June 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

Take a look at the highlights from our June Whisky & Spirits Auction.

June 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

This month’s auction saw an eclectic mix of whiskies and spirits with something to delight all tastes. Here’s a look at just some of the stand out bottles that were up for grabs in our June Whisky & Spirits Auction results.

*Aftersales Update*

The Glengoyne 50 Year Old was usurped as top lot at the conclusion of our aftersales with this Macallan 1967 Down To Work from the Anecdotes of Ages Collection selling for almost double the price at £23,000. This third collaboration between Macallan and iconic pop artist Sir Peter Blake is one of only 322 bottles released and a worthy star lot.

Macallan featured elsewhere in the aftersales with new homes being found for a number of bottles of the much sought after Speyside malt including a 2016 release of the Macallan M Lalique, sold for £3,700, this Macallan 30 Year Old Double Cask 2022 Release that fetched £2,300, and a Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak sold for £1,600.

Other collectors favourites’ that were snapped up included a Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old for £2,100 and a pair of Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Olds at £700 each. In the Scotch category a Port Ellen 1983 32 Year Old, the 15th release from the Special Releases series, fetched £1,700, and a Highland Park 1973 28 Year Old single cask sold for £900.

One lucky peat lover picked up a gigantic 4.5 litre Ardbeg 10 Year Old Mor for £380, ensuring their home bar won’t be running dry any time soon.

Mature Malts

Star lot of the June auction went to this spectacular Glengoyne 50 Year Old that fetched a final hammer price of £12,800. One of only 150 decanters released in 2020, the whisky was distilled in 1967 and 1968 and matured in American oak sherry butts and refill hogsheads. Safely tucked away under the bottle stand within the gorgeous wooden case is a miniature bottle so this nectar can be sampled without unsealing the decanter.

Other mature malts in the auction included this Glenfiddich 40 Year Old (sold for £2,500), a Glengoyne 1969 36 Year Old single cask (£875) and a Bruichladdich 35 Year Old Legacy Series Three, signed by distillery co-founder Simon Coughlin, that fetched £775. From Diageo’s Special Releases series, the 2006, 5th release of Brora 30 Year Old fetched £2,100.

Japanese Gems

Two gorgeously painted Arita-Yaki ceramic decanters were amongst the top lots amongst the Japanese whiskies available this month. The traditional Japanese porcelain style dates back to the 17th century and inspired this Hibiki 21 Year Old Year Of The Tiger, released in 2010 to celebrate the Chinese year of the tiger, and this Hibiki 21 Year Old featuring a beautiful botanical design. These were sold for £3,100 each.

From Yamazaki there was a limited edition bottling of Yamazaki Mizunara released for the second Tokyo International Bar Show in 2013 and only available at the show itself or to members of Whisky Magazine Japan’s Bond #1 club. It sold for £2,500.

With a hammer price of £4,500, this Suntory Yamazaki 1986 Owner’s Cask took the spoils in the battle for top Japanese lot. Bottled in 2004 for the 40th Anniversary of the Esquire Club, this single cask offering was bottled at a punchy 63%.

Cognac

The June Whisky & Spirits Auction results saw a great selection of vintage Cognacs sell, with distillate dating from as far back as the 1890s. This decorative Rouyer Guillet 1893 Cognac decanter was bottled in the 1960s and ended the auction on £600. There was a number of bottles of Berry Brothers & Rudd 1895 Grande Champagne Cognac with prices ranging from £360 to £625 , as well as a few bottles of Berry Brothers 1904 Grande Champagne Cognac and Grande Champagne Des Heritiers that fetched £460 to £525 each.

Moving forward a little further into the 20th Century, a Louis De Salignac 1914 Grande Champagne Cognac fetched £450, while this Denis Mounie 1934 Vieille Fine Petite Champagne Reserve Cognac hit a hammer price of £320.

Top cuvees from a number of iconic Cognac houses were available such as this Courvoisier L’Essence De Courvoisier that took top spot in the category with a hammer price of £1,650, closely followed by a  Richard Hennessy decanter that sold for £1,400.

There was also the chance to pick up the complete Courvoisier Erte collection or fill any gaps in an existing set with bottles 1 to 7 selling for between £310 and £825 and the highest price achieved by release number 8 ‘Inedit‘ at £975.

Indie Bottle Highlights

As ever there were some fantastic independently bottled malts on offer, with the likes of this Macallan 1988 23 Year Old from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, enticingly titled ‘Close To The Edge Of Extreme’ selling for £1,050 and a Port Ellen 1978 26 Year Old from Douglas Laing’s Old Malt Cask range fetching £1,000. A 1990s bottling of Springbank 1972 for Tesco supermarkets sold for an impressive £900, a not insignificant return on its original retail price.

There were three 1970s vintage Ardbegs on offer, including this Ardbeg 1974 19 Year Old from Direct Wines First Cask series (£600), an Ardbeg 1974 (£470) and Ardbeg 1978 (£390) from Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice range.

Royal commemorative bottles are a collectors category in their own right and this Macallan 11 Year Old bottled by The Whisky Connoisseur to celebrate the 101st birthday of the Queen Mother ended the auction with a hammer price of £725, while a Highland Park 10 Year Old bottled for Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, also from Whisky Connoisseur, saw some extended bidding and eventually settled on £300.

Moving away from Scotch whisky, a bottle of SMWS 128.1, their first release of Penderyn 6 Year Old, saw some spirited late bidding eventually ending on £340.

Liqueurs

An array of different vintage Chartreuse bottles saw plenty of competitive bidding in the auction. The highest price of £925 was achieved by this Yellow Chartreuse bottled between 1941-1951. A slightly younger Chartreuse Yellow from 1956-1964 fetched £775 and a Chartreuse Yellow produced in Tarragona between 1973-1985 sold for £825.

A beautiful vintage Campari Amarone dating to the 1930s-40s sold for £290 after some late bidding and a more commonly seen Campari Bitter dating from the 1950s fetched £200.

Cherry Marnier is still showing strong results with bottles from the 1970s and 1980s fetching £120-£130 each.

Roundup

For anyone searching for an impressive centrepiece for their whisky bar, look no further than this Glengoyne clock 30 Year Old 2000AD Clock. This limited edition malt released to celebrate the Millennium comes in a stunning Grandfather clock case and is guaranteed to be a talking point. It sold for £1,000.

Collectors favourite, the Rare Malts Selection from Diageo, provided a couple of sought after bottles with this Clynelish 1972 23 Year Old, bottled for the South African market, selling for £1,100 and a Glenlochy 1969 25 Year Old achieving £800.

Top spot in the US whiskey category went to a bottle of Old Fashioned Copper 1994 with a winning bid of £3,100. Presented in a hand cut crystal bottle to honour the OFC Distillery, named by E.H. Taylor in 1870, that we now know as Buffalo Trace.

Ireland saw a line up of Midleton vintages taking the top three spots, while a Teeling 1983 30 Year Old Vintage Reserve hit £625.

Heading north to Canada, a rarely seen edition of Whistlepig 12 Year Old The Boss Hog titled ‘First Step’, sold for £6,400 after some late bidding.

Finally in the June Whisky & Spirits Auction results, the strange whisky market phenomena of small bottles occasionally achieving more than their regular sized counterparts was shown by this 20cl Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix that achieved a hammer price of £500, while also in the auction, these standard releases of Snow Phoenix fetched £340 and £370.

See the full auction results here.

See our past auction roundups here.