August 2023 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

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

August 2023 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

Our August auction featured an eclectic mix of whiskies from around the globe as well as elaborately presented Cognacs and Vodkas and some extremely old bottles. Pour yourself a dram and read on for some of our highlights.

Scotch Whisky

Top lot for this month went to this Balvenie 1937 50 Year Old Pure Malt, a beautifully presented bottle, most of which were originally sold to the legendary whisky bar Milroy’s of Soho in London. The winning bid was an impressive £20,000. Plenty of other whiskies distilled in the mid-20th century featured in the auction such as this Highland Park 1959 18 Year Old, sold for £1,100, a Macallan 1940 37 Year Old bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for Italian importer Pinerolo, that fetched £3,700, and a Macallan 1958-1959 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt sold for £4,500.

Moving into the 1960s, this Clynelish 1965 28 Year Old Cask 666 from Signatory Vintage sold for £4,000, while a Dalmore 1966 40 Year Old fetched £6,000. This Bowmore 1968 37 Year Old sold for £3,700, Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask, fetched £3,000, and a Springbank 1967 28 Year Old achieved a winning bid of £1,850.

The auction also saw an incredible range of Bowmore this month including a pair of Bowmore 1973 bottled for the 50th anniversary of Stanley P. Morrison Limited, sold for £2,400 each.

World Whiskies

From around the world there were some exceptional whiskies on offer such as this Karuizawa 1981 Sherry Cask #4380 that fetched £7,000 and a gorgeous Eagle Rare – Double Eagle Very Rare 20 Year Old featuring stunningly crafted eagles both on the crystal stopper and inside the bottle, sold for £6,200.

From Ireland there was a selection of vintages available from the Midleton Very Rare series with the highest price amongst them achieved by the Midleton Very Rare 1985, which sold for £1,400. A well-preserved bottle of John Jameson & Son 3 Star bottled in the 1960s fetched £525.


The Cognac category this month featured some decadent decanters and was topped by a 35cl Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl with a winning bid of £10,200. This Frapin Cuvee 1888 Cognac in its distinctive gold thread embellished decanter sold for £2,000 while an Imperial Collection Premier Cru Grande Champagne 40 Year Old Cognac presented inside a Faberge Egg fetched £1,400.

A bottle of Napoleon Cognac, thought to be from the 1815 vintage sold for £850.


There were a few hotly contested bottles of rum this month that saw some late competitive bidding, one being this rarely seen Wray & Nephew 8 Year Old, bottled in the 1970s-80s, that eventually settled on a winning bid of £360. The other was an older bottle dating back to the 1940s-50s of Blue Mountain Jamaica Rum, that saw a late surge taking it to a hammer price of £220 for an interesting piece of liquid history.

The top rum lot for August went to this Appleton Estate 250th Anniversary 1749-1999 decanter, sold for £1,200.

Following on from last month’s auction, there was another exclusive rum donated by Ninefold in aid of Equal Measures UK. This time it was a Ninefold Scottish Aged Rum 3 Year Old Watson’s Reserve,  the first of their distillery exclusive releases aged in virgin American Oak and ex-oloroso ex-Speyside whisky casks and one of only 30 bottles. The bottle raised £180 for an extremely worthwhile cause.

See the full auction results here.