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How much is my whisky worth?

There are a few general aspects which can determine the value of your old whisky. Let’s take a look on some of the general characteristics.

The condition of your old whisky bottle is a significant indicator to the value. if you are collecting whisky, then you must keep your bottle of whisky safe from undesired scratches, any fading labels and missing parts. You should always check bottles for any damage, as this will affect the value. It is recommendable to keep your bottle in a safe place and always away from direct sunlight.

Is the bottle open?

Open bottles of whisky loose their collectible value. Air is the enemy of spirits such as whisky, once it comes into contact, the drink begins to change the taste and molecular composition.
Full bottles in great condition is the most desired. On the other hand lower-fill bottles are collected as an historical example, or decoration. Especially if its provenance is interesting.

The temperature

There is no definite metric, although it is suggested that it should not be stored above 21 degrees celsius. Each whisky is affected differently according to the temperature. The important thing is to avoid high temperatures.

The brand
There are various brands that are known for high quality. Brands that have sold well at auctions and marketplaces for a long time. Check out these brands if you want to look at valuable whisky brands sold at auction. If you own one of these whisky brands, in rare editions, we recommend you get an online appraisal before you sell. 

Chivas regal
Glen Grant
Gordon & MacPhail
Johnnie Walker
Port Ellen
The balvenie

Which whisky bottles should I invest in and collect?

The Macallan 1946
The bottle of malt whisky refers to the classic Macallan, one of the best ever launched, a leader in the list of 10 most expensive rare whiskys in the world.

Dalmore Trinitas 64 
This incredible whisky is a limited edition.

Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955

A rare whisky, aging since the New Year's Eve of the year 1955. The recognition of the drink is floral and fruity with a sweet taste.

Glenfiddich 1937 Rare Collection
With a production of only 61 bottles. This whisky is known for a rich walnut color, with touches of cinnamon, clove, cedar and caramel.

Dalmore 62 Single Highland Malt Scotch
The drink is the mixture of four malt whisky, distilled in different dates. Only 12 bottles were produced in 1942 and each bottle received the original name, relevant to Dalmore. The highest price was for Matheson, a tribute to Alexander Matheson, owner of the property, which was sold at an auction in anonymity in 2005 for $ 58,000. 

Vintage Balblair 1975
This malt whisky is unique. It has an intense amber colour with coppery sparkles and offers the palate a creamy sensation, with notes of chocolate. There are only 3,000 bottles of this vintage whisky. In 2010 this won the first prize in the World whiskys Awards. Founded in 1790 Balblair is one of Scotland's oldest active distilleries.

The Macallan 1824 Estate Reserve
Provide an intense and fruity flavor that leaves memorable memory. 

Chivas Regal 18
Chivas Regal 18 is a premium scotch whisky mix of more than 20 of the most exclusive malt whiskys.
A cup of this liquid gold produces a hurricane of sensations on the palate. With notes of chocolate, nuts, creamy caramel and orange leaves a citrus and spicy sensation.

Cardhu Single Malt 12 years
It is the treasure of the Scottish region of SpeySide, a region that hosts a large part of the country's distilleries. In addition, this has been the best ambassador throughout the world.
With more than one hundred years of history, Cardhu 12 years is soft, silky and delicate allowing you to take it at any time of the day.

Yamazaki 18
A Japanese whisky made with 100% natural ingredients and distilled in the traditional Japanese way.
A full-bodied drink with shades such as cherry offers a fresh start and a dry finish. Not only is it a whisky, but it is Japanese history since it is made in the oldest distillery in the country.

Highland Park 50 years
It is the oldest whisky at the Scottish distillery. Therefore, a limited edition of 275 bottles of this edition has been created.
Each of its bottles is handmade in silver reflecting the influence of the sea, the wild weather and the passage of time.
This remarkable whisky has sugar and orange notes that produce a very spicy finish.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label
The mixture of 40 whiskys exclusive to the distillery, each aged up to 50 years, has allowed creating such a delicious drink.
Blue Label retains the unmistakable smoky flavor characteristic of Johnnie Walker. Each of the bottles is presented in boxes with a serial number written by hand.

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Would You Like to Sell Your whisky?

Mearto offers two opportunities to sell your whisky based on its current fair market value:

Customers with whisky expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.

For customers with whisky valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.

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Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.

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