Originally Posted by Mike Ballash
I'm a total rookie when it comes to scotch although I have a close friend who smokes cigars with me that knows quite a bit. What is the story behind you having such an expensive bottle? Do you normally have such pricey stuff in your inventory? Hope you don't think I am snooping. I think I had a Bowmore once, cheaper Bowmore, of course, I remember it being SUPER smokey, at least that's how I would describe it. Does that seem to be an accurate description? I found it rather hard to get used to and I don't think I asked for a second shot. Myself, I like rye whisky better, and of course it is much cheaper than the premium scotch brands I would think.
Fair question. I didn't pay the current price for the BLACK BOWMORE
but was able to pick it up for a few hundred $'s when it was first released. At the time, BOWMORE released three versions of the 1964 BLACK BOWMORE
with the first release bottled in 1993 ( 29-Year-Old ), followed by 1994 and 1995 bottlings which were 30 & 31 Years Old, respectively. Some people have a gift of looking through a crystal ball and predicting the future. Whoever that person was, predicted correctly that the BLACK BOWMORE
bottlings would be worth a lot of money. When I opened mine, it was selling for $4000.00 per bottle. I vowed from the beginning that I would always be willing to open and experience any bottle I purchased, and that has held true to this day. A person cannot gain knowledge nor an appreciation if they don't experience their interest to the fullest. I have been fortunate to visit Scotland on many, many occasions and therefore was able to purchase a lot of rare bottlings at reasonable prices as I pursued my interest relentlessly. And I might add, I have a VERY COOL WIFE. That made a difference. I currently have ~700 open bottles in a library that have been transferred to prescription sterile flint bottles. This did not happen overnight, but has taken about 20 years to get to this point. I haven't always transferred into flint bottles. There are so many that I wish I had saved to taste again down the road. But, so be it.
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