Until relatively recently, collecting whisky was a passion play, the province of a small group of liquid enthusiasts who would travel the globe to track down rare expressions from favourite distilleries. Now we live in a world of exclusive whisky auctions, investment funds and new releases boasting five-figure price tags.
People collect whisky for many different reasons. For the most part, and for most of those taking part, it remains what it was: a hobby. But it is one that excites high passion and that – especially today – requires a certain degree of financial wherewithal.