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Issue 125 - Those Rare Irish Whiskies

Whisky Magazine Issue 125
January 2015


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Those Rare Irish Whiskies

Jonny McCormick chooses four of the best

A resurgent Irish whiskey industry is good news for drinkers and collectors alike. Availability has improved, and finally a wider range of single pot still whiskies are making it to the US and elsewhere. Tomorrow's collectable Irish whiskies are being bottled today and we are being treated to tempting offerings. Popularity does wonders for flushing out old bottles and delivering them under the beady eye of the auctioneer. Last year there were several individual Irish whiskies that were auctioned for several thousand pounds. McTear's, Glasgow proved to be the most reliable source, unearthing new curiosities nearly every sale. They provided the top bottle of the year shown below, and sold the second and third place bottles too with the Persse's Galway whiskey 20 Years Old selling for £3,000 in June and the Avery's Supreme 40 Years Old going for £2,800 last January.

H.S. Persse Galway Whiskey 4 Years Old

Region: Ireland
Recent auction price: £3,300
Auction: McTear's Auctioneers, Glasgow
Date: April 2014
Comment: This was the most expensive Irish whiskey auctioned this year. It is reputedly from a curious, island distillery, which operated in Galway from the mid 19th Century until 1915. A second bottle sold by McTear's noted that the whiskey was supplied to his Majesty King Edward VII.

Taylor's Old Irish H.C. Whisky

Region: Ireland
Recent auction price: £1,500
Auction: Whisky Online Auctions
Date: October 2014
Comment: This whisky originated from Coleraine distillery (1...

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