AUGUST AUCTION NOW LIVE! • View Auction Highlights

This month at Whisky Online Auctions sees a slightly smaller auction in terms of scale but something of a plethora of top end bottles on offer in place of size.

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One of the overall themes of this auction is undoubtedly Bowmore. We have one of the most extensive selections of top end Bowmores we’ve ever offered. From a full set of the first Black Bowmore trilogy, including a beautiful condition 1st edition with a perfect filling level, to the rarely seen 1963 30 year old and the 1957 38 year old. These are joined by the incredibly scarce 25 year old for the dinner at Chateau Lagrange and the 1973 for the Morrison Bowmore 50th anniversary dinner in 2001.

Other top end bottlings are the Glenfarclas 1955 50 year old for the Bicentenary of John Grant’s birth, the 1948 66 year old Glen Grant for Wealth Solutions, a pristine condition Macallan Nicol’s Nectar and – not least – the 1924 Royal Brackla 60 year old which makes its first appearance at auction with us this sale.

Towards the middle of the auction you’ll find a wide selection of terrific bottlings for both the drinker and collector. Macallan 1967 18 year old, Bowmore 1971 34 year old, Macallan Private Eye, the Glenfarclas 150th anniversary presentation set and a first edition Ardbeg Provenance. We have some beautiful old Irish John Locke and Dunevilles bottlings as well as a very rare old bottling of Tullibardine from around 1970. The Glendronach 1968 re-opening bottling makes a welcome return along with the Wave and Big Butt Hanyus.

For those that missed the recent FOL 21 year old Laphroaigs we’ve got a clutch of them in this sale. Along with a nice selection of Port Ellens and old independent releases from Signatory and Duncan Taylor such as 1966 39 year old Bruichladdich and 1965 31 year old Auchentoshan. There is a Laphroaig Cairdeas 30 year old, a Balvenie Vintage Cask 1966, a Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 1 (along with a few other Tuns as well). You’ll find the much sought after super dark sherried Glenfiddich 1964 by J&J Hunter of Belfast, the extremely hard to find Hazelwood 90th Birthday edition and a welcome return of the 1968 Bunnahabhain Auld Acquaintance.

Outside the whisky we’ve got a smattering of great old vintage ports, another big selection of good drinking wines and few tasty cognacs, not least the Louis Royal Cognac and the Courvoisier Erte 7th edition. On top of all that there are many fantastic older bottlings, obscure independent releases and great value drinking bottles – you’ll just have to dive in and have a rummage.

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As ever if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Good luck and happy bidding

The Whisky Online Auctions team


Auction Dates 2015

Each month we hold a weekly auction for old, rare and collectable bottles of whisky.

Every auction lasts for one week starting on the last Wednesday of every month at 8 pm GMT and ending at 8 pm GMT the following Wednesday.

Here are the remaining 2015 auction dates

26th August – 2nd September

30th September – 7th October

28th October – 4th November

25th November – 2nd December

23rd December – 6th January
We are always taking in consignments, so If you’d like to sell with us in our next auction and reap the rewards of our low commission, record prices and fast payouts then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. how to sell



Dornoch Castle Hotel Welcomes all Whisky Enthusiasts!

Scotland’s Hidden Whisky Castle • Dornoch Castle Hotel Welcomes all Whisky Enthusiasts!

Any whisky enthusiast knows the value of a great whisky bar, especially considering the amount of disappointing options around nowadays it’s a real breath of fresh air when you find one with a truly impressive selection and fair prices to boot. Here at Whisky Online we’ve always been fans of Dornoch Castle Hotel. I often stay there on my trips up north when collecting and valuing for the auction and it’s always a pleasure to stay and enjoy a couple of drams. Just a quick perusal of their cabinets and shelves will reveal a wealth of whisky the likes of which just isn’t available anywhere else in the UK. Recent highlights have been a director’s bottling of Ardmore from the 1920s, a Signatory 1966 Laphroaig, a 1949 cask sample of Balblair and the Killyloch 1967.

