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Monthly Archives: May 2018

  • 7 Must Have Whiskeys in your Rare Collection

    Welcome connoisseurs-in-the making!! So, you have been tasting whiskeys as a drink. Eureka! You find out they are a very good investment and there are people out there who are just mad to possess one of those rare old bottles. The older the whiskey, the greater is its value. So, you have finally made up your mind to invest in bottles and are currently researching which ones are the best to have in the collection so that you get a better price tomorrow while selling it. You have come to the right place. In this article, let us look into which whiskeys are worth a place in your rare collection.

    Before getting into details, let us have a quick look at what all factors to look for while investing in the bottles. The first thing you need to look is the limited editions, which almost every major house releases. If you are a beginner, stick to the retail market. Then gradually, you can start tracking down those which are not available in the retail (try auctions). Later, you can start trading the rare ones you have and buying those which you don’t have, but have a good scope in future. Your contacts can be utilized here. Second, look at the price. You don’t have to get stripped out of money. You can start off with small investments that are affordable. Look for reliable companies that are well known among the collectors.

    So, here you go with 7 Must-Have Whiskies in Your Rare Collection.

    #1 Tamdhu 50-Year-Old Speyside Single Malt

    Speyside distilleries celebrate its 120th anniversary this year with the release of Tamdhu 50-Year-Old Single Malt. It is priced £16,000 (about $21,557.20 per bottle). Just 100 bottles of Tamdhu will be available globally. It was distilled on 2nd November 1963 and bottled at a cask strength of 55.6% abv. It was matured in a first fill European oak Sherry butt and is available in a decanter created by British craftspeople. Each decanted is enclosed in a solid stained oak canister with sterling silver with the image of the distillery location on Spey river.

    #2 Glendronach 15-Year-Old Revival

    The cheapest one on the list, priced at 118.47 per bottle. It is a perfect blend of sweetness and richness at an affordable rate. Its taste has the traces of cloves, cinnamon, prunes, dates, dark chocolates and tea. It has an amber color and finishes with just a faint dustiness.

    #3 Macallan 1950 56-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky

    Macallan Old Single Malt Whisky 1950 is from one of the most famous distilleries Macallan has bottled Gordon and MacPhail. It is priced at around £22,855 per bottle. It is bottled at 46.7% abv in 2002. It has a deep gold color with a clean desert apple aroma and an Orange flower honey taste. It finishes long gingery spiciness and light smokiness.

    #4 Yamazaki Single Malt 18-Year-Old

    This form is from Yamazaki, one of the well-known distilleries of Japan. It is presented at 48% abv priced around £750. The bottle label is handcrafted mulberry Echizen paper produced by a traditional Japanese method (drying on wood boards). The wood box used in the casing is made from the cask material used in the aging of Suntory whiskey. It has an Amber color with a rich and elegant fragrance of aloe wood and cinnamon, silky texture, condensed sweetness with side tastes of dry fruits, coconut and orange marmalade. Distinctive spiciness lingers with Japanese incense with some tartness.

    #5 Glenlivet 1948 62-Year-Old

    Yet another single malt whiskey from Glenlivet distilled in 1948, making it whopping 62 years old. It is bottled by Gordon&MacPhail at 43.4% abv. Priced at £3,350 per bottle, only 69 bottles are available worldwide. It has a bronze color and leaves a distinct ring on the glass. They have the exotic smell of fruits (orange, old leather, apricot jam), a hint of balsamic vinegar and a whiff of smoke. Mouth drying taste with the taste of oranges, old leather and dusty spices, which lingers on the tongue.

    #6 The Balvenie 30 Thirty Years Old

    Priced at $763.69, from the Balvenie, which is a rare and especially fine single malt. It is presented at 43.7% abv. It has a smooth silky fragrance with mellow oaky tones and hints of orange peel. It also has a great deep taste of dark chocolate with hints of plum, marzipan, and caramelized pear. It gives a great and smooth finishing with gentle spice and lingering sweetness.

    #7 Last Drop 1971 Vintage Blended Scotch Whisky

    Last Drops, one of the well known rare spirits bottle dealer, has let out its 10th product – a 1971 blended vintage scotch whiskey. It is priced at £3,000 a bottle. Only 1,352 bottles are available globally. This blend combines more than 40 different single malt and grain whiskeys which were bottled at 47.2% abv in June 2017. Each bottle is sealed with a cork dipped in boiling wax in a green leather box which also contains a 50ml miniature, a certificate of authenticity, a leather-bound tasting booklet and a stopper to close the bottle after opening.

    These are indeed good investments if you are looking to invest in whiskeys.

    If you are looking to taste them, here are a few tips on the art of Slow Drinking. This makes sure that you consume the minimum possible quantity of whiskey with more relishing of the taste.

    Bonus Tip: Tip on Art of Slow Drinking

    Drinking whiskey is an art indeed. There is no use of gulping up whiskey like cowboys. This is the realm of gentleness and appreciation. So, here are a few quick tips to help you do more than just drinking.

    1. Let it breathe: Let the whiskey be exposed to the air for some time because just like wine, whiskey takes time to unfold its specialties. Give it a slight whirl in the glass.

    2. Add a little Water: Once you have tasted the real raw one, time to play with it. Add a few drops of water to it. This is because adding water to the whiskey releases right amount of alcohol to add to the taste. Make sure you don’t pour more water than whiskey itself.

    Hope you have a fair idea on what you can have in your rare collection of whiskeys and the art of Slow Drinking to ensure that you get the maximum pleasure out of your precious whiskey before it gets consumed up.
    Happy Collecting!!

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