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Welcome to Whisky Online Auctions July Sale. Another excellent selection of bottles is on offer this month with several notable stand outs up for grabs.


At the top end of this months whisky auction is undoubtedly the first and final editions of the legendary Black Bowmore series, bookending the famous ‘trilogy in four parts’ at 29 and 42 years of age respectfully these remain highlights of any serious whisky sale.

Black Bowmore 1964-1993 - 1st Edition
Black Bowmore 1964-1993 – 1st Edition
Black Bowmore 1964 - 42 Year Old
Black Bowmore 1964 – 42 Year Old








One of our favourite bottlings in this auction however is the rarely seen Benromach 1949 55 Year Old by Gordon & MacPhail. Stunningly presented and an incredible dram with an outturn of only 83 bottles, this is a rare chance to get this great whisky on the open market.


Joining these great bottlings at the top of the sale are a Macallan 30 year old, the Macallan 25 year old crystal decanter from the late 1980s, a Caol Ila Manager’s Dram, a Glendronach 1968 distillery re-opening and one of the beautiful 1968 25 year olds for the US. We have a Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 1 and a Balvenie Rose 1st Edition. One of the exceptionally scarce Cardhu 1973 Rare Malts at 60.5% makes a rare appearance along with the equally hard to obtain Johnnie Walker Director’s Blends from 2011. A Glenfiddich 1968 Vintage Reserve bottled number 1, a Macallan 1963 one of the earliest official vintages pre-dating the 18 year old series and a beautiful Highland Park 1955 bottled by G&M under their CASK label at 52.8% in the 1980s.


There is no shortage a of incredible drinking whiskies and hard to find bottlings in this sale. We have two G&M Private Collection Caol Ilas with the 1965 and 1969 both appearing, the resurgence of the Hanyu Wave and Big Butt and the Remy Martin 250th Anniversary again. A Highland Park 1977 Scottish Field Merchants single cask and the official Highland Park 40 year old, along with an old 1962 Highland Park bottled at 20 years old by Blackadder. There are official vintage Glenfiddichs from 1967, 1975 and 1974, a beautifully sherried 1982 Port Ellen from Douglas Laing and a rarely seen 1977 Brora form Douglas Laing as well.


One of the real highlights of this auction is the appearance of a large range of Signatory’s Silent Stills series with the two highlights undoubtedly being the Glenlochy 1965 and the Glenugie 1966. Also from Signatory is a rare 20 year old Caperdonich bottled in the early 1990s for Air UK. On top of all this you’ll find many many great bottles that are simply too numerous to list here, everything from vintage Madeira and Port to a beautiful old bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old from the 1930s.


So have a look through, get stuck in and happy bidding.
Kind regards
The Whisky Online Auctions team



Glenfarclas Family Casks new 2015 batch

The Glenfarclas Family Casks are always very welcome additions to the shop but on this occasion we’ve put together a rather tantalising selection of almost every vintage from 1963 to 1999 including many releases from the new Spring 2015 batch. As you’d expect there are loads of interesting and juicy casks to choose from. Some of our favourites are the more left-feild choices such as the curiously light 1965, the 1973 from a ‘plain butt’ at a naturally low cask strength of 41.6% and the two 1990 cask from refill sherry butts. Given the age and quality of many of these casks we think they represent great value for money in today’s market for anyone looking for serious, top quality aged malt whiskies. So don’t hang around if you want one…

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What’s the top 3 whiskies on your bucket list?

With stocks of whisky rapidly dwindling and prices being driven up by international demand those dream drams are becoming harder to acquire. We thought it would be a good idea to make a list of whiskies we want to try before your die. No matter how ridiculously limited or absurdly expensive.

Here are the three whiskies on the top of our list…
1. Macallan 1926 Peter Blake
2. Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli
3. Bowmore 1967 Largiemeanoch

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A very expensive list I’m sure you will agree but theres still some time on our clock.

Now we want to here from you! Whats the top 3 whiskies you want to try before kicking the bucket?  Please comment below and share with your friends.


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Introducing the latest arrivals from Gordon & Macphail.

It’s always a pleasure when a new order arrives from Gordon & Macphail.

Amongst the latest batch of arrivals are some truly mouthwatering drams. From great value younger full strength bottlings from the CASK series like the 2006 Highland Park or the 2004 Caol Ila to more extravagant older bottlings such as the Tamdhu 1971 bottled back in 2011 or the 1973 Highland Park from 2009. There’s plenty to choose from and the consistency of Gordon & Macphail’S releases these days means there’s not a bad one in the bunch. Some staff favourites are undoubtedly the 1993 single sherry puncheon of Balblair in the CASK series and the quite staggeringly luscious 1966 Macallan just released under the Speymalt label; ancient sherried madness. Anyway, dig in and have a look through, there’s quite a few to choose from.


5674-7950highlandpark2006-2015caskstrengthHighland Park 2006-2015 | CASK Strength £50

Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 58.0%

A 2006 Highland Park bottled in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their CASK range. This one was matured in first fill bourbon barrels and bottled at 58.0%. A youthful and heavy hitting Highland Park that shows a great balance of soft peat and coastal freshness, loads of distillery character in this one.


5672-7947caolila2004-2015caskstrengthCaol Ila 2004-2015 | CASK Strength £55.50

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 60.1%

A 2004 Caol Ila bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPhail for their CASK range. This one was matured in first fill and refill sherry butts and bottled at 60.1%. The perfect dram for serious Islay fans, this is a massive, blade-like Caol Ila with lashings of peat, sea air, medicine and clean smokiness.


5681-7937tamdhu1971-2011themacphailscollection2Tamdhu 1971-2011 | The MacPhails Collection £420

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 1971 Tamdhu bottled in 2011 by Gordon & MacPhail for their MacPhail’s Collection series. Tamdhu is an often criminally overlooked whisky and can age spectacularly well. All the other aged bottlings of Tamdhu from G&M have been terrific so this one should be pretty special. Expect a huge honey and fruit bomb. 


5680-7938glenrothes1971-2015themacphailscollection1Glenrothes 1971-2015 | The MacPhails Collection £420

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 1971 Glenrothes bottled in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail for their MacPhail’s Collection series. A beautiful aged, sherry matured Glenrothes. Cask from these batches have always been excellent and at this kind of age Glenrothes usually shines brightest so this should be a real crowd pleaser and a sherry lovers dream.


5670-7945balblair1993-2014caskstrength1962Balblair 1993-2014 | CASK Strength £105

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 53.4%

A 1993 Balblair bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPhail for their CASK range. This one was matured in a single first fill sherry puncheon and bottled at 53.4%. As you’d expect from the colour this one is a beautifully earthy, jammy and richly sherried expression of Balblair with the distillery’s trademark salty/fruity lick coming in at the end. A great one.

5684-7941macallan1966-2014speymaltMacallan 1966-2014 | Speymalt £1,200

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 1966 Macallan bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Speymalt series. G&M are the only people outside the distillery who still have casks of Macallan at this sort of age. An incredible sherried beast of a dram that harks back to the great Macallans from around twenty years ago. A real treasure of a whisky.


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