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‘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...

How Whisky Could Pay For Your Future

Rare whisky is the best performing collectable over a ten year period, according to the Knight Frank Wealth report, gaining an average annual rise of 54% in value. Since 2011, the award-winning Vintage Acquisitions have been building valued relationships and an outstanding reputation in the buying, selling and management of investment-grade whisky casks, securing their position as the UK’s market leader of this lucrative and tax-free sector. With decades of combined experience, Vintage Acquisitions offers...

Whisky Auctioneer Breaks Records with Million Dollar Macallan Sale

A Whisky Auctioneer auction has broken records as a valuable and rare 1926 Macallan sold for $1,072,000 (£825,000), which broke the previous sale record of $912,000 in 2018. The whiskies up for sale, described as the ‘Perfect Collection’ had already sparked global interest before the auction started. This was the first online whisky auction that saw a bottle sell for a million dollars. Bids came in from 56 countries all over the world, with 1,642...

Macallan Whiskey Fetches One Million at Auction

The Macallan Lalique Legacy Collection, which boasts several bottles of whiskey aged from 50 to 60 years in crystal decanters, has sold for close to $1 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The sale dramatically surpassed its estimate—it was expected to fetch between $250,000 to $500,000. Each of the single malts represents one of the Macallan Six Pillars—such as ageing in exceptional oak casks, employing small stills and using only the finest cuts—that elevate and...

A Whisky Investment Guide for Beginners

Rare whisky has become a lucrative option for the canny investor, but what makes this spirit such a good prospect, and how do we make the right whisky investment choices? According to consultancy Rare Whisky 101, the rare whisky market is booming with the total value of collectable whiskies traded on the open market priced at £9.56 million in 2015, up from £7.64 million in 2014. The Rare Whisky Apex 1000, the main index for...

Scottish Whisky High Quality For McTear’s

Scottish Whisky high quality for McTear’s is still affordable and is becoming ever more collectable, and McTear’s Auctioneers will tell you, it’s a shrewd investment. The July auction at McTear’s Auctioneers in Scotland was a thriving affair, with hammer prices totalling £92,000 plus for a sale of just under 500 lots of rare and collectable whisky. The bottles mainly came from individuals—many of them passed down from elderly relatives, as was the case with the...

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