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Scotch Whisky – A Guide To Investing In Rare Single Malt Whisky
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You may not realize it, but the single malt Scotch whisky is becoming a growing market for high yield investment. The trend started about 30 years ago when some bottles of Scotch whiskies were being sold at wine auctions for high prices. Now there is a flourishing market for investing in Scotch whisky. For example, in 2008, if you had invested $150,000 in the top ten single malts then your collection would now be worth $628,000! This could really be termed 'liquid gold'!

How can you invest in single malts?

The same fundamentals should be applied to investing in single malts as to any investment. You are to increase the capital value of the product while at the same time minimizing the risks associated with investing. It's supply, demand and sentiment which drives the stock market. These same principles apply to investing in single malts.

What are the factors to look for?

Company fundamentals: This is the distillery where you purchase your whisky. Some distilleries are more popular than others and perform better. Also some distilleries are no longer producing Scotch whisky and therefore whiskies that were produced by them tend to be more collectible.

Supply and Demand: This is the force which drives investment in Scotch whisky. For example, supply in certain single malts are declining swiftly. This means that from some distilleries there will no longer be a 'supply'. This will then increase the demand and lead to serious increases in prices for some types of single malts. Taking these factors into consideration, and the fact that whisky is a drink enjoyed by people all over the world, the potential for investment in single malt whisky is looking very good indeed.

Trends in Scotch whisky investment

At present there is a case where the most collectable single malts from the most sought-after distilleries are increasing rapidly whereas the least sought-after whiskies are losing their value. This is largely due to the increase in collectors that are coming into the market. New investors are tending to go for the more well-known rare single malt whiskies.

For future investment it seems that the peated single malts from Islay will always be sought after. So demand for them will be high. However it seems that the distillery is more important than the region. You need to look for the right bottle from the right distillery.

Demand for investment grade single malt whisky is increasing each year. This will drive investment in whisky. So it seems that the future for investing in Scotch whisky is quite safe. Distilleries are always brining out new special cask editions of already collectable single malts.


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