Whiskey collectors often judge other collectors by their whiskey collections. They seem to be impressed when you own a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old or Old Forester Birthday Bourbon or some other “unicorn” bottle. That does not impress me at all. All that tells me is that 1) the person has a lot of connections with a liquor store and a lot of money, or 2) they have a lot of time to chase down these bottles and they have a lot of money, or 3) they have bought bottles on the black market and spent a whole lot of money. It does not tell me about their taste in Bourbon. After all, they will probably never open that expensive bottle since it is a trophy and not a real bottle to drink.
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