An almost philosophical question was the topic of the latest poll:
“Imagine you find a miniature bottle of a long lost distillery or brand on the flea market. A whisky lover’s dream becomes true. You had given up any hope to ever be able to try it. But here you have it in your hands. It may be the last bottle in existence. What would you do?”
After roughly three weeks, 112 readers have answered the question, and the result turned out to be very interesting:
- Open the bottle and drink it – 62 votes (55%)
- Keep it – 24 votes (21%)
- Sell it – 14 votes (13%)
- I don’t know – 12 votes (11%)
More than half of the people would open the bottle and drink the whisky, even if it might be the last remaing bottle of a long gone distillery. I somehow expected this to be the top answer but I was honestly suprised by the margin it won by.
If you are wondering how I answered this question: I would keep the bottle by all means.
Two comments the poll received I found quite stunning:
“If you are not collecting mini bottles there is no sense in keeping such a fleeting sample.”
“We’re talking miniature here and I’d be surprised if it hadn’t all evaporated, but my choice is drink it. Now had it been a 70cl bottle, I’d probably have voted differently.”
Come on, you may be in possession of the last drops of Glen Whatchummacallit on the entire planet, and there would be be no sense in keeping it? And why would the last 70cl bottle be worth keeping but not the last miniature?
Call me sentimental, but I am always sad when old distillery buildings are torn down like not too long ago at Caperdonich – witnesses of whisky history demolished forever. How could I be happy then to destroy the last liquid witness in exchange for an hour of dramming delight? Can there be a greater whisky treasure than such a bottle? I would keep and cherish this bottle, no matter how much my palate yearned to taste the content.
Usually I am all in favour of the ‘open and drink’ attitude, even with rare and expensive whisky. But for me, this situation is the one and only exception where I love whisky just too much to drink it.