Stocking over 180 of the best Scotch whisky brands ranging in price from a very accessible £21.95 to rare collector’s bottles valued at up to £20,500, The House of Bruar Whisky Shop is an oasis of indulgence where whisky connoisseurs and novices alike can share their passion for the water of life with our expert staff.

Crammed with collectable bottles sourced by in-house whisky investment expert, Martin Homola, The House of Bruar Whisky Shop is a place for whisky lovers to gather, to swap stories and share knowledge, or to start off on their personal collection journeys.

A qualified whisky consultant - he holds a coveted Single Malt Whisky Diploma from Edinburgh Whisky Academy - with years of experience in tracking down the most collectable bottles, Martin is well-placed to apply his extensive knowledge to building The House of Bruar whisky collection and sharing his expertise with customers. 

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Invest in whisky
The world of whisky investment is an enigma to the ordinary mortal – knowing how to invest in whisky is about connections and contacts, it’s about being in the right place at the right time with the right awareness about what to buy, where to buy and when to buy and sell. It’s not just about the money, and it’s not always a guarantee. Martin has found himself closing in on a special bottle on many occasions only to find it sold out from under his nose.

Determining whether a bottle will become a collectable item is an art form in itself. It’s not necessarily dependent on taste, the reputation of the distillery or age. A random event can transform the most ordinary bottle into a collectable piece – the collapse of a warehouse roof at Glenfiddich destroying the majority of casks turned the surviving bottles into investment gold dust.



And, it’s worth the effort! The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index lists rare whisky as an asset with one of the greatest potential returns – with its value growing by a staggering 478% over the last ten years*. In 2019 a single bottle of The Macallan 1926 sold for £1.5m as part of an overall collection that ended up going under the hammer for £7.6m**. Many people are turning to collectable whiskies as long-term investments in a similar way as they may more traditionally have invested in property or artworks, and even pensions.  

Here Martin picks out some of his personal favourites from the range from drinkable single malts to the best whisky to invest in, with suggestions on what to consume and what to collect: 

 
Whiskies up to £40 

House of Bruar 10 Year Old £34.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/house-of-bruar-malt-whisky-70cl/ CONSUME

For generations, the Earls of Scotland have governed and protected their lands and traditions. The House of Bruar 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky reflects this. A distinctive taste that is born from the finest quality malt whisky, it reflects the character of the quiet little village in which it is produced. Typically Speyside, full of charm. Tasting notes: Vanilla, Cigar. Elegant, subtle with a warm and very smooth finish.  



Speyburn 10 Year Old £39.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/speyburn10y/ CONSUME

Speyburn 10 Year Old single malt is matured in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks giving the single malt bold flavours and a long, smooth finish. Medium-bodied with hints of toffee & butterscotch. Bottled at 40% abv.

Discover Speyburn Distillery 

Speyburn Distillery founder John Hopkins set himself the challenge of producing its first whisky in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 60th year on the throne. Nestled amongst the trees on a narrow glen in the heart of Speyside, Speyburn remains the only distillery to use the crystal-clear waters of the Granty Burn, giving its single malts their uniquely refreshing character. 

“Whichever Speyburn offering is selected, you can expect to enjoy the classic taste of Speyside in every dram. After all, Speyburn is Speyside.”



Whiskies between £40 - £60
Glendronach 12
GlenDronach 12-Year-Old £59.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/mangrove-glendronach-12yo-original/ CONSUME/COLLECT

The GlenDronach 12-Year-Old Original is a sherried single malt that has been matured in a combination of Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks for a sweet, rich and creamy finish. Rich oak and sherry sweetness, with notes of raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish. Bottled at 43% abv.

Discover Glendronach 

GlenDronach Distillery was founded in 1826, near Huntly Aberdeenshire, making the distillery one of the oldest in Scotland. The distillery has been using old fashioned and handcrafted techniques for nearly 200 years, making them experts of the rich sherried malts. The distillery workers believe that the rooks that nest in the buildings play an important part in the continuing success of the product.

“Our well-kept secrets have been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in the warehouses. The distillery folk believe as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.”


Bunnahabhain Toiteach
Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà £54.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/bunnahabhaintadh/ CONSUME

The Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dhà is crafted from peated malted barley and matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks in the coastal warehouses on Bunnahabhain Bay. Flavours of peaty smoke and a sweet sherry influence with rich oak, balanced with delicate pepper. Bottled at 46.3% abv.

