Collectible whisky that won't break the bank

May 23, 2017

scotalnd whisky cask1Calgary Co-op's World of Whisky store sells some of the rarest and most expensive bottles of scotch in the world. A 50-year-old single malt Glenfiddich will set you back $38,000, but according to whisky expert and store manager Chris Sikorsky - not all bottles of collectible whisky will break the bank.

“What makes them collectible is the premium ingredients that are being used, and the amount that is produced,” Chris explains. “The more exclusive, the more money. Once these rare batches are gone, they're gone.”

Here are five inexpensive, stunning collectibles that Chris recommends for the everyday whisky lover.

Springbank Local Barley – This 11-year-old, single malt scotch from Campbeltown, Scotland will cost you about $165. Chris says this was a small release, with just 26 bottles coming into Alberta. The whisky has a creaminess and sweetness of grapes, custard, honeycomb and marshmallow.

The Arran Malt – This 21-year-old, limited edition release costs about $225. In honour of the distilleries 21st anniversary, the bottle is a blend of the first three scotches the Arran distillery ever produced. The whisky has been aged entirely in sherry casks and boasts rich and complex notes of pear, honey, black pepper and dark chocolate.scotalnd whisky cask3

Glenburgie 1995 GM – Similar to the Arran, this is also a 21-year-old single malt scotch that will cost you about $225. Produced in Speyside, Scotland, the 1995 Glenburgie was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Cask Strength series. It's described as sweet and spicy with notes of raisin and ripe banana.

Teeling Whiskey Revival – You can purchase this 13-year-old single malt Irish whiskey for just $160. The release matured initially for 12 years in ex-Bourbon casks before having a further 12 months’ in 250 litre ex-Calvados French apple brandy casks. This imparted an extra apple and pear character to the whiskey.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol IIa 2003 – This 2003 vintage whisky from Caol Ila, Scotland costs about $180. The release was finished in a Sassicaia 'Super Tuscan' red wine cask, giving it distinct mulled wine and fruity notes.

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