Month: November, 2014

How to collect whisky – part two

Our spirits specialist Ronnie Cox lays bare the criteria required for creating bottled whiskies that will strike a chord with collectors – and the distilleries getting it right The Glenrothes produces vintages (not the standard 12-, 15- and 21-year-old versions) which makes it immediately collectible. It has a growing number of aficionados, some of whom […]

How to collect whisky – part one

Ronnie Cox, our eminent Brands Heritage Director of 25 years and an ambassador for The Glenrothes – separates the fact from the fiction in his appraisal of the whisky collectors’ market The earliest fatherly investment advice I received was the true story of my great grandfather who purchased shares in a gold mine in the […]

Behind the scenes in Burgundy

Recently returned from our annual tasting trip to Burgundy, Matthew Tipping, our Fine Wine Sales Manager, reports on an industry in the throes of change In recent years the Burgundy market has changed almost beyond recognition, with demand worldwide spiking dramatically. The vast majority of Burgundians are not large corporations, rather small family domaines that […]

Top flight – part two

In his concluding chapter, Stuart Rae, a member of our Fine Wine team, share his notes from a rare tasting of Penfolds’ exceptional 1990 vintage Without further ado we started the 10-wine flight. Proof that even the more ‘basic’ wines have the ability to age is seen in the first instance. The 1990 Penfolds Koonunga […]