Because of the massive upturn in prices and the relentless investment angle Scotch whisky now has taken, it is no surprise that fewer & fewer high end, old, rare & collectable bottles are being opened.
My question is if the likes of the best Samaroli bottles (as an example) are now mainly investment vehicles and many older bottlings will never be opened and enjoyed in a general sense, is the collecting of whisky actually academic and a bit pointless if no person is going to ever taste it?
I like to see a great collection just like anyone else but if they are never going to be opened and you as the collector love whisky then what is the point of it all apart from having some nice whisky eye candy?
Investment collections/collectors is not what I am talking about here but true whisky lovers who enjoy the product.
If you look on WB now there are thousands of bottle pages with everyone having a closed bottle and ratings have been provided but there are no tasting notes so many of these bottles will only ever have be tasted at whisky fairs and the like.
If prices keep going up then even at whisky fairs these bottles will be lost to all of us regardless of who you are and bottles will then just become ancient artefacts to gaze upon in a glass case in a darkened room somewhere.
I think it is a real shame but in part understandable but it gets back to the basic premise that in many quarters whisky is not purchased with the intention of drinking it?
I know there are loads of new bottlings out there and they will continue but is the heart of the whisky world fading by what has occurred in the last 5 years or so?
Just a question I pose, in one sense the whisky industry is thriving with all the new interest and markets but I cannot help feeling that in another sense its soul is being destroyed from within.
Is it just me being too pessimistic and possibly nostalgic even harking back to the recent past when everything whisky wise seemed so much simpler, perhaps it is?
Remember whisky when you purchase it, is to be enjoyed, or it used to be anyway.
What do you all think?