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Ballantine’s and Boiler Room Release Unique Documentary Taking Fans on a Journey into Musical Heart of Chile – Scotch Whisky News

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Ballantine’s and Boiler Room Release Unique Documentary Taking Fans on a Journey into Musical Heart of Chile

Stay True Chile” showcases the stories behind the Chilean music scene and the artists who define it, featuring interviews with influential DJs Francesca Lombardo, Dandy Jack and Sanfuentes, alongside the legendary Uwe Schmidt (Señor Coconut)

View the documentary at; http://youtu.be/ahwX_dAGTLs

MORE INFO AT BOILERROOM.TV/STAYTRUE

Ballantine’s and Boiler Room today release their second unique music documentary “Stay True Chile,” part of the ongoing “Stay True Journeys” series. The documentary features stories and commentary from some of the world’s leading lights in dance music, and focusses on both the historical and modern stories behind the vibrant music scene in Chile.

Shot on location in and around Santiago, Chile, and following on from “Stay True Mexico”, the evocative piece is the second in a series of music documentaries from Ballantine’s and Boiler Room, and features a number of influential DJs and producers, including world-renowned Uwe Schmidt aka Señor Coconut, Francesca Lombardo of Crosstown Rebels and Sanfuentes. Fronted by Boiler Room host, Thris Tian, the documentary looks to unearth the roots of the Chilean music scene, delving back into the nation’s history, up until the present day, with contributions from some of the visionaries who have defined it and worked tirelessly to drive it forward.

The seven minute film charts the progression of dance music through Chile’s chequered history to its present day, where artists such as MKRNI and Sanfuentes are taking their own brand of distinctly Chilean music around the world. It also tracks the influence of Chile’s longstanding relationship with Europe, looking especially at the transition of German beats, ideas and technology into the Chilean sound with Dandy Jack, a native of Santiago and resident in Germany, giving his unique insight into the longstanding links between the two nations. The first documentary, “Stay True Mexico”, delved into the Mexican music scene and featured DJ Seth Troxler, one of the most in demand and enigmatic characters in the world of global music, alongside a host of local talent.

Peter Moore, Global Brand Director for Ballantine’s, comments: “Stay True Chile offers our global audience another exciting piece of innovative and engaging content, which offers a chance to journey into the musical heart of a truly fascinating country. Our partnership with Boiler Room has been essential in expanding our reach to music lovers across the globe and it’s fantastic to see this going from strength to strength with this latest piece of work.”

Boiler Room host Thris Tian added: “We’re travelling around the world to bring our fans the best examples of musical scenes which are shaking it up and staying true to their convictions. The latest documentary is a great example of this and there’s still more to come.”

Ballantine’s and Boiler Room announced a global partnership in February 2014. “Boiler Room and Ballantine’s Stay True Journeys” aims to discover and celebrate the stories of the world’s most vibrant music scenes, from the characters who defined them to the pioneers who are driving them forward. The partnership includes a series of one-off, local events in stunning venues throughout the year, as well as the production of a series of online documentaries and archived performances, all of which can be found at boilerroom.tv/staytrue.

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About Boiler Room From its inauspicious beginnings as a lo-fi series of streamed DJ sets and live performances from a warehouse in Hackney, London, Boilerroom.tv has gone on to become one of the world’s most popular, authentic music channels, with well over six million monthly viewers and a social community of over a million. Its unique formula of intimate, invite-only events, featuring artists performing the music of their choice, via global live-stream, has already attracted artists including Thom Yorke, Laurent Garnier, Bonobo, Skream and Mark Ronson. In the last few weeks they have broadcast shows from locations including Berlin, London, Leeds, Tokyo, Moscow, Ibiza, Paris, Brussels, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles..

About Ballantine’s Ballantine’s is the No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the world’s No 2 Scotch whisky by volume, and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

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Robbie’s Drams Investible & Collectable Whiskies July 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

 Robbie's Drams Investible & Collectable Whiskies July 2014

We have listed below a small selection of collectable and investible whiskies for your perusal.

The stock holding of these whiskies is very low so it would be advisable to act quickly if you wish to enhance your portfolio.

This is only a tiny representation of our collectable range, for more details on the full selection visit our Old & Rare, Collectible or Luxury sections online.

