Question to our readers: Is this bottle an investment?

The other night, I was invited to a tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) by my Uncle. It was a tasting with the Police club, who are an excellent and knowledgeable bunch of guys. The stories they have about being in the Police over the last 20 years are hilarious.

We tasted 5 different single cask whiskies. A Springbank, an Ardbeg, an Auchentoshan, a Mortlach and the Whisky that inspired  my interest: A Dailuaine. The reason I am interested, I am ashamed to say, is personal gain. Is this bottle an investment? I wonder….

A taste of the past
Cask No. 41.48 (For those who don’t know the SMWS: Distillery 41 is the 41st distillery they bought from, which is Dailuaine, and this is the 48th cask from them)
Age: 29 years Outturn:93 bottles
Colour: Dull gold, old gold Date distilled: December 1980
Cask: Second fill ex-sherry butt Alcohol: 52.5%

To nose this is to open a drawer in an ancient, well-polisheddark oak dresser, with some Harrogate toffees lurking in a
corner. Lively for its age, but the nose prickle soon wears off,revealing both meaty (honey-glazed pork, leather satchel) and
floral notes (faint attar of roses). The latter become dried rosepetals, or pot-pourri in a brass bowl, when water is added; theformer a roasting tin, glazed with treacle.
At natural strength,the taste is peppery, with Hessian and polished leather; withwater the texture is waxy and tooth-coating; the taste sweet with a shake of salt, and a whiff of fireworks in the finish. Old
Drinking tip: A little gold for a rainy day with toffees

The Logic

Why would I think it is an investment?

Well there are a few reasons I think this Dailuaine may be an investment:

  • There are only 93 bottles of it in the World! This makes it rare and rare normally equals expensive
  • It is a bloody good dram
  • Dailuaine is a very hard whisky to get your hands on. I don’t even see many independent bottles of it.
  • It is 29 years old and it is only £79.30.

The problem is: I am no whisky speculator. I have never bought a whisky as an investment. Is SMWS whisky collectable? Do Society bottlings reach high prices on auction? I have heard that the 1st editions of SMWS bottlings (i.e the first time the society bottles from a distillery) are valuable, but that is as far as my knowledge goes.

Is this Whisky an investment?


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