Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:59 pm Post subject: Buying whisky for investment
i'm new to the site although I've been drinking whisky socially only for quite some years. I normally buy from small shops and supermarkets, however on a recent visit to the whiskey shop in Nottingham I was astounded by the price of some of the special/collectors bottles and having spoken to the staff there they told me that whiskey is a wonderful investment.
My question is, are the bottles of Malt that I can find in supermarkets worth buying as investment or should I be looking for something a bit better
Several years ago, my father picked up a bottle of Loch Dhu 10 from a local supermarket for around £10 (he never bought it with the intention of drinking it, it was more for the fact that it was unusual). Fast forward around 20 years, and it's now selling for around £200. Markets change, some distilleries become silent, new distilleries start up...
So, just because a whisky is being sold at regular supermarket prices, it's not to say that it might not increase in value. Besides, isn't it better to take a gamble on something costing (say for example) £30 as opposed to £300?
At one point I bought aberlour a’bunah for £35 and sold it for £45 a few months later, I was rich I tell ye. Seriously though, buy bottles that you like, there’s no guarantee that any one bottle is going to make money over the other unless it’s a yamazaki sherry cask from 2013 at retail.
Saying that, a girl’s father in my local bought a Macallan 18 every Christmas for the princely sum of £20, but never touched them, he did this for ten years. They recently sold his collection £10k and split it between the three daughters.
Seems to me that the days of supermarkets doing a special bottling of something appealing to collectors are almost dead, I'd argue that Aldi's Xmas special Glen Marnoch is the only supermarket whisky left that could end up fetching the kinda price 45yrs from now that Tesco Campbeltown is now fetching. These days your supermarket whiskies are either NAS or a 12yr Highland/Speyside at best.
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