Archive for 2021

Off Their Plate’s Natalie Guo Honored with $50,000 Eagle Rare Life Award – American Whiskey News

Off Their Plate’s Natalie Guo Honored with
$50,000 Eagle Rare Life Award

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Feb. 9, 2021) – In the face of a pandemic, many heroes emerged. Natalie Guo is one such hero. She founded Off Their Plate, a non-profit organization that partners with restaurants to help feed their local communities in crisis. As a result, the Boston, Mass., resident has been given the 2021 Eagle Rare Life Award.

The honor is a $50,000 recognition and charitable donation for an individual who, like the award’s namesake bourbon, finds ways to Reach Higher in fulfilling their American Dream. Guo, born in China and immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden as a child, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a charity that both revives restaurants struggling with quarantine restrictions, and feeds health care workers and community members in need because of the virus.

She was chosen out of dozens of public nominations and is the 11th recipient of the Eagle Rare Life Award.

“Natalie’s story is exceptional,” said Eagle Rare Bourbon Brand Director Joshua Steely. “She has a truly representative story of pursuing the American dream to enrich her life and the lives of others. That is the embodiment of Reaching Higher. It’s that excellence that not only helps, but also inspires others. It’s truly patriotic and we are proud to recognize her and reward Off Their Plate with the Eagle Rare Life Award.”

Off Their Plate partners with struggling restaurants owned by women or people of color to make hot meals for healthcare workers or people experiencing hunger. Each $100 donation restores restaurant wages to the local economy while providing 10 meals for those in need.

“It was a huge surprise to even be considered for the award,” Guo said. Off Their Plate was built by a community of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to distribute 800,000 meals

across the country in the last nine months. Volunteers and friends like Alexis Harrison, who nominated me for the award, have sprung into action in every direction. This award is really theirs. I’m so honored to accept this grant which will help us continue to do this important work.”

Guo’s creation not only happened in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, but during her studies at Harvard Medical School. She is no stranger to work, however. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Along her journey, she has also tutored inner-city children, advised biotech startup companies and worked as a healthcare investor.

The Eagle Rare Life Award honors individuals whose efforts stand out as those who live a Rare Life and Reach Higher to achieve levels of excellence for themselves and their communities. Past winners include individuals who spearheaded efforts to fight childhood cancer, recognize fallen heroes of military service, lead environmental projects and create opportunities for those with disabilities. The individual or individuals are honored with the award while a $50,000 donation is made to the charity of their choice by Eagle Rare Bourbon.

Nominations for the award were accepted until December 20, 2020. The winner was chosen by a team of non-partisan stakeholders.

            For more information about Off Their Plate or to donate, visit offtheirplate.org.

About Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world’s most award-winning Distillery. Named after America’s emblem, Eagle Rare was created in 1975, as the United States prepared to celebrate its bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Like its namesake, Eagle Rare Bourbon symbolizes the American dream, accomplishment, liberty and reaching higher.  Eagle Rare Bourbon is aged ten years and has won a host of awards, including five double gold medals.  The Eagle Rare family consists of Eagle Rare Bourbon (10 years old), Eagle Rare 17 Years old, part of the Antique Collection and Double Eagle Very Rare (20 years old).  For more information on the Rare Life Award or Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, visit https://eaglerarelife.com.

The Whisky Shop Auctions – Auction Ends Tonight! – Auction Whisky News

ENDING SOON: Our latest lots will be going under the hammer on Sunday 7th March at 8pm.

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 See our highlights below.

INVERLEVEN 1972 20 YEAR OLD SMWS 98.1

A single malt from the now demolished Inverleven distillery in the Lowlands that was bottled by independent bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled in 1972, it was then laid down in an oak cask for two decades before being bottled in Autumn 1992 at a strength of 58.3% abv.

