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October Auction Now Live!

As the leaves turn from green to orange and fall from the trees around us here in Scotland, the nights are drawing in and there is a chill in the air. What better way to enjoy Autumn than a warming dram with good company? Even better – winning a new whisky to add to your collection and enjoying it at home? By all accounts our October auction plays host to the best selection of Whisky we’ve had on offer – with real gems and rarities galore. Auction highlights include some you see below …


Some of the October auction Highlights include (from left to right): Macallan Easter Elchies, Glenfiddich Winter Storm, Balvenie Vintage Cask, Old Pulteney Edinburgh Airport, Macallan Edition No.3, Talisker G&M Floral Stencil, Macallan M by Lalique, Glendronach Kingsman, Bowmore 1973, Aultmore Centenary, Speyburn Flora & Fauna, Highland Park Raven, Macallan SWMS 24.49, Glen Keith Cadenhead’s Dump and (deep breath!) Glenfiddich Straight Malt.


Dalmore 30 Years Old – CETI


Glendronach 25 Years Old 1991 – Kingsman Edition


Balvenie TUN Batches 1 – 9

Bidding ends from 8 pm on Sunday 22nd October

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Whisky-Online Auctions September Auction Results 2017 – Whisky News

Whisky-Online Auctions September Auction Results 2017 


Cast your mind back, if you will, to July and recall how we all gawped at two casks of 1993 Macallan upon which the hammer finally fell at £55,900 and £52,600. Madness we cried. Well, last night a similar pair of casks fetched £90,600 and £82,100 a piece (although Cask 2317 would currently yield 65 more bottles than Cask 2316, quality prevailed over quantity). What are we to make of this? Appetite is clearly through the roof, not just for possessing great old bottles, but also for having your own bottling from a legendary distillery – even if it isn’t official. Some will decry it as madness, others will say it is a natural function of supply and demand with ever-dwindling supply. About the only thing we can all agree on, I suspect, is: if you’ve also got a privately owned cask of mature Macallan slumbering away in a bond somewhere, perhaps now might be the time to think about doing something with it…

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And all this before we get onto the fact that a barrel of 1990 Littlemill fetched £31,100. This seems a little more manageable in the light of the Macallan results and the fact that this liquid is of significant age from a closed distillery makes this result seems just slightly more realistic. Still, suddenly owning your own cask of whisky suddenly seems like retrospectively a great idea in the 1990s.


Onto the bottles (will this become a regular thing to write in the second or third paragraphs of these reports in future?). A full set of the Bowmore ‘colours’ trilogy hit an impressive £30,100 – or about £10k a piece which is sturdy upper market value. This was followed by the Macallan 1946 – a bottle which was selling for £6000-8000 not so long ago – at £12,100. As we’ve said before in these reports, where will such bottles end up eventually? Is there a peak for such whiskies? Perhaps the most striking results were the Clynelish 1965 Corti Brothers bottling for £8100. A bundle of these turned up in America last year and already this is around double its recent retail price. The power of an immense reputation and legendary distillate still goes an exceptionally long way in today’s market. Similarly, the Glenury Royal 50-year-old selling for £8100 was quite flabbergasting. This was pretty much a retail price for this bottle given that the previous best result was with us in February this year for £4100. This is likely a spike but it does suggest this beautiful and often overlooked bottle will soon be trading at a new high.

The following run of Macallans were all at upper current market value and showed no signs of the thirst for these old sherried beauties diminishing. It was good to see the Caol Ila 15 Manager’s Dram continue its ever skyward trudge finishing at £2800 on this occasion, just a hair under the £3000 we achieved for another in September. Although, considering that almost all the legendary peat/sherry bottlings are now starting to sail past the £6000 mark, does this make the Caol Ila begin to seem a bit cheaper by comparison?

One surprise from Macallan was the Easter Elchies 2008 edition hitting a mighty £2800. While this is a great dram, it isn’t in the same league liquid wise as the old Campbell Hope & King bottlings. It goes to show that with Macallan, so much of it is about the name and about collectability. And its popularity with the deeply pocketed.

