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Get into the spirit of whiskey collecting with these top tips

Ahead of six sales devoted to a selection of whiskies, Jonny Fowle, global head of spirits at Sotheby’s, shares expert advice for collectors

The Macallan Fine & Rare offered by Sothebys. A unparelled collection of one-off Scotch whiskies at forthcoming auction

It is widely held belief that we Irish invented whiskey. According to the Irish Whiskey Museum, uisce beatha was first brewed between the years 500-600 AD by Irish Christian monks, who mastered the art of distilling grain and water during their travels around Arabia.

Today it is offered as single malts, blends, Scotch whisky and bourbon and has become a highly collectable commodity according to Sotheby’s, which saw its spirit sales grow by 40 per ...