Whisky at auction: Cask investment ‘not for the faint‐hearted’

Buying spirits to flip on the secondary market is an age-old practice. But as closing prices for collections at auction reach millions of pounds, The Spirits Business asks if collecting has evolved from a hobby into a safe-haven asset. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Just when you think whisky auction prices couldn’t possibly climb any higher, along came the “ultimate whisky collection”. Comprising 467 bottles and…

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Aston Martin and Bowmore to create exclusive bottlings

Luxury car maker Aston Martin has partnered with Scotch whisky brand Bowmore to create exclusive bottlings and experiences. The Beam Suntory-owned Islay Scotch brand will become the exclusive spirit partner for the British car maker. Andy Palmer, president and group CEO at Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “This series of limited edition bottlings are going to be very special collectors’ items for the whisky connoisseur and Aston Martin enthusiast. “As brands we have a lot in…

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Bowmore 19-year-old returns to Amazon

Islay Scotch whisky brand Bowmore has released the second batch of its Amazon-exclusive 19-year-old single malt. The Beam Suntory-owned distiller released the first batch of its 19-year-old whisky exclusively through online retailer Amazon in 2018. Following its “overwhelming success”, Bowmore has released a second batch of the whisky, which has been aged for the full 19 years in first-fill ex-Château Lagrange French oak barrels. The expression offers aromas of candied apple, honey and “Bowmore’s signature…

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The week in pictures

Island-based Scotch whisky distillery Isle of Raasay has welcomed the festive season by creating a Christmas tree from whisky casks. The ‘tree’, which has been constructed in front of the distillery has been made with 50 ex-Sherry and Bourbon casks stacked on top of each other. Joseph McGowan, distillery operator, and Iain Robertson, head distiller, constructed the tree over the course of an evening, with the star made from a broken Sherry cask by lead…

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Bowmore 1997 is travel retail-exclusive

Beam Suntory has teamed up with World Duty Free to release just 198 bottles of a limited edition 20-year-old single cask Bowmore in travel retail. Exclusive to World Duty Free’s World of Whiskies stores, Bowmore 1997 will be available to purchase in Heathrow Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 7 December. The whisky has spent 20 years maturing in a single Sherry cask and is said to have aromas of malty biscuit, dried flowers…

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