August 26, 2011 § 10 Comments
Right now there is a pending threat of evacuating downtown Manhattan because of hurricane Irene … yet while everyone else is taking stock of their batteries, bottled water and non-perishable food supplies, I find myself taking stock of a different kind: my current whisky collection (& how could I possible bear to leave it if it comes to that!?).
This brings up a topic that has always amused me, even before I became a whisky drinker (WD): How many bottles of open whisky does any one WD have in their collection at any given time? I believe whisky drinkers are unique in this way because it’s perfectly acceptable to have multiple bottles open at any one time. (Actually, serious rum/rhum/ron drinkers are this way too – but for the sake of this article, I’m sticking with whisky).
Just now, your’s truly has 18 750ml bottles opened and, just for bragging rights, 5 750ml bottles & about 25 200ml bottles unopened. Personally, I’m proud of these numbers because I fit them (and have them looking nice) in under 400 square feet of living space (oh how I love thee, West Village! pic below).
I am, however, well aware of the fact that I can’t compete with many of you out there! There are some serious collections worthy of acknowledgement!
My “tiny” collection can’t even play in the same game as a friend of mine in Tokyo (a place also known for small living spaces). He has so many bottles of whisky that he actually bought the apartment next door to his “living apartment” JUST FOR HIS WHISKEY COLLECTION! Can you say Rock Star or Serious Man Cave!?! Last we spoke about this, he had about 2,000 bottles in this Den of Liquid Love. Ha!
I’m curious to know if you or anyone you know has an impressive collection (whisky, rum or otherwise) and if there is a bottle that, should it come to an evacuation, you wouldn’t be leaving behind. Please share!
(To be totally honest, I don’t know if I can answer that last part myself!!!)