Regards

RWM Team 

ROBBIE’S DRAMS INVESTIBLE & COLLECTABLE WHISKIES JULY 2014

St Magdalene 1982/ 31 Year Old / Hart Bros

ST MAGDALENE 1982/ 31 YEAR OLD / HART BROS
£325.00

Port Ellen 32 Year Old /1982 Mackillop's Choice

PORT ELLEN 32 YEAR OLD /1982 MACKILLOP’S CHOICE
£599.00

Glendronach 1990 24 Year Old Cask 2970 Batch 10

GLENDRONACH 1990 24 YEAR OLD CASK 2970 BATCH 10
£136.99

The Famous Grouse Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Limited Edition - Glenturret 28 Year Old

THE FAMOUS GROUSE GLASGOW 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES LIMITED EDITION – GLENTURRET 28 YEAR OLD
£150.00

Glendronach Grandeur 24 Year Old / Batch 5

GLENDRONACH GRANDEUR 24 YEAR OLD / BATCH 5
£299.99

Littlemill 21 Year Old - Medinah 2012

LITTLEMILL 21 YEAR OLD – MEDINAH 2012
£125.00

Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak

MACALLAN 25 YEAR OLD SHERRY OAK
£560.00

Mortlach Speyside Festival 2013 Bottle

 MORTLACH SPEYSIDE FESTIVAL 2013 BOTTLE
£150.00

Johnnie Walker Blue Label - Ryder Cup 2014
JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL – RYDER CUP 2014
£225.00

Tomoka Spirits Boutique Hakushu Cask Collection Masterclass – Wedneday 30 July – Japanese Whisky News

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Hakushu Cask Collection Masterclass – Wedneday 30 July at 7.30pm

The team at Tomoka Spirits Boutique in St. Albans, Hertfordshire are delighted to announce a very special tasting of the Hakushu single malt whisky.

We will be exploring the history of Suntory’s second distillery, the Hakushu and tasting five different expressions.  The line-up includes the extremely rare Heavily Peated and Sherry Cask bottlings from 2013 and is definitely one not to miss!

Tickets are £25 per person and are strictly limited.

Please email us on billmccoy@tomokaspiritsboutique.co.uk or call on 01727 894869 to find out more and book your tickets.

Tomoka Spirits Boutique
5A Christopher Place
St. Albans
Hertfordshire AL3 5DQ
01727 894869

Whiskies of Scotland Tasting at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

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Fergus Simpson, our “Whiskies of Scotland” shop manager, will be holding an in-store tasting of 5 cask strength single malts on Friday 25th July at 6.30pm in our shop at 36 Gordon Street, Huntly if you’re in the area. Tickets are priced at £20 per head and are limited. Either email me to reserve your places or telephone Fergus on T: 0845 606 6145

Royal Salute Scotch Whisky, Official Sponsor of The Audi International Polo, Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club – Scotch Whisky News

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Royal Salute Scotch Whisky, Official Sponsor of The Audi International Polo, Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club

On Saturday 26th July 2014, the Audi International Polo, Coronation Cup, will showcase some of the very best polo the UK has ever witnessed.Royal Salute continues to be the official whisky sponsor for this unique event and will invite guests to discover their prestigious whisky, which starts where other whiskies end; for only whiskies aged 21 years and more are used in the creation of this unparalleled blend.As a longstanding international sponsor of polo, Royal Salute is proud to offer its support to World Polo Number 1 and Royal Salute’s Official Ambassador, Facundo Pieres.

The highlight is a world-class match between Argentina and England for the impressive Coronation Cup. The world’s two best players, Adolfo Cambiaso and Royal Salute Polo Ambassador Facundo Pieres, two ten-goal players – the best in the world – will feature in a line up against an England quartet that has never beaten Argentina in the Coronation Cup.

The England line-up for the forthcoming Audi International, the UK’s most high-profile polo event introduces fresh polo talent in its attempt to retain one of polo’s most prestigious trophies – the Coronation Cup.

Follow the journey and be a part of the polo season with www.royalsalute.com

Confirmed Teams for the Audi International, Guards Polo Club – 26 July 2014

Argentina – Adolfo Cambiaso (10); Facundo Pieres (10); Julio Ruggeri (3); Francisco Belaustegui (3)

England – Luke Tomlinson (7); Mark Tomlinson (6); James Beim (7); Ollie Cudmore (4)

For further information please go to www.coronationcuppolo.com

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About Royal Salute 

Polo is a game of honour and respect, two values at the heart of Royal Salute. The greatest players are masters of their craft whose sublime horsemanship and respect for their mount allows them to play the noble sport according to the purity of its code.

