Whisky Hammer June 2021 Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News

Our June auction is now LIVE!

Place your bids from Friday 18th June until Sunday 27th 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!

Midleton – Silent Distillery Collection (1st & 2nd release)

Ichiro’s Malt – Seven of Clubs “Card”

Brora – 40 Year Old (1972) Cask Strength

Macallan – 1988 (Fine & Rare)

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

The Grand Whisky Auction June 2021 Auction Ends Soon! – Auction Whisky News

The Grand Whisky Auction ends soon!

3550+ lots to bid on…including this 68 YO Macallan!

Interested in selling whisky in our next auction?

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Whisky Auction “Time to get bidding” – Auction Whisky News



For dedicated whisky collectors, there are few independent bottlers as iconic and revered as that of the late Silvano Samaroli and the Corti Brothers.

The former, a visionary Italian importer and bottler whose whiskies are compared to works of art, and the latter, American gastronomic specialists who bought and bottled casks from legendary distilleries during the industry downturn in the 1980s. Their expressions are now some of the most prized in existence.

Now, a collection of 60 of these whiskies, unmatched in provenance and curated by the celebrated connoisseur and collector Emmanuel Dron, is coming to auction in a landmark sale presented by market leaders Whisky Auctioneer.

Running from 17 to 21 June 2021, the auction will include many whiskies regarded as the finest ever bottled* and the most sought-after Samaroli whiskies, signed by Silvano Samaroli himself. These include the 1967 Strathisla, legendary 1967 and 1970 Laphroaig bottlings, a 1951 Glen Cawdor (Springbank), and the 1966 Bowmore Bouquet, which many experts consider the most incredible whisky in existence.

The collection also includes the most extensive and comprehensive known lineup of rare Corti Brothers bottlings. Included will be vintages that occupy a special place in the history of Scotch whisky,  including a very rare 1965 Clynelish and interesting examples from fascinating distilleries such as Balmenach and Imperial distilled in the 1960s.

The Corti Brothers of Sacramento imported Scotch whisky to the United States for bottling throughout the 1980s. Today, their expressions are regarded as some of the most highly prized for collectors in terms of quality and variety.

The French born, now Singapore-based collector’s personal collection offers a rare glimpse into the golden age of whisky production during the 1960s, as dedicated connoisseurs from both sides of the Atlantic began importing and bottling single malt whisky.

Throughout his life that has primarily been dedicated to whisky, Emmanuel Dron forged strong relationships with those in the industry and in particular a close friendship with the late Silvano Samaroli. His resulting collection is unmatched in provenance, with each bottle purchased personally from the iconic independent bottlers.

Emmanuel Dron commented:

“For my personal whisky collection, I have been piecing together old and rare independent bottlings for the last 25 years. These legendary bottles from Silvano Samaroli and the Corti Brothers are definitely one of my proudest achievements.

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“Over the last 10 years at the Auld Alliance we’ve seen a growing demand from connoisseurs in Asia  and beyond to try many of these whiskies, which are widely considered amongst the finest in the world. Now is the chance for collectors to acquire some of our rarest treasures.”

Joe Wilson, Head of Auction Content at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This collection is a magnificent example of some of the finest and most collectible independent bottlings in existence. What’s special about Emmanuel Dron’s collection is that these bottles have unparalleled provenance. Whiskies with such an impeccable source are hard to come by.

“This auction will present an opportunity for collectors worldwide to own a piece of whisky history – from unique spirit distilled in the 1960s to some of the finest bottles ever produced from distilleries including The Macallan, Bowmore, and Laphroaig. The collection also includes Emmanuel’s personal favourite – Samaroli’s 1970 Laphroaig. Emmanuel Dron is a collector passionate about sharing his love of whisky and the chance for other collectors to acquire such incredible bottles to add to their own whisky libraries.”

