Whisky Magazine Issue 100
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Autumn brings an abundance of Highland Park reports Jonny McCormick.
The first of the autumn sales was a thrilling affair at McTear's with nearly a hundred WMI-eligible bottles of Highland Park coming under the hammer, likely to be the biggest collection ever presented at auction. There was plenty of choice from Ambassador Casks, the Vintage 1973 casks, Eunson's Legacy and the Bicentenary 1977 to more modern releases such as Hjarta and travel retail exclusives. What stood out was last year's Earl Magnus 15 Years Old selling for £340 and the recent Earl Haakon 18 Years Old making £220. The label from this popular series was modelled on old bottles of Highland Park, an example of such Fine Old Highland Pot Still Pure Malt went at McTear's for £700. After these results, Highland Park nudged up to 7th place and the high prices paid for recent creations bode well for the future limited editions.
Is Glasgow the capital city of whisky auctions? As well as McTear's, the city is also home to the Scottish Whisky Auctions website run by Tam Gardiner and Bill Mackintosh and October witnessed the inaugural whisky auction by Mulberry Bank Auctions.
Starting out is never easy and with the whisky part of the sale achieving 42 per cent sold by lot and 45 per cent by value, then Mulberry Bank have room to grow. It was good to see the Springbank Local Barley 1966 reach £1,100, Aberfeldy's Manager's Dram make £200 and the Octomore 1.1 peak at £160. There was precious little that didn't sell at McTear's this month, with an outstanding £8,...