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Issue 144 - The Auctioneer's Hammer

Whisky Magazine Issue 144
February 2017


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The Auctioneer's Hammer

Online auctions are on board

We're delighted to announce that Whisky Hammer and Whisky Auctioneer auctions are now being included in the WMI. These data add to the rich spread of whisky auctions monitored around the world, which creates the WMI rankings of the brands. Whisky Hammer is the youngest specialist auction house in the UK and its location in Aberdeenshire means it is convenient for those working around Speyside to drop off limited edition bottles. Whisky Auctioneer in Perth has risen to prominence through its user-friendly website and a penchant for pulling off spectacular single-issue auctions such as Strathearn's inaugural bottlings and the recent Karuizawa sale. This latter event saw Whisky Auctioneer dispatch the second most expensive standard-sized bottle of whisky of all time, the Karuizawa 1960 52 Years Old ‘The Archer' for £100,100.

As more online auctions are incorporated into the WMI, we may see the index rise and new names appearing in the top tier. Already, two American brands have broken into the top 25: Parker's Heritage Collection created by Parker Beam who passed away in January 2017, and George T Stagg, part of the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Watch out, because other American whiskeys are coming up fast behind them.


Collecting Compass Box whiskies is now officially big news; their bottlings have been excelling at auction these past few months. The only surprise is how long it has taken for the demand in their back catalogue to translate into s...

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