A pair of Sherriff’s Bowmore’s finished up at £2150 and £2050 a piece which is the first time these bottlings have gone past the £2000 mark. Demand for these old rarities and examples of legendary liquid seems insatiable at the moment. Although, it’s important to remember this is no doubt helped by a weak pound as well. A good time to sell if you’re in the UK and have these kinds of bottles no doubt.

There were further healthy results for a Glenfiddich 1976 Concorde edition at £1800 and a single cask 1954 Mortlach by Gordon & MacPhail for £1750. The Lagavulin 38-year-old Syndicate bottlings look reasonable around the £1500 mark for now, but I bet you anything they won’t stay at that level for long. The Ainslie’s King’s Legend 1940s bottling showed it isn’t just malts that can fetch crazy prices these days, legendary blends are attracting serious attention as well with this beautifully preserved example all the way up at £1400.

Dalmore got a look in as well with a 1981 Amoroso Sherry Finish ending up at an impressive £1300 – it seems Dalmore still has plenty of admirers out there. The Springbank 12-year-old 1990s 100 proof edition is another bottle which only seems to go from strength to strength off the back of its legendary liquid with this one hitting £1250.

Around the £1000 mark, there were a number of notable results. Including the Brora 1972 Connoisseur’s Choice which hit £1000 for the first time. The Glenfiddich 1978 34-year-old also hit the four-figure threshold. As did the Laphroaig Cairdeas 30-year-old, a bottling which has kind of crept up under the radar over the past couple of years and is now seemingly outflanking the original 30-year-old. One of the more curious bottles at the £1000 mark was the Jameson 7 year old from the 1930s, it seems appetite for Irish Whiskey is still going strong.

The rare pair of Talisker 8-year-olds from the late 1960s were two of the more interesting bottles this auction. The clear glass one hit an unsurprising £925 – being the rarer of the two variants – while the green glass one hit £700 – both solid results for beautiful bottles. Another interesting result at this level was the Lagavulin 15-year-old White Horse ceramic at £875. These have long been around the £300-400 mark and represented great value considering how stunning the whisky is. Speaking of White Horse, there was a great spread of these bottles in this auction with the 1940s example hitting the high of £925 while other examples followed at £825 and £775. Again these old legendary blends build around famous distilleries such as Lagavulin are understandably becoming more and more desirable.

There were literally too many bottles in this auction to talk about. So a few more highlights is all we really have space and time for. A 1990s Macallan As We Get It for £625 shows any sherried Macallan seems to be guaranteed a high price these days. £525 for an Edradour 30-year-old shows that even lesser regarded distilleries still have gems which can be keenly fought over. And even brand new distilleries can drive people a little crazy with the Wolfburn first release hitting £380.

I always like to try and highlight a few bargains in these sales and there were one or two. The Jura 1966 Signatory for £650 seems a fair price considering this liquid’s reputation. The Stuart’s Rare Old 27-year-old from the 1960s at £350 seems a bargain. But then, in a sale often dominated by amazing old blends, it seems unsurprising that one or two might slip through. The same could be said of the two 1930s Hanky Bannisters for £230 and £145. And the Talisker 30-year-old 2006 edition for £240 is an utter bargain. But really there were slim pickings on this front. By and large, this was a sale which on confirmed and cemented the stratospheric prices which whiskies – and other great spirits – are achieving across the board just now. Will it last? That remains to be seen. For now though, you could do a lot worse than be a seller in this market. 

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Next Auction Starts Wednesday 25th October

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Whisky-Online Auctions “Auction Highlights 2017″ – Whisky News



Whisky-Online Auctions Auction Highlights 2017


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Our September Auction Is Now Live!

It seems that the impressive recent results for casks of whisky still held in bond in our previous sales have unearthed some more tantalising examples for auction. Another pair of Macallan 1994 ex-sherry hogsheads and – intriguingly – a 1990 barrel of Littlemill. To see a name as sought after as Macallan come up for sale is always exciting, but a cask of whisky from a closed distillery adds an extra layer of intrigue to the sale.

