Welcome to our October Auction, this month sees another fine selection of rare bottles up for bidding at Whisky Online Auctions.
The immediate highlights are the 2nd and 3rd edition Black Bowmores which both make a welcome return, we never tire of seeing these ever-popular masterpieces. Joining them from Islay is the Port Ellen Festival Single Cask which also makes a welcome return after a few months absence from our sales.
Some of our favourite bottlings in this sale are the most obscure ones however. A 12 year old Glenugie bottled for R & I Neish of Peterhead by Robert Watson in the 1980s has to take crown of this month’s ‘Never Before Seen Bottle’. Glenugie is one of those malts that was hardly ever bottled during the distillery’s lifetime and rarely even after it. This is a must for any serious collector of Glenugie or closed distilleries in general.
Along side this is the Benromach 1969 40 year old bottled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the single handed circumnavigation of the globe by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. With only 40 bottles produced this is the rarest Benromach ever released and makes a very scarce appearance here at auction. Another favourite of ours this sale is the Littlemill 1950 30 year old. Bottled in 1981 in a ceramic decanter at a cask strength of 53.5% this is a little seen bottling that hasn’t commanded too much interest in the past despite its great age and rarity – lets see if the current craze for Littlemill will change that.
Elsewhere in the sale Johnnie Walker enthusiasts will find a beautifully preserved example of the 150th Anniversary bottling released in 1985 along with a couple of the very scarce ‘Old Harmony’ exclusive bottling for Japan from 1983 and the equally rare ‘Celebrity’ Swing bottling. We’ve got the usual smattering of Macallans, the standouts of which are the 1962 Campbell Hope & King release, the old 30 year old and the 1968 18 year old. We have numerous excellent old blends, one of the 1973 Springbank Rum Butts, Pride Of Strathspey 1938, Ardbeg Mor 1st Edition, the hugely sought after Tamnavulin 1966 35 year old and a good spread of official release Port Ellens – including the 1st edition.
Aged Bunnahabhains such as the Auld Acquiantance and the 1963, the newly released Laphroaig 32 year old and the Highland Park 30 year old for the Spectator 180th anniversary all make an appearance. As does a Laphroaig 1980 27 year old and a whole bundle of other bottles from official aged single casks to obscure independent releases and everything in between.
As always please get in touch if you have any questions, otherwise enjoy the auction, best of luck and happy bidding.
The Whisky Online Auctions team