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Issue 126 - The Moon and The Stars

Whisky Magazine Issue 126
March 2015


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The Moon and The Stars

Jonny goes to infinity and beyond

Astronomy and celestial bodies have been the inspiration behind numerous whiskies. The Dalmore bottled a 40 Years Old whisky named ‘Astrum' (Latin for star or constellation), then launched their Dalmore Constellation Collection with whiskies valued up to £20,000 (some might say they were astronomical, I couldn't possibly comet). Astrum has made several auction landings, though the Constellation Collection will need longer to sell through before any collector brings it to auction. Spirit of Hven are bottling batches for their Seven Stars series, named after the most prominent stars of the Big Dipper.

20 March sees the first solar eclipse of 2015, but there are better chances of you catching the total lunar eclipse on 4 April if you live in North America, South America, Eastern Asia or Australia.

This is one small step for a man and one giant leap for dramkind…

T-minus 4) Highland Park Lunar Bottling Aged 18 3/5 Years 45.1%
Region: Islands
Recent auction price: £400
Auction: Scotch Whisky Auctions
Date: October 2014
Comment: The price rise on this rare, limited release of 500 bottles has been nothing short of meteoric. This was the final limited edition to appear with the celtic imagery around the ‘H' before Highland Park rebranded with new logos, new bottle shapes, and cartons.

T-minus 3) Crawford's Five Star 40%
Region: Scotland
Recent auction price: £90 for two vintage bottles
Auction: McTear's Auctioneers, Glasgow
Date: February 2014
Comment: This classic ...

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