May Auction Highlights

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Wayne & Harrison sadly never made it to the Islay Festival this year but instead have been busy pounding the road uncovering whiskies from another era. You may have realised over the past couple of sales we have been auctioning a mesmerising whisky collection. Our March auction featured their Macallan collection showcased by The Macallan 50-year-old Lalique whilst our April auction displayed the likes of the Dalmore 50-year-old, Glenfiddich 50-year-old and Springbank Millennium Collection. This month see’s a multitude of mouth-watering Bowmore from the spellbinding 1955 40-year-old and 1957 38-year-old to the mind-blowing 1964 35-year-old for Oddbins; this one actually sums up the term legendary that seems to be used very freely these days. 1964 is the pinnacle year for Bowmore and this particular expression from a single Sherry Hogshead is widely regarded as the best of them all. The sad thing is there’s not many of these about due to their incredibly inviting retail price back in 2000 and the fact only 99 bottles were produced.


Bowmore 1964-2000 - 35 Year Old - Oddbins Exclusive - 99 Bottles

Bowmore 1964-2000 – 35 Year Old

Bowmore 1955-1995 - 40 Year Old

Bowmore 1955-1995 – 40 Year Old


Other bonafide Bowmore’s include the 1963 30-year-old, 1968 37-year-old and the 1972 27-year-old. We have a great selection of the Sherry Cask Vintage Labels such as a 1956, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 & 1974. You will also find the incredibly precious 25-year-old bottled specially for the Auld Alliance reception at Chateau Lagrange in 1995. These were never sold but instead given to guests at the event. Only 75 bottles were produced with many of them now being consumed. Other old Bowmore to look out for are several 30-year-old Sea Dragons, 25 & 22-year-old Seagulls and two examples of the golfing decanters from the 1980s.

You will also find some more modern Bowmore specially bottled for the Islay festival that includes the 25-year-old for 2010, 1985 for 2012, the 1988 for 2013, the 1988 for 2015 and the 1990 for Festival 2016. There’s also a 1983 27-year-old and 1984 28-year-old from the No1 Vaults to name but a few from this wonderful distillery.

Macallan 55 Year Old - Lalique Decanter - Second Release

Macallan 55 Year Old – Lalique Decanter – Second Release

We have the very desirable and beautiful Macallan 55-year-old in Lalique. Bottled in 2007 as part of Macallan’s prestigious ongoing calibration with Lalique, this is the second release and like it’s predecessor the packaging compliments the craft of both Macallan & Lalique. The Whisky itself contains stock significantly older than the stated 55 years and represents the very best of long aged Macallan, a depth of flavour, complexity and integration between wood and distillery character that very few spirits ever achieve. With only 420 decanters released worldwide, this is a great opportunity to acquire one of the greatest Macallan’s of all time.

Moving on and you may remember the extremely ‘rare’ 14-year-old Clynelish we auctioned early this year, well it’s back except this time it’s in the green glass variation. This is exactly the same liquid bottled by the Royal Marine Hotel Brora. As before the label interestingly mentions It’s ‘A Fine Old Brora Whisky’ and Not Less Than 92 proof. We believe this would have been bottled in 1969 making this a 1955 distillate. This is a truly extraordinary piece of liquid history and marks it’s second appearance here at Whisky Online.

This month’s auction see a plethora of whiskies that are well aged and well worth a mention! Starting in the fifties you will find a 1955 Macallan bottled by Campbell Hope & King, a 1958 47-year-old single cask Glenfiddich, two 1959 46-year-olds and two 1959 34-year-olds Single Malt Irish Whiskies from the Coleraine distillery.

Onto the sixties, we have an extremely dark and alluring 1960 Glenfarclas and a 1961bottled in the 1980s. Jumping up to 1965 and we have a 35-year-old from closed distillery Glen Mhor. 1966 is represented by a 42-year-old Benriach whilst 1967 see’s a 35-year-old Macduff by Douglas Laing and an official Glenlivet and 40-year-old Tomatin. For the first time since 2015, we welcome back the 1967 40-year-old Balvenie from cask 9915 which was specially selected for World Duty-Free and the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5 in 2008. This was one of the few remaining casks from the 1960s which only yielded 109 bottles. There are several examples from Jim McEwans Celtic Heartlands including Highland Park, Macallan & Bowmore. This series represents long aged whiskies from all regions of Scotland that were bottled on Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery. Finishing with 1969 we have a 32-year-old Oban a 36-year-old Kinclaith and a 40-year-old Glengoyne.

Through the seventies, we have one of several magical Brora’s bottled by Douglas Laing. Douglas Laing has been bottling Brora since the late 1990s and this 34-year-old is one of only two ever to be bottled from a 1970 cask full stop. As we carry on we have a couple of single cask Glendronach, as well as Glenfiddich’s. Other early vintages are a 1972 32-year-old Tobermory and a 1974 Isle Of Jura. Murray McDavid is represented by a 1973 Linkwood, 1976 Strathisla and a 1979 Lagavulin. Talking of Lagavulin we have the latest bottling from The Syndicate, a 38-year-old single cask which from our knowledge is the oldest Lagavulin ever to be bottled! Not forgetting we have the 5th and final Lagavulin 13-year-old from this particular vendor who has authority over the majority of all The Syndicate bottlings.

I think we will end there although there’s still plenty of great whiskies we haven’t even mentioned. Who said May is a bad time to sell whisky!

As always all bottles will start off at £10 with no set reserves meaning every bid is a potential winning bid.

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Bowmore - Auction Highlights

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