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September Auction – Full Casks Held in Bond – Tasting Notes

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.

 

Macallan 1995 – Cask 7738: Refill Hogshead – 58.00% ABV – Approximately 205 Bottles

Nose: Beautifully earthy and fragrant. Full of moss, ferns, all kinds of dried herbs, pumpernickel bread, wet leaves and mushroom powder. A cooling coal hearth, a touch of strawberry liqueur, some hessian and dunnage warehouse and a dusting of cocoa powder. Beautifully integrated sherry and distillate.

Palate: Big, a little sharp at first, and full of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon powder, cloves and various other mulling spices. Some cured meats, freshly baked brown bread, black olives, sage, rosemary and gorse flowers. A touch of desiccated cocoanut and muesli comes through as well. Some more meaty notes in the form of bovril and beef stock.

Finish: Long, earthy, meaty and full of dark fruits and warming spices. Quite a layered finish ending up on a long chocolatey fade.

Comments: Another blinding good mid-aged Macallan. Again, this could easily sail to 30 years of age without too much trouble it would appear. One that will certainly reward a little patience in the bond.

Macallan 1995 – Cask 7739: Refill Hogshead – 60.00% ABV – Approximately 236 Bottles

Colour: Gold.

Nose: A rather elegant, plush and fatty nose at first. Notes of wax, wood resin, camphor and furniture oil give way to greener and lusher fruit notes and floral scents such as geranium, rosehip and Turkish Delight. There are some notes of dried rosemary, motor oil, pistachio nuts and a background note of mint.

Mouth: A big oily delivery full of spice, seville orange marmalade, fruit compotes, some traces of tar resin, pine cones and orange cocktail bitters. Notes of turmeric, greengages, lamp oil, hessian, clove rock and madeira cake. Quite rich, oily and intense.

Finish: Lengthy and with more of these polished wood, oil and dark, preserved fruit qualities. Quite spicy towards the end and with a lingering leathery note.

Comments: This is a big and relatively uncompromising example of Macallan, already showing good maturity at around 22 years of age. However, I feel it has great potential and could go to 30 years or more quite easily. A good one to sit on if you have the patience.

Tullibardine 2006 – Cask 806: Bourbon Barrel – 57.09% ABV – Approximately 219 Bottles

 

Colour: Gold

Nose: A warm butterscotch arises at first. Followed by subtle notes of treacle, soft toffee, vanilla ice cream, some wood shavings and candy floss. Quite a confectionary nose this one, but cleanly and vibrantly so. Time reveals some more farmyard touches of wet hay, damp sack cloth and various oils and industrial aspects. Quite straightforwardly ‘highlands’ in style.

Palate: The strength is surprisingly shy at first which is a good sign. This has pink grapefruit, foam shrimp sweets, barley sugar, red strawberry laces. A whole sweetie shop full of flavours. Red liquorice, caraway liqueur, some grassy touches perhaps hinting at a dryness peeping through. With time some nutmeg and fresh herbs emerge.

Finish: Quite long and lemony with vanilla cream, some slightly salty notes like frying pancetta and touches of grass and rosewater.

Comments: A surprisingly lively, flavoursome and idiosyncratic cask of Tullibardine. One that could be bottled now or continue up until around 15 years of age quite easily.

 

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September Auction – Full Casks Held in Bond – Tasting Notes

casks in bondIt seems that the impressive recent results for casks of whisky still held in bond in our previous sales have unearthed some more tantalising examples for auction. Another pair of Macallan 1994 ex-sherry hogsheads and – intriguingly – a 1990 barrel of Littlemill. To see a name as sought after as Macallan come up for sale is always exciting, but a cask of whisky from a closed distillery adds an extra layer of intrigue to the sale. Here are our notes for these casks based on the most recent samples drawn at the time of their last gaging.

 

Littlemill 1990. Bourbon barrel. Cask number 918. Remaining Litres of Alcohol (RLA) 85. 50% abv. 

Littlemill 1990 - Cask 918 - Held In Bond - Tasting Notes

Colour: Plain gold.Nose: At first an even balance between fresh fruits such as banana, kiwi, cider apple and pineapple, alongside touches of varnish and wood spice. The profile is immediately reminiscent and typical of other early 1990s Littlemills. Develops further with notes of fresh gooseberry, gorse and some grassy and wildflower qualities.

Nose: At first an even balance between fresh fruits such as banana, kiwi, cider apple and pineapple, alongside touches of varnish and wood spice. The profile is immediately reminiscent and typical of other early 1990s Littlemills. Develops further with notes of fresh gooseberry, gorse and some grassy and wildflower qualities.

Palate: Surprisingly zingy at first. Sharp fruit notes of tart gooseberry, citrus and a light grassiness. There is a substantial cereal aspect as well; notes of porridge oats, toast and barley sugar. The sweetness from the wood is noticeable but well integrated with the distillate. Some further notes of milk chocolate, vanilla fudge and cocoa. A little more tropical fruits towards the finish.

