March 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

We take a look through the highlights of our March Whisky & Spirits Auction.

March 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

What a March Auction that was! There were so many stellar bottles to choose from it’s difficult to know where to begin to bring you our March auction highlights.

Macallan

Starting from the top, the auction was led by duo of spectacular Macallans. Taking the lead at £38,000 was a Macallan 1950 Tales of the Macallan Volume 1, a beautiful Lalique crystal decanter featuring a gorgeous engraving of Easter Elchies House and presented inside an almanac specially made by Shepherds Bookbinders. Following on was a Macallan 1952 50 Year Old from the Fine & Rare series. Drawn from a single sherry cask, this fifty year old malt was bottled in 2002 and fetched £21,500.

The last bottle to sell and the subject of an intense late bidding battle was this Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak Master of Photography, one of 1000 bottles produced, each with a unique label featuring an image taken by photographer Rankin of the Macallan Estate. The hammer price eventually settled on £6,400.

Springbank

Collectors favourite Springbank was well represented in the auction with some incredible sixties vintages such as this 1966 Local Barley that fetched £3,700. From iconic indie bottler Cadenhead’s, there was not one but two of the rarely seen Springbank 1965 Cask 2164 from their white label series that sold for £4,800 and £4,000. The difference in price was the result of a missing lower label from one of the bottles. Equally dark and delicious looking were a trio of Springbank 1964 32 Year Old from Adelphi, also bottled at cask strength. These were sold for £2,900 each to the lucky winning bidders. To complete our sixties Campbeltown collection, there was a pair of Springbank 1965 31 Year Olds from The Bottlers each with a winning bid of £1,800.

Leading our Springbank lots was a particularly special collection in the shape of a limited edition set of the Springbank Millennium Collection. The set, presented in a beautiful wooden case, is one of only fifty produced containing a 20cl bottle of each of the six releases in the series, which ranges from 25 to 50 year old malts. The final bid was an impressive £11,000.

Mature Malts

We’ve already mentioned a few of the mature malts featured in the auction but it didn’t stop there. There was a further 50 year old in the form of this Glenury Royal 1953 50 Year Old (£5,200). Coming in at just under the half century, this Glenlochy 1952 49 Year Old from Douglas Laing’s Old Malt Cask series sold for £1,450. Two 45 year olds from Dalmore, the 2018 release and 2022 release fetched £8,000 and £9,000 respectively. A comparatively youthful Fettercairn 1977 40 Year Old sold for £1,800 and if mature grain whisky is up your street there were multiple lots of Girvan 53 Year Old and Carsebridge 52 Year Old from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

It wasn’t just Scotland providing the well-aged distillate with Japanese highlights including a Nikka Taketsuru 35 Year Old, the oldest Taketsuru available and originally reserved for the Japanese market that fetched £3,500. Top lot in the category was taken by a Karuizawa 34 Year Old Ruby Geisha, one of a pair of Geishas released in 2021, that sold for £13,000. This was followed by a Karuizawa 1981 31 Year Old Noh with a winning bid of £5,400.

Collections

Collectors of anything, including whisky, love a series with the promise of the satisfaction of collecting a full set and there was a chance in the auction to bid on a good chunk of some iconic bottle series’ or for those looking to fill any gaps in an existing collection.

From Diageo’s Special Releases we had the first eight editions from Brora, fetching between £1,050 to £1,850 in addition to multiple Brora lots from Diageo’s Rare Malts Selection. We also saw releases one to nine of the Port Ellen Special Releases reach hammer prices ranging from £925 to £1,700.

Cadenhead’s provided some auction highlights from their affectionately named ‘dumpy’ range including a Highland Park 1957 21 Year Old (£2,200) and a chance to pick up some 1960s malts from a pair of closed distilleries with this Kinclaith 1964 18 Year Old (£1,300) and Glenugie 1966 14 Year Old (£1,250). If closed distilleries is the focus of your collection then there was also a selection of Silent Stills from Signatory Vintage.

Outside of the Scotch Whisky category there was the chance to bid on multiple releases from Courvoisier’s Erte Collection, only missing the fourth release but including the sought after Inedit, number 8 in the series that sold for £1,600

Roundup

In our rum category the star was the Caroni 90 Proof Extra Strong Navy Rum, bottled in the 1970s and sold for £850. The surprise rum results came from Havana Club 3 Year Old with 3 bottles from the 1970s-80s fetching £130-£140 a piece and a 1960s bottling selling for £240. Gin also had some surprises with vintage bottles fetching £100 or more, topped by this 1960s King’s Guard London Dry Gin (£260).

Finally, as we have a love for vintage whiskies, there are definitely a few bottles worth a mention. A 1940s-50s bottle of Dunville’s VR Irish Whiskey sold for £1,050. Two well-preserved early 1950s bottles of Black & White blended whisky, with the original paper wrapping sold for £190-£200 each, while a pair of King George IV from the same era sold for £120 each. Moving forward to the 1970s, a beautiful Rosebank Single Malt fetched £600, a Dalmore 12 Year Old Mackenzie Brothers bottling sold for £420, and a personal favourite, Lagavulin 12 Year Old bottled by White Horse Distillers, fetched £1,400.

See the full March Whisky & Spirits Auction results here.

See all our past auction roundups here.