Is Every Aged Macallan Whisky A Good Investment?
One often hears on whisky collectors' forums and Facebook groups that any Macallan limited edition and aged is a great choice for investment as it is constantly getting more expensive. Usually, such advice only hurts newcomers who want to start investing in whisky and are willing to follow any advice.
Let's look at one release as an example — The Macallan Lalique 72 Year Old is a very beautifully designed limited edition of 600 decanters. And just incredible ageing at 72 years and high ratings on Whisky Base.
Everything would seem to indicate that this release should be in steady demand among collectors and investors. After all, everything says it: good age, limited release and the Macallan distillery itself is very popular.
But if we do a quick research on the secondary market (auctions) we can see that things are not as positive as they should be.
Based on the sales history of this bottle at auctions, we see the price drop from £90,000 to £60,000. The charts are based on 42 sales of The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique at online auctions (at the time of publication).
What conclusion can be drawn from all the above?
- You should not listen to unfamiliar experts on the internet
- Before buying, always do your own research on the price of the bottle you are interested in. This will help you understand its investment or collector's appeal.
p.s. In addition to Macallan, there are a huge number of other distilleries' whisky releases that have investment and collection potential. All it takes is a little research into the market.
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Updated: Sept. 7, 2021