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Issue 98 - In the Summertime

Whisky Magazine Issue 98
September 2011


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In the Summertime

Jonny McCormick toasts Centenary bottlings and welcomes a new entry.

While the summer rain drenched events from Glastonbury to Wimbledon, it was comforting to duck into the sale room and raise a bidding paddle at one of the month's three major UK whisky auctions. Christies tacked on a fine range of pre-1950s whiskies to its London fine wine sale focusing on The Macallan (top price was £2,800 for the 1945). More than half of the bottles broke through the £1000 barrier including a BBR Highland Park from 1902 which pipped £2,000, 49 and 48 Years Old George & JG Smith bottlings of The Glenlivet distilled in 1938 made dignified £2,100 and £1,600 respectively.

A range of Isle of Jura sold at McTear's, Glasgow boosting its ranking to 27th including the Paps collection, sold for £160. Those buying Glenmorangie's range picked up the cask strength Burr Oak and Truffle Oak for £180. Admirable prices procured bottlings of The Glenlivet 1959 (£900), The Macallan Robert Burns 250th Anniversary (£700), Rare Malts Glenlochy 26 Years Old 1969 (£500) and Rare Malts Hillside 25 Year Old 1970 (£440).

Centenary bottlings were celebrated at Bonham's second Edinburgh sale of the year.

Glendronach 150th anniversary garnered £1,200, Bowmore Bicentenary achieved a decent £600, Craigellachie 14 Years Old Centenary made £550, North British 50 Years Old 175th anniversary £550, Glen Elgin Centenary 19 Years Old £190 and Speyburn 21 Years Old Centenary £120. A tidy lot comprising Blair Athol Bicentenary 18 Years Old, Dufftown 20 Years Old Centenary, Glen...

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