April Auction Highlights

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Firstly we will start with a super scares 1972 Ardbeg single cask, Named Ping No. 1 by Juuls Vinhandel of Denmark to commemorate the 30th Business Anniversary of Michael Madsen.

Another clutch of rare Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling’s, we see for the first time a Port Ellen 43.2, not only is this a closed distillery the liquid itself is legendary. More early releases from SMWS include Ardmore 66.1 a Girvan G7.1 and many other great releases from this iconic series like Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Glenmoranige, Talisker, Glen Scotia, St Magdalene…

Making another reappearance is the Macallan 1946 52 year old, along with the Macallan 1938 and Macallan 1950 hand written labels. staying with Macallan we have two new faces from the Fine & Rare series with vintages from 1975 and 1971 followed with a huge selection of other great Macallans including vintage Anniversary Malts not forgetting a haul of indie bottling’s.

Other notable rarities from the 1940s and 1950s starting with an unusual Munros Extra Special Liqueur followed by an incredible selection of old White Horse including bottling from 1941, 1952, 1954, 1956, and two examples from 1957. More from the fifties comprising of several variants of Haig Gold Label, Black & White, Dewars. Johnnie Walker enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with the numerous directors blends from 2008, 2010 and 2011 releases.

It doesn’t end there, more rarities from Islay that include Ardbeg Manager Choice cask 2391, Caol Ila Mangers Dram, Port Ellen First Release followed by a 21 year old Malting’s Anniversary. From Bowmore we have a 1973 vintage label, 1972 27 year old from a marriage of three casks with a yield of only 466 bottles. You will also find a couple of ceramics like the 25 year old Seagulls, 30 year old Sea Dragon and the legendry Bicentenary. From the eighties there is a Laphroaig 10 year old a Lagavulin 12 year old White Horse and a no age statement Bruichladdich.

For our Abunadh fans we have numerous different batches running from batch 15 through to 35. There’s bag full of the infamous Managers Drams. Numerous other incredible drams including a Glenfiddich 1978 single cask, four different Glenfarclas 40 year olds bottled for the Taiwanese market. A 1964 Glendronach dumpy, two 1968s including the re-opening. A young high octane Talisker 1970 100 proof, and a beautiful dumpy Springbank 30 year old sherry cask.

From elsewhere around the world we have a L’Esprit De Courvoisier Cognac in a hand-cut Lalique decanter. A half bottle of Martel Cognac circa 1940, Delamain 1969 34 year old and a wonderful one pint J.A. Dougherty’s from the pre-prohibition era. From the Far East there’s several different Kavalans, the renowned Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 and a extremely hard to find Hakushu 25 Year Old in the rarely seen wooden box version where only around 100 bottles were ever released.

Whatever your tastes you’ll find something within this month’s selection and as always please get in touch if you have any questions, otherwise enjoy the auction, best of luck and happy bidding.

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Auction Highlights


March Whisky Auction Results


The March whisky auction results further demonstrated the current market appetite for the right bottles.

The Macallan 1946 editions both returned healthy and consistent results while the Black Bowmore 1st edition was up against recent results for this bottling. Even with a slightly lower fill level this bottle can still command a hammer price of £5500 – another signifier of just how highly regarded this great whisky actually is.

Macallan 1946 and Bowmore 1st edition

The Springbank 1966 Local Barley cask 443 seems to just fetch a new record price every time one comes to auction. This rare US import version – even without a box – still topped a new record price of £2800. It won’t be long before these are nudging past the £3000 mark quite comfortably. And once again: proof that incredible liquid is pretty much still the hold grail at whisky auctions.

Throughout the top end of the sale the rest of the old vintage Macallans all performed solidly with many trading towards their upper market values. It seems when we have a strong selection of these old Macallans in one sale then they all help each other perform well. Something worth bearing in mind if you have a stash of them yourself which you are considering how best to bring to market.

Another perfect example of how incredible liquid is skyrocketing these days is in the 1967 Signatory Laphroaig. This extremely scarce bottling finished up at a whopping £2200. Impressive considering the late 1960s Laphroaig single casks by Signatory have fetched around the £1200 mark over the past year. Given their increasing scarcity and the fact these are considered amongst some of the greatest whiskies ever bottled, this upward trend in price looks like it is here to stay.

Other healthy results at the upper end of the sale were the Glenlochy 1969 Rare Malts 62.2% version which fetched £1400, these are becoming increasingly scarce at auction and, as one of the earliest releases in this great series, it’s a must for collectors and an incredible dram to boot. Speaking of collectors and rarities, it’s unsurprising that the Boutiquey Whisky Co Brora – of which only 24 bottles were produced – finally settled on £1350. This is a good example of an instance where sheer rarity and collectors completist instincts take hold and deliver quite remarkable results.

1967 Signatory Laphroaig, Glenlochy 1969 Rare Malts and the Boutiquey Whisky Co Brora

Two other interesting but not altogether surprising results were the 6 year old Old Fitzgerald, an old bottling distilled at the Stitzel Weller distillery and the Black Bottle circa 1930s which finished at £1100 and £950 respectively. These were both in excellent condition and showed just what a great appetite there is today for beautiful and historic bottles from great brands or lost distilleries at auction today. The fact they are probably both incredible to drink as well was also probably a big factor. But it goes to show, well preserved and historic examples of big names make big prices.

The continued march of Macallan 18 year olds was evidenced yet again by the 1967 and 1974 which hit £775 and £800 respectively. Neither of these bottlings was in terrific condition or had tubes, but it goes to show the potency of this series and its reputation. On a totally different note a collection of SMWS newsletters and old outturns hit a remarkable £750. This says a lot about the power of information and historical artefacts to modern day collectors. This is a fascinating treasure trove of materials to anyone interested in the history of one of the greatest and most important independent bottlers, something keenly reflected in the price it fetched.

At the lower end of the sale the fact that the newly released Ardbeg Dark Cove bottles in this sale didn’t go as high as previous releases in past auctions may be an indicator that the market – and buyers in particular – have cottoned on to some extent about the predictable patterns these bottles follow. Why pay several hundred for a bottle you can pick up in a couple of months for near its original retail price. Maybe this is a sign of a market maturing and finding its feet? Time will tell…

As ever much of the rest of the lower end of the sale was quite typical of today’s secondary market, although interestingly in this auction there were few real bargains, almost everything seemed to hit its proven market value. What’s for certain is that the secondary market shows no sign of strain at the moment with buoyant prices and ample opportunity for buyers. Perhaps it really is destined to inherit a large chunk of retail’s crown…

The Whisky-Online Auctions Team



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