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Spirit connoisseurs have become enamoured with Japanese whisky in recent years. Merging traditional methodologies with native flavours, these varieties have taken on a personality of their own. It was once widely accepted that no whisky could measure up to the Scotch variety—after all, Scotland was the birthplace of the amber spirit. Nowadays, however, skilled Japanese producers are quashing such notions. Traditionally, Japan was known for its sublime sake and shōchū. Now, it is being heralded...

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An extremely rare bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 set a new world record when it was sold by Bonhams auctioneers on 3 October. The limited-edition 60-year-old lot fetched an eye-watering £848,750—it had been estimated at £700,000-900,000. Previous to this sale, the world record was set in May 2018 by Bonhams when another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold for £814,081. Pop art labels Macallan commissioned two iconic pop artists—Valerio Adami...

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Rare whisky has become a lucrative option for the canny investor, but what makes this spirit such a good prospect, and how do we make the right whisky investment choices? According to consultancy Rare Whisky 101, the rare whisky market is booming with the total value of collectable whiskies traded on the open market priced at £9.56 million in 2015, up from £7.64 million in 2014. The Rare Whisky Apex 1000, the main index for...

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Scottish Whisky high quality for McTear’s is still affordable and is becoming ever more collectable, and McTear’s Auctioneers will tell you, it’s a shrewd investment. The July auction at McTear’s Auctioneers in Scotland was a thriving affair, with hammer prices totalling £92,000 plus for a sale of just under 500 lots of rare and collectable whisky. The bottles mainly came from individuals—many of them passed down from elderly relatives, as was the case with the...

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