BIMBER SINGLE CASK #103 THE WHISKY SHOP EXCLUSIVE

From London’s Bimber distillery comes this spectacular single malt from single cask #103! The cask was selected by Neil Jamieson and Alan Robertson and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop. This expression has been matured in an ex-bourbon cask for an undisclosed length of time, with just 254 bottles produced at a strength of 59.4% abv.

ROSEBANK 21 YEAR OLD – THE ROSES – EDITION NO.5 FASCINATION

Distilled at the closed – but soon to re-open! – Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands, this release is the fifth bottling in Elixir Distillers’ seven-part Roses Series, which is released every Valentine’s Day and named after different roses which are chosen in relation to the character of the liquid. Using spirit which was distilled in 1990 and 1991, this expression has spent a little over two decades in a combination of ex-Madeira and American oak barrels. Just 633 bottles produced at a strength of 49.5% abv

ROSEBANK 21 YEAR OLD – THE ROSES – EDITION NO.3 JEALOUSY

Distilled at the closed – but soon to re-open! – Rosebank distillery in the Lowlands, this release is the fifth bottling in Elixir Distillers’ seven-part Roses Series, which is released every Valentine’s Day and named after different roses which are chosen in relation to the character of the liquid. This expression has been laid down in oak casks for a little over two decades before just 695 bottles produced at a strength 52.5% abv.

LAPHROAIG 2001 19 YEAR OLD SMWS 29.279

A 19-year-old single malt from Laphroaig that has been bottled by independent bottler, Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled in 2001, it has been matured for 19 years in a refill ex-oloroso Sherry butt. Just 590 bottles were produced under the name “Now let us take a kind farewell”.

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W.L. WELLER C.Y.P.B. AWARDED BEST KENTUCKY BOURBON, NAMED CATEGORY WINNER AT AMERICAN WORLD WHISKIES AWARDS – American Whiskey News

W.L. WELLER C.Y.P.B. AWARDED BEST KENTUCKY BOURBON, NAMED CATEGORY WINNER AT AMERICAN WORLD WHISKIES AWARDS

Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbons Also Receive Nine Medals 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Feb. 23, 2021) –The 2021 American World Whiskies Awards honored W.L. Weller C.Y.P.B. (Craft Your Perfect Bourbon) with two of its highest accolades – Best Kentucky Bourbon and Category Winner.

This bourbon resulted from the Distillery launching an interactive website (www.yourperfectbourbon.com) in the fall of 2015 designed to encourage its fans to share their favorite ideas about a perfect bourbon whiskey. Two years later, 2017, more than 100,000 fans had participated in crafting their perfect bourbon and the results were amazingly similar. In response, Buffalo Trace released a new product to offer fans what they were asking for, a wheat recipe bourbon, aged 8 years on the top warehouse floors and bottled somewhere between 90-99 proof. This crowd-sourced brand, called Weller C.Y.P.B., is short for Craft Your Perfect Bourbon.

Bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery also received nine medals at the 2021 World Whiskies Awards, including two Gold medals, two Silver medals and five Bronze medals.

Bourbons receiving Gold medals:

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbons receiving Silver medals:

  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbons receiving Bronze medals:

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • W.L. Weller Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“We are honored to accept these medals and thrilled our Weller C.Y.P.B. was awarded so highly,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “As a crowd sourced bourbon, what this tells us is that our fans have great taste! The feedback we receive from our fans is taken very seriously, so it’s great to see that effort rewarded.”

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the World Whiskies Awards America 2021 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced in March. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit www.worldwhiskiesawards.com.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 2020.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

ST PATRICK’S DAY 2021 – KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH!

ST PATRICK’S DAY 2021 – KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH!

Stay at home, invest in whisky and look forward to celebrating in the future

This is usually the time of year that we are all excited about getting out and celebrating St Patrick’s Day by flocking to the pub and having a few drinks with friends (sorry to remind you of the good old days!) On this day alone, over 5.9 billion dollars are spent globally celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, with over 41% of consumer’s choosing to spend their money on beverages.

