Whisky may not be something which is to everyone's taste, but for those who love it, there is nothing better than a good quality bottle. For this reason, it is understandable why the very best can sell for considerable amounts of money.
Take Ardbeg, for example. It is considered by many to be the finest whisky money can buy, with a bottle of 10-year-old Single Islay Malt set to be sold by McTear's Auctioneers in Glasgow next Wednesday, June 15. It has been given an estimate of £1,200-1,500 ($1,955-2,444).
Such a high value may surprise some, but it is nothing compared to previous sales of Ardbeg whisky.
Just last November, an extremely rare bottle of 1974 Double Barrel single-cask whisky - one of just 250 ever produced - was auctioned off for $16,103 by Bonhams in Hong Kong.
The very rare lot consisted of two bottles of Ardbeg and eight silver drinking cups, presented in a bespoke leather gun case. Such a fantastic ensemble does not come along very often, but it just goes to show there is a strong market for the finest whisky.
Ardbeg has been recognised professionally too. Jim Murray's Whisky Bible presented the distillery with a coveted Liquid Gold Award for maintaining the 'finest traditions of whisky making'. The Ardbeg distillery has also previously been honoured for producing the World Whiskey of the Year in 2007.
Enthusiasts say it has a unique peaty, smokey flavour, which helps it standout above the competition. Whether you wish to drink it, keep it or invest in it, there is little doubt you could much worse than own a bottle of this fine malt whisky.
With American and Asian interest in Scottish whisky also strong, it is likely the value of these bottles will increase.
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