Why? Let’s put it this way. This weekend, I will collect a sample of Glendronach 39 year old. Firstly, not a bottle I would normally select, nor is it something I could afford to drink (c£350) – however, get some like-minded people together (say 28 would allow you a single measure each from a full bottle) – and before you know it, you’re crossing off your ‘wish-list’ drams before you know it.
Financially, this is about £100 over the year (in the club i use) but there are other ways; samples which come by post, samples which are introductory to say Islay or Speyside or Bourbon – the list goes on.
The downside is that you only get the one taste – but at least you know. At least you can say you’ve tried a 30 yo whatever, or limited release of XYZ.
SO go on, take the plunge, speak to friends, make new ones. More importantly, try some of the good stuff.