It was a brilliant night for whisky and spirits lovers. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from our April 2022 whisky and spirits sale.
In 1957 The Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky from the Fine & Rare collection was distilled in the newly expanded still house, where there had been just two wash and three spirit stills.
It was matured only in sherry wood for 15 years and then bottled for the first time in 1972 at 15 Years Old. Then in 2009, a handful of those 15 year old bottles were acquired from a private collection and officially re-bottled by hand for The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection.
The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection has had immense influence the growth and reputation of The Macallan amongst collectors and investors. These vintage-dated single malts are collected throughout the world. This 1957 vintage dated bottle in particular is an exceptionally rare whisky because there was only enough liquid to fill 15 bottles. This bottle is spectacularly rare and it’s appearance at auction is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the delighted winner.
As far as I’m aware this is the first time it has appeared at auction and it’s difficult to know if any of the others will ever appear again.
Understandably it might to some seem like a preposterous amount of money but the longevity of whisky is open ended, you can keep it forever. As whisky enthusiasts we place immense value on its history, whisky provides the opportunity to experience history in a unique and remarkable way.
Hammer price £180000. A world record.
Amongst all the astounding Japanese whiskies in this month’s auction there was one very rare and intriguing bottle that you might have easily missed. A hidden treasure in fact. It’s not often we come across a bottle about which there is as little information as this one.
What we do know is that it was an NAS limited edition, bottled for the domestic market. We also know that there was a similar bottling of Chita grain whisky. It sold for £1500.
Here’s what the label says, first translated and then in the original Japanese:
Suntory Single Malt Whiskey
Yamazaki Distillery Hizo (Treasured) Malt
‘Distilled using Yamazaki Distillery’s traditional straight head pot still especially for those who deeply love whisky. This limited special edition single malt was slowly distilled then long-matured at Yamazaki Distillery’s Ohmi Ageing Cellar overlooking Lake Biwa using specially selected barrels. It has a sweet gorgeous bright floral fragrance with complex aromatic elements that are exquisitely balanced. At first it is smooth and fruity on the front palate. It has a somewhat sweet, profound flavour with a nice sharp finish to look forward to.’
There are 13 amazing bottles of Chartreuse and here are three to watch.
The super rare and very much sought after old Spanish Green Chartreuse from Tarragona, bottled in 1912-1913 is particularly prized by collectors. If you’ve been following us on social media you’ll be ahead of the pack because you’ll already know that this one can be distinguished by its shoulder logo and the two part label. The top part is the classic Chartreuse label used since the 19th century, and the bottom part features a green and yellow diamond (the colours of the two Chartreuse expressions). For this very short period, the words ‘Fabriquee A Tarragone Par Les Peres Chartreux’ were inscribed along the top of the sand-etched shoulder logo. This bottle sold for £5600.
In the era of this old Green Chartreuse dating from 1941-1951, produced in Voiron, France, the shoulder logo is sand-etched rather than embossed, and the ancient label style from 1869 was reintroduced to celebrate the first anniversary since the return of the Carthusian monks to the Chartreuse monastery in 1940. On the night it sold for £1400.
A green Chartreuse from Voiron bottled between 1956 and 1964 can be identified by the blue border around the label and the embossed ‘Chartreuse’ logo featuring the globus cruciger on the shoulder of the bottle. This bottle sold for £875.