Blair Athol 2008 12YO at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Blair Athol 2008 12YO

From the Cask Strength Collection, this bottling being a Cask Strength of 54.3%

Distilled at Blair Athol Whisky Distillery on 24th April 2008
Bottled 20th April 2021.
Matured in a Refill Hogshead.
Finished in a Fresh Sherry Butt for 25 months.
Cask Number 2
One of 685 bottles.

Distilled at Blair Athol Distillery, Bottled by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co.

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K&L Exclusive Speyside Single Casks: Exceptionally Rare, Age-Stated Collectibles – Scotch Whisky News

K&L Exclusive Rare Collectibles for the Scotch Fanatic
2002 Speyside from Linkwood and 28-year-old Glenfarclas

This offer is exemplary of the core of our spirits program. Once again, the relationships our buyers have cultivated across the pond have paid off in spades. These two impeccably aged, single casks come to us from two of Scotland’s best hidden gems. First up, we have a splendid 2002 Speyside from Linkwood. Anyone in the know realizes the rare-as-hen’s-teeth status of this whisky—this distillery is almost never found on the open market, especially at this age statement, as Diageo typically uses the product as a core component in their blended whiskies. Subtle peat is the name of the game here, accented by licorice, honey, and citrus notes that show just how complex this dram has become with age.

Just as rare, and perhaps even more so, is the 28-year-old Glenfarclas single cask from what our spirits team considers to be Speyside’s best distillery, an incredible, family-owned operation that almost never sells their stocks on the open market. This is decidedly on the opulent side, not a surprise given all that time in cask. The true shock is the price—well under $200 for a nearly 30-year-old single cask. Deals like these will become exceedingly rare in the coming years, so collectors will surely want to jump at this opportunity, as it’s far from certain when we’ll see such an offer again.

2002 Linkwood 18 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)*These items are expected to arrive for pickup or delivery by late summer 2021

The splendid Linkwood Distillery is truly the unsung hero of the Diageo portfolio. While we wonder desperately why they won’t bother to sell it regularly as a single malt, we’re constantly reminded that the core blends represent the vast majority of their profits and this is such a crucial element in those products that risking their integrity by marketing a single malt version is not good business. We luckily have access to the occasional barrel from our sources in Scotland and we rarely say no to Linkwood. The distillery was founded in 1821, but didn’t start production until 1825. In 1971 a second distillery was built and operated on the same site and dubbed Linkwood “B”. The two distilleries operated concurrently until the late ’80s when one or both were mothballed, but by the early ’90s they were each running again. Both operated via steam heat and together have a capacity of close to 2.5 million gallons per year. It seems that both distilleries continue to operate in tandem, with a total of 6 stills (3 wash and 3 spirit). Expect the classic Linkwood character, full of fruit, pure maltiness and the tiniest tingle of peat. Drops of licorice, heather, honey, citrus are welcome. At full strength it’s great, but could still stand to have a drop or two of nice spring water added to open up the rich inviting aromas of this special malt. An exceptional value and safe bet for that pure unadulterated old style Speyside character.

1992 Plausibly Speyside’s Finest (Glenfarclas) 28 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

The wonderful family-owned distillery in Ballindaloch virtually never sells whisky to the independent bottling market, and on the rare instances they do they are quite careful to cover their legal tracks so their name may not be used on the bottle. When we were offered a parcel of casks from what we believe to be Speyside’s best distillery (subject to debate, yes, but are they near the top of the list, without question) we jumped and bought every single one of them. If you snagged a bottle in 2020 of the similarly named whiskies, this is the remainder of that same parcel. This exceptional whisky is bottled under the Old Malt Cask banner and comes from a refill cask with just enough character to frame the gorgeous 28 year old malt. Flavors dance between northern latitude stone fruit and golden apple, and the more tropical coconut and pineapple realm.

20 Year Old Caperdonich at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Lost Speyside Distillery

20 Year Old Caperdonich

Rare vintage single casks from Caperdonich

Closed in 2002 and demolished in 2010. Caperdonich Distillery was sited in the heart of Scotch whisky country and is increasingly hard to find. Caperdonich 20 Year Old 2000 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead #29483 bottled February 2021 by Signatory Vintage for the Cask Strength Collection. 274 numbered bottles.

