This is a special episode of WhiskyCast – not only is it the 500th episode, but it’s the second of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London! We’re packing a lot into this episode, with news on new whiskies from Girvan, Nikka, Kilchoman, and others, a re-start of production at Sweden’s Mackmyra Distillery, and a look at some of the new whisky books just being published.

Our main focus, though, is an in-depth look at whisky collecting, following yet another mainstream media story in Sunday’s Telegraph touting the investment value of rare whiskies. We’ll talk to some of the whisky lovers who hoped to get one of the rare Karuizawa single malt bottlings produced specially for the show, but were beaten to the punch..along with some who managed to get their hands on one. Much of the demand is coming from Asia, and things have gotten so crazy that some whisky bloggers are shooting video of themselves smashing empty sample bottles of Ardbeg’s recent Supernova release just to prove they didn’t sell their coded samples. Finally, we’ll hear from one of the world’s top whisky collectors…Sukhinder Singh, who’s seen whisky investing from all sides as both a collector and retailer of rare whiskies.

Links: The Whisky Exchange | Mackmyra | Canadian Club | Glen Grant | Girvan | Kilchoman | Nikka | Glenmorangie | Amrut | The Telegraph