It’s not only high-end stuff on offer though, it’s a great place to find old official malts, obscure blends and generally ancient drams at very fair prices that make for fascinating and delicious drinking. Recently voted SLTN Whisky Bar of the year 2014, the bar is owned and run by Phil and Simon Thompson and located in the heart of the Coastal Highland whisky trail. So it’s an ideal location to hide away for a few days and dram, or to get out and do some adventuring amongst highland scenery or local distilleries. Phil and Simon have a quite an online presence in the whisky community but it still remains something of a hidden gem so if you are thinking of going to Scotland, you could do a lot worse than spend a couple of nights there. Also the food is utterly delicious.

Local Distilleries to Dornoch

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Dornach Distillery (Producing 2016)


Exclusive offer for Whisky Enthusiasts

Whisky Online has partnered with Dornoch Castle Hotel and will be sending out some leaflets about them in parcels from our auction and shop over the next few months. Recipients of these leaflets will be able to claim 25% discount on all rooms at Dornoch Castle Hotel with a bed and breakfast stay. Larger groups will be able to claim extra discounts by arrangement. If you buy anything from the auction or shop you’ll be able to claim the discount through the code on your leaflet.











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July Auction Results • Auction Overview and Bottle Performances

Another month passes and another auction flies by here at Whisky Online Auctions. Our July/August sale featured a broad range of bottles with some impressive prices achieved. Some of the more notable results came from Islay with the Black Bowmore 1st edition creeping up to £5100 for the first time in our sales and the 4th edition 42-year-old version hitting an impressive £5800. The record breaker was the Caol Ila Manager’s Dram though which hit a new auction record of £2100, much of this impressive price has to be attributed to the fill level on this bottle as it is getting harder and harder to find this bottling now – or any of the early Manager’s Drams with their original filling levels intact.

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Another stand out bottle from the sale was the Johnnie Walker 2011 Director’s Blend which finished up at an impressive £4200. This series is produced annually and only gifted to friends of the company, never sold. So it is understandable that when they do show up they fetch impressive prices. However, the gulf in prices between the earlier version over the more recent releases – examples of which sold in our previous sale for around half as much – shows just how hard some of the earlier releases are to find nowadays.

Macallan showed signs of strengthening again as the 25-year-old crystal decanter bottling sold for a new peak of £2300. Bear in mind this is the non-vintage version so it will be very interesting to see what a vintage stated version of this series will fetch when one turns up. The 30-year-old remained strong at £2450, a little way off its peak of £3000 – achieved with us back in March – but still a strong and sustained improvement considering these were trading at £1400-1600 quite consistently for much of the previous year and half. Other strong Macallan results were the 1963 bottled late 1970s which hit an impressive £900 and the 1974 25-year-old Anniversary Malt which hit £1000 for the first time.

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The scarcer editions of Rare Malts and Glendronach still perform very well on the rare occasion they show up, with the Cardhu 1973 60.5% version hitting an impressive £1350 and the Glendronach 1968 for the visitor centre re-opening reaching £1450. Also showing strong across the board were the Silent Stills releases from Signatory, these are hard enough to find at the best of times so it’s not surprising to see good prices all round for these ones. Especially the Glenlochy 1965 which hit a new record of £875, Glenlochy prices have been strengthening quite significantly this past year so it’s one to watch for the remainder of this year for sure.

The Flora & Fauna series can still surprise, with the Royal Brackla 10 year old white capsule version from the 1990s hitting an impressive £800. The older Italian bottlings by famous names such as Samaroli show no sign of loss in popularity with the Dreams 1987 Longrow reaching £420, not bad for a 12-year-old Longrow.

There were some notable dips in this auction too, modern releases such as the Ardbeg Perpetuum, Highland Park Valhalla series, Macallan Folio and even this year’s beautiful Lagavulin 1991 Feis Ile edition all took a bit of a step back in price. Proof – as if it were needed – that oversupply from speculation hits prices quite quickly and quite noticeably for modern releases. When everyone is selling and nobody is drinking: it’s not surprising. Generally this was a strong sale with prices for closed distilleries, legendary bottlings and older series such as the early Manager’s Drams releases all showing a steady climb in price. Basically, if you’ve got the right bottles that everyone wants you’re guaranteed a great price, but you don’t need us to tell you that.

If you want to sell in our next auction I’ll be up in Speyside and the Highlands this week from the 10th – 12th doing free collections and valuations, feel free to get in touch at or give me a ring on 07767222200. Or you can always send bottles into us or get in touch for a free valuation. Full details on the website.