Caperdonich Distillery was founded in 1897 and its two stills were fired up a year later. Established beside the North of Scotland Railway in the north west corner of Rothes. But Caperdonich opened just as demand for whisky crashed and it closed in 1902 it remained mothballed until 1965 but closed permanently in 2002. And was demolished in 2011. Caperdonich whisky went primarily into blended scotch but a small volume continues to be released by independent bottlers, featuring in the Old & Rare single cask releases of Hunter Laing. A lost Scottish Speyside malt whisky distillery.

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Glen Scotia Distillery Collaborates with Document Scotland to Capture Whisky History – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Scotia Distillery Collaborates with Document Scotland

to Capture Whisky History

Photographic Exhibition Unveiled as part of Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival 

A photographic exhibition showcasing the history and heritage of Campbeltown has been unveiled today (7 June 2021) as part of the Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival 2021.

Campbeltown was the whisky capital of the world in the Victorian era and as one of only three surviving single malt whisky distilleries located there today, Glen Scotia has collaborated with Document Scotland to shine a spotlight on the town’s whisky-making legacy.

• credit ©2020 Sophie Gerrard/Document Scotland • caption – A Hidden Gem – Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager & Master Distiller at Glen Scotia Distillery, on Dalintober beach, Campbeltown in the early morning with his dog, Troy

A collective of three Scottish documentary photographers, Document Scotland share a vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories in Scotland. Through the partnership with Glen Scotia, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert have captured modern-day photography of Campbeltown by exploring the themes of People, Place and Process, to tell the story of Glen Scotia and Scotland’s fifth malt-producing region.

Combined with historic photography of the distillery and the region, these captivating images from the past and the present are featured in an interactive online gallery to celebrate Campbeltown’s contribution to Scotch and uncover Glen Scotia’s long, rich history.

Iain McAlister, Master Distiller and Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia, said: “Since 1832, Glen Scotia has been shaped by the people, time and events; as well as the history of Campbeltown itself, and this remarkable Document Scotland photographic exhibition brings our unique whisky history and heritage to life. Our single malt reflects centuries of craftsmanship and experience associated with the region and is renowned for its Campbeltown character.” 

• credit ©2020 Sophie Gerrard/Document Scotland • caption – The Long Wait – Glen Scotia Distillery worker, Archie MacBrayne in a warehouse at the distillery, where the precious single malt whiskies mature until peak perfection.

Photographer Sophie Gerrard focused on the ‘People’ who could tell the story of whisky in Campbeltown. From those who work at Glen Scotia to the farmer who collects the draff to feed his cattle, and from those descended from the ‘big three’ whisky families of history to the new generation of young people making their lives and livelihoods from whisky in Campbeltown. Using her method of environmental portraiture, she photographed these people in their homes, at the distillery and in the hills and streets around the town, each of them connected in some way to the unique heritage of Campbeltown.

Sophie said: “As a photographer I’m always interested in the people behind the story and for this project to make a series of photographic works about Glen Scotia and the unique story of whisky in Campbeltown, I turned to the individuals which make this whisky so special. Each character has an individual story and a distinct connection to the past and the future of whisky in Campbeltown.”

• credit ©2020 Colin McPherson/Document Scotland • caption – An Eternal Mark – A wooden door on a mothballed distillery building on Glebe Street exposes the enduring remnants the industry has left on the town that was once the ‘whisky capital of the world’, due to the immense number of distilleries that were located there

Photographer Colin McPherson captured the theme of ‘Place’ around Campbeltown, taking his inspiration from the connections between the town today and its past. He looked for remnants of the ‘Whiskyopolis’ boomtown of old and set these in the context of modern-day Campbeltown, using the intense colours and light presented so dramatically by an Argyll winter and the town’s architecture to make a series of images which transcend time.

