Of course, my wife realized this about five years ago, but I guess it’s an inherent quality of a whisky geek (or any kind of geek, for that matter) that we try to trick ourselves in finding excuses for new purchases.
In this case it’s about me also buying other booze than whisky. I never counted this to get to the grand total of open bottles (currently sitting somewhere in the mid-60s). In some cases that is justified. For example, that open bottle of Tia Maria is only bought to use in some random dessert a while ago, as is the Grand Marnier, and a lot of other things.
But, where I went wrong is that I currently also have two vodkas, 4 gins, an absinthe, a calvados, 2 bottles of pastis, 2 bottles of sake, some bitters, some vermouth and other cocktail ingredients sitting on that shelf. I never counted those. All this hard likker should be counted though.
Especially if I want to reduce the number of open bottles by some significant count, I should take in account that if I buy more other stuff, I also spend more time drinking that other stuff and that means less drinking of whisky. I’m making it hard on myself to empty bottles of whisky, in short.
Instead of having the 63 (?) open bottles waiting to be partially finished in the coming months, I think I should count the bottle-share bits and other stuff I bought out of curiosity. The stuff bought for cooking (or just not by me) will be skipped, since I’ve never been interested in it, and we’ll probably just finish it in some dish over the coming years.
But, having said that, the number should be increased to at least 75, and that’s without the Mezcal bottle-share. So about 80 open bottles of booze. I guess a bottoms-up tasting is in order!