Topping the bill in this months auction and featuring for the first time in a UK whisky auction is undoubtedly the rarest single cask Ardbeg ever released. Cask number 2742 is a 31-year-old Islay single malt distilled in what some describe as the epic year of 1974. A mere 36 bottles of this exquisite malt were bottled back in 2005 and distributed exclusively to hotel and bars only. As a result the majority of which were opened and sold by the dram only adds to its unique rarity.
Next up and what seem’s to be a bit of a welcoming trend is another whole cask except this time from Port Charlotte. The spirit was filled into cask 969, a fresh bourbon barrel in 2004 and has been lying in bond ever since. Most cask sales were taking place privately before now, so it will be interesting to see if current market value achieved in auction changes how cask owners sell their casks in the future.
Although it’s great to provide a varied selection of whiskies each month, Whisky Online Auctions ambition is to uncover at least one desirable whisky from bygone times each sale. And they don’t come much more desirable than this Clynelish from Cadenhead. Bottled in 1985 as a 20-year-old and distilled at the original pre-Brora Clynelish distillery in 1965 this is appreciated as one of the most beautiful whiskies ever bottled.
Also from these captivating and complex Highland distilleries, we have several examples from the Rare Malts series including a 1972 Clynelish at 61.3% and not one but three 1972 Brora bottled at 58.7%. In fact, Rare Malts is bursting at the seams in this sale with a whole host of fine examples such as Port Ellen, St Magdalene, Hillside, Glen Mhor, Millburn, Coleburn and the list goes on… You can view all Rare Malts in this sale HERE.
Highlights from the indies are a 30-year-old Macduff by James MacArthur, a 20-year-old Ledaig by Douglas Murdoch, a 1974 20-year-old Caol Ila by Hart Brothers, a 1977 20-year-old Convalmore by Cadenhead, a 1976 19-year-old Ardbeg by Adelphi, and appearing for the first time is a 1967 Laphroaig First Cask. Carrying on and you with find a 1976 24-year-old Pittyvaich by Blackadder, a 1981 18-year-old Lochside by Murray McDavid and a 1979 Highland Park by the SMWS.
From Signatory, we have several Silent Stills including Mosstowie, Glen Albyn & Glenugie and from Duncan Taylor, there’s a 1973 31-year-old Ayrshire and a 1969 35-year-old Kinclaith. Also appearing for the first time is a splendid 1955 Talisker from Gordon & MacPhail for their CASK series. We’ve not had this particular variation from cask 1315 at 50.4% but if it’s anything like other Taliskers from this period it should be an absolutely cracking dram.
Onto whiskies with some good age behind them comprise of official offerings such as a single cask 1968 Balvenie, single cask 1968 Glengoyne and a 1969 Glenlivet bottled in 2006 for their Cellar Collection. For the untold Islay fans we’ve got a 1974 single cask Ardbeg from 2006 that was released for the UK market, the stupendous 1985 21 year old Lagavulin, a 1965 35 year old Bunnahabhain, the 1970 35 year old Bruichladdich bottled for their 125th Anniversary and the one and only Port Ellen released at the 2008 Islay Festival.
Finally, we’ll finish will a few gems from the 20th century; Starting from the 1940s there’s a rather interesting Hennessy 3 Star Cognac. Into the 1950s you will discover a beautiful White Horse Cellar, Haig Gold Label and a very striking Crawfords 5 Star we’ve never auctioned before. More curious blends from the 1960s come from White Horse and Black & White. Early 1970s is a wonderful and rather rare bottle of Glenfarclas bottled as a 12-year-old for the Italian market. Plenty more blends from the 1970s that are great to experiment with. To the 1980s there’s great official malts from Rosebank, Glendronach, Glenfarclas, Macallan, Laphroaig and Caol Ila to name but a few. Ending in the 1990s and it continues with Clynelish, Ledaig, Port Ellen and Springbank.
As always all bottles will start off at £10 with no set reserves meaning every bid is a potential winning bid.
All the best from all of us here at Whisky Online Auctions.