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onewman
05-04-2012, 19:18
Okay, I admit it. Iím a collector. I donít drink bourbon or rye, but I have what many might consider a fair collection. Unfortunately, I have none of the old collectables (ok, maybe a few) but I have made a concerted effort to collect all of the current collectables (Van Winkles, BTAC, etc.) over the past 3 to 4 years. To be honest, I canít remember the last time I had a drink of bourbon or rye (scotch is another story), yet I feel compelled to collect all of the whiskeys that all so eagerly seek. Why do I collect do you ask? Itís simple, because I know itís a limited commodity and because I can. I collect because I may want a taste of something that is no longer available (or will no longer be available in the future) and I donít want to pay a bigger premium in the future or rely on anotherís generosity. That said, no bottle I own is sacrosanct and is available to any guest, but I would never sell a bottle that I own. I may be willing to trade in the future, but until the right time comes along, I am collecting Ė or is that hoarding. Any other collectors out there?

bjbronwyn
05-04-2012, 19:57
Im sure that most of us are collectors, I know I certanly am!
The thing with some of us is we cant help but crack some bottles.
I have been a JD and WT collector for a fair while with about 250 bottles (most full) in the collection. This makes its quite hard to purchase drinkers, but I have about 12 bottles that are open from a variety of distillers.
I love collecting but I love the whiskey just as much, and Ive realised that all whiskey is made for the enjoyment of the cosumer. Some of us enjoy the collecting side, but most enjoy the taste, and the good times that tend to go along with them. JMO

Bmac
05-04-2012, 20:33
I started off just wanting a full bar. Then I started researching what was "the best." When I hit bourbon it was like an entire universe had opened up. It started with my one and only Pappy (15yr from 2008). Since then I wanted to taste the best of the best. Then I realized that I lacked the connections to really buy a lot of these bottles so I started hoarding all I could. I knew the collectors were out there because the best were always gone but none of the people I hung around had even heard of them. Most everyone I know is scared to pay more than $25 for any one bottle of anything, so would never buy GTS or ORVW if they saw it.

Then I started trying to buy two bottles at a time. One to drink and one to keep. The only exception was JPS18 and WLW where I have two spare bottles.

I may or may not continue collecting. It's getting harder and harder as it is catching on. I have a small location that can get some hard-to-get bottles but he can't get much. For the spring release this year he only got Lot B, and that's it.

I have to come to the realization that the collectors who had long established contacts may have finally won the race. I think they see the trend catching on and are now more fervent than ever to buy as much as they can. Here in Texas it's hard enough to break into the circle. Even after 4 years now I am a diamond in the rough to the small time and a blip on the radar to the big names.

Regardless...my appreciation of the well crafted spirit will remain and I am thankful for the experiences I have had and the bottles I have acquired.

bgageus
05-04-2012, 20:49
I think that once I passed the 100 bottle mark I started thinking I was collecting. Most bottles that I have I do intend to drink at some point, but I seem to buy 4 for every one I drink. Maybe I need more friends.
I think I realized I had a collecting problem when I went out and got a 2011 Saz 18, when I had one and a half bottles of the 2010. I knew it was vatted, and the same stuff but I needed to get the 2011 release, and I cant wait for the 2012. Or maybe it was when I bought the 2011 handy and have never opened the 2010 to know if I even like it. When did you realize that you have a collecting problem?

AaronWF
05-04-2012, 20:50
I donít drink bourbon or rye, but I have what many might consider a fair collection.

If you don't drink it, it's not a fair collection.

BradleyC
05-04-2012, 21:32
If you don't drink it, it's not a fair collection.

+1

I have only collected anything that I had a personal interest in. I do have a "bourbon collection" of bottles that may not get opened anytime soon, but I also have a bunker and a cabinet full of opens. The bunker is a lot bigger than the collecton and is for drinking. I have the collection and the bunker because I have a sincere interest in the product, the process, the history, the people, the consumption, and the overall experience and satisfaction. I can't understand why someone would bother otherwise

onewman
05-04-2012, 21:34
I might be wrong, but I think this is a fair collection (not great but fair) whether I drink it or not:

