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Sotheby’s Unveils 2020 Spirits (Whisky) Market Report – Whisky News

NEW WORLD RECORD PRICES:

The Macallan holds dominant position in spirits market, totaling 7% of all wine and spirits sales at $6.4 million

– Digital transformation results in 20 online auctions and 21 live, compared to just 6 online and 21 live in 2019

– 84% of lots offered across live and online auctions purchased by online bidders
– #1 worldwide in single owner auctions, with 13 sales accounting for 54% of global sales figure

– Bottle of Japanese Whisky: Karuizawa 52 Year Old Zodiac Rat Cask 51.8 abv 1960, sold in London for $435,273

– Bottle of The Dalmore: 62 Year Old The Mackenzie and The Cromarty 40.0 abv. NV, each sold in London for $324,445

About Sotheby’s

Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury.  Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.

Sotheby’s Wine’s annual worldwide auction sales of wine and spirits totaled an outstanding $92 million in 2020, with over 15,000 lots sold across 41 sales – a nearly 50% increase in the number of auctions held in 2019. Over $60 million of wine and spirits were sold to online bidders in 2020 versus $28 million in 2019, with 85% of all lots offered finding online buyers. Demonstrating continued strength in Asia, Sotheby’s led the market in the region for the third consecutive year, with over 70% of the total bid amount in all Wine and Spirits sales attributed to collectors in Asia.

Sotheby’s Wine’s has had the privilege of auctioning numerous record-breaking spirits in recent years, with 2020 alone witnessing new world auction records for any bottle of Japanese whisky, any bottle of whisky produced by the Dalmore Distillery. Sotheby’s Wine currently holds the world records for any whisky collection ever sold at auction.

*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.

Stream live auctions and place bids in real time, discover the value of a work of art, browse sale catalogues, view original content and more at sothebys.com, and by downloading Sotheby’s apps for iOS and Android.

The April 2021 Grand Whisky Auction is…LIVE! – Whisky Auction News

 

The Grand Whisky Auction is…LIVE!

www.thegrandwhiskyauction.com/live-auction

2400+ lots to bid on including this…

Interested in selling whisky in our next auction?

T. +44 (0)1463 210 427

E. sales@thegrandwhiskyauction.com

All is Not Lost:  Bidding Begins on Unprecedented Brora Auction – Scotch Whisky News

All is Not Lost:  Bidding Begins on Unprecedented Brora Auction

Dormant for decades and sometimes a generation, whisky from ‘lost distilleries’ often has mythical status. This is undoubtedly true for legendary Sutherland distillery Brora (closed in 1983), whose whisky has become increasingly sought-after in recent years. There may be more ubiquitous names in the world of whisky, but to whisky connoisseurs, collectors and investors there is none more revered for its quality of liquid, extreme rarity and unique history than Brora.

The world’s leading whisky auction house, Whisky Auctioneer, is to host the first ever dedicated Brora whisky auction taking place from the 15th – 19th of April on www.whiskyauctioneer.com, showcasing over 50 Brora bottles, as part of the largest collection of Brora ever to be held in one auction.

The auction will include extremely scarce expressions from the Old Clynelish distillery (now known as Brora) distilled prior to its brief closure in the late sixties. Today, these rarities are celebrated for their highly idiosyncratic style and elusive waxy character that cannot be replicated in modern whiskies.

The sale will also feature various expressions from the historic 1972 Brora vintage, a chapter of whisky history all on its own. These include the 1972 Cask Strength 40 Year Old decanter, the oldest Brora ever released at the time and a sibling to some of the most legendary expressions ever produced at the distillery.

Joe Wilson, Head of Auction Content at Whisky Auctioneer, said:

“Few distilleries manifest more allure than Brora, and certainly none so effortlessly. It’s therefore striking to see an auction dedicated to so many rare Brora bottles. Whether you are a whisky collector or lost distillery enthusiast, this is a one of a kind opportunity to get your hands on these special Brora bottles, many of which are rarely seen on the secondary market.

“The Brora auction encapsulates the distillery’s past as it prepares to turn on the stills to its future with the chance to bid on complete collections and rare Single Malts created prior to the distillery’s halt in production in 1983 –  a timely reminder to revisit these legendary malts and that ‘lost distilleries’ are not always lost forever.”

Emmanuel Dron, founder and co-owner of the Auld Alliance and Author of ‘Collecting Scotch Whisky’:

“Brora is a legendary malt, often talked about in whisky circles. Such a revered spirit and so hard to find, devotees from across the world have made visits especially to the Auld Alliance in Singapore simply to have the chance to try the exceptional spirit distilled at Brora.

