July Auction Results • Auction Overview and Bottle Performances
Another month passes and another auction flies by here at Whisky Online Auctions. Our July/August sale featured a broad range of bottles with some impressive prices achieved. Some of the more notable results came from Islay with the Black Bowmore 1st edition creeping up to £5100 for the first time in our sales and the 4th edition 42-year-old version hitting an impressive £5800. The record breaker was the Caol Ila Manager’s Dram though which hit a new auction record of £2100, much of this impressive price has to be attributed to the fill level on this bottle as it is getting harder and harder to find this bottling now – or any of the early Manager’s Drams with their original filling levels intact.
Another stand out bottle from the sale was the Johnnie Walker 2011 Director’s Blend which finished up at an impressive £4200. This series is produced annually and only gifted to friends of the company, never sold. So it is understandable that when they do show up they fetch impressive prices. However, the gulf in prices between the earlier version over the more recent releases – examples of which sold in our previous sale for around half as much – shows just how hard some of the earlier releases are to find nowadays.
Macallan showed signs of strengthening again as the 25-year-old crystal decanter bottling sold for a new peak of £2300. Bear in mind this is the non-vintage version so it will be very interesting to see what a vintage stated version of this series will fetch when one turns up. The 30-year-old remained strong at £2450, a little way off its peak of £3000 – achieved with us back in March – but still a strong and sustained improvement considering these were trading at £1400-1600 quite consistently for much of the previous year and half. Other strong Macallan results were the 1963 bottled late 1970s which hit an impressive £900 and the 1974 25-year-old Anniversary Malt which hit £1000 for the first time.
The scarcer editions of Rare Malts and Glendronach still perform very well on the rare occasion they show up, with the Cardhu 1973 60.5% version hitting an impressive £1350 and the Glendronach 1968 for the visitor centre re-opening reaching £1450. Also showing strong across the board were the Silent Stills releases from Signatory, these are hard enough to find at the best of times so it’s not surprising to see good prices all round for these ones. Especially the Glenlochy 1965 which hit a new record of £875, Glenlochy prices have been strengthening quite significantly this past year so it’s one to watch for the remainder of this year for sure.
The Flora & Fauna series can still surprise, with the Royal Brackla 10 year old white capsule version from the 1990s hitting an impressive £800. The older Italian bottlings by famous names such as Samaroli show no sign of loss in popularity with the Dreams 1987 Longrow reaching £420, not bad for a 12-year-old Longrow.
There were some notable dips in this auction too, modern releases such as the Ardbeg Perpetuum, Highland Park Valhalla series, Macallan Folio and even this year’s beautiful Lagavulin 1991 Feis Ile edition all took a bit of a step back in price. Proof – as if it were needed – that oversupply from speculation hits prices quite quickly and quite noticeably for modern releases. When everyone is selling and nobody is drinking: it’s not surprising. Generally this was a strong sale with prices for closed distilleries, legendary bottlings and older series such as the early Manager’s Drams releases all showing a steady climb in price. Basically, if you’ve got the right bottles that everyone wants you’re guaranteed a great price, but you don’t need us to tell you that.
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