Whisky Magazine Issue 125
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Collecting beyond the bottle
Collecting whisky seems as normal as drinking whisky today. It can be an expensive hobby, or even a way of life. Those whisky enthusiasts who want to invest less may have a closer look into the world of whisky paraphernalia, or memorabilia if you prefer.
In each issue of this new series of Whisky Magazine, I will be presenting a certain object that has collectable value or is just fun to chase.
I am a collector of many things related to my favourite drink, even empty bottles and packaging. I usually end up drinking and sharing the whisky with friends. About 15 years ago I started to collect whisky glasses, coinciding with the first Whisky Festival in The Netherlands, where a specially designed glass was offered to the visitors. Now I have more than I can count and even display properly.
When you look at your whisky glass of preference, a tumbler, a high ball, a shot glass or snifter, you may not realise how old this artefact is. As early as the Stone Age glass was used in its natural state – obsidian, a black volcanic glass of which weapons and jewellery were crafted. That is a far stretch to the modern Glencairn glass seen at so many festivals.
In-between some interesting events occurred. Archaeological findings prove that the first manufactured glass dates back to approximately 3000 BC, mainly in Egypt and Eastern Mesopotamia. Around the 16th Century BC, hollow glass became en vogue. The first manual on glass making was available around 650 BC as part of King Ash...