Rarest Pappy Van Winkle Bottle Up for Bid at Inaugural Event & Online Auction

LOUISVILLE, KY September 10, 2018 — The Speed Art Museum is launching its first annual online and live bourbon auction on September 21 featuring the 10th bottle of Pappy Van Winkle ever made, a bottle selected by the legendary Albert B. Blanton, and
many other rare or hard-to-find bourbons.

Offering some of the world’s most covetable whiskeys, “The Art of Bourbon” promises to become the premier, national nonprofit bourbon auction. Four exclusive bourbon bottles are up for bid for the online portion:

Pappy 10

The 10th bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old ever produced, valued at $20,000

• Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old Bourbon
• This is the #10 bottle of the Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old
• This bottle was given to the current owner by Julian Van Winkle, Pappy’s grandson and the bottler of this rare bottle.
• Bottles #7, #8 and #9 bottles have been drunk, and the Van Winkle family owns #1-5, making this bottle exceptionally rare.
• Distilled and bottled in Lawrenceburg, KY before Pappy Van Winkle moved to the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Bottled in 1998.

The impossible-to-find Albert B. Blanton, 100 proof, 7-year-old, valued at $10,000

• Albert B. Blanton, considered the dean of the distillers, was the legendary distilling icon behind George T. Stagg Distillery – what is now known as Buffalo Trace.
• Blanton hand-selected barrels and had them bottled for select customers and special occasions. Why the significance? Kentucky tax stamp suggests this bottle may have entered the retail market, possibly making this one of the first ever single barrel released to the public.
• This bottle comes from the granddaughter of a former employee at the George T. Stagg Distillery. Selected personally by Blanton, it was bottled in 1952 for Blanton’s 55th anniversary. He died in 1959. Exceptionally Rare Stitzel-Weller Original, 7-year-old, Barrel Proof, valued at $5,000
• This was developed for whiskey connoisseurs at 107 proof.
• Distiller: Stitzel-Weller
• Bottled around 1965. This bottle is sealed with the government Series 112 red tax stamp and was specifically bottled for John Wellburn Brown, a prominent life insurance company executive. The Stitzel-Weller owners, which included the Van Winkles,
frequently gifted bottles like this to friends and dignitaries.

King of Kentucky, 14-year-old, limited release, valued at $1,200

• Only 960 bottles of the long-retired Brown-Forman brand have been released.

Other bottles and experiences, such as exclusive bourbon tours and single-barrel selections, also will be available for auction.

“Collectors have the opportunity to buy and taste history,” said renowned bourbon author Fred Minnick, who is serving as the auction curator and edits the new magazine Bourbon+. “We’ve secured an enviable inventory of rare and unique bourbons and
bourbon-related experiences. I plan to bid on a few myself.”

With such hard-to-find lots, organizers expect the online event to draw interest from serious bourbon enthusiasts and connoisseurs from around the globe.

The Speed Seeks its Angel’s Share

While Louisville positions itself at the epicenter of American spirits, the Speed Art Museum – Kentucky’s largest museum – is tapping into the cultural renaissance of the bourbon boom. The nearby Kentucky Bourbon Trail, for example, attracts more than 1
million visitors annually.

“Not only is bourbon making an impact on our city, but we know this industry can have an even more powerful impact on our cultural institutions,” said Museum Director Stephen Reily. Event proceeds will support the art institution’s upcoming Kentucky-focused exhibitions, outreach, and education initiatives. Auctioneer Bill Menish will oversee the event.

The evening auction will take place inside Louisville’s storied art museum and dinner tickets are limited. Event organizers are taking advantage of the museum’s proximity by partnering with Bourbon & Beyond, a Louisville bourbon, food, and music festival that coincides with the auction. Minnick also serves as the festival’s curator. Held during September’s Bourbon Heritage Month, the event draws more than 50,000 people.

The “Art of Bourbon” tickets will include a cocktail hour, bourbon tastings, a seated dinner with a bourbon-inspired menu, and live music by bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne and his Rocky Top X-Press. For tickets, go to

Lead sponsorship for the event provided by Hell or High Water. Additional support by Kelvin Cooperage.

About the Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum. An independent and encyclopedic museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017. Louisville philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed founded the Museum, which opened in 1927, with a belief in the power of art to change people’s lives.

