Although personally I would very much like to taste a Port Ellen one of these days. Read a lot about it. And there’s quite a hype about Port Ellen nowadays, I understand.
Anyway - I’m more busy investing in experience than in stocking gems for the future to come. But who knows? Maybe in 30-40 years, I will sit down in my monorail-hypermagnetic-wheelchair on Mars, sent out all the busy electronic nannys and doctors and pour a decent dram of 2005 Glenlivet 12 – and I will be really, really happy about this witty investment of mine…
Most Port Ellens are priced under EUR 200, making them a very liquid investment. These will be easy to shift on in a couple of years, and I think for a good profit. Original bottlings and independent cask strength bottlings are best for investment, I think.
The advantage with other markets, like Irish whiskey, is that because the liquidity is not as great, there are some real bargains to be picked up. You might have to wait longer to get the right price for them so.
I have been making a few bob buying and selling Irish. I really only do it to finance the whiskeys I do want to keep.
Anyway, for me, good investments in the scotch whiskey market are old Ardbegs, Port Ellens .... and, to a lesser extent, Rosebanks.
I have to say that I'm first and foremost a whisky drinker.
However, with savings interest rates so low, it struck me that it would be rather fun to 'invest' in a bottle or two.
My first acquisition is the official bottling of the "Port Ellen 25yo". This was a limited release of just 5,100 bottles.
And, as someone said earlier, if the investment doesn't work out then it's there to savour later on.
Yes, the "Port Ellen" 25yo was expensive. Having said that, Islay whisky is very much in vogue and this 'closed' distillery seems to be almost iconic to many drinkers.
As I said, nothing lost even if it doesn't increase in monetary value. In years to come, I can always open it and taste history.
Also to be posted on tasting notes forum.
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