It’s actually quite possible Jeff was looking up to a liquor store, because he works in one in New Jersey. “My boss is very good to me as far as letting me buy from him, tasting samples, and getting first crack at limited bottles, like the new Glenmorangie Tusail. I love working there, and enjoy talking about and selling Scotch.”
He’s been building his collection for years, ever since he bought his first townhouse in 1998, to be exact. What started back then as a small corner cabinet in his living room, containing wine, Johnnie Walker, a Vodka, a Rum, a Gin, and some after dinner cordials, has grown to a fully-filled floor-to-ceiling cabinet.
How did this happen?
It worked great for Jeff: his collection now includes more Scotch names than a beginner Flaviarista has heard of and there's even one shelf dedicated to Bourbons.
Sherry all the way!
Recently, Jeff’s found love for Glendronach, another sherry cask specialist. He also loves Glenmorangie and Glenlivet, Highland Park, Aberlour, and Scott’s Selection. “I had a 1964 Scott’s Selection bottled in 2009, making it 45 years old, one of the best I ever tasted."
Jeff’s not fond of the recent no-age-statement Whisky trend. “I like it when they put the age of the Whisky on the label, but they stopped doing that for many bottles.” He knows that even the best of Scotches taste better in a great company, so he likes to have friends over to drink the good stuff together. Although, as he figures “at this point, pretty much everything I own is top shelf.”
True. And here's a difficult one for you: What dram would you choose to have from Jeff's bar?