You cracked open your ORVW decanter, wheatfield? On a Wednesday? Good on you!
My grail bottle was the PVW20, and I've only ever seen one of them in the flesh, the one I bought. Found it in Phoenix, AZ, about 1,400 miles away from home, and no price gouging. I paid $84 + tax, about three years ago. As soon as I got home, I called my drinkin' buddy over to share it with me. We had a couple ounces apiece, then corked it up. Every time he came over we shared a dram. I made it last a good long time.
For me, the reality exceeded the expectation. It was truly fantastic, the best $90 I ever spent on myself. And the sharing of it was a big part of MY enjoyment of it. Don't set up too many rules, just enjoy your whiskey-- that's what it's all about.
We will be building our home later this year and after all the fights and stress,you bet your ass I will be opening something well deserved!
I'm not much of a hoarder and generally have a pretty low threshold for opening a special bottle up, but I just can't bring myself to open up the AH Hirsch just yet. I don't know when it will be, maybe, like wheatfield, it will be a Wednesday before going to the post office. But its not today, and probably not tomorrow.
I wouldn't say that I collect, but I buy faster than I drink, so I do seem to have a collection. I got to the point of having too many open bottles, so some time in the last year I put a moratorium on opening new bottles while I try to polish off some of the open ones. The only exception I've really made has been when I needed to open one because I wanted to write a blog post about it. Some of the more special ones I'm sitting on include:
EH Taylor Warehouse C Tornado Surviving
Van Winkle 12yr
Bruichladdich Legacy 33 yr
Glen Garioch Small Batch, distilled 1994 (last year before they switched to unpeated malt) bottled 2011
Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release (bought at the distillery)
2012 Springbank Whisky School graduation bottle
I don't usually open bottles for special occasions, but that last one I might crack open on May 4th - the one year anniversary of completing the Springbank Whisky School.
For me, bottles get opened when a visitor wants to try them. A Detroit member's words stick in my mind. When I asked him if a particular bottle was open, he responded "Do you want it to be?"
(Go Green, my brother.)