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Issue 128 - Straight to the Top

Whisky Magazine Issue 128
June 2015


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Straight to the Top

Glenfiddich stands fast

Glenfiddich has staked its claim as one of the world's top collectible whisky brands. Whilst other Scotch whisky brands have succumbed to the popularity of Japanese whiskies at auction, the family-owned distillery opened by William Grant in Dufftown has proved to be an enduring spirit.

Lindsay Burns & Co, Perth brought an unprecedented parcel of 1950s Glenfiddich special pure malt Scotch whisky bottles to the saleroom, many still wrapped in William Grant & Sons tissue paper. These attracted prices of up to £1,500 per bottle, which delighted vendor, auctioneer and buyer alike.

The Chinese and western wines by Poly Auction, Hong Kong was the largest live whisky sale in April by far. A 2006 bottling of a Glenfiddich 1955 Private Vintage from Cask 4221 made HK$120,000/£10,345, followed by a Glenfiddich 1961 Rare Collection, which sold for HK$65,000/£5,600, one of only 56 bottles of this 47 Years Old single malt.

There were two Glenfiddich 50 Years Old, the more modern packaging earning HK$120,000/£10,345 with the older wooden boxed 1991 edition taking HK$150,000/£12,930. The Glenfiddich 1937 64 Years Old was given a top estimate of HK$¾ million but failed to find a buyer.


Which other brands benefitted from the massive Poly Auction sale? The third bottle of The Dalmore Candela to be sold in a year fetched HK$150,000/£12,930 whilst a bottle of The Balvenie 1937 50 Years Old set a new WMI live auction record price of HK$140,000/£12,070. Swelling th...

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