Rising prices mean investing in whisky is an increasingly popular investment option. But the downside is that the market is now attracting the unwelcome attention of counterfeiters. With the potential for fake whisky on the rise, online auctioneers Just Whisky will be travelling to venues across Scotland in November holding a series of free valuation sessions and advising customers on what’s fake and what’s not.

To coincide with the valuation roadshow, Just Whisky is launching a simple guide to help buyers invest safely and know the tell-tale signs of a fake. It aims to arm investors with the basic information needed to avoid forgeries and make intelligent investment decisions. Crucially, the guide defines what a fake actually is. That can range from a basic label swap (taking a label from a more expensive bottle and transferring it to a cheaper bottle) to refilling an empty bottle with a cheaper whisky, to counterfeiters simply creating their own labels.

The guide also offers tips on what else to look for to avoid purchasing a fake in error. For example, bottle codes can also be a very useful tool. Sometimes, on more modern bottles, the glass is imprinted with a unique code. Usually it’s a code printed directly to the glass, which the distillery will do as part of the bottling process, including information about where it was bottled, what time and even what the whisky is inside. Sometimes, the difference between a £500 bottle and £3000 one will be a vintage identifier shoulder label. It may well say ‘1937’ or similar. Check that the label hasn’t been replaced as that’s one of the most common attempts at counterfeit.

But Just Whisky offers reassurance that there’s no need to be Sherlock Holmes when it comes to identifying the real thing. Graham Crane, Co-founder of Just Whisky, explained:

“Paying attention to something as simple as the colour of the whisky is a simple but effective way of identifying that all is not well. Buyers should ask is the colour what they would expect – How does it compare with other sold examples?

“Where a bottle is being sourced is also an indication of whether it may be fake. Is it from a reputable supplier, does it have a box and certificate as it should? If in doubt, always buy from a reputable source, then the buyer has some form of comeback. Auction houses will deal with any discrepancies swiftly as it is not in their interest to sell fakes or to damage their reputations.

“Investing in an appreciating asset like whisky is both enjoyable but carries an element of risk when bought privately – for buyers parting with substantial cash, it is essential that it is the genuine article. Our roadshow and guide are designed to take some of the guesswork out of making what might be a very costly mistake.”

The Just Whisky Valuation Roadshow will be taking place in the following locations:

  • Islay on 25th November at The Bowmore Hotel
  • Glasgow on 27th November at the Hallmark Hotel
  • Aberlour on 30th November at Speyside Whisky Shop

To register your interest to attend one of these events please visit


About Just Whisky

Just Whisky Auctions, owned by Just Whisky Limited, specialise in selling Whisky online to a worldwide market.

Just Whisky is a whisky auctioneer setting new records in prices achieved. Hosting a monthly online sale, customers can browse the catalogue of whiskies and bid to win some of the most rare and collectable malts in the world.

Islay whisky collection up for auction in aid of RNLI – Scotch Whisky News

Islay whisky collection up for auction in aid of RNLI

The Islay Sea Collection, a group of seven malt whiskies from each of Islay’s coastal distilleries presented in a one of a kind display case is set to go under the hammer in this month’s Just Whisky auction with all proceeds going to the Portrush and Islay volunteer lifeboat crews. The bottles and cask staves, which form the display case, were collected by a group of keen sailors who rowed 110 miles from Northern Ireland to Islay earlier this year.

The crew of seven, all passionate supporters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Scottish islands, wanted to recreate the journey made over the generations using only manpower to raise money for the volunteer lifeboat crews based in Portrush and Islay.

Setting off from Ballintoy on the north coast of Northern Ireland, the group rowed in the ‘Home to Portrush’, a local boat famous for crossing the Atlantic in record time in February 2018. The expedition to Islay took nine and a half hours to complete and followed by three days rowing around the Hebridean Island, visiting each coastal distillery to gather the whisky.

Following the return row to Northern Ireland, team member and architect Graeme Montgomery designed and created a unique display case to hold the bottles with each piece of wood marked with its origin. It’s a one of its kind piece and will attract attention from Islay whisky fans.

