Highlight Auction of the Year! – Kicks off Wednesday 23rd December!

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The Whisky-Online Auctions Annual Christmas sale starts Wednesday 23rd at 8PM (GMT).

We always like to try and make our Christmas whisky auction one of the highlight auction of the year in terms of sheer variety of amazing old bottles. There’s more than a few incredible old bits and pieces in this year’s auction, but here’s a quick round-up of some of our favourites.


Springbank Local Barley West Highland Malt 1966

Springbank Local Barley - Christmas Whisky AuctionSpringbank Local Barley - Christmas Whisky Auction

Lot 574 is the Springbank Local Barley West Highland Malt 1966, cask 443. We’ve had these before but they’re now incredibly scarce to the point that whenever one turns up it’s always a bit of an event bottle. These bottlings represent some of the best Springbanks ever released, if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to taste one, you’ll understand…

 Ardbeg Manager’s Choice 1976

Ardbeg 1976-1999 Managers Dram - Christmas Whisky Auction

Talking about iconic bottles from certain distilleries, we’re pleased to have the Ardbeg Manager’s Choice 1976 back in again, this bottling doesn’t turn up too often these days either but it’s always a thrill to have one in. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Ardbegs ever bottled, this is quite simply incredible whisky. If you taste it, you’ll understand the hefty price tags these bottles now command.


The Karuizawa 1968 was one of the earliest and most incredible casks of this Iconic Japanese whisky. These are now quite scarce and don’t show up too often, it’s another one we’re pleased to have in this sale along with other wonderful examples from 1976, 1981 and the famous/infamous Nepal Charity tasting bottle…

Laphroaig 12 year old

Laphroaig 12 year old - Christmas Whisky Auction

Older rarities are well represented in the form of the Laphroaig 12 year old bottled in the 1960s by Cadenhead, this bottle comes from the same vendor as the previous example of this bottling we sold earlier this year. It’s in immaculate condition so this is a real chance to get what is now a legendary and hugely obscure example of this great distillery.

Bruichladdich 1959 25 year old Cadenhead Dumpy

My personal favourite has to be the Bruichladdich 1959 25 year old Cadenhead Dumpy, this is the only known example of Bruichladdich from when it was still a heavily peated whisky – it stopped peating in 1960. This is one of the scarcest of all Cadenhead dumpies so this should be quite something.

All in all a jam-packed auction awaits. Roll on Wednesday we say.

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