Colin said: “Campbeltown has a special connection with whisky distilling, and it was fascinating to see so many traces of ‘Whiskyopolis’ – from disused warehouses, old gates and fences to buildings which are now used for other purposes. There is still a distinctive atmosphere in Campbeltown, one which evokes the past. A lot of this comes from the Glen Scotia Distillery, which is a living and breathing reminder of the town’s heritage, but one which is very important to its status today and for the future.”

• credit ©2020 Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Document Scotland • caption – A Handcrafted Process – Gareth Parker, Stillman, polishes the spirit safe in the stillroom at Glen Scotia Distillery.

Photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert captured the daily lives of Glen Scotia employees and the patient ‘Process’ of distilling new-make spirit to fill into casks. His photographs illustrate the passion and human touch of the men and women for their craft, their immediate environment, the spirit and the all-important casks, which all bring unique ingredients, vital elements and distinctive flavour to the final whiskies.

Jeremy said: “As photographers we are passionate about our craft, waiting for the right light, looking for the perfect angle and bringing years of experience to every photograph we take, even though it may only be a fleeting moment we capture. This is mirrored at Glen Scotia and we found a perfect partner in the distillery, where Iain McAlister and his team bring passion and years of experience to their craft, to create exquisite single malts. This collaboration is a meeting of minds between two teams of modern Scottish craftspeople, aware of their place in contemporary Scotland, but also of the history that has gone before them.”

• credit ©2020 Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Document Scotland • caption – A Cathedral to Whisky – Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager & Master Distiller tours the bonded warehouse at Glen Scotia Distillery where the sleeping casks quietly mature under his watchful eye.

Campbeltown was once known as ‘Spiritville’ or ‘Whiskyopolis’ and at its peak in the Victorian era, there were around 30 legal distilleries operating in a town with a population of only 9,000. The unique photographic exhibition forms part of this year’s Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival, which will welcome thousands of whisky fans from across the globe to experience a range of online tours and tastings from the distillery.

Glen Scotia 25 Years Old single malt was recognised as the ‘Best in Show Whisky’ at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, with judges awarding it as the overall winner of the competition, and therefore the best whisky in the world in 2021.

For further information about Glen Scotia and to view the photography exhibition, visit www.glenscotia.com

About Glen Scotia

Independent distiller Glen Scotia has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832.
Glen Scotia is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown.
Glen Scotia 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch whisky was awarded the coveted Best in Show Whisky award at the prestigious 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, making it the overall winner of the competition and therefore the best whisky in the world in 2021.
Glen Scotia Double Cask was awarded a Gold Medal at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2019 and a Gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Glen Scotia 18 Years Old won Best Campbeltown Malt at the World Whisky Awards 2018, a Double Gold medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a Gold medal at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2020.
Glen Scotia 15 Years OId received a Gold medal at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2020 and a Gold medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Images and interviews with Glen Scotia are available upon request.
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About Document Scotland

Formed in 2012, Document Scotland is a collective of three Scottish documentary photographers brought together by a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland at one of the most important times in the nation’s history.

Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Sophie Gerrard are passionate about documentary photography and passionate about Scotland. They spend time working on individual projects, which are shared and showcased through the Document Scotland website and they also collaborate with other photographers to promote their work, and accept commissions and assignments in Scotland.

Document Scotland has been on an incredible journey for almost a decade, capturing photography, creating publications and staging and featuring in exhibitions around Scotland, the UK and Europe. They are committed to documenting Scotland through photography and are continuing their journey to making, exhibiting, publishing and sharing their work and that of fellow photographers in Scotland.

Sophie Gerrard began her career in environmental sciences before studying photography in her hometown at Edinburgh College of Art and completing an MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication in 2006. Working regularly for clients such as The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, The Independent and The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, as well as on long-term self-initiated projects, she pursues contemporary stories with environmental and social themes. A recipient of several awards, Sophie’s work has been exhibited and published in the UK and overseas and is held in a number of national and private collections. She is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Colin McPherson was born in Edinburgh and has been photographing in Scotland and abroad for the last three decades. He undertakes long-term projects alongside commissions and assignments for a number of newspapers and magazines and is represented by Getty Images. Colin’s work is published internationally and held in archives and collections such as the Scottish national photographic archive and the St. Andrews University Library’s Special Collections. His photography has been featured in more than 30 solo and group exhibitions.

