No cheap whisky

Sorry, no whisky tasting this week (maybe next week; I probably have notes on the Edradour). Today something to think about when investing money. Whisky could be a better “commodity” then gold.

In 2007, on my previous blog, I wrote a small piece about expensive bottles of whisky. I got the text from this website. At that time, a 157 year old Bowmore Single Malt changed owners for a whopping 42,000 euro. The 0.75 liter bottle was hand blown. However, this Bowmore wasn’t even the most expensive in the world. In 2005, a Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky from 1943 was sold for 45,800 euro.

I did a check on current prices, since nearly 8 years have passed. A year ago, a crystal decanter filled with rare Macallan “M” whisky sold for $628,205. This, however, was no normal bottle, but a 6 liters “Constantine” decanter (only 4 of them in the world). So, one liter of this whisky was about 107,000 euro. In 2010,  A Macallan from 1946 (in a LaliqueCire Perdue decanter) was sold for $460,000. Note: this whisky is unusual in that it was made with peated malt, because of the then-prohibitive prices of coal that shot up because of World War II.

But to me, I think the most expensive bottle is still my 30 years old Port Ellen cask strength bottle from 2009 (9th release, distilled in 1979). It’s not the price, it’s the taste and smell that is priceless and invaluable. If I could my hands on a barrel of Port Ellen, I think I would buy it. Btw, that bottle form Port Ellen has a current value of at least €1.300, or even up to €2,112.97.

I’ll drink one glass of 10ml of Port Ellen this year. Or put differently: one hell of a sip of €20.

© Rick Ruhland 2015



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