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World’s Rarest Japanese Whisky to Be Made Available Worldwide

The World’s Rarest Japanese Whisky, Shirakawa 1958 Single Malt Japanese Whisky from Takara Shuzo Co.,Ltd will be released and distributed worldwide by Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd from 13th September 2022. Shirakawa 1958 is a single malt whisky from the lost Japanese distillery, Shirakawa, which was located 200km North of Tokyo, Japan. The whisky produced was rumoured to be exquisite, but destined only for blending and never to be captured as a single malt until now,...

Distillery Donates £1m to Local Community Following World Record Whisky Cask Sale

Distillery Ardbeg Islay has donated £1 million to its local community for their “patience” following a world record sale of a “vanishingly rare” single malt cask to a mystery collector. Generations of distillery workers at Ardbeg Islay were acknowledged for their work in producing the 1975 cask of whisky which was sold at auction for £16 million – shattering the previous record of £1 million. A large amount of the Scotch distilled at the distillery...

The Perfect Harmony – When Art and Whisky Combine

The Dalmore Comes of Age with New Launch Last year, the No.6 Collection – the only complete set of The Dalmore Decades whiskies in the World – sold for over £800,000 at Sotheby’s. Many could argue this was one of the most outstanding collections of whisky ever curated, but The Dalmore, which has over 180 years of pioneering spirit under its belt, didn’t stop its relentless pursuit of excellence there. Later in 2021, the legendary...

Sotheby’s Auctions Two of the Rarest ‘Ghost Whisky’ Casks

Diageo and Sotheby’s have announced the opening of a sale of two of the rarest and most valuable casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky in existence, sourced directly from the dwindling original ‘ghost’ stocks of the iconic distilleries Brora and Port Ellen. Each cask comes with the opportunity to collaborate on a commission with an internationally acclaimed artist, creating one-off pieces that reflect the distilleries and their whisky. Offered as part of the celebrations for...

The Lure of Lost Distilleries

Discover the value of collecting a time capsule, with every sip a portal into the past. Nothing captures the whisky enthusiast’s imagination as much as searching for a whisky that is impossible to find. In fact, the collector’s reverence for a distillery increases in direct proportion to its unavailability. Tracking down the last remaining liquid from a ‘lost’ distillery is not just another Sisyphean task, examples of single malts and single grains from the 20th...

‘Forgotten’ Whisky Cask Sells for Over £1m at Auction

A rare cask of whisky, purchased 34 years ago for £5,000, has sold at auction for a record-breaking £1m. The 374-litre cask distilled at The Macallan in Craigellachie, Moray on 5th May 1988 had been forgotten about for more than three decades after it was bought on a whim by an expat. However, the distillery reminded him that it was still maturing in the warehouse. Whisky enthusiasts from across the world were battling it out...

American Whiskey – A Global Renaissance

By Joe Wilson, Head Curator and Spirits Specialist at Whisky Auctioneer. Part of the world-renowned Schulhof Collection, there is a Carl Andre sculpture titled The Way West displayed in the quieter wing of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Constructed solely from two uncarved blocks of American cedar wood, the piece is perhaps the most challenging for the museum’s often casual visitor and exists at the very limit of tolerance for many in overheard discussions...

The Dalmore Decades Secures Over £800,000 at Sotheby’s

The Dalmore Decades Highland Single Malt has achieved a record sale of HK$8,750,000/US$1,124,000 for a one-of-one, exceedingly rare collection of six extraordinary whiskies at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The Dalmore Decades No.6 Collection, the only complete set of The Dalmore Decades, sold as a dedicated single lot auction. This price achieved represents the highest value for a whisky lot sold at Sotheby’s so far this year and the most valuable whisky lot ever sold by...

The Glenfiddich Glass Portraits That Are Breaking Boundaries

Global market leader, Whisky Auctioneer, is welcoming the connection between artistry and whisky with a one-of-a-kind auction of Simon Berger’s rare glass art pieces. These are exclusively paired with a Glenfiddich Grande Couronne – a 26-year-old cognac-finished whisky, the most recent inclusion to the distillery’s Grand Series. The upcoming auction occurs from 24th September to 4th October and sees five individually handcrafted glass whisky boxes skilfully crafted by renowned Swiss master glass maker Simon Berger....

Own a Piece of the Irish Whiskey Story from Boann Distillery

Boann Distillery is one of Ireland’s only family-owned and -operated whiskey distilleries. As one of the most innovative distilleries on the Island of Ireland, their state-of-the-art distillery allows the creation of a triple-distilled single-pot still spirit of unrivalled quality. The distillery is uniquely set up to produce the finest distillate using three copper pot stills which are the only whiskey stills in the world that utilise nano-technology in their design, allowing the creation of a...

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