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Whisky Auctioneer June 2020 Auction Now Live – Whisky News

 Our June Auction is Now Live!

Please take the time to scroll through the highlights below, which have been hand-selected from this month’s offering for your attention.

Each one presents an exceptional opportunity to add to your whisky collection. 



If you’re looking for a Speyside collectible, there is nothing more classic than The Balvenie Vintage Cask Series. Included in our June Auction is the desirable 1951 Vintage Cask 1236, one of the very first casks to be bottled for the series, producing only 90 bottles of this collector’s item.





Our June Auction welcomes two of these beautiful bourbons for the first time at Whisky Auctioneer! A luxurious bottling from bourbon favourites, Eagle Rare, this has been bottled at 20 years of age into just 299 bespoke crystal decanters. Read more about this bottle in one of our latest news articles.


Yamazaki were one of the first Japanese distilleries to win an international award for their whisky – a much deserved accolade. Today they are one of the largest producers of Japanese whisky,  and their limited editions such as the ones below are growing increasingly rare.


Due to the post-Second World War rationing of coal, The Macallan was forced to malt with a higher amount of peat than normal, imparting an unusual but reputed smoky flavour to the 1948 Select Reserve. Each bottle was marked with an individual date, this one the 4th July, which could be a fitting tribute with Independence Day on the horizon.



R.W. Duthie of Aberdeen provided casks to a number of international distributors, including the Corti Brothers in the US, and early Samaroli releases.  This month, we have two stunning vintage examples bottled by the company itself, a 1978 Lagavulin and 1979 Macallan-Glenlivet.


To raise funds for those in the Speyside community and in tribute to the cancelled festival, Glenfiddich will release an exclusive limited edition ‘Spirit of Speyside 2020’ bottling in an exclusive charity auction from 17 – 22 June 2020 on

Read more about the results and the deserving Speyside charities here.


Interested in selling whisky? As the leading online rare whisky auction, we offer a personal and expert approach to selling your cherished bottles by giving them the international exposure they deserve.

Next auction: 24 July – 3 August
Bottle deadline: 13 July

For free expert valuation for your bottle(s) or to discuss the best ways to get your bottles to us contact us at

Our team are standing by to assist you through the process, get in touch today to discuss options on how we can help you.

Scotch Whisky Auctions 109th is now LIVE. Go and take a peek! – Whisky News

A very warm summer welcome to our June auction. This month we’re rammed full with new releases, some super old classics and a rather big trunk filled with lots of little surprises..

Now then, with the virtual Feis Ile having just passed, now is a good time to grab some of those new 2020s you never managed to bag in your online-Feis basket. Ardbeg is baaack with its new release of the Blaaack. It has herded up and woven together some of the finest Pinot Noir casks from New Zealand to create something that stands out from the crowd.

Further new sheep-based releases also include the 3rd release in the Arran Explorers Series – Kildonan & Pladda Island, which we’re sure will make for a tasty dram. Sherry butts, puncheons and ruby port pipes – Yes please! Ewe can keep the sheep.

On the rarer side is one special bottle of Highland Park 17 Year Old. This was distilled around the late 50s / early 60s and was imported for the Italian market and bottled by James Grant & Co. Featured also is an old bottling of Ardbeg 1961 form our favourite indi bottlers in Campbeltown, Cadenhead’s.

Ramping up the age statement to as high as there currently is and we have ourselves a Macallan 1945 70 Year Old Speymalt. Quite incredible to think what this golden malt has slept through in just over 70 years of maturation; the end of World War II, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, sixteen Prime Ministers, and the invention of the internet!

Finally we have a Glenfarclas Family Cask 1954 – 2003 Trunk! Inside this stylish leather and wood trunk rests a luxurious collection of fifty 20cl Glenfarclas Family Cask bottles including a vintage from every year spanning from 1954 to 2003. Also housed in the trunk are a selection of elegant Glencairn crystal pieces: four tasting glasses, four tumblers, and a water jug. To complete the extraordinary ensemble, there are four slate coasters, three leather-bound notebooks – one full of the history of Glenfarclas, one with tasting notes, and one for your own tasting notes – and a replica painting of the distillery. Everything is branded with the Glenfarclas logo.

Ralentir, reflechir, reunir – slow down, reflect and reconnect.

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White Bowmore-43 year old-1964. Sold for: £12,200.

A rare bottle of White Bowmore-43 year old-1964 was the top seller at Bonhams live behind-closed-doors whisky sale at 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh on Wednesday on 10 June. It sold for £12,200 against an estimate of £10,000-13,000.

