Remember that bottle of hooch you bought five or ten years ago then promptly forgot about it? Well, it just might bankroll your next adventure or at least pay for the three new bottles of whisky you have been drooling over for months. Really.
The prices of bourbon, rye, single malt Scotch and many other fine whiskies are now fetching whopping prices. We have all heard of the big ticket auctions and scoffed at the ridiculous prices some of these bottles are bringing in. I recently discovered a bottle of rye in the back of my closet and wondered if it was worth any more than the original price under $100. Low and behold it sold for almost $1000. Now the real conundrum begins. Sell, Swap, Save or Sip?
What’s a girl to do? I mentioned said bottle to a friend over a glass the other night and he immediately offered to buy it. Wait – this is one of my children, albeit a forgotten child, but still one of my own. Well, if my buddy buys it then I know it will be going to a good home, climate control and all. Does justification help make selling easier? No. To make it more complicated, my buddy and I discussed a few other nefarious children within our households. The going prices are obscene, we don’t particularly like that whisky is money and money is everything mentality. But in the background could be heard ca-ching, ca-ching.
Conundrum!! Love. Greed., selfishness. One-upmanship. Can I actually drink all these bottles? Am I saving them for the kids – will they simply drown their sorrows at my funeral with my whisky and have no appreciation for their worth, let alone their fine, nose, palate, and finish? Horrifying visual – my whisky wasted, not my closed casket.
I am trying to do my small part for mankind by having whisky tastings for charity fundraising, by sharing special drams during evenings with friends. Still there is the small but significant stash that is getting louder and chanting: sell, swap, save or sip. I’ve tried pushing them back farther in the closet but they have creeped into my psyche.
Let’s break down the logic of each possibility:
- Sell: Take the money and run…..right back to the list of whiskies wanted. Ugh!
- Swap: If the bottle is worth $$$, then swapping for another $$$ puts me back in the same quandary.
- Save: Dah! I will have to revisit this same scenario over and over again.
- Sip: Can’t have too many bottles opened at once, the angels will grab an extra share and something worthy will get lost in the shuffle. One bottle of late lost its joie-de-vivre from being overlooked for perhaps two years. There was only a couple of drams remaining and two of us selflessly sacrificed our palates and finished the bottle. I couldn’t bear the pain of pouring it down the drain.
See – no easy solution. Sell and take the money for a vacation you say. Hmmm. Swap for several lesser but still desirable bottles. I have too many lesser desirable bottles already. Sell and Swap have a humongous shadow of doom and regret hanging over them. Save. Dah! Sip: I do need to be sober at some point, yes I do.
I ask: What are you going to do with your $$$ bottles??
I raise a glass to fellow whisky drinkers and small collection enthusiasts. Maybe I should start raising two glasses…..