That 50-year old bottle of scotch

32 thoughts on “That 50-year old bottle of scotch”

  1. I guess I find it hard to believe that Costco carries something like that?? Nice analogy though! (For $20 K it should come with someone to follow you around for a few months to pour it…) I am pretty much failing early retirement right now, but I have a plan to deal with it (post coming tomorrow…) I need to get on the path to “maturation” before I age too much πŸ˜‰

    1. Yeah, I was awfully surprised that Costco had such an expensive bottle there, too. But hey, this is Arizona. Anything goes…it’s like the wild west!

  2. Scotch + Retirement = my kind of post!

    We are currently working to develop habits and a lifestyle that is adventurous, fulfilling and productive both now and in retirement. Our retirement may be a ways off, so we are trying to live bits of it every day in order to enjoy the path to FI πŸ™‚

  3. I completely disagree. Well, I don’t know enough about scotch so maybe this is wrong, but anyway…
    Retirement gets better to a certain point. Once your health decline, then it’d get worse quickly. Time doesn’t treat human as well as scotch. That’s why we need to enjoy life while we’re still healthy.

    1. Ah! So maybe once our health starts to decline, it’s like opening up that bottle and forgetting that you opened it, leaving it to lose its richness over time. There we go! πŸ˜‰

  4. Well, well. FIRE and malt whiskies. These are a few of my favorite things.

    But not at those “Costlyco” prices.. Drink that bad boy in one sitting and you would probably forget you spent $20K on it!!

    A good single malt, should be opened regularly and enjoyed. We have a small collection (~35) of various Speyside, Islay, lowland malts. None priced more than $70. It is one of the things we enjoy splurging on. And drinking, of course.

    Mrs. PIE bought me a 15-year old Highland Park (FIRE edition) as a special 50th birthday present – which we plan to crack open… FIRE, next July.

    1. I soooo want to drop by your house…you know, just to catch up a bit. Perhaps over a drink. πŸ˜‰ And wow, that Fire Edition 15 year old bottle looks dreadfully beautiful!

    2. The 15 y/o Highland Park is very good. My wife, in an attempt to understand my scotch drinking comments, bought me a 3 bottle set that included the 12, 15 and 18 y/o Highland Park for Christmas. We had a taste test and even the most “inexperienced” of the tasters could clearly taste the difference that aging infuses. I can only imagine what a 50 year old would taste like.

  5. Cool post Steve. Over time, I’m always trying to refine and improve also. You just have to have a plan and be patient. Things will work out. …And glad to see you are still writing posts after you have become a big star on CNBC, Yahoo, etc πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve bought a lot of Charles Shaw wines from Trader Joe’s and Pacific Peak from Total wine. I also buy $80 and higher wines. Here is a huge difference. No, I do not own an $80,000 car. I drive a 14 year old Toyota and have stock in Toyota and the dividends pay for my maintenance. Good beverage is my indulgence. I think everyone should have some sort of indulgence to make the grind of saving worthwhile. I am at $2.5 million in my savings so yeah I will buy a $100 bottle. $20,000? No, unless my net worth is over $15 million.

    1. I’m right there with ya, Bill. I enjoy a good beverage as well, and I’m willing to pay between $60 and $80, usually, for a nicer bottle. But, that’s about as high as I’ll go. πŸ™‚

  7. I’m not a drinker, but I get the sentiment Steve!

    At a certain point, when life is no longer about collecting “things” and you have plenty of money, retirement is a lot about who you spend your time with.

    Not everybody gets better with age. Some people get old and cranky!

  8. I can’t even imagine a $20,000 bottle of Scotch. I saw a bottle on a Carnival cruise they were selling for $8,000 I think. (Here’s a list of the 50 most expensive Scotches – including a $50,000 50-year-old Balvenie

    The most expensive bottle I’ve got is Johnnie Walker Blue, which at around $200 or something was definitely my limit. I only drink it to commemorate special occasions, happy or sad. I’ve had it for around 7 years and still have at least two to three drinks left in the bottle.

  9. Hey! Love the blog and just been looking at the stunning pics! You guys are living the dream! I am a recent immigrant to this – may I be frank? – FUCKING AMAZING country! Got my green card just 2 weeks ago actually! Me and my friend dream of traveling around in an airstream (which might be kind of awkward as we’re both married, just not to each other so we might have to get two!). I would LOVE to see some pics of just the airstream and how it looks and how you live in it! Thanks! X

    1. Why thank you, Natalie! I’ll need to pull something together with more pictures of the Airstream. Most of my pictures look away from the Airstream, not towards it! πŸ™‚

  10. You had me at Scotch! I was also roaming the whisky isles just last weekend, and paused at the “locked” cabinet of Whiskies. Started wondering which one would be most appropriate when I reach FIRE. Definitely won’t get there buying a $20K bottle! Thanks for the fun post Steve!

  11. Hey I saw that $20K scotch at Costco last weekend as well and wondered if anyone has bought it there before. Would have like to see someone else buy it, that’s the closest I’d be to buy one.
    Nice analogy to retirement. The older the scotch gets, it matures and tastes smoother. Like retirement, although our health will deteriorate we are more mature and have a lot of wisdom.

  12. That just made me really thirsty, and it’s only 7:43AM. Thanks, Steve. πŸ˜‰

    I enjoy a finger of the good stuff from time to time, but stick with the 10 year Laphroaig. It’s like drinking a camp fire. Yummy. I bet the 50 year version would taste more like honey.

  13. I can definitely identify with this topic (although the being in northern England it’s just whisky to us!). Funnily, whenever I go to a distillery they always talk about how people come in the tours and say they only want the oldest stuff, how the younger whisky is swill. Then they do a blind taste test and they can never identify the older, theoretically “better” bottles!

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