Well 2016 is now drawing to a close which means it’s time for our 2 week Christmas sale. It’s been a great year here at Whisky-Online Auctions in terms of the array of old rare and obscure whiskies we have uncovered. The only downside is a number of miles we have racked up in the van! One of the best parts of putting these sales together each month is meeting the people who have these wonderful old bottles and the stories behind them, and of course, it’s a buzz to be able to offer the great whiskies we find to all our members around the world. Every day is different which makes what we do so unique. So for the last time in 2016 here are a few sexy bottles that will be highlighting our Christmas sale… for those who follow us on Facebook will know we have uncovered another bottle of the Port Ellen Queens Visit “ the holy grail of Port Ellen” Scoring a whopping 99 points by a famous French man.
This is both the only known bottling of Port Ellen produced while the distillery was active and the only known example distilled in 1967. It was decided that a bottling should be done for the occasion of the Queen’s visit back in 1980. The whisky was selected and drawn from two 1967 Hogsheads by legendary warehouseman Iain ‘Pinky’ McArthur. The number of bottles produced was very limited, enough that one could be given to the Queen and to each of the councillors and senior staff present on the day. From our knowledge it is believed that only 36 bottles were filled. The bottling strength remains unknown but Iain McArthur insists it was bottled at cask strength without reduction. This particular bottle comes from an ex-distillery worker who acquired the bottle over 20 years ago when he was actively working in the whisky industry and it has been stored away until we collected it just recently.
Appearing for the first time in our auction since 2012 is the mighty 50-year-old Highland Park; a vatting of five casks filled in 1960 and it’s believed that those casks were then transferred and aged together in a single cask for further maturation. Released back in 2010 this is still the oldest official Highland Park on the market and rarely ever appears at auction. Each bottle is hand-crafted from sterling silver and designed by Maeve Gillies. The design was inspired by the wild and rugged natural elements of the Scottish island of Orkney, Maeve aimed to create a bottle that would visually communicate what made Highland Park unique without any words, as well as an object that was precious enough to be worthy of the oldest island single malt in the world.
Also featuring for the first time since 2012 is the 50-year-old Dalmore. Bottled back in 1978 this is regarded as the best Dalmore ever bottled and probably the best 50-yearold in the world. It’s also bottled at a hefty 52% which is very unusual for such an old whisky. Only 60 hand-cut crystal decanters were produced making this one of the hardest whiskies to find. Adding to its rarity this is bottle number 50 and hand signed by master blender Richard Paterson. Not only do we have the 50-year-old Dalmore above but we have another Dalmore 50-Year-Old except this one is a little more special. Only one of these bottles exist and it was presented at the 5th Habanos Festival by Whyte & Mackay & The Whisky Magazine in 2003. The decanter is presented in a unique wooden box with a humidor containing 50 Cohiba Robustos Cigars. This one is definitely worth having a look at even if you don’t plan on bidding.
Last but by no means least is a unique bottle of Aberfeldy 28-year-old “The Gold of Pitilie” believed to be the oldest and rarest commercial bottling in the distilleries 120-year history. Adorned in 22-carat gold with “lost-wax” casting, and a stopper featuring flakes of Scottish gold, the name derives from the distillery’s water source “Pitilie Burn” which is known for its deposits of Scottish gold. Bacardi assured that no more of the 1985 cask will ever be released, thus “guaranteeing this edition’s rarity”. 10 Bottles were created with 8 bottles going to the far east exclusive to Travel Retail, one remains in their archive. This the very last bottle which was destined for an event that never took place.
Along with these incredible whiskies, we have an exciting array of other whiskies ranging from 1930s Irish Whiskey to pre-prohibition bourbon. You will also find a fine selection of good aged whiskies from Macallan, Port Ellen, Bowmore, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Highland Park and Springbank to name a few.
From all of us here at Whisky-Online Auctions we wish you Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year to all.