Discover Bunnahabhain Distillery

Bunnahabhain Distillery was founded in 1883 on the Scottish island of Islay. Bunnahabhain translates from the Gaelic as “mouth of the river.” Using natural spring water as a source, Bunnahabhain whiskies are non-chill-filtered and pure in colour, showcasing the true natural character of Islay single malts.

“Since 1881, we have harnessed the natural ingredients provided by our peaceful surroundings. Supported by the passion and dedication of our people, Bunnahabhain has brought man and nature together in perfect harmony.”



Whiskies between £60 - £100

Dalmore 15
Dalmore 15 Year Old £89.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/whyte-mackay-dalmore-15yo/ CONSUME

The Dalmore 15 Year Old is matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, giving the whisky a base of vanilla and honey notes. The whisky is then finished in different styles of Oloroso casks, each one giving the whisky its own flavour, finishing with notes of mandarin, ginger, vanilla and apples. Bottled at 40% abv.

Discover The Dalmore Distillery

The Dalmore Distillery was established in 1839 on the Cromarty Firth. Creating exceptional whiskies for over 150 years The Dalmore has set the standard of multi-cask maturation that many other whisky makers follow today. The characteristic Royal Stag emblem that appears on every bottle can be traced back to 1263 when the Chief of the Mackenzie Clan saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag thus earning the Mackenzie Clan the right to use the emblem on their coat of arms. When descendants of the Clan took over the distillery in 1867, the Royal Stag became The Dalmore’s distinctive icon.  

“At The Dalmore, we continue an age-old heritage that treasures the sanctity of the cask. Our precious spirit is finessed in exceptional casks, hand-selected by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson and sourced from the world’s finest bodegas and exclusive wineries.”


Glenmorangie 18
Glenmorangie 18 Year Old £99.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/glenmorangie18y/ 
CONSUME

The Glenmorangie 18 Year Old is aged in American oak casks for no less that 15 years and then a portion is aged in Oloroso Sherry casks for another 3 years, giving this a balanced sweet and floral whisky. The notes of fig, honey and marmalade with a slight smokiness. Bottled at 43% abv.

Discover Glenmorangie Distillery 

Established in 1843 in Tain, Scotland, the Glenmorangie Distillery proudly owns the tallest stills in Scotland, the size of a giraffe, bringing more flavour and aroma to their whisky. Their whiskies are aged in some of the world’s finest casks and they credit the rich minerals of their water source the Tarlogie Spring for the whisky’s distinctive fruity taste.

“Creativity takes a community. Designing delicious whiskies requires constant watch over our tall stills, and skills built up over generations. These men and women are deeply versed in our anything-is-possible style of whisky making. Truth be told, we couldn’t create Glenmorangie without them.”



Whiskies between £100 - £350

The Macallan 18
The Macallan 18 Year Old 2020 £325.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/macallan18yodoubl/
COLLECT

The Macallan Double Cask 18 Year Old carries the classic Macallan style and sweetness of American oak. Rich raisin and sultana blends with notes of caramel, vanilla and ginger, balanced by wood spice and zesty citrus; warming oak spice with ginger, turning to sweet orange. Bottled at 43% abv.

Discover Macallan Distillery

Founded in 1824, the Macallan Distillery in Speyside was one of the first distilleries to be legally licenced. Drawing on influences from Spain, North America and Scotland, The Macallan has built a reputation as one of the finest single malt whiskies in the world. The distillery places wood right at the heart of the process, accrediting the quality of the whisky to the careful selection and preparation of its oak casks. 

“Each and every Macallan single malt whisky reveals our unrivalled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit since 1824.”


Tomatin 30
Tomatin 30 Year Old £329.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/tomatin30y/ CONSUME/COLLECT

The Tomatin 30 Year Old is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and oak casks, delivering fresh aromas of fruits, honey and white chocolate. On the palate, tropical fruits, creamy and rich finish. Bottled at 46% abv.

Discover Tomatin Distillery 

Established in 1897, the Tomatin Distillery sits at 1000 feet above sea level on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Its isolated location plays no small part in the unique quality of the whiskies it produces with 80% of the workforce living on site. 

“Working at Tomatin is more than just a job for our employees; it is a way of life. This, in turn, is reflected in the quality of whisky produced; every bottle of whisky we make is distilled with pride.”



