Whisky Magazine Issue 103
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Glenfiddich puts in a serious challenge, observes Jonny McCormick
Breaking into the top three in the WMI is never easy and very few brands have held that honour. Glenfiddich has joined that select company, largely based on the precious bottles of the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 1955 auctioned for charity, but they are now challenging Bowmore for second spot. The second bottle raised a remarkable £44,000 for Walking with the Wounded, which is welcome news for the guys as they prepare their challenge to become Everest summiteers in May. We wish them well with their climb, and as Glenfiddich commences the celebrations for their 125th anniversary, the third bottle of eleven will go under the hammer in New York. Could they reach the top?
The Syndicate bottlings of Lagavulin and Caol Ila from the privately owned casks continue to appear in batches in the salerooms, attracting bids from individuals and trade customers alike. Brisk trading at Taylor's Auction Rooms in Montrose helped nudge them both into the top 10 and there will likely be more to come. Taylor's sold some fine examples of Inchgower, Dufftown and Blair Athol official bottlings in old style original cartons as well as some local favourites from North Port and Lochside.
Two 150th anniversary bottlings came up; The Glendronach hitting £380 and Glenfarclas achieving £200.
Islay malts continue to prove popular in the upper echelons of the chart. Ardbeg Kildalton made £380 and £360 a piece at Taylor's while a Laphroaig Islay Mist 8 Years Old 75% proof managed £320...