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Issue 67 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 67
November 2007


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My father is a whisky collector and we also have a whisky shop.Some time ago I was in touch with you regarding whisky bottles,now I would like your advice again.We have a client who wants to buy whisky as a investment.

He doesn't intend to be a collector as he does not understand about whisky and he needs my advice.

L.Goncalves, Lisbon,Portugal

This is probably the question I am most frequently asked about collecting whisky. First you must remind your client that prices can go down as well as up. However if you remember some basic rules and with a bit of luck the price should increase. Bottles from closed distilleries are always popular; bottles produced in very limited numbers, or taken out for a special event. I also like bottles that are well presented and pleasing to look at, also what I think are competitively priced. Research as much as you can, also ask questions from people involved in the whisky industry. It is a very difficult question to answer but remember to tell your client that unlike other investments if the price does not increase he can always drink the bottles and drown his sorrows.

I possess a bottle of Glenmorangie Single Malt, presented to me as a gift in 1992. It looks Ok, but is it 100 per cent safe to drink? After 15 years or so. It won't last another 15 years pending a positive response.

J.Byrne,Warwickshire, U.K.

Your Glenmorangie, if it has not been opened will be excellent to drink after 15 years Because whisky does not mature once bottled ...

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