November Whisky Auction Results
The November whisky Auction finished with the usual mixture of strong and interesting results. The top end results were comfortably within their expected price projections and showed stability at the upper end of the bidding scale.
Perhaps the most telling was the strong result for Ardbeg Provenance at £1400 which shows continued strengthening for this particular bottle from last year’s trading level of around the £1000 mark. The Macallan Anniversary malts also showed continued strong performance with the 1965’s both hitting the £1200+ mark. Another surprise was the Glenlivet 1943 from Gordon & Macphail that – even without a box and a level around the base of the neck – settled on £1000 in the end. Bottle Level Guideline
Gordon & Macphail were also around the top end with their beautiful old 15 year old 100 proof Macallan from the thistle stencil series bottled around 1970. The hammer price of £925 goes to show there is continued strong appetite for these kinds of rarely seen, old, exceptional single malts. These kinds of sought after bottles continue to perform very well whenever they show up so if you’ve got one then it might be a good time to think about selling – or drinking – it.
Glendronach shows signs of continued heightening of desirability with its hammer price of £900 for the 1972 40 year old. These old official Glendronachs are showing signs of steady and consistent growth, unsurprising considering the esteemed nature of the whisky itself.
Further consistent strength for older bottlings was shown by the Cadenhead Dumpy Convalmore 1962 bottled exclusively for the US market and the 1976 Ardbeg for Oddbins by Cadenhead selling for £875 and £860 respectively. Older Cadenhead bottlings are going from strength to strength lately and given the scarcity of these kinds of bottling it is unsurprising to see how well these bottles continue to perform.
The more modern releases can also achieve pretty remarkable prices as shown but the Glengoyne 1972 from Malts Of Scotland which sold for £725, this is a great example of a bottle fetching a great price solely on the merits of the reputation of the liquid inside.
Old blends were also shown to be strong performers under certain conditions, the old Glen Moray 53 is a desirable but scarce old blend and this wonderfully preserved example sold for an impressive £575 showing just how well these old blends can perform when the brand, whisky, age and condition all align. The Royal Household from the 1960s at an identical price only served to highlight this further.
There were further strong prices for old Berry Brothers and Queen Of The Moorlands releases which shows that certain independent bottlers with overall strong reputations can perform very well. Older examples of Berry Brother’s bottlings from Bunnahabhain and Glen Grant all achieved strong prices and the Queen Of The Moorlands bottlings all showed continued intense bidding along with the examples we sold last month. These are certainly bottlings that may well be worth selling sooner rather than later if you have them now as the intense competition for these kinds of bottles may be a fluctuation rather than the norm.
Overall this was a strong sale that showed perhaps more impressive prices in the lower – middle ranges of the sale and generally more consistency and steady prices at the upper ends. This could well be attributed to the pre-Christmas phenomena of gift buying and drinks cabinet stocking, or it could well be a continuing trend. Time will tell so it will be interesting to see how things progress in our Christmas sale.
Annual two week special Christmas Sale!
If you’d like to get your bottles into the Christmas sale then we’ll be accepting entries up until the 18th of December. So don’t hang about if you want to take advantage of what is usually one of the highlight auctions of the year in terms of quality of bottles and prices achieved.