Over the last five years, Whisky Auctioneer has seen the volume of Samaroli bottlings soar by 90% and their hammer price increase by 75%. There has been a particular appetite for such bottles from Asian buyers, who accounted for nearly 50% of the value of Samaroli whiskies sold, with a particularly strong appetite from Singapore-based collectors.

Similar demand for Corti expressions has been seen from Asian countries, with buyers from this territory comprising 37% of global sales of Corti bottlings, whilst accounting for over 60% of the value. Hong Kong has the largest collector’s appetite for independent bottlings, followed by Singapore and Taiwan. 

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*Considered to be some of the best whiskies ever produced, the collection features all five whiskies to hold places #1 – 5 on Whiskybase’s list of the top 1000 whiskies ever bottled.

About Emmanuel Dron and the Auld Alliance Singapore

Emmanuel Dron has been an expert in the whisky industry for 25 years, previously working at La Maison Du Whisky as a regional manager. He is the founder of The Auld Alliance, a world-renowned whisky bar in Singapore boasting an impressive selection of around 2000 bottles representing every distillery in Scotland. The Auld Alliance has also selected and bottled a number of rare single casks under its name.

Emmanuel is the author of “Collecting Scotch Whisky”, the most comprehensive book on old and rare Scotch Whisky ever written. The book profiles more than 2,500 rare bottles by independent bottlers and official bottlings, as well as an essential guide to dating and authenticating older bottles.

About Silvano Samaroli

Silvano Samaroli is perhaps Italy’s most revered independent bottler of Scotch whisky. With an impeccable taste in single cask whiskies, and an eye for aesthetics, he is regarded by many as a visionary.

Silvano entered the world of whisky in 1968, setting up Samaroli Import. The company’s transition from importer to bottler began in 1979 as a collaborative effort with W.M. Cadenhead, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. This inspired him to bottle his first casks with labels designed by Samaroli himself. The bottling was done for him by R.W. Duthie, a harmonious relationship which lasted into the 1990s and produced some of the world’s most sought after whiskies, such as the 1967 vintage Laphroaig and the legendary Bowmore Bouquet.

Silvano Samaroli passed away in 2017 leaving a legacy of legendary bottlings that inspired those to follow in his footsteps and are lusted after by collectors worldwide.  

About the Corti Brothers

The Corti Brothers have played a significant role in the history of independently bottled Scotch whisky, taking advantage of a downturn in the industry in the 1980s and securing a range of casks from some of the industry’s most iconic distilleries.

The Corti Brothers were a family grocer business founded in 1947 by Frank and Gino. Frank’s son Darrell was the one to introduce a specialist spirits knowledge to the business, and they began getting their own Scotch whisky bottled for them in 1978.

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.

The Grand Whisky Auction June 2021 Auction is Live! – Auction Whisky News

The Grand Whisky Auction is…LIVE!

3550+ lots to bid on…including this 68 YO Macallan!

Interested in selling whisky in our next auction?

+44 (0)1463 210 427




View the catalogue and full list of results: Bonhams : Whisky Sale

Bowmore-35 year old-1964. Sold for £19,642.

A bottle of Bowmore-35 year old-1964 was the top selling lot at Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday 1 June. Distilled and bottled by Morrison’s Bowmore Distillery, it was bottle number 26 of 99 from cask 3709. It sold for £19,642 having been estimated at £10,000-14,000.

Other highlights included:

• The Macallan Select Reserve-52 year old-1946. Distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd this was bottle number 1053, was accompanied by a Certificate of Guarantee, and came in a wooden presentation case. Sold for £14,640. Estimate: £10,000-14,000.

• Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt-Two of Diamonds. One of the 54 bottles in the famous Full Card Series from the tiny Hanyu distillery which closed in 2000. Sold for £14,640. Estimate: £12,000-15,000.

• Bowmore-38 year old-1957. Bottle number 264 of 861 it was distilled and bottled by Morrison’s Bowmore Distillery. Sold for £10,980. Estimate: £10,000-12,000.