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert grew up in Scotland, where on his 13th birthday he received the gift of a camera. A few years later, he became a freelance photographer for editorial, corporate and NGO clients and his work has since appeared in magazines such as Time, National Geographic, Italian Geo, Le Figaro, The Guardian, The Sunday Times. Jeremy’s work for editorial and corporate clients has taken him to over 100 countries around the world and his personal and commissioned work, for which he has been the recipient of photojournalism awards, has been widely published and exhibited in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon Review

By Richard Thomas

Rating: B-

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon
(Credit: Wolf Spirit Disitllery)

Although it’s not well-known to the public at large, I’m a fight fan and amateur boxer, and I’ve been studying the Sweet Science for three decades now. So, when someone asks me if I want to try a bourbon named “Puncher’s Chance,” my answer is to smile and say “of course!” In my book, this is a better effort to charm drinkers with a name than something named “Bootlegger’s Run” or whatever.

Puncher’s Chance comes to us from Wolf Spirit Distillery in Eugene, Oregon, who are following a familiar pattern of sourcing their brown spirits and making their white spirits. They aren’t disguising this, either: their copper is in Oregon, as mentioned, but the bourbon is sourced from Kentucky and says so on the bottle. There is no age statement, and the whiskey has been bottled at 90 proof.

The Bourbon
A pour suggests a youngish bourbon or at least one that was aged in barrels using a relatively low char setting, because the look of the bourbon is pale copper rather than even light amber. Looks can be deceptive, however, and this bourbon has none of the rough edges of young whiskey.

The scent was of cinnamon graham crackers with a hit of nuttiness, plus a current of cedar. Sipping revealed a smooth whiskey with a mild, flavorful and uncomplicated character: caramel with a hint of spiciness and a trace of barrel char. The finish was light and short, just a splinter of oak really.

This is actually a pretty enjoyable bourbon, and it’s main sin (if you can even call it that) is it’s simplicity.

The Price
The amazing thing about this whiskey is the price tag: a mere $30 a bottle.

Secret Speyside 1989 (Asta Morris Heritage)

Heritage is a new series by Asta Morris, with a very classic navy blue label and gold accents. It will only be used for older, more expensive drams.

The first release is this undisclosed Speyside single malt, distilled in 1989 and bottled after 31 years with a fairly large angel’s share…

 

Secret Speyside Distillery 31 yo 1989 (40,8%, Asta Morris ‘Heritage’ 2021, ex-bourbon cask, 144 btl.)

Nose: bursting with waxy fruits. Bananas, quinces, oranges, juicy pears and some fruitcake richness. Meadow flowers, mainly buttercups, as well as some chamomile. Hints of rice pudding and almonds. Beeswax and a wee hint of sunflower oil as well.

Mouth: more minty and simply more oaky now, with more almond, apple juice and oranges, as well as some fruit tea. Fresh hints of pink grapefruit. Quite fragrant after a while, with pleasant a touch of potpourri and aromatic tobacco. Rather delicate and not extremely complex, but still fuller than the ABV suggests.

Finish: long, still quite bourbonny, with mint, vanilla and oranges.

A really nice profile, with a superb fruitiness. It does show a fair amount of oaky aromatics, but the floral kind, rather than astringency or spiciness. Good stuff. Still available from shops like The Bonding Dram.

Introducing a New Bourbon Cask, Small Batch Release from The English Whisky Company – English Whisky News

FORMALLY KNOWN AS CHAPTER 14…
The English – Bourbon Cask Matured

After a lot of requests for us to bring back the ever popular Chapter 14 we have decided that whilst Ch14 is now retired, we would bring you the next best thing – a short limited edition run of a whisky that is incredibly similar. Those wafts of vanilla & milk chocolate on the nose followed by a luxurious soft and oily mouthful of fresh fruit are instantly recognisable as belonging to that old favourite that won so many awards.

