White Lightning wrote:I’ve been paying attention to my own trends with regards to spending and my own willingness vs. reluctance. Mainly I notice I want to try as many bourbons in particular as reasonably possible but upon trying a particular item, if I find that it tastes similar to or not that much better than... [X] but costs significantly more I tend to not be very keen on replacing or maintaining a lasting relationship with the said item.
I think I notice the same strategy, philosophy or however you would characterize it, present in other persons who might be enthusiasts or simply put, seriously enjoy American whiskies. Is it just me or does it not seem that the economics and the evaluation of value itself come heavier into play with the American whiskey enthusiast more so than other spirits?
I completely agree with the first quoted paragraph, but I'm not sure it is more of a factor with American whiskey than with other spirits. I think it depends on where one is on the exploration trail. In the beginning, it is natural to want to try everything, at least once. Then, as you learn what you really like/dislike, and as your taste matures, both in experience and expectations, you start balancing purchases between new whiskeys and ones you already know you like. New whiskeys are exciting, but risky: maybe you will hit it rich and find the whiskey that is everything you could possibly want in a glass, but, more likely, it will simply be another good/great/excellent drink, nothing wrong with it, but not really all that different from the rest you have tried. Then why bother paying high prices if a whiskey you like just as well is available for a song, e.g., BT for $12.99! Maybe there is a later stage, where someone has tried almost every available whiskey and they hunker down and just go with their top choices, but I don't think I've encountered anyone here or elsewhere who has gotten to that place, and I'm real sure I haven't: my "buy ASAP" list still has plenty of whiskeys on it. That said, I have some bourbons and ryes that I will always have on hand and open, just because they can't be beaten by much, no matter what appears on the scene down the line. These include Pappy 15 (or ORVW 15, 107 proof), Elijah Craig 18, Elijah Craig 12, Stagg (whatever is obtainable), Hirsch 16 (until it's gone), Eagle Rare 17 (whenever I can get it: it really is rare), Sazerac 18 (any year), VWFRR 13 YO (any release) and Old Overholt ($12.49/liter, and it has a distinct cherry note to me). If I could get BT for $12.99, it would be on hand all the time too. Ed V.