February 2018 Auction Results

Highlights from our February 2018 auction.

February 2018 Auction Results


Macallan Glenlivet 1937 Silver Seal Crystal Decanter Bottle Number 1

This 1937 Macallan truly is bottle number 1 of 1 in the entire world.
The silver mounted crystal decanter comes with a certificate of authenticity from bottler Silver Seal. It reads: The decanter used for this bottling is a prestigious antique. Macallan-Glenlivet 1937, 43% vol., 100cl.

Extraordinary engraved solid silver crystal decanter, France, probably ‘Saint Louis’ c.1900. This is number 1 of 1 in the entire world. This exceptional one-off 100 year old decanter of 1937 Macallan is a monument to upcycling.

Winning bid £7,200 

Mount Vernon Pure Rye Distilled 1921, Bottled 1933

Beware the stern warning on the back label of this bottle of Mount Vernon Pure Rye: ‘Sale or use for other purposes will cause heavy penalties to be inflicted’!
During Prohibition, some companies were allowed to produce alcohol for medicinal use.

This one quart bottle of Mount Vernon Pure Rye Whiskey was bottled in bond by The American Medicinal Spirits Co. Distilled in Spring 1921 (one year after Prohibition started), and bottled in Fall 1933 (the year Prohibition ended).

Winning bid £280

Tomatin 10 Year Old Bottled 1960s, Baretto Import

This Tomatin 10 from the 1960s contains A MESSAGE FROM THE DISTILLERS:

‘Tomatin whisky is unique! At its very best when ten years old, we believe it is a Scotch Whisky for the connoisseur, for the person with a palate capable of appreciating good things, things of perfection. We have offered it to our friends who have literally raved over its flavour, its satin smoothness and its delicate aroma. Now we have been persuaded to allow this single Malt Whisky to be sold to the rare connoisseurs to be found in each country in the world.The rest is left to each individual taste and we have no doubt at all that the expansion of our sales will, because of the quite unique product we have to offer, be more than justified.’

Winning bid £370

Prestonfield Campbeltown 1967 Springbank, 20 Year Old

Before he went on to found Signatory Vintage in 1988, Andrew Symington managed the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. A number of whiskies were bottled specially for the hotel, including some old Bowmores and this attractively sherried 1967 Springbank which earned 94 points on @whiskyfun

Winning bid £1,750

Bucktrout’s 40 Year Old Jamaican Rum

The certificate reads:

‘The Directors of Bucktrout & Company Limited certify that the contents of the bottle of Liberation Rum Numbered 329 is genuine Jamaica Rum, distilled before 1945 and imported into Guernsey in an Oak Puncheon before 1947, bottled in April 1985 and sold on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey from German Occupation.

The reason that no fixed dates can be given for the distillation or importation of this rum is that the records are so old as to be indistinct, however Bucktrout & Co Ltd have been paying Bond fees on the puncheon since 1947 and the law at that time forbad the importation of Rum of an age less that 3 years old. The spirit may well be much older but we shall never know. There was a bottling of similar Rum from a smaller cask in 1975 when 4oz bottles were produced, this was however only 70° proof.’

Winning bid £750

Black Bowmore 1964, Bottled 1993

The first edition of Black Bowmore 1964, released in 1993.

The Bowmore distillery underwent an extensive upgrade in late 1963, and this bottling comes from the first distillation following the conversion. This was matured in oloroso sherry casks before bottling in 1993. Each bottle is numbered and signed by the then distillery manager, James McColl.

This is bottle number 1464 of 2000.

Winning bid £13,600

Strathisla 1949 Single Cask, Bottled 2006 

A bottle of Strathisla from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled on 19 May 1949, matured in a single refill sherry butt, and bottled on 26 January 2006.

This was bottled from cask number 384.

Winning bid £1,150

Knappogue Castle 1950, Bottled 1978

A bottle of Knappogue Castle 25 Year Old Pot Still Pure Malt Irish Whiskey.

The label reads:

A ‘Very Special Reserve’ of Unblended Pot Still Pure Malt 25 Years of Age, Put down in 1950, Bottled in bond in 1978. Bottle No. 299 Cask No. 3, Produced exclusively for the Hon. Mark Edwin Andrews. Knappogue Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland.
4/5 Quart
92 Proof

This is bottle number 299 from cask number 3.

This unusual early bottling has been stored in the owner’s cellar since it was purchased direct from Knappogue Castle in Ireland in 1979.

Winning bid £1,300

Clynelish 1973 The Hogmanay Cask

A limited edition bottle of Clynelish, bottled for Polish company Wealth Solutions. This was distilled on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) 1973, matured in a single refill hogshead for 41 years, and bottled at cask strength. This is presented in a gold lacquer box, reflecting the gold rush that occurred around Clynelish in the late 19th century.

This is bottle number 142 of 144; it was bottled from cask number 16802.

Winning bid £4,200

Glenfarclas 1953 Single Cask, 58 Year Old

A limited edition bottle of Glenfarclas, specially selected for Polish company Wealth Solutions. This was distilled on 20 November 1953, matured in a single first fill sherry butt for 58 years, and bottled by the distillers on 13 February 2012. The cask was selected by Michal Kowalski of Wealth Solutions, Glenfarclas’ George Grant, and Serge Valentin of Malt Maniacs.

This is bottle number 203 of 400; it was bottled from cask number 1674.

Winning bid £3,600

Macallan 1970 Fine & Rare

A bottle of The Macallan 1970 from the Fine & Rare collection. This was matured in a single sherry cask for 32 years, and bottled in 2002.

This was bottled from cask number 241.

The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection represents the very best of The Macallan‘s oldest maturing stock. Every year the range is augmented by the introduction of the new vintage release.

Winning bid £9,000

Glen Grant 1950 Single Cask, 65 Year Old

A bottle of Glen Grant 65 Year Old, exclusively bottled for Polish company Wealth Solutions. This was distilled in 1950, matured in a single American white oak cask (which was likely first used to transport sherry to the UK), and bottled on 14 October 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail. This is presented in a numbered decanter with stopper, and a round wooden box. The booklet details the history of Glen Grant distillery, as well as independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail and Wealth Solutions.

This is bottle number 136 of 218; it was bottled from cask number 2747.

Winning bid £3,400

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Bulloch Lade

A bottle of Caol Ila 12 Year Old, produced and bottled by Bulloch Lade & Co. This was bottled for the Italian market, we estimate in the 1970s.

Winning bid £1,550

Mortlach 1954 Single Cask, Bottled 2012

A bottle of Mortlach from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. This was distilled on 27 January 1954, matured in a single first fill sherry butt, and bottled on 20 November 2012.

This was bottled from cask number 494.

Winning bid £975

Ardbeg 1815, 33 Year Old

A bottle of Ardbeg 1815, released on Ardbeg Day 2015 to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary. This is a vatting of bourbon and sherry matured malts, and was bottled at cask strength.

This bottle is signed and dated by Ardbeg’s Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks, Brendan McCarron, on 16/8/16. There is a signature on the other side which appears to read ‘Murphy LC Chang’.

This is bottle number 120 of 400.

Winning bid £3,600


February 2018 Auction Results