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Isabel Graham-Yooll

Isabel Graham-Yooll

Auction Director

Isabel Graham-Yooll is an authority on the workings of the booming secondary market for spirits and wines. In her position as director of Whisky.Auction she has championed the interests of the consumer against fraudsters and fakers, making the auction the most trusted specialist online spirits auction in the world. Graham-Yooll started, like many others in the industry today, working at Oddbins before joining Jeroboams, where she became spirits buyer for the famous Milroy’s of Soho shop founded by Jack and Wallace Milroy. She was responsible for a series of acclaimed and award-winning bottlings (which now command a high price among collectors) before moving to Bordeaux Index as Spirits Buyer. She took up to her current role in 2016.

Latest Posts by Isabel Graham-Yooll

  • Alfred Barnard’s Distillery Pilgrimage

    16th December 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    In 1886 Alfred Barnard journeyed around every distillery in Scotland, Ireland and England. A year later his findings were published.

  • The Ornithologist, The Undertaker And The Publican

    1st December 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    Look closely at this bottle of Redbreast 12 Year Old and you’ll notice three names on the label: John Jameson & Sons, W & A Gilbey and Redbreast. The Ornithologist Since the late 1800s, Gilbey’s, a sherry importer, had supplied casks and bonding facilities for Jameson, and at one time held 0.7 million gallons of maturing Jameson stock in its warehouses.  By 1912 Gilbey was advertising its own ‘Redbreast J.J. Liqueur Whiskey 12 Year Old’.... Read More

  • The Family Heirloom That Witnessed A Century

    2nd November 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    How one bottle of Hine Vintage 1922 Cognac witnessed 100 years of turmoil but remained safe within four generations of a close knit South London family.

  • How To Read An American Whiskey Label

    22nd October 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    What do the words on an American Whiskey label mean to an auctioneer? We help decipher some of the most commonly found terms, and the odd exceptions.

  • August 2021 Auction Results

    12th August 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    Search beyond the front page of our monthly spirits auction, beyond the Macallans and you begin to discover all the subcultures in the old and rare spirits market. Here are a few personal highlights. Rum As the inaugural virtual Rum Show came to a close our auction was just about to go live and there was renewed interest in affordable old and rare rums. Here are just three: There was the classic Lemon Hart Golden... Read More

  • July 2021 Wine Auction Results

    28th July 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    Who’s buying wine? The great joy of our quarterly wine auctions is the extraordinarily broad range of fine and rare wines that you would never find at retail. While many of our bidders are experienced wine collectors and investors or trade buyers topping up their inventory. Increasingly, we are seeing new wine buyers who have discovered this attractively simple and transparent way to taste rare wines. Wine is all about provenance. All our wines have... Read More

  • The 3 Best Wine Books Of All Time

    22nd July 2021 | By Isabel Graham-Yooll

    Hundreds of wine books are published every year but if you were to buy just three wine books what should they be?