The Speed reopened in 2016 following a 3-year, $60 million renovation and expansion designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY that doubled the museum’s overall square footage and nearly tripled its gallery space. Free Owsley Sundays, sponsored by the
Brown-Forman Corp., draw large and diverse crowds every week. For more information, visit

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Just Whisky Auction Live – Amazing Selection of Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


Just Whisky Auction Live – Amazing Selection of Whisky

Just Whisky is delighted to go live with their 58th auction, we have a vast array of bottles for your collection, for a wee dram and for the investor.  Whatever you are looking for we have you covered.  The Auction ends Sunday 16th September from 8.00pm (BST)


Macallan Genesis

This bottle caused some issues near the distillery on the day of sale, closing roads and causing traffic problems.  I think you will agree it is very stylish in appearance and celebrates the opening of the new distillery.  This special limited edition bottling was released in August 2018 to commemorate the opening of the newly built Macallan distillery, which opened it’s doors just a few months prior. This commemorative bottle contains complex and masterful whisky that reflects each painstaking step in the whisky process taken to make The Macallan. It celebrates the creation of an iconic distillery in a unique collaboration with renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Presented in a beautiful box along with a lithographic print of the distillery, each one signed by Graham Stark, the lead architect.


Bowmore 18 Years Old – Sherriff’s 75 proof

Bowmore distillery has a long history, and this bottle is one of the rarest we’ve seen at auction. The distillery was bought from the Mutter family in 1925 by J.B. Sheriff & Co. and remained under their ownership until being purchased by Inverness-based William Grigor & Son, Ltd. in 1950. This whisky is from spirit distilled during this period and is bottled at 75° proof.


Dalmore 35 Years Old

An impressive show-stopping piece from Dalmore, aged for 35 long years in three types of casks: A bourbon barrel, a colheita-port pipe and a Matusalem sherry and presented in a Baccarat Crystal decanter.  One of only 1000 bottles released.


Laphroaig 12 Years Old – Cadenhead’s 80 proof 1960’s

An incredibly well-preserved bottle of Laphroaig, bottled – we believe – in the late 1960’s by Aberdeen-based Wm. Cadenhead.  Red stopper with white plastic seal. 80° Proof.


Bowmore 50yo

An incredible release from Bowmore distillery, Islay. Distilled on a very cold day in December 1961 and laid down in two ex-bourbon hogshead casks, the Bowmore 50-Year-Old has spent half a century maturing in the legendary No. 1 Vaults. In 2011, just 200 bottles of this truly exceptional single malt were bottled. Bowmore 50 Year Old is a celebration of not just one Mastercraft, but many, starting with the time-honoured skills of Bowmore’s small distillery team that cold winter’s day on Islay.

Enough talk! Let’s view the auction!

Auction records broken by incredibly rare ‘lost distillery’ whisky bottled for the Queen’s visit to Islay – Scotch Whisky News


Auction records broken by incredibly rare ‘lost distillery’ whisky bottled for the Queen’s visit to Islay

This £50,000 Port Ellen 12 year old Queen’s Visit 1980 is the only known official bottling released while the distillery was still active

PERTH, SCOTLAND – One of the most iconic, well-regarded and rare whiskies ever produced – the Port Ellen 12 Year old Queen’s Visit 1980 – has been purchased for a record-breaking £50,000 hammer price in an online auction held by Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer (

Thought to be the only official bottling of Port Ellen released while the distillery was active, it was produced to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the island on 9th August 1980.

The exact number of bottles is unknown, but it is thought that enough were bottled so that the Queen and all senior staff present on the day could have one. Unofficial estimates are that around 40 were made.

In terms of taste, it has the reputation of being a truly outstanding dram. Indeed, this is the only whisky to score a near-perfect 99/100 on Whiskyfun – the highest rating Serge Valentin has ever awarded.

The bottle attracted a lot of global interest, particularly from Europe and Asia, with over 50 bids being lodged and the eventual winner from Hong Kong.

According to Rare Whisky 101, the most recent previous auction price received for the Port Ellen Queen’s Visit was £11,200 in January 2017, with a previous high auction sale in 2016 for £12,100.

