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December Auction Highlights 2020

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December Auction Highlights 2020

It’s time for our Bumper two week long Christmas Whisky Auction! This month has some epic Macallan, fantastic Springbanks and a stack of great Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings, so we’d better crack on.


Classic older Macallans include Macallan Private EyeMacallan Nicol’s NectarMacallan Royal MarriageMacallan 1948 51-Year-Old Select ReserveMacallan 1950 Handwritten Label, Anniversary Malts Macallan 1957 25-Year-Old and Macallan 1975 25-Year-Old, plus Macallan 1977 18-Year-Old, the turn of the century Macallan 30-Year-Old and a US edition of the magnificent Macallan 1946 52-Year-Old

More recent Macallans include Macallan 30-Year-Old RankinMacallan M Decanter MMXVIIMacallan CoronationMacallan Folio Archival Series 2Macallan Folio Archival Series 6Macallan Edition 2, a remarkable six-bottle lot of Macallan Edition 2-6 & Classic CutMacallan 1841 ReplicaMacallan Rare Cask BlackMacallan Genesis 2018Macallan 18-Year-Old 2016Macallan Whisky Makers EditionMacallan 2002-2018 Exceptional Cask 4Macallan Boutique Collection 2019Macallan Boutique Collection 2020Macallan Edrington New Home and Macallan 30-Year-Old Fine Oak

The two newest Macallans in the sale will perhaps be the most closely-watched: Macallan 40-Year-Old Red Collection and Macallan 78-Year-Old Red Collection are sure to attract fierce bidding.


Classic official Islay whiskies this month include Lagavulin 16-Year-Old White Horse and its predecessor 1980s Lagavulin 12-Year-Old White Horse, cask strength Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Feis Ile 2017Bruichladdich 1964 40-Year-Old, the famous Bruichladdich 1984 Enlightenment, a few bottles of Bruichladdich Black Art 1990 4.1 plus Jim McEwan’s swansong Bruichladdich Final Act of Creation, the remarkable Ardbeg Double Barrel 1974-2007 and Laphroaig 1976, plus the marvellous Laphroaig 15-Year-Old ‘Red 15’ and a litre of 1980s Unblended Laphroaig 10-Year-Old.

It’s another great auction for Bowmore fans: we’ve got the Duty-Free version of Bowmore BicentenaryGold Bowmore 1964 44-Year-OldBowmore 1955 40-Year-Old, the overlooked Bowmore 1971 34-Year-Old, and of course the Black Bowmore 1964 First EditionBlack Bowmore 1964 42-Year-Old and Black Bowmore 1964 50-Year-Old Last Cask.

Staying on a sherried theme there’s also Ardbeg 1990-2007 Cask 86Laphroaig 1981 27-Year-OldCaol Ila 15-Year-Old Manager’s Dram, and the ne-plus-ultra sherried Signatory Ardbeg 1967 30-Year-Old.

Elsewhere there’s some great Port Ellen Special Releases: Port Ellen 1979 22-Year-Old (1st Release), Port Ellen 1978 24-Year-Old (2nd Release), Port Ellen 1979 24-Year-Old (3rd Release), Port Ellen 1979 25-Year-Old (5th Release) and Port Ellen 1979 28-Year-Old (7th Release).

Outstanding indie Islays this month include the private bottling Ardbeg 1994 23-Year-Old, Celtic Heartland’s Bowmore 1968 35-Year-Old signed by Jim McEwan, Wemyss’ sought-after Bowmore 1995-2014, heavyweight Gordon & MacPhail’s Caol Ila 1968 50-Year-Old, and of course The Syndicate’s Lagavulin 15-Year-OldLagavulin 1979 35-Year-OldLagavulin 1979 38-Year-Old and Lagavulin 1979 40-Year-Old


Sensational Springbanks this month, with Springbank 1966-1999 Local Barley Cask 503, the tasty Springbank 12-Year-Old Ceramic, a 1990s dumpy Springbank 21-Year-OldSpringbank 19-Year-Old Red Bay Bracer, the return of the magnificent Springbank 12-Year-Old 100-Proof UK Version and this stunning pearshaped Springbank 50-Year-Old bottled about fifty years ago for Italy. 

Springbank’s other distillates are headed up by the legendary Longrow 1974 16-Year-Old, alongside Longrow 1995 10-Year-OldLongrow Red 12-Year-Old and an old Hazelburn 8-Year-Old. The Glengyle distillery, meanwhile, has Kilkerran Sherry Wood and Kilkerran Heavily Peated Batch 1.

There’s also some very tempting indie Campbeltowns this month, such as Hunter Laing’s Springbank 1993 22-Year-Old, the private cask Springbank 1996 16-Year-Old and best of all the famed Springbank 1965-1993 from Adelphi.


This splendid Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Vintage Collection 1948-1972 is a six bottle set from 2016 featuring ancient drams from Glenlivet, Strathisla, Longmorn, Mortlach, Glen Grant and Linkwood. There’s plenty more G&M Speysides too, with the famous Mortlach 1936 50-Year-Old plus 1980s Glenlivet 1940Strathisla 1965-2012Glenlivet 1963-2010Glen Grant 1948-2006Glen Grant 1952-2012Glen Grant 1957-2011Glen Grant 1959-1996 and Glen Grant 1963-2014.

That’s not all for Glen Grant though – there’s plenty from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society too, including Glen Grant 1988 30-Year-Old SMWS 9.150Glen Grant 1992 24-Year-Old SMWS 9.128 and Glen Grant 1992 24-Year-Old SMWS 9.140.