The team created a short film documenting the adventure and how the display case was made. View it at

Commenting on the charity auction, Graham Crane, Director at Just Whisky said: “This is a really exciting collection and we are honoured to have been asked to auction it in support of the RNLI. We are in awe of the journey these men took and hope to fetch a substantial amount for the charity. We look forward to seeing the bids rolling in.”

Keith Gilmore Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush Station said: “This is a really exciting and novel way to raise funds for the two stations. We often have to work with Islay, and this is a great way to work with one of our neighbours and local supporters to raise funds for the RNLI.”

There is no reserve on The Islay Sea Collection and all proceeds, including the registration fee, will go to the charity. The collection includes;

  • Bespoke cask created with wood from each distillery
  • Bowmore 15 Years Old – Feis Ile 2018 52.5%
  • Caol Ila 12 Years Old 43%
  • Bruichladdich Scottish Barley – The Classic Laddie 50%
  • Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old – Small Batch Distilled 46.3%
  • Laphroaig 10 Years Old 40%
  • Ardbeg An Oa 46.6%
  • Lagavulin 16 Years Old 43%

The auction will until 8pm Sunday 17th November and uses a proxy system which bids on the customers behalf up to their maximum bid. Visit to take part.


About Just Whisky

Just Whisky Auctions, owned by Just Whisky Limited, specialise in selling Whisky online to a worldwide market. Just Whisky is a whisky auctioneer setting new records in prices achieved. Hosting a monthly online sale, customers can browse the catalogue of whiskies and bid to win some of the most rare and collectable malts in the world.

Mulberry Bank Auctions “Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm” – Whisky News

Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm.

We have a number of excellent casks from across the Highlands and Islands – not forgetting Speyside!

If you are a true lover of Islay, and of Bruichladdich Distillery in particular, we have casks of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Lochindaal, a trio of different expressions from the famous re-born distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal.  There is also an exceptional cask of Bruichladdich 1989 which has now reached a very significant age for bottling.

Campbeltown was once considered the whisky capital of Scotland and is represented by two casks in the sale, one cask of Glen Scotia 1992 which is always very popular and a very special cask of Springbank 1992 which is a rare cask of the first truly organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced in Scotland by Springbank for Da Mhile Whisky and laid down to mature in ex-sherry hogsheads.  This cask has now passed its 27th birthday and is perfect for bottling now or to hold on to for its 30th birthday!

The Highlands and Speyside are nowadays the home of the bulk of Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries with some cracking Single Malts available from distilleries that are less well known to the general public or who rarely release official bottlings.  We have a number of casks available from this region including a rich and sherried Aultmore 2009; an elegant Linkwood 2008 and a young Royal Brackla that was maturing in an ex-sherry Butt and has now been re-racked into a fresh Fenando de Castilla Oloroso Sherry Hogshead – definitely a whisky to watch out for!

As usual we will be holding a Pre-sale Tasting Event at The Trades House in Ingram Street, Glasgow.  A limited number of tickets are available so drop us line on 0141 225 8181 or e-mail to reserve a ticket.

The full printed catalogue should be released asoon, to request a copy contact us using the same details, we will also send out digital copies of the catalogue as soon as it is ready.

Sotheby’s ‘The Ultimate Whisky Collection’ Achieves £7.6m / $10m – Scotch Whisky News

Sotheby’s First Single-Owner Whisky Collection

Smashes High Estimate – 100% Sold


‘The Ultimate Whisky Collection’ Achieves £7.6m / $10m

Highest Total for any Whisky Collection Offered at Auction


Highest Value Wine or Spirits Sale Ever Staged by Sotheby’s London


The Macallan Fine & Rare 60-Year-Old 1926

sets new auction record for any bottle of wine or spirit

Selling for £1.5 million / $1.9 million 

“There was an electric atmosphere in the room today for our first-ever single-owner spirits auction. This sale marks an historic moment for the spirits market, with new benchmark prices and a fresh approach to selling whisky. We are delighted that our Spirits specialist Jonny Fowle, can celebrate such a ground-breaking first sale and we look forward to growing our spirits business.”