Whiskies between £500 - £1000

Balvenie 26 A Day of Dark Barley
The Balvenie 26 Year Old A Day of Dark Barley £675 https://www.houseofbruar.com/balvenie26dar/ COLLECT

The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley was crafted after the arrival of a batch of dark roasted malted barley, marked the beginning of a 26-year long experiment. The result was depth, smokiness and oakiness as well as the classic honey, toffee, vanilla and citrus flavours and a touch of cinnamon and ginger spices. Bottled at 48.3% abv.

Discover Balvenie Distillery

Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Banffshire, opened in 1892. Their whisky-making process is dedicated to maintaining their five rare crafts, including growing their own barley and using the original 1929 malting floors, allowing the unique characteristics to be found in their award-winning whisky. The distillery takes pride in the expertise handed down from generations of craftspeople. 

“Our Distillery is built upon stories that are told from each generation of craftsmen to the next. These stories are our lifeblood. It is how we pass on what we know, how we process experiences, and how we create new ideas.”

Dalmore 25
The Dalmore 25 Year Old £850 https://www.houseofbruar.com/dalmore25y/ CONSUME/COLLECT

The Dalmore 25 Year Old is initially matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, giving the whisky a base of vanilla and honey. It is then apportioned between Oloroso sherry and tawny port pipes casks and finally brought back together to harmonise in a first fill ex-bourbon cask giving the whisky notes of vanilla, treacle toffee and chocolate. Bottled at 42% abv.

Discover The Dalmore Distillery

The Dalmore Distillery was established in 1839 on the Cromarty Firth. Creating exceptional whiskies for over 150 years The Dalmore has set the standard of multi-cask maturation that many other whisky makers follow today. The characteristic Royal Stag emblem that appears on every bottle can be traced back to 1263 when the Chief of the Mackenzie Clan saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag thus earning the Mackenzie Clan the right to use the emblem on their coat of arms. When descendants of the Clan took over the distillery in 1867, the Royal Stag became The Dalmore’s distinctive icon.  

“At The Dalmore, we continue an age-old heritage that treasures the sanctity of the cask. Our precious spirit is finessed in exceptional casks, hand-selected by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson and sourced from the world’s finest bodegas and exclusive wineries.”



Whiskies between £1000 - £5000 
The Macallan 25 Sherry
The Macallan 25 Sherry 2020 £2,395.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/macallan25yosherr/ COLLECT

The Macallan Sherry Oak 25 Year old is matured in sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain. Rich flavours of vanilla, dried fruits, wood smoke and ginger spice, with a long finish. Bottled at 43% abv.

Discover Macallan Distillery

Founded in 1824, the Macallan Distillery in Speyside was one of the first distilleries to be legally licenced. Drawing on influences from Spain, North America and Scotland, The Macallan has built a reputation as one of the finest single malt whiskies in the world. The distillery places wood right at the heart of the process, accrediting the quality of the whisky to the careful selection and preparation of its oak casks. 

“Each and every Macallan single malt whisky reveals our unrivalled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit since 1824.”


The Glenturret 30
The Glenturret 30 Year Old 2020 £1,600 https://www.houseofbruar.com/the-glenturret-30-year-old/ COLLECT

The beautifully complex The Glenturret 30 Year Old single malt is a tale of two worlds. In 2019, when the distillery met its new owners, some of the 30 year old spirit was filled into new, specially selected European oak sherry casks where it continued its maturation for a further year. It was then carefully blended with spirit that had slumbered for all three decades in the original wood. New ownership, new Whisky Maker, new wood, 30 year old casks and aged spirit all combine to create this luxuriant single malt. Bottled at 45.7% abv.

Discover The Glenturret Distillery

Dating back to 1763, The Glenturret Distillery lays claim to being Scotland’s oldest working whisky distillery. From its home in the verdant Perthshire countryside, The Glenturret Distillery retains the handcrafted methods handed down through the generations, making full use of the abundance of natural resources that surrounds it. The distillery has the only remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland and takes pride in hosting regular visitor tours.
 
“The Glenturret 30 Years Old is presented today in homage to our long and distinguished history. It celebrates The Glenturret Trinity; the three touchstones of PROVENANCE, PROWESS and PASSION that underpin everything we do now and in the future.”



