Whisky Magazine Issue 90
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Jonny McCormick encourages you to delve into your private collection.
Your whisky collection may be dominated by bottlings from a single distillery, or a particular vintage such as your year of birth, however, many of us share a common dilemma. With good judgement, these whiskies may be worth much more than what you initially paid for them and sometimes this can psychologically prevent you from ever opening them. Reverence surpasses anticipation. What if its value continues to rise? You'd be a fool to drink it at this stage, surely. Starkly, your choices are keep it, sell it or drink it but in the quest to improve your collection, never lose that joy that motivated you to treasure these whiskies originally. Take the time to reward yourself with something special, whether it's an auction gem or a recent release. Go on, open up something good!
You can wait weeks for a decent international whisky auction, then suddenly two turn up on the same day in two Scottish cities well-known for their “friendly” rivalry. Bonham's four day Scottish sale in Edinburgh encompassed everything from bagpipes to broadswords and so the whisky sale was a condensed 200 lot affair but of considerable quality. Bowmore accrued the greatest overall spending on the day with four bottles of the original Black Bowmore making £2000-2100 each, the Bowmore 30th anniversary bottling from 1963 fetching £950 and a Bowmore 38 Years Old from 1957 going for £1000. There was no mystery as to why the Highland Park Rebus made an arresting £1100, bottles of The Bal...