A wind of change for me at least, and on a mental level.
I am getting tired of having a whisky collection.
Boom! There it is. I used to like to have as many bottles of goodness when I still had an in-home office where I had a desk, lots and lots of cupboards for my bottles to be on display and a small sitting area.
I cleaned out that room in favor of our daughter and set up shop in a much smaller room (from 15m2 to 5m2 or so). The desk was out since I wasn’t working from home anymore, only one chair remained and if I pushed the bottles close together everything just fit in.
Then our son came along and that room, too, was needed for more ‘sensible’ purposes. Now my closed bottles sit in boxes in the attic. I can barely reach them because of all the unused toys and other clutter that’s heaped up in there.
I do not like this.
I liked having the bottles where I could see them and even then I wanted to open them all and have a massive tasting. This, of course, doesn’t really fit with the have-less-bottles-open project I’m working on (regularly referred to as ‘drinking’). Now it just sits there. Waiting for a the right moment to open them which might be never.
Of course, I want my little stash for when I am old or have something awesome to celebrate in a decade or two. There’s a nice Brora in there, some Rosebank, and some others. But mainly, I don’t like to have the attic full of almost forgotten booze.
I am noticing the benefit of having less bottles open, which is a bit more speed with which I finish them. This made me open one or two bottles from upstairs again.
Another benefit of not having many bottles stored is that you don’t get to spend much on stuff you want but are not going to drink anyway. As said on my bottle-sale page, for some of them the moment has simply gone.
Of course, the most simple solution for this would be to stop buying bottles and drink what I have first. My wife is an avid supporter of this, but I like buying booze. I like the idea of something new. Really new, which I have not yet owned for years.
Obviously this should not matter because an unopened bottle is an unopened bottle. When I pick up something old from auction it’s new too. But still, I like something new. A quite materialistic outlook if there ever was one.
For this reason I’m pruning my collection a little bit and have again sold some bottles. I’m trying to sell some more. I’m also trying to buy a bit less or share the bottles I buy so I have to open and drink them. This happened a lot at the end of last year and I like that. That way I got to open all the TWE Show bottles I bought, and Whiskybase’s GlenDronach and quite some more.
So that. I’ve come to a point at which I don’t like having a large collection of all but forgotten booze in the attic. I want to be a whisky drinker, not a hoarder.
Oh, and please, no comments about how I could give it all to you. That’s not how this works.