1967 Karuizawa released in 2009 for the 10th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange. This bottling is remarkable for its sherry and peaty character. Not only is it very rare, this is also one of the oldest Karuizawas ever bottled, and one that scored 95 points on WhiskyFun.
Karuizawa was founded in 1955 and was Japan’s smallest whisky distillery. In 1959, they became the first distillery to export whisky overseas.
Karuizawa used the famous Golden Promise barley, which was peated, then the spirit was distilled in small batches and aged in the finest Spanish sherry casks to make some of the best whisky in the world.
Sadly, Karuizawa distillery stopped production in 2000 and closed for good in 2011.
Winning bid £7,100
In 2008, the Johnnie Walker brand turned 100 Year Old. To celebrate the centenary, they launched five collections, including five exclusive bottles, each hand-engraved.
The individually-numbered bottles feature versions of the Striding Man created between 1908 and 1999, and the iconic Johnnie Walker slanted label.
This set contains bottles No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, with the base.
Winning bid £4,600
This Japanese whisky comes from the now sadly defunct Hanyu distillery, which stopped distilling in 2000 and was dismantled in 2004.
At the time Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founders of Hanyu distillery, decided to purchase the remaining stock and bottle it as the Cards series – a set of limited edition bottling, each named after one of the cards in a standard deck.
Winning bid £2,600
Very rare 25-year-old Macallan distilled in 1962 and presented in a decanter made from English crystal. Complete with its original box and engraved glass stopper stating the year of distillation.
Winning bid £2,300
This is an extremely rare bottle of Lomond single malt distilled in April 1972 and bottled in August 1992 by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Lomond single malt has only ever been bottled twice, both times by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This is the .1 version, and so is the first-ever bottling.
Many people confuse this whisky with Loch Lomond single malt, but it has nothing do with spirit from that distillery.
Two pot stills (one wash and one spirit) were installed at the old Dumbarton grain distillery in 1938, which produced Inverleven single malt. In 1956, a single Lomond still was also installed. The liquid from the wash pot still was distilled a second time through this new still to create Lomond single malt. We believe this malt was produced as an experiment for only a few years, which explains its rarity.
Winning bid £2,000