1792 Ridgemont Reserve, 46.85%
Angelís Envy, 43.3%
Bakerís 7 year old, 53.5%
Basil Haydenís 8 year old, 40%
Blantonís, 46.5%
Bookerís, 63.45%
Breckenridge, 43%
Buffalo Trace, 45%
Bulleit, 45%
Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel, 50%
Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving, 50%
Eagle Rare 10 year old, 45%
Eagle Rare Fall 2007, 45%
Eagle Rare Fall 2008, 45%
Eagle Rare Fall 2010, 45%
Eagle Rare Fall 2011, 45%
Elijah Craig 12 year old, 47%
Elijah Craig 18 year old, 45%
Elmer T. Lee, 45%
Evan Williams Single Barrel 1998 Vintage, 43.3%
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage, 43.3%
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2001 Vintage, 43.3%
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage, 43.3%
Ezra B Single Barrel 12 year old, 49.5%
Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009, 57.8%
Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2011, 54.5%
Four Roses Single Barrel, 50%
George T. Stagg, 70.7% (2009)
George T. Stagg, 71.5% (2010)
George T. Stagg 71.3% (2011)
Jefferson Presidental Select 17 year old Bach No. 2, 47%
Jefferson Presidental Select 17 year old Bach No. 4, 47%
Knob Creek, 50%
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, 60%
Makerís Mark, 45%
Makerís 46, 47%
Michterís Signle Barrel 10 Year Old, 47.2%
Noahís Mill, 57.15%
Old Charter 10 year old, 43%
Old Charter Proprietorís Reserve, 45%
Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon 2003 (Spring 1990), 46.5%
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2004, 47%
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2006, 48%
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2007, 47%
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2008, 47%
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2010, 47.5%
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2011, 49%
Old Grand Dad 114 Barrel Proof, 57%
Old Grand Dad 100 Proof Bottled in Bond, 50%
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old, 45%
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old, 53.5%
Old Weller Antique, 53.5% (2)
Pappy Van Winkleís Family Reserve 20 year old, 45.2%
Pappy Van Winkleís Family Reserve 15 year old, 53.5%
Rock Hill Farms,50%
Rowanís Creek, 50.05%
Russellís Reserve, 10 year old, 45%
Sam Houston, 42.8%
Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B, 12 year old, 45.2%
Vintage Bourbon 17 year old, 47%
W. L. Weller 12 year old, 45%
Wild Turkey, 50.5%
Wild Turkey American Spirit, 50%
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, 50.5%
Wild Turkey Russellís Reserve 10 year old, 50.5%
Willet, 47%
William Larue Weller, 63.3% (2010)
William Larue Weller, 66.75 (2011)
Woodford Reserve Distillerís Select, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve Masterís Collection 1838 Sweet Mask, 43.2%
(ri)1, 46%
Bulleit, 45%
High West Double Rye!, 46%
High West Rendezvous Rye, 46%
Jeffersonís 10 year old, 47%
Michterís Signle Barrel 10 year old, 46.4%
Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof Bottled in Bond, 50%
Rittenhouse Very Rare 21 year old, 50%
Redemption, 46%
Russellís Reserve 6 years old, 45%
Sazerac, 45%
Sarerac 18 Year Old Fall 2007, 45%
Sazerac 18 year old Fall 2008, 45%
Sazerac 18 year old Fall 2009, 45%
Sazerac 18 year old Fall 2010, 45%
Sazerac 18 year old Fall 2011, 45%
Thomas H. Handy, 63.75% (2008)
Thomas H. Handy, 63.45% (2010)
Thomas H. Handy, 64.3% (2011)
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 year old, 47.8%
WhistlePig, 50%
Wild Turkey, 50.5%
Willet 4 year old, 55%
Willet 5 year old, 55%
Palm Ridge Reserve Batch 14, 45%
Stranahans, 47%
Jack Danielís Gentelman Jack, 40%
Jack Danielís Single Barrel, 47%
George Dickel Barrel Select, 43%
Bernheim, 45%
Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1, 62.5%
Buffalo Trace White Dog Rye Mash, 62.5%
Buffalo Trace White Dog Wheated Mash, 57%
High West Silver Whiskey Western Oat, 40%
Low Gap Whiskey, 42.3%

onewman
05-04-2012, 21:46
I too have a sincere interest in the product, the process, the history, the people, and the overall experience and satisfaction. I just choose not to consume at this time. I fully plan on opening and experiencing even bottle before my demise, but if I don't have them now, I know that I can't taste them later.

Max Power
05-04-2012, 21:50
I'm a collector, but most of the bottles are open. I can't wait to try them to see if it's a well priced gem that I need to bunker. I'm a bit different than most of you because my collection is tequila. I've never posted it anywhere before. I only post it now because of all of the questions that I've gotten from you good folks regarding tequila in the Non-Whiskey Forum and in chat last night. Here it is:

1921 Blanco
1921 Reposado
30-30 Blanco
30-30 Reposado
3 Amigos Blanco
3 Amigos Reposado
4 Copas Blanco
4 Copas Reposado
4 Copas Anejo
5150 Anejo
Adan y Eva Reposado
Agave Underground Anejo
Aha Toro Reposado
Aha Toro Anejo
Alma Reposado
Alquimia Reposado
Alquimia Extra Anejo
Amate Reposado
Amate Anejo
Ambhar Anejo
Ancestra SB
Anejo Ancestra Suave Reposado
Antiguo Blanco
Arette Reposado
Atrenom Reposado
Asom Broso Blanco
Asom Broso Extra Anejo
Avion Blanco
Avion Reposado
Avion Anejo
Azunia Blanco
Azunia Reposado
Azunia Anejo
Bandolon Anejo
Bracero Anejo
Buen Amigo Reposado
Cabo Wabo Blanco
Cabo Wabo Reposado
Cabo Wabo Anejo
Camarena Blanco
Camarena (1.75) Reposado
Campo Azul Reposado
Casa Noble Blanco
Casa Noble Reposado
Casa Noble Anejo
Casta Pasion Anejo
Cava de Morales Blanco
Cava de Oro Blanco
Cavalino Reposado
Cazadores Reposado
Cazadores Anejo
Centinela Anejo
Centinela Reposado
Certeza Reposado
Cesar Monterrey Anejo
Chamucos Reposado
Chaya Blanco
Chinaco Blanco
Chinaco Reposado
Chinaco Anejo
Clase Azul Blanco
Clase Azul Reposado
Corazon Blanco
Corazon Reposado
Corralejo Blanco
Corralejo Reposado
Corralejo Anejo
Corrido Blanco
Corrido Reposado
Corrido Anejo
Corrido Extra Anejo
Corzo Blanco
Corzo Reposado
Crotalo Reposado
Crotalo Anejo
Crotalo Extra Anejo
D Los Altos Reposado
D Los Altos Anejo
Don Abraham Anejo
Don Agustin Blanco
Don Alvaro Blanco
Don Alvaro Anejo
Don Camilo (1.75) Anejo
Don Celso Reposado
Don Cosme Reposado
Don Cosme Anejo
Don Eduardo Blanco
Don Fernando Reposado
Don Julio Anejo
Don Julio Reposado
Don Julio Blanco
Don Julio 1942 Extra Anejo
Don Julio 70th Anejo
Don Nacho Reposado
Don Pilar Anejo
Don Ramon Anejo
Dos Lunas Blanco
Dos Lunas Reposado
Dos Lunas Anejo
Dos Manos Anejo
El Agave Atresenal Anejo
El Amo Reposado
El Caballo Estrella Anejo
El Charro Blanco
El Charro Reposado
El Charro Anejo
El Destilador Blanco
El Destilador Reposado
El Fogonero Anejo
El Jimador Reposado
El Jimador Anejo
El Mayor Reposado
El Mayor Anejo
El Tesoro Blanco
El Tesoro Anejo
El Reformador Blanco
El Reformador Reposado
El Reformador Anejo
El Viejo Luis Blanco
El Viejo Luis Reposado
Espolon Blanco
Espolon Reposado
Fina Estampa Blanco
Fina Estampa Reposado
Fina Estampa Anejo
Fortaleza Blanco
Fortaleza Reposado
Fortaleza Anejo
Gran Centenario Reposado
Gran Centenario Anejo
Grand Mayan Extra Anejo
Grillos Reposado
Hacienda Sotol Reposado
Hacienda Sotol Anejo
Herencia Mexicana Blanco
Herradura Blanco
Herradura Reposado
Honorable Reposado
Hussongs Reposado
JLP President's Blanco
JLP President's Reposado
JLP President's Anejo
Jose Curevo Reserva Extra Anejo
Jose Curevo Reserva Blanco
KAH Blanco
KAH Reposado
KAH Anejo
Karma Blanco
Kirkland Blanco
Kirkland Anejo
Ley .925 Anejo
Ley .925 Extra Anejo
Los Azulejos Reposado
Maestro Dobel Reposado
Magave Anejo
Marquez de Valencia Reposado
Milagro Blanco
Milagro Reposado
Milagro Anejo
Milagro Select Barrel Reposado
Mi Tierra Reposado
Mi Tierra Anejo
Muchote Reposado
Ocho Blanco
Ocho Anejo
Olvidio Reposado
Orgullo Anejo
Oro Azul Reposado
Paqui Blanco
Paqui Reposado
Partida Anejo
Patron Blanco
Patron Reposado
Patron Anejo
Patron Platino
Peligroso Anejo
Penacho Azteca Blanco
Penacho Azteca Reposado
Penacho Azteca Anejo
Penacho Azteca Extra Anejo
Penca Azul Anejo
Porfidio Blanco
Porfidio Anejo
Puerto Vallarta Anejo
Pueblo Viejo Reposado
Pura Sangre Reposado
Pura Vida Blanco
Pura Vida Reposado
Pura Vida Anejo
Puro Verde Reposado
Regional Anejo
Republic Blanco
Republic Anejo
Reserva de Mexico Reposado
Reserva de Mexico Anejo
Reserva del Senor Reposado
Revolucion Blanco
Riazul Anejo
Sauza Tres Gen. Anejo
Seis Hermanas Blanco
Seis Hermanas Anejo
Siembra Azul Reposado
Siete Leguas Blanco
Siete Leguas Reposado
Siete Leguas Anejo
Sol de Mexico Anejo
T1 Estelar Anejo
Tenampa Azul Blanco
Tenampa Azul Reposado
Tenoch Reposado
Tequileno Reposado
Tequileno Anejo
Tezon Reposado
Tierras Blanco
Tierras Anejo
Tonala Anejo
Tonala 4 yr Extra Anejo
Toro de Lidia Blanco
Toro de Lidia Reposado
Toro de Lidia Anejo
Toro de Lidia Extra Anejo
Trago Blanco
Trago Reposado
Trago Anejo
Tres Agaves Blanco
Tres Agaves Anejo
Tres Mujeres Reposado
Ultimo (1.75) Reposado
Ultimo Anejo
Viva Mexico Blanco
Viva Mexico Reposado
Viva Mexico Anejo
Volcan De Mi Tierra Anejo
VooDoo Tiki Reposado
Z - Pepe Zevada Anejo