This year we may be advised to celebrate virtually in the comforts of our own homes, but why not find a way to take this opportunity to make an investment which will benefit you for many more St Patrick’s Day’s to come?

Rather than drowning your sorrows, Elite Wine & Whisky are offering people a step-by-step guide on how to invest in Whisky; giving them an education behind their investment and the opportunity to see exceptional returns on their capital.

A question you may be asking is; why now, and why whisky? With exceptional returns in recent years (between 12-20%), a better question might be ‘why not whisky?’. But if you are uncertain about adding whisky to your investment portfolio, the principle reasons to invest are not that different to investing in fine wine.

In the last year, there was an extraordinary increase of 40% on rare whisky bottle values, ensuring that it outperformed the established alternative luxury commodities such as watches, art and cars.

Looking back historically, in the 10 years period prior to 2019, classic cars value appreciated 258%, coins 193%, and art 158%, whilst rare whisky excelled above the rest claiming growth of 582%.

Even amidst the backdrop of tariff uncertainty, the export value of global Scotch Whisky exports grew by 4.4% to £4.91billion in 2019 (figures compiled from HMRC export data) with growth in over 100 international markets.

Scotch Whisky is one of the UK’s most lucrative exports, with many distilleries having developed something of a cult following overseas, to the extent where they even produce specifically for certain markets.

So whilst the nation still remains in lockdown and the temptation to splash the cash on material goods has been put on hold, it’s never been a better time to invest money in a tangible, lucrative asset – the biggest struggle is resisting the temptation to drink it this St Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year!

Extremely Limited and Highly Rated Japanese Whisky – Japanese Whisky News

The Essence of Japan: Nagano-Based & Artisanally Made
Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($199.99)
“This is the complete package, and a prime contender as one of the year’s tastiest new Japanese whiskies. ” — Whiskey Advocate

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Japanese whisky has been taking the world by storm, and demand always seems to outpace supply. So, when we have one in stock in any quantity, it’s time to shout it from the rooftops. The Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky is the real deal. While many other brands bring in spirits from other countries to bottle as Japanese or use a rice base to bump up production levels, this bottling is distilled and matured as a single malt in the small village of Miyada in Nagano prefecture. The quality here is unimpeachable, and with Whisky Advocate giving it a strong 94-point review and our own spirits buyers singing this whisky’s praises, there’s no reason for you to delay experiencing this unique bottling for yourself.

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) ($199.99)

94 points Whisky Advocate: “Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate orange and ground pepper: Im hooked. Cocoa, Whoppers, baked orange, jellied peel, jumpy peppery spices, tamarind bark, and milk chocolate pralines on the palate, and chocolate, stewed fruits, and walnut once the strength dies down. This is the complete package, and a prime contender as one of the years tastiest new Japanese whiskies. (JM, Winter 2020)”

K&L Notes: The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The special stills that now sit at the high-altitude distillery near Nagano were hand-built to the specifications of the preeminent grandfather of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. In the 1950s, Taketsuru-san’s mentor Iwai Kiichiro, who had commissioned his famed voyage to Scotland, designed and built two pot stills for Hombo Shuzo in Yamanashi using Takesturu’s original specifications. The stills were moved to Kagoshima not long after production started and eventually moved again to Nagano in the early 80s. For another decade, Mars Whisky operated their old pot stills from their mountain home, but lackluster demand for whisky caused Hombo to cease operations completely at the plant in 1992. But renewed interest in the late 2000s for Japanese whisky compelled the owners to relaunch the brand and recommission the old pots at Mars Shinshi in Nagano. Now Mars Whisky consists of two distilleries, this one and another at the Mars headquarters on Kumamoto called Tsunuki. Production is tiny compared to their next largest competitors, Suntory and Nikka, but Mars’ single malts have become renowned for their extremely high quality. The 2020 LE is bottled at 50% ABV and aged in primarily ex-bourbon barrels combined with some sherry influence. An excellent example of what the future of craft Japanese whisky looks like and one of the more collectable and unique offerings on the market today.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2021

