From our Swindon correspondent:
From the BBC
A man whose father gave him 18-year-old whisky every year for his birthday is selling the collection to buy a house.
Matthew Robson, from Taunton, was born in 1992 and over the course of his life his father Pete has spent about £5,000 on 28 bottles of Macallan single malt.
The collection is now worth more than £40,000 and has been put up for sale.
Well, no. The price being asked is £40,000. Whether it gets £40,000 is another matter.
Personally, I’m sceptical because whisky isn’t like wine, where the year has some bearing on the quality, and improves in the bottle. Whisky is distilled and once out of the barrel in the bottle, it stops ageing. It’s not even really sold on when it was bottled but how many years are in the barrel. If you taste Macallan 18 bottled last year and Macallan 18 bottled 10 years ago, it’s going to taste the same.
And if you look around the internet, you can find old bottled Macallans, but the price is generally £200-300/bottle. So, 28 bottles of Macallan is roughly around well, £5000. Still a better investment than Beanie Babies, but dropping the money in a tracker fund might have done a lot better over time.