There's probably 15-20 empty bottles not listed. Plenty of crap that I drank when I didn't know the good stuff was out there.

It's fun to collect because of the hunt. It's more fun to share with friends the stuff that you can introduce them to. If you have questions about anything on this list, ask away (probably in PM or Tequila Forum...I don't want to totally hijack a thread).

onewman
05-04-2012, 22:35
Great to see another collector - I started collecting tequila also, but it got very expensive, very quickly as I am somewhat of a completist and had to have the blanco, reposed and anejo of each variation. I have collected some and continue to collect a few, but these are not on my hit list.

macdeffe
05-04-2012, 23:25
I'm a hoarder

I simply purchase faster than I can drink. Soon prices will be so high for everything and I will be happy with my cupboard

If you want Port Ellen, Caperdonich, SW-juice 5 and 10 years from now its a good investment to buy now, thats what I make myself believe

Steffen

ebo
05-05-2012, 05:26
I suppose if I had the income to collect, I might. I had around 70 bottles of scotch and bourbon at one time, but, I've drank them down to around 15 or so.

I'm more of a "replacer" these days. I drink it, and then replace it. :grin:

Thanks to Max, I now have another spirit that I have to explore and replace as I go. :lol:

T Comp
05-05-2012, 07:15
Im sure that most of us are collectors, I know I certanly am!
JMO

I mean this to be in an informative and not argumentative manner but this is not true and there is simply no "most" of us. Some (:grin:) of the most (:lol:) informative, long standing and valued contributors here have little to no bunkers.

As to the original poster...I'm just not gonna go there :skep:.

clingman71
05-05-2012, 07:25
I'm a hoarder

I simply purchase faster than I can drink. Soon prices will be so high for everything and I will be happy with my cupboard

If you want Port Ellen, Caperdonich, SW-juice 5 and 10 years from now its a good investment to buy now, thats what I make myself believe

Steffen

That is my thinking, but on more of an everyday level. While I have a single PVW 20 and VWFRR, & 2 JPS 18s, my real hoarding consists of WSR7s, WTR101s, and W12s. It would be nice to have a bourbon budget that would allow more bunkering of occasion bottles, but the reality is that long term, I place as much or more importance on having a supply of quality everyday pours. It is sad for bourbon lovers as the classics die off -ie. SW- , but every bit as sad as reasonably priced standards go away. How much longer can we expect the see whiskey such as AAA for $17.99? Under $20 solid pours with age statements seem to be a dying breed.

Bmac
05-05-2012, 07:29
Since other people are sharing their list...here's my short list:

Old Weller Antique NAS 2010 -open
Old Weller Antique 7yr 2008
Old Weller Antique 7yr 2008 350ml
W.L. Weller 12yr 2010 - open
W.L. Weller 12yr 2010
Weller Special Reserve mini
William Larue Weller 2010 - open
William Larue Weller 2010 (x2)
William Larue Weller 2011
Maker's Mark 2010 - open
Elijah Craig 12yr 2010 - open
Jim Beam Black 8yr 2011 - open
Old Grand Dad 86 2018 - open
Buffalo Trace 2010 - open
Four Roses Single Barrel 2010 - open
Four Roses Single Barrel 2011
Four Roses Single Barrel LE 2011 - open
Four Roses Single Barrel LE 2011
Four Roses Mariage 2009
Jefferson's Presidential Select 18yr Batch #25 (x2)
Jefferson's Presidential Select 18yr Batch #25 - open
Vintage Bourbon 17 2011 - open
Vintage Bourbon 17 2011
Woodford Reserve Distiller Select 2010 - open
Woodford.Reserve Master Collection Maplewood Finish 2009 - open
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked 2012 - open
Willet Family Estate Single Barrel (Spec's pick) 7yr 2012 - open
Wild Turkey 101 2011 - open
Wild Turkey American Spirit 2007
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 2009 - open
Wild Turkey Rye 101 2010
Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary 2009
Parker's Heritage Collection Cask Strength 2007
Parker's Heritage Collection Cognac Finished 2011
Parker's Heritage Collection Cognac Finished 2011 - open
Old Charter 8 yr 1995
Charter Private Reserve 2007
George T Stagg 2011
George T Stagg 2010 - open
Eagle Rare 17 2011
Eagle Rare 17 2011 - open
Thomas H Handy 2011
Thomas H Handy 2011 - open
Rittenhouse Rye 100 2011 - open
Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B 2011 - open
Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B 2011
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 2010 - open
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 yr 2008 - open
Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel 2010
Colonel E.H. Taylor Tornado Surviving Wharehouse "C" 2011
Rebel Yell Reserve 2010 - open
Evan Willams Single Barrel Vintage 2000 - open
Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1 2010 - open
Buffalo Trace White Dog Wheated Mash Bill 2012
Knob Creek Single Barrel 2011 - open
George Dickel No 12 1.75l 2010 - open
Georve Dickel Barrel Select 2006 - open


This doesnt include JD stuff, Scotch, Irish, or Canadian whiskey. It also doesnt include my Rum collection or the Tequlias or Vodkas.

Young Blacksmith
05-05-2012, 07:37
I have purchased quite a bit over the past few years, but mostly to clean out desirable to me dusties or things I've never tried or want to. I'm transitioning to the phase where I stock up on what I want to, no matter if it's collectable or not. I also pass up items others salivate over as I don't enjoy them.

I would not call myself a collector, as I'd love to get down to 5-8 opens with just a few bunkered items that are not produced any more (think 4R special editions, but one day they will be opened).

redbear
05-05-2012, 07:39
Old Grand Dad 86 2018 - open


How does that OGD from the future taste? :lol:

Max Power
05-05-2012, 07:43
I love seeing the lists of bourbons. Being fairly new to bourbon, it tells me some things out there that I need to check out. "Show us your stash" threads are always fun. Sure, it's showing off a bit, but I think we all like to look and drool a bit.

Trey Manthey
05-05-2012, 08:15
I'm a collector in a way, but not in the manner that you're describing. I know I'm a lousy collector. I already got burnt with baseball cards, comic books, and Beany Babies (kidding).


With regard to hoarding, it's not for me. I feel like if an apocalyptic whiskey craze is about to make it hard to find certain prized bottles then I don't want to be the guy slinking in and out of his bunker whispering "My Preciousssss..." There will always be pretty good juice available. For me that might be Weller 12, Macallan 12, and Baby Saz.

The draw in this hobby in my case is that there are tastes I want to experience, not that a certain bottle is in my possession. Every bottle I buy gets opened and drank. If a whiskey is hard to find, I'm only interested in tasting the contents, and if it's delicious, then I'll worry about trying to procure more. However, if an elusive bottle turns out to be rubbish, I have no more interest in "collecting" it than I do hoarding mucus samples. If I have to drive way out of my way or pay a ridiculous amount of money, I'm probably going to pass as well.

Take that last bit with a grain of salt, as I made an hour round trip drive and paid over $100 to buy an elusive 27yo bourbon just earlier this week.

wadewood
05-05-2012, 09:11
Okay, I admit it. Iím a collector. I donít drink bourbon or rye

OK, since no one has said it, I will. I think you are a little weird. It's your choice, but most of us here have a passion about whiskey and enjoy drinking it. There are tons of current things you could collect; I would think it would be more enjoyable to collect something you love.

T Comp
05-05-2012, 09:53
OK, since no one has said it, I will. I think you are a little weird. It's your choice, but most of us here have a passion about whiskey and enjoy drinking it. There are tons of current things you could collect; I would think it would be more enjoyable to collect something you love.

