For investors with cash to spare, it pays to put liquid assets into a liquid asset. That’s provided the liquid is a rare single malt Scotch whisky, the asset of choice for moneyed buyers with a taste for the good stuff.

According to the latest edition of Knight Frank’s Wealth Report, 2018 was a “transformational” year for the spirit, with bottles soaring above the £1 million ($1.3 million) mark at auction for the first time. The record-breaking whisky in question was a Macallan 1926 single malt, in a one-of-a-kind bottle painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. A month earlier, a bottle of the same whisky set the then-world record price of £700,000. The Knight Frank Rare Whisky 100 Index, which tracks the price of this liquid gold at auction, gained almost 40% over the course of the year, beating out rare coins, wine, art, watches, and other luxury “objects of desire” tracked by the British consulting firm.

These days, the report explains, Asian high-net-worth investors are making use of direct flights between Edinburgh and Beijing to learn about, and invest in, the most exclusive whiskies on the market. They’re snapping up whole casks of the spirit for punchy prices, whether as a savvy investment or a very tasty status symbol. A chain of whisky-themed bars named after Scotch celebrity Charles Maclean is reportedly in the works on the Chinese mainland, for those who can’t justify making the trip when they fancy a dram.

Growing interest in the drink has led to Diageo announcing plans last year to invest £185m ($240m) in Scotch whisky tourist attractions and visitor centres. A further 10 Scottish distilleries were set to open last year, including one in Scotland’s southern Borders region for the first time in nearly two centuries.

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Fine wine leading from the front

Fine wine prices increased on average by 25% in the last 12 months according to Knight Frank's Luxury Investment Index (KFLII). Fine wine was the only asset class to achieve double-digit growth over the last 12 months. KFLII measures price growth across 10 luxury investment sectors. Wine had the highest growth year-on-year, ahead of classic cars, fine art, diamonds, jewellery and antique furniture. Fine wine prices have risen 61% over last 5 years and 231% across the decade, coming only second to classic cars.


The Last Drop's eagerly awaited 10th release is here!!

The Last Drop are back with their eagerly awaited 10th release and it's a beauty! All hail the 1971 Triple-Matured Whisky! This release has spent 12 years in ex-Bourbon casks, followed by 9 years in ex-Oloroso Sherry butts and finally a third patient stint of 24 years in ex-Bourbon casks, before hitting its prime at 45 years old. Only 1,352 bottles have been filled and the critics can't get enough.... 97 points - "Just how do they continue to unearth whiskies which are truly staggering, absolute marvels of their type?" - Jim Murray

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