apart from a moment of doubt at Balblair about their Distillery Only it felt rather okay to not spend anything.
In the last couple of months I’ve noticed that this indifferentness has increased in my mind. When new bottles come out I usually went in to a ‘I have to taste that and want to buy as many as possible’ frenzy. That doesn’t happen anymore. Now it’s more like ‘hmm, it would be nice if I can get a sip of that somewhere’ mode.
This has gone as far as me cancelling two memberships: One for the King’s Court Whisky Society in Haarlem and one for the SMWS.
The first is a nice club with some nice people with kind of okay tastings to which I never went. I was a member but apart from me getting a rather expensive newsletter the money was wasted. The latter is the same, apart from that I got their Unfiltered magazine a couple of times per year. I haven’t bought a bottle from the SMWS since the Glenugie (99.12) came out over a year ago.
It also extends to other bits of my life where I want to clean up the attic more and sell a lot of books, all DVDs, some comics and such: Decluttering.
I’ve been pruning my spending for a few months and value events more than bottles at the moment. So, more tastings and a few festivals, going to bars (that’s more or less all the beer I drink, nowadays) and such. It feels kind of nice.
When I spend, however, I find that apart from some excesses I get more satisfaction from cheaper bottles. I always get a feeling of pride if I manage to pick up a good whisk(e)y at € 50 instead of 100. It’s not really difficult to find something tasty when you have money to spend. To do so on a budget is a lot harder, but all the more satisfactory.
I want to say something about ‘this saving me money’, but spending over a grand on booze every year isn’t really something that saves anyone money.
Apart from it ‘costing me less’, it also gives me some peace of mind.