I stand corrected. On this there is a "most" of us!

hectic1
05-05-2012, 10:50
OK, since no one has said it, I will. I think you are a little weird. It's your choice, but most of us here have a passion about whiskey and enjoy drinking it. There are tons of current things you could collect; I would think it would be more enjoyable to collect something you love. God I love this guy...aren't you the same one who single handedly shut down bourbon sales on Ebay? I have to agree though...it is a little weird IMO!:skep:

onewman
05-05-2012, 10:55
I know many people that would agree with you that I am weird and I wonít deny it. However I do have an appreciation for all spirits and I drink at least my fair share of them. I find that I move from one spirit the next even though it may take a year or so to make the switch. Iím currently on vodka and have gone through scotch and rums. Iím sure Iíll get to the bourbons and ryes down the road. I participate here because I enjoy reading about the other memberís experiences and opinions with bourbon and rye Ė vicarious thrills if you will. I enjoy reading about the history of the distilleries and the past, present and future offerings. Iíve read enough to make me believe that these are the glory days for bourbons and ryes and Iím late to the party. Age statements are disappearing, limited production bottles fly of the shelf, older releases are disappearing, and the prices are increasing. If I want to taste any of these older aged whiskies, then I need to get them while the getting is good - I have no desire to pay $150 for a PVW 15 year old (if I can find it) when I can buy one now for $65. Maybe I should have said I have a whiskey bank that Iím saving for a rainy day.

Josh
05-05-2012, 11:01
OK, since no one has said it, I will. I think you are a little weird. It's your choice, but most of us here have a passion about whiskey and enjoy drinking it. There are tons of current things you could collect; I would think it would be more enjoyable to collect something you love.

Nothing weird about that. I collect IUDs. Sure, they have no practical use for me, but I find them facinating. And if any guest needs to use one, my cabinet is always open.

Halifax
05-05-2012, 11:01
I might be wrong, but I think this is a fair collection (not great but fair) whether I drink it or not:

1792 Ridgemont Reserve, 46.85%
Angelís Envy, 43.3%
Bakerís 7 year old, 53.5%
Basil Haydenís 8 year old, 40%
Blantonís, 46.5%
Bookerís, 63.45%
Buffalo Trace, 45%
Bulleit, 45%
Eagle Rare 10 year old, 45%
Elijah Craig 12 year old, 47%
Elijah Craig 18 year old, 45%
Elmer T. Lee, 45%
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage, 43.3%
Ezra B Single Barrel 12 year old, 49.5%
Four Roses Single Barrel, 50%
Knob Creek, 50%
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, 60%
Makerís Mark, 45%
Makerís 46, 47%
Michterís Signle Barrel 10 Year Old, 47.2%
Old Charter 10 year old, 43%
Old Charter Proprietorís Reserve, 45%
Old Grand Dad 114 Barrel Proof, 57%
Old Grand Dad 100 Proof Bottled in Bond, 50%
Rock Hill Farms,50%
Rowanís Creek, 50.05%
Russellís Reserve, 10 year old, 45%
Sam Houston, 42.8%
W. L. Weller 12 year old, 45%
Wild Turkey, 50.5%
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, 50.5%
Woodford Reserve Distillerís Select, 45.2%
Jeffersonís 10 year old, 47%
Michterís Signle Barrel 10 year old, 46.4%
Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof Bottled in Bond, 50%
Redemption, 46%
Russellís Reserve 6 years old, 45%
Sazerac, 45%
WhistlePig, 50%
Wild Turkey, 50.5%
Willet 4 year old, 55%
Willet 5 year old, 55%
Stranahans, 47%
Jack Danielís Gentelman Jack, 40%
Jack Danielís Single Barrel, 47%
George Dickel Barrel Select, 43%
Bernheim, 45%

You have some nice bottles in your collection. That said... Why do you collect the one's mentioned above? If you were a drinker of bourbon, then I could see having them in your collection. It seems odd that you would "collect" bourbons that are easily available at any liquor store. Now drinking them is entirely different, and I have many of the same in my DRINKING collection. Cheers... :grin:

T Comp
05-05-2012, 11:14
Nothing weird about that. I collect IUDs. Sure, they have no practical use for me, but I find them facinating. And if any guest needs to use one, my cabinet is always open.

16 characters needed before :slappin:

jcg9779
05-05-2012, 11:20
You have some nice bottles in your collection. That said... Why do you collect the one's mentioned above? If you were a drinker of bourbon, then I could see having them in your collection. It seems odd that you would "collect" bourbons that are easily available at any liquor store. Now drinking them is entirely different, and I have many of the same in my DRINKING collection. Cheers... :grin:

I was thinking the exact same thing, Rod.

LostBottle
05-05-2012, 11:36
I am not sure why people are giving onewman a hard time. Although they are collecting bourbon/rye and not drinking it at the moment, they do enjoy other spirits and will make their way to the brown liquor sooner or later. Sure, there are plenty of other things they could collect, but they have simply chosen not to. The person is reading and engaged in these forums which shows there is a genuine interest of some sort there, whether it be the history or the taste. I would tell onewman that if this is what you like collecting, enjoy doing it and do it without regard to what anyone here thinks.

wadewood
05-05-2012, 12:23
I am not sure why people are giving onewman a hard time. .... do it without regard to what anyone here thinks.

