May 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

Take a look through some of the highlights from our May Whisky & Spirits Auction.

May 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results

Our May auction contained some fantastic liquid from some big hitters in the whisky world as well as many more stunning Cognacs, Rums, Chartreuse and much more. Here is a look at a selection of the highlights from the May 2024 Whisky & Spirits Auction Results.

*Aftersales Update*

There were some incredible Japanese whiskies on offer in our May auction that just fell short on reserve prices but our aftersales process has allowed them to find their way to a place on the bar of a new collector. Promoted to our top lot from the auction was this special Yamazaki 1984 25th Anniversary bottle that sold for £14,200, while another commemorative Yamazaki 1999 bottled for the 27th Mr Bartender Commemoration in 2012 sold for £3,100. This Karuizawa 1972 Cask #7290 also sold for £4,700.

Among the Scotch whiskies there was a stunning pair of Scotch Malt Whisky Society releases that found new owners with this deliciously dark Longmorn 1968 36 Year Old fetching £1,700 and this Glenfarclas 1965 40 Year Old sold for £1,000. A bottle of Macallan 10 Year Old bottled for the 10th anniversary of Whisky Magazine received a winning bid of £1,350 while from Samaroli’s Ageing Monography series, this 12 Year Old found a new home for £1,250.

Tequila Ocho

A very special charity lot on offer this month for Tequila fans was the chance to own some of Jesse Estes’ own private collection of Tequila Ocho. Son of co-founder Tomas Estes, Jesse is an Ocho brand ambassador and has built up a collection of single estate releases dating back to the beginnings of the brand 16 years ago. The lot contained 17 bottles including some very rare and hard to find releases alongside two collectable first edition books.

The final hammer price was an impressive £6,400 that topped this month’s auction, with all proceeds in aid of Equal Measures UK, a non-profit organisation that supports marginalised and underrepresented people within the drinks and hospitality industries through Education, Mentorship, Community & Opportunities.

Macallan

It comes as no surprise that the upper reaches of the auction contained a generous helping of collectors favourite Macallan. For collectors looking for some long aged malt there was a bottle of Macallan 1938 Handwritten Label (sold for £4,800), bottled in the 1980s by Gordon & MacPhail. There were multiple Macallan 25 Year Old Anniversary Malts on offer including a 1965 Anniversary Malt that fetched £3,600.

A Macallan 1979 18 Year Old Gran Reserva reached a winning bid of £3,100 while this Macallan Oscuro complete with a Lalique Kazakh Rearing Horse sold for £3,400 and a Macallan Private Eye with its Ralph Steadman screen print label fetched £3,300.

Sensational 60s

Much revered by collectors as a special decade for Scotch Whisky, our auction held plenty of tantalising bottles from the swinging sixties. From the ever popular Campbeltown favourite was this Springbank 1966 Local Barley Cask #488, made with ingredients sourced from within just 8 miles of the distillery, that fetched £2,900. Distilled a year later, this Springbank 1967 34 Year Old from Douglas Laing’s Old Malt Cask range sold for £1,350.

Distilled towards the end of the decade, this Fettercairn 1969 40 Year Old, matured in Palo Cortado Sherry casks reached a winning bid of £1,450.

Moving to the islands, peat fans need look no further than this Bowmore 1965 bottled in the 1980s and sold for £2,100 or this independently bottled Laphroaig 1968 26 Year Old from Hart Brothers (£1,300). Also from Islay, this enticing Bunnahabhain 1963 40 Year Old fetched £1,650, and from Skye this Talisker 1977 35 Year Old bottled as part of Diageo’s Special Releases series in 2012 sold for £1,300.

Cognac

Our Cognac category this month contained a beautiful A E Dor 1818 bottled in the early 20th century giving any vintage brandy fans a chance to try a piece of liquid history. The final hammer price eventually settled on £2,700. Other vintage bottles included this Louis De Salignac 1914 41 Year Old bottled in 1961 by The Hull Brewery Co. and sold for £550 and a Denis Mounie 3 Star dating back to the 1920s-30s (£95).

For those looking for a centrepiece decanter for their bar, look no further than a magnum of Remy Martin Louis XIII in its iconic Baccarat crystal decanter. This upsized Cognac favourite sold for £3,000.

 

Roundup

It would be remiss of us not to mention the joint top lot in the auction. That honour went to this Karuizawa 31 Year Old Cask #3555, a deliciously dark sherry matured malt bottled at 60.6% exclusively for The Whisky Exchange, sold for £6,400.

Although a diminutive 35cl bottle, this Talisker 1955 Cask Strength from Gordon & MacPhail fetched £1,850.

In the Irish category the highest bid went to a Midleton Very Rare 1984, the first release in the Very Rare series, which sold for £1,650, and moving to Wales, a bottle of Penderyn’s Bryn Terfel from their Icons of Wales series hit the high notes with an impressive £1,250.

The most hotly contested lot of the night has to go to this Havana Club Anejo 7 Year Old Burna Boy limited edition, complete with canvas label, tassels and hat that saw some incredibly competitive bidding before eventually settling on a hammer price of £1100.

There was a wide variety of bottlings from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society providing a chance to pick up some delicious cask strength whisky at a range of prices with some definite bargains to be had.

A personal favourite lot was this beautifully preserved trio of Haig’s Gold Label dating from the 1950s with the original Christmas case and bottle wrapping. The lot went to the lucky winning bidder for a hammer price of £625.

See the full auction results here.

See our past auction roundups here.