Buy Low or Buy High?
Still somewhat of a beginner having sampled about 30 whiskies so far. I'm wondering if I should put my financial resources into buying many of the readily available, cheaper and younger bottles, or should I put that money into buying fewer of the older, rarer and/or more expensive bottles. It is important to note that, at least right now, I never save back bottles. I try them as soon as I get them, can't help it - my mission is to experience scotch not trade or work in it. so none of them would be "investment whiskies" for me.
Until recently I had never spent more than $100 on a single bottle. To date the most expensive I have bought was Balvenie 21 Portwood, followed by Highland Park 18, Glenmorangie 18 Extremely Rare and then a 200ml bottle of JW Blue Label (expensive in terms of money per volume).
I haven't touched EVERY single base when it comes to entry 10 and 12 year bottlings, but I feel I have experienced quite a bit of this range and have a relatively good idea of the kind of whiskies I like. So I feel it is time to start moving on. I'd like to try 21+ year (namely 30 year) whisky, but I'm unsure if I should go straight to that point or start meddling more in the 15-25 range.
Side question: how and where do so many of these scotch reviewers get all these crazy, excessively old and rare scotches? How do people afford to try so many of these madly expensive bottles? Am I the only one whose local liquor stores aren't exactly teeming with rare, old distillery issues of scotch? Most stores in my area carry the Classic Malts collection if I'm lucky haha.