Son buys first home after selling 28 years of birthday whisky

A man who received a whisky every year from his father for his birthday for 18 years is…

A man who received a whisky every year from his father for his birthday for 18 years is selling the collection to buy a house.

Matthew Robson was born in 1992 and throughout his life so far, Pete, his father has spent about £5,000 on 28 bottles of Macallan single malt. This collection is now worth over £40,000 and has been put up for sale.

The 28-year-old revealed that 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.

Each year I received it as a birthday present. 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.


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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. 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.


Experts have since revealed that Macallan has become collectable and Matthew hopes to sell this collection for £40,000 and then use the funds for a house deposit.

Mark Littler, who is a whisky broker will sell the collection, and has described it as a “perfect set”. He said:

The value of Macallan has risen massively over the last five to 10 years. To have such a vast collection of bottles is the real selling point of these.

Mark Litter

He revealed that there had been “a lot of interest already” in the collection, with most of the buyers hailing from New York and Asia.

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