Whisky – Valuations & How to Sell

The Whisky Market

Single Malt whisky has always been synonymous with quality, however, it is now also associated with record prices, with some bottles selling for in excess of £500,000.

The Rare Whisky 101 Macallan index pictured here shows how much growth there has been in the value of Macallan.  Some might say that it is a good investment for the future, but we believe that the market is experiencing a huge bubble and there will be a correction in price within the next year or so.  You need only look at the angle of the graph to see that such exponential growth is not sustainable in the long term.

With prices at record levels this makes the ideal time to sell your single malt whisky and we are here to help and ensure you get the best deal.

We can advise the value of your whisky and help you find the best place to sell it.

Whisky Value

The Whisky Market

Single Malt whisky has always been synonymous with quality, however, it is now also associated with record prices, with some bottles selling for in excess of £500,000.

The Rare Whisky 101 Macallan index pictured here shows how much growth there has been in the value of Macallan.  Some might say that it is a good investment for the future, but we believe that the market is experiencing a huge bubble and there will be a correction in price within the next year or so.  You need only look at the angle of the graph to see that such exponential growth is not sustainable in the long term.

With prices at record levels this makes the ideal time to sell your single malt whisky and we are here to help and ensure you get the best deal.

We can advise the value of your whisky and help you find the best place to sell it.

The Macallan Whisky Mark Littler 1

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Age of Bottle

Whisky does not continue to age when it is in the bottle.  Holding onto a bottle for a long time does not mean to say you will increase its value.  However, an old bottle of ‘standard’ single malt whisky can be VERY collectable as whisky collectors often look for changes in labels.

Limited Editions

Single casks bottlings are a limited edition by the simple fact that the bottling run is limited to the number of bottles of whisky contained in the cask.

The second type of limited edition are those that were made for a specific event, such as The Macallan Private Eye or The Macallan Royal Marriage.

Age of Whisky

Another major factor that impacts the price of a bottle of single malt whisky is the age of the whisky.  This is expressed on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.  This age refers to the age the whisky when it was bottled and whisky does not continue to age when it is in the bottle.

Vintages

Vintages are different to the age of the whisky and are a declaration of the specific year the whisky was distilled.  It is on of the most important factors that can impact the price of your single malt whisky.  A vintage is expressed as a date on the bottle from the year the whisky was produced.

Whisky Value
The Macallan Over 25 Year Old bottlings are very commercial and can make £1000’s.  The distillery date (normally on the lower left part of the label) and the bottling date (on the lower right part) are important.
Macallan 1962 Label
This bottle of Macallan has a neck label saying it was distilled in 1962.  Any bottle with a declared vintage will be very commercial as there are very limited in numbers.

Age of Bottle

Whisky does not continue to age when it is in the bottle.  Holding onto a bottle for a long time does not mean to say you will increase its value.  However, an old bottle of ‘standard’ single malt whisky can be VERY collectable as whisky collectors often look for changes in labels.

Limited Editions

Single casks bottlings are a limited edition by the simple fact that the bottling run is limited to the number of bottles of whisky contained in the cask.

The second type of limited edition are those that were made for a specific event, such as The Macallan Private Eye or The Macallan Royal Marriage.

Age of Whisky

Another major factor that impacts the price of a bottle of single malt whisky is the age of the whisky.  This is expressed on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.  This age refers to the age the whisky when it was bottled and whisky does not continue to age when it is in the bottle.

Vintages

Vintages are different to the age of the whisky and are a declaration of the specific year the whisky was distilled.  It is on of the most important factors that can impact the price of your single malt whisky.  A vintage is expressed as a date on the bottle from the year the whisky was produced.

Whisky Value
The Macallan Over 25 Year Old bottlings are very commercial and can make £1000’s.  The distillery date (normally on the lower left part of the label) and the bottling date (on the lower right part) are important.
Macallan 1962 Label
This bottle of Macallan has a neck label saying it was distilled in 1962.  Any bottle with a declared vintage will be very commercial as there are very limited in numbers.
Whisky Value
Although only from the 1990’s, because the label on the bottles have subsequently changed these cream label Macallan make around £100 at auction.
The Macallan Valuations 1
The Macallan Private Eye is a limited edition bottling made for Private Eye Magazine readers.  Although released at a cost of around £30 it is now worth over £1,000.

How to Date Your Bottle

No mention of capacity: most likely pre 1950
26 2/3 fluid ounces: no later than 1980
75cl: from 1980 until 1992
70cl: 1992 onwards

Packaging

If you are fortunate enough to have the original packaging that your bottle was supplied with, such as a presentation case or card box, then this will have a positive impact on the value of your bottle of whisky.

Level

The level of the whisky 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.  If the level is lower than the neck it will have an impact on the price.

Label

The label on your bottle of whisky is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value.  However, it will not be as damaging as having a level lower than the neck.

Macallan Old Style Label
Although only from the 1990’s, because the label on the bottles have subsequently changed these cream label Macallan make around £100 at auction.
The Macallan Valuations 1
The Macallan Private Eye is a limited edition bottling made for Private Eye Magazine readers.  Although released at a cost of around £30 it is now worth over £1,000.

How to Date Your Bottle

No mention of capacity: most likely pre 1950
26 2/3 fluid ounces: no later than 1980
75cl: from 1980 until 1992
70cl: 1992 onwards

Packaging

If you are fortunate enough to have the original packaging that your bottle was supplied with, such as a presentation case or card box, then this will have a positive impact on the value of your bottle of whisky.

Level

The level of the whisky 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.  If the level is lower than the neck it will have an impact on the price.

Label

The label on your bottle of whisky is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value.  However, it will not be as damaging as having a level lower than the neck.

The Most Popular Single Malt Whisky Distillers

Ardbeg

Brora

Glenlivet

Glenfarclas

Glenmorangie

Highland Park

Lagavulin

Springbank

Laphroaig

Mortlach

Macallan

Port Ellen

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The Most Popular Single Malt Whisky Distillers

Ardbeg

Brora

Glenlivet

Glenfarclas

Glenmorangie

Highland Park

Lagavulin

Springbank

Laphroaig

Mortlach

Macallan

Port Ellen

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FREE WHISKY VALUATIONS

Valuations

Are you looking for a valuation of your whisky?  If so then we can help. 

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Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Selling Your Whisky

We can help you sell your whisky and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

  • Access to every auction house in the UK.
  • By selecting the auction house that is best suited to your items we significantly increase the final sale price.
  • Our private sales earn you on average 35% more than by selling at auction.
  • We handle everything on your behalf from valuation to sale.
  • We’re independent, so offer unbiased and impartial advice.

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Are you looking for a valuation of your bottle? If so then we can help.

Email details about your bottle to [email protected] or call us on 01270 440357

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Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your bottle and we will reply with a valuation.

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