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Collecting Spirits and Liqueurs: Curating the Perfect Home Bar

The current cocktail renaissance has caused prices of some historic ingredients to rise sharply but at the same time collectors can still track down vintage bottles that have shown little appreciation in value at auctions. Top bars turn to collectors and traders to track down rare bottles while no home bar is complete without a well-thought-out selection of vintage cocktail ingredients. Isabel Graham-Yooll, Auction Director at Whisky.Auction, advises: Research!The word cocktail emerged in print in...

The Tradition and Reinvention of Japanese Whisky

Spirit connoisseurs have become enamoured with Japanese whisky in recent years. Merging traditional methodologies with native flavours, these varieties have taken on a personality of their own. It was once widely accepted that no whisky could measure up to the Scotch variety—after all, Scotland was the birthplace of the amber spirit. Nowadays, however, skilled Japanese producers are quashing such notions. Traditionally, Japan was known for its sublime sake and shōchū. Now, it is being heralded...

Limited-edition Macallan Whisky Sells for Record-breaking £848k

An extremely rare bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 set a new world record when it was sold by Bonhams auctioneers on 3 October. The limited-edition 60-year-old lot fetched an eye-watering £848,750—it had been estimated at £700,000-900,000. Previous to this sale, the world record was set in May 2018 by Bonhams when another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold for £814,081. Pop art labels Macallan commissioned two iconic pop artists—Valerio Adami...

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