Sean McGlone, director at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “Port Ellen has been a ‘lost distillery’ since 1983 and its near mythical status has grown each year since then – an opportunity to acquire a bottle from this distillery is rare, but this Port Ellen Queen’s Visit is the only known official bottling while the distillery was active.  Only a select handful of people received this bottle in honour of the Queen visiting in 1980 so from a collectability point of view, this is essentially unsurpassed.  But to also have such a highly regarded spirit in terms of taste means this is truly an iconic whisky for collectors and connoisseurs alike.”

Another record-breaker in the August Auction was a 50 year old The Macallan – one of only 200 – which went for £56,000 hammer price, up from the last sale at auction in April 2018 for £32,525 and from the retail price of £25,000 upon its release earlier in 2018.

These lots are amongst a growing line of rare treasures to be sold by Perthshire firm Whisky Auctioneer which specialises in auctioning fine, old, rare and collectable whisky. Over the past two years, Whisky Auctioneer has broken auction records on a monthly basis, and in addition to the recent Laphroaig 1967 15 year old Samaroli sold for £61,000, a Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet sold for £51,611, standout lots include a rare collection of Corti Brothers whiskies for £52,865, and the world’s largest known collection of rare and collectable Karuizawa whisky from Japan for £770,000.

The auction ran from 24 August and closed on 3 September.

The listing for the Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen’s Visit 1980 is here:

For more information on the auction or to register to participate please visit

Additional Information

  1. Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky, whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable.
  2. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, Whisky Auctioneer aims to be the most comprehensive website available for the buying and selling of whisky.
  3. Whisky Auctioneer holds regular monthly online auctions as well as specialist auctions for collectible whiskies and exclusive releases – for example, there is currently an exclusive auction for Teeling Distillery’s Celebratory Single Pot Still Whiskey – the first Dublin distilled spirit available for nearly half a century. This auction represents a revival for Dublin in more ways than one, with all of the Teeling Distillery’s profits from the sale of these bottles being donated to local charitable causes in its surrounding Liberties area. (
  4. To buy or sell on the Whisky Auctioneer website, a free account must be first set up here:
  5. Social Media Handles:
    1. twitter: @whisky_auction
    2. facebook: @WhiskyAuctioneer
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Global First, Whisky Cask Sale at Mulberry Bank Auctions – Scotch Whisky News


Global First, Whisky Cask Sale at Mulberry Bank Auctions

Mulberry Bank Auctions are pleased to announce what is the world’s first Whisky Cask Auction, to be held on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm.  This unique auction, the first dedicated solely to casks of Scotch Whisky, brings together some of Scotland’s finest produce and offers it to a global market of investors, collectors and enthusiasts.

With a line up ranging from a 2008 Tomatin, to perhaps the star of the show, a 29 year old hogshead of Macallan the casks on sale offer a range of opportunities for prospective buyers.  Acquiring a cask has traditionally only involved the purchase of New Make Spirit which then requires years and/or decades to mature, with this sale Mulberry Bank Auctions are opening the way for buyers to get hold of a mature cask and avoiding the long wait for the whisky to mature.

Estimates range from £8,000-90,000

A tasting event, limited to 40 spaces, will be held in Glasgow’s Trades Hall on Wednesday 12th September at 7pm where interested parties will be able to try out the whiskies for themselves.

As Whisky sales continue to rise globally and the spirit gains new enthusiasts from unusual markets Mulberry Bank’s Inaugural Cask sale is sure to create excitement around the globe.

Auction Date: Wednesday 19th September
Time: 2pm
Location: Mulberry Bank Auctions, 15 Kelvin Avenue, Hillington Park, Glasgow G52 4LT

Tasting Evening: Wednesday 12th September
Time: 7pm
Location: Trades Halls of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St. Glasgow G1 1UH

For further information contact:

Stewart Smith


Whisky.Auction now live! – Whisky Auction News



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Yamazaki 50



First edition of Yamazaki-50 year old. Sold for: HK$2,695,000 (estimate HK$1,800,000-2,400,000.

A rare first edition of Yamazaki-50 year old became the most valuable Japanese whisky at auction when it sold for a new world record of HK$2,695,000 at Bonhams Whisky Sale in Hong Kong on Friday 17 August. It had been estimated at HK$1,800,000-2,400,000.  It overtakes the previous world record of HK$2,450,000 set at Bonhams Wine and Whisky sale in Hong Kong in May 2018. In total, the sale made more thanHK$26,000,000.

