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What is the value of your whisky?

 

What is your bottle of whisky worth?

Do you have a rare or collectable bottle of whisky? Have you ever wondered what your bottle of whisky is worth, or what price you could get for it if you chose to sell?

Explore our detailed guides to the value and history of individual bottles of single malt and blended whisky below, and read our handy guide to selling whisky online.

Please get in contact for a free valuation on your bottle using our online form. Alternatively, if you are looking for information on whisky casks, please sell our dedicated buy a cask and sell a cask sections.

The value of single malt whisky 

The market for whisky has increased dramatically over the past few years. 2018 and 2019 saw peaks in rare bottle prices, with the record for the most expensive bottle ever sold broken twice in 2018 then again in 2019.

There are a few things to look for when considering the value of your bottle:

  • The most sought after bottles are usually those from limited edition runs and those that were bottled before the year 2000.
  • There is a premium for bottles that were bottled before the 1990s.  These bottles can be identified by their size, as they will state their volume as being 75cl, 750ml or 26 2/3 fl ozs.
  • Macallan continues to be the most sought after single malt whisky brand but other distilleries such as Highland Park, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Bruichladdich can be very valuable too.

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What’s Your Bottle Worth?

For a free, no-obligation valuation use this contact form to get in touch.

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For a free, no-obligation valuation of your bottles of whisky simply use the form below.  In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. 

Send us images of your bottles on Whats App and we will get back with a valuation.  Click the button above or send the images to 07852 247421

If you want to email over your images please send them to [email protected] or click the button above.

Would you rather speak in person?  Call the office on 01260 218718 weekdays 9am to 5pm and we will be happy to help.

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Single Malt Whisky Guides

Explore our detailed guides and introductions to some of the most popular and collectable bottles of single malt whisky.

Blended Whisky Guides

Explore our guides to some of the most popular bottles of blended whisky.

What to Look For

The six factors that affect the value of single malt whisky bottles

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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 3 to well over 30 years old.

Most collectible bottles are over 10 years old and value usually increases with the age of the whisky. Whisky over 30 years old is the most sought after as it is the rarest.

Any whisky bottled at over 50 years old is highly desirable and a very limited number of distilleries have released whisky over 50 years old.

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Bottling date

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

If vintage is not stated bottle volume can be an indicator of bottling era. Bottles from the 1970s and earlier use fluid ounces (FL.OZ). In the 1980s standard bottles size was 75cl and in 1991 the standard size (in the EU) changed to 70cl. Note that standard bottle size is still 75cl in the USA, and other bottle sizes are occasionally used, in which case you will have to use other indicators.

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Distillation year

The distillation year might also be described as the bottle vintage, and 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 collectible whisky.

In general, the earlier the distillation year the more collectible your bottle of whisky. Bottles from the first half of the 20th century are highly valued by collectors and fetch a premium. That being said, the bottler is also important, and so two whiskies distilled in the same year, at the same distillery, but bottled by different bottlers will vary in value.

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Label & packaging

The label on a bottle of collectible whisky is very important and should be in pristine condition to fetch the highest value. If the label is damaged in any way, such as scratching, blemishing, pealing or mould, then this will have a negative impact on the value.

The box condition is almost as important as the label condition, and the correct box is very important to collectors. A bottle with a damaged or marked box will be worth less, and a bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

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Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. On almost all bottles it should be well into the neck, a level in the lower half of the neck is worth less and levels into the shoulder will significantly impact the value.

Older bottles are more prone to a drop in level as the bottles were not intended for storage. A drop in level implicates the long term storage prospects for any collector but as alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which impacts the flavour.

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Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique and usually of a significantly limited edition. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, with the second number generally being less than 500, which would indicate a single cask edition.

Longer edition numbers such as XXX/5000 are often also collectible. These longer numbers usually indicate that the release is a vatting of a number of casks.

Request A Free Valuation For Your Bottle

It’s simple to get in touch with us.  Simply follow the links below or use the valuation form below.

How we can help you sell your whisky

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Private Sale

Selling your bottle through our audience of private buyers can get a high price for you bottle and the convenience of a quick turn around on your sale. All we need is a good picture of your bottle stood up, ideally with the box if you have it and we can collect no obligation offers from our buyers for your consideration.

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Auction

Auction can be the most suitable route for some bottles offering a wide audience of buyers. There is more element of risk in selling at auction as you have less control over the original price and usually takes longer to complete than a private sale. It is also important to choose the right specialist auction for you bottle, and we can advise you on this. 

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Shop

Our online store launched in 2020 with an aim to bridge the gap between selling at auction and the prices you see at retail, helping you get more for your bottle. Selling via our online shop can achieve more than at auction or private sale but can take longer to complete, so requires the time to get your ideal price realised.

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The Process of Selling Your Bottle

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

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