September Whisky Auction Highlights

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We are only in September but it feels like Christmas has come early here at Whisky-Online Auctions. We have an exciting assembly of malts dating from the early 20th century all the way through to modern releases in 2016.

Brora 40 year old

Appearing for the first time in an online auction is the Brora 40 year old. It’s the oldest official expression bottled to date and is from one of the very last cask’s from 1972. Not only that there were only 160 bottles produced Worldwide. The liquid gold sits in a crystal decanter engraved with the famous Scottish wild cat with intricate copper inlay whilst the driven crystal stopper is engraved with 40; fitted around the neck is a copper collar engraved with ‘Distilled 1972’. The decanter is housed in a handcrafted wooden case bespokely created by the Queens cabinet makers a N.E.J Stevenson.

Macallan rarely gets a mention in our opening emails, because let’s be honest they are the leaders in the secondary market and it can get a little repetitive. But this month we have two pre-war relics well worth a mention. Is this going to be a head to head with two admirable independent companies who have bottled some of the finest Macallans ever. First off is a Macallan-Glenlivet 1937 Pure Highland Malt Liqueur Whisky bottled by Gordon & MacPhail circa 1960s. Followed by a 1945 Macallan by Campbell Hope & King. Both periods displayed a much peatier style of whiskies due to the requisitioning of coal for the war time effort.

We have a formidable selection of juice official releases from numerous distilleries starting with several Port Ellen’s including 9th,10th & 11th annual releases. A sherry cask Bowmore 34 year old and a single cask 1980 Bowmore complete with a copper still decanter. Lagavulin 1977 25 year old, Glendronach 33 year old, Highland Park 34 year old selected and bottled for Ambassador Gerry Tosh. Two 30 year old Oloroso Sherry casks, one from Isle Of Jura and the other from Glenmorangie. Two 1965 Auchentoshan 31 year olds with consecutive casks numbers 2510 & 2511. Springbank 1966 Local Barley, Glenrothes 1971 and a very special release for John Ramsey. Glengoyne 1972, Glenury Royal 1970 36 year old, Oban 1969 32 year old and another Royal Brackla 1924 60 year old this time with matching miniature.

Cadenhead brings us a Teaninich 1957, Mortlach 1957, Caperdonich 1965 and a Glenfarclas 1966. For Signatory we have a delicious 1968 Bowmore matured in a single oak cask for 33 years. One of several legendary 1967 Ardbegs, a box set of 1967 Littlemill and Dunglass. A true stand out is a Glen Garioch 1967 bottled in the 1990s for Oddbins. There are several vintages in this series and they are all outstanding whiskies. You will also find the majestic 1967 Bowmore Largiemeanoch. This almost mythical whisky is regarded as one of the best Bowmore’s ever bottled. Even surpassing the like’s of the Legendary Black Bowmore releases.

Amongst the many Rare Malts we have another 1972 Brora except this time it’s the 58.7% expression. Representing Douglas Laing we have a deliciously inviting Glen Grant 1967 for their Old & Rare Platinum Selection. Standouts for G&M are a Macphails 1950, Glenlivet 1951, Strathisla 1955 and a Talisker 1958.

From the 1950s there is an exceptional Glenfiddich Special which is from a period when the distillery bottled small runs of single malt but didn’t market it. On to the 1970s we have a UK release Laphroaig 10 year old, followed by a dumpy Glendronach 8 year old imported by Ruffino. Bottled in the 1980s we see for the first time a Bruichladdich 15 year old decanter for their centenary. Ardbeg Guaranteed 10 year old, Lagavulin 12 year old White Horse, Littlemill 8 year old and a Springbank 12 year old from the early 1980s. Also we have a Talisker, Cragganmore, Lagavulin, Glenkinchie from the first batch released for the Classic Malts Of Scotland in the late 1980s.

In the mix of all these superb whiskies we have many Rums, Bourbons and mixed Lots of other spirits ready for you to stockpile for the festive season.

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