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Don’t forget that we are offering FREE delivery on all orders over £75 for Mainland UK Delivery.

Only 1806 bottles released.
£52.00 70cl 46% ABV

A Couple of Rhosdhu

Old Rhosdhu 30 yo 1990/2020 (48.9%, Les Grands Alambics, hogshead) – Old Rhosdhu 27 yo 1993/2020 (50.8%, Maltbarn, bourbon)

TIMECAPSULE OF RARE SAMAROLI AND CORTI BROTHERS WHISKIES COME TO AUCTION – Whisky Auction News

TIMECAPSULE OF RARE SAMAROLI AND CORTI BROTHERS WHISKIES COME TO AUCTION 

For dedicated whisky collectors, there are few independent bottlers as iconic and revered as that of the late Silvano Samaroli and the Corti Brothers.

The former, a visionary Italian importer and bottler whose whiskies are compared to works of art, and the latter, American gastronomic specialists who bought and bottled casks from legendary distilleries during the industry downturn in the 1980s. Their expressions are now some of the most prized in existence.

Now, a collection of 60 of these whiskies, unmatched in provenance and curated by the celebrated connoisseur and collector Emmanuel Dron, is coming to auction in a landmark sale presented by market leaders Whisky Auctioneer.

Running from 17 to 21 June 2021, the auction will include many whiskies regarded as the finest ever bottled* and the most sought-after Samaroli whiskies, signed by Silvano Samaroli himself. These include the 1967 Strathisla, legendary 1967 and 1970 Laphroaig bottlings, a 1951 Glen Cawdor (Springbank), and the 1966 Bowmore Bouquet, which many experts consider the most incredible whisky in existence.

The collection also includes the most extensive and comprehensive known lineup of rare Corti Brothers bottlings. Included will be vintages that occupy a special place in the history of Scotch whisky,  including a very rare 1965 Clynelish and interesting examples from fascinating distilleries such as Balmenach and Imperial distilled in the 1960s.

The Corti Brothers of Sacramento imported Scotch whisky to the United States for bottling throughout the 1980s. Today, their expressions are regarded as some of the most highly prized for collectors in terms of quality and variety.

The French born, now Singapore-based collector’s personal collection offers a rare glimpse into the golden age of whisky production during the 1960s, as dedicated connoisseurs from both sides of the Atlantic began importing and bottling single malt whisky.

Throughout his life that has primarily been dedicated to whisky, Emmanuel Dron forged strong relationships with those in the industry and in particular a close friendship with the late Silvano Samaroli. His resulting collection is unmatched in provenance, with each bottle purchased personally from the iconic independent bottlers.

Emmanuel Dron commented:

“For my personal whisky collection, I have been piecing together old and rare independent bottlings for the last 25 years. These legendary bottles from Silvano Samaroli and the Corti Brothers are definitely one of my proudest achievements.

Whisky Auctioneer

“Over the last 10 years at the Auld Alliance we’ve seen a growing demand from connoisseurs in Asia  and beyond to try many of these whiskies, which are widely considered amongst the finest in the world. Now is the chance for collectors to acquire some of our rarest treasures.”

Joe Wilson, Head of Auction Content at Whisky Auctioneer, said: “This collection is a magnificent example of some of the finest and most collectible independent bottlings in existence. What’s special about Emmanuel Dron’s collection is that these bottles have unparalleled provenance. Whiskies with such an impeccable source are hard to come by.

“This auction will present an opportunity for collectors worldwide to own a piece of whisky history – from unique spirit distilled in the 1960s to some of the finest bottles ever produced from distilleries including The Macallan, Bowmore, and Laphroaig. The collection also includes Emmanuel’s personal favourite – Samaroli’s 1970 Laphroaig. Emmanuel Dron is a collector passionate about sharing his love of whisky and the chance for other collectors to acquire such incredible bottles to add to their own whisky libraries.”