Finish: Medium length. Lingering butterscotch, barley sweetness and some green fruitiness.

Comments: The nose was the best part of this one, although overall it is a fine and classical example of Littlemill from this era. At times it is reminiscent of some of these Irish single malts of similar vintage. It retains good freshness for its age and shows a lively and often delicious fruit character. The purchaser of this cask may want to consider getting this one bottled sooner rather than later as, while it may reach 30, it is already showing signs of full maturity and may not benefit particularly from further extended ageing.

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Macallan 1994. Refill sherry hogshead. Cask number 2316. 58.9%. 

Macallan 1994 - Cask 2316 - Held In Bond - Tasting Notes

Colour: Full Amber

Nose: An immediate and beautifully earthy, nervous and resinous sherry. Surprisingly old style and reminiscent of some old Campbell Hope & King bottlings of Macallan with these bold notes of walnut wine, earthen floors, dunnage, many dark fruits such as dates, prune juice and sultanas along with rancio and pipe tobacco. Develops further tertiary notes of mint leaf, eucalyptus and camphor. Quite a remarkable nose!

Palate: The sherry character still dominates, although the weightiness of the distillate still matches it well and there is wonderful balance between these notes of truffle, earth, fruit jams, molasses and black pepper. Quite stunning really. With time some flecks of green fruit, tree bark and hessian emerge.

Finish: Long and very warm. A glow of dense, chocolatey sherry with dried herbs and morello cherries.

Comments: A spectacular and delightfully old style Macallan. Reminiscent in some ways of some early 1970s Glendronachs. The sherry is clean but dense and earthy, although never too intense or overbearing on the spirit. This could easily be bottled now or be left for up to another five years. Any longer however and I get the sense that it could easily start to become imbalanced.

Macallan 1994

 

Macallan 1994. Refill sherry hogshead. Cask number 2317. 60.5%.

Macallan 1994 - Cask 2317 - Held In Bond - Tasting Notes

Colour: Light Amber

Nose: Lighter, leafier and a little hotter than cask 2316. This is more towards green pepper, dried mushrooms, red fruits and notes of pollen, wild flowers, mead and dried herbs. More powerful and perhaps more singular than its sibling but not quite in the same old style vein.   With time becomes more menthol and waxy giving way to some lovely green fruits.

Palate: Juicy fruits in the form of fruit jams and cordials with some dark chocolate, mint choc chip ice cream and herbal liqueurs. Cocktail bitters, caraway, rosewater and beeswax all appear. It wears its high abv surprisingly well. There is an oiliness and more overt fruitiness that betrays the fact this one is more dominated by the distillate and the cask is slightly less active than 2316. A meatiness towards the finish like beef stock.

Finish: Long with plenty of green fruit, wet leaves, cigar boxes, cured meats and peppery notes. Towards the end quite a distinctive note of orange bitters and orange peel emerges.

Comments: Perhaps not as stellar as 2316 but this is still excellent Macallan. The freshness means it could easily stand further ageing for a number of years should the purchaser choose to keep it in bond for extended maturation. However, it is already an excellent Macallan and it would not be too soon to bottle it in the coming year.

Macallan cask 2317


 

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September Auction Highlights 2017

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It seems that the impressive recent results for casks of whisky still held in bond in our previous sales have unearthed some more tantalising examples for auction. Another pair of Macallan 1994 ex-sherry hogsheads and – intriguingly – a 1990 barrel of Littlemill. To see a name as sought after as Macallan come up for sale is always exciting, but a cask of whisky from a closed distillery adds an extra layer of intrigue to the sale.
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Featuring for the first time in one of our auctions is the exquisite Clynelish Corti Brothers that we’ve been after for a while now; this hails from the original pre-Brora distillery and is highly regarded as one of the best whiskies in the world; The 1965 21-year-old was bottled in 1986 by R.W Duthie & Co especially for Corti Brothers of Sacramento. This example is in terrific condition and this appearance is the perfect opportunity to acquire this magnificent whisky.

The legendary 1964 Bowmore Trilogy makes a welcome return; this time we see them going under the hammer as a single Lot.
Bowmore 1964 Trilogy - Black White Gold

If you’re looking for something with a bit of age behind it then how about a 1954 58-year-old Mortlach or 1955 57-year-old Glen Grant by Gordon & MacPhail, this series is massively underestimated for such old whiskies. More incredibly aged whiskies included examples from Jim McEwan’s Celtic Heartlands series; you’ll find a 1962 42-year-old Glen Moray, 1967 35-year-old Highland Park, 1968 35-year-old Bowmore, 1968 34-year-old & 1969 35-year-old Macallan. Whilst Adelphi offers us a 1953 50-year-old “Glenfarclas”, 1968 41-year-old Bunnahabhain and a 1970 38-year-old Caperdonich. Alternatively, if you’re wanting to delve a little deeper how about a 52-year-old Macallan distilled in 1946 a 50-year-old Glenury Royal distilled in 1953 or a 40-year-old Laphroaigdistilled in 1960.

