All of us often wonder if a vintage whisky bottle lying with us is of any worth. It ought to be gratifying to know that if the bottle of whiskey is actually sealed and unopened then your spirit is actually safe. We could state so with utmost confidence as there are many times when bottles of very old whiskies are brought out for sales.
Most of the time it’s value of the whisky bottle which we want to find out. How much can an old bottle get? Will it be really worth putting this out for sale? The answer to all of these questions sits mainly on whisky-yeast the type of whiskey and the age that is mentioned on the bottle and also how old the whisky really is. This age of the whisky is really the barrel age which decides the period for which the whisky was left to mature inside the barrel.
A good unopened bottle of premium whisky can fetch large amounts. A good example of this will be a bottle of Glenavon whisky from the year 1851 fetched nearly USD$29, 000. It can correctly be said that bottles that may attract probably the most attention as well as attention will be the ones that are from the pre prohibition period and even bottles which are not under production anymore.
You should realize that as soon as a whisky has been bottled after maturing inside a barrel it no longer continues to age. Technically speaking, there can be very minor quantity of changes that might be on-going with the spirit. But they’re just about all dependant on the type of exposure that a bottle of unopened whisky may be receiving. If, for instance, a bottle of whisky has been exposed to a lot of light over an extended time period then that bottle of whisky probably will encounter some changes. But since whisky is really a very high proof spirit it is much less prone to experience a lot of change. That is much unlike wine. Wine tends to get older due to the inherent chemical dynamics. Due to the presence of tannin and also acids from the grapes, a wine usually has a tendency to calm over time because of the oxidation process.
The reason why whiskies don’t change much despite some amount of exposure happens because they have been distilled at quite high temperature ranges and therefore turn out to be almost heat proof. As long as the temperatures remain ambient and also the bottle remains unopened the character of the whisky won’t change. Additionally the ethanol molecule in the whisky is very robust as this spirit has a high proof, water is often a stable compound and also ageable compounds in spirits such as whiskies are few.
Another thing that an old whisky bottle might have is a higher collectors’ value. While talking about whisky, a single malt Scotch will probably rank higher in the collectors’ value. Pre prohibition bottles will certainly fetch an excellent value because they are extremely uncommon to find. Along with old Scotch whiskies, pre prohibition Bourbons can also be extremely sought after. A classic bourbon like Old Taylor Whisky would certainly fetch a very good value.