April 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

We take a look through some of the highlights from our April Whisky & Spirits Auction.

April 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

As ever there was a wide variety of whiskies and spirits on offer in our April auction from vintage malts and fine Cognacs to rums and liqueurs. Here’s a look at some of the stand-out bottles from the April Whisky & Spirits Auction results.

*AFTERSALES UPDATE*

There were some stellar bottles in the April auction that just fell short on reserve prices but our aftersales saw many of these bottles finding their way to the collections of happy bidders. Two of Macallan’s incredibly long-aged Red Collection were sold with both the Macallan 74 Year Old Red Collection and Macallan 78 Year Old Red Collection fetching £40,000 a piece. A bottle of the 1938 Vintage Handwritten Label bottled by Gordon & MacPhail also found a new home for £7,000 and a 1967 17 Year Old imported for the Italian market by Rinaldi fetched an impressive £3,300.

From Japan, another pair of bottles from a highly collectible distillery, these Karuizawa Aika Geisha bottles, aged 29 and 30 year old, sold for £8,000 each and the rarely seen Karuizawa 1999-2000 Three Wise Monkey Collection, with labels that would add a bit of fun to any whisky collection, sold for £7,000.

Vintage distillate was not confined to the whisky category with this Baron de Sigognac 1922 Bas Armagnac selling for £650.

Top Lots

There was a mixed bag at the upper end of our April auction with a spread of spirits, countries and regions. Topping them all though, was a 35cl bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl, finishing on a hammer price of £8,400. Drawn from a single blending cask, the Black Pearl contains small quantities of over 1200 different eaux-de-vie, some of which are over a century old.

Second spot was taken by a Karuizawa 1981 Founder’s Cask #2084, one of only 347 bottles produced of this rare 30 year old Japanese malt, which sold for £4,300. Alongside this were some other stunning whiskies from Japan such as a Hibiki 30 Year Old in its beautiful Kagami crystal decanter (£4,100) and a Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara Oak, a blend of 18 to 50 year old whiskies selected by master blender Shinji Fukuyo, that fetched £3,900.

Sensational Sixties

Regarded by many as a golden era in Scotch whisky production, the auction featured a number of enticing bottles containing distillate from the sixties. Top among these was a Bowmore 1965 Full Strength, bottled at 50% ABV and sold for £4,200. From Campbeltown there was a Springbank 1965 bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that fetched £2,900 after some late bidding, a Springbank 1966 (£2,000) as well as a bottle of Glen Scotia 1966 27 Year Old from Signatory Vintage (£400).

The Highlands offered up a deliciously dark Glen Garioch 1968 29 Year Old that sold for £1,400 and a Dalwhinnie 1966 36 Year Old, part of Diageo’s Special Releases range released in 2002, that fetched £750, while from Speyside, a Glenfarclas 1961 saw some spirited last minute bidding and ended on £1,350 and the mouth-wateringly named ‘Tawny Port and Syrup of Figs’, an Inchgower 1966 36 Year Old from the SMWS, fetched £1,250.

One of the highlights of the evening was this Talisker 1968 bottled by renowned London merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd, which reached an impressive £2,200.

Not to be overlooked of course were the array of Macallan from this era, with sixties vintages offering up a Macallan 1967 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt (sold for £3,600) and a Macallan 1969 18 Year Old imported to Italy by Giovinetti (£3,200) among others. Indeed, the auction contained an impressive run of Macallan vintages beginning with a Macallan 1955 Campbell, Hope & King (£2,700) through numerous 60s and 70s vintages into the early 1980s.

Irish Whiskey

Also offering up a wide range of vintages in the auction was Midleton’s annual Very Rare series, with bottles ranging from the late 1980s up to 2023. An early series release of Midleton Very Rare 1987 sold for £2,300, while a Midleton Very Rare 2009 fetched £2,600.

Attracting plenty of late auction attention was a flask shaped bottle of John Jameson & Son 3 Star dating from the 1930s, that eventually settled on £750. From the same period, an equally well-preserved, taller bottle of John Jameson & Son 3 Star sold for £460.

Continuing the earlier theme of mid 20th century vintages, this Coleraine 1959 34 Year Old Very Rare, bottled at cask strength of 57.1% and one of only 400 bottles released, ended on a hammer price of £1,700.

Bargain Buys

For buyers, there were plenty of bargains to be found, from Cognac to bundles of bottles from That Boutique-y Whisky Company including aged grain and Irish whiskies as well as single malts. For anyone interested in stocking up their cocktail cabinet with vintage ingredients there was an abundance of liqueurs and spirits available for £50 and under, including vintage Fernet Branca and Gins such as this Sir Robert Burnett’s White Satin (£50) bottled in the 1950s and this 1960s Gilbey’s London Dry Gin (£40).

See the full April Whisky & Spirits Auction results here.

See all our past auction roundups here.