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Whisky Magazine Issue 114
September 2013


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?I have just returned from Fèis Ìle 2013 and bought a total of five festive bottles. Now, at £350, the price of the Bowmore bottle is more than the sum of the Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich. If you are only going to invest in one bottle, which one would you choose?

A Woo (Hong Kong)

There were 10 bottles released to coincide with this year's Fèis Ìle. This includes all nine operating distilleries on Islay and Jura including two bottlings from Bowmore. Scotch Whisky Auctions, Glasgow sold a complete set of 10 bottles for £1,650 in July gathered by a diligent festival goer. We will set aside the moral arguments of buying whisky with an eye for profit versus the sheer pleasure of drinking them, as your question pertained to investment only. Trading on Fèis Ìle bottles for investment purposes is all about supply and demand. The Lagavulin bottle was plentiful and lower priced. While these are still likely to rise in value, there were 3,000 bottles produced. Ardbog is an official limited release Ardbeg, therefore purchase was not limited to those people who made the journey to the island. The Bunnahabhain is another fantastic whisky and it is much more limited with only 606 bottles. However, Bunnahabhain festival bottlings do not seem to attract the same high auction prices as other brands. The Bruichladdich Jim McEwan's Tribute bottling marked his 50 years in the Scotch whisky industry and was very popular with only 700 bottles available. You can be ...

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