Jamie Ritchie, Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine 

London, 24 October 2019 – A new auction record for a bottle of whisky was set at Sotheby’s today when The Macallan 60-Year-Old 1926 soared to £1,452,000 / $1,873,951, far surpassing its pre-sale estimate of £350,000-450,000. This “holy grail” of whiskies was the star of a sale of more than 460 bottles of Scotch whisky from the collection of a private American Connoisseur, put together over some 20 years. Buyers from across the world drove prices well above estimate, leaving not a single lot unsold. 

Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Spirits Specialist, added: “This fantastic result is testament to the quality of the collection. It was remarkable to see so many iconic bottles break records – homage to the importance of distilleries such as Bowmore, Brora, Springbank and, of course, The Macallan. The electricity in the auction room was palpable. There were cheers when the hammer fell on the Macallan Fine and Rare 1926, in one has to be one of the most exciting moments in the history of whisky sales. The final hammer dropped just in time for our friends at RM Sotheby’s to start their sale of collectible motor cars. Our clients were delighted to share their enjoyment and passion for both cars and whisky in the same space.”


  • The Ultimate Whisky Collection totals £7,635,619 / $9,854,530 (pre-sale estimate: £3.3-4.6m / $4.3-5.9m)
  • Sale is 100% sold
  • 87% of lots achieve prices above pre-sale estimates
  • Bidders from around the world, with pronounced interest from Asia
  • The most comprehensive catalogue of whisky ever to be offered by a single owner in a single auction, spanning whiskies from each of Scotland’s key whisky-producing regions: Speyside, Highland, Lowland, Islay and Campbeltown (more details here)
  • Full results available here


  • The record-breaking Macallan mentioned above was part of a 178 bottle-strong collection of the Fine and Rare series, spanning seven decades from 1926 through to 1991, which sold for a combined total of £5.1m / $6.6m – this is the most extensive collection of Macallan Fine and Rare ever to be seen at auction.
  • Two complete Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection, offered in specially designed cabinets by James Laycock, doubled their low estimate to achieve £665,500 / $858,984 and £629,200 / $812,046 respectively.
  • A bespoke, hand-crafted wooden display case containing 46 bottles from the Macallan Fine and Rare miniature collection, ranging from 1937 to 1991 sparked a flurry of bids, pushing the final price over six times above the high estimate to £338,800 / $437,255. These 46 bottles represent the complete collection of miniatures in the Fine and Rare series, as the series existed when the Ultimate Whisky Collector stopped collecting them in 2018.
  • The four top lots of The Macallan sell for a combined total of £3m / $4m.


  • Distilled in 1919, bottled in 1970, this Springbank is undoubtedly one of the rarest whiskies ever to be released, with only 24 bottles produced and once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold.
  • The appearance on the market of one of these bottles caused a great deal of excitement, driving the final sale price to £266,200 / $343,558, almost double the pre-sale high estimate.
  • Distilled a year after the end of the First World War, at a time when distilleries throughout Scotland had ceased operations, the bottle contains a snapshot of history. 


  • Brora’s first release to exceed 40 years, one of only 160 bottles to have been produced reached new heights, selling for a record £54,450 / $70,273, in the year of the distillery’s 200th anniversary, and just ahead of its reopening next year.
  • The full set of Brora Annual Releases, sold as individual bottles, achieved for a combined total of £30,129 / $38,884. 


  • Bottle number 1 of Bowmore’s “Crashing Waves”, the oldest whisky to be released from the legendary distiller after 54 long years of maturation, swelled to £363,000 / $468,488. One of only 12 ever released in a hand-blown sculpted bottle depicting the crashing waves of the Atlantic against Islay’s shores, this is arguably the finest bottle of Islay whisky ever produced.
  • Bottles from each of the Bowmore Black releases (First, Second, Final and Bowmore Black 50 Year Old) met with significant demand to sell for a combined total of £119,790 / $154,601.
  • The Bowmore Trilogy series, all of which were distilled in 1964, achieved an overall total of £62,920 / $81,205. 


