Sometimes, things going out of production is a nuisance – lipstick colours, perfumes and aftershave to name but a few— but there’s no denying that a bit of scarcity can stir up a whole lot of romance.
Certainly in the whisky world, there is an entire category of highly sought-after single malts drawn from the stocks of “lost distilleries”, or distilleries that have long since closed with names such as Port Ellen, Brora, Glenury and Karuizawa can fetch hundreds, even thousands of pounds and, if you’re so inclined, offer some good investment potential too.
If you want to blow the socks off your favourite whisky anorak, you can’t go wrong with something that’s as rare as hen’s teeth — and when you’re drinking the stuff, nothing focuses the mind more than knowing that, when it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
HDW consequently thought about indulging in some whisky research this week by choosing three wonderful whisky examples. But the reality is that all the real goodies are snapped up as soon as they’re released (keep an eye out for the Diageo Special Releases that come out every October). So here are two affordable tasters and a luxurious whisky that have come and are still around to get.