Sale: Whisky
Location: 22 Queen Street Edinburgh
Date: Tuesday 1 June at 11.00

Link to catalogue and full list of results: Bonhams : Whisky Sale


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

Glenfarclas 1991 30 Year Old! at Scotch Whisky Auctions – Scotch Whisky News

For this month only, you have the option to purchase, on a  ‘buy it now’ basis, a bottle of Glenfarclas 1991 30 year old. EXCLUSIVE FROM US it’s from a 2nd fill Hogshead and rich in colour. We’ve had a little swig of the stuff and believe us, it’s a cracker! You’ll have to be quick though as there are only 539 bottles produced with many already sold. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Grab one whilst stocks last and please note there is ZERO BUYERS PREMIUM on these bottles! It’s an absolute BARGAIN!

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Exceptional Japanese Whiskies Lead Sotheby’s Sale of Extraordinary Spirits from Asia & Scotland – Japanese Whisky News

Karuizawa 52 Year Old Strong Eagle Cask #5627 1960, est. £240,000-450,000 &

Exceptional Selection of Japanese Whiskies,

Including the Oldest Whisky to be Released by the Karuizawa Distillery

Lead Sotheby’s Sale of Extraordinary Spirits from Asia & Scotland


LONDON, 2 June 2021 – Bidding opens today on Sotheby’s sale of Rare Whisky & Moutai | Extraordinary Spirits from Asia & Scotland, featuring some of the rarest whiskies ever to come to auction.

An exceptional selection of Japanese whiskies from Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hanyu and Saburomaru are led by a collection of 32 bottles of Karuizawa, all from a single collection known as The Unbeatable Collection of Karuizawa. Most notable is the Karuizawa Cask #5267 1960, formerly the world’s most valuable Japanese whisky when a bottle sold at Sotheby’s in March 2020 for £363,000 ($435,273). This is the first time a bottle from this cask has been seen at auction since that record was set (est. £240,000-450,000).

The Scotch Whisky in the sale is headlined by two outstanding bottles distilled at Bowmore Distillery on Islay. Both were distilled in the 1960s, a key era in the history of production at Bowmore, and one which is revered amongst whisky enthusiasts and collectors.

Bowmore Samaroli Bouquet 1966 is considered to be one of the greatest whiskies of all time. Distilled in 1966 at Bowmore and bottled around 18 years later in 1984 by the late Silvano Samaroli, this bottle has gone on to become a cult classic (est. £35,000-48,000). Sotheby’s currently holds the record for this bottle, setting a price of £72,600 in October 2019.

At the other end of the age spectrum, the Bowmore 50 Year Old Number 1 Vaults 1966 is a long-aged expression from the same vintage (est. £26,000-35,000). Bottled in 2017, only 74 bottles were produced, making it one of the rarest expressions of Bowmore ever released.

Elsewhere in Scotland, the sale offers a number of long-aged expressions from the Speyside region. Highlights include a bottle of Glenlivet Gordon & MacPhail Generations 70 Year Old 1940 (est. £3,000-4,000), the oldest whisky ever upon its release in 2010, as well as 40 year old expressions from The Balvenie and Glenfarclas, and a bottle of Mortlach Gordon & MacPhail 58 Year Old 1954 (est. £1,000-1,300).

Also in Speyside, The Macallan is strongly represented with three expressions aged over 50 years. The Macallan Fine & Rare 53 Year Old 1949 was bottled in 2002 at 53 years old, making it one of the longest aged of all the Fine & Rare series (est. £24,000-35,000). Bottled from cask 136, only 160 bottles of this exceptionally rare whisky were produced.

The Macallan Exceptional Single Cask 2018/ASB-1683/13 1950 was aged in an American Oak Sherry Butt for almost 68 years and was bottled at a remarkable 53.4% abv (est. £30,000-40,000). Released as part of the Exceptional Single Cask series, the packaging is relatively modest in Macallan terms, with a real focus on the quality of the exceptional liquid.

The Macallan The Red Collection 78 Year Old is not only the oldest bottle released from The Macallan, but the oldest age statement whisky ever released (est. £60,000-90,000).

