Robb Report Singapore invited a select group of readers to delve into the art of whisky investment, over a special food-and-whisky pairing led by Simon Lim, CEO of ZICO Asset Management Pte Ltd
Over the past decade, the potential return for investing in rare whisky has exceeded even the most contrarian investor’s wildest expectations. Its astronomical growth in value of nearly 600 per cent outperforms, by far, all other types of physical assets; including traditionally more well-received options like watches, art, jewellery and classic (or super) cars. While there’s much more to whisky investment than simply speculating on the ‘next’ Yamazaki, the fact that it’s still very much in its nascent stage—relative to that of its more established counterpart, wine—implies unique opportunities for investors to make early, lucrative investments.
Hosting a select group of Robb Report Singapore readers (and whisky lovers) over a special food-and-whisky pairing at Gemma Steakhouse, Simon Lim, CEO of ZICO Asset Management Pte Ltd, weaved through the ins and outs of whisky investment, sharing key personal insights along the way and illuminating an otherwise esoteric terrain. The conversation revolved around the advantages of engaging in single malt single cask trading, to the fundamental importance of investing in whiskies that reflect one’s personal tastes and preferences—as the saying goes, even if you can’t sell it, you can always enjoy it.
Over the five-course dinner, guests had the opportunity to sample four exceptional whiskies: namely, Old & Rare Balmenach 1989 Aged 30 Years, The First Editions: Glen Moray 1994 Aged 25 Years, Old Malt Cask: Blair Athol 2004 Aged 15 Years and The First Editions: Bruichladdich 1991 Aged 28 Years; alongside a showcase of other exclusive whiskies, courtesy of Havelock Spirits. Here are the best moments of the night.