  • Headlined by The Dalmore Eos 59 year old, which achieved £99,220 / $128,053. With a tiny release of just 20 bottles, this single malt was created from casks 1781 and 1782. 


  • Nine casks of single malts were pursued by multiple bidders, selling for a combined total of £399,300 / $515,337. The Highland Park First Fill Oloroso Sherry Cask commanded the highest price, selling for £72,600 / $93,698.
  • An entire vertical of Port Ellen’s Annual Releases (1st to 17th), sold as individual bottles, achieved a combined double-estimate total of £63,404 / $81,829. These bottlings are amongst the most sought after of all Scotland’s closed distilleries, with annual releases a must-own for collectors. In 2017 Diageo announced they would cease further Annual Releases, but that they planned to revive the distillery – which closed in 1983 – back to its former glory, with production due to recommence in the near future.
  • A range of legendary Silvano Samaroli bottlings was led by Bowmore Bouquet Samaroli 18 Year Old, which sold for a record £72,600 / $93,698.

About Sotheby’s Wine

Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide sales reached an important new milestone in 2018, with sales significantly exceeding US$100 million in a single year – for further details, please click here.

Sotheby’s Wine auctions reached $65 million worldwide in the first half of 2019, up 23% over the same period in 2018 and the highest spring season total since Sotheby’s Wine auctions began in 1970.

In Spring 2019, Sotheby’s set a world record for any series of wine sales when a four-day series of auctions in Hong Kong brought a combined total of HK$273.1 million / US$34.8 million. A record for a private wine collection sold at auction was also set when the three-day sale of Tran-scend-ent Wines realised a total of HK$233.6 million / US$29.8 million. 

About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.  Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection, artist, estate & foundation advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s also presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby’s Wine, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Home, the online marketplace for interior design.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.

The free and easy way to get your bottles into the 104th Scotch Whisky Auction… – Auction Whisky News

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*One of the oldest editions currently available*

Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky Sale

15 November 2019, Bonhams Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Bonhams is delighted to present an exceedingly rare 30 year whisky sherry hogshead cask from the famed Macallan Distillery (estimate: HK$3,600,000 – 4,600,000). Distilled in May 1989 and never since been moved from the distillery, it is currently one of the oldest editions of Macallan whisky cask available in the market. The cask with perfect provenance can be stored at Macallan for as long as the buyer wishes, or yielded into a total of 261 bottles.

Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia, comments: “Whisky casks are trending because they offer much flexibility for collectors. Getting a good cask means that one can gain more quality bottles at a competitive price, or let it mature further to yield a higher value. The current 30 year Macallan cask is no doubt one of the finest of its kind available in the market yet.”

Bonhams currently holds the world auction record for a whisky cask, with An American Hogshead Cask from Macallan Distillery 1996–22 year old selling for HK$3,430,000 in Hong Kong in November 2018. The current cask on offer is an even older and rarer edition.

Two months ago, Bonhams set a new world auction record for a Japanese whisky collection, as Hanyu Ichiro’s Full Card Series sold for HK$7,192,000 to an Asian female collector, nearly doubling the previous record set in 2015, also by Bonhams.