Over the last five years, Whisky Auctioneer has seen the volume of Samaroli bottlings soar by 90% and their hammer price increase by 75%. There has been a particular appetite for such bottles from Asian buyers, who accounted for nearly 50% of the value of Samaroli whiskies sold, with a particularly strong appetite from Singapore-based collectors.

Similar demand for Corti expressions has been seen from Asian countries, with buyers from this territory comprising 37% of global sales of Corti bottlings, whilst accounting for over 60% of the value. Hong Kong has the largest collector’s appetite for independent bottlings, followed by Singapore and Taiwan. 

To register for the auction, visit www.whiskyauctioneer.com  

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*Considered to be some of the best whiskies ever produced, the collection features all five whiskies to hold places #1 – 5 on Whiskybase’s list of the top 1000 whiskies ever bottled.

About Emmanuel Dron and the Auld Alliance Singapore

Emmanuel Dron has been an expert in the whisky industry for 25 years, previously working at La Maison Du Whisky as a regional manager. He is the founder of The Auld Alliance, a world-renowned whisky bar in Singapore boasting an impressive selection of around 2000 bottles representing every distillery in Scotland. The Auld Alliance has also selected and bottled a number of rare single casks under its name.

Emmanuel is the author of “Collecting Scotch Whisky”, the most comprehensive book on old and rare Scotch Whisky ever written. The book profiles more than 2,500 rare bottles by independent bottlers and official bottlings, as well as an essential guide to dating and authenticating older bottles.

About Silvano Samaroli

Silvano Samaroli is perhaps Italy’s most revered independent bottler of Scotch whisky. With an impeccable taste in single cask whiskies, and an eye for aesthetics, he is regarded by many as a visionary.

Silvano entered the world of whisky in 1968, setting up Samaroli Import. The company’s transition from importer to bottler began in 1979 as a collaborative effort with W.M. Cadenhead, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. This inspired him to bottle his first casks with labels designed by Samaroli himself. The bottling was done for him by R.W. Duthie, a harmonious relationship which lasted into the 1990s and produced some of the world’s most sought after whiskies, such as the 1967 vintage Laphroaig and the legendary Bowmore Bouquet.

Silvano Samaroli passed away in 2017 leaving a legacy of legendary bottlings that inspired those to follow in his footsteps and are lusted after by collectors worldwide.  

About the Corti Brothers

The Corti Brothers have played a significant role in the history of independently bottled Scotch whisky, taking advantage of a downturn in the industry in the 1980s and securing a range of casks from some of the industry’s most iconic distilleries.

The Corti Brothers were a family grocer business founded in 1947 by Frank and Gino. Frank’s son Darrell was the one to introduce a specialist spirits knowledge to the business, and they began getting their own Scotch whisky bottled for them in 1978.

About Whisky Auctioneer

Whisky Auctioneer is the global market leader and trusted authority on the buying and selling of whisky and spirits at auction. Founded in 2013 and located in Perth, Whisky Auctioneer utilises its expertise and knowledge combined with its auction platform, to increase interest and passion in the whisky and spirits community.

Whisky Auctioneer endeavours to make the market more accessible for buyers and sellers of any background and geography. Its monthly global auctions feature the most comprehensive selection of old, rare and collectible whiskies and spirits available online. Whisky Auctioneer is passionate about connecting these bottles with those who share in their passion and actively support their customers in their aims, whether that be consuming, collecting or investing.

In February 2021, the Perth-based online auction house made history during the iconic sale of The Perfect Collection when a bottle of The Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old sold for a hammer price of £1m, the first time a single bottle of whisky has sold at an online only auction for one million pounds.

Whisky Auctioneer became the first online auction house to sell a million-pound bottle and outperformed the nearest traditional auction house by 200% in value from spirits sales in 2020, showcasing the move that whisky collectors, investors and drinkers have already made online and firmly establishing their leading position within the modern secondary whisky market.

The business currently sees over 100,000 bids per month and has conducted deliveries to 74 countries across the globe. It also opened its first European base in Germany last year.

The business’ Founder, Iain McClune, was listed as ‘One to Watch’ in The Telegraph’s Most Ambitious Business Leaders 2020 programme.