Whisky Magazine Issue 130
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Where to buy that elusive whisky
Do you prefer to buy vintage collectable whiskies from whisky shops or at auction? Hand in hand with the growth of whisky auctions, impressive ranges of old blends and rare single malts can be purchased directly from retailers. Just as some traditional whisky retailers have entered the auction business, so some businesses have used auctions to stock their shelves; Hedonism Wines in London has a jawdropping selection of single malt scotch whisky, Dekanta.com launched in June with hundreds of bottles of scarce Japanese whisky for sale, whilst Hard to Find Whisky in Birmingham have thousands of precious bottles on display. The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt offer enormous ranges of antique and retro bottlings, an old blend or a top class single malt, their websites will surely have something to offer.
Commercial buying at auction by retailers and investment schemes can produce spectacular results, as the need for good stock can mean prices escalate beyond what some collectors are prepared to spend. You will pay a higher price by buying rare bottles directly from a specialist retailer, but that additional outlay will save you time scouring the internet and help you secure the bottle you want instantly.
A frenetic calendar of June auctions gave way to a sleepy July, live auctioneers and collectors recognising that competition (therefore, prices) dip mid-summer and left the online auctions to provide the action.
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