SMWS features heavily in the auction this month.  There’s a spectacular haul of Longmorn, including (but not limited to) Longmorn 1990 26-Year-Old SMWS 7.173Longmorn 1990 27-Year-Old SMWS 7.186Longmorn 1992 25-Year-Old SMWS 7.193Longmorn 1992 25-year-Old SMWS 7.194Longmorn 1993 25-Year-Old SMWS 7.210 and Longmorn 1993 25-Year-Old SMWS 7.212.

There’s plenty of great miscellaneous SMWS stuff too, like Springbank 1979-1991 SMWS 27.12 and Springbank 1996 21-Year-Old SMWS 27.112, plus Mannochmore 1988 29-Year-Old SMWS 64.100Linkwood 1990 27-Year-Old SMWS 39.147Caperdonich 1992 26-Year-Old SMWS 38.23Laphroaig 1995 23-Year-Old SMWS 29.255Benrinnes 1997 20-Year-Old SMWS 36.142Glenfarclas 1997 21-Year-Old SMWS 1.208Cragganmore 2000 17-Year-Old SMWS 37.108, and the first SMWS Paul John bottling, Paul John 2010 6-Year-Old SMWS 134.1 and Paul John 2010 6-Year-Old SMWS 134.3.


Plenty for the Jerez aficionados this month. Official bottlings include the single cask Glenfarclas 1953-2012Glendronach 1968 25-Year-OldGlendronach Grandeur 25-Year-OldGlendronach 1972 43-Year-OldGlenfarclas 1966 47-Year-Old Fino Casks, the early batch Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 17 from 2006, Edradour 1973 30-Year-Old and single casks Glen Garioch 1984 35-Year-Old and Glen Garioch 1997 21-Year-Old.

Indie sherried gems include Cadenhead’s gorgeous Clynelish 1972 Cask Strength and the rare private single cask Macallan 1989-2010, plus Cadenhead’s Caperdonich 1977 22-Year-Old, the first-fill PX cask Glen Grant 1988 30-Year-Old SMWS 9.159, the private cask Springbank 1997 22-Year-Old and Hunter Laing’s deep chestnut-coloured Probably Speyside’s Finest 1966 50-Year-Old.


Lots of great stuff this month: Knockando 1965-1990Knockando 1971-1982, single cask Knockando 1977 21-Year-OldDalwhinnie 15-Year-Old CentenaryBlair Athol 18-Year-Old Centenary, the rare cask strength Flora & Fauna Aberfeldy 1980-1997 and Rare Malts Teaninich 1972 23-Year-Old and going back a bit there’s the Talisker 8-Year-Old and the famed Brora Clynelish 12-Year-Old.

More recent bottlings include the Special Releases Convalmore 1977 28-Year-OldLinkwood 1978 37-Year-OldGlen Ord 30-Year-Old and the Wealth Solutions single cask Clynelish 41-Year-Old

Indie bottlings of Diageo distilleries include Benrinnes 17-Year-Old from The Maltman, Signatory’s Linlithgow 1975 25-Year-Old and the private cask Oban 1989 24-Year-Old, while for blend fans there’s this timely 1930s Johnnie Walker Red Label with a wooden Christmas gift box.


Older official bottlings include classics such as the 1970-ish Glenfiddich Straight Malt, and the later Strathisla 35-Year-Old BicentenaryGlenmorangie 1963 22-Year-Old, and the old version of Glen Garioch 21-Year-Old.

Recent top-end OBs include Glenfiddich 29-Year-Old,  Balvenie 40-Year-OldBalvenie Tun 1401 Batch 1Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5Benriach 35-Year-Old (2014)Glenmorangie 1990-2016, single Madeira cask Glenglassaugh 1975 40-Year-OldGlenfarclas 50-Year-Old Family Collector III, the mega-sherried Tullibardine 1966-2006, and the first edition Highland Park 15-Year-Old Earl Magnus.


Returning favourites this month include the splendid 1990s Glendronach 15-Year-OldGlendronach 1976 18-Year-OldJack Daniel’s Maxwell HouseBalvenie 21-Year-Old Port Wood, the Caol Ila-containing 1950s Logan’s Extra Age Blend, the almost mythical Mackie’s Ancient Brand and some great G&M Old & Rare editions: St. Magdalene 1982-2015 and Clynelish 1972-2016.

Grain-fanciers will be tussling over Dead Whisky Society’s Caledonian 1976 34-Year-Old and Cambus 1983 27-Year-Old, plus SMWS’s Port Dundas 1980 37-Year-Old SMWS G6.8Strathclyde 1977 40-Year-Old SMWS G10.16 and Cameronbridge 1982 35-Year-Old SMWS G4.16.

Away from Scotland we’ve got Ireland’s Old Comber 30-Year-OldBushmills 21-Year-Old and single cask Bushmills 1982 MillenniumDunville’s Three Crowns 1948, the remarkable Dunville’s Very Rare from around 1915 and Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl. From Japan there’s the much-loved Hakushu 12-Year-OldHibiki 17-Year-Old and Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014.

Some curios worth keeping an eye on include this interesting vintage blend, James Martin 1982-2006, a pre-Castro Company Oriental Cuban Rum, this old merchant-bottled Edinburgh Castle Old Malt Whisky and the first public Kininvie, Hazelwood 17-Years-Old.

Bargain-hunters, meanwhile, will be keeping tabs on the Chivas Brothers Glenlivet 1988 16-Year-OldBalvenie 1990 15-Year-Old Single Barrel and a 1980s Glenfarclas 8-Year-Old 105.

That’s it for this month – check out the full auction here. Good Luck, and Happy Bidding!

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