Well, this is a public discussion forum and he started the thread. The general idea is for us to comment. I called him weird; I knew many that would accept that as a compliment. He commented back and did not some offended.

Old Lamplighter
05-05-2012, 12:34
My palate enjoys collecting better than my wife or wallet...have to maintain self-control...but, there are times. Not long ago, my wife said "you're not buying that 'stuff' again are you?". My reply: "Oh no"...which was true at the time and day...lol.

Bmac
05-05-2012, 12:39
How does that OGD from the future taste? :lol:
It's pretty bad. They use synthetic corn that is silicon based instead of carbon based. The alcohol is also synthesized using the bones of the undead. The yeast is cultivated from the saliva of newborn whales which apparently prompted a whole new level of underwater oceanic extinction.

The guy from the future who traded it to me said that it would take me higher than I had ever been before. When I asked how he got here, he said "nothing dead can go" when he went through the time displacement equipment. This led me to wonder....where was he keeping the bottle? O_O I had to trade my GTS 2011, WLW 2011 and a bottle of VB 17 for it. I got ripped off :(

onewman
05-05-2012, 12:41
You have some nice bottles in your collection. That said... Why do you collect the one's mentioned above? If you were a drinker of bourbon, then I could see having them in your collection. It seems odd that you would "collect" bourbons that are easily available at any liquor store. Now drinking them is entirely different, and I have many of the same in my DRINKING collection. Cheers... :grin:

There are actually three answers this question so here goes. First, from my experiences with scotch, I do not believe that the whiskey that they make today is the same whisky that they make tomorrow. So I buy these rather commonly found bottles today based largely on the recommendations of this board knowing that it is good juice at this moment in time. Secondly, also from my experiences with scotch, I know that in order to appreciate the entire spectrum of whiskey, that you need the common whiskies in the mix. You need that context to get the most out of your whiskey. And finally, please don't confuse collecting with snobbery. More expensive does not always translate into better so getting what rounds out the collection is more important to me than have only expensive bottles in a collection.

Gillman
05-05-2012, 13:17
I like opening bottles as I buy them. I finish them and buy more. I am not sure they really benefit from sitting around, but that's not the main reason. I just prefer to taste them as I go and build up a taste memory. It's partly a function of age, I've bought or tasted almost all the bottles mentioned in the long lists posted in this thread. I don't need to have them in a bunker, I remember what they were like when I tried them.

They're in a neural bunker, so to speak.

This is not to say I don't appreciate when people contribute irreplaceable bottles to our gatherings for joint delectation. Of course I do. They deserve our utmost thanks. But bunkering is just not for me, I don't think I collect anything, maybe books and CDs and even those are dimming in importance given inroads of the digital age.

Gary

Ejmharris
05-05-2012, 13:54
OK, since no one has said it, I will. I think you are a little weird. It's your choice, but most of us here have a passion about whiskey and enjoy drinking it. There are tons of current things you could collect; I would think it would be more enjoyable to collect something you love.

I tend to stay out of the topics that tend to trend negative, but I have to agree with Wade. Not sure I would call you weird as we all have "our things" but it does seem strange that opening them is not in your Near future. Don't get me wrong, I have stuff put away but I do plan on enjoying all of them. You mentioned you do plan to open them at some point, why not now? At least some of them. You do have some nice selections to start with. I don't really understand it, but that is me.

onewman
05-05-2012, 15:42
I don't see this thread as trending negative. I know that my predilection of not opening bottles is anathema to some and I was looking for their input as well as the input of those that share my views - good, bad or whatever. As for not opening them now, I'm just not ready. I'll get to them when I get to them. No hurry. I appreciate everyone's input and take no offense to anything said.

Max Power
05-05-2012, 18:39
I don't see this thread as trending negative. I know that my predilection of not opening bottles is anathema to some and I was looking for their input as well as the input of those that share my views - good, bad or whatever. As for not opening them now, I'm just not ready. I'll get to them when I get to them. No hurry. I appreciate everyone's input and take no offense to anything said.

People with a varied and nice spirit collection are often the most fun to hang with. Crack a couple open and enjoy with a friend. That's what I do with my silly collection.

redbear
05-05-2012, 19:18
It's pretty bad. They use synthetic corn that is silicon based instead of carbon based. The alcohol is also synthesized using the bones of the undead. The yeast is cultivated from the saliva of newborn whales which apparently prompted a whole new level of underwater oceanic extinction.


Probably pairs well with Soylent Green.

