06 September 2020 18:33
A man whose father gifted him a bottle of 18-year-old whiskey for his birthday every year is selling the collection to buy himself a house. Matthew Robson, from Taunton, England was under strict instruction from his father never to open the bottles of Macallan single malt whiskey he was gifted. Robson, who now has a total of 28 bottles, is selling his collection of whiskey for £40,000 ($53,000) and is using the money to put in a deposit for a house. A man who received a bottle of 18-year-old whiskey as a birthday gift from his father every year is selling the collection to buy himself a house. Matthew Robson, from Taunton, England, received 28 bottles of Macallan single malt whiskey over the years.
His father, Pete, got him the first bottle when he was born and since then has spent a total of £5,000 ($6600) on the presents. Now, the 28-year-old is selling his collection for £40,000 ($53,000) and plans to use the money to put a deposit on a house. "Each year I received it as a birthday present," Robson said, according to the BBC. In the last five to 10 years, Macallan whiskey has become collectible and its value has risen massively, according to experts. Robson's father, who is Scottish, said he bought the first bottle of 1974 whiskey to "wet the baby's head" 28 years ago.
His father Pete, who is from Milnathort in Scotland, said the first bottle of 1974 whisky was bought to "wet the baby's head". I thought it would be interesting if I bought one every year and he'd end up with 18 bottles of 18-year-old whisky for his 18th birthday. Image caption Matthew Robson was given a bottle of 18-year-old whisky every year for his birthday which is now worth £40,000 A man whose father gave him 18-year-old whisky every year for his birthday is selling the collection to buy a house. Matthew Robson, from Taunton, was born in 1992 and over the course of his life his father Pete has spent about £5,000 on 28 bottles of Macallan single malt. The 28-year-old said it "probably wasn't" the best gift for a young boy but with "strict instructions never to open them" they had become a nest egg.
Image caption Pete Robson said the whisky "wasn't the only present" he gave his son Matthew for his birthday Image caption Matthew said he was under "strict instructions, never, never to open" his whisky birthday presents "Each year I received it as a birthday present," Matthew said. His father Pete, who is from Milnathort in Scotland, said the first bottle of 1974 whisky was bought to "wet the baby's head". "I thought it would be interesting if I bought one every year and he'd end up with 18 bottles of 18-year-old whisky for his 18th birthday," he said. Image caption Whisky broker, Mark Littler, said has been "a lot of interest already" in the collection Since then, experts say Macallan has become collectable and Matthew is hoping to sell his collection for £40,000 and use the money for a house deposit. It is being sold by whisky broker Mark Littler, who has described it as a "perfect set". "The value of Macallan has risen massively over the last five to 10 years," he said. He said there had been "a lot of interest already" in the collection, mostly from buyers in New York and Asia. Matthew Robinson, 28, has been given a bottle of 18-year-old Macallan whisky every year by his proud dad Pete, 64. But as Pete continued to buy a bottle of the Macallan single malt Scotch for Matthew each year, the whisky brand became more successful and the price went up. Over the course of his son's lifetime, Pete has spent around £5,000 on birthday whisky, but Matthew's collection is now worth more than £40,000. Matthew now lives in Taunton, Somerset, working for a beef manufacturing company, and plans to buy a house - with the proceeds of the auction going towards the deposit. Pete, who works as a manager for a malting company, said: "Looking at the bottle, I realised that it would be quite interesting to collect 18 bottles over 18 years and then give my son the final bottle, which would be his birth year.