"I never anticipated the potential it could have for me in my life" - son sells birthday collection of Macallan whiskies valued at £40k

A son whose dad bought him a bottle of Macallan every year for his birthday is set to sell the collection in order to buy a house.

Published 6th Sep 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

A collection of Macallan whisky that was bought to celebrate a son's birthday has been sod for £44,000.

Matthew Robinson, 28, was born in 1992 and his dad, Pete, bought a bottle of Macallan to celebrate.

Pete then carried on the tradition and bought his son a bottle of 18 year old every year to toast his birthday.

Macallan was the chosen whisky for the family as Pete, who lived in Milnathort, worked  for a company that manufactured some of the raw materials for popular distillery.

The collection is a rare find, say experts, and although Pete spent about £5,000 on the birthday bottles, the collection is now worth more than £40,000.

Speaking of his collection, Matthew said: "I think it's been one of the best things he could have done. I never anticipated the potential it could have for me in my life.

"I'm currently looking at buying houses and having that money available to me is a massive weight off my shoulders - especially in these uncertain times. It's just very special."

The proceeds from the sale will be used as a deposit for a house for Matthew.

Dad Pete added:  "Looking at the bottle, I realised that it would be quite interesting to collect 18 bottles over 18 years and then give my son the final bottle, which would be his birth year.

"I also liked the idea that the materials I made would eventually be used in the making of the scotch. As time went by, I realised that the collection was starting to appreciate in value considerably and watched the brand with more interest."

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The collection was being sold by brokers Mark Littler Ltd, with every bottle in its original box - and it is listed online for offers over £40,000.

It has now been sold to an international buyer for £44,000.

Mark said: "In the whisky and wine world, we call a consecutive run of vintages a vertical. Normally it would take a lot of time and effort to amass a vertical like this, but this is  the opportunity for a collector to purchase them all instantly.

"In addition the Macallan 18- year-old is currently one of the most sought-after single malt Scotch whiskies in the world, so you've got a hot ticket item that is sure to be highly desirable to aspiring whisky collectors and investors."

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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