Slainte! You love the taste of whisky and picked up your first bottles. You may have even emptied dozens of drams. Now it’s time for the next step: Start collecting your favorite and rare whisky bottles.
Don’t know where to start? Whiskyminds helps you find those rare bottles of whisky or whiskey. And tells you where to buy them.
There is a lot of information on the internet about collecting whisky. Some of it being rubbish, some of it being valuable lessons. There are various reasons for starting a collection, each with their own approach. An overview of good reasons for owning many bottles (aren’t they all)!
3 reasons to collect whisky:
- Different times require different whisky. You need a small number of whisky bottles for every occasion: Peated, Sherried, New Oak and Cask Strength to begin with.
- Because you’re a Whisky enthusiast. There’s a favorite distillery for you and you were there in Scotland. Back home you want to own all of them: core range, annual- and special releases, bring it!
- For investment reasons: The market for rare whisky has exploded. Whisky is the new (liquid) gold and you’re looking for high rewards. Buy low at release, sell high at auction later.
There you have it: 3 reasons to collect whisky. There are as many reasons as people collecting. Not necessarily starting just one reason, but also combinations and variations.
Where to buy rare Whisky
Your liquor store
The first thing you do when you want to start buying rare whisky: Find a liquor store that get’s all special releases and become friends with the owner. Trust us: it helps to know them. Buy your regulars there. And inform yourself about new bottles coming up.
Next: a number of webshops get all the good stuff and you need to know them. A shortlist of great online whisky shops:
For more shops check our list of great online whisky shops to buy from.
Didn’t get your bottle at release? Not to worry! Plenty of bottles are available at online whisky auctions. Since the commodity is so hot there are always other whisky collectors prepared to sell. All you need is the right auction and the right bid. We’ve listed the best whisky auctions for you:
Weekly whisky auctions:
- Catawiki Whisky auction
- Catawiki Exclusive Whisky auction
Monthly whisky auctions:
- Just Whisky
- Scotch Whisky Auctions
- Whisky Auctioneer
- Whisky Hammer