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Issue 101 - Age Matters

Whisky Magazine Issue 101
February 2012


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Age Matters

Later winter sales brings change to the Whisky Magazine Index explains Jonny McCormick

The Glenlivet soared to its highest ever WMI ranking safe in the knowledge that by late November, it had been behind three of the oldest and most expensive bottles auctioned in 2011. Age matters to collectors.

The Glenlivet's average price at auction is 18 per cent higher than 2nd placed Bowmore despite sale rooms showing 30 per cent fewer bottles of The Glenlivet over the past year.

Ardbeg slipped to its lowest position to date but offerings in forthcoming sales should see it regain its top five placing. The Macallan Cire Perdue and other stars of November 2010 sales expired from the listings resulting in sharp drops in average prices to the benefit of brands growing in popularity at auction. The Glenrothes made further progress, Glengoyne has been popular and Clynelish secured its first appearance in the top 25 at the expense of Talisker and Bunnahabhain.


Without a doubt, The Macallan dominated Bonham's second Hong Kong sale. There was an exquisite selection from the 1966-1986 vertical run of 18 Years Old to the numerous examples from the late 1930s. It was a great day for vendors: The Macallan Gran Reserva 1979 18 Years Old fetched HKD$9,000/£750, Glenfiddich Playboy Edition 1974 romped away for a hefty HKD$13,000/£1075, the first non-charity outing of The Glenlivet 70 Years Old Generations from Gordon & MacPhail garnered a respectable HKD$130,000/£10,760 and a three bottle lot containing The Macallan 50, 55 and 57 Years Old in Lalique acceded for HKD...

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