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Featuring for the first time in one of our auctions is the exquisite Clynelish Corti Brothers that we’ve been after for a while now; this hails from the original pre-Brora distillery and is highly regarded as one of the best whiskies in the world; The 1965 21-year-old was bottled in 1986 by R.W Duthie & Co especially for Corti Brothers of Sacramento. This example is in terrific condition and this appearance is the perfect opportunity to acquire this magnificent whisky.

The legendary 1964 Bowmore Trilogy makes a welcome return; this time we see them going under the hammer as a single Lot.

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If you’re looking for something with a bit of age behind it then how about a 1954 58-year-old Mortlach or 1955 57-year-old Glen Grant by Gordon & MacPhail, this series is massively underestimated for such old whiskies. More incredibly aged whiskies included examples from Jim McEwan’s Celtic Heartlands series; you’ll find a 1962 42-year-old Glen Moray, 1967 35-year-old Highland Park, 1968 35-year-old Bowmore, 1968 34-year-old & 1969 35-year-old Macallan. Whilst Adelphi offers us a 1953 50-year-old “Glenfarclas”, 1968 41-year-old Bunnahabhain and a 1970 38-year-old Caperdonich. Alternatively, if you’re wanting to delve a little deeper how about a 52-year-old Macallan distilled in 1946 a 50-year-old Glenury Royal distilled in 1953 or a 40-year-old Laphroaigdistilled in 1960.

Old blends seem to be represented well in this sale, we’ve got iconic examples dating back to the 1930s which include Johnnie Walker, Hankey Bannister, White Horse, Ballantines, Ambassador, Black & White, Dewars, Haig & Kings Legend. Blends from this period have a much higher malt content; if you think about it single malt whisky is relatively young and often or not the only way to experience anything close to a distilleries profile from this period is blended whisky. These will often knock the socks off modern single malts so if you’re looking to expand your palate look no further. You’ll also find an ancient John Jameson bottled in the late 1930s by New York Dock Company, Brooklyn. This is one we’d love to try so bear us in mind when you open it.

From the older officials, there’s a couple of impossibly hard to find Talisker’s bottled in the late 1960s, as well as several from the early 1970s that surfaced with their original shipping carton. Two beautiful old Sherriff’s Bowmore under the ships label followed by the legendary Bicentenary. The 15-year-old Lagavulin ceramic from the 1980s that were laboriously hand bottled on the Island. The Caol Ila Managers Dram is back again along with a varied selection of other Managers Drams. All the way from Spain is a classic 12-year-old Cragganmore from around the early 1980s when D&J McCallum owned the distillery. This is about the oldest official bottling we can think of from Cragganmore and only the second time we’ve come across one.

Through the decades we have a 1938 Mortlach, 1946 Macallan, 1950 Glen Grant, 1954 Glenburgie, 1955 Talisker, 1959 Macallan, 1960 Glen Moray, 1961 Highland Park, 1968 Glenglassaugh, 1969 Glen Mhor, 1971 Glenrothes, 1973 Linlithgow, 1976 Glenfiddich bottled exclusively for the legendary Concorde, 1981 Dalmore, 1984 Isle Of Jura, 1985 Springbank and the list goes on…

As always all bottles will start off at £10 with no set reserves meaning every bid is a potential winning bid.

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Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer offer up a never before seen collection of incredible vintage whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer offer up a never before seen collection of incredible vintage whiskies.

The rarest and oldest vintages from Scotland’s most sought after distilleries will go under the hammer in an exclusive online auction held by Whisky Auctioneer. (

The private collection, brought together over many years of devoted searching, consists of 104 iconic ‘dumpy’ bottlings released by Cadenhead’s. As Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, Cadenhead’s have long been known for releasing stunning whiskies but none more so than those from this range.

The entire collection has an estimated worth of over £100,000, with many of the individual bottles expected to fetch in excess of £2000.

Scotland’s most collectible distilleries, both open and closed, will feature in the auction. Amongst the lots on offer will be some incredible 1950s vintages, including examples from Talisker, Highland Park, Springbank and Mortlach. Accompanying these will be no less than six 1960s Bowmore and an extremely rare Ardbeg from 1965, which is one of only 20 released.

