This month’s sale showcases what we are all about here at Whisky Online Auctions. We attract not only high-end whiskies but we like to concentrate on the older, rarer and obscure bottles you don’t come across every day.
We have several whiskies worthy of our highlight status this month. In no particular order, the first is none other than the Mackie’s Ancient Brand. Mackie’s was a small brand from the White Horse stable, the main constituent malt of which was the infamous Malt Mill; a distillery within Lagavulin that operated between 1908 and 1960. There are two variations of this Mackie’s, a UK release which has a twist cap and this US import with a spring cap. Labels are also different with the UK release stating Mackie’s Ancient Scotch and the US import stating Mackie’s Ancient Brand. Being bottled in the 1940s this would have contained a significant proportion of Malt Mill, possibly higher than 50%. These bottles are incredibly hard to find and we are pleased to uncover yet another in amazing condition.
The second highlight is an incredibly scarce Laphroaig 12 year old bottled by Cadenhead in 1970/1971. We are honoured to have the opportunity to auction the third and last bottle for the vendor. This is a great opportunity to obtain a truly remarkable Laphroaig that was distilled in the late 1950s. Stephen from Cadenhead’s kindly dug out some old tasting notes and they suggest it’s a proper smoke bomb with a ton of iodine, some dried spiced fruits, fishing nets and bonfire night. Definitely one to have on your watch list.
Another incredible feature is the Dalmore Candela 50 year old which is a vatting composed of whisky distilled in 1868, 1878, 1909, 1922, 1939 and 1951. The stock used is inspirational and from a bygone era, uniquely fused together by the Master Distiller to create a powerful and fulfilling whisky. With just 77 crystal decanter housed in a museum case with wooden outer box they’ve not held back decorating this one. The decanter bears a solid silver stag and brilliant starburst and adorned with a silver stopper.
How does a Royal Brackla 1924 60 year old sound? The casks were discovered by chance in 1984 and were later presented to dignitaries in 1991 to celebrate the reopening of the Royal Brackla Distillery. Only 62 bottles are believed to have been bottled making this not only extremely limited but a true piece of liquid history, with the RRP going into the highest stratosphere this one is worth considering.
We welcome the return of a beautifully preserved Laphroaig 40 year old, along with a 1938 Macallan also others to note, starting with a Macallan multi Vintage anniversary malt from 1958/1959, Aucentoshan 1966, Littlemill 1965, Linlithgow 1973, three Dalmore 30 year olds including the Stillman’s Dram, Matusalem Sherry and a ceramic produced for their 150th anniversary in 1989. Talking of Dalmore we see for the first time a 1967 44 year from the Sirius collection along with the Fettercairn 1966 45 year old, Carsebridge 1965 46 year old and North British 1962 49 year old.
For Brora buffs there are five different expressions from 1972 and this 60.02% variation is the hardest one to find; also from Rare Malts and making it’s first appearance is a Glenlochy 1969 released for the USA. We have another beautiful Talisker from Gordon & MacPhail except this time distilled in 1957 and bottled at the preferred 100 proof. Also from G&M you will find a 1940 50 year old and Cadenhead brings us another Springbank 1965 and Tomatin 1957 from a sherry cask.
This sale is jam packed with whiskies from an era that we believed to be the best. From the 1950s we have a Dalmore 8 year old bottled by Duncan Macbeth & Co Ltd. From the 1960s is a Sherriff’s Bowmore. The 1970s is represented with many official examples including two Talisker 12 year olds. The bona-fide UK release Laphroaig 10 year old. A fruit bomb of a Bowmore, and an overlooked 8 year old Highland Park. From Glendronach we have the exceptionally rare 150th anniversary which was bottled in 1976 along with two variants of the 8 year old. The late 1970s livery Clynelish 12 year old which contains liquid from the pre Brora Clynelish Distillery.
There are many more great drinking drams from this period so have a browse and see what tickles your fancy.