Whiskies to Collect in 2021

Whiskies are not just for drinking, the right bottle or collection of bottles can potentially prove a great investment over time and has proved that way over the last few years. Generally the focus has been on Macallan, and you may have heard of the father who purchased a whisky every year for his sons birthday from 1974 up until his 18th birthday. The cost of that collection was £5,000, and it was then sold for £44,000 at auction, a profit of almost 800%! 

Now we aren’t suggesting that every whisky will realise this type of appreciation but it does highlight the investment potential in holding the right bottles of whisky. It is also good to remember that even though collectors generally value quality, age and rareity, the price on the secondary market is ultimately down to personal preference, and it is not always easy to determine what will appeal to collectors in the future.

However, with that being said, we are going to highlight some whiskies that are good contenders to appreciate over the coming years and ones that you could consider adding to your collection in 2021! 

Please note these are just suggestions and you should do your own research before purchasing any whiskies.

Macallan Rare Cask 2020 Release

Most of you will be aware of the Macallan name, and the brand has a great track record within the auction world. The Rare Cask series in particular, with less than 1% of casks maturing being selected, some of these no longer available, making this a sought after limited edition whisky. In addition. with a starting price around £225, this is an affordable whisky for almost any investor and one that you could consider buying each years release of, to create a valuable collection. 

Price: £225*

Diageo Special Release 2020

The 2020 annual special release from Diageo which includes rare cask-strength singe malt scotch whiskies curated by Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson and drawn from several great Scotish distilleries. The Rare by Nature theme highlights the extraordinary nature that surrounds each distillery. The 2020 Special Release collection are available in limited quantities and are as follows:

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old Batch 2

Matured in American oak and Oloroso sherry casks, this sublime 19 year old whisky is the epitome of an aged Ardbeg. Part of a highly sought-after and collectable Ardbeg series, 19 Years Old Batch 2 is a new permanent expression, released only in limited batches each year.

Price: £275*

Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 7

The seventh release of Balvenie Tun 1509 is a combination of 21 hand-selected casks – four American oak barrels, 10 sherry butts and seven hogsheads – that have spent three in a traditional marrying tun. Rich aromas of oak, dried fruits, raisins, dates, ground ginger and brown sugar fill the nose. The palate offers notes of tangy candied orange peel, oaky vanilla, golden syrup, honeycomb, toasted hazelnuts, ginger and nutmeg that linger in the finish.

Price: £299

Diageo Game of Thrones Collection

In celebration of the ciritcally acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones, DIageo and HBO have released a limited edition collection of single malt scotch whiskies. The collection features nine scotch whiskies, each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. Included within the collection are:

Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak 2020 Release

The 2020 edition of Macallan’s sought-after Sherry Oak range is at the affordable end for most collectors and has typically seen appreciation in its older releases. Expect a soft 18-year-old single malt with notes of caramel, sultanas and red fruits. 

Price: £325

Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old

The famed 17 year old whisky, which made an appearance in the 2003 movie Lost in Translation was officially discontinued in 2018 due to lack of sufficiently aged spirit (which also meant the discontinuation of the 21 and 30 year old bottlings). Due to the lack of supply for this popular whisky, and the growth in popularity of Japanese whiskies, this could be a great one to add to your collection.

Price: £525

Port Askaig 45 Year Old

A very rare example of Islay whisky at this age. Distilled in 1968, this is a combination of five sherry butts, which were married together for the final year. An exceptionally complex whisky that any Islay fan will savour.

Price: £1,200

Johnnie Walker & Sons Bicentennial Blend 28 Year Old

A limited-edition blended whisky from John Walker, celebrating the journey that John Walker & Sons has taken over the last 200 years. Inspired by the list of flavours on an original inventory list form John Walker’s store, master blender Jim Beveridge has crafted a complex, rich whisky with a medley of tropical flavours imparted by rare stocks from ghost distilleries Pittyvaich, Cambus and Port Ellen. Aromas of exotic fruits, cinnamon, soft smoke, figs, candied ginger, berries and aromatic spices fill the nose and are echoed on the palate.

Price: £725

Suntory Hibiki Blossom Harmony 2021 & Yamazaki Single Malt Limited Edition 2021

On May 25th 2021, Suntory Whisky will make available two limited release whiskies: Hibiki Blossom Harmony 2021 and Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky Limited Edition 2021. The Blossom Harmony release blends whisky that has been finished in barrels made from sakura trees, or Japanese cherry blossom trees. The Yamazaki Single Malt is aged in new barrels made from Nizunara oak trees. Both are being made in limited numbers in Japan on May 25th with no confirmation on the release date to the international market, we can only hope it will be soon after!

Price: TBC

* Prices stated as at the time of writing and may change.