Old blends seem to be represented well in this sale, we’ve got iconic examples dating back to the 1930s which include Johnnie Walker, Hankey Bannister, White Horse, Ballantines, Ambassador, Black & White, Dewars, Haig & Kings Legend. Blends from this period have a much higher malt content; if you think about it single malt whisky is relatively young and often or not the only way to experience anything close to a distilleries profile from this period is blended whisky. These will often knock the socks off modern single malts so if you’re looking to expand your palate look no further. You’ll also find an ancient John Jameson bottled in the late 1930s by New York Dock Company, Brooklyn. This is one we’d love to try so bear us in mind when you open it.

From the older officials, there’s a couple of impossibly hard to find Talisker’s bottled in the late 1960s, as well as several from the early 1970s that surfaced with their original shipping carton. Two beautiful old Sherriff’s Bowmore under the ships label followed by the legendary Bicentenary. The 15-year-old Lagavulin ceramic from the 1980s that were laboriously hand bottled on the Island. The Caol Ila Managers Dram is back again along with a varied selection of other Managers Drams. All the way from Spain is a classic 12-year-old Cragganmore from around the early 1980s when D&J McCallum owned the distillery. This is about the oldest official bottling we can think of from Cragganmore and only the second time we’ve come across one.

Through the decades we have a 1938 Mortlach, 1946 Macallan, 1950 Glen Grant, 1954 Glenburgie, 1955 Talisker, 1959 Macallan, 1960 Glen Moray, 1961 Highland Park, 1968 Glenglassaugh, 1969 Glen Mhor, 1971 Glenrothes, 1973 Linlithgow, 1976 Glenfiddich bottled exclusively for the legendary Concorde, 1981 Dalmore, 1984 Isle Of Jura, 1985 Springbank and the list goes on…

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September Auction Highlights

Our September/October Auction is now live. It’s a smaller scale auction again but with a wealth of terrific bottles.

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Once again Bowmore is an obvious stand out. This month sees the return of the complete 1964 Trilogy series along with the second edition Black Bowmore and the 1966 vintage label bottled in the 1980s. These are joined by some wonderful and very scarce independent examples from Sestante such as the 1971 18 and 14 year olds and the wonderful 1965 20 year old.

Other top end highlights include the Macallan 40 year old for duty free, this was bottled back in 2005 with an outturn of just 450 bottles, it remains the only official 40 year old Macallan have ever released. The Laphroaig 40 year old makes a welcome come back along with the 1980 27 year old Friends Of Laphroaig exclusive of which just 94 bottles were released back in 2007.

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Speaking of Laphroaig one of the true highlights of this auction has to be the 10 bottles of 14 year old Laphroaig imported to America in 1953. These are all from the original wooden case which was discovered by the vendor in his grandfather’s attic. The case itself is also up for sale in this auction. The levels on these bottles are sadly quite low but they were bottled at 45.7% and the liquids all remain perfectly clear so they should still be quite something to drink. After all, how often will you get a chance to taste 1930s Laphroaig?

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Our favourite bottle in this sale has to be the Charles MacKinlay VSO Bottled 1917. A stunning bottle, both in its historic value and terrific preservation. I’ll not go into all the detail here, have a read of the lot description to get the full story on this one but it’s one of the most beautiful old bottles we’ve seen for a long while.

There are quite a few interesting Japanese bottlings in this sale as well. The obvious standout being the Karuizawa 1981 cask 4333 of which only 94 bottles were released. There are also interesting Hanyus, Chichibus, official Karuizawas by original owners Mercian, official Yamazaki single casks and other older, more obscure bottlings from Suntory. Have a dig and see for yourselves. We’ve got the very first release in the Johnnie Walker Director’s Blend series from 2008 and the 2013 edition which is being sold for charity with zero buyers commission attached so bid generously on that one as all the money will go to benefit the Royal Marsden Cancer charity.

Irish whiskey fans will be pleased to see we’ve got another of those beautiful 1940s John Locke bottlings in again along with one of the very early Midleton releases bottled in 1984. For grain fans there’s a North British 1964 bottled by Signatory in 1996 for the Forth Road Bridge council, only 64 bottles were produced which makes this a real gem for collectors, we’ve certainly never seen one before. We’ve got two different official Ladyburn single casks – one of which is a very rare one bottled for America. There is the fifth release of the Balvenie 40 year old, a Glenfiddich 40 year old, a very rare 1975 30 year old official Aberlour single cask and two beautiful old half bottles of Talisker bottled at 100 proof around 1980 by Gordon & MacPhail.

But this is just scratching the surface, there’s no room to mention all the Port Ellens, Ardbegs, Macallans and other wonderful bottlings that are up for grabs in this auction. In short, you’ll just have to dig in and have a look for yourself.

As always please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any questions about any of the bottles in this auction. Otherwise, good luck and happy bidding.

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