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Issue 119 - Online whisky record

Whisky Magazine Issue 119
April 2014


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Online whisky record

Johnnie Walker 1805 bottle reaches £17,000

Blackpool's Whisky-Online Auctions have clinched a new record for the highest price paid for a whisky bottle in a specialised internet auction. The bottle of Johnnie Walker 1805 Celebration Blend secured a winning bid of £17,000 (€20,500) in their March sale. Only 200 bottles of the blended Scotch whisky were produced nine years ago, skilfully assembled by Jim Beveridge from rare whiskies aged 45–70 years. They were created in the 200th anniversary year of John Walker's birth but never originally sold to the general public, making them quite a collector's piece. Diageo gifted them to public figures who had made a significant contribution to society.

Online whisky auctions have grown in confidence and become a convenient and popular platform for buying collectible and current whiskies in recent years, matching the business of many live salerooms. The Ormerod family run Whisky-Online Auctions as part of a successful retail & auction business based in the North West of England. Their previous most expensive auctioned bottle was The Macallan 55 Years Old in Lalique which sold for £12,600 in January 2014. Last year, they regained the services of whisky specialist Angus MacRaild from his previous position at Mulberry Bank Auctions, Glasgow.

Auction Watch
Taylor's Auctions had a great mix of collectible bottles in their February sale and continued their reputation of offering the best deal to buyers. A bottle of The Macallan 18 Years Old from 1967 came of age with a bid of ...

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