Sunday, January 16, 2011

The affection for alcohol...

Affection for alcohol doesn't necessary make someone an alcoholic. Although I do not deny that there were in fact many others who indulge in binge drinking but I am certainly not one of them. Recently I've even started drinking mineral water at clubs and this further prove that I am no alcoholic. But I do admit that I love trying wines, liquor and spirits.

This also means that I have quite a good collection of alcohol at home...

All the miniatures bought from traveling

Initially, dad was the one started collecting whisky and cognac. He has some bottles of Hennessy VSOP, Hennessey XO, Martell Cordon Blue, Camus XO, Otard and Chivas Regal. All these bottles are actually kept in my bedroom for more than a decade.

The elderly will always say that the longer the liquor is kept, the better it is and hence the smoothness you get from drinking a 30yo whisky. Actually the truth is, no matter how long you keep your bottles, the quality of whisky would not get better once they are out of the casks. The alcohol will be evaporated and thus you get the mellow and smooth liquid on your palate. Therefore, don't keep your bottle too long or else the air would be consuming the alcohol instead of you!

Now my sister (Yiling) and I are starting our own collection. We move away from buying Chivas and Hennessy but instead concentrate on single malt whisky and also those which are quite unique to us.

Dad's Chivas & Otard, Yiling's Chivas Revolve and my Dom Perignon Vintage 1999 and Santis Malt from Switzerland.


12 yo whisky - Aberfeldy, Glenkinche and Old Parr


15yo SM whisky - Glenlivet & Matisse

26yo Magdalene I got from my 26th Birthday, 30yo Admore & 32yo Glenrothes all from Single Malt Cask private bottling.


And the other single malts I have....

Besides all these whisky, my sis is also an avid fan of Absolut Vodka. I think she bought almost all the variants of Absolut just because she likes the bottles. Sigh... So far we managed to finish one bottle of the original vodka and a bottle of Mango.


She collects Absolut and I collect the premium vodkas.

We are really not alcoholics.. We just happened to be unable to control the purchase of these bottles. Nothing wrong with that right?


I've been reading these books lately...


What you see here is actually half of the alcohol we have at home. This is not included my dad's collection, my wines & champagnes in the fridge and also some beers like Hoegaarden, Paulaner and Erdinger. Our collection is nothing great or rare but these are really strict for drinking. I certainly can't afford to collect anything above a RM1k a bottle so anything you see here is definitely for drinking.

And since I have been such a show off, it's only fair that I allow my friends to try these bottles during the CNY house visits. But then again, I won't be around for CNY so I guess all these bottles would still remain as it is. hahah...










17 comments:

Jeremy C said...

Wow, very nice collection you have there! Too bad I won't be in KL for CNY, else can have a drink with you :)

Yeah, I love SM whiskey as well. Smoother on my already dilapidated throat and taste buds!

Sean said...

I don't dare to keep alcohol stocked at home... Cos I wouldn't have to discipline and willpower to stop drinking it all up! :D nice collection though!

Anonymous said...

'Actually the truth is, no matter how long you keep your bottles, the quality of whisky would not get better once they are out of the casks. The alcohol will be evaporated and thus you get the mellow and smooth liquid on your palate. Therefore, don't keep your bottle too long or else the air would be consuming the alcohol instead of you!'

Then why buy if you don't intend to drink?

Hope your future inlaws read this article.

CUMI & CIKI said...

you alkie you! LOL

thule a.k.a leo said...

my dad's collection is also extensive! but he doesn't really drink alcohol... lol!

suituapui said...

Wow!!! Your liquid assets!!! I used to buy all the time when I went abroad...but not anymore. After all, we do not drink...and there's no more space in the pantry plus not safe to display in cabinets in the living room. Thieves/Robbers love them...a lot!!!

eiling lim said...

Jeremy C: Haha... well, I also won't be in KL for CNY. yeah SM is really nice to drink but there are some blended whisky worth trying too.

Sean: Haha.. thanks. they are meant for drinking anyhow so it doesn't matter about the will power.

Anon: I already say that these bottles are for drinking. I didn't say it's for keeping.

C&C: haha.. it's called alco-connoisseur.

Thule: well, you can always pass them to me! hhaha

STP: Yeah liquid assets... very worth investing. Maybe can keep them under your bed? hehe

UnkaLeong said...

That's an eclectic collection of alcohol you have there ;)

YilingL said...

In Bali, there have so much Absolut (original) bottles that they're used as petrol bottles instead. So many limited editions that I don't have!

Now I will buy Choya! Haha.

eiling lim said...

unkaleong: nah that is just a small collection. Am sure many people have better collection.

Yiling: since i'll be goinag to Bali, i'll go and have a look.

KY said...

could easily be spelled "addiction" no? :P

KY said...

could easily be spelled "addiction" no? :P

Anonymous said...

Did you meet that stewardess in the news during your Amsterdam-KL flight?

eiling lim said...

KY: No it's not an addiction! hmmph

Anon: I did not take any Amsterdam-KL flight.

Cruel Angel said...

a good way to release tension but not too much! not good for health & sense!

eyeris said...

I'm addicted to collecting the bottles as well. Haha. I've only just gotten into SM whisky, so I don't have many yet, and I certainly won't be able to afford 30-YO SMs (nor do I have friends who buy them for me as presents haha)!

You definitely have a much bigger collection of single malts. I have a lot of weirder stuff though. I dare say my vodka collection is better than yours. haha.

We should compare lists some time! :D

eiling lim said...

cruel angel: I don't drink to relieve stress actually. I drink when I feel good.

Eyeris: Haha, we must exchange tastings! You provide the vodka and i provide the whisky! I know your vodka collection is impressive. don't play play oh.

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