I think that depends on what the standard bottlings eventually look like and taste like. I was one of those who were able to by the “prototype” bottle of laphroaig quarter cask direct from the distillery and it is (as far as I can tell) identical to the OB – is there a difference? I thought this was more of a market research exercise, or maybe trying to raise the profile of the product prior to release. The Port Charlotte on the other hand looks to me to have all the hallmarks of something that (for a while at least) will increase in value. The PC5 has individually numbered bottles and a very limited release, many times over subscribed. It was also released at 63.5% - something that will be impossible with, for example, at 10 year old PC. Whatever the product eventually released as an OB looks like it won’t be the same as the first release. As for the Jura peated, as I said, I’ve drunk my 2 Feis Ile bottles….so I hope it doesn’t go up….
Another example of products in development is the Ballechin, which, whilst, an interesting experiment is probably there to be drunk rather than collected.
I think like all these things the market will judge. At least in the short term the PC 5 continues to rise in eBay auctions whilst I’m not sure a bottle of Ballechin has sold for more than the original retail price (M-T will be able to put us straight!).
As you say time will tell, and I’ll be happy to eat my word’s (and drink my bottles of PC5) if the bubble bursts.