I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of like minded whisk(e)y enthusiasts this past week while on business in Dallas. We had a good time enjoying multiple pours in the Gaylord Texan Cigar Lounge (we kind of snuck stuff into the lounge).
I've mentioned before that my whiskey journey started with Bourbon and after many years began branching out to other whiskies. In talking with one of the guys, Tim, he started with Scotch and migrated toward Bourbon.
While I still buy quite a bit of Bourbon, those dollars are for the most part focused on barrel picks. The other portion of my disposable income now goes to other whiskies like Scotch, Irish, etc. I can see this starting the slip down that slippery slope since there's not many other whisk(e)y expressions that I don't like in some fashion, obviously, some better than others.
Tim was gracious enough to pick up a new Scotch expression for me from Specs Liquor in Dallas that was a selection in a recent Scotch tasting he attended. The Duncan Taylor 19 year Caperdonich ended up being one of the tops picks and Tim highly recommended it. So, being very game and trusting Tim's palate, he grabbed two bottles, one for me and another for a friend.
That got me thinking about how my purchasing has changed over just the last year. Looking at the bunker I've added a number of various Scotch expressions in just the last 10 months that include:
Compass Box Spice Tree
Signatory Royal Lochnagar 17
Springbank Claret 12
Springbank Madeira 14
Prior to that I added:
Redbreast 12 cask
Aberlour a'bunadh batch 22
Slieve Foy 8
The Glenlivet Nadurra 16
I see over time my purchasing becoming more balanced in the acquisition of Whiskey and Whisky. I feel I missed out on years of great drinking by ignoring Scotch, Irish, Japanese and the like. Better late than never I guess. By the way, the recent release of Balvenie 17 year Doublewood is giving me palpitations.
Question: Anyone else find more diversity in their whisk(e)y purchases? If so, what?