May Whisky Auction Results
Our recent auction delivered some quite remarkable and interesting results.
The obvious standout was of course the Bowmore 1967 Largiemeanoch. This is a bottling of serious renown, considered by those fortunate enough to have tasted it to be one of the greatest Bowmores ever bottled. I had a small dram of it once in France and it’s a drinking experience which will linger long in the mind. Every time this bottling comes to auction it seems to reach new heights, this latest result of £8200 however was beyond even our expectations. It’s a glaring illustration of just how vast the market’s appetite for these kinds of ‘holy grail’ bottlings is these days.
Of the other top end bottles in the sale, perhaps the most interesting result was the Signatory Caol Ila 1974 – bear in mind there were 3000 bottles of this one released – which fetched a whopping £2050. The fact that this particular bottling hardly ever shows up these days and scored a whopping 96 points on Whiskyfun are certainly key contributing factors. Serge likes to play down the impact his scores have but with plenty other 1974 Caol Ilas out there around the £200-300 mark, this particular result says it all. This result also demonstrates the continued sharp rise in prices for old Signatory bottlings. There were some incredible releases put out by Signatory since its first series in 1988, collectors are now starting to get pretty serious about acquiring the rarer and more sought after ones. The 1967 Laphroaig for £1500 is another good example of this trend.
Elsewhere the Bowmore Bicentenary cask strength climbed up to an impressive £2400 – nice to see this great bottling starting to pick up real steam at auction. The G&M CASK Caol Ila 1968 saw an impressive result at £1600, this is another textbook example of sublime liquid driving bidders into a bit of a frenzy. If you’ve tasted this one you’ll understand.
Once again there were consistent results for the old Macallans, the 1965 17 year old in particular performed very well with a final price of £1200. The Bowmore Sea Dragon 30 year old was back up at the £1000 mark and the Sherriff’s Ship Label also did well at £1150. To think these bottles were going for around a quarter of that price not too long ago. Interestingly the Laphroaig 19.0 190th anniversary edition seemed like a bit of a bargain at £825 given the bottle’s trading history but there you go, there’s always a few in each sale.
Other impressive results amongst independent releases were the Longmorn 1969 G&M CASK for £775 – this series is another one going from strength to strength these days – and the Dead Whisky Banff 37 year old hitting £700. Talking of strength to strength, the unboxed, somewhat tatty Laphroaig 15 year old from the 1980s that didn’t have a terrific fill level still wound up at £650. Still, this one was bottled in 1985, so when you do the maths… £650 for a late 1960s distilled Laphroaig isn’t too bad. It’s quite remarkable to see just how quickly these old official Laphroaigs have shot up over the past year.
Another indy bottler that just seems to get ever more popular at auction these days is Cadenhead. The 1962 Convalmore finished up at £550. I think we’re now seeing buyers really waking up to just how special and incredible so many of these great old independent bottlings are. It seems they’re now sadly becoming out of reach of all but the deeper pockets. Not so bad if you’re sitting on a few and looking to sell though…
Further down the auction there were a fair few bargains as well, a 1963 Moncreiff’s Aberlour for £205 looks like a steal. As does £185 for a 1975 Cooper’s Choice Springbank. In fact if you browse around under the £100 mark there are still numerous terrific bottles for drinking that finished up at reasonable prices. So, for those that decry spiralling prices and whisky being out of reach, I’d say look at auctions around the £70-100 bracket and you’ll find numerous wonderful drams. I’ll take the Dewar Rattray Caol Ila 1982 25 year old for £97.50 please.
So, overall a pretty juicy sale with some terrific results and the usual smattering of bargains. Until next time…
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