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Welcome everyone to our October sale. Old obscure bottles that have never been to auction before or at least for a long time is our motto. This month’s auction sees for the first time an incomparable 12-year-old Springbank matured in sherry wood. Bottled around 30 years ago this dark beast has a concentrated sherry appearance! The pleasure of tasting a rarity such as this can only make you imagine the deep intense flavours this bad boy will have to offer. I assume these were bottled in small batches and would have been sat on the shelves for around £20 and as a result they were getting consumed as a daily dram without a second thought of its monetary value and therefore you bernever see them on the open market today.

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Another remarkable sherry beast is the Bowmore 1967 Largiemeanoch, in any other scenario this is an incredibly hard bottle to find and only a hand full have ever surfaced; such as the two examples we auctioned this year. Like the Springbank, this would have been ridiculously inexpensive and with the simplicity of the hand written label and see-through plastic seal the majority were consumed. A legend in its own right and possibly the last time we could ever have the pleasure to auction such a masterpiece.

The powerhouse in this sale and heading our auction for the second time this year is the magnificent Dalmore Candela 50-year-old. A vatting composed of whisky distilled in 1868, 1878, 1909, 1922, 1939 and 1951. The stock used is inspirational and from a bygone era. They have been uniquely fused together by the Master Distiller to create a powerful and fulfilling whisky. Only 77 crystal decanters were ever produced.

Also from Dalmore, we have four expressions from the Constellation Collection. The full Constellation Collection consists of 21 single casks ranging from 1964 through to 1992. We have examples from 1976, 1980, 1989 & 1992 all are presented in hand-blown decanters with solid silver collars etched with their cask numbers and bottle numbers.

Our September sale has a mob of impressive good aged single malts with solidity. You will find the likes of 1957, 1958, 1959, 1965 and 1967 Glenfarclas from The Family Cask series. From Glendronach single casks you will find a 37, 38, 39 & 43-year-old including  two 33-year-olds, a first release 31-year-old Grandeur and for any Donald Trump fans we have the 26-year-old for Trump International Golf Links.

Longmorn is represented in fine fashion with a fresh sherry hogshead 1964 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Private Collection, two 1968 38-year-olds for the Whisky Magazine & SMWS and a couple more of the 1969 by Berry Bros.

For the first time, we have a 1974 single cask Ardbeg bottled in 2002 for Oddbins, only 126 bottles were yielded from cask 3475 at a natural strength of 44.5%. Also from Islay and a long overdue return is the official Bowmore 1968 32-year-old and at the same time a warm welcome for the 1968 37-year-old by Duncan Taylor.

Elsewhere for classic vintages we have a 1963 Glenfiddich & Glenmorangie, a 1964 & 1966 Aberlour, 1972 Tobermory & Glenrothes, a 1973 30-year-old Linlithgow bottled in 2004 and a 1985 21-year-old Lagavulin bottled in 2007 for Diageo’s special releases. In the mix, you will also find a Balvenie Tun 1401. Batch 1 is a combination of six casks comprising of a 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978 & 1988 from a mixture of traditional oak casks and two Sherry butts. This is a limited release with only 336 bottles available from the Distillery at the time of release.

Macallan is strong in this sale with many great long lost expressions like the 1950 hand written label, 1957 Anniversary Malt, a 1958 bottled in the 1970s by Campbell Hope & King and a super scares 1961 bottled by Gordon & MacPhail at 100 proof. There’s also many official vintage releases such as 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967

1940s through to the 1980s there is three lovely examples of Black & White, several variations of Teachers Highland Cream and an unusual 2 litre Dewars. Single Malts we have a Cardhu 8-year-old, an 8 & 9-year-old Aberlour, a dumpy Redbreast 12-year-old and another dumpy 8-year-old Glendronach bottled at 45.7%. Ainslie & Heliborn 12-year-old Clynelish and two great examples of the 105 Glenfarclas.

All in all, this is a jam-packed sale full of quality liquid. So whether you’re looking to fill a gap in your collection or simply stocking up your drinks cabinet ready for the festive season we are sure there is something for everyone right across the board.

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As always good luck and happy bidding from all of us here at Whisky-Online Auctions

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