The absolutely splendid Komagatake series is finally coming online in a serious way. For the first time in a year, we’ve been given access to significant quantities of their limited edition offerings. While Yamazaki and Nikka get all the hype, Mars Distillery is quietly making some of the best whisky in Japan, and only the real geeks are really tuned into how special these offerings are. Not only is this “real” Japanese, in that it was completely distilled at the Mars facility in Nagano, but it’s also absolutely delicious and polished in a way that many other up-and-coming Japanese brands are not. The excellent malts from the Nagano facility are distilled on two antique copper pots that were built by hand in the 1950s. The resulting spirits tend to offer tons of depth and complexity, and their access to high quality wood, with this release a mix of ex-sherry and American Oak both new and used, creates the perfect opportunity to highlight the wonderful quality coming off those stills. Let’s taste it! The color is pale gold. The nose exhibits obvious dried fruit aromas, stone fruits, and other orchard fruits, plus some twang of new, fresh American oak – cinnamon, vanilla, creamy caramel, etc. On the palate, it continues in this inviting direction with dried plums, complex floral honey, roasted cacao, earthy malt, and hints of menthol. The new wood is nicely balanced by the sweet flavors of the sherry here, and the rich texture keeps it interesting. Extremely drinkable at 100 proof. This is just really fun to drink, and while it’s likely collectable with only 15,000 bottles worldwide, I hope our customers take the chance to taste this special bottle while they can.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2021

So much of the modern Japanese whisky available in the United States is full of controversy. The majority of new brands are taking Japanese-made rice spirit and labelling it as whiskey for the American market (rice is a grain after all and therefore qualifies for the term in the USA, but such a spirit cannot be called whisky in Japan itself) or they are importing Scotch to Japan and shortly thereafter exporting it as Japanese Whisky. Most American consumers don’t realize that the premium bottle they purchased is in no way Japanese except for maybe the writing on the label. Not so with the Mars distillery. Right on the front of the label it is clearly written: “Distilled and Matured in Miyada, Nagano, Japan.” No questions there. No vague ‘Japanese whisky’ claim to parse. With its origin firmly established, let’s turn to the whisky itself. The 2020 Limited Edition is bottled at 50% ABV and aged in a blend of sherry casks and American white oak casks. It’s a rich nose of over-ripe peaches, vanilla bean custard, and Manuka honey with a faint nod towards the earthy/fruity complexity of fine agave spirits. The palate is lithe and zippy, like a featherweight prizefighter. Orange blossom and cracked peppercorn box with roasted cocoa nibs and jackfruit. The finish is of a medium to long length. It’s intense at first, but moves to a drawn out, almost ghostly impression of the whisky that lingers for a very long time. A very impressive whisky that is poised and complete without ever being heavy handed.

Also available from Mars Distillery:

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake “Yakushima Aged Limited Edition 2020” Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

WIN: a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old 🍀 at The Whisky Shop! – Irish Whiskey News

Golden Dram Competition:
WIN a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old!

The next edition of our Golden Dram competition is here already! And this one’s a cracker, with a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old up for grabs.

We’ve hidden a bottle of Redbreast 21 Year Old in one of our Redbreast 70cl boxes. To enter, simply buy any 70cl bottle from the Redbreast range online before midnight on Wednesday 17th March.

The oldest and richest expression of the Redbreast family, Redbreast 21 Year Old has spent over two decades in bourbon barrels and first-fill oloroso casks, introducing new levels of depth and flavour to its sherry character. Tropical fruits lead on the nose, followed by vanilla and cinnamon on the palate, before a lingering oak spice in the finish. Incredible!