Other highlights in the sale include:

Scotch Whisky

·         Lot 906: Classic trio of Bowmore 1964 (estimate: HK$300,000 – 400,000)

o    Bowmore Fino Cask-1964-37 year old

o    Bowmore Bourbon Cask-1964-38 year old

o    Bowmore Oloroso Cask-1964-38 year old

·         Lot 784: The ‘Dreams’ series, one of legendary bottler Samaroli’s most well-known selections (estimate: HK$80,000 – 100,000)

o    Bowmore-Dreams-1984

o    Bowmore-Dreams-1991

o    Caol Ila-Dreams-1984

o    Caol Ila-Dreams-1990

o    Dailuaine-Dreams-1975

o    Glenrothes-Dreams-1969

o    Longrow-Dreams-1987

o    Linkwood-Dreams-1989

o    Mortlach-Dreams-1989

·         Lot 705: A complete set of Macallan Cask Strength series, a rare limited edition that can only be acquired from the Easter Elchies House. (estimate: HK$150,000 – 190,000)

o    Macallan Cask Strength-1981-#9780

o    Macallan Cask Strength-1980-#4063

o    Macallan Cask Strength-1980-#17937

o    Macallan Cask Strength-1990-#24680

o    Macallan Cask Strength-1989-#552

o    Macallan Cask Strength-1990-#24483

Japanese Whisky

·         Lot 874: Karuizawa-1960-52 year old-#5627, the oldest expression from the famed Karuizawa Distillery to be hand-bottled by former malt master Osami Uchibori. (estimate: HK$1,000,000 – 1,400,000)

·         Lot 873: Karuizawa Vertical Series 1975-1996, a full vertical vintage set of Karuizawa in 250ml, chronicling the golden age of the now closed distillery. (estimate: HK$180,000 – 240,000)

·         Lot 856: Yamazaki-35 year old. Matured in special 90 litre second-fill Spanish oak sherry butt. Released in 2006, this expression is one of the most collectable item from Yamazaki Distillery. (estimate: HK$620,000 – 780,000)

·         Lot 758: Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-10 of Spades, 23 lots of Hanyu Ichiro’s Card Series including the rarest 10 of Spades. (estimate: HK$300,000 – 400,000)

Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky Sale (Catalogue HERE)Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery, 20F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong KongPreview: 12 – 15 November 2019Auction: Friday 15 November 2019, at 12nn Specialist: Daniel Lam, Bonhams’ Director of Wine & Spirits, Asia


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

Scotch Whsiky Auctions “Auction #103 is now LIVE and it is going to be a ‘monster’ auction… – Auction Whisky News


Scotch Galore Whiskies – The Alternative to Auctions! – Scotch Whisky News

Scotch Galore Whiskies – The Alternative to Auctions!

We would like to say very BIG Thank You!

To everyone that has bought and sold with us so far!

In our first 5 weeks we have been rushed off our feet at Scotch Galore, without you this would not have been possible!

So please visit us when selling or buying Whisky!

Why sell your bottle with Scotch Galore?

When we receive your bottle we instantly add this to our website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google Shop thus your bottle becomes instantly available to millions of people around the world at the price you want.

 3 Good Reasons to Sell your Whisky with Scotch Galore Whiskies the alternative to Auctions:-

1st     You fix the price you want for each and every bottle (no more gambling on what you might get at auction)

2nd      No fee’s! We do not charge you for the privilege of selling your Whisky, thus saving you the cost of entering your bottle and paying reserve fees. So maximise your profit!

3rd       No more waiting for an auction to start, then finish and waiting up to 3 weeks before they start to pay out. You could put your bottle in with us in the morning it would go online and could be sold in the afternoon and the money in your account that evening.

          Scotch Galore Whiskies a new and better way to buy and sell Whisky.

Whisky Hammer October 2019 Auction Now Live – Auction Whisky News

October auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 18th October until Sunday 27th October at

Every month, we present an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits to our members right across the globe. You will find everything here from limited edition releases and vintage bottles to whole casks of rare whisky. There is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest or enjoy!

Highland Park 50 Year Old 

Longmorn 1961 (Private Collection) from Gordon & MacPhail 

Macallan 30 Year Old (1989) Hogshead #2807 

Selling whisky? Why not arrange the pick-up of your bottles using our global courier service? If you’re based in Scotland, you might want to arrange the personal collection of your bottles. Wherever you’re based in the world, we will make getting your bottles into our monthly auction as simple as possible. Get in touch with the Whisky Hammer team now by dropping them a message at

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