Whisky Investments

Writer: Ron Morrison


The Start of Whisky Investment


The Interest in whisky investment has grown exponentially in the last 5-10 years and while there may be some whiskies that have peaked (some Japanese for example) there remains plenty of opportunity for great returns while having fun along the way.

Whiskies from some Japanese distilleries have seen staggering returns, where a bottle of Karuizawa bought for a few hundred dollars just a couple of years ago will return thousands today.

Limited Editions


The opportunities lie in the limited Editions from top distilleries along with offerings still available from silent stills (closed distilleries). These include the famous but perhaps not the best bargain Port Ellen. Brora is another incredibly collectible silent still, but opportunities are abounding in less known whiskies such as St Magdalene, Hillside, Imperial, Littlemill and the sleepy but mighty Glen Mhor where the potential looms large.


Limited releases from the proven top ROI participants include Ardbeg, Springbank, Highland Park, Macallan, and Glendronach along with many others... but standard releases also can bring great returns overtime think Macallan 18 and Springbank 21.

Rare Whiskey from the 60s and 70s


Perhaps the most exciting investments come from gems that can still be found at great prices, whiskies from the 60s and 70s! These whiskies from a Golden age can be outstanding even the blends are noticeably superior (often more Malt) to their contemporary counterparts. The reason is varied, it was a time of less hurried production and there was direct firing of the stills. The types of barley like golden promise and other excellent long forgotten varieties where prevalent. Superior Sherry casks also contributed and onsite floor malting all added to a bygone area. So, go hunt for 60s and 70s like Bunnahabhain, Glendronach and Macallan don't forget blends like Haig buy some to invest and some to drink. Note; buy from a trusted merchant as there are fakes out there.

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