So, another whisky blogger (Malt Klaus) recently wrote an article about how he had become immersed in the world of whisky, and a reset of perspective happened only when he started focusing on something else. It’s a very good read, check it out here.
While I’m in no way a bee keeper, or interested in that particular hobby, the post made me think. Thinking is something you try to have time for on holiday, hence the long time of no posts here.
Over the last two years, my perspective has been slowly changing from whisky to something else. It’s been a process that’s been going on for years, though. With more and more whisky becoming unobtainable, or uninteresting, I find I still can get excited about things, but these things are fewer, and further between. However, since both my palate and whisky in general have been getting more expensive (in some cases ridiculously so), it’s not gotten any cheaper, even with far less bottles bought.
Two years ago I started playing Magic: the Gathering again, and as anyone who has ever played that game knows, it’s anything but cheap. Whisky has one other massive drawback, and that’s that it’s simply not healthy to be drinking strong booze all the time. With me trying not to drink on most weekdays, it means that I cram in quite a few drams in the weekend, or not getting around to any when the weekend is packed. Not necessarily a bad thing, but also something that makes it a hard hobby to have.
So, Klaus’ randomly bought €75 bottle of whisky just sitting on his desk with no particular plan is something that made think about this. Since when has € 75 become insignificant? Since when is it a normal thing to buy something without any particular use for it? Here’s me trying to be a bit more sensible with my money, especially since buying more bottles of whisky makes absolutely no sense when you have something the bears the name ‘whisky collection’.
Also, trying (I’ve been known to fail) to not buy any more whisky should leave some money for trips to Scotland, to ‘do’ whisky instead of just drinking it. Now, when the social aspect of travel and going places to meet people gets added to the equation, that changes everything. There’s not much in this world I like doing more than experiencing whisky in that way, or having a few drinks with friends, or just seeing the country where whisky is made, even without visiting a distillery!
So, is this blog going to stop? No.
Am I going dry? No.
Am I going to get rid of my whisky collection? No (well, by trying to drink more than I buy)
I’ll try to keep getting three posts per week up, I’ve got dozens of tasting notes lined up, but I just don’t get around to blogging all that often.