Royal Salute truly believes and takes pride in the values of integrity and honour; the whisky is laid down to mature for at least 21 years, the unique bottle is meticulously handcrafted from the finest hand-selected porcelain, ensuring that the utmost attention to detail is paid to every element during its creation.

Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo, ‘the king of sports and the sport of kings’. Royal Salute World Polo is truly international with a presence in every major region globally:

  • Argentina –  Campeonato Abierto De Polo Argentina, Buenos Aires
  • Australia -  Jeep Portsea Polo Club, Victoria, Australia
  • Columbia - Copa Uribe, Bogota, Columbia
  • China –  Royal Salute China Open, Tang Polo Club, Beijing
  • India –  Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur, Golden Jubilee Cup
  • Italy –  Polo Gold Cup, Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Korea –  Royal Salute Polo Club, Jeju Country Club, Jeju
  • Singapore –  Japanese Cup, Singapore
  • Spain –  Landrover International Tournament, Santa Maria Polo Club, Sotogrande
  • Thailand -  All Asia Cup, VR Sports Club, Bangkok, Thailand
  • UAE - Royal Salute Nations Cup, Desert Palm Resort, Dubai
  • UK –  Westchester Cup, Beaufort Royal Charity Day, Guards Polo Club, Windsor
  • USA - Royal Salute Jubilee Cup, Greenwich Polo Club, Connecticut

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

In July 2010 Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements.

For further information:

Visit: www.chivasbrothers.com and www.royalsalute.com

Annandale Distillery Established 1836, Reborn 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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Annandale Distillery

Established 1836,  Reborn 2014.

Annandale distillery is due to re-open later this year, after a 90 year sleep.

In April 2007, David Thomson and Teresa Church formed the Annandale Distillery Company Ltd and bought the land and buildings associated with Annandale Distillery from a local farmer.

Prior to 2007 there had been four eras in the life of Annandale Distillery:

1st Whisky era — George Donald (1830 — 1883)

2nd Whisky era — John Gardner (1883 — 1893)

3rd Whisky era — Johnnie Walker (1893 — 1924)

1st Farming era — Robinson Family (1924 — 2007)

To find out more about these eras, please email me.

We would like your Whisky Club/Society to know about the progress of Annandale distillery, as we would like to see you and your members at the distillery once we open.

We are also starting to build a register for people that may be interested in buying a cask of our 2015 productions, joining this register will mean you are kept up to date about cask sales and latest information.

I would like to encourage you to pass this email on to your members, so they can contact me at their convenience.  

We will be launching a new website and society media in the coming months and I hope when we do, you will share it to help us build our brand profile.  I will keep you updated with this closer to the time.

If you have any questions about Annandale distillery, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Michael Hanratty 

Michael Hanratty  
Whisky Experience Manager  
Tel: +44 1461 204816  
Mob: 07711592974  
Email:  m.hanratty@annandaledistillery.com  

