Lawrence wrote:Malt-Teaser, what do you think is more valuable to the collector (for example); a bottling of Bruichladdich Links or one bottle from a single cask from an IB? I supect the Brucihladdich would be much more valuable over time, what do you think?
Lawrence, that is an excellent question and one upon which I must pontificate a while, please allow me to do so openly here:
It is true that OBs are generally, nay - almost always more valuable over time than IBs.
But I have to say that it can also depend upon the specific bottlings.
The WMDII or any of the links are runs of 12,000 bottles, except Links 2 which was 18,000. Links 1 (St. Andrews) is now beginning to appreciate, but none of these will rise in price to heady heights for a good few years yet, if at all.
The WMDI was a run of only 440 bottles and has already rocketed in price, sometimes commanding almost 8x to 10x its original price
Some IBs have tremendous reputations and quite rightly so, they can be superb bottlings. But in order to answer your question, I have to ask "to the collector or drinker?"
In my (limited) experience, someone looking to drink malts will pay a very good price for a bottling which is known to have been superb, whether IB or OB. Therefore, an IB could quite rightly justify a high price tag and show great appreciation of value, usually because of its contents, not its label.
However, the vast majority of collectors (or if you like speculators) tend to stick to OBs for the labels and numbers, irrespective of how they taste.
Maybe so, but that has been my experience so far, but yes, I have seen a couple of exceptions.