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I once bought this rare Macallan, what to do with it? Sell or save?

Still Swedish
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 22:03 pm

Hi


Excuse the newbie here. I really dont know what to do with this untouched whisky I preordered and bought straight from Macallan back in, I guess 2003-2004 something.

It's called Macallan 1990 Cask Strength Exceptional Single Cask IV and are identical to the one in this ad: https://whisky.auction/auctions/lot/29747/macallan-1990-cask-strength

The packaging have not been opened and considering the price on that site, I doubt I will ever dare opening it. But what should I do with it? How should I care for it? And if I decide to sell it, whom should I turn to?

Now it resides in complete darkness on the lowest shelf of my liquer cabinet.

  Edited on 11-11-2018 at 22:22 pm
VaryingViewpoint
Moderator Moderator
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 22:33 pm

You've had it for 15 years now, why did you purchase it in the first place for?

One life... Drink it well
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 22:33 pm

Drink it, you paid a good price for it  back then so why not open it and enjoy it?

Still Swedish
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 22:38 pm

You've had it for 15 years now, why did you purchase it in the first place for?


I was acctually thinking of starting a small Macallan collection, but the next thing that happened was that Macallan seemed to stop shipping to Sweden. And when I briefly thought of opening it at my first sons birth, but just stopped and checked the current price (in august of 2004) I decided to open a more common 18-year Macallan instead. Then it just kind of sat there, way in the back of the cabinet. Found it yesterday while rummaging for some Gin.

Still Swedish
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 22:41 pm

Drink it, you paid a good price for it  back then so why not open it and enjoy it?


If it still would go for what I paid for it (about $100), sure. Now it seems way to expensive. I'm not poor, but truth be told, I could need the money.

VaryingViewpoint
Moderator Moderator
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 22:55 pm

You've had it for 15 years now, why did you purchase it in the first place for?


I was acctually thinking of starting a small Macallan collection, but the next thing that happened was that Macallan seemed to stop shipping to Sweden. And when I briefly thought of opening it at my first sons birth, but just stopped and checked the current price (in august of 2004) I decided to open a more common 18-year Macallan instead. Then it just kind of sat there, way in the back of the cabinet. Found it yesterday while rummaging for some Gin.

Well, I wouldn't share that story with your first born. He might take it the wrong way.


Better yet crack it open on his 18th and share the bottle together.happy

One life... Drink it well
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 11-11-2018 at 23:22 pm

Drink it, you paid a good price for it  back then so why not open it and enjoy it?


If it still would go for what I paid for it (about $100), sure. Now it seems way to expensive. I'm not poor, but truth be told, I could need the money.

The other way of looking at it is that you only paid 100 bucks for it which is chicken feed by today`s Macallan prices so think what a bargain you are drinking happy

But if you need the money, fair enough also

mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 12-11-2018 at 16:02 pm

Still Swedish wrote:

lincolnimp wrote:

Drink it, you paid a good price for it  back then so why not open it and enjoy it?

If it still would go for what I paid for it (about $100), sure. Now it seems way to expensive. I'm not poor, but truth be told, I could need the money.

My snarky answer would be "I'll give you $200 for it right now, you'd double your money, how about it?"  happy   ...but to be serious, does nobody have a real answer this poor chap's question?  It's a legitimate question.

I don't think he's a whisky aficionado, per se.  What if you found a $1000 stamp in the bottom of a drawer?  Would you lick it and put it on a letter?  no, you'd try to do whatever benefits you most.  You'd hock it.

What if we rephrase it to something like "I can't drink liquor <make up some reason>, but I inherited this expensive bottle.  I need to unload it because It's all I got from the inheritance and I can't afford the funeral."

Canadian law isn't very friendly to liquor re-selling so I have little experience with this stuff, but one thing you could try is posting it on the Marketplace here ( I think this is the bottle https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9407/macallan-1990 but take the valuation with a huge grain of salt, it's total bollocks) and see what happens.  Or you could research auctions to see if one of them is convenient for you, then talk to them directly for more info.  Auction would probably be the simplest & quickest thing to do.

holborndrinker
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 12-11-2018 at 17:37 pm

Flog it - it'll only gather dust in your cupboard and you'll kick yourself if you open it and don't like it.

Nunc est bibendum - mine's a double!
cfosterk
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 13-11-2018 at 05:19 am

sell it and buy some decent whisky!!


Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 13-11-2018 at 19:27 pm

If you have no desire to try, then sell it.  Even better if you can sell it to someone who will then let you try it.  happy

peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 13-11-2018 at 21:10 pm

If because of it's value you didn't find the hart to open it at the birth of your first son 14 years ago, something tells me you never will.

I'm tempted to rewrite the phrase "if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it" into "if you have to think twice about opening it, sell it".


It's easy to say; you paid £100, open it and drink it. And it's probably a good £100 whisky.

But I'm pretty sure you would not buy it today at £3000, drink it and conclude it was worth it.

And your question does not include the option to open it wink


If you're attached to it in one way or the other, just keep it, it's £100 you spent long ago.

If not, and you need the money, sell it, it was a good investment in your past that paid off.

And I think it's the right time, you never know when prices will peak.

From Sweden it should not be a problem to use a reknowned international auction site.

Just do some research on terms, conditions and commission.

Still Swedish
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 13-11-2018 at 21:16 pm

Update: I got it appraised from a serious local auction house.  They think a resonable opening bid will be $2262 and they sold a similar bottle (next in the series, I think) for about $3000 less than a year ago. Very good news.


I will sell this bottle, but not right now. I figured it will pay for some stuff I need to aquire around june next year, and if I clear it now, there wont be any fun-money left by then. I mean, I could use it as downpayment on my house and polish of that morgage with about 15% but....nah, the house is supercheap anyways.

Thank you for your input. 

mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 13-11-2018 at 21:46 pm

 "if you have to think twice about opening it, sell it".

I love this advice.  I was telling Lincoln recently that a small handful of bottles in my collection do fall into the category of having to contemplate about opening/not-opening (primarily because I paid WAY too much for them).   With those few, given half a chance I would absolutely hock them in a second.  I don't particularly like holding on to something I may never be able to bring myself to open.

  Edited on 13-11-2018 at 21:46 pm
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