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Issue 109 - Small or Far Away

Whisky Magazine Issue 109
February 2013


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Small or Far Away

Jonny McCormick examines life in miniature

Whisky miniatures were the original whisky collectible.

They were the spark that kindled the fire in many a collector's heart. These days, the passion for miniatures burns just as bright and there are some intriguing little whiskies to be nosed. Rummage in the cardboard boxes slung low under the auction house display tables, which jangle with a multitude of treasures too laborious to catalogue. McTear's, Glasgow has had significant offerings across the year; two boxed Signatory miniatures of Killyloch 1972 and Glen Flagler 1970 bottled in the mid-1990s were collected for £220, The Edrington Express sold for £150, a Gordon & MacPhail Macallan-Glenlivet 1937 70 proof took £340, The Macallan 1961 miniature £200, and a 60 Years Old mini from the House of Buchanan bottled in 1975 attracted £260.

Mulberry Bank Auctions, Glasgow have unearthed some rare beauties such as the six black label Ardbeg minis from the 1980s and white label 1960s Ardbeg that sold for £380, a Springbank Millennium set for £250 and a Dalmore 50 Years Old for £500.

Looking back, it was their June sale that was the highlight which produced the Connoisseurs Choice, Signatory and Cadenhead miniatures.

Could it be time to downsize?


The Macallan has topped £1million in live bidding auctions in the past year for the first time and maintains an unshakeable grip on the WMI's top spot. To put this achievement into context, that's greater than the combined total of last year's live auction s...

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