“This auction allows whisky lovers and lost distillery enthusiasts to get a hold of some of these rare bottles, including even Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s 61.1, the first ever bottling of Brora single malt. With the Brora auction following the announcement that the distillery is to be re-awakened, it provides an opportunity to honour its venerated past, while building excitement towards its future.“

Located in Sutherland, Brora distillery shares an intertwined history with Clynelish – a victim of its own success, the owners of the Clynelish distillery decided to build a secondary distillery next door due to its growing reputation. This modern distillery was to take the name Clynelish forward, and following a brief period where the distilleries were simply referred to as ‘Clynelish A’ and ‘Clynelish B’, the original distillery was renamed Brora in 1969.

Over the next few years, Brora produced a heavily-peated single malt, comparable to the whiskies of Islay. This mini era of production has become a storied part of the distillery’s history, before they started reducing peat once again in 1973.

The auction comes in time with the gentle reawakening of Brora, as the distillery and its operations aim to reopen in 2021 offering a new era of Brora. Brora distillery was one of eleven distilleries that closed in the Spring of 1983 following the ‘whisky loch’ crisis. Despite closing, the distillery’s legend continued to live on, gaining a cult following of whisky lovers over the decades for its unique profile and strong character malts.

Other highlights in the exclusive auction have only appeared for sale on very rare occasions, if ever. A star lot is Bottle #1 of a 1978 Brora bottled at 41 years of age under Diageo’s Casks of Distinction programme. One of only 60 bottles in the world, this is the first time it will have ever appeared for sale.

Primarily composed of bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection, the largest private whiskey collection ever to come to market, the auction also features the complete collection of Brora bottled under the sought-after Rare Malts Selection and Special Releases. Pat’s wider collection features the complete collection from both series, an impressive accomplishment totalling over 250 of the highly limited bottles.

To register to take part in the Exclusive Brora auction, visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com 

NOTES  

About Whisky Auctioneer

Whisky Auctioneer is the global market leader and trusted authority on the buying and selling of whisky and spirits at auction. Founded in 2013 and located in Perth, Whisky Auctioneer utilises its expertise and knowledge combined with its auction platform, to increase interest and passion in the whisky and spirits community.

Whisky Auctioneer endeavours to make the market more accessible for buyers and sellers of any background and geography. Its monthly global auctions feature the most comprehensive selection of old, rare and collectible whiskies and spirits available online. Whisky Auctioneer is passionate about connecting these bottles with those who share in their passion and actively support their customers in their aims, whether that be consuming, collecting or investing.

In February 2021, the Perth-based online auction house made history during the iconic sale of The Perfect Collection when a bottle of The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old sold for a hammer price of £1m, the first time a single bottle of whisky has sold at an online only auction for one million pounds.

Whisky Auctioneer became the first online auction house to sell a million-pound bottle and outperformed the nearest traditional auction house by 200% in value from spirits sales in 2020, showcasing the move that whisky collectors, investors and drinkers have already made online and firmly establishing their leading position within the modern secondary whisky market.

The business currently sees over 100,000 bids per month and has conducted deliveries to 74 countries across the globe. It also opened its first European base in Germany last year.

The business’ Founder, Iain McClune, was listed as ‘One to Watch’ in The Telegraph’s Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2020 programme.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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Scotch Whisky Auctions Contactless Collections UK April 2021 – Whisky Auction News

A short reminder that we will again be offering our contactless doorstep collections throughout the UK. As our office re-opened on Monday 5th April 2021, this service is no longer available to our Glasgow customers who can book an appointment for collection/drop off here

Our schedule is as follows:

England & Wales (Excluding London)

Friday 9th April 2021- Tuesday 13th April 2021 – Deadline for requests12 noon Thursday 8th April 2021

London

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Thursday 8th April 2021

We are unable to offer home collections in London this month, however we will have three meeting points in central locations:

East London – Tesco 1 Armada Way, London E6 7ER (from 10am we will contact you with an appointment time)

West London – Sainsburys, 31 Essex Place, London, W4 5UT (from 10am we will contact you with an appointment time)

North London – Sainsburys – Williamson Road, N4 1UJ (from 10am we will contact you with an appointment time

Edinburgh

Wednesday 14th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Tuesday 13th April 2021

Stirlingshire/Fife

Thursday 15th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Wednesday 14th April 2021

To register your interest please complete the form which can be found here as soon as possible. If your area is not listed please complete the form and I will be in touch if a collection is possible.