Win or lose, you’ll be gaining a brand new bottle of delicious whiskey! So, what are you waiting for? Enter now while stocks last and you might just be the lucky one to find the golden dram in your order…

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 372: Kilchoman 13 Year Old 2007 Private Cask for Max & Julia – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 372: Kilchoman 13 Year Old 2007 Private Cask for Max & Julia

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a Kilchoman private cask release. There are only a few of these private casks that have reached the age of 13 years. This bourbon barrel was bottled for Max & Julia. Mark ordered four bottles immediately because he knows the person who owned the cask and is convinced that the latter knows a thing or two about whisky (that’s a gracious understatement, Mark adds). ‘And I was not wrong. It’s not good. It’s not even great. It’s outstanding!’

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Tullibardine enhances its award-winning whisky line-up with The Murray Double Wood Edition – Scotch Whisky News

Tullibardine enhances its award-winning whisky line-up with The Murray Double Wood Edition

Tullibardine is expanding its collection of award-winning whiskies as it reveals The Murray Double Wood Edition.

The new single malt, available in 70cl, is the eighth edition in the brand’s much-celebrated Marquess Collection and has been expertly crafted at Tullibardine’s Perthshire distillery in the Scottish Highlands. The Murray Double Wood is aged in first-fill Bourbon casks before being transferred into first-fill sherry casks for a second period of maturation.

On the nose, the expression boasts a delightful, rich honey sweetness layered upon vanilla ice cream, hints of dark chocolate and dried figs. Over time, subtle sherry aromas, combined with citrus fruits and freshly washed peaches, drift upwards leaving a delicate, oaky fragrance lingering.

To taste, gentle notes of honey, sherried fruits and cinnamon with hints of espresso and fresh strawberries drizzled with cream. The soft-spiced sherry flavours linger on the tongue to create a smooth and exceptional finish.

Michael Elliott, Tullibardine Distillery Manager, said: “The Marquess has been one of our finest collections to date and The Murray Double Wood is a fantastic addition to its line-up.

“We aimed to create a whisky that offered a unique and special experience for drinkers, and with the combination of rich aromas and flavours married with the expertise of our distilling team, we believe we have created something really exceptional.”

The Marquess Collection, launched by the Perthshire whisky brand in 2016, is a nod to famous historical figures who bore the Marquess of Tullibardine title in Scotland for centuries, and the rich history of the Tullibardine region.

The Murray name derives from the 2nd Marquess of Tullibardine, Sir William Murray, who fought for the Jacobites at the Battle of Sheriffmuir on the hills above the Tullibardine distillery. In 1745, he was chosen by Bonnie Prince Charlie to unfurl the Royal Standard at Glenfinnan, announcing the Prince as the rightful King.

Tullibardine has a proud history of award-wins including the International Wine and Spirits Competition, the International Spirits Challenge (UK) and the World Whisky Masters Asia.

The Murray Double Wood is available worldwide and has an ABV of 46%.

NEW WHISKIES FROM DISTILLER & BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR – Irish Whisky News

NEW WHISKIES FROM DISTILLER & BRAND INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR 

Winner of the coveted Distiller and Brand Innovator of the Year awards at the 2021 Icons of Whisky Ireland, Waterford Distillery is pleased to announce a new set of Single Farm Origin releases for Spring 2021.

Waterford Whisky is influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, obsessively bringing the same intellectual drive, methodology and rigour to single malt whisky by exploring Irish-grown barley – one farm, one terroir, at a time.

The fully traceable Single Farm Origin whiskies each carry a unique digital number – the TÉIREOIR code – on the back label, which introduces the Irish farm origin, the people that work it, the casks used to compose the whisky, and an array of media.

These Spring releases introduce two new globally available expressions and five national exclusives.

THE PRECISION OF PLACE

Two Waterford Single Farm Origins will be available worldwide from mid-March onwards.

