February 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

Take a look at some of the highlights from our February Whisky & Spirits Auction

February 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

Our February Whisky & Spirits auction saw plenty of last minute battles for bottles. Here’s our February auction highlights from the auction end.

Macallan

Macallan top lots

Still commanding our top auction prices, Macallan took spots one and two in our February auction highlights, with The Macallan 74 Year Old The Red Collection hitting a final hammer price of £40,000, while The Macallan 1967 Down to Work reached £35,000. The latter is from the Anecdotes of Ages collection and is the third collaboration between The Macallan and renowned pop artist Peter Blake, perhaps best known for his work on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve.

Elsewhere in the category it was a good night for the Italian imports, especially those from Giovinetti, with this Macallan 1965 25 Year Old Anniversary Malt hitting £3000 and Macallan 1967 18 Year Old reaching the £2900 mark.  Another bottling for the Italian market, this Macallan Glenlivet 1937 32 Year Old also hit £2900.

Scotch Whisky

In other news from Speyside distilleries, this Chinese Exclusive Glenfiddich Ultimate 38 Year Old received plenty of interest on the final day of bidding, eventually reaching a hammer price of £4000, while this Glenfiddich 1973 33 Year Old Vintage Reserve reached £1400. Bottled for Historic Scotland who run the former Dallas Dhu distillery as a museum, this Dallas Dhu 1982 24 Year Old Cask 3739 reached a hammer price of £1300.

 

Scotch Whisky Highlights

Dalmore distillery represented the Highlands in our top lots with this Dalmore 45 Year Old selling for £6,400, while Islay champion Caol Ila reached a cool £7800 for this Caol Ila 1968 Samaroli Full Proof. Top Campbeltown lot went to Springbank 1966 Local Barley Cask Number 488 at £3100, but a notable mention goes to the Consorzio Vinicolo Springbank Book Decanters, all of which received intense bidding in the closing moments.

One of the early favourites in the auction was certainly this Fettercairn 1977 40 Year Old, which powered ahead, reaching an impressive £3400 with days left to go on the live auction.

 

Whisky around the world

World Whisky Auction Highlights

 

Yamazaki distillery took the top auction spot for Japan, with this Yamazaki 25 Year Old reaching a hammer price of £5000, while for Ireland, Midleton Very Rare 2013 Edition reached £500. William Larue Weller 2014 Release took the US top spot at £1600.

A new distillery that’s making waves in the US, this Uncle Nearest Rye 1856 Single Barrel Whiskey, a whiskey that’s yet to make it to the UK market, sold for £290

Charity bottles

The Lakes Princess Royal

These two bottles of Lakes Single Malt The Private Reserve The Princess Royal, donated by Princess Anne in aid of The Chaffinch Trust saw some very competitive bidding towards the end of the auction, driving the prices up to £2100 and £2000 in the last few minutes. These were the second pair to sell at auction, with the third pair still to come.

Old and rare blends

Proving they will always have a special place in our hearts, some beautiful old blended whiskies achieved great prices last night, including a hammer price of £150 for this Black & White Spring Cap Bottled 1955 – 1956 and £170 for this Ballantine’s 30 Year Old.

Other spirits and liqueurs

Liqueur highlights

This stunning old Chartreuse, one of the last bottles produced at Fourvoirie before it was destroyed by a landslide, drew plenty of attention, eventually selling for £2000. This Buton Coca Bottled 1950s went for gold in the final moments, reaching £140, as did this Suze Gentiane Bottled in the 1960s which reached £130. Old Campari continues to reach great prices at auction, with two bottles from the 1960s-70s hitting hammer prices of £200.

It was a great evening for old gin bottles as our auction came to a close, with Burrough’s Beefeater London Dry Gin Bottled in the 1950s reaching an impressive hammer price of £290, Coates & Co. Plymouth Gin Bottled 1960s-1970s hitting £110 and Covent Garden Dry London Gin Bottled 1970s reaching £80.