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Following on from the past couple of sales we have managed to secure a few more casks held in bond. It has been quite remarkable seeing the results that these bonded casks of mature whisky – in particular Macallan – have achieved over the past few sales. So, we’re pleased to be able to offer the final two ex-sherry hogsheads of Macallan from this parcel of stock in our latest auction. The character of the whisky in both is of exemplary quality and both casks exhibit great maturation with at least a further decade of ageing potential ahead of them. Similarly, they are joined by an unusually characterful barrel of 2006 Tullibardine which shows a remarkably complex sweetness. This will no doubt be a more affordable cask for anyone looking for something interesting as a future bottle share with friends or something special as a bit of fun or an investment for themselves. Like the Macallans, it already exhibits good maturity and should continue to improve for at least another five years.

Featuring for the first time since 2015 is the extremely peaty Provenance. A 1974 Ardbeg released as a four part series for numerous different markets from 1997 through to 2000. In this sale you will find the 3rd edition imported to the US by American spirits & wine merchant Brown-Forman. These releases have now become an iconic figure for Ardbeg so definitely one not to miss if you’re a big fan. Following the Provenance is cask 2398, a Sherry Butt laid down in 1976. It’s amazing how not so long ago this caliber of whisky was being bottled for the Islay Festival. Apart from all the NAS, Ardbeg seem to be getting back into the swing of things with the 21 year old released last year and the 23 year old being released this November. But, at £430 I’d soon rather spend a touch more and go for one of the 1977s from the early 2000s.

Whilst Wayne & Harrison were on their travels up North they managed to procure another collection of Manager’s Drams. This set originates from an ex-distillery worker who acquired one bottle of every release from 1988 through to 2001. Despite one or two having suffered evaporation the majority of the collection is in excellent condition. Scotch Malt Whisky Society fans will be pleased to see a full set of the remarkable and beautiful 26 Malts up for auction. This set was created by matching 26 individual single casks with a unique individual pairing of visual artist and writers. These creative teams produced unique and dazzling labels for each of the 26 bottlings. A set of each is displayed in the Edinburgh and London shop so therefore only 18 of the 20 sets were sold to society members in 2005; with the surplus bottlings being sold individually. The full set rarely appears at auction, so if you’re after a set in immaculate condition, this is the perfect opportunity. for those who missed out on any First Casks – we’ve got another batch for you to explore. Ones to look out for are a 1982 Bowmore, a very dark 1980 Inchgower and with all the hype why not a 1982 Brora.

Elsewhere where in this sale you will find the very appetising 1971 34 year old Bowmore – this one will be perfect to crack open in front of the fire over the festive period along with a 1966 Springbank or even this 1979 by Cadenhead. For those looking to bag a RosebankBrora or Port Ellen look no further as there’s plenty to choose from. Macallan is flourishing as well; from the early 1980s there’s a 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966. A pristine Charles & Diana Royal Marriage, a beautiful Special Reserve for Easter Elchies House and a whole host of 18 year olds running from the early 1970s through to the 1990s – not forgetting the various Gran Reserves & Anniversary Malts in between; some of which Wayne & Harrison collected from an ex-distillery worker who began working at Macallan in 1963!

As always all bottles will start off at £10 with no set reserves meaning every bid is a potential winning bid.

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Whisky-Online • 26th October 2017


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