The McTear's Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction Glasgow January 2015

Posted in: Whisky
Posted on: 15 January 2015
The McTear's Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction Glasgow January 2015 After a well-deserved break over the festive period, McTear’s is back with the first whisky auction of 2015. This auction, although slightly smaller in lot number, was high on quality and the immensely competitive bidding drove certain bottles to very high prices. The high number of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles also brought new bidders out of the woodwork.
Two lots of Macallan caught the imagination this month. These magnificent bottles were supplemented by a vast array of differing Macallan 18 year old from different vintages; most of these bottles either achieving the higher end of their estimates or slightly over due to the fierce competition. The first bottle to truly catch the collectors imagination was the Macallan Millennium decanter (lot 599), this bottle eventually landed on the princely sum of £10,500. The second bottling in this pair was the Macallan 1959 from their Fine & Rare Collection (lot 601) this bottle also bought by an English collector reached a hammer price of £7000, slap bang in the middle of the estimate.
With many bottles performing as or better than expected there was one particular lot that achieved double its estimate. The Edwardian Whisky Label Brochure (lot 552) attracted a great deal of attention from potential buyers, but also from the general viewing public. The estimate of this lot, being only £300-500, would suggest that the book would already attract interest, but not the animal instincts observed in the fierce bidding that ensued. Once the feathers began to settle the book landed on a highly impressive hammer price of £1,000. The previous lot (551), although not as great a prize as the Edwardian book had enough good quality labels that it prompted some healthy bidding eventually landing on a value of £280.
Now back to the whisky. This New Year saw a very large collection of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles go under the hammer (don’t worry if you missed out plenty more for next month). Many of the bottles had been unseen in retail and auction for years, so it was a great chance for many whisky aficionados to relive the taste of past bottlings or merely add a missing bottle or two to their collection. There were many highlights, too many to mention in fact, but the star distillery had to be Springbank. The whisky buying public went into a frenzy trying to get their hands on these pieces of history. There were many lots that made £800: here are a select few SMWS 27.39 (lot 711), SMWS 28.28 (lot 783), SMWS 27.29 (lot 809), SMWS 27.40 (lot 813), SMWS 27.9 lot (832) and, last but not least, SMWS 27.27 (lot 833).
Not only Springbank performed above expectation; two bottles of SMWS Port Ellen bottling’s also outstripped their initial estimates. The first was lot 791 numbered 43.7 (43.7) this reached a hammer price of £550. The second of these bottles was 43.13 (lot 823) which also bounded over its initial estimate to gain a great price of £500.
Staying with the Island connection the second release by the Society of Bowmore (3.2, lot 765) was another bottle whose result left its vendor jumping for joy settling on a price of £360. Although not a society bottling it is still worth a mention and this bottle hails from Skye and the Talisker Distillery, this 1964 distillation ( lot 621) bottled by Gordon & MacPhail exceeded expectations with a hammer price of £1,200, just above its estimate.
We shall finish with a few bottles Highland malt. Two bottles of Glenrothes did particularly well. The 1972 Restricted Release a bottle that has been performing well of recent and yesterday was no different finishing on a hammer of £500. The shining light of the two bottles was the Glenrothes-Glenlivet 1932 distillation, this was bottled in 1974 and bottled at an age of 42 years, and this pre WWII distillation really set the pulses racing with some frenetic bidding eventually ending up with a lucky Italian collector winning the lot with a hammer price of £2,400, complimenti segnore!
McTear's next whisky auction is one the Department is already anticipating with a frisson of excitement and the preparations for it have begun in earnest. Join the global whisky audience from 10.30am on the 18th February 2015 for the chance to bid on more collectable and drinkable whisky. Next month will also include The Wine Auction, which will have between 100-200 lots of wine suitable for any palate.

To discuss selling or buying whisky, wine and other spirits at McTear’s, please contact specialists Stephen McGinty or Dominic Hughes on 0141 810 2880 or email or Dominic

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