With the growing scarcity of vintage whisky many of these bottles have not appeared at auction in recent years. Examples such as a Rosebank 1966 and Glenlivet 1954, that not so long ago were making in the region of £200 at auction, are expected to make ten times this amount in today’s market, highlighting the current demand for bottles of this nature.

Commenting on the auction, Managing Director of Whisky Auctioneer Iain McClune said, ‘This is a truly stunning group of bottles, the like of which we have never seen together in one auction before. Examples from this bygone era of whisky production have become increasingly elusive in recent years, making them exceptionally desirable both to whisky enthusiasts and those looking to invest.’

Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning fine, old, rare and collectible whisky. This exclusive one off auction will go live on Friday 6th October and run until Monday 16th October.

For further information about the auction please visit

Or contact:

Joe Douglas at Whisky Auctioneer: / 01738 245576


Whisky Auctioneer September Auction Live – Auction Whisky News



Our September auction is live and packed full of incredible bottles we know you’ll want to get your hands on!

Summer may be over but the team here at Whisky Auctioneer are committed in making sure that our impressive auctions never end.

Here are just a few of the bottles on offer this month…

Johnnie Walker The Directors Blend Set 2011


Only given to very important Diageo types, these sets were never available at retail. With very few bottles making it to the secondary market, collectors have fought to get hold of this essential part of Walker history. There were six bottles in the complete Director’s blend range, this is the full set.

Macallan 1945 Fine and Rare


A fantastic example of old Macallan. The Fine and Rare series was designed to represent the very best the distillery had to offer, dating back as far as 1926.

Highland Park 1941 25 Year Old / St Magnus Label


Distilled during WW2 and bottled by James Grant & Co. Carrying the famous yellow ‘St Magnus’ label this is a true gem from Highland Park.

Sestante Imported for Carato 8 x 70cl / Van Gough Collection


In 1993 Sestante paired up with Carato to release a set of eight stunning vintages from some of Scotland’s greatest distilleries. These vintages are becoming increasingly hard to find, to have them all in one place is extremely special. Each bottle’s label depicts a piece from Van Gogh’s famous collection.

John Begg Blue Cap Circa 1940s/50s


An absolutely spectacular bottling of Blue Cap by John Begg. This blend was from Royal Lochnagar and named after the distillery’s founder John Begg.

Clynelish 14 Year Old / Royal Marine Hotel Circa 1960s


An extremely rare 14 year old Clynelish bottled exclusively for the customers of the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora from a cask kept in the cellar of the hotel.

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Scotch Whisky Auctions 78th Auction Now Live – Whisky News


Hi folks, that’s us live with the 78th auction! Enjoy!!

Also, due to the bank holiday weekend, the office will be closed on Monday the 25th of September.

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Port Ellen

Port Ellen annual releases 2001-2016. Estimate: £23,000-25,000 

A rare and highly desirable complete set of Port Ellen annual releases from 2001-2016 inclusive, leads Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 October.  The 16 bottles, all in their original cartons, are estimated at £23,000-25,000.

The whiskies were distilled either in 1978 or 1979 and released in limited numbers every year from 2001.

Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green said, “The Port Ellen distillery on Islay ceased production in 1983, and bottles from the programme of annual releases rarely come to auction. Being able to offer all 16 releases is very unusual, and I anticipate a great deal of interest from collectors.”

The sale also features a crystal bottle of Port Ellen-36 year old-1981 bottled in 2017. Drawn from a single cask as part of Diageo’s Casks of Distinction programme it is estimated at £4,500-5,000.

Other highlights of the sale include:

  • Glenfarclas-60 year old: one of only 360 bottles produced this unique 60 year old comes in a crystal decanter and is estimated at £10,000-15,000.
  • The Macallan-1961: in its own wooden presentation case this is one of 379 bottles and is estimated at £8,000-10,000.
  • Glenfiddich-47 year old-1964: bottled in July 2011 under bond in Scotland for J & J Hunter Ltd., Balmoral Road, Belfast.  In a presentation case, this is bottle 005 of 24 and is estimated at £4,000-6,000
Sale:         The Whisky Sale
Location:    22 Queen Street Edinburgh
Date:          Wednesday 4 October 11.00 pm
Specialist:  Martin Green


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


Whisky Hammer September 2017 Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News

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