A 1981 single-cask whisky from Karuizawa distillery, this was bottled in 2012 at a strength of 62.8% ABV. ‘Sakura’ is a Japanese word that translates into English as ‘cherry blossom’ or ‘cherry tree’.
Winning bid £7,400
A limited edition bottle of 1974 Ardbeg Provenance, considered to be the last vintage of old-style whisky from the distillery, and the last year the floor maltings were in full use.
Winning bid £2,300
A bottle of 1974 A H Hirsch. This 16 -year-old pot-still sour-mash bourbon whiskey was imported into Italy by Velier. The distillery marked this as an export release by giving the bottle a gold wax seal, while the domestic release was sealed with black wax.
Winning bid £2,000
A bottle of 1966 Macallan 17 Year Old which was bottled in 1984.
Winning bid £1,900
A 1985 vintage Demerara Rum produced at Uitvlugt Distillery at Guyana. This was bottled at cask strength by Velier in 2012.
Winning bid £1,250
A bottle of Kinloch’s K22 10 Year Old whisky which we estimate was bottled in the 1920s. This is most likely a blended whisky, but there is no way to be sure. The back label states ‘Pre-War Whisky at Pre-War Strength’. It shares its name with one of Campbeltown’s lost distilleries which closed in 1926.
Winning bid £1,050
A hand-numbered bottle of 1967 Ben Nevis Single Cask. After maturing in a sherry hogshead for 41 years, this was bottled in 2009 at cask strength for German spirits specialist, Alembic Classique.
Winning bid £625
An old bottling of Martell’s VOP (Very Old Pale) Cognac with a spring cap. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1950/60s.
Winning bid £250