As this is a contactless doorstep collection, we ask that your bottles are packed for uplift. In addition please complete the forms which can be found here. The label should be taped to the front of the box and the completed submission sheet packed in box 1.

Stay Safe

Julie & The Collections Team

Scotch Whisky Auctions ‘Contactless Collections UK April 2021’ – Whisky Auction News

We will again be offering our contactless doorstep collections throughout the UK. As our office re-opens on Monday 5th April 2021, this service is no longer available to our Glasgow customers who can book an appointment for collection/drop off here

Our planned dates so far are as follows:

Oban/Campbeltown

Saturday 3rd April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Friday 2nd April

Inverness/Elgin

Monday 5th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Friday 2nd April

Aberdeen

Tuesday 6th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Friday 2nd April

England & Wales (Excluding London)

Friday 9th April 2021- Tuesday 13th April 2021 – Deadline for requests12 noon Thursday 8th April 2021

London

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Thursday 8th April 2021

We are unable to offer home collections in London this month, however we will have three meeting points in central locations:

East London – Tesco 1 Armada Way, London E6 7ER (from 10am we will contact you with an appointment time)

West London – Sainsburys, 31 Essex Place, London, W4 5UT (from 10am we will contact you with an appointment time)

North London – Sainsburys – Williamson Road, N4 1UJ (from 10am we will contact you with an appointment time

Edinburgh

Wednesday 14th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Tuesday 13th April 2021

Stirlingshire/Fife

Thursday 15th April 2021 – Deadline for requests 12 noon Wednesday 14th April 2021

To register your interest please complete the form which can be found here as soon as possible. If your area is not listed please complete the form and I will be in touch if a collection is possible.

As this is a contactless doorstep collection, we ask that your bottles are packed for uplift. In addition please complete the forms which can be found here. The label should be taped to the front of the box and the completed submission sheet packed in box 1.

Stay Safe

Julie & The Collections Team

The Whisky Shop Auctions “Sell with Us!” – Whisky Auction News

 

Want to sell your whisky in our next auction? With no sellers fees?

We’re offering a FREE personal courier collection service (UK)

From Monday 19th April, the TWSA team will be on the road from London to Glasgow (and everywhere in between!) to pick up your bottles from your doorstep. It can all be carried out contact-free, and we’ll take care of the cost.

Looking to sell your whisky before April 19th?

We can organise a courier to pick up your bottle(s) free of charge and get you booked in the next available date.

To find out more or book your free collection:

✉️ Email auctions@whiskyshop.com

📞 Phone +44(0)141 427 2950

Please note that our offices are shut on weekends, but we’ll answer your query as soon as we reopen on Monday at 9am.

Scotch Whisky Auctions ~ 118th Live! – Auction Whisky News

A very warm welcome to all of you from far and wide. The daffys are blooming and spring is finally on its way! As to be expected, we’ve got a packed selection in our liquid treasure trove so let’s get stuck in and show you a mere taster of the goods.

If you’re looking to take your palate on a journey of Japanese discovery, then we’ve got the perfect starter kit for you. This Nikka Six Pillars Gift Box is packed with 6 Japanese malt titans including Nikka From The Barrel, as well as their Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year Old.

Striding back over to Speyside we have some biiig age statements from our most loved distilleries including a Glen Grant 50 Year Old from Gordon & MacPhail and a Macallan 72 Year Old Lalique Genesis decanter.

A true heavyweight in every sense of the word, the whisky as well as the hand-blown crystal decanter and handcrafted bespoke wooden case!

FREE UK COLLECTIONS

We continue to offer free doorstep collections for over 10 bottles or collectively worth a minimum of £1000. Contact us to find out more and check availability.

Whisky Hammer March 2021 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Auction News

Our March auction end soon!

Place your bids from Friday 19th March until Sunday 28th March.

www.whiskyhammer.com

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 – Black Bowmore DB5 (1964) 31 Year Old

Glenfarclas – 60 Year Old (1959) Single Cask

Macallan – 1990 (Hogshead)

Karuizawa – 35 Year Old (Fazzino)

Macallan – An Estate, A Community and a Distiller

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 sales@whiskyhammer.co.uk.

