Whisky is something that many people choose to collect. Rare whiskies are the most desirable, but as it says on the tin, they are rare. They can be difficult to get your hands on and even when you do they are jaw-droppingly expensive. But what makes a whisky rare and why is it so expensive to acquire one?
What Makes a Rare Whisky?
The main attributes of what makes a whisky rare are;
- How long it’s been matured for
- How many were made
- The brand
Generally, whiskies take a long time to mature in the oak casks that they are placed in before they are bottled and sold. The minimum about of time for a legally real scotch whisky to mature is 3 years. However, a lot of the big brands won’t release any that are under 10 years old. This is because the longer the mature in the casks, the better they taste. Due to this, the older the whisky the rarer they are, as whisky companies would not be able to sustain a business if they left all their whisky sitting in barrels for 20+ years.
The general consensus is that the longer they mature the more expensive they are; many 30-year-old whiskies easily sell for over £200. That may seem like a lot of money, but not compared to some really rare whiskies selling for over £22,000 for a single bottle.
Number of Bottles Made
Another attribute that factors into how rare a whisky is how many bottles were originally made. As with anything, the fewer that are made the rarer and expensive they are. Sometimes as few as 200 bottles are released.
As with any industry, the brand name also plays a part. A brand isn’t generally associated with what makes a whisky rare but it can make it more expensive.
What Types of Rare Whisky Are There?
There are many different types of whisky. Many argue that Scotch whiskies are the only true whiskies and their right. Scotch whiskies are some of the rarest in the world. This has to do with the rules that must be abided by in order to make it a real Scotch. Due to this, the overall quality is far better than any other type of whisky in the world and the professionals seem to think so too.
There are many different types of Scotch whisky brands, but Scotland can actually be divided up into different sections each resembling a different type of whisky. These include;
- The Highlands
- The Lowlands
Where Can I Get Rare Whiskies?
If you are interested in collecting rare whiskies, the sooner you start the better. You will gain a wealth of knowledge talking to other whisky collectors and doing further research online.