The bottle came in a presentation case and was numbered 216 of a limited edition of 732. The whisky was distilled in three bourbon casks which has given it an unusually light colour and accounts for the distinctive name, Bowmore White.  It is said to have the scent of tropical fruits, and a palette of pine, vanilla and honey.

Bonhams whisky specialist in Edinburgh Martin Green said: “We’re very pleased at the results which were strong across the board.  It was encouraging to see such spirited bidding in the new ‘live behind closed doors’ format we have introduced to meet the challenges posed by the current situation. Clearly, the appetite for collecting whisky is undimmed.”

Other highlights include:

·         A bottle of The Macallan-1938. Sold for £9,760. (Estimate: £9,000-11,000)

·         A bottle of Black Bowmore-1964. The First Edition, bottled in 1993. Sold for £6,100. (Estimate: £5,000-9,000).

·         A bottle of The Prestonfield Bowmore-22 year old-1965. Sold for £5,490. (Estimate: £4,000-5,500).

The next Whisky sale will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 7 October.

The sale was a live ‘behind-closed-doors’ auction. The auctioneer was present on the rostrum, and bids were accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid.

Sale: Whisky Location: live behind-closed-doors Edinburgh Date: Wednesday 10 June starting at 11 am.


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

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Register your casks for the world’s only live, online whisky auction dedicated to casks – Scotch Whisky News

REGISTER YOUR CASKS NOW FOR THE WORLD’S ONLY LIVE, ONLINE WHISKY AUCTION DEDICATED TO CASKS is now inviting people to register their casks for auction by 31st July 2020.

The auction, hosted by Cask Trade via its online auction website, will go live on 14thAugust and run until 23rd August 2020.

Following the successful first auction in January, the world’s second live, online auction dedicated to casks of whisky is expected to attract even more sellers and bidders from around the globe.

Those looking to register casks are urged not to delay as they need to be re-gauged, undergo a full health check, document check and a sample sent for entry. allows private owners and investors to sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world.

Forgotten fortunes

Do you own a cask? Did you or a member of your family purchase a cask 20 years ago? Perhaps you have an heirloom asset. In the first auction, a 1995 Springbank sherry hogshead which was originally bought for £800 in 1995 sold for £45,000.

Trading assets and releasing equity

In these uncertain economic times some people might be looking to trade up their casks, release some equity from their assets, others might have inherited casks and are not sure how to sell them. Sellers have the peace of mind that the process will be handled smoothly and efficiently with a personal point of contact along the way. Sellers also benefit from a 0% seller commission rate on all lots being sold.

Owner of Cask Trade, Simon Aron, says many people are looking to release maturing cask assets. “More and more people are waking up to whisky as a safe haven for investment amid global market chaos,” he says adding: “I am very excited for our second auction following the success of the first when 300 whisky lovers registered and we sent out more than 100 samples around the world.”

Those looking to register their cask for sale should complete an online form to request a valuation.

To sign up to bid in the live auction, register here:

The auction, which will go live on 14th August will run until 23rd August (ending 8pm GMT), will feature a wide selection of casks at different price points.

All casks will need to have had a recent re-gauge ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity, wherever possible, to try the whisky before they buy. Auction your cask validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee Cask Trade can offer bidders the actual hammer price. Their low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

Hosted four times a year the next auction will take place in November 2020.


Founded in 2018 by Simon Aron in partnership with several of the world’s foremost whisky masters, including Keeper of the Quaich Sir Colin Hampden-White, Cask Trade buys and sells exceptional cask whiskies. The company is unique because it only sells casks it owns outright, and it only sells whole casks: it is not a whisky cask broker and it does not offer fractional sales.

A passionate whisky collector for more than 20 years, Simon Aron suffered many false promises from whisky investment companies and this drove his ambition to create a real and trustworthy market place for whisky collectors and investors, and bottlers:

The company’s casks are held in the best HMRC bonded warehouses, regularly visited and approved by Cask Trade whisky masters. All stock holdings have a complete paper trail.

  • Delivery orders from supplier to Cask Trade
  • Invoices for transfer of ownership, storage insurance, re-gauging, sampling or movement
  • HMRC-issued WOWGR (warehouse keepers, warehouse premises, owner of goods and registered consigners): a fully regulated and closely monitored license requiring due diligence on suppliers as well as customers.
  • HMRC-issued AWRS Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme: Licenced to wholesale, bottle and retail.

