petemorrison wrote:I am interested in a collecting collection, I enjoy the drink bit certainly but at least I can look at the good stuff whilst it is still in the bottle. What kind of things should I be looking out for?
It depends on which kind of collection you are aiming for.
If you want a distillery collection, you would probably want at least one bottle of everything the distillery has produced.
You should as such buy one bottle of each and it would make sense to start your collection with bottles that are still current, but on the way out or bottles that has recently been outphased.
If you want a mixed collection of collectibles, you should look for limited bottlings, or bottlings that for some reason gets discontinued.
You will also have to decide, if you want to collect official bottlings only, or if your collection shall also include independent bottlings. (If you choose the last, the number of bottles to aquire will rise by an order of magnitude.)
Choosing Ardbeg would mean fewer bottles to collect, but many are already very expensive and not likely to rise that much in value.
Bottles that are still reasonable, but likely to become more expensive in the short run could be:
Ardbeg Very Young (Still to be found in many shops, but are now replaced by still young.)
Choosing Bruichladdich would mean more bottles to collect, as this distillery is currently launching new expressions at a furious pace and many is somewhat limited, or will later be replaced by a different expression or edition.
At Islay Whisky Archive
you can get an overview of all bottles from these distilleries.
At Spirit of Islay
, you can see a sizeable Ardbeg collection
Where to buy:
The Whisky Exchange
are a store that specializes in rare bottles, but can be more expensive than buying at auctions.
Ebay (.de & .co.uk) always lists many whiskies, rare and common alike. But show a little caution & common sense; there are scammers out there, even if they are rare. (For a tale of horror – read this from malt-maniacs
and perhaps also their general fake page
The specialized whisky auction sites, are perhaps a safer option. Whiskyauction.com
is good examples of such sites.
Ok, I'm running out of time here, has to leave for work. I will see if I can hunt down some online articles on collection, when I get home tonight.