Rare Whisky Collecting
Rare whisky isn’t just an exquisite tipple – it’s a valuable collector’s item. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or just starting out, whisky can be an excellent asset to own. We carry a wide range of superior-grade whiskies from the most exclusive distilleries and – with guidance from our experts – you can find the perfect addition to your collection.
But, why exactly should you start collecting whisky?
Whiskies that have been aged for a long time are typically more expensive than younger blends, which means that whisky will generally become more valuable over time. This is due in part to the enhanced flavour that whisky develops when it is aged for an extensive period. Many whisky connoisseurs maintain that the flavour becomes bolder, and the blend becomes smoother over time, for example.
However, this isn’t the only reason why whisky tends to increase in value. When whisky is matured in a wooden barrel (cask), evaporation causes approximately 1-2% of its original volume to be lost each year. Colloquially known as ‘The Angel’s Share’, this effectively decreases the availability of the asset. As availability decreases, the inherent value of the whisky rises, so a collector’s assets can increase in value the longer they are owned.
Whisky collecting has become increasingly popular as demand has soared, so it’s not surprising that many people are seeking to broaden their portfolios with this luxury commodity.
Distilleries typically cap the number of casks or bottles they produce, so there is only ever a limited number available. Over time, this number decreases as they are purchased and consumed. As the number of assets is reduced, demand is subsequently increased and, as a result, the value rises too.
This, combined with the natural depletion caused by the evaporation process during ageing, means that demand often outstrips supply, which is why rare whiskies can command huge sums when they come up for sale.
What Are the Risks?
The whisky market is not a regulated industry and UKV International AG is comprised of whisky experts, not financial advisors. Due to this, we do not provide financial advice and cannot offer any guarantees regarding the potential increase in the value of whisky. For specific financial advice, please contact a financial advisor or consultant.
Like all commodities, the price of whisky can rise and fall and there are various elements that can affect market performance. Before you decide to begin collecting whisky, it’s advisable to learn about the market and the factors that trigger market fluctuations.
If you want to learn more about whisky collecting, our in-house experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Tell Us Your Requirements
Do you want to consume and/or collect? Are you interested in whisky and/or wine? Our initial conversations will be an opportunity for us to understand your requirements and goals. Equally, it will be an opportunity for you to understand how we operate, with our dedicated consultants on-hand to answer any questions you may have about our services.
Grow Your Portfolio
Our dedicated specialists will help you curate a portfolio that is uniquely tailored to your requirements and goals. In other words, the selection process will be utterly dependent on your budget, your ideal holding period, and the purpose of your purchase. We will only choose from the highest-quality branded names and producers, as these are the products that dominate auction house sales and the secondary market.
Join the Community
What separates us from other companies is how we engage with our clients following our initial interactions. The experience we provide is personal – our team nurtures all client relationships and will never stop providing ongoing advice and assistance. We also put on regular social events, providing you with an opportunity to share your experiences with like-minded individuals and feel part of a community.
“Whisky is not only highly prized for its depth of flavour, it is a bona fide collector’s item – and a premium asset capable of providing the sort of return for your money that banks and building societies cannot offer… Buying into a cask of fine whisky can provide impressive annual returns, on average 12 per cent. Holding on to investments in excess of five years often increases profitability”
“Whereas whisky was once a niche investment, it is now holding its own as a serious contender in the alternative investment space. Its appeal lies in the fact it is a tangible soft commodity which has demonstrated both stability and strong long-term performance. Its global nature means that, as an asset class, whisky, particularly single malt scotch, can weather turbulence in mainstream markets.”