Included in its extensive list of customer services, Cask Trade’s rigorous processes means that the company will guarantee to buy back from its clients the casks they buy from and have had managed by Cask Trade. It also offers…

  • Regular sampling and re-gauging of casks
  • Re-racking (sherry wine, port etc)
  • Estimates of bottles and strength in cask (effects of angels’ share 0ver years of maturations)
  • Financial modelling for each cask based on age and rarity with estimated % returns
  • Costings for bottling, labelling and shipping (duty & tax)
  • Regularly updated whisky investment guide which includes statistics from two authoritative third parties      (independent of Cask Trade)
  • Cask Trade will arrange for clients to receive samples of their whiskies and visit their barrels(s), upon request – wherever possible.

Cask Trade has started the first live auction website dedicated to exceptional whisky casks:

Hosted four times a year and helping private owners/investors sell their cask to independent bottlers and other investors all around the world. All casks will be re-gauged ready for auction and a full 70cl sample will be drawn so that bidders have the opportunity to try the whisky before they buy. – Wherever possible. We validate all the sellers and confirm proof of ownership and the history of the cask enabling bidders to safely buy. With complete transparency and no sellers’ fee we can offer you the actual hammer price. Our low buyers’ fee of 15% + VAT will offer the opportunity to buyers, trade or private, to buy rare casks.

Whisky Price Growth

Results of the recent Knight Frank Wealth Report’s new unique luxury investment index revealed whisky was one of the most coveted objects of desire in 2019.

The report out in February 2020, says Rare Whisky has grown in value the most over the last 10 years at +564% and increased by +5% in the past 12 months; and states casks remained in huge demand. By comparison cars have seen an increase of 194%, art by 141% and wine by 120%.

Data collected by Rare Whisky 101 suggests the four-year growth from December 2014 in rare whisky has increased over 160%, compared to just 2.47% for the FTSE 100.

The same report by Rare Whisky 101 claimed via the BBC that they had performed a controlled test of 55 rare bottles, of which over a third were fakes.

Whisky Hammer June 2020 Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News


Our June auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 12th June until Sunday 21st June.

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!

Bowmore 40 Year Old & 2 x Bowmore Black (1964)

  Macallan – 1937


Cask sales – Craigellachie (2008) & Glenfarclas (2011) 

The Kinship – Single Malt Collection 

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



Scotch Whisky Auctions “Glasgow office appointments” – Whisky News

We hope everybody enjoyed participating in our 108th auction.

In an endeavour to maintain social distancing, our office is operating on an appointment only basis for collections and drop offs. These appointments can be made using the form on our website HERE. During this period our reception area will be closed to the public and all drop offs / collections will be conducted from our loading bay area (large roller shutters immediately to the right of the reception area).

In order for this system to function properly, all orders that are being collected must be paid for in advance (online or over the phone) as we are unable to take payment in person. When booking your appointment please specify all the orders you intend to collect so we can have them ready when you arrive.  We would also ask that you adhere as closely as possible to your allotted appointment time to avoid overlapping with other customers, and if you arrive early please wait in your vehicle.

Upon arrival, please make yourself known at the reception window, or by ringing the doorbell.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Halls Auction Services “Fine Whisky Pre-Bidding Now Open” – Auction Whisky News

Fine Whisky & Spirits – Online


Tuesday, June 23rd @ 7 p.m.

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Online Auction FAQs | Step-by-Step Guide to Registration

Showroom Viewings

Showroom viewings will be by scheduled appointment only, Noon to 4 p.m., June 17th through 22nd. Details on bidding methods can be found on our website.

Scotch Whisky Auctions “New appointment booking system” – Auction Whisky News

It’s great to be back! Thank you to everyone for your patience throughout our closure as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our offices are now open for appointments and shipping has resumed. Please note there may still be some delays due to international restrictions however we are monitoring this daily and we are working hard to get orders to you as quickly as possible.

We continue to offer free E.U and U.K collections for sellers. If you have over 10 bottles or a minimum value of £1000 we can arrange a courier pick up.  Complete the form online to arrange collection.

We are delighted to now offer bottle drop off and collection appointments at our Glasgow office. Appointments are available Monday to Friday 10am-7pm. We are following strict social distancing guidelines and hygiene best practice. Find out more.

We are also offering free doorstep collections for over 10 bottles or collectively worth a minimum of £1000 across Central Scotland. Contact us to find out more and check availability.

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