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Issue 97 - Asia Loves Macallan

Whisky Magazine Issue 97
July 2011


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Asia Loves Macallan

Jonny McComick reflects on three very different whisky sales

Hong Kong's first significant whisky sale of the year was a love affair with The Macallan. This sale showed this distillery has become the dominant focus for collectors and continues to command the highest prices. The interest in these 40 or so releases including more than a dozen bottles from the 1930s and 1940s ensured buyers bought at prices well in excess of the high estimates.

Topically, the original Royal Marriage bottling made HKD20,000 (£1,600) and both The Macallan 1938 and Select Reserve 1946 52 Years Old reached a zenith of HKD38,000 (£3,000). A vertical range of 18 Years Olds from the 1960s and 1970s commanded grown-up prices, most notably HKD16,000 (£1,275) for the 1974 bottling. The independents performed similarly well with a Gordon & MacPhail George & JG Smith Glenlivet 1940 garnering HKD8,500 (£680), a Benriach 1966 42 Years Old Signatory Cask Strength Collection showing strongly with HKD7,000 (£560), and the Glencadam 1977 32 Years Old Douglas Laing Platinum Old & Rare Selection drawing HKD2,800 (£225). To conclude, The Last Drop 1960 made a definitive HKD22,000 (£1,750).

In Glasgow, McTear's held their next niche auction focussing on regional variation with wide selections from just four distilleries. Their idiosyncratic approach is akin to each distillery playing a metaphorical joker from the WMI deck; Springbank, Rosebank and Bunnahabhain all made healthy WMI ranking gains (The Macallan was managing just fine already). A Springbank 50 Years Old...

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