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£1000 to spend on whisky

djmaxliving
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 11-10-2019 at 21:23 pm

Pretty sure someone mentioned this a while ago in another thread. So If you had £1000 plus or minus a bit, what would you buy ?

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 11-10-2019 at 22:45 pm

I would spend it on a closed distillery bottle. Probably an old Caperdonich because I've never had one and I have one of their old casks. 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 12-10-2019 at 01:42 am

I just did that happy

I came by some seriously easy money. No need to play the lottery when you can strike gold in a garbage can. Found some really specialised electronics modules at the top of the e-waste bin at work, picked it up, brought it home, verified what it was, put it on eBay... and it sold for $7.000 (£5.500) happy

I spent about £1k on a re-vamp of the home bar.

Then round about £1.200 on whisky.

My choice was 16 bottles in the $50-100 range, the most expensive being NAS bought locally, but online I got everyting from a 4YO to a 23YO, Islay to Speyside, some safe bets and some wild cards. I'm all for diversity.


But if the criteria was to get just one bottle....?

Think I would go for a birth year bottle.

And I would probably choose one that I've had before, or a closely similar as there's no shoplink to the bottle in question.

This was distilled when I was about 2 month old, and I paid about £180 for it in 1997 for my 32nd birthday:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/15513/auchentoshan-1965

This one with the same distillation date, different cask number, is available at Whisky Exchange for £1.250:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/18110/auchentoshan-1965


Wonderful whisky, but we're not just talking re-living a whisky experience here, this would be sitting back, drifting away, imagining I was still at 32... hm, with small drams I could keep that time travel up for some time, maybe worth it?


As a side note, I bought my 12 year older brother a bottle of whisky for his 30th in 1983.

He really savoured it with just a tiny tipple every birthday. So 30 years later, at his 60th in 2013 we shared the last dram of that very bottle.

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 12-10-2019 at 03:57 am

I'm not sure.  I'd probably want to go somewhere in between the 16 bottles and the one....something along the lines of a 6 pk.  Stick to better bottles from the off the path distilleries.  

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 12-10-2019 at 03:59 am

don't you hate when it double posts?  

  Edited on 12-10-2019 at 04:03 am
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 12-10-2019 at 05:50 am

I would get me one of these Auchentoshan 1973 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/657 Mind you I never like purchasing a single bottle of anything so I would get myself two, since one is technically free.wink

One life... Drink it well
djmaxliving
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 13-10-2019 at 04:25 am

I should have made the choice more precists, i.e only one bottle. I did think about adding a 2 bottle policy Ganga because they are some excellent hunder pound, euros, dollars bottles but not quite hitting the 1000 mark out there. So having to spending it one bottle is harder, when you factor in the price also and how often do you get to spend such a large amount of money, on a single bottle ? What you be your choice Ganga for the multiple bottles ?


Caperdonich I can definitely see these bottlings become more expensive as time goes on, the distillery reminds me of Rosebank, rather unloved for a long-time until more recently. When I open the 18 year old, I'll send you a decent sample to try if you want. I'm also thinking about purchasing a few more sooner rather than later. 


That's some story peatbogger, I know memory module chip are worth something, even the repair ones, granted they aren't the same thing. But $7,000, it must have been from a super computer or just about. Talk about being in the right place, at the right time. Certainly not a bad day for you, with some spare change.

Auchentoshan, certainly differently and yet you and Varyingviewpoint both choose this distillery and I know they are Auchentoshan fans out their. Yet you rarely hear anyone raving about them ? I know £180 is expensive, even for the late 90's when whisky was only starting to emerge again after the bust in the early 90's and late 80's. 

I really like the sound of buying a vintage from your birth year and savouring it for 30 years, did you gas the bottle or was it fine ? You are full or surprises. 

I'm quite aware Varyingviewpoint, your house must seem like a whisky shop with multiple bottles of the same item, all you need now is a cash point. Although it might be harder to let them go, as oppose to buy them. 











Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 13-10-2019 at 05:09 am

I would get me one of these Auchentoshan 1973 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/657 Mind you I never like purchasing a single bottle of anything so I would get myself two, since one is technically free.wink


I remember that one.  It was really tasty.  happy

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 13-10-2019 at 05:13 am

My choice for single bottle...I don't know.  It would depend upon what was available at the time.   I would drift towards a single cask of something from an IB.  Old Bothwell PEs for example.


As for putting together a 6 pack, I would get things in the 100 to 200 range.  Example would be the Archives Port Charlotte. 

  Edited on 13-10-2019 at 06:06 am
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 13-10-2019 at 17:40 pm

I think I would get two 35 year Benromach OB if I could get a little money off for buying a brace?

Or the Benromach and something else, can`t think of a bottle for a straight £1000 at the moment but probably a Brora?

Gatopardo
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 13-10-2019 at 23:10 pm

I'm in the same situarion. Sold some 10 bottles in auction and get 900 euros. I want to reduce the number of bottles but increase the age and quality. So I've bought a Glenrothes 1975 and two Laphroaig 25. And I'm very happy about that, considering I've paid around 350 euros for all the bottles I've sold... that's a good business!

VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 14-10-2019 at 00:59 am

I'm in the same situarion. Sold some 10 bottles in auction and get 900 euros. I want to reduce the number of bottles but increase the age and quality. So I've bought a Glenrothes 1975 and two Laphroaig 25. And I'm very happy about that, considering I've paid around 350 euros for all the bottles I've sold... that's a good business!

Yes it is! To me I look at that as a good trade, even though it's a roundabout way of trading up. 

  Edited on 14-10-2019 at 01:00 am
One life... Drink it well
djmaxliving
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 14-10-2019 at 01:53 am

The Benromach older releases are tempting, especially the old single vintages with the higher ABV but do older whisky's need the higher ABV or can they work just as well at around the 43% ABV mark. Looking some of the scoring it's hard to tell on here sometimes. 

You can still pick the 35 year old up for around £430 which was the original price when it first came out and considering most OB now of a 30 year old now start at £600, Lincolnimp. 

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Yes Gatopardo I'm looking to get rid of a few bottles but only handful, over the years I purchased mostly younger whisky but realised I lacked any older bottlings and I'm slowly moving to change that. I think 1975 was a good year for whisky making, not sure why but I've seen quite a few 1975 vintages and they all get decent scores.


I see your still after Glenrothes bottlings, although maybe not the newer age statement releases, falling in-line with what Balblair did and kind of ruined it. Do we even need to say anything about the new prices also. That pretty sweet, nearly double your money but not like the flippers do ? 





 

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