Top Picks at K&L California Scotch Whisky News

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  • 1992 Bruichladdich 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($149.99)
    Now that Bruichladdich has been purchased by Remy and the older stocks have become harder to find, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bottle a 20+ year old hogshead of the unpeated Islay distillery — especially for a price this hot! At 53% cask strength the malt is bold enough to offer a bit of a kick, yet reduced enough to allow the more delicate side of the whisky to shine. The salty, supple notes are apparent right on the initial sip, bringing back memories of Bruichladdich’s “Waves” expression, albeit with much more complexity and age. The stonefruits are soft and enticing, with more saline, maritime notes undulated under “waves” of richness and oily textures. If you were ever a fan of Bruichladdich from the old Susan Purnell days here at K&L, then this whisky is like a nostalgic ride down memory lane. This is the flavor that many a K&L customer cut their teeth upon, and at the price we’re selling it for, it’s not all that much more than it cost back then. For all the whiskies we taste in Scotland each year, this is the flavor profile I’ve found most difficult to duplicate — mature Island whisky without smoke. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
  • 1983 Caol Ila 30 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($279.99)
    We just can’t stay away from these old Caol Ilas. Maybe it’s because they’re the last old Islays available, but we keep coming across these casks of Caol Ila that are just on fire. Caol Ila (arguably the most unsung Islay distillery) was spared closure in 1983, while its sister distillery Port Ellen was not so lucky. Caol Ila reliably churned out whisky throughout the 80s whisky slump to provide a smoky base to the big name blends. While collectors the world over search for the final few bottles of Port Ellen left out there, few realize that if they just expanded their horizons slightly, they’ll find equally wonderful old Islay whisky is still available–and I might even call it affordable. This spectacular cask from the Signatory warehouses is strikingly different from the 32 year we released last year. Here, we have much less focus on the exotic wood, earth and funk and much more classic Islay in every sense. We can go down the list and desc ribe the expected and clearly evident flavors of smoke, ash, brine, lemon peel, oyster shell, nuts, it’s all there. It takes a slightly herbal turn on the finish with powerful core, but remains above all other things balanced. Of course, that doesn’t tell you anything about how special this whisky actually is. All I can say is that Caol Ila is one of our favorite distilleries and this malt is exactly why.
  • 1995 Glen Elgin 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($89.99)
    This was the first cask that we cracked into on our five hour odyssey at Signatory this year. Five hours and countless casks later, the Glen Elgin was still in my head. Knowing the amount of single malt we needed to get through that day (upwards of thirty casks), getting excited about the first one seemed a bit foolish; however at the end of the day, there it was with a star next to it in my notes. This malt is absolutely delicious, with beautiful texture and a hint of cream from being in barrel for eighteen years, but there is much more than that. It’s rich and fruity, beautifully fresh and lively, with exotic notes of bubble gum and lavender that are incredibly intriguing. The finish lingers with candied fruits and white flowers. Soft and supple to be sure, but lifted and bright, I am glad the Glen Elgin made the list! (Kyle Kurani, Spirits Assistant)
  • 1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Stre ngth Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($299.99)
    This cask stands in stark contrast to the other old Speysider that Signatory provided for us this year. While Balmenach requires a minor leap of faith, as it’s so unfamiliar to most, the Glenlivet cask faces the exact opposite hurdle. The name is so popular, the expectations for ‘Livet are only outweighed by the typically massive prices we see. That’s why we rarely buy Glenlivet even when it’s available, which is not often. At Signatory, however, they seem to have a stellar connection for great sherry aged Glenlivet. While there’s no question that these are blue chip stocks, they still represent a solid value for any lover of old Speyside whisky. This special whisky was matured for 33 years in a gorgeous sherry hogshead. By gorgeous, I mean the actual barrel was physically attractive, ultra high quality oak from a top producer of sherry. The result is a stark reminder of what makes single malt so incredible. This is what happens when you p ut great whisky into great wood and forget about it for 3 decades. It is an exercise in extreme balance. Powerfully pungent without being overpowering, richly textured without being heavy, it has that wild complexity at the confluence between the aromas of sherry and aged Speyside single malt. It may not be from some rare closed distillery, but old ‘livet is a rarity in its own right. Nothing in the price range beats it right now and since this is cask strength from a hogshead, we expect fewer than 140 bottles. (David Girard, Spirits Buyer)

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Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Jim Beam White Label – American Whiskey News

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This week Joe Ellis reviews Jim Beam White Label and also shows you how to make an awesome Whiskey Sour cocktail using Jim Beam Honey Liqueur! 

http://youtu.be/NVWDF-o6PqA 

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http://Twitter.com/whiskytube

Justin Rose Stays True to Win Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open – Scotch Whisky News

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Justin Rose Stays True to Win Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 

As Justin Rose stormed to victory in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, held at Scotland’s stunning Royal Aberdeen Golf Course, Ballantine’s – the world’s No 2 Scotch whisky – celebrated an eighth consecutive year of sponsorship at this prestigious tournament (10-13 July 2014).

Rose secured the sought-after title following an incredible final day, which saw the 33 year-old Englishman leading from the outset. The first nine holes saw the talented golfer hit five birdies, adding a further birdie on the twelfth and catapulting him ahead of competition from Kristoffer Broberg, who finished in second, and Marc Warren, third. Rose was rewarded for his true courage and determination with a coveted bottle of Ballantine’s 30 Year Old, one of the pinnacle expressions in the Ballantine’s portfolio.

