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Navigating the World of Whiskey Collecting for Beginners

24 Nov, 2023 Whiskey

Embarking on the journey of whiskey collecting is not just about collecting bottles that look nice; it is more about their exploration of history, craftsmanship, and flavours. That’s why, regardless of whether you’re a novice or enthusiast, House of Assets wants to provide you with the key aspects every whiskey collector should know. 

What to know to build your collection:

  1. Know your whiskey:

Familiarise yourself with all the different types of whisky, from Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, and more. Each has unique characteristics, production methods, and regional influences, so it is good to know when you’re looking for rare bottles. Plus, ensure you’re cued up on the difference between whiskey and whisky. 

2. Know the ageing process:

The age of whiskey significantly impacts its flavour profile. Understanding how ageing occurs in barrels and the influence of the wood in the spirit will deepen your appreciation for each bottle. 

3. Explore Distilleries:

Get to know the distilleries and their history. Some distilleries have a long-standing tradition of producing exceptional whiskey; their bottles may become sought-after collectables. 

4. Start Small:

When building a whiskey collection, begin with a manageable collection. Quality matters more than quantity, especially when you’re just starting. Invest in bottles that align with your taste preferences. 

5. Diversify your selection: 

Build a diverse collection by exploring different styles, regions, and brands. This not only broadens your palate but also adds depth to your collection. 

6. Limited editions and special releases:

Keep an eye out for limited editions and special releases. These bottles often have unique characteristics and can become valuable additions to your collections. 

Key Considerations for Whiskey Collectors:

  1.  Storage Matters:

Proper storage is crucial. Keep your whiskey bottles upright in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and temperature fluctuations. This preserves the integrity and flavour of the spirit. 

2. Research Before Purchasing: 

Research and educate yourself about the bottles you’re interested in. Understanding the market value, distillery reputation, and the rarity of a particular release will guide your purchasing decisions. 

3. Networking in the Whiskey Community:

Join whiskey forums, attend tastings, and connect and collaborate with other collectors. The insights and advice from seasoned collectors can be invaluable as you navigate the whiskey-collecting landscape. With House of Assets, you can even team up with other whiskey collectors and collaborate on a purchase, having shared ownership to help initiate the building of your whiskey collection. 

4. Patience is a virtue:

Whiskey collecting is not a race; it’s a journey. Be patient and enjoy the process. Some bottles may increase in value over time, while others become priceless in the memories they create. 

In conclusion…

The key thing to remember in House of Assets’ guide to whiskey collecting for beginners is that it’s not just about the liquid in the bottle. Each type of whiskey, from Jameson, Johnnie Walker, Jim Bean, Bowmore, Ardbeg, and more, all tell a story that goes beyond the brand and tells the story of the distillery, craftsmanship, and the rich history of the spirit. 

House of Assets is excited to be the matchmaker for all keen novices and experienced enthusiasts to find your dream whiskey bottle and help build your whiskey collection or grow your portfolio! 

If you have any enquiries about whiskey collecting or selling your vintage whiskey, then don’t hesitate to contact us! 

Beth Macdonald

Bethany is a seasoned expert in tangible asset investment, renowned for her astute insights in the realms of art, fine wines, whiskey and classic cars. With over two decades of experience in the financial and luxury asset management sectors, and working for other auction houses/marketplaces, she has a deep understanding of the market sector and investment trading. Her passion for tangible asset investments started early in her career and she has keen eye for value and art.

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