Whisky paraphernalia

I like stuff that is related to whisky. I’m not sure why, but when I see adzes on the flea market in town at King’s Day I want them, since it’s a cooper’s tool. I am never going to use them and I don’t want to put them on display, but I just love to buy that kind of crap.

Back in the day when I still had a whisky room I had a display with this kind of stuff. A couple blocks of peat, some malted barley peated to different ppm levels, my certificate of the Friends of Laphroaig, a cask end from Lagavulin. Just loads of stuff which I have absolutely no use for.

By now there is a full fledged industry supplying us whisky geeks with this kind of stuff. Up to and including a subscription service that sends out t-shirts with American craft whiskey distillery’s logos on it (I love these, by the way!). There are a dozen different companies supplying us with whisky rocks so you can chill but not dilute your booze (a refrigerator, anyone?) and even a company that wants to pull one over on unsuspecting whiskey drinkers by supplying them with sticks to put in whisky so it colors quickly. Fair warning: darker booze is not the same as older booze. Wood influence is also not the same as maturation.

Glenlivet 'Dram' Chair

Glenlivet ‘Dram’ Chair

Of course, every once in a while a distillery jumps on this band wagon with something that just baffles me to no end. Macallan had their ‘miniatures cupboard‘ thingy. Bowmore had tailored suits (I think it was Bowmore) and now Glenlivet has a chair. A chair in which to drink whisky. Because we were doing that standing up, I guess.

My problem with this chair is twofold. Well, problem. I just don’t understand it. It’s not exactly a problem and if some Russian oligarch wants to spend shitloads of money on a thing that combines the chairs we sat on in school with a fishing/camping chair with beer holder, that’s fine with me. I just don’t get it.









I mean, I just don’t get it. Am I being daft, or is someone try to pull one over on us? Of course I am not against people trying to make a living but at some point shouldn’t someone just say “WTF guys, should we not just focus on making whisky and do that as best as we can? Let’s just leave the furniture for what it is…”.

Also, ‘for collectibility’, the chairs are numbered. I don’t know what that means, but if the number makes it unique, I guess that also warrants us wanting to have ALL bottles from a single cask bottling, since they’re all a unique number…

Also, the chair will set you back some £ 6200. Six thousand two hundred quid. For a chair. The entire furnishing of our house didn’t cost that. And that’s combining the living room, three bed rooms, the attic, the hallway, and the lawn chairs.

Anyway, this all just reminds me that we should be sane with our money. This coming from a guy who just decided to buy shit loads of bottles and just ‘go for all of them for choosing is too hard’.

It’s a strange hobby we’re having.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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