Bidding on the 75-lot sale runs until 18 June. Full catalogue available to browse here.

About Sotheby’s Wine

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 wines and 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, as well as any bottle of Cognac. Sotheby’s Wine currently holds the world records for any whisky collection ever sold at auction, any private wine collection ever sold at auction, the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction and the most expensive bottle of spirits ever sold at auction.

In addition to auction, Sotheby’s Wine launched a retail business in 2010. With a retail store located in Sotheby’s New York headquarters and e-commerce at, Sotheby’s Wine offers a carefully curated selection of wines from the world’s most prestigious producers and important regions. Expertly assembled by our experienced specialists, the selection is built upon lasting relationships with winemakers from across the globe, with bottles that are ready for immediate consumption, in addition to investment-worthy wines from highly sought-after vintages. A second retail location opened in Sotheby’s Hong Kong galleries in 2014.



New auction record for Karuizawa ‘Samurai’ series

Bonhams Director of Wine and Whisky Asia Daniel Lam commented: “After a strong start in our January sale, the whisky market in 2021 continues to be robust and healthy. Collectors showed huge interest in the finest editions from the ‘blue chip’ distilleries such as Macallan, Karuizawa, and Yamazaki, the fame of which is enjoying a new high due to the auction world record we set last year. Overall, Karuizawa whisky has seen a growth of up to 30% over the past six months, and this time we are pleased to establish a new auction record for the Karuizawa ‘samurai’ series.

Browse all results here:

Notable highlights include:

Top lot of the sale:

Lot 482 Macallan Lalique-50 year old


Sold for HK$1,178,000

Lot 702

Karuizawa-1984-30 year old-#3139-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1984-30 year old-#7963-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1984-30 year old-#3656-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1984-30 year old-#8354-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1984-30 year old-#3139-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1985-30 year old-#4201-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1985-30 year old-#3622-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1985-30 year old-#6432-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1985-30 year old-#3620-侍 (1)

Karuizawa-1985-30 year old-#7843-侍 (1)

Estimate: HK$500,000-700,000

Sold for HK$818,400

**New auction record for a Karuizawa ‘Samurai’ series**

Lot 686

山崎 Yamazaki-35 year old. This is only one of the 200 bottles released.

Estimate: HK$720,000-850,000

Sold for HK$868,000

Lot 880

山崎 Yamazaki-Mizunara-1979-#RF1037

Estimate: HK$150,000-230,000

Sold for HK$347,200, over doubling the pre-sale estimate.

Lot 701


Estimate: HK$150,000-200,000

Sold for HK$272,800


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 Whisky Auctions ~120th Live! – Auction Whisky News

Hello, yes that’s right! It’s that time again and we’re ready with our May auction, however this ain’t just any old auction…..Drum roll please…..for we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Scotch Whisky Auctions! Boy do we have some treats for you!

We would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has joined us on this incredible journey so far, our whisky friends from all corners of the globe who appreciate the joy of a good dram as much as we do. What better way to celebrate than to release a special edition bottle.<

For this month only, you have the option to purchase, on a  ‘buy it now’ basis, a bottle of Glenfarclas 1991 30 year old. EXCLUSIVE FROM US it’s from a 2nd fill Hogshead and rich in colour. We’ve had a little swig of the stuff and believe us, it’s a cracker! You’ll have to be quick though as there’s only 537 to be grabbed. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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We’re also giving you the chance to join us in a virtual tasting experience hosted by Glenfarclas’ very own George Grant (Sales Director, Glenfarclas) & Peter Donnelly (Director of Spirits, Pol Roger), we have 5 of the best drams the distillery has to offer.

This month also boasts some new releases from Campbeltown’s Online Tasting Week 2021. Each edition of Springbank, Hazelburn, Longrow and Kilkerran we’re sure will live up to high expectations, being aged in rum, PX and oloroso casks to name a few.


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. Collection requests can be made here.

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