One of my favorite vendors at a local Flea Market buys defaulted Storage Units, and frequently doesn't have time to go through every box before the weekend, so he sometimes opens them at the Flea Market while setting up, occassionally allowing those he knows to dig through "virgin" unopened totes....so you never really know just what you'll find. That was the case last weekend, and I opened one finding a newspaper wrapped 1961 Special Edition bottle of Walker's Deluxe Bourbon, still sealed. I continued digging to come up with three more sealed bottles along with a Canadian Club Lucite Paperweight. Following a bit of good natured back-and-forth regarding the pricing, we owned the lot for $25. I didn't really know the value of those Bourbons, but that way, if the Bourbon turned out to be of little value....well, we could always drink it. Important Note: Sealed bottles of hard liquor don't usually go bad like wine or beer. If they are clear, they are most likely perfectly safe to enjoy.
Another website we found interesting is the L.A. Whiskey Society. They describe themselves as a "Private Club, but a Public Resource". There you will find all kinds of information on Whiskeys including Ratings, Reviews, Articles and, if you scroll down the page, a guide on selling rare whiskeys and whiskey bottles.
So just how high a price can some of liquors bring? Well, until 2014 the world record for a liquor sale was held by a Macallan whisky, a 64-year-old scotch that went for $460,000 in New York in 2010. That number, however, was shattered by another Macallan that brought the princely sum of $628,205 at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong in January that year.
Leaving out examples where the bottles are encrusted with jewels or precious metals, instead focusing on the contents, it is not uncommon for examples to bring in the tens of thousands of dollars. Here's a good link to the ten most expensive Whiskeys as of this year: Click Here
One of the most interesting facets to learn while investigating these collectible liquors? Most of the liquors between $50 and $400 are bought.....to drink. What does that say? That these can only get rarer, and should prove to be great investments should you want to keep it as an investment rather than imbibe.