September Auction Highlights
Our September/October Auction is now live. It’s a smaller scale auction again but with a wealth of terrific bottles.
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.
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?
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.
The Whisky Online Auctions team