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What Affects The Price Of Rare Malts Selection Whisky

 

Do you want to know the value of your bottle of Rare Malts Selection whisky?

We can value your whisky and help you find the best price for your bottle if you are looking to sell your Rare Malts Selection whisky.

Discover The Value Of Your Rare Malts Selection Whisky

Mark Littler Ltd specialise in whisky. We can assist you with the valuation and sale of bottles of Rare Malts Selection whisky and can ensure you get the best price for your bottle.

We have brokered the sale of thousands of bottles of whisky and can use our expert industry knowledge to give you an honest, impartial price for your bottle of Rare Malts Selection.

If you are looking to sell your whisky we can source no obligation offers from our international network of buyers. We can also advise whether an auction or private sale will be best for you.

Mark Littler Ltd are proud to offer the highest level of expert advice to our clients and we have over 300 independent, five-star reviews.

Please use the valuation form to send us the information on your bottle in order for us to offer you a no obligation valuation on your bottle of Rare Malts Selection. You can also read our guide to selling your whisky online.

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The History Of Rare Malts Selection

The Rare Malts Selection is a series of bottlings that were first released by United Distillers and the Distillers Company Ltd. (it later became Diageo) in 1995. Most of its bottlings were from single malts or distilleries that had either closed or been demolished. Others were from casks that had been found tucked away in existing distilleries. The whiskies had to be aged between 18 and 30 years old and from the years 1969-1981.

Some of the many interesting and rare single malts they own include Aultmore, Benrinnes, Benromach, Blair Athol, Brora, Cardhu, Millburn, Linkwood and Teaninich.  The original goal, after success with Flora & Fauna and Classic Malts collections, was to compensate for the reduction in blended whisky sales and the growing love of single malts.

Thanks to the success of the original range, Diageo continued to offer Special Releases from 2001 onwards. All their bottlings are un-chill-filtered and at cask strength. As proof of their natural state, the company offers warnings that anyone buying their bottles should dilute the drink with two-thirds of water and that they could be cloudy or ‘dirty’. GuinnessUDV, who now owns the companies behind the collection, continues to offer bottlings.

Bottles were released in limited supplies and have been cared for according to the producers’ guidelines. This allowed them to select the best bottles; with the highest quality and consistency. They have a cork stopper and volumes vary depending on date of release, are either 75cl or 70cl, with two releases of 20cl; a 20-year-old Brora and a 22-year-old Dailuaine.

Initially the RMS were not destined for over-the-counter sales and as such were limited to three releases per year, between 1995-1998, after which it was reduced to one per year to protect the dwindling stocks. The last release was in 2005; in total 121 versions were released.

What To Look For

Sell Rare Malts Selection whisky online

Each bottle has its own sequence number, apart from any released between 1995-1997. Also, on the labelling you will find a mark detailing the month and year of bottling and there is red line that reads ‘limited bottling’ or ‘limited edition’. The only variations of these were for the US and South African export editions.

It is often said that 1972 Broras are the best they have produced. There are only five in circulation, making them very rare and incredibly sought after. The popularity of the 1972 vintage continued to soar when Diageo released their 40-year-old version of the same vintage. 

Since the closure of the Brora distillery in 1983 their attention had continued to grow, as collectors are keen to own these historic bottles.

A 1972 bottle of 22-year-old Brora Rare Malts recently sold for £10,700.

The Six Factors That Affect The Price Of Rare Malts Selection Whisky

There are six factors that will affect the price of your bottle of Rare Malt Selection. These are the age of the whisky, the bottling date, the vintage, whether it is a single cask edition, the level of the whisky and the condition of the label and box.

Rare Malts Selection

Age of Whisky

This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Bottling Date

This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

Rare Malts Selection

Distillation Year

The distillation year refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made).  It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your bottle of Rare Malts Selection. 

Rare Malts Selection

Label & Packaging

The label on a bottle of Rare Malts  Selection is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value. A bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

Rare Malts Selection

Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. It should be into the neck (the narrow part). As alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which damages the flavour.

Rare Malts Selection

Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, which would indicate a single cask edition. 

The Process of Selling Your Bottle Of Rare Malts Selection

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your bottle of whisky is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your bottle directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your bottle. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

What is the price of your Rare Malts Selection whisky?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.

Bottle Valuation Form
Images Of Your Bottle (stood upright ideally)
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Bottle Selling FAQ

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Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

Have you ever wondered what your bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky is worth?