Hook Head: Edition 1.1 – The lighthouse at Hook Head, an extreme maritime terroir, stands resolute against the full force of the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s southern coast. Exposed to salt-laden storms, Martin Foley’s barley grows on clay/loam soils of the Elton series. This edition is a spice bomb with notes of cloves, salted caramel, liquorice, ginger biscuits, lemon zest, and chilli chocolate.

Lakefield: Edition 1.1 – Lakefield, inland in lush Co. Laois, is farmed by the enigmatic Seamus Duggan – a Barley Grower of the Year trophy winner. Derived from limestone and sandstone, these well-drained, deep loam soils produce exceptional barley. This edition is a mellow dram with hints of rhubarb and apple tart fresh from the oven.

EUROPEAN EXCLUSIVES 

Part of Waterford’s strategy is to allow individual markets to follow the development of ‘their own’ single terroir over a number of years. Five Single Farm Origins have been allocated to European countries on an exclusive basis:

Grattansbrook: Edition 1.1 – UK only 
Lacken: Edition 1.1 – France only 
Tinnashrule: Edition 1.1 – Germany only 
Mortarstown: Edition 1.1 – Belgium only 
Wilkinstown: Edition 1.1 – Netherlands only 

Waterford Whisky is an Irish Single Malt, fully matured (no finishes) in a spectrum of super-premium casks including first-fill and virgin US, and French oak. All whiskies are bottled at 50% ABV without colouring, chill-filtration or any additives and will retail at €70/80 (£70) from specialist retailers.

CEO Mark Reynier says: “We are very proud to have won the top two coveted titles of Distiller and Brand Innovator of the Year at the Icons of Whisky, after just 7 months of our first bottlings. While our unique terroir approach has been extremely well received, it has been rather frantic meeting the rapid growth – a good problem to have in these troubled times. These new releases allow the discerning drinker to further compare, contrast, and enjoy Irish barley, farm by farm.”

MACALLAN MILLENNIUM DECANTER – 50 YEAR OLD – 1949 TOP SELLER AT BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH – Scotch Whisky News

MACALLAN MILLENNIUM DECANTER – 50 YEAR OLD – 1949 TOP SELLER AT BONHAMS WHISKY SALE IN EDINBURGH

The Macallan Millennium Decanter-50 year old-1949. Sold for: £26,840. 

The Macallan Millennium Decanter-50 year old-1949, distilled and bottled at Easter Elchies, Craigellachie was the top selling bottle at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday 2 March. It sold for £26,840 having been estimated £18,000-20,000. Overall, the sale was 81% sold both by lot and by value. 

Bonhams Head of Whisky in Edinburgh Martin Green said: “In a strong sale, the Macallan Millennium Decanter-50 year old-1949, which was bottled in 1999 and released to commemorate the millennium, really stood out. It is regarded as one of Macallan’s finest expressions so I am not surprised that it sparked such interest and sold so well.”

Other highlights of the sale included:

The Macallan Fine and Rare-35 year old-1966. Sold for £20,740. Estimate £17,000-19,000.

Dalmore-50 year old-1926 in a black ceramic decanter. Sold for £18,300. Estimate £15,000-20,000.

The Macallan Select Reserve-51 year old-1948. Only 366 bottles were produced and Macallan decided to bottle just one on each day of the year, making each bottling unique. This bottled is dated 6 June. Sold for £17,080. Estimate: £14,000-18,000

The Macallan Fine and Rare-32 year old-1970. Officially bottled by hand in 2002 at The Macallan Distillery, Easter Elchies, Craigellachie. Sold for £15,860. Estimate: £12,000-15,000.

The Macallan Select Reserve-52 year old-1946. Peat rather than coal was used in the malting process because of the high price of the latter in the immediate post-war years, reverting to the practice when the distillery first opened in the 1820s. Sold for £12,200. Estimate: £10,000-14,000 each.

Sale: Whisky Location: 22 Queen Street Edinburgh Date: Tuesday 2 March at 11 am

NOTES 

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 bonhams.com. bonhams.com


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