Whisky Hammer March 2021 Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News

Our March auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 19th March until Sunday 28th March.

www.whiskyhammer.com

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 – Black Bowmore DB5 (1964) 31 Year Old

Glenfarclas – 60 Year Old (1959) Single Cask

Macallan – 1990 (Hogshead)

Karuizawa – 35 Year Old (Fazzino)

Macallan – An Estate, A Community and a Distiller

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 sales@whiskyhammer.co.uk.

Mortlach Exclusive Auction – Whisky Auctioneer – Scotch Whisky News

Mortlach Exclusive Auction – Whisky Auctioneer

About the auction

  • This is the World’s first Exclusive Mortlach Auction – ‘Mortlach: Through the Ages’
  • The auction goes live today, Thursday 18 March, and will end on Monday evening. exclusive online sale hosted by market leaders, Whisky Auctioneer.
  • 70 bottles of the distillery’s treasured expressions will become available – presenting what will likely be the first opportunity for many whisky lovers to explore some of the distillery’s elusive vintages for themselves, and for collectors as an alternative investment.
  • One of the headline bottles in the auction is #1 (of just 94 bottles) of the Mortlach 47 Year Old – an extremely rare vintage release in 2019 and signed by Master Blender, Dr. Craig Wilson. It is the oldest single malt expression ever to be released directly from the distillery. It is also the first expression in a new series from the Speyside distillery named ‘The Singing Stills’.
  • Collectors will also have the chance to bid on a spectacular collection of independent Mortlach bottlings, most notably from Gordon & MacPhail. Vintages up for grabs date as far back as 1936 from iconic labels such as Connoisseurs Choice, Private Collection and Book of Kells. Other independent bottlers featured include Douglas Laing, Signatory Vintage and Cadenhead’s.
  • The auction is primarily composed of bottles from Pat’s Whisk(e)y Collection – the largest private whisky collection to ever come to auction. Pat’s Collection is being auctioned by Whisky Auctioneer over the course of several months due to its sheer size.
  • Pat’s 9,000 bottle collection features complete collections of iconic collector’s series such as The Rare Malts Selection and Manager’s Choice.
  • Within the current Mortlach Exclusive Auction, bidders can find a complete set of expressions from the Rare Malts Selection alongside cult bottlings such as the sought-after Flora and Fauna 16, 19 Year Old Manager’s Dram and Manager’s Choice.

About Mortlach Distillery

  • Founded in 1823 and was the first distillery in the burgh of Dufftown, which now produces more whisky than any other Scottish town.
  • Mortlach was the first of Dufftown’s ‘Seven Stills’ to be licensed and rose to pre-eminence under George Cowie & Son.
  • It remained a largely unknown single malt brand outside of its devoted whisky circles until recent years, when Mortlach launched a new core range of single malts.
  • Mortlach has a long standing eccentric distillation practice which has remained unchanged for two centuries, and is unlike anywhere else in Scotland. Distilled 2.81 times in a combination of six copper stills varying in shape and size, Mortlach’s resulting meaty spirit is considered a bit of a wild card in terms of a Speyside whisky – a region most often associated with a floral and fruity spirit character.
  • This unusual production was perfected by Dr. Alexander Cowie in 1896. Vapours from distillation are cooled in traditional worm tub condensers, now unusual in the industry, before the spirit runs through a tangle of copper pipes positioned at exact angles.
  • It’s said to take a stillman 6 months to perfect this practice and is part of what makes Mortlach an extremely distinctive and curious single malt.

Joe Wilson, Head of Auction Content at Whisky Auctioneer said: “This is the first time that a collection of Mortlach has been offered in a dedicated online auction, and it’s incredible to be able to offer our international customer base so many of the distillery’s expressions that have long been under the radar. For decades, much of Mortlach’s robust spirit was quickly snapped up by whisky blenders and connoisseurs ‘in the know’, so we know that whisky fans will be excited to see this treasure trove of bottles become available.

“Among the bottles up for grabs is the #1 of the rare Mortlach 47 Year Old – the oldest expression to be released by the distillery to date. The collection also includes complete series’ such as the Rare Malts Selection, and bottles from iconic independent bottlers such as Gordon & MacPhail including vintages dating as far back as 1936.

“Our Mortlach: Through the Ages auction marks a significant opportunity for both passionate whisky lovers looking to try this iconic single malt for themselves, and for collectors that have been eagerly waiting for the chance to get their hands on these bottles to add to their collection.”

To register to take part in Whisky Auctioneer’s Exclusive Mortlach Auction, visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com

 


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