Monday, April 3, 2017

A Few Ideas for the Whisky Aficionado who has a lot of Extra Cash Sloshing Around

Are you a whisky aficionado who has a lot of extra cash sloshing around?  I most certainly am not, but if you are, here are a few ideas for you:

1. Buy a Bottle of 50 Year-Old Whisky.  A number of distilleries have whiskies with 50-year old age statements on the market right now.  (See article) The Balvenie, The Macallan, THe Glenlivet and Glenfiddich have 50-year old offerings ranging from approximately US$22,500 to US$33,000 per bottle.  Must be nice to be able to buy and drink something that expensive and enjoy it!

2. Buy a US$2,500 Macallan Whisky Flask Into Which to put It.  The Macallan challenged Swiss watchmaker Urwerk to design a flask suitable for its rare vintages.  This admittedly cool-looking, part titanium flask (See article) is going for approximately US$2,500.  Sorry, it's not THAT cool-looking.  If I had a whisky that called for a US$2,500 flask, I don't think I would be putting that whisky into a flask. But apparently The Macallan and Urwerk think there are at least 500 people who feel otherwise.

3. Buy a Watch that has a Drop of the World's Oldest Whisky in It.  Let me start by saying that this is not a belated April Fool's Day post.  Apparently Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet saw its competitor Urwerk coming out with an over-the-top whisky accessory and said "Hold my beer, I got this."  They have come out with a line of watches (See article) that contain a single drop of what is supposedly the oldest whisky in the world, Old Vatted Glenlivet 1862.  These watches retail for approximately US$18,000 with a steel case and US$47,000 with a red gold case. You have got to be kidding.  What is that saying?  Oh yeah - "A fool and his money are soon parted."

4. Buy your own Scotch Distillery.  After selling his yogurt company for US$80 million, Australian David Prior apparently decided that it would be really fun to roll over half of it back into purchasing the mothballed and bankrupt Bladnoch distillery on the other side of the world in Scotland, spend another US$10 million refurbishing it, and then reopen it.  Apparently his wife is totally cool with this.  That guy (See article) is living the dream, isn't he?

Who ARE these people who are buying these things?