Use this guide to find out more or get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

The Value of Rare Malts Selection Whisky

Mark Littler Ltd specialise in whisky. We can assist you with the valuation and sale of bottles of Rare Malts Selection whisky and can ensure you get the best price for your bottle.

We have brokered the sale of thousands of bottles of whisky and can use our expert industry knowledge to give you an honest, impartial price for your bottle of Rare Malts Selection.

If you are looking to sell your whisky we can source no obligation offers from our international network of buyers. We can also advise whether an auction or private sale will be best for you.

Mark Littler Ltd are proud to offer the highest level of expert advice to our clients and we have over 300 independent, five-star reviews.

Please use the valuation form to send us the information on your bottle in order for us to offer you a no obligation valuation on your bottle of Rare Malts Selection. You can also read our guide to selling your whisky online.

The History Of Rare Malts Selection

The Rare Malts Selection is a series of bottlings that were first released by United Distillers and the Distillers Company Ltd. (it later became Diageo) in 1995. Most of its bottlings were from single malts or distilleries that had either closed or been demolished. Others were from casks that had been found tucked away in existing distilleries. The whiskies had to be aged between 18 and 30 years old and from the years 1969-1981.

Some of the many interesting and rare single malts they own include Aultmore, Benrinnes, Benromach, Blair Athol, Brora, Cardhu, Millburn, Linkwood and Teaninich.  The original goal, after success with Flora & Fauna and Classic Malts collections, was to compensate for the reduction in blended whisky sales and the growing love of single malts.

Thanks to the success of the original range, Diageo continued to offer Special Releases from 2001 onwards. All their bottlings are un-chill-filtered and at cask strength. As proof of their natural state, the company offers warnings that anyone buying their bottles should dilute the drink with two-thirds of water and that they could be cloudy or ‘dirty’. GuinnessUDV, who now owns the companies behind the collection, continues to offer bottlings.

Bottles were released in limited supplies and have been cared for according to the producers’ guidelines. This allowed them to select the best bottles; with the highest quality and consistency. They have a cork stopper and volumes vary depending on date of release, are either 75cl or 70cl, with two releases of 20cl; a 20-year-old Brora and a 22-year-old Dailuaine.

Initially the RMS were not destined for over-the-counter sales and as such were limited to three releases per year, between 1995-1998, after which it was reduced to one per year to protect the dwindling stocks. The last release was in 2005; in total 121 versions were released.

Mark Littler Ltd specialise in the valuation and sale of bottles of whisky and can help you get the best price for your bottle. Contact us for a free valuation using the form below, and read on for more information on your bottle.

Free Valuation Request

Bottle Valuation Form Mini
PLEASE SELECT
Please upload a photo of your bottle standing upright
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

What To Look For

Sell Rare Malts Selection whisky online

Each bottle has its own sequence number, apart from any released between 1995-1997. Also, on the labelling you will find a mark detailing the month and year of bottling and there is red line that reads ‘limited bottling’ or ‘limited edition’. The only variations of these were for the US and South African export editions.

It is often said that 1972 Broras are the best they have produced. There are only five in circulation, making them very rare and incredibly sought after. The popularity of the 1972 vintage continued to soar when Diageo released their 40-year-old version of the same vintage. 

Since the closure of the Brora distillery in 1983 their attention had continued to grow, as collectors are keen to own these historic bottles.

A 1972 bottle of 22-year-old Brora Rare Malts recently sold for £10,700.

The Six Factors That Affect The Price Of Rare Malts Selection Whisky

There are six factors that will affect the price of your bottle of Rare Malt Selection. These are the age of the whisky, the bottling date, the vintage, whether it is a single cask edition, the level of the whisky and the condition of the label and box.

Rare Malts Selection

Age of Whisky

This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Bottling Date

This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

Rare Malts Selection

Distillation Year

The distillation year refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made).  It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your bottle of Rare Malts Selection. 

Rare Malts Selection

Label & Packaging

The label on a bottle of Rare Malts  Selection is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value. A bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

Rare Malts Selection

Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. It should be into the neck (the narrow part). As alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which damages the flavour.

Rare Malts Selection

Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, which would indicate a single cask edition. 

The Process of Selling Your Bottle Of Rare Malts Selection

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your bottle of whisky is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your bottle directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your bottle. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

What is the price of your Rare Malts Selection whisky?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.

Bottle Valuation Form
Images Of Your Bottle (stood upright ideally)
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Bottle Selling FAQ

Asset 4
Asset 8
Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google