Pete Robson from Taunton, England who is also the father of 28-year-old Matthew Robson, gave his son a bottle of Macallan single malt whisky every year for his birthday and now the collection has grown to be worth over £40,000 ($51,483).
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“Each year I received it as a birthday present,” Matthew told BBC. “I thought it was quite a quirky little present as I was slightly too young to start drinking. But I was under strict instructions, never, never to open them and I tried my hardest and succeeded and they’re all intact.”
Matthew’s father Pete is originally from Milnathort, Scotland, and said he bought the first 1974 bottle to “wet the baby’s head.” Pete added that he thought it would be interesting if he bought a bottle every year for his son because on his son’s 18th birthday he would have 18 bottles of 18-year-old whisky. Over the 28 years, he spent over £5,000 on the 28 bottles.
“It wasn’t the only present he got from us. It was just meant to be a unique present but it was a little bit of luck that we kept it going,” Matthew told BBC.
Macallan whisky has become a collectable over the years but the value of it has dramatically risen, especially in the last 10 years. Matthew said he was hoping to sell his collection of 28 bottles for £40,000 and so he got whisky broker Mark Littler to place it on the market.
According to CBC, Mark described it as the “perfect set” and ended up getting it sold for $75,000. Matthew was excited about the final outcome and said he’s going to use the money to put a down payment on his first home with his girlfriend.