Josh
05-05-2012, 20:23
I like opening bottles as I buy them. I finish them and buy more. I am not sure they really benefit from sitting around, but that's not the main reason. I just prefer to taste them as I go and build up a taste memory. It's partly a function of age, I've bought or tasted almost all the bottles mentioned in the long lists posted in this thread. I don't need to have them in a bunker, I remember what they were like when I tried them.

They're in a neural bunker, so to speak.

This is not to say I don't appreciate when people contribute irreplaceable bottles to our gatherings for joint delectation. Of course I do. They deserve our utmost thanks. But bunkering is just not for me, I don't think I collect anything, maybe books and CDs and even those are dimming in importance given inroads of the digital age.

Gary

Well said, Gary. And ditto.

ILLfarmboy
05-05-2012, 23:23
Sounds like an episode of hoarders. Especially the part about buying commonly available bottles that don't get drank er... drunk

onewman
05-06-2012, 13:47
Collecting, hoarding, call it what you will. I look forward tot he day that I can't walk through my house for all of the full bottles about. That said, I can't understand how anyone is hung up on the collection of currently common bottles. How many of us wish that we had purchased many of the common bottles of SW back in the 80's or 90's. How many of us are beating the streets right now for the Wild Turkey 101 Rye that was common just 2 months ago. Again, I buy what I believe is good now to ensure availability in the future. As a side note, I live in Florida and many of the bourbons or ryes that may be common to you are not common to me.

Bourbon Boiler
05-06-2012, 15:02
The only bourbon I truely collect are the Buffalo Trace Experimentals. I've bought a second bottle of some releases that I actually wanted to try. That said, I accumulate many whiskies.

Lazer
05-06-2012, 17:25
Nothing weird about that. I collect IUDs. Sure, they have no practical use for me, but I find them facinating. And if any guest needs to use one, my cabinet is always open.

screw tops, or corks only?

Lazer
05-06-2012, 17:27
Secondly, also from my experiences with scotch, I know that in order to appreciate the entire spectrum of whiskey, that you need the common whiskies in the mix.

you guys don't appreciate how weird scotch drinkers are. Maybe now you'll get it.

StraightNoChaser
05-13-2012, 11:48
OK, since no one has said it, I will. I think you are a little weird. It's your choice, but most of us here have a passion about whiskey and enjoy drinking it. There are tons of current things you could collect; I would think it would be more enjoyable to collect something you love.
+1

I can't imagine having all this lovely bourbon and NOT being compelled to drink it. Why collect consumables you have no intention of consuming? Why not collect Furby's or stamps?

Max Power
05-13-2012, 13:38
+1

I can't imagine having all this lovely bourbon and NOT being compelled to drink it. Why collect consumables you have no intention of consuming? Why not collect Furby's or stamps?

Isn't it just assumed that everyone collects Furbys?

onewman
05-13-2012, 16:43
Just because I am not compelled to drink it now, don't think that it will not be drunk. Patience is a virtue and all good things come to those that wait. And Max....don't be hatin'.

ChicagoFlyer
11-03-2012, 18:42
As a collector I try to keep the ones I really enjoy but try as many different gems as I can find. As such, I love strange and timely finds. I wandered into a small and random liquor store north of Chicago and found 4 bottles of Evan Williams Single Barrel 1990 vintage. I bought one out of pure nostalgia and found it to be quite enjoyable. Now the question is, do I go back to the store and buy the remaining 3? More than happy to share the wealth as well if anyone is interested in the location.

TradingBoiler
11-03-2012, 20:21
As a collector I try to keep the ones I really enjoy but try as many different gems as I can find. As such, I love strange and timely finds. I wandered into a small and random liquor store north of Chicago and found 4 bottles of Evan Williams Single Barrel 1990 vintage. I bought one out of pure nostalgia and found it to be quite enjoyable. Now the question is, do I go back to the store and buy the remaining 3? More than happy to share the wealth as well if anyone is interested in the location.

PM me. I'd love to try this. Thanks and great first post

chefnash51
11-18-2012, 15:40
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Display of my collection, and proud of it :)

Phil T
11-18-2012, 15:55
Display of my collection, and proud of it :)

Get the f#$k out of here!! That top shelf is just sick

chefnash51
11-18-2012, 17:20
Get the f#$k out of here!! That top shelf is just sick

Thanks! It's actually set up in my soon to open bourbon bar and wood fired pizza restaurant. We wanted to see the shelves full, so I thought it was a good excuse to haul my collection over.

MyOldKyDram
11-18-2012, 17:29
Awesome. Congrats on the bar, the restaurant, and the collection!

Tucker
11-18-2012, 17:52
Thanks! It's actually set up in my soon to open bourbon bar and wood fired pizza restaurant. We wanted to see the shelves full, so I thought it was a good excuse to haul my collection over.

Nice! Good luck with your restaurant.