Speaking after his presentation, Rose said: “I’m delighted to have a tournament of this magnitude. Tonight will be relatively calm and relaxed; I’ll obviously enjoy the moment, but my mind will be, as of tomorrow, back on the game.”

This year’s tournament welcomed a world-class field including last year’s winner Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Luke Donald. Ballantine’s presence included a branded bar for spectators, prominent on-course signage and player awards, including a bottle of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old for a birdie on the 17th hole, and a bottle of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old for the lowest round of each day.

The tournament also marked the launch of the Ballantine’s Golf Club; a new online Golf Club inspired by golf and its lifestyle, and allowing members around the world access to exclusive content, rewards and opportunities. Ballantine’s announced popular golfer Ian Poulter as the Club’s Founding Captain during a special launch event, held just ahead of the tournament, also showcasing the world premiere of a unique documentary featuring Poulter. Customers are invited to sign up for membership now, at www.ballantinesgolfclub.com, where they can also view Ian Poulter’s “Moment of Truth”.

Speaking yesterday, Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, said: “Ballantine’s and golf share a longstanding heritage that dates back to 1960, as well as sharing both values and provenance. Supporting a prestigious tournament such as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is a natural collaboration for us and one that we hope will continue in future years. “We congratulate Justin Rose on his win at this fantastic tournament and hope that he has a chance to enjoy his Ballantine’s 30 Year Old when he returns home.”

The Ballantine’s Golf Club was inspired by the brand’s ‘Stay True’ positioning, which serves as an invitation to consumers to express themselves in a genuine and authentic way, applauding conviction and self-belief. The identity of the Golf Club reflects its members’ modern lifestyle and aspirational outlook, building on Ballantine’s strong heritage in golf in a contemporary and innovative way. Members can register to join the Ballantine’s Golf Club now at www.ballantinesgolfclub.com, where the first ‘Moments of Truth’ film featuring Ian Poulter can also be viewed.

Notes

About Ballantine’s: Ballantine’s is the No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the world’s No 2 Scotch whisky by volume, and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Ballantine’s in golf: Ballantine’s has a rich history in golf dating back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played at Wentworth Club in England. Ballantine’s founded the Ballantine’s Championship in 2008, remaining title sponsor of the tournament until 2013. Ballantine’s has also been a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open since 2007 and the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, since 2012.

About Chivas Brothers: Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

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A Beginners Guide to Collecting & Investing in Whisky – Part 1 – Scotch Whisky Investing

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A Beginners guide to collecting and investing in whisky – part 1

Nowadays a week doesn’t seem to pass by without another article on the current whisky boom and how you can make a decent return on almost any purchase. Savvy investors and collectors can be rewarded by understanding the market and potential opportunities as they arise.

With this increasing coverage many are being attracted and are stepping into whisky whether it be new releases or auctions for the very first time.  In such circumstances a little guidance should be welcome. For those new to this realm then hopefully here we can shed a little more light on the ins and outs of purchasing whisky. Highlighting some precautions to arm yourself with prior to venturing into the world of online auctions.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?

We’re often asked whether we:

  1. Buy to drink?
  2. Buy to collect?
  3. Buy to invest?

In all honesty it’s a little of each for the Just-Whisky team, however everyone is different. Firstly you need to establish what you want to achieve? Are you making this a business venture or do you have a growing appreciation of whisky and want to entertain guests with an array of impressively distinctive bottles in your drinking cabinet? Or do you have a connection with a particular distillery or region and therefore want to start a collection and experience the enjoyment of tracking down and acquiring bottles that fit your criteria?

Some collectors or investors limit themselves to one specific distillery such as Macallan, others may focus on a region or a whisky they really enjoy. Sellers may use current releases to quickly turn a profit (‘flipping’) or others are purely involved in the long game; patiently waiting 10, 15 or 20 years before they’ll consider selling their acquisitions. In this era of low or non-existent interest rates in the UK, investing in whisky is more enticing than an ISA or more traditional options.

INFORMATION IS KEY

Once you’ve made the decision of whether you want to collect, invest or experience new whiskies for yourself. Then the next step is to arm yourself with information and knowledge. It is by doing this you’ll appreciate whether a bottle is truly a ‘limited edition’ worth acquiring, or it if is more available than a can of diet coke.

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