The whisky connoisseur is a breed apart. You know how to enjoy the peat and the oak of a well-aged dram. It takes a unique kind of character to appreciate a spirit that takes years to mature and admire the patience and love that the folks at a distillery possess to get you the malts and blends you’ve come to cherish over time. Whisky is a very special drink. You need to wait for a special occasion to enjoy it.
The Scots know it best
As a thumb rule, you can’t go wrong with it. Both Scots and Irish claim to have created whisky (whiskey), but nowadays Scotland produces more than 14 times as much as Ireland. In fact, the country has sales of over a 100 million cases. So pick a single malt or a blend from Scotland and you’ve ticked one box right.
There are however several countries from around the world that make good whisky, the most popular being the USA, Ireland and Japan, and you can find a few unique whiskies here too.
Old, rare and unique
Just being from a whisky-producing nation isn’t enough. For a smooth dram, the whisky has to have matured for tens of years before being bottled. Twelve and Eighteen-year old whiskies are too common to ever appreciate so stay away from them as an investment.
Whisky ages only in barrels, not once bottled, hence buying a young whisky and keeping it for generations won’t yield you great returns. Age of the whisky comes from the reputation and history of the distillery too, so research the distillery that produces the whisky.
By now you are on the right track to finding the right investment. The next step is finding a rare whisky. The rarer whiskies that command a high price are bottled with a number to them. These are limited edition products of a unique blend that are stored by the distillers for decades. Smaller the number of bottles of this particular whiskey, the greater the chances of it returning handsome returns in the future.
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Initial investment, returns, and how long you need to hold
Rare whiskies don’t come cheap. Even if you are spending S$6,000 for a bottle though, with time, the investment will give you good returns. As with any non-perishable commodity, ageing increases its value. The right whisky could give you returns of 7-8 percent in a year, and if it is one of the top 100 rare whiskies in the world, growth could average to as high as 19.05 percent (in 2017).
If you’ve kept it long enough after purchasing a well-aged bottle, you could make a fortune in an auction. There’s good opportunity to make money within few months to a year, but you’ll get higher returns if you hold the whisky as a long-term investment. There’s also the sentimental value among your peers if you dare to open up one of these bottles on a rare occasion.
We’ve got three special whiskies that hold great promise for an investment:
Port Ellen 32 year
Diageo revived the iconic Islay distillery of Port Ellen recently and has now released this lost 32 year old rare single malt. Only 2,964 individually numbered bottles have been released of this whisky that was filled in Oak butts and ‘forgotten’ in 1983 when the distillery stopped producing whisky. Aging a whisky for more than three decades has given it a sweet, intense and enigmatic flavour, one that would love to be opened when the time is right, or stocked for a tidy sum a few decades from now.
Cragganmore 43 year
This is the oldest Cragganmore ever released. It is very rare, has a distinctive flavour and is a release from a single cask, making those 474 bottles a collectable you would not want to pass on. The 1971 whisky was bottled in 2015 giving it the 43 years of maturity that promise to make more money than gold will in the future. Cragganmore distillery on the banks of the river Spey has a reputation of making the most complex single malts in the region.
Singleton of Glendullan
Singleton of Glendullan is popular no doubt among whisky connoisseurs, but this special release 38-year-old is one for keeps. The Speyside distillery was barrelled in 1975 and it stayed that way till 2014 when Diageo bottled 3,756 units of this rare hot and aromatic single malt.
Bottled at an impressive 59.8 percent alc/vol, the whisky has a citrus flavour leading to a spicy-grain as it finishes on the dry side. The Glendullan distillery is one of the oldest Scottish distillers and is now under Diageo ownership.
- They produce almost 4 million litres of whisky every year, making the name a popular one globally and adding to the credibility of this fantastic 38-year old malt.
- Price: $1,788
Article contributed by Paneco.com.sg