Whiskies between £5000 - £10,000

The macallan 1979 18 year old Grand Reserva
The Macallan 1979 18 Year Old Grand Reserva £5,999.95 https://www.houseofbruar.com/macallan-18-year-old-grand-reserva-70cl/ COLLECT

An increasingly hard to find classic sherried The Macallan, distilled in 1979 and selected from the finest Olosoro casks, then matured in the most sultry of Spanish sherry casks for 18 years. This is considered to be the best of the Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s, showcasing the extreme end of sherried whisky from The Macallan. Memorable, legendary and one of the landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years. Bottled at 40% abv.

Discover Macallan Distillery

Founded in 1824, the Macallan Distillery in Speyside was one of the first distilleries to be legally licenced. Drawing on influences from Spain, North America and Scotland, The Macallan has built a reputation as one of the finest single malt whiskies in the world. The distillery places wood right at the heart of the process, accrediting the quality of the whisky to the careful selection and preparation of its oak casks. 

“Each and every Macallan single malt whisky reveals our unrivalled commitment to the mastery of wood and spirit since 1824.”


The Dalmore 40
The Dalmore 40 Year Old £7,995 https://www.houseofbruar.com/dalmore40y/ COLLECT

The Dalmore 40 Year Old is matured in a selection of American oak ex-bourbon casks, Grahams port colheita pipes and combined with sherry and ex-bourbon aged whisky. The 40 Year Old offers notes of orange, chocolate truffles, marmalade and walnuts and a forest fruit finish. Bottled at 42% abv.

Discover The Dalmore Distillery

The Dalmore Distillery was established in 1839 on the Cromarty Firth. Creating exceptional whiskies for over 150 years The Dalmore has set the standard of multi-cask maturation that many other whisky makers follow today. The characteristic Royal Stag emblem that appears on every bottle can be traced back to 1263 when the Chief of the Mackenzie Clan saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag thus earning the Mackenzie Clan the right to use the emblem on their coat of arms. When descendants of the Clan took over the distillery in 1867, the Royal Stag became The Dalmore’s distinctive icon.  

“At The Dalmore, we continue an age-old heritage that treasures the sanctity of the cask. Our precious spirit is finessed in exceptional casks, hand-selected by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson and sourced from the world’s finest bodegas and exclusive wineries.”



Whiskies £10,000+

The Dalmore 45
The Dalmore 45 Year Old £12,995 https://www.houseofbruar.com/dalmore45y/ COLLECT

The Dalmore 45 Year Old is created by using some of the distillery’s most rare and exquisite casks. Matured in a selection of American white oak ex-bourbon casks, cabernet sauvignon barriques, tawny port pipes and married together with American oak and colheita port pipe matured aged whisky. Notes of figs, toffee apple, banana, marmalade, honey and a hint of cranberry finish. Bottled at 40% abv.


The Dalmore Constellation Collection 1971 cask 2
The Dalmore Constellation Collection 1971 Cask 2 £20,500 https://www.houseofbruar.com/dalmore1971cask/ COLLECT

The Dalmore Constellation Collection 1971 Cask 2 was created by specially selected wood from the Ozark range in Missouri. The staves were cut and left to season for 3 years before being handcrafted into the perfect cask and fired to release the natural wood sugars and vanilla. Before being shipped to The Dalmore the cask was filled with the finest Kentucky bourbon whisky for 3 years. Matured for a total of 40 years it is rich and complex with notes of toffee apple, chocolate fudge and pear with a dusting of cocoa, nutmeg and banana. Bottled at 43.9% abv.

Discover The Dalmore Distillery

The Dalmore Distillery was established in 1839 on the Cromarty Firth. Creating exceptional whiskies for over 150 years The Dalmore has set the standard of multi-cask maturation that many other whisky makers follow today. The characteristic Royal Stag emblem that appears on every bottle can be traced back to 1263 when the Chief of the Mackenzie Clan saved King Alexander III from the fury of a charging stag thus earning the Mackenzie Clan the right to use the emblem on their coat of arms. When descendants of the Clan took over the distillery in 1867, the Royal Stag became The Dalmore’s distinctive icon.  

“At The Dalmore, we continue an age-old heritage that treasures the sanctity of the cask. Our precious spirit is finessed in exceptional casks, hand-selected by Master Distiller, Richard Paterson and sourced from the world’s finest bodegas and exclusive wineries.”

*The Wealth Report 2021
https://content.knightfrank.com/research/83/documents/en/the-wealth-report-2021-7865.pdf

**BBC News
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-50170555