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Issue 115 - Bowmore Bonanza

Whisky Magazine Issue 115
October 2013


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Bowmore Bonanza

A round up from the auction world

Nicola Young is relishing the task ahead following her appointment as Whisky Specialist at Mulberry Bank Auctions. On the eve of her first sale at Whisky Magazine's Auction House of the Year, she set out her intentions, “I want to include desirable, exclusive whiskies that collectors go weak at the knees for. I am also interested in fantastic blends from the 50s and 60s. It's not always about having the most expensive bottles, it's about having whiskies that are unusual, collectable, oddball and possibly forgotten and lost.” Nicola is a champion of the live whisky auction arena: “The sale day has to be exciting, intense and sometimes jaw dropping.  Remember, we host a live auction. The buzz of the sale room needs to be felt and heard online. It's exciting!” Maintaining the quality of the whisky catalogue and tastings cannot be taken for granted, “Ensuring the auction is stocked full of rare and collectable whiskies is no mean feat. Sourcing bottles requires awareness, information and accurate valuations. Valuation days have played a huge part in putting together a successful, diverse sale. It's amazing what bottles have turned up.  To find the best bottles in the land, I need to increase exposure of the whisky sales leaving no stone unturned. I'm looking forward to it.”

Auction Watch
Christies have increased their prices for the second time this year, up to 17.5%. Bonhams had a few dozen bottles in their Scottish sale including £1,200 for each bottle from t...

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