The oldest expression from the famous Japanese distillery, the Yamakazi-50 year old was matured in casks made from mizunara (Japanese Oak) before being bottled and released in 2005. Only 50 bottles were produced, making it one of the scarcest Japanese whiskies.

Earlier this year, Bonhams established a world record for the most valuable Scotch whisky – and the most valuable whisky ever sold at auction – of HK$8,636,250 for the Macallan Valerio Adami-1926-60 Year Old.

Bonhams Head of Fine Wine and Whisky in Hong Kong, Daniel Lam, said: “The Yamazaki-50 year old is an exceptional whisky and, of course, very rare indeed. This new world record for a bottle of Japanese whisky – just a few months after we set the previous one –  and the world record we set for Scotch whisky in May demonstrate that the auction market for single malt whisky is in good health.”

Other highlights of the sale included:

  • A bottle of the Yamazaki-35 year old, sold for HK$551,250 (estimate: HK$350,000-500,000);
  • A bottle of Karuizawa-1965, sold for HK$490,000 (estimate: HK$330,000-380,000)
  • A bottle of the Suntory-Rolling Stone 50th Anniversary from the Yamazaki distillery, sold for HK$465,500 (estimate: HK$280,000-360,000).
  • A bottle of The Macallan Fine & Rare-1937-37 year old, sold for HK$428,750 (HK$260,000-320,000)
  • A vertical collection of Port Ellen Annual Release – 17 bottles from 2001-2017 – sold for HK$367,500.  (Estimate: HK$280,000-360,000)
  • A bottle of Macallan Fine & Rare-1946-56 year old, sold for HK$392,000 (HK$250,000-300,000).
  • A bottle of Hibiki-Arita-35 year old, produced to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Japanese porcelain production. Only 150 bottles were released. Sold for HK$196,000 (estimate: HK$100,000-140,000).
  • The Karuizawa Sumo Trio Distilled in 1981, 1982 and 1983, framed within a crafted humidor designed by Ukiyo-e artist Hachisuka Kuniaki. Only 340 sets were produced. Sold for HK$183,750 (estimate: HK$90,000-120,000)
Sale: Whisky
Location: One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Date: Friday 17 August at 4.30 pm
Specialist: Daniel Lam


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

The September 2nd Whisky.Auction Preview – Whisky Auction News



Did you know that the first lots are already available to view in our online preview catalogue?
Every day we add lots to the preview, right up until the moment the auction goes live on Sunday 2 September.


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Scotch Whisky Auctions 89th Auction Now Live – Whisky News


Hi folks, that’s us live with the 89th auction! Happy bidding!

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Port Ellen 12 Year Old / Queen’s Visit 1980

Thought to be the only official bottling of Port Ellen released while the distillery was active, this expression was produced to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the island on 9th August 1980. We are honoured to present at auction one of the most iconic whiskies ever produced.


Macallan 50 Year Old 2018 Release 75cl / US Import

Like all the great Macallan before it, this 50 year old was matured in only the finest handcrafted, hand-selected, sherry-seasoned European oak casks, all the way from the bodegas of Spain.  Allowed to interact for five decades with this wood, it is sure to have an incredible rich and full flavour.


Bowmore 1964 ‘Black Bowmore’ Trilogy

An icon of the whisky world, it’s hard to fathom where whisky collecting would be today without the Black Bowmore. This month we have each of the three releases of the renowned series combined as one lot. What a great chance to own some of the most important spirit to ever grace our beloved industry.


Karuizawa Single Casks

Karuizawa produced outstanding whiskies, many of which have received international acclaim. They have released almost 300 single casks which are becoming increasingly rarer and rarer as demand soars. This month we have a fantastic selection of some of their best bottlings.


Macallan Genesis

Genesis is a special and highly limited release from the recently revamped Macallan distillery. Released in August 2018, the special edition bottling commemorates the unveiling of the brand new Macallan distillery just two months prior


A.H. Hirsch 1974 Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon

This month we feature two special lots which are the same spirit bottled under different owners at different times. The blue wax seal indicates the original bottling in the early nineties by Julian Van Winkle III. The other is a Buffalo Trace bottling done in 2003.


Teeling Celebratory Single Pot Still Exclusive Auction


Islay Defibrillator Charitable Fundraiser